I went into a home town LGS today. It's one of the larger stores in town, in a popular retail area. Always quite busy. It's right next door to FedEx in a shopping center so I stopped in when I had to ship a package. I was kinda looking for a cheap 1911 - something to work on more than shoot. I saw a Remington R1 in the gun case for $499. I asked the clerk to let me see it. He handed me the gun. I dropped the magazine and cleared it. Looked it over. Checked the slide, checked the trigger. Pushed the spring cap in, turned the bushing, took the spring cap off. Pulled the slide stop out. Turned the gun upside down and slid the frame out of the slide. "PLINK! Plink, plink" I heard something hit the floor. I thought WTF?! I looked around on the floor and saw a small piece of dirty, oily metal. I bent down and picked it up. It was an ejector. I looked at the frame. Sure enough, there was no ejector. I put the ejector legs in the holes on the frame. They wallowed around. I looked at the counter guy. "Hey, is this ejector supposed to be this loose?" I asked. "Look at this..." "Yeah, I think they come that way," he said. "No, no I don't think so," I said. "See this little hole right here? See this little recess on the ejector leg? There's supposed to be a pin that goes through this hole and fills this recess to lock this in place." "Oh," he says. "Let me go ask the gunsmith." He's gone 6-7 minutes. When he comes back he says, "Thanks for catching that. The gunsmith is looking for a pin that small. If he can find one are you interested in the gun?" "Uh, no. No thanks. Maybe another time." ===== About 5-6 weeks ago I stopped into another LGS. This time a newer store. I only learned about it that day. It's on the outskirts of town. I was the only customer in there when I visited. There were two rather large good ole' boys behind the counter. I look through the gun counters. I spy a Dan Wesson A2 - uncommon for this area. It has a price tag of $900. "Can I see that?" I ask. Good ole' boy #1 gets the A2 out of the case and hands it to me. I take the gun in my hand to clear it. Immediately, I see the bottom of the MSH is hanging about 3/8" out of the grip frame, and there is an equal gap at the top. I drop the magazine. I pull the slide back and clear it. The inside of the chamber is filthy. I look at the MSH. It's not the arched MSH the gun ships with. And it doesn't fit. It is obviously not pinned. "Hey," I said. "Is this gun supposed to shoot?" "Well, yeah." says GOB #1. "It's used right? How many rounds do you think it has through it?" "I dunno." "Well, what happened to the mainspring housing? This isn't the right one, it doesn't fit and you can't shoot the gun without one of these." "Oh, hmm. I dunno. I can get the owner to take a look at it if you're interested." "No thanks. That's ok. I was just curious." ===== Good grief! Whenever I go into an LGS around here, which is not often, it is apparent that many (perhaps most) of the shoppers are relative newbies and/or people with very little knowledge about what they are buying. One would hope that the firearms retailers would exercise at least some level of caution and professionalism regarding the firearms in their sale cases. This is clearly not the case. I'm not asking for much here, just don't sell people things that don't work or are obviously broken. The fact that customers have to walk into the store to point out obviously defective firearms is just a staggering business practice, IMO. Maybe it is common, but I've never seen anything like it in other industries.