If you're in need of a good laugh, stop by your local mall's "gun store"
I thought this was entertaining, and thought it might be good for a laugh from some of you guys.
So, in visiting my gf last weekend, we had to go to the mall (for me, curiously, not her), and we happened to walk past a small shop that had about a dozen airsoft guns up on the wall. We had time to burn, and decided to go check them out, just for grins.
The guy behind the counter asked if I would like to see one, and I asked if he had any airsoft replicas of a USP Compact (like the one I had on my hip at the time, but I didn't tell him that part). He fumbled for a second, and then pulled a Sig P229 off the shelf, and said "Yes, of course, right here! 250fps, semi-auto, working slide, blah blah blah." I nodded politely as he pulled the plastic slide back, got it stuck on the rails, and then tried futiley to find the decocker when it finally ran forward. He finally just fired it (pointed right at the busy walkway outside :spankme: ) and handed it to me.
After playing with it for a second (racked and decocked it successfully), and scanning the Beretta 92's, 1911's, and Glocks along the wall behind him in my own unsuccessful search for a USP, I handed it back to him, and turned my attention to the rifles.
He saw this, and pulled down the most pimped-out tacticooled AR I'd ever seen. Granted, the accessories were all cheap plastic, but the thing had 2 laser pointers (yes, 2), open-eye red dot sight, tac light, vertical forend, and slidey covers that liked to fall off of the small bits of unused rail space.
Taking his best Rambo pose, he "mowed down" a section of the next store from the hip, with the gun on full-auto, and spouted more stats about the red-dot sight. When he handed it to me, I was actually surprised that the weight of the gun was about right, and the charging handle was operable, pulling back the "bolt" and exposing the plastic gear set. "Oh yes, all metal!" he said, as I tapped the side of the reciever with my finger, hearing the tell-tale "tick tick" of plastic. I really wanted to pop the two pins holding the recievers together just to see the look on his face when the gun disintegrated in my hands, but I decided it would be better not to test the authenticity of the gun's disassembly process.
Next off the shelf was a decent looking AK with (gasp) a real wooden stock and a metal top cover. He pulled it down, and barrel-swept my and my girl in the process :gah: before trying his Rambo pose again. This time, though, the battery was dead, and the thing wouldn't fire. His solution was to pull down another AK from the rack, holding both of them, and firing the one that would work (to show me what it sounded like, he said).
I took the rifle, somehow glad to get it out of his hands, and proceeded to fiddle with the safety lever and sights, etc. One of the secret reasons I asked to see it was that I've never held or fired an AK before, and I wanted to get some rudimentary idea how the safety lever and magazine release worked. I then popped the top cover off (much to his surprise), but the thing wouldn't go back on when I tried to reassemble it. After a little inspection, I could see that the plastic tabs it sat on were bent and cracked, and handed it back to him. He fumbled with it for a few minutes before finally just setting it under the counter.
Lastly, he had a G36C hanging rather prominently that I couldn't resist. Unfortunately, it was even more cheaply made and more plactic-pimped than the AR had been. Beautiful rifle though (even in bastardized plastic form). I was waiting for him to "shoot" some more customers or something, but he just took it back and put it on the rack. I think by now he had realized I wasn't going to buy anything, and knew more about the guns on display than he did.
Overall, the visit was highly entertaining, simply as a lesson in what not to do with a firearm (even a fake one), and how little most people know about them.
I've been considering getting airsoft replicas of all my guns and setting up some informal FOF or one-man training with them, but when I do, they certainly will not be the pieces of trash that were on display at this shop.