I managed to squeeze in a visit to the recently concluded AFAD Gun Show, on the very last day. There was nothing there that I hadn't seen before, except mainly for the the program/booklet customarily handed out to visitors: For a change, I had in my hands something that didn't feel like so much junk mail. It had actual, valuable content too. It was the sort of content that would swing an undecided, potential firearm owner to come back and actually BUY a firearm. It has a Gun Directory, something I hope most of you know I care about: it listed not just firearm retailers, but gun clubs and ranges. It was even a very handy size too! I don't know what's in the cooler at AFAD, but whatever it is, here's to hoping they keep on drinking it. It wasn't just the program/booklet. I observed the Gun Safety Seminars, how much better organized the gathering of applicants and instruction thereof seemed. The physical layout of exhibitor booths, and the encouraged flow of traffic... even the salespeople at nearly all the booths seemed friendlier than I remember from a couple of years ago. They weren't sales-pushy, but were actually going the extra ten minutes to dig out the stock I wanted to see, even when the price tag wasn't that juicy... when I'm pretty sure they were tuckered out in the last few hours of the last day of the Gun Show. It's a pretty helpful bunch you've got, when the closest thing to listless and uncaring were the hustling staff at the PBD booth! Certainly, a lot of the credit properly goes to the professional Show organizers and to the retailers themselves; and certainly the current leadership at AFAD is building on what others before them worked hard to secure... bottom line is, it's nice to go to a Gun Show, and come away with both satisfying purchases AND solid plans to buy new firearms. It's been a very long time since I've had that buzz. I had not intended to buy anything, but went home with an armful of M1911 mags and ammo. If you think that's no big deal, then consider that I went ahead and bought it... even though I had to take the elevated train (MRT) home. Try explaining live ammo at the train station security checkpoint! Heh... I. did. not. mind. having. to. do. it. Not. one. bit. If retailers make an effort to make my shopping experience rewarding, I will make their selling experience rewarding too, even if I don't really need most of the stuff I'll be buying. ---horge PS: I checked out the new Pinoy-made Firestorm 1911's. Based on workmanship/fit/finish and manually cycling the action, operating the controls... checking sear engagement as well as eyeballing the barrel interior... if this thing shoots half as nicely as it looks, then I'd say other 1911 makers are falling behind the curve, and may have a LOT of catching up to do now.