This Weekend's Portland Oregon Gun Show


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Maximum1
July 26, 2009, 09:14 PM
I attended this weekend's Portland Oregon Gun Show here are a few observations:

1. It was the first time since Obama's election that lines were short. Overall the amount of people attending the show was about average, maybe even lower than pre Obama levels.

2. Ammo vendors had plenty of inventory from military "surplus" to ample supply of U.S. manufactured ammo; 9mm, .40 .45, 7.62X39, .223, 308, etc. Only shortage I noted was 380. The last few shows vendors sold out of ammo on Friday; that was not the case this time... No mad rush to buy ammo.

3. Prices on bulk ammo has come down (significantly); it's almost back to where it was before Nov'08. Example you could get 1,000 rds of 762x39 for $235.00. At the last show it was selling for close to $400.00 and they was no supply.

3. Plenty of inventory on hardware (except for the Ruger LCP 380); best I could tell vendors had stock on all models of semi-auto handguns and semi-auto rifles. For the most part prices for both (handguns & rifles) are back to pre-Dec'08 even on ARs... In fact two of the major gun dealers were having SALES on ARs. You could get Bushmasters, S&W M&P for under $1,000.00 (Bushmaster for under $900). One vendor had an awesome price on Stag Arms Model 2T (tactical) it was selling for $1,050!!! The same rifle at the last show (May) was going for $1,400.00 and they only had one. Only noted exception was AK they're still priced through the roof, prices ranged from $500-$700!

4. Overall sales were slow... both ammo and guns.

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kd7nqb
July 27, 2009, 02:16 PM
WOW, I was out of town this time so I missed the show but I guess its a good sign that the ammo supply is coming back. Thanks for the update. BTW did you check out the other show that your ticket got you into? The military vehicle one? Was it any good.

ilbob
July 27, 2009, 02:23 PM
3. Prices on bulk ammo has come down (significantly); it's almost back to where it was before Nov'08. Example you could get 1,000 rds of 762x39 for $235.00. At the last show it was selling for close to $400.00 and they was no supply.
I don't know where you were buying ammo pre Nov'08, but most of the 7.62x39 available then was wolf steel case and it generally sold for much less than $235/case.

Gryffydd
July 27, 2009, 02:28 PM
I don't know where you were buying ammo pre Nov'08, but most of the 7.62x39 available then was wolf steel case and it generally sold for much less than $235/case.
Yeah, like....$199/case with shipping... So yeah, "almost back down" would be correct, compared to $400/case.

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