Indy 1500 gun and knife show


May 25, 2007, 04:00 AM
Gotta love Indiana. Indy 500 this weekend, and then the Indy 1500 gun and knife show the weekend after.

The Indy 1500 gun and knife show is held about every 3 months. And each time I tell myself no new guns. And each time a gun ends up following me home. This time, I will be looking for an SKS if the price tickles me just right.

However, this gun and knife show usually has the same vendors that are there every time. I think I see maybe one or two new booths. But for the most part you can expect all of the exact same stuff you saw at the one they had just three months prior. Three consecutive shows this guy had three East German Makarovs, all three shows had the same price on them, and all three shows they were still there. The third show I finally bought one of them, after I got the price down a bit. Im curious if he still has the other two sitting there in a couple weekends.

All in all, it is a great place to pick up some reloading supplies, or pick up a couple more magazines for your guns, or get some of those awesome roasted almonds.

Anybody else plan on going to the race or the gun show? I'll be at the gun show, but not at the race. I'll be watching it on the TV, and listening the the cars from my apartment. I live over by 465 and rockville road, but can still hear the track as clear as day.

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El Tejon
May 25, 2007, 07:35 AM
Going to Michigan this weekend (martial arts tournament).

Will be at the 1500 next weekend with my brother and two of his sons.:)

I'll be scooping up magazines, doing some horse trading (a couple of dealers from Missouri are meeting me so we complete some trades) and be on the look out for any targets of opportunity.

Who has what for sale?

June 2, 2007, 08:38 AM
I will be going on sunday with my g/f and her co-worker and her boyfriend. I would rather go today but they want to go tomorrow because we were told the croud is smaller. I hope I can find some good deals on sunday.

El Tejon
June 2, 2007, 03:30 PM
Check out the ammo, decent prices. A guy was selling a bunch of Yugo CKCs for $145.00. I caught a break because I bought multiple copies and I had a C&R.

Decent show, got a Smith M63, a few Yugo SKSs, a bunch of AR mags, ammo, books, new grips for a Ruger Blackhawk, a Chairman Mao tote bag (no, really, it's great) and had a used Glock 21 inspected by Nick while I shopped.

June 5, 2007, 06:23 PM
I like to go to the Indy 1500 as well. Lately I have been seeing alot of M14 parts for sale but very few M14/M1A rifles. I am biulding up parts so that I can eventually get a couple nice ones biult up early next year.

June 5, 2007, 08:01 PM
I was shocked at how large the show was. I have only been to a few small ones in the past. I will be saving some cash for the next one and plan to check it out on a friday if possible. I would like to find a deal on a revolver of some flavor.

There was a lot of cool items.

The funniest thing I seen was a guy had these LED flashlights for 5 bucks. he was talking them up big time. I chatted with him for a minute then moved on. A few tables down from him they had the same flashlights that they were selling 3 for 10 bucks.

June 6, 2007, 01:39 AM
Sales were pretty low for everyone at the show this last weekend. I help the owner of Cloak and Dagger sell knives and it was pretty bad. It always is slow, this was the 2nd worst I've seen.

Of course as a buyer it was great and I picked up some magazines, an Iver Johnson .38S&W in excellent shape and some ammo. I could have spent a LOT more but restrained myself.

August 25, 2007, 12:40 AM
The show is going on again, it had it first day today already. The show will go on Saturday and Sunday also.

El Tejon
August 25, 2007, 07:43 AM
I'm leaving after I meet a new client at 8:00 AM.:)

If sales are low then that is the fault of the dealers.

Last show my brother and I went together. We approached a knife dealer who was bitching and moaning to another dealer about how slow yesterday was.

My brother asks for straight razors. He doesn't have any.

My brother asks for a certain model Benchmade. He doesn't have any.

I ask for a certain model Spyderco. He doesn't have any.

I ask for another model of Spyderco. He doesn't have any.

I am continually reminded that the gun business is the only business around where people do not want to make money.:banghead:

El Tejon
August 25, 2007, 03:06 PM
Solid show. I bought: a bunch of .308 at .24 a round (Bless those Baltic Staters), couple of ammo cans full of .357, a bunch of AR15 mags with the Magpul followers installed at $10 a pop, cleaning supplies, and some books from the book dealer by the pretzel stand.:)

What did you guys get?

August 25, 2007, 06:12 PM
I had been going to the Indy show for a lot of years and made the trip down yesterday after work. Over the years have run into a lot of good deals with some great vendors.

The admission price is now up to $9 now and the show , at least to me , is not nearly as good as it has been in the past. More and more flea market items.

