Went to my first Black Friday Sale yesterday. I have avoided them for years like the plague because of all of the horror stories about crowds, early hours and stores only having 1 or 2 of the big draw really discounted items ... but Cabelas had two items I was really interested in on their Black Friday Door Buster Deals sale. Ruger 10/22 Black Synthetic Rifles ($189.99 ... $60.00 off) and a Heritage Arms Rough Rider Revolver .22lr Single Action Pistol ($99.00 ... $80.00 off). Potential Christmas presents. They opened at 5:00 a.m. So my wife's cousin and I crawled out of our warm beds and trekked out into the 26° cold and freezing rain at 3:15 a.m. and drove the 55 miles to our local Cabelas Store. Arriving at 4:30 we observed a completely full parking lot. Tents up in front of the store and a line that was 3 and 4 people across and that line extended around the corner of the building and extended to the back of the store. We learned while in line waiting outside people had been there since 5:00 Thursday afternoon and spent the night in the tents we saw. Lots of people had shown up between 1:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. Mass amounts of discouragement took over. I had contacted the store on Wednesday to check and verify models. I also inquired as to how many they had on hand because the advertising flyer said "While Supplies Last". They had 32 of the 10/22's and 21 of the Heritage .22 pistols. Of course no reserving early. So with so many people already there both of us felt there was no possible way any of the guns would be left. We pulled in, parked, grabbed our cold gear and took our place in the back of the line anyway. Waited 30 minutes outside in the sub freezing temperature, the rain and wind. When they opened and we worked our way through the front door there was hardly room to walk among all the people. We headed to the gun counter and took positions on opposite ends. Our plans were to order for each other which ever one of us got served first. Ater about 20-30 minutes David got waited on. He asked for 16 of the Rough Riders and 8 of the 10/22's. No such luck. We wound up with the 12 pistols they had left and the last 4 10/22's. We really couldn't believe our luck. Not what we had come for but way better than the emptied handed we had resolved ourselves to when seeing the crowd. While we were in store waiting at the gun counter the store lost electricity. Main power was down way over an hour. Had emergency lighting. Cash registers had to be restarted and that took a while. We had to fill out paper work with phone flash lights while standing in line to check out. Was in the check out line for 3+ hours (employees were completing background checks before letting each customer leave the 2 registers they were using for gun checkouts) - . Entered the store at 5:05 and left the store at 9:45. So all in all it in was 6 hour and 40 minute shopping trip. We had thought we would be in and out by 6:30 at the latest. ... LOL .... Saved $1200.00. Works out to around $180.00 per hour time invested. I had wanted 12 pistols and 2 rifles. David wanted 4 pistols and 6 Rifles. So we compromised. I got the 12 pistols and he got the Rifles. We were really lucky. So I got my Christmas shopping done for the daughters, son in laws and grandkids all in one place and a great price. My first and LAST Black Friday experience. Got great deals and saved a ton of money but just not worth it fighting that crowd and hassle. Really did have a good time visiting with everyone in the lines waiting and that was a plus.