Sunday, May 31, 2015
AZ: Bullhead City Gun Shop (N&P) on the way to Yuma
On the way back to Yuma from Las Vegas, I stopped in at N.P. gun sales. I had stopped there on the way up, but had not spent much time. Bullhead city has the lowest gas prices on the route, and I had already filled up at $2.57 for regular unleaded. The price was $3.17 in Las Vegas, $2.99 in Searchlight, and $2.88 in Yuma.
Neil, the proprietor, had a big smile for me as I walked in the door. He is a people person, easy to get along with and talk to, and very knowledgeable.
This Savage model 99 in .300 Savage was the find of the day. It has nice wood, was in good condition, and was a "transition" model, when Savage switched from brass magazine counters and cocking indicator pins to steel. It has the brass magazine counter and a steel cocking indicator. They do not make the model 99 anymore, because it is too expensive to produce. Prices on the model 99 have been all over the place. It is a great hunting rifle. I have a soft spot for it, as I shot my first buck with one when I was 13. At $459, I thought it a good deal, but Neils says the demand is low in the Bullhead City area.
I had been discussing the prices of Colt Pythons a few days prior. Apparently all the Colt "Snake" names are commanding high prices. This six inch King Cobra had a price tag of $2,250. Colt made a bad decision when it decided to stop producing most of its revolvers.
I did not pay much attention to the prices, because I was more interested in what items were there, and not very interested in purchasing. It is a strange place to be when you think more of giving guns away, instead of buying them.
At first glance, I thought this revolver was an Enfield. But it was a Webley and Scott! They are much less common in this configuration than the Enfields are. It appears that someone customized these grips.
I did not look at the price of the sporterized Krag. Someone did a good job of putting on a Lyman peep sight.
Krag rifles have always been known for the smooth bolt action. The 30-40 falls in between the .300 Savage, and the .308 for power. It is adequate for all North American big game, though I would pick something a little bigger for the big bears.
There was a Browning Auto-5 in 12 gauge, with a Cutts Compensator and Lyman interchangeable choke tube. With a bit of looking, more Lyman tubes could be found. I have heard that they come up on ebay now and then.
Here is a closeup of the Cutts with the Lyman tube attached.
Neil provides gunsmith services. He also converts SKS rifles into this bullpup. It sells as a kit, but requires several hours of gun-smithing.
I always enjoy stopping at the smaller shops and seeing what they have. You never know what you are going to find.
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