MHI shows out of stock at Amazon – but you can still get it there

There’s been a huge run on MHI since I annouced that the original edition is getting discontinued because I’m getting picked up with a big publisher.  On the Amazon page, it shows as out of stock, but there’s another link there to “used” copies starting at $17 something from  a bookstore in Pennsylvania.  Which I’m assuming is actually the POD publisher, since that’s where they’re located.  Somebody contacted me on THR and pointed this out, and that’s where he got his copy from.

I do not have a firm ETA on the discontinuation yet, because I haven’t received the contract in the mail yet. 

MHI on Amazon

It’s showing as out of stock right now, and some of you have asked, but no, it has not be discontinued yet.  Some folks have e-mailed me about that. The contract is not signed yet with the big publisher.  I think what happened was that there was a run on them when I mentioned that I would be ending the self-published version soon.   I don’t know how soon exactly, but probably next week, so they’ll be printing them at the POD publisher until I tell them to end it. 

But as of today on Amazon:

Amazon.com Sales Rank: #6,662 in Books (See Bestsellers in Books)

Popular in these categories: (What’s this?)

#57 in  Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Contemporary
#84 in  Books > Entertainment > Television > Shows > 1980’s

Okay, I don’t know how I ended up as #84 on books about the 1980s, since the book takes place in the early 2000s, and the time periods that are referenced in the past are 1995, 1945, 1895, and an unknown period in the late 1400s. 

But hey, MHI can roll with Miami Vice, Night Rider, and the A-Team any day. 

But not ALF.  Monster Hunters have to draw the line somewhere.

Anybody know where to get HK USP parts? No, seriously…

I had a gentleman come into my store yesterday.  I had taught his CCW class a little while before, and he had asked me if we could do modifications to guns.  I told him to bring the gun by the shop and I would introduce him to my gunsmith. 

So he comes in yesterday, real nice guy, and his gun that he wants to modify is a USP .40, and it is the variant that is double action only, with a manual safety.  I ask what the problem is, and he says, try the trigger. 

Pull-pull-pull-pause for breath-pull-dramatic hesitation-click.  I don’t know what the pull weight on this particular speciman was, but the trigger pull gauge doesn’t go that high.  Honest opinion?  It was bad, even by DAO standards.  Let me rephrase, it was bad double action, even by German standards.

So understandably, he wanted to change out the little plate so that he could switch it to the da/sa cocked and locked variant.  I told him that I’m not HK direct, so that his best bet would be to contact their customer service and see about getting the Variant 1 plate. 

He has contacted customer service.  Repeatedly.  For a long time.  Hasn’t had any luck.

So I’m trying not to say anything, because then everybody on the internet will say, Oh Silly Correia, you’re just biased.  You’re just a HATER.   You’re just not an OPERATOR! (on that note, there’s a video game forum that has posted my picture and my profile from my blog, and says that it must suck to be a 32 year old virgin, because apparently, if you don’t like HK, then you don’t get to have The Sex.  Which, I’ll have to inform my lovely wife of 10 years, that this new policy must go into effect immediatly, and also my 3 children, because apparently, they don’t actually exist.  Also ironically, they’ve somehow construed that I hate video games, because I make fun of people who’s knowledge base comes from games, when I’m hopelessly addicted to my Xbox 360.  Go figure)

 So my gunsmith and I start going to various places online that we can get parts from, and have zero luck.

So I pull up HK’s page, and start calling other Utah gunshops that are listed as HK direct dealers.  The first shop I call has been around a long time, and I used to shop there before I started my own place.  They’ve got some good people there, and are located in Salt Lake City.  Maybe they’ll have some, or be able to get them…

Correia:  Hi, I would like to get one of those plates so that I can change a USP from DAO to DA/SA with safety.  Do you have them, or can you get them?

Gunstore #1:  Uh… well… Yeah, about that, we’re listed on their page, but you’ve got to understand, that they’re kind of hard to get parts from… and… well…

Correia:  Dude, I’m calling from FBMG.  I’m a dealer too. I’m calling for a customer. I know all about them. 

Gunstore #1:  Oh, cool.  Then you know they’re a pain in the ass.  Sorry man.  Good luck.  You’re gonna need it.

Okay.  No luck there.  So I called another Utah gunstore on the list.  I’m not as impressed with these guys, but they’re on the list.  I will not reveal the company name to protect the stupid.  This phone call started the same as the first, but the idiot on the other line, barely able to string two coherant sentances together, at first didn’t understand what I was asking for, then got really confused, bloviated for about five minutes while I used very simple words to explain what I was looking for, before he finally told me to call back tomorrow to talk to his boss.

