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MIL-DOT
November 15, 2008, 07:00 PM
And it ain't a bitch-fest,either !!! :D I wanted to sell an AK, partially to help finance another aquisition or two, but also because I don't want to get stuck with more than the bare necessities if the worst happens.
I had a Romy G I got earlier this year from Classicarms for under $400,including shipping and transfer fee,and always considered it an investment or trader ( or nephew-gun if the SHTF !! ) .
I threw it over my shoulder with a small "for sale" sign on the stock, and I was asked the price the very first minute I was there, and about every minute afterwards till guy #11 forked over the $600 I said I was hoping to get.Yep, hardly took 10 minutes !! Loop-hole ? What loop-hole ?
I saw a single Century Yugo there for $699 ( most of us paid $429 for ours).
And several WASR's for an astounding $699 !!
I never saw the Ruger .357 I was considering, maybe get the local one I've found.
I never saw much of the sub-sonic .22's me and a buddy hoped to load up on,and no deals at all on what I did see. But I did scarf up a bunch of 9's from Ga. Arms.
The show was pretty much standing room only,I was constantly apologizing or being apologized to for bumping into folks.
Something odd,though. The cop at the door never worked the action to check for a chambered round, he just wrapped a nylon tie around the outside of the receiver and through the trigger guard, something I'm sure didn't do anything to prevent the gun from being loaded and fired.Seems I recall seeing them normally run the tie through the mag-well and ejection port, but what do I know.
But,no one got shot ( while I was there) and it seems they were doing a brisk buisness and a good time was had by all.
Now,I gotta run, poker game starts in an hour !!

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Walkalong
November 15, 2008, 07:05 PM
We have one here next weekend. It should be interesting.

Bozo
November 15, 2008, 07:08 PM
Pretty much the same thing at our show today in SC. Took me 40 minutes just to get in the door and I was 30 minutes early. People were buying, anything, components, guns, ammo by the case, you name it. But I didn't really see too much price gouge, a few maybe, but I did seem some AK's at 498 and most Ar's around 1000. Ammo seemed high on the bulk sites. Georgia Arms, one of the bigger dealers sold most of his stuff prior to 11:00 am and he said he brought a double batch.

Kinda tells you what people are thinking.

anythingshiny
November 15, 2008, 07:12 PM
i posted up similar on the carolina shooters forum...but i had a free morning and at my local 3 shops there was a grand total of 0 AK and 3 AR's avail.

dixie gun is this coming weekend..i will go just to watch the dog and pony show...gonna be a zoo i think.

HDon
November 15, 2008, 07:32 PM
I went to one in the middle of nowhere, was only there til noon, so it could've all changed after I was gone but I think sticker shock was in effect today.

Definite price increases, but handguns seemd to be the only things moving. Several vendors not interested in purchasing anything outright, but were willing to negotiate a trade.

Their stuff: 7.62x39 $150 / 500 rnds, WASRs were $499, SKS Para for $495, SKS Russian $500, Used SAR-1 for $545, M-44 $99. 9x18 Silver (and Brown) Bear $15/individual box. 70 rnd bandolier 8mm (Turk) $20-$30.

A lot of tire kickers on shotgun stuff. Handguns seemed to be doing well. Rifles and ammo had lots of lookers, but didn't see much purchased.

jnyork
November 15, 2008, 07:36 PM
So, how were the prices on the beef jerky and the beanie babies? :scrutiny:

wally
November 15, 2008, 11:49 PM
At todays GRB show I've never seen such a large crowd and it seemed everyone was buying.

Had it not been for the fact I'd made arrangements to pick up a transfer at this show a couple of weeks ago, I'd have just turned around and gone home as soon as I saw the line to buy tickets 10 minutes before the doors opened. Usually I get there about this same time and there is maybe ten folks ahead of me in line, today it was down to the end of the street!

Lines to buy anything were so long, folks were grateful for the free Jerky samples :) Didn't see any beanie babies, not that I was looking. Weirdest to me was a fairly large display selling USB drives in shot shell-like housing and other weird shapes. Didn't make much since to me, especially since they weren't cheap enough for Xmas joke gifts.

--wally.

Ignition Override
November 16, 2008, 12:47 AM
At the Memphis gun show several days After the election, the prices for a gun's given condition appeared the same as at the show three months earlier, but I only looked at the large selection of SKS, Saigas (including their shotguns), AKs and MNs.
Know nothing about and have no interest in ARs.

There were no lines to either look at or buy any of these, and this was about 10:30. The Saigas/AKs seem to have been barely noticed.
Three shooting buddies were about the very first inside and found quite reasonable deals on a Russian plus Yugo SKS and a Finnish MN.
These were really good-looking.
Maybe this gun frenzy has multiplied itself as more days have gone by following the election, perpetuated by the media or Internet?

DRYHUMOR
November 16, 2008, 01:08 AM
I went to the SC today also, rough head count of 350-400 waiting in line, and more coming. This was at about 9 am. I gave it up until about 2:30 and only waited about 10 min to get in.

I asked the ticket lady how many, she said about 3000 had come in today.

Saw a lot of the same old stuff. AR's low at 950 high at 1400 on avg.
Fair prices pretty much all around. Ammo was pretty thin by the time I got there.

