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horsemen61
January 21, 2012, 09:01 PM
so I went to the gun show today had a great time held a desert eagle 50 cal AE
It weighed a ton!!!! didn't buy much but had fun.

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jcwit
January 21, 2012, 09:03 PM
Thats what its all about.

mrcooper
January 22, 2012, 05:12 AM
The last 2 I went to I never bought a thing I don't think they will be around much longer.

Apple a Day
January 22, 2012, 08:39 AM
I went to one yesterday. It was so packed people were parking on the grass in the medians.

Sniper66
January 22, 2012, 12:52 PM
Just a few comments about guns shows: I go to lots of shows, most have 500-1000 tables and also attend the Tulsa show; 4,100 tables. To me gun shows provide many hours of fun and education. I never fail to learn a lot at every show and have made some friends too. Buying guns can be a bit of a nuisance if you want to buy a pistol at the Tulsa show and you are from Kansas as I am. The idiot laws that don't permit such purchases without a Kansan with a FFL sponsoring the transfer is, well...idiotic. That aside, gun shows are great fun and I encourage you to attend often. Keep in mind that every event is different; you never know what will be on display, sometimes none of what you are looking for and the next time you may find a dozen and have trouble choosing between them. Have fun! TOM

JFrame
January 22, 2012, 01:02 PM
I try to catch the National Gun Show in Chantilly, VA, every third or fourth go-around.

As with any other venue, you need to be aware of prices, and what's "fair" -- but on my last couple of trips, I managed to luck into what I thought were good deals (especially for this area). :)

The Chantilly show is ALWAYS packed. I usually try to go at the tail-end of the third day, when the crowds have thinned somewhat.

I'm still fantasizing about the GI .30 M-1 carbine in pristine condition that I'll stumble upon, being sold by a mad man for a song-and-a-dance... :D


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we are not amused
January 22, 2012, 01:40 PM
Last gun show I went to was in Wichita on New Years Eve. Ended up not buying anything but had a grand time ogling and fondling guns.:D

Plus all the half-naked girl friends and beef jerky!:evil:

AlexanderA
January 22, 2012, 01:57 PM
One thing I've noticed is that there has been a winnowing out of the smaller gun shows, such as those held at rural VFW posts, etc. Those were the places you could find bargains, since most of the sellers were local amateurs. What we have in gun shows now is market concentration, with the huge ones gobbling up the smaller ones. And, a lot of the selling has moved to the Internet. I've seen the same thing in computer shows and camera shows, which have disappeared almost completely. Could this be where gun shows are heading?

we are not amused
January 22, 2012, 02:33 PM
One thing I've noticed is that there has been a winnowing out of the smaller gun shows, such as those held at rural VFW posts, etc. Those were the places you could find bargains, since most of the sellers were local amateurs. What we have in gun shows now is market concentration, with the huge ones gobbling up the smaller ones. And, a lot of the selling has moved to the Internet. I've seen the same thing in computer shows and camera shows, which have disappeared almost completely. Could this be where gun shows are heading?


Probably.:(

It is happening with music sales, DVD sales, book sales and almost everything else.
Make no mistake, the Internet is a wonderful thing, but we are loosing a lot too.
But considering the amount of people at the last couple of shows I went to, they aren't dead yet, although the small local ones may be going away.

Archie
January 22, 2012, 04:14 PM
Much of the 'winnowing' of smaller gun shows is due to the free enterprise system. A group or organization puts on a gun show in the hopes of turning a profit. No profit, no gun show.

Gun shows generate revenue from table rental and ticket sales. So if people aren't finding what they want to buy and not buying, the vendors won't be going, either. Conversely, if the vendors don't think they'll sell anything and not going, the public won't be showing up to look.

Right now, money is somewhat tight in most circles. On the other hand, people are still buying guns and ammunition. People who are 'collectors' always seem to have some money for 'collectables'.

Other than possibly in places like Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and PDSR California, I don't think gun shows are going to instantly disappear. But I think the smaller ones might fade due to a diminished profit-to-pain-in-the-foot margin. Bigger shows can draw more and more varied vendors and therefore more attendees.

Shadez
January 22, 2012, 04:37 PM
Last couple I have been to have been crowded. But it is 90% local dealers and the few private dealers don't want to sell their collection so they overprice everything and just have fun BSing. I can remember my dad going to a gun show and come home with 2-3 guns back in the bad old days, that was the only place he would buy them. It is nice if you want to look at something before you buy that a local shop might not have, that is my main reason for going. With the gun industry booming I hope they start to expand.

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