Yes, I was at the Alabama Gun Collectors Association show in Birmingham yesterday, and no, I wasn't hiding.
I didn't have the "Sipsey Street" sign up because I inadvertently left the pole for it at home. I was working a friend's tables (display and sales) at the big Iraqi battlefield trophy flag in the back. Unexpectedly we were not on the far back row this time, so I also didn't have any electrical power to run the Waco DVD player. My fault. Will be there again today.
Purchases, not so much -- on account of lack of what I was looking for (reloading supplies) and otherwise slender resources for items not critical. Did pick up the following Field and Technical Manuals (9 for ten bucks):
FM 23-41 Submachineguns, Caliber .45, M3 and M3A1 June 1974
TM 9-1005-206-14 & P Operator's, Organizational, Direct Support and General Support Maintenance Manual for Revolver, Caliber .38 special, Smith & Wesson, Military and Police, M10 & Revolver, Caliber .38 Special, Ruger Service Six, 4 inch barrel, M108 August 1985
TM 9-1005-208-12 & P Operator's and Organizational Maintenance Manual for Rifle, Caliber .30, Automatic, Browning, M1918A2 August 1969
TM 1005-224-24 Organizational, Direct Support and General Support Maintenance Manual for Machine Guns, 7.62mm,M60, M60D and M122 July 1987
TM 9-1005-226-14 Operation and Unit Maintenance Caliber .22 High Standard Automatic Pistol; Caliber .22 Ruger Mark I Automatic Pistol; Caliber .38 Special Smith & Wesson Revolver (Masterpiece); Caliber .30-06 Winchester Rifle Model 70; Caliber .22 Winchester Rifle Model 52; Caliber .22 Remington Rifle Model 40 SX-S1 (Natunal match); and front and rear sights. July 1959
TM 9-1005-229-12 Organizational Maintenance Manual, Submachineguns, Caliber .45, M3 and M3A1 October 1969
TM 9-1005-229-35 DS, GS & Depot Maintenance Manual, Submachineguns, Caliber .45, M3 and M3A1 October 1969
TM 1005-233-24 Organizational, Direct Support and General Support Maintenance Manual for Machine Guns, 7.62mm, M73, M73A1 & M219 February 1972
TM 9-1005-237-23 & P Organizational and Direct Support Maintenance Manual for Bayonet Knives, M6 and M7 November 1986
Not bad for $1.12 each.
Also bought, on impulse, from an itinerant trader working the aisles, the South Vietnamese battle fatigues of ARVN Ranger advisor CAPT, later MAJ, Kenneth Ingram, complete with B-D-Q flashes, patches, etc. Research last night on the 'Net reveals that MAJ Ingram was at the battle of An Loc during the Easter Offensive in 1972. It was widely recognized after the battle that the American advisors made the difference between success and failure at An Loc. The NVA offensive was broken at An Loc. Cost of shirt and pants, $25.00. Am trying to find MAJ Ingram (or his family) now to get the whole story.
Wounded American advisors on medevac chopper, Easter Offensive, 1972.
A lot of ammo went out yesterday. Reloading components at a premium or non-existent (large and small rifle primers). What was there as far as primers was being rationed to two boxes per customer.
Good news on political front (reversal of ammo crushing, DoD investigating deployment in Samson, Alabama, and 45 Dems telling "hell-no" on AWB2 to Holder) was overshadowed by the Bernanke decision to print 1.2T more and the rampant inflation it heralds. Societal breakdown now seems to be the greatest fear. And the band plays on . . .