I’m curious what’s happening. There are a couple of you that I stay in fairly close contact with and frequently the topic of what’s going on with GEC sales and ‘chatter’ (or lack thereof) on the boards comes up. While I don’t get on the other boards very often and rarely post on them, it’s pretty obvious the chat is waaaay down on all of the sites.
Personally, last year was another year with sales increases over 10%. The last half of the 3rd quarter and the first half of the 4th quarter were pretty weak but I ended the last 5 weeks of the year with record sales. January of 2013 was almost identical to last year and February is going to be off from last year. Last year, February, March and April were fantastic due in large part to some nice new/old stock I brought in plus the #68 and #45’s in particular were a huge success.
It was pretty obvious that the excitement started to really drop off late last fall and people just seemed to clam up with very few comments about new releases. Hell, people weren’t even complaining!!! While I assumed it was part of the cycle that any product goes through, I’m starting to wonder if this is something else. I’d say it was my abrasive and in your face attitude, that drove people away, and if it is, I’m not sure where you all went!! While I see the stats and know there are a good number still reading the blog regularly, I’m wondering why everyone has gotten so quiet. I’ve got my ideas, but I’d sure like to hear yours! Nothing exciting to talk about? Tired of GEC? Wife finally caught ya? Just plain broke? Or all of the above???
I started listing some of the stag this morning and man are there some nice pieces. Above is one of the 235209EC’s. The front and back are beautifully matched which brings back memories of the GEC Stag ‘good old days’.
And remember thick??? How about just over 1″ thick at the midpoint.
There are around 100 more pieces to go through and from what I’ve seen so far, there will be one or two more like this!
Yikes!!!! I forgot to let you fellow ‘northerners’ know that this weekend, February 16-17, is the Fergus Falls, MN gunshow. It’s held at the Armory in Fergus Falls and hope you can make it. I’ll only have 4 tables so I’ll have to cut back a bit on merchandise but there should be something of interest for everyone.
A year or so ago I got into tying the paracord bracelets and selling paracord, finished bracelets, buckles, etc at the shows. Then I showed a couple of kids and adults how to tie them with a live demonstration and now it’s become a bit of a feature to have a seminar or two during the shows. Lotsa fun!!! Hope to see you there!!!
I picked up over 100 GEC stags this week and have started …slowly…adding them to the store. Most of these are 2009-10-11 & 12’s. There are some really nice looking stags in this group. A quick count shows around a dozen Genuine Stags in a 651, 252, 571WR’s, 681’s, 331, and 561. I have a show this weekend so it’ll be next week before I get back to them, but keep a watch out if you’re looking for some nice stag!!
Got an email from a customer in Camillus, New York with the sad news that the old Camillus factory was on fire yesterday afternooon. Always sad to see a landmark fall.
From the Email:
Hope all is well with you. Words
cannot convey my sadness with the loss of this building. It was bad
enough when the Cutlery closed in 2007.
I had always hope that
someone would come along and revive the company, perhaps in Great
Eastern fashion. Well at least the Camillus legacy lives on in the great
people that built the knives and the knives themselves.
I know there are a number of you that use the current inventory page on a regular basis. I apologize for being so slow in getting it updated. It just seemed like everytime I’ve started ‘cleaning’ it up, more knives came in or went out. There’s still quite a few new/old stock to get listed in the store and on the inventory page, but for now…..
I understand it’s starting to happen in many states around the country as a rush is on to pass new gun laws. It doesn’t matter if the law has anything to do with lowering crime, it’s just the right time to pass gun legislation. I talked to a customer on the East Coast yesterday and he told me of a proposal to mandate a gun owner to purchase liability insurance on his guns. Now of course this would require registration of said guns with law enforcement, a background check, an inspection of the gun, storage facility, etc. It would also no doubt restrict when, where and how the gun could be used.
Minnesota has come under a barrage of proposals with some pretty onerous provisions. Specifically, there are proposals on the table to ban magazines over 10 rounds. No buybacks or grandfather clauses. You own one, you turn it in to the police. Likewise with so called ‘assault weapons’. Failure to comply results in serious felony charges, prison time and big fines. And of course the definition of an ‘assault weapon’ (notice it’s a weapon, not a rifle) is incredibly broad.
No matter where in the country you’re at, pay attention to what’s going on in your state legislatures. There’s a major knee jerk reaction across the country to ‘do something‘, be it right or wrong. I’m all in favor of making this a kinder, gentler, safer world, but most of the proposals that are coming out won’t contribute to that kind of world. Write and call. It’s the only way to let our elected officials know what the electorate wants. The one’s that speak loudest will be the one’s that are heard.
Any of you readers from Minnesota, take the time to write an email to your state representatives on the House Public Safety, Finance and Policy Committee….NOW! There have been 7 proposal written and under discussion to control guns in Minnesota. Probably the most frightening is HF241 which defines assault weapons and how they should be controlled. The really ominous feature of the bill is the broad definition of an assault weapon. It would include a semi-automatic 22LR rifle with a tubular magazine that will hold over 7 rounds. Pretty common squirrel gun. IF you owned one and HF241 goes on to become law, here’s what would happen, by law.
Turn it in to the police for destruction
You could undergo a background check to see if they’d let you keep it, if you fail, turn it in for destruction
You would be required to apply for a permit to own it (renewable annually)
The police would be responsible to check your storage facility
You could ONLY have the weapon at your residence, on a legitimate range or be in transit to that range or home
The police would have the right to come in and ‘check’ your weapon whenever, at their discretion
You would not be able to purchase another ‘assault weapon’ nor sell the one you had
If you were to inherit an ‘assault weapon’, you’d have 120 days to turn it in for destruction or modify it to be inoperable
If you decided you no longer wanted to own it, your only option would be to turn it over to the police for destruction
Failure to comply, 10 years and $25,000 fine. This
is the tip of the iceberg. PLEASE take the time to drop an email to
the members of the House Public Safety, Finance and Policy Committee.
You’ve got nothing to lose by doing so and we have everything to lose by
not. Don’t forget, this is just one of SEVEN proposals under discussion.
Here’s an email list of the Committee Members to contact: