I got back last night. Wow, what a show.
I was invited to be a special guest and do a book signing at the STI booths. For a little background, back when I was in the gun business I was a huge STI geek, and ended up being their 3rd biggest volume dealer in the country. Their sales guy at the time, Rabbit Boyett, has since gone on to become STI’s marketing director. (you may have seen Rabbit’s name pop up in the Thank You section of MHV). So, since other gun companies were brining in their own fancy bestselling novelists, the boys from Texas figured that they knew one of them fancy bestselling authors too!
I already had a Perfect 10 on order from them. So since I was going to be there anyway, the staff at STI went above and beyond to build an awesome custom gun to have it in time to display for SHOT. Turns out that I’ve got a bunch of fans on staff. Special thanks go to Chris Schirmer, head of QC for putting in a ton of work. (and he is totally getting red shirted in Monster Hunter Legion)
Behold the AWESOME:
I wish I would have taken more detailed pictures at the show, because this still has to go back to Texas for some finishing touches. Wait until you see the crown. The fit on the end of this thing is the best that I’ve ever seen. Super pistol smith Mark Morris thought it was nice. It also has a second fitted .40 barrel. Since the breech face is the same, I can swap calibers in a minute.
STI makes amazing pistols. Absolutely amazing. My Tac 4.15 makes me look like a much better shooter than I actually am. There is a reason that among the top shooters in the country, most of them either run an STI or get sponsored by somebody else so they can’t run an STI even though they’d like to.
The book signings went well. I sold 100 of the books I brought and signed a bunch more that people brought with them.
I got to meet all sorts of cool folks.
And Uncle Ted personally blessed my new custom 10mm as being “awesome”. Plus it got fondled by some of the top shooters in the world as they came through the STI booth, so hopefully their mojo rubbed off on it. (Note, if you bite a top competitive shooter you DO NOT gain their powers!)
I found a bunch of other cool products. I’m going to be checking a few of them out in the near future and posting about them here.
That is the actual Model 29 from Dirty Harry.
What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, but at some point I ended up wearing a pirate hat and a live parrot.
Now it is back to work. I’ve got a couple hundred e-mails to respond to, and Toni has sent back some edits she needs me to make to Hard Magic. Then back to Dark Ocean. Busy times!