On vendor with a small collection of older Smiths , (a lot of 27s) seemed to be annoyed that I was looking at his revolver display. His partner even came from behind the table to basically stand in my way as I was looking down the display. Like the above post said , the gun business is one where the sellers seem to care less if they make money or not.

The show to me was not worth the price of admission.

August 27, 2007, 12:50 PM
El Tejon, where was the 308 at? I went on friday and saw some surplus 30-06 but didnt see any 308. Anyway I did pick up a pretty nice M1A at a decent price though.

August 27, 2007, 01:25 PM
I went Sunday morning with my g/f, bought some AR mags, and parts for her AR that we are putting together. One guy had some S/A 308 ammo, $60 for a battle pack, 1981 issue. He also had some .223 Belgium ss109, 63gr $60 for 150rds or $350 for a sealed ammo box, 880rds I think. Looked all over for some Sig P220, .45mags, none to be found.. The show did have some empty tables, first time for that... Generally all the tables are full... kinda makes you wonder what is going on. But all in all, pretty good show.

El Tejon
August 27, 2007, 05:36 PM
What's going on? It's August, always an off show, at least the dealers think. Of course, if they treated their business as a business and customers as customers, they would be surprised.

BTW, I saw the knife dealer who was moaning last show about how slow it was last show. I asked him for four knife models that he did not have and then asked him if he was "doing any good this time." He frowned and said "no, people just don't want to buy anything." I replied, "well, maybe if you and the other dealers would actually bring stuff and sell instead of sitting in your lawn chair demanding people to spend their money on things that the customers do not want, you would have a good show." I always make friends.:p

Match14, the tables near the side by the pretzel stand that had the two young guys (brothers?) selling nothing but ammo. I made an offer for all their Lithuanian .308 and they let me use their two wheeler to wheel it out. Including the .308, .45, buckshot and .357, I bought so much ammo that I had to make 4 trips to the car, good thing I had my father's Cadillac with the big trunk.:D

Yeah, the guy with the $60 RSA ammo quoted me a price of $460 for 1,000 rounds of Black Hills .223 and get this, denied my reasonable counteroffer.:o Oh, well, can't win on every deal. I find more .223. I have good karma with cheap ammo.

Mags and ammo this time, no guns. I think this is the first time in 10 or so years that I have been to a gun show and not purchased a firearm.

September 3, 2007, 05:28 PM
Maybe next show in INdy We all from the High road could do a get together at some meeting point? or wear something? I look at your posts and many of you are close states wise and I figure when near to each other an oppertunity for a photocup o' Joe? Nothin too all envolved, no working at it , just meetin up saying hi, putting the face with the names..

Just an idea. I am new to this area relatively,( Indiana 7.5 yrs ) and hope to make some real life freinds along the way to, beyond the internet.


El Tejon
September 4, 2007, 10:15 AM
Sounds like a plan to me.

How about meeting at that Starbuck's on 38th Street near the fairgrounds?

Next show is the first weekend in November. Let's do it then.:)

September 5, 2007, 10:17 PM
I'm just a young buck, and more of a lurker than a poster, but I'd like to join in on the Hoosier High Road Shenanigans. I'd be there.

September 5, 2007, 11:02 PM
this ole whipper snapper might have to ride up on his horse!

September 6, 2007, 02:19 AM
haha, that starbucks seems really out of place for that part of town.

I'm in for a cup of joe. Just let us know a time and date.

September 6, 2007, 03:35 AM
Too Cool I will post more as we get closer to the date, Star bucks on 38th? lol I used to live walking distance to the fair grounds and there wasn't coffee short of McD's back then..

September 6, 2007, 08:39 AM
I'd be up for a cup of coffee before the show.

El Tejon
September 6, 2007, 09:12 AM
Yeah, that whole area around the fairgrounds is going through a slow motion gentrification. It's one of those neighborhoods that has painted houses with golf course lawns on one end of the block but on the other end there are houses with gutters falling off, plywood over windows, unexplained metal and tires in the yard and kids jumping off the roof onto old mattresses (very strange, I've seen this there and in Mars Hill).

Great, next show is first weekend in November. I'll start a thread 10 days or so before then. See you Hoosiers then.:)

September 6, 2007, 10:32 AM
Sounds good to me as well. I have been going to the Indy show for many years and this last one seemed much improved. I enjoyed the increased number of dealers with mostly used, interesting firearms.

September 14, 2007, 12:04 PM
Hey El Tejon would you be willing to sell any of that surplus ammo you bought?

El Tejon
September 14, 2007, 01:06 PM
Hey, do you know how many .308s I have?:D Not at this point, but never say never. Don't worry, we'll find more in November, I have a nose for ammo.

Buy it all and stack it tall.:cool:

September 14, 2007, 04:13 PM
Ok, thanks for the quick reply.

