$500 to blow at the gun show


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halftrack
January 29, 2010, 06:39 PM
i'm going to a gun show tomorrow morning with $500 to spend. i have a pretty diverse gun collection so haven't decided on a particular far arm to look for. what's at the top of the wish list in that price range for you guys?

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almostfree
January 29, 2010, 06:43 PM
For me it is ammo or reloading supplies. If it was to be a firearm, I am keeping my eyes open on a good deal on a Ruger M77 Hawkeye .30-06 or a S&W M17.

Floppy_D
January 29, 2010, 06:47 PM
First on my wish list is $500 to blow at a gun show. :D

Given that, I'd bargain hunt. When that proved useful or fruitless, I'd probably look for odds and ends I could use... reloading dies, casting molds, primers, powder, bullets, magazines, spring kits, ammo, whatever tickles my fancy. Slings for rifles that don't have them yet, inexpensive cleaning gear, if it can be found. I'd probably keep my eye open for 22 rifles and revolvers ore a 4" 38 revolver, more than anything.

texas bulldog
January 29, 2010, 07:00 PM
for me, in that price range i'd target .22 rifles and used .38 or .357 revolvers. if i found a glock 26 or CZ RAMI under that price, i'd think about it.

of course, just buying $500 worth of ammo sounds pretty good too.

ohioshooter
January 29, 2010, 07:34 PM
Cause I pretty much get what I want (wife makes good money) buy what you really want IF you already have what you really NEED

Damon555
January 29, 2010, 07:38 PM
I wouldn't spend it at a gun show....I'd go to the local retailer.

RP88
January 29, 2010, 07:52 PM
what's at the top of the wish list in that price range for you guys?

need any scopes, reflex sights, or optics? mags? Spare parts? Five Mosins? Any milsurps in general? Some flavor of AK-47, '74, Saiga, etc.?

Those would be my choices.

lobo9er
January 29, 2010, 07:56 PM
m. nagant
used SXS
22lr
if money left over ammo

lobo9er
January 29, 2010, 07:57 PM
then your ready for anything not that you aren't already :)

paintballdude902
January 29, 2010, 08:00 PM
2 mosins and a metric crap load of surplus ammo

mokin
January 29, 2010, 08:01 PM
That's a tough one. I'd look for ammunition and reloading components. At the last gun show I attended I was about ready to trade my old 4Runner for a G43.

highorder
January 29, 2010, 08:02 PM
Loading supplies
Kel-tec 9mm carbine
.22lr revolvers
Fancy M1 Garand wood
ostrich jerkey
Spyderco knives

shotgunsrfun
January 29, 2010, 08:16 PM
look for a mosin nagant and buy your surplus ammo online!!!!!!!!!! I was at a gun show and they wanted $150 for 440 rounds(online its $99-$115!!!!!!!!!!!)

essayons21
January 29, 2010, 08:19 PM
See if you can get a good deal on a new Trijicon reflex sight. I got one for next to nothing from a buddy, and I'm blown away. I've used pretty much every other brand of reflex CCO, and this thing blows the rest of them out of the water. Open design, always on, auto-adjusts to lighting conditions, lightweight and rugged.

halftrack
January 29, 2010, 08:29 PM
thanks for all the good ideas. maybe it's time for an ak-47--got lots of ammo (factory and reloads) left after selling an sks. or a clean used .44 mag might be possible--same ammo situation. feel like a kid on christmas eve. no experience with mosin nagant--what's the deal?

Phydeaux642
January 29, 2010, 08:30 PM
Beef jerky and Nazi memorabilia.:evil:

W.E.G.
January 29, 2010, 08:35 PM
maybe it's time for an ak-47

You have a "diverse" gun collection and you still have no AK?

That and a case of ammo should cover your 5 bills nicely.

Dr.Mall Ninja
January 29, 2010, 08:38 PM
Get the AK, you dont have a collection till you got an AK.

Arkansas Paul
January 29, 2010, 08:41 PM
Well you asked for what was on our wish list for around $500. Mine is a Ruger Blackhawk, or Blackhawk Bisely in .44 mag or .45 Colt, whichever I can find for the best deal. I'm looking to buy used, so hopefully I'll have enough left over for some dies and components for it.

devildog32713
January 29, 2010, 08:42 PM
GSG-5, .22LR sporting semi-auto version of MP5, I held it at a gunshow and absolutely loved it! http://http://www.gsg5rifle.com/item/166318_American_Tactical_Imports_Rifles_Shotguns_GSG_GERG2222LTD09TSD_GSG5.aspx

or a Beretta Bobcat, (with Gemtech can for more.)

22-rimfire
January 29, 2010, 09:03 PM
I'd look for a good use 22 rifle or two or if you are lucky a Smith Model 17 for about that price.