A few pretty nice hunting and target rifles there, but not many. No gouging on the AR mags, 10-12.00 apiece.

I did manage to trade ammo I didn't need for some I did, so it was worth the trip.

cobra2411
November 16, 2008, 01:30 AM
I went to two shows today... One near the Pocono's and one near Quakertown. Pocono show was a nut house, prices were crazy and the one guy with reasonable prices listed was charging people a "gun show" fee. Or at least trying too...

Romanian AK's were $599 and up, Yugo SKS's were $279 and up... Ammo was maybe 5% under retail from what I saw...

Now the other show was much smaller and based on prices you'd never know Obama was elected. Missed the last Romanian AK though... Price? $429...

Did get a Savage Mk2 with a scope for a good deal... I'm finally getting to the point where it's a hassle taking all the guns to the range... :)

Txhillbilly
November 16, 2008, 02:10 AM
I went to the Ft.Worth show today around 2:00PM and still had to wait inline to get in. It was crazy inside,Ammo dealers tables were bare,and the prices were really high on anything related to a AK,AR,SKS. I thought I had went to a stroller convention with all the women with young children there running over everyones toes. I did find a Taurus 24/7 OSS 45ACP for a decent price and bought it. But as I was filling out the BATFE form the guy next to me was denied and started raisng hell with the dealer and security had to be called. What is wrong with these people,I think they have lost it. THB

Jdude
November 16, 2008, 03:17 AM
I was at one today also. There were stripped DPMS lowers for $380. :O
The other tables and prices were reasonable. Private sales of anything I was after were sold before they even made it indoors. Do people camp outside and get those guys as they come in or something? Sheesh!

Gun shows are great for another thing I never expected: Diversity. I saw a very attractive purple haired hippie chick sporting a 30/06 that I would have liked to bring home. The wife would have been displeased if I bought an new rifle and very displeased if I brought home the cutie so I passed on both. ;)

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
November 16, 2008, 03:40 AM
but also because I don't want to get stuck with more than the bare necessities if the worst happens.

Huh? :scrutiny: If the "worst happens", then that'd be a ban on possession, with no grandfather clause. So one of two situations would exist. Either:

1. You plan to circumvent the law and therefore will still possess some, in which case, what sense does it make to be down to "bare necessities"? The more hoarded, the better.

Or

2. You plan to comply with the law, in which case it doesn't matter what you have, it will all be confiscated, and so you'd want to have NOTHING left (sold all for $$), not the bare necessities left....

right? I guess I see what you're saying, maybe - if you DO have to turn guns into the gov't, you want it to be the least amount possible, while still maintaining the bare bones to use until then....

MIL-DOT
November 16, 2008, 11:57 AM
I'm not exactly sure what I mean,either, as the possible scenarios vary. I don't know anyone that says they'll simply turn them in, most responses range from "my cold dead hands", to giving/loaning them to someone less armed,to tossing them in the river, but NO ONE"S gonna just going to toss them in the back of the converted ice-cream truck when it comes riding through the neighborhood ringing its bell.
But I do feel that I don't need/want five AKs if and when it becomes a felony to own one. I'd rather keep one or two for now, and convert other high profile stuff into lower profile stuff, like revolvers and 5 shot, pump action 12 guages.
I'm not dognmatically stating that this is the way to go, I'm just doing what seems prudent to me, considering what is possible, maybe even likely, to come down.

SoCalShooter
November 16, 2008, 02:25 PM
WE have one here in SD in December late December unfortunately the place *cold war shooters* is gouging people extremely heavily charging 799 for a GSG5 that cost 599 only a week and 1/2 ago, frankly guys I do not like getting gouged I am even thinking of not buying a thing if they are charging outrageous prices.

DiN_BLiX
November 16, 2008, 02:29 PM
Local shop here has been out of ALL ARs for a week, they are heavily backordered. Acadmey has 0 mini-14/30s and 6 ARs.

BBQLS1
November 16, 2008, 10:35 PM
I saw the same kind of hoopla at the one down here. There were a couple of places that had fair prices though.

jayvoigt@yahoo.com
November 17, 2008, 12:54 PM
Was at the gun show this weekend, everything was 10-30% higher in price, surpluss ammo was even hard to find. Went to the sporting soods store and thier shelves were empty. No 9mm or 7.62 x 39. Scrarry. Denver is freaking aout about this ellection. Anyone experincing the same thing?

pith43
November 17, 2008, 01:24 PM
re: Denver,
I was at the Bass Pro Shop on saturday night, there was probably 30 people in line at the gun counter, and 6 employee's, all doing transfer paperwork. Ammunition was scarce, low on .45acp, .38spcl, .357, practice ammo. Had some 40sw but not a 380 auto round in the whole place (wife's gonna be pissed), nor at Wally's, or Sportsmans Warehouse. Glad I stopped in though...found a real nice Kimber Ultra Covert in the fine gun room:)

TEDDY
November 17, 2008, 04:03 PM
guess I will go out and load some more 380,I loaded 45 colt yesterday.and I suppose I might as well load 32 acp for my colt and savage.by the way the 32acp is nice in an auxilary cart.in 308 or 30/06 also in my 303.no noise to speak of.

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