The Wiry Irishman
September 14, 2007, 04:54 PM
I'd be interested in a November meet-up. Typically there's several people from the gun club that go, and a few of them are on THR, as well.

Gary G23
September 14, 2007, 08:02 PM
I used to go to that show all the time when I lived up north. One of the few things I miss about yankeeland.

September 14, 2007, 10:46 PM
Not only will this be my first THR thingy, it will be my first gunshow.

I know...I know...I'm ashamed.

September 18, 2007, 12:34 PM
haha, that starbucks seems really out of place for that part of town.

I may go. I love Starbucks, but I do not love 38th St. How about Starbucks in Broadripple? I avoid bad areas like the plague.

September 18, 2007, 02:37 PM
It's a nice Starbucks with tight parking. The city finally decided that it's abandonment of that area was in least for the part of 38th leading from 65 to the fairgrounds so the area currently looks very nice. I've not been bothered nor even spoken to impolitely. I have more problems with the politicians and a small number of police than I do with the ghetto.

While it may be worth it to drive to Broadpimple while wearing my infidel shirt and vendor badge just to see someone choke on their coffee that would be low road. ;)

September 18, 2007, 04:42 PM
I'm in, but Starbucks isn't my bag... and it sound like we may need more room anyway...

Danville might be to far to go, but I know somebody who knows somebody... actually I'm the current president of the Danville Conservation Club, and if the calendar is clear we might be able to use the clubhouse.

September 20, 2007, 12:31 PM
There are a few Le Peep restaurants with room for a group. I know there are 2 on the north side & 1 downtown. Good food, loud & fast.

October 25, 2007, 01:39 AM
The Indy 1500 gun and knife show will be held again during the first weekend of November.

Are we still planning a get together before the show?

El Tejon
October 25, 2007, 07:42 AM
Sure thing. Matt, my nephews and I will be there.:)

We will be in Indy at my dad's early Saturday morning. Starbuck's on 38th Street still O.K.? What say you?

October 25, 2007, 08:52 PM
El Tejon,
I think my son works at that truck stop?

October 25, 2007, 08:56 PM
El Tejon,
I think my son works at that truck stop?:confused:

El Tejon
October 28, 2007, 03:52 PM
Manan, which truck stop?:confused:

Sorry, not tracking your post.:scrutiny:

What about 9:00 am on Saturday November 3d? Have a cup of coffee or tea and then hit the show?

October 29, 2007, 10:02 AM
I'll be setting up Friday, of course. Look for the fan-shaped rack of swords and my book cover blowups. I'll have my new book, too, which ticked off some lefties so much I got threats of lawsuits:D (bring it on):evil:

Rest of the weekend I have drill, but my wife and possible staff will be there.

October 30, 2007, 07:42 PM
Is there a vendor list for the 1500?

October 31, 2007, 12:04 AM
no, but with 1500 tables (or more) you can find anything legal up to a Transferable .50 BMG, antique swords, hunting supplies, rare ammo, books, ostrich jerky, or a politician.

Okay, we don't sell politicians. But there are party HQs not far away

El Tejon
October 31, 2007, 07:35 AM
I'm not aware of any vendors that come to the 1500. The tables are retailers and a few private individuals selling off stuff. Some of the knife making suppliers may be vendors as well, but you can buy from them direct at the show.

You have your own business then, ta4? Which vendor and for what are you looking for, ta4?

Edit: wait, by "vendor" do you mean the correct usage of the word, or the THR usage. Ahhh, THR and it's managling misuse of certain words.:D

October 31, 2007, 02:14 PM
Maybe I should have said 'retailers' instead of 'vendors'. Anyway, looking for a 1911.

El Tejon
October 31, 2007, 04:28 PM
ta4, sure, plenty of dealers there, just keep a sharp eye peeled for what you desire.

I just like to go to see the hustle and bustle of the gun market in action. *tear in eye* Mercatus est dulce.:D

Vendor. When you say vendor to a guy like me, I think "those that supply manufacturers or distributors".

I realize that computergeek speaker vendor has become the generic "those who have stuff to sell anyone". No big deal. I'll get over myself.:D

October 31, 2007, 08:54 PM
El Tejon-I'll also be looking for some 5.56x45, 45acp. I'm a holster nut-hopefully a nice used holster is in the cards. Check your im.

November 1, 2007, 03:18 PM
Is this one of the bigger shows? By that I mean, I understand the August show was an "off" show. Is this one of the larger variety?

November 1, 2007, 10:47 PM
This is the hunting season show. One of the two biggest.

