Just a rant on background checks --
So, a week ago Sunday, I buy a pistol at Cabelas. A used but seemingly minty-fresh Ruger LC9 if anyone cares.
A whole lot of interesting things went wrong technically (long story of computer issues that I won't get in to). Long story short, I can't pick it up until Thursday. Thursday rolls around, I'm at Cabelas picking it up. Straight to the range where unfortunately, I loaded it up with "nice" ammo (Hornady Critical Defense and what not). Fired a shot and --- no hole in the paper.
Never having shot this particular LC9 before, I dropped the mag and made sure I didn't have a squib thing going on. She's clear, so I load up again and fire again --- No hole in the paper.
I'm on the rest, on a bag, blah, blah, blah, I want to see where the sights are going. Put a rifle silhouette up and fired dead center -- Hit around 18" low and to the left at 7 yards. Couldn't believe it. Next shot all the way to the right on the paper. A few shots later, it actually hit within a foot. It's absolutely stunningly bad -- Hitting all over the extra-large target seemingly at random.
I figure the best that's going to happen is that Cabelas is going to send it to Ruger and see if they can tweak it. But I called them up and told them how awful the thing was, making sure to use words and terms like "defective" and "unsafe in this condition" and what not.
Side-story on Cabelas' customer service -- Not only did they take it back for credit towards another gun, but the department manager spotted me a $25 gift card for my time and trouble.
So that's it for the LC9... I didn't really care for my buddy's that much although I thought it was a nice 'packable' option. Add this episode and I don't care if I ever see one again. After throwing about a dozen compact 9's across the counter, I settled on (yet another Ruger) a SR9c.
Of course, I'm sort of expecting to have to wait another three days just because it wouldn't be as stupid for some reason if I walked in with one and walked out with another. But sure, I was hoping someone was going to say "Oh, when you're really just exchanging, you don't need to wait again."
Sure enough, I need another background check and another 72-hour wait. I just passed a test four days ago, I passed the "big" tests with UT & FL, not to mention another test a month or so prior with another pistol -- But I can't do a simple exchange without another 4473 and another 72-hour waiting period?
I dunno... Am I overreacting?
(EDIT) Adding a public apology for using an "improper abbreviation" which has been edited out. Will try not to let that sort of stuff happen again. :embarassed: