Sunday, September 26, 2010
Springtime For Hitler and..Gunloonery
As I sagely noted previously, gunshows tend to attract those fascinated with guns, Cheetos ™ and SPF 9,000,000 sunblock, and all things Nazi.
Of course, this brought out the usual suspects in full goose-stepping glory. We had a claim that Japanese WWII stuff was equally present. But as I noted (very sagely) earlier, even gunloon forums are concerned with the image that all this Nazi material at gunshows conveys to the normal public. Having been to quite a few gunshows myself, I've never seen authentic WWII Japanese militaria on display or being sold. I have seen a few replica Japanese katana swords for sale but this can't even be considered WWII memorabilia.
Commenter Stephen claims all true collectors of militaria are into guns. Well, they're also into things like aircraft, ships, artillery pieces as well. And true militaria collectors are much more interested in the history--the tactics, strategies, blunders, missed opportunities and personalities. That's why true militaria shows or events are much more likely to be symposiums where military artifacts are sold and authors (usually historians or the occassional historical figure) lecture.
Stephen's explanation falls very short when one considers most of the Nazi memorabilia sold at gunshows aren't authentic--they're replicas. Further, we also know many gunshows attract those pushing white supremacist nonsense. Coincidence? I think not.