Saturday morning was spent watching my son play flag football (something I'm actually really beginning to enjoy and look forward to), and although I was chomping at the bit to get to the gun store, I acceded to my wife's request to jam over to Costco first.
Finally, we made our way to the gun store where my wife dropped me off (she made a beeline for Barnes and Noble).
I went straight to the counter, whipped out my receipt and waited as the guy went in the back to get...
Uhhh... where's my rifle?
Apparently the warehouse had not shipped it to the store. Unbelievable.
The clerk who saw me first then started telling me that the gun was iffy as far as DOJ goes, that they hadn't decided whether or not to proclaim it as an assault weapon yet. This kind of talk really started to make me a little nervous, if you know what I mean. I do NOT want to blow it with regards to CA gun laws. He suggested that I roll the money I had over into a Springfield M1A, which was the second choice on my short list.
The clerk who had originally sold me the gun overheard this whole conversation, and finally broke in with an exasperated,"Guys! That's a legal gun! The DOJ agent who gave the store so much grief had to make a formal, public apology to the store!" He went on to point out that he could forward me some correspondence showing that the DOJ had in fact attested to the legality of the gun I was buying. I'll post the link here, for anyone who's interested. Be warned - it's 26 pages...
Bottom line, my gun was unavailable for pick-up, and I was not happy (and a little bit spooked by the first guy).
The manager told me he'd jam out to the warehouse Sunday morning and have the gun here for me by noonish. I couldn't really do much else than say OK. Didn't care much to throw a fit, it wasn't his fault and throwing a tantrum wouldn't get it here any quicker anyway...
Sunday rolled around, and I got a call...
"Do you know what I'm looking at right now?"
"Hope its an STG-58"
"Be there in 30 minutes!"
Shot back to the store, checked out my rifle (I'd bought it sight unseen), signed off on it, got a free box of ammo for my trouble and left with a shit-eating grin and a new rifle...
The magazine is fixed in place by both a screw and a spot-weld I was told. That's the way it'll stay, too, unless I move out of CA (or at least get some property out-of-state).
Now, if anyone's got a line on some cheap .308 ammo, I'd certainly appreciate a heads-up.