MMCSRET
January 29, 2010, 09:16 PM
I have a lot of anything I need, so I just go and see if anything grabs me. If I come away with out spending I will hit the local shops and then probably go back to the show again the next day. Here in Montana most of the shows run 3 days and I always go 2 days and often 3, because the displays are in flux all the time. I go in, make a complete round, taking notes and then get a cup of coffee and consult my notes and then follow up accordingly.

FROGO207
January 29, 2010, 09:27 PM
Primers......primers........primers.......primers......primers.............:banghead:

BHP FAN
January 29, 2010, 09:33 PM
AK,SKS, or RIA G.I. .45.

Stainlessbutcher
January 29, 2010, 09:39 PM
I'm thinking a S&W .41 mag with a 6" barrel in stainless..but that might put ya over the top on cash. Second choice for me would be a winchester or remington .22 target rifle...again, that might be a bit over the budget.

Butch.

shotgunsrfun
January 29, 2010, 10:25 PM
mosin nagant? almost everyone likes them.. They go back to the War. It is in bolt action. Pretty fun I hear, the gun is cheap to shoot and is like an ak47 what I hear.

Just make sure you do not get the one where you need a 2x4 to open the bolt:banghead::banghead::barf: I saw a video this guy bolt was so bad he was slamming it on the table to open the bolt handle. You just need to remove that 50 years worth of grease off it:)

Rembrandt
January 29, 2010, 10:59 PM
I'll second the GSG-5......Around $400


http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k362/GSG5Host3/nfa/kel5.jpg

mljdeckard
January 29, 2010, 11:03 PM
Can I carry $500 worth of ammo?

shotgunsrfun
January 29, 2010, 11:12 PM
Yes if you got the right rig! ;)

you just need one who those canvas bags and put a bunch of ak/ar mags in. You can hold it but will be heavy....

GojuBrian
January 29, 2010, 11:17 PM
$10 to get in
Every AR in there is at least double what you have now
Old 1911's are $1500 or more
A ruger lcr is $415,but $520 at the gun show
Ruger p95's go for $350 or less....$450 at the gun show.
I saw a buckmark camper for $475 at the last gun show........seriously.

Ammo.....at the gun show is DOUBLE it's retail.

Those guys are trying to retire in a single day.

Take the $$$ to the for sale ads here. :cool:

ThePunisher'sArmory
January 29, 2010, 11:21 PM
If its a firearm i've been looking at a Ruger GP100 with 6" barrel, or a Walther P22 Target. If its optics an EOTech for my AR. If its ammo a ton of .22lr and 9mm, some .223. Lastly accessories I do need a Bull barrel for my 10/22. But these are just suggestions if you are going to spend the $500 on me.:)

shotgunsrfun
January 29, 2010, 11:28 PM
$10 to get in
Every AR in there is at least double what you have now
Old 1911's are $1500 or more
A ruger lcr is $415,but $520 at the gun show
Ruger p95's go for $350 or less....$450 at the gun show.
I saw a buckmark camper for $475 at the last gun show........seriously.

Ammo.....at the gun show is DOUBLE it's retail.

Those guys are trying to retire in a single day.

Take the $$$ to the for sale ads here.

I really like gojubrian post.. those guys are trying to retire in a single day. I believe that when I saw a WWII rifle used by the seller for double than the surplus condtion!.......... LOL

Hardtarget
January 29, 2010, 11:30 PM
Have you got a 1903/ Or maybe a P 1917? At least check any of those...might find an affordable one...that looks respectable.

What I like might not move you at all so ...what have you thought of more than twice this past month? That might be your target.As Yoda said..."focus". :D

Mark

Oro
January 29, 2010, 11:41 PM
$500?

The guns I've bought for around that price, or less, that have given me the most pleasure are:

1) pre-lock S&W 4" 686 with original wood grips. $450.
2) Pre-lock S&W 2.5" 19 or 66
3) Nice, arsenal re-finished FMAP M1927 (aka "Sistema Colt"). Real-deal licensed pre-war Colt 1911 copy. Especially if it was a JDL import from the earl '90s. (stamp is tiny and behind the mag release). Prices on these are shooting up. A simple tune-up with a tighter bushing, new springs and a tweak to the mainspring and you have a sweet shooting, real-deal military 1911a1.
4) Very nice quality Winchester 94 in .30-30. If you don't have one, get one (or buy one of mine!).
5) Genuine US "Victory" revolver, 4" barrel in original .38 Special chambering. Very sweet shooters and highly accurate.

I've got better "bang" for $500 or less, but nowadays those are things you might actually find at a show for that price or be able to haggle down to it.

Let us know what you find. These things are all obtainable for that amount of cash or close. Don't just blow it at the show on stuff you don't need - go find these things online any of those ideas strike you.