I hung up the phone, looked at the 3 Minions I had working behind the FBMG counter and told them, “I swear that if any of you, ever, answers a phone here, and you’re as clueless and useless as that guy, I’ll fire you on the spot.”  They all nod sagely.  “No, screw that.  I’ll just shoot you in the knee cap.” 

So I come to you, knowledgable people of the internet.  Where the hell do you get those plates for USPs?  I can’t find them online anywhere, unless I’m searching for the wrong term, HK customer service won’t call the customer back, and nobody local seems to have them. 

And no snide comments about how I should sell him a different gun.  Contrary to what some people on the internet seem to think about me, I’m not a devotee of any brand or type.  I just think you should use what works for you, and not get all self-righteous about your crap.  However, it is hard to use a gun with a 20 pound trigger that you start pulling in January and it will discharge sometime in March, (unless it’s a leap year, then it may go off in February).  Surely, if this customer was a REAL OPERATOR, living on a diet of raw snake meat and Dick Marcinko novels, then he would easily pull that trigger.

Ironically, since I was informed earlier this week that the “VAST MAJORITY” of special operations people preferred HK products, I thought I would check.  Since my store’s approximately a block from the Headquarters, and a big chunk of my customer base is wearing ACUs when I sell them guns, I do sell a few personal guns to SF people.  And since my business partner is the friggin’ armorer (45B) for the local SF unit, he knows everybody.  

Ironically, the single most popular handgun purchased was the Springfield XD .45. 

The single most popular rifle was a Stag AR15.  

Ironic.  :) 

Holy crap, you guys are buying a lot of books!

I noted earlier today that I was offered a contract from a large publisher for Monster Hunter International, and that if you wanted a Larry Correia self-published 1st edition, you needed to pick it up soon, because that version was getting discontinued.  Well, apparently some of you decided to buy a copy.

From Amazon at 11:00 PM: 

  • 34 Reviews
    5 star: 85%  (29)
    4 star: 14%  (5)
    3 star:    (0)
    2 star:    (0)
    1 star:    (0)

    See all 34 customer reviews…

    4.9 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews (34 customer reviews)

  • Amazon.com Sales Rank: #5,031 in Books (See Bestsellers in Books)

    Popular in this category: (What’s this?)

    #34 in  Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Contemporary
  • #5,031?  That sounds like a lot until you realize that they’ve got like a million books on there.  And #34 in Contemporary Fantasy? 

    Not bad for a self published hack wannabe! 

    And to the Fan Boy that said I was easily intimidated, apparently he’s never tried to make it as a writer.  I could wallpaper my living room with rejection letters, and I just kept beating my head against the bricks, but all that is finally paying off.  I almost said that all of the “hard work” was paying off, but who am I kidding?  I would write for free.  Writing isn’t work.  Writing is what keeps me from going on a tri-state chainsaw rampage! 

    Fan Boy II, responding to the responses

    Okay,  this I have to respond to with it’s own blog post.  After my last posting where I talked about the HK fan boys mocking me on the internet, this was posted here by Jim.

    It sounds like you’re intimidated to me.I get lectured by the kids and newbies shooting SKS’s about how
    reliable their guns are and blah blah blah. Then they can’t hit a pie plate at
    100 yards.

    Or the self proclaimed gun experts that do all their pistol work at 7
    or 10 yards and think they are hotshots because they can dump a mag full
    of ammo in the chest of a silhouette target.

    If all you can afford is an SKS or a cheap 1911 clone, don’t feel bad.
    Anything that gets you shooting is good. But if you ever want to go to
    anything beyond ‘minute of outhouse’ accuracy and maintain battle
    proficiency, you are going to need to upgrade to better guns.

    Okay, now to respond.  Jim, I don’t disagree with you about self-proclaimed experts who can’t shoot, or about kids who are proud of their guns, but can’t shoot. 

     But, let me break this down.  As far as me being intimidated, intimidated by what exactly? 

    Intimidated because I don’t have fancy guns?  I don’t often post about my personal guns because that seems rather obnoxious, but here goes.  I’m not intimidated by somebody owning an HK, because I personally own a couple.  Keep in mind I own a gun store.  We’re NFA dealers.  I have a full auto MP5 post ’86 demo gun.  I also own half a dozen other submachine guns, and I wouldn’t feel undergunned using ANY of them rather than the MP5.  I actually like shooting the PPsH the best. 

