This might, in part, qualify as a rant but I'm going to try to avoid that!
I had found a M&P 9 Pro Series pistol on Backpage. The current owner had already replaced the sights, and replaced the stock trigger and sear with aftermarket Apex parts. To me this was looking like a truly awesome deal and exactly what I was looking for. I traded emails with the gentleman asking questions about the pistol. After a few emails I asked when we could meet for me to look at the weapon. It was then that things went downhill. His responses became cryptic. For whatever reason, he would not provide me a date and time that we could meet. I finally emailed him stating a time and a place that I could meet him on Saturday morning. He responded by telling me Sportsman's Warehouse at 27th Avenue and Yorkshire at 8am. Well I told the gentleman that I live in South Chandler so that would have made for a really EARLY morning for me. Further I had to stop at my bank for cash. So what was his response? He simply stopped returning my emails.
And in looking on Backpage he's still advertising the weapon but has since reduced his price. So either he simply didn't want to sell me the pistol... or he didn't want to compromise and meet at a time and place convenient to both of us. I thought I was being respectful and polite in email... Argh! Never will I understand people!
Well unfortunately I had a hole burning in my pocket (not that much is left in my pocket mind you) so I went to Gun Broker to see if I could find something of interest. I happened onto the listings for Mo Money Pawn at 12th Street and Indian School. They had a full size M&P 9 for sale at a great price! And what made it better was that it came with 3 17-round magazines. Well I decided to drive over to Mo Money Pawn today to take a look at it... and somehow it followed me home!
What got to me, however, was the condition of that pawn shop. Now I'm old enough to remember the Jewel Box on Central. They weren't always the nicest people to deal with but the place was clean and organized. Mo Money Pawn, on the other hand, seemed like a cluttered maze in comparison. The gun section was hidden and I had to get someone to point me in the general direction. When I got there I found lots of neat toys but not the weapon I was looking for. As it turned out, the pistol I was looking for was not on display so one of the employees had to go search through their store room to find it. The employees of Mo Money Pawn seemed pretty decent to deal with... but I was surprised at the layout of the shop. And I won't even go into some of the really "interesting" people that were walking in the door with stereo's, TV's, and game consoles in tow.
Oh and they have a sign on the door that says no loaded or concealed weapons!