Ian
January 29, 2010, 11:56 PM
I'd jump on a nice Polish RPD kit with an intact barrel - $450 plus shipping (since you won't actaully see them at most shows)

MMCSRET
January 30, 2010, 10:12 AM
I thought this before, when I did my first post, so I will enter it now. $500.00 really isn't much when you are looking for something to reach out and grab your heart strings as you walk by a display. I've suffered that tug and then suffered it again, I don't like to miss out when two Colts are tugging. I try to carry enough for more than one indiscretion at the same event. I don't rely on plastic, cash has a much sweeter voice in those situations!!!!!!!!!!!

car15bill
January 30, 2010, 12:03 PM
i find if i take what would have been a gun show day, and drive around to ALL the gun shops that i know of, and browse with the same amount of money, i can usually find a better deal, on a better gun, with a decent establishment behind it. :)

if you buy something at a gun show, you could very well be buying a lemon that someone else cant get to work. if you buy it at a shop, they will "usually" stand behind it, at least to a certain extent.

I bought a remington model 24( browning auto 22 predecessor)in decent shape with a lyman peep sight for 240 bucks at the best shop in town, and they have an unconditional warranty on any used gun they sell for one year. It was a square deal on a nice gun. The gun works great, but if it hadn't, i would not be angry over it, I would have the ability to just pack it up and have their gunsmith fix it, and wouldn't be " up the creek."

OTOH, i did snag a nylon 66 for 200 bucks a year ago, and everyone else was selling theirs for 350-400. So there are deals, you just have to be willing to keep an eye out, and have a backup plan (what gun shops are in the immediate area) for when you DON'T find a good deal at the show. :D

500 bucks buys a pretty decent reloading setup, and then you can spend more time at the range!:cool:

geojap
January 30, 2010, 12:26 PM
Ammo.

buck460XVR
January 30, 2010, 01:56 PM
'm going to a gun show tomorrow morning with $500 to spend. i have a pretty diverse gun collection so haven't decided on a particular far arm to look for.


I'm with those that recommend buying ammo/reloading components. $500 ain't gonna buy much of a gun, and if you have as many as you claim, you have more than enough to keep yourself busy at the range as long as you have ammo. I've gotten to the point in my life that if I'm gonna get a new gun, I get rid of one I already have. It's just a waste for them to sit in the safe without being shot regularly.

renegade1alpha
January 30, 2010, 01:59 PM
ammo , ammo and if you can find some, more ammo.

HexHead
January 30, 2010, 02:07 PM
I would try and come home with a Colt Detective Special at that price. ;)

GasX
January 30, 2010, 03:08 PM
A Bulgarian Makarov, a PA-64 and a bunch of 9x18 ammo

renegade1alpha
January 30, 2010, 03:16 PM
You can pick up a Makarov for cheap and ammo is even cheaper.

Buck460XVR, as for your quote about guns being like Harleys and women, I had to laugh and I gotta tell you, none of my guns are in shop on a weekly basis and none of them have left me with out me getting rid of them!

Warhawk83
January 30, 2010, 03:48 PM
It never fails, EVERY time there is a gun show in town, I am BROKE. I even missed the second amendment tax holiday last year. There is a show in town RIGHT NOW and I am broke until Wednesday. ARGGGHHH.

If it were me I would buy ammo, if reasonably priced. I need training more than I need another gun, so ammo for more range time.

earlthegoat2
January 30, 2010, 07:17 PM
Go to a pawn shop,

You will find better deals there.

You really will BLOW your money at a gun show.

FROGO207
January 30, 2010, 10:23 PM
Went to the last local gun show hereabouts and found nothing, not even the $4 hotdogs were worth it.:fire: Left and went to three of the local gunshops and a pawnshop. Got Ammo at shop1, 2 S&W mags at #2, Most of #3 at gunshow, at the pawnshop a minty Remington 7400 in 308 Win that shoots dead on at 200 yds and is NOT a jamomatic.:D BTW paid $225 for the 7400 with 2 mags included and a Barska scope.:neener:

Ohio Gun Guy
January 30, 2010, 10:31 PM
I think the above depends much on location. I go to gun shows here in Ohio and find I am able to buy at very near internet prices. You do have to be carefull and shop, not just buy the first "xyz" you are looking for.

I know people who have been suscessfull finding deals a pawn shops.....but everytime I stop in to look the prices are very high and the stuff is crap.

But I know its not like that everywhere.

jigglyjames29
January 30, 2010, 10:41 PM
I'd say... 500 pairs of ear plugs.
That or the strangest/weirdest gun you see under 500.

MICHAEL T
January 31, 2010, 12:58 AM
Last gun show I went to that would cover parking , admission, and a cup of coffee

cleardiddion
January 31, 2010, 02:26 AM
500 smackers gets you a lot of beef jerky!

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