Houston gun show Reliant Center


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Flash!
April 20, 2013, 06:20 PM
Well, I usually am bothered when I see posts about how lousy the gun shows are, because the shows around here are usually very good with some excellent deals to be had.... but today I was very disappointed in the gun show at Reliant Center..... first off, it was not nearly as large as they usually are..... but what was worse, is that I was actually seeing prices higher than the local gun stores...... after I left the show, I went to a local gun store (Tomball Pawn) and bought the revolver I wanted at a lower price than any of the dealers at the show.

If you are in the Houston area, don't bother going to this gun show.... unless you want some beef jerky.... I always have to stop by The Rust Place table for some of their goodies......

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nathan
April 20, 2013, 06:28 PM
Its bad as most of the table dealers wanted to be millionaires in an instant. I dont blame them as they have to put up the hassle in setting their wares and rent per table. They only have two days to get some money back. Its part of business.
For me i go to gunbroker online and pick the one i like at a good price and avoid the gunshow hassle.

slamfirev10
April 20, 2013, 06:39 PM
thanks for the update,

did you check out the ammo prices?

Flash!
April 20, 2013, 06:56 PM
slamfire...... ammo prices varied from table to table... but I did not do any serious ammo shopping, so I can not say what some of the low prices were..... but I did get some good laughs when I saw things like a 250 round box of Remington 9mm FMJ going for $250..... and that is not a typo.... thats $1 per round for 9mm fmj..... I just laughed to myself and walked on by.....

Flash!
April 20, 2013, 07:01 PM
oh yeah.... Bachman Pawn had C Products 30 round AR15 mags with the orange follower for $15.... not quite back to pre panic pricing but getting there.....

MaterDei
April 20, 2013, 07:02 PM
For me gun shows are more about the experience (as of late more a spectacle than experience) and the camaraderie, and the jerky, of course.

I do often find good deals too but those generally are by chance and not design.

YMMV

nathan
April 20, 2013, 07:05 PM
Gunshows are a subculture of its own. Know what you are looking and have your money in hand to make the deal. Be quick and know your limits. Either way you will spend money just from parking to entrance fees, then to drinks and jerky or what not. The shows are designed to be like that. Dont forget the gas money you spent just to get there and back.

Grassman
April 20, 2013, 07:29 PM
Last gun show I went too even the beef jerky prices were outrageous. And that just ain't right!

Magnuumpwr
April 21, 2013, 12:42 AM
Flash, I read your first post and found it disheartening that the best deals found at gun shows are the beef jerky. I attend almost every gun show at the Port Arthur civic center, with the knowledge that I will at the least buy some good smoked meats and cheeses.

KTXdm9
April 21, 2013, 02:59 PM
Well, I usually am bothered when I see posts about how lousy the gun shows are, because the shows around here are usually very good with some excellent deals to be had.... but today I was very disappointed in the gun show at Reliant Center..... first off, it was not nearly as large as they usually are..... but what was worse, is that I was actually seeing prices higher than the local gun stores...... after I left the show, I went to a local gun store (Tomball Pawn) and bought the revolver I wanted at a lower price than any of the dealers at the show.

If you are in the Houston area, don't bother going to this gun show.... unless you want some beef jerky.... I always have to stop by The Rust Place table for some of their goodies......
I'm a big fan of Tomball Pawn. What's their long gun selection looking like these days? I'm looking for an AK-47.

Flash!
April 21, 2013, 06:21 PM
they still have a good selection..... I wasn't looking for ak 47's but they do have AR 15's....

slamfirev10
April 21, 2013, 06:35 PM
thanks for the reply,

i too have heard good things about tomball pawn, looks like a mini road trip up there is in order

peace

Hilljun
April 21, 2013, 07:02 PM
I am from Ar currently living in Fl and can say neither place has affordable guns at their shows. Generally speaking. Nor do they have smoked meat, cheese, or jerky. Sounds to me like I need to travel to Texas next time I want to spend $10 to shop. Luckily our next assignment will be in Dallas.

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