El Tejon
November 2, 2007, 07:42 AM
Fergy, the August show is always "off" because the dealers think that people will not spend money because of "summer vacation" (whatever that is). Hah, I showed them and carried the responsibility of several other gun nuts!:D

It's self-fulfilling prophecy: the dealers bring no merchandise because they think people will not spend money. They then sit on their stools and whine that people are asking for things but not buying anything that they bring.

I've written about this after the last gun show with the knife dealer that absolutely nothing to sell and then whined that he was doing no business. I have absolutely no sympathy for the stool sitters (or lawn chair sitters) and their moronic business practices.

See you there. We'll do our part for gun trade mercatus.:D

November 2, 2007, 10:44 AM
I brought tons of stuff for August and did average. Considering how light it was on some dealers, and being the traditional "slow" show, I'm happy.

El Tejon
November 3, 2007, 07:48 AM
Here at westside of Indy at my parents' waiting for Matt. He will be 15 minutes late.

See everyone there.

November 3, 2007, 06:39 PM
I wish more of the dealers had signs or business cards out. I got tired of asking what shop they were from. Saw neither El Tejon nor madmike. Looked for those nice, high-end Sharp Pointy Things, but no luck.

El Tejon
November 4, 2007, 01:00 PM
ta4, come now. You expect anyone in the gun business to treat their livelihood as a business and not a hobby? For shame. What's the rule of the gun business? Come on now, repeat it together, "people do not enter the gun business to make any money, they enter the gun business to tell other people 'NO!'":D

Bob Landies gave me a new one perspective this weekend: what percentage of gun dealers are only children? 99.999% How can you tell? "No, this is mine, and this in mine, this is not for you, no.":D

Solid show. I love the mercatus of the gun culture, but I could do without all the flea market rubbish that they let in. Wish that would stop. I can only impact it by not buying any of it.

Matt was late coming into Indy. I hung with the nephews and my parents until Matt blessed us with his presence. We got to the show at 10AM and stayed until 3PM.

I traded a rifle for two pistols, bought odds and ends (slings, parts, dummy rounds, cleaning stuff), books, bunch of AR mags, a stripped AR lower and ammo (RSA 7.62x39, and Baltic .308).

Matt bought an AR lower at the same time, ammo and a minty K31 with the beech/birth stock. Have not seen a K31 this minty in 3 years or so. The bluing shone like a SW revovler from the '50s, only missing a little bluing on the magazine follower. No dings at all on the stock and no name under the butt plate. Amazing, must have been a parade rifle or something.

I passed on an M14 (Title I) for $1200. I am amazed by my discipline but I just paid '06 and 3d quarter so I am always restrained at the fall show.

I pawed a Microtech AUG clone. Dealer told me he had problems with it initially but Microtech corrected it and the weapon is running fine. I hope this project goes well. Wait and see.

I almost bought a Salsa from Spyderco. Always like to have plenty of Chicago legal knives around, but thought the price was too high. I'm keep looking.

See everyone in January. Maybe we should wear name tags next time.:D

November 5, 2007, 04:41 AM
Have no idea what everyone looks like, but I do however remember that K31. It was real beauty.

This now makes 6th show, or at least from what I've seen, that the same guy hasn't been able to move his Makarov. Tried to tell him his price was too high.

I wasnít planning on buying another gun, but a young guy was walking in with a Bulgarian Makarov, as I was walking out to hit up the ATM to get some cash for some more ammo. I ended up buying the Mak instead of ammo. Haha. Iím a sucker for a makarov. Iím also a sucker for the roasted almonds, I always end up getting a bag.

November 5, 2007, 08:48 AM
Drill weekend. I was only there Friday. The high end sharp pointies were by the exit, with my wife and a friend hawking them.

The "flea market" stuff allows non-gunny spouses and SOs to shop, too, and thus improves attendance. All-gun shows tend to suck for that reason. It can be overdone, but a little jewelry, surplus, leather and toys makes it more family friendly. And I bought about $200 in bullion.

October 25, 2009, 06:49 PM
Not sure if anyone will know but I recently went to the Indy 1500 gun and knife show this past weekend (10/24/09) at the state fair grounds and bought some BBQ sauce. I know who goes to a gun show and buys bbq sauce but got home and realized there was no label on it so I don't remember the name to look up their website... Does anyone know the name of the bbq sauce vendors or where I can find it without waiting till the next show?

Please email me with a response if anyone knows...

October 25, 2009, 08:55 PM
You might be able to give these people a call and get your information. I believe they are the organizers of the show

World Class Gun Shows, Inc.

P.O. Box 14194

Oklahoma City, OK 73113

Phone - (405) 340-1333 - Fax (405) 478-0700

Week of Show Call - (317) 870-9296

October 25, 2009, 09:02 PM was it the Stinkeye BBQ sauce, or the dipping sauces from Zick's Meat?

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