Pardon the pun, but we’ve “started off with a bang.” My web-based mail order business was launched on Saturday morning, selling carefully selected pre-1899 guns. It is called Elk Creek Company. The ElkCreekCompany.net web site is up and running, and the attached credit card processing system is taking orders. Consult your state and local laws before ordering, but in most cases these Federally-exempt antiques can be mailed right to your door with no paperwork! We started with more than 74 antique guns listed, but at least eight have already sold or are now on hold for individual customers. (A few folks prefer to pay with precious metals or with U.S. Postal Service Money Orders. The “ON HOLD” notations indicate the time lag for mailing those payments.
Some of these guns have been in my personal collection for more than 20 years. Nearly all of them are chambered in cartridges that are still factory made. At the rate that sales began, it looks like I may have to run the business alternating “one month on, and two months off”, just to keep up a good inventory.
If you have any pre-1899 cartridge guns that you like to have me sell for you on consignment, then let me know!
And speaking of spin-off businesses, my #1 Son wrote to tell me about a new listing at his SurvivalRealty.com web site: An ocean front solar powered lodge on an island in Alaska.
It appears that DJT’s impeachment trial will soon come to an end with a not guilty verdict. But rumor has it that the Democrats are already planning a second impeachment. This time, Rep. Schiff claims that a Whistleblower found a very damaging piece of evidence in a wastebasket in Trump’s White House bedroom.
Because I’m still sick abed with the flu, I won’t be posting my usual Economics & Investing column. But I am posting the Writing Contest judging results and a product review from the tireless Pat Cascio.