    Maybe I’m intimidated because of my handgun?  You mentioned cheap 1911 clone.  My last “cheap 1911 clone” cost me $1600, and I pay master dealer cost.    I got a tricked out STI, that is currently my favorite pistol in the world to shoot.

     But it’s a game gun.  So maybe you think I’m intimidated because I don’t have an “Operator’s” handgun?  Well, I’ve also got a Sig 226 Tactical with the tall night sights, AAC Evolution suppresor, Unimax laser, TLR flashhlight, and it bounces around attached to my Pointblank Level 4 body armor, while I use my fancy-pants, custom 10.5 AR-SD with Tac-16 suppresor, EO-Tech 553, and big-ass eyeball melting Surefire.  All of that crap put together not only weighs a ton, it also cost a pile of money.  But being a dealer does have a couple of perks.

    See, obnoxious ain’t it? Nobody likes to hear somebody brag about their Cool Guy Gear.  (unless you’re a fan boy, because then it is the most important thing EVER).  And none of that means squat if I can’t shoot it or know how to use it effectively. 

    So maybe I’m intimidated because I can’t shoot good?  I am a little rusty.  I’ll admit that. Since I opened FBMG, most of my Saturday’s have been eaten up with teaching or working, so I don’t hardly ever get to any matches anymore.  But ironically enough, I still know how to shoot pretty damn good.  But once again, bragging about how awesome you are on the internet gets mighty old, so I don’t bother to do it.

    But if I need to, in order to justify the fact that I have an opinion, I’m actually pretty good with a handgun, excellent with a carbine, and I’m Hell Come To Frogtown with a shotgun.  I haven’t shot IDPA in 2 years, but was ranked Expert, and the only reason I couldn’t make Master was that I suck at Limited Vickers scoring, and always choke on stage 3.  With a handgun I’ve won my division a few times, and I usually placed in the top portion of most of the competitions I ever shot, and pistol was my weakest gun. 

    With a carbine I do rather well.  Not precision rifle, as I’m the first to admit that I’ve got a lot more to learn about there.  But I’m a 3gunner by background.  I’m all about going fast and hitting little things relatively far away.  When I was practicing a lot, at the annual Utah carbine match, I took 2nd overall.  Out of the top 10 shooers, 9 were shooting ARs.  I shot an iron sighted AK-47.  The next year, I was using an XCR that I had never shot before (had to write a magazine review) using an optic that had been zeroed by PvtPyle (inside the gunstore!), I took 5th overall.  So I do know that the bullets come out the pointy end of the gun.

    So if I’m not intimidated by quality, or ability, what the hell am I intimidated by?

    Oh wait, I forgot.  That’s the next thing you do when you disagree with somebody about a Fan Boy item.  You question their ability to afford it, followed by questioning their knowledge.  So if they check out there, then they must be intimidated by the SHEER AWESOMENESS of your choosen idol. 

    Jim, this isn’t aimed at you personally, but those kids talking up their SKS’s who can’t hit a target at a hundred aren’t special.  They sound like most of us when we started out.  Only the kids with the $160 surplus Yugoslavs sound like the regular newbies, not the obnoxious rich ones that have a $3,000 gas-piston AR who post pictures of it on AR15.com, but also don’t know how to shoot.   

    Edit:  Jim’s Response: 

    Sounds like bragging to me, bud – or trying to justify something.

    Fill your boots.

    The only thing I’m justifying is my opnion. So, if you mention cheap guns, then you’re too poor to understand the awesomeness of the Fan Boy Gun, but if you mention that you actually own the Fan Boy Guns, or even better guns, then you’re bragging.  On one side of the internet, I’m told that I’m too poor to buy HK, on the other side I’m a  gun snob.  Fill your boots?  What does that even mean?   I didn’t know Clint Eastwood used an HK in Unforgiven.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, if you want an original self-published copy of Monster Hunter International, you better order it quick…

    Because it looks like I just got picked up by a major publisher. 

    Hell Yeah!

    Nothing official yet.  Details to follow.  I’ll be discontinuing the print-on-demand version of MHI from Infinity.  This is a big deal.  This is one of my all-time favorite publishing houses, and home to some of the greatest writers of our time.  I’m pretty excited.

    Found another MHI Review

    I hadn’t seen this one yet. 

    http://southparkpundit.com/?p=855

    Yep, it’s kind of like crack.  :) 

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