What's the last thing you bought at a gun show?


December 28, 2002, 10:12 PM
I'll admit, most of the time I look and don't buy, but the last one I went to I bought a .22 cleaning kit, a handgun case and a spare mag.

Only ever bought 1 gun (GP100) there.

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December 28, 2002, 10:16 PM
Just this passed friday I bought 100 rounds of .30-06.

December 28, 2002, 10:17 PM
A case (500 rounds) of Winchester .40SW. Better price than any internet deal I've seen.

December 28, 2002, 10:21 PM
Spur leathers.

Wide. With studs. Tooling. Silver buckles.

I'm sick, I need help..."hi, my name is Alex and I shoot CAS..."


December 28, 2002, 10:26 PM
Last thing bought? Several hundred cast bullets, few hundred jacketed bullets, some cleaning supplies.
I would buy a gun at a gun show but I've yet to find what I'd call a real deal there. Maybe I go to the wrong gunshows?

December 28, 2002, 10:36 PM
Beanie Babies and some Beef jerky. ;)

And a SIG.

Texas Gunman
December 28, 2002, 10:36 PM
Fixed to go, to another gun show tomorrow, but the last gun show didnt have what I wanted.
But, I did buy 2 cases of wolf 7.62x39.:)


December 28, 2002, 10:44 PM
An eight-pound jug of 231 powder, and 1,000 rounds of that South American .223 ammo. Some cleaning supplies, and a few AR mags.

No guns.:(

Nathaniel Firethorn
December 28, 2002, 10:48 PM
Small hemostat and a dental tool.

- pdmoderator

December 28, 2002, 10:56 PM
Two M-18 smoke grenades(violet color smoke)that are probably 20 or more years old and a couple of Gerber knives. ;)

December 28, 2002, 11:08 PM
I seem to buy something at every gun show I go to (except the first that was a couple years before I ever bought a gun- I just went, had sticker shock since for some reason I thought I'd be able to get something in a better caliber than a .22lr Ruger MkII new for around $200 and just drooled for a while).

I usually just buy ammo or cleaning supplies (partial list of purchases):
-misc. boxes of ammo
-a case of Fiocci 9mm (love the stuff)
-half a case of Wolf 7.62x39 (fine in Warsaw Pact rifles, I wouldn't take Wolf, even a case, in a pistol caliber if it was free)
-speedloaders for a K-frame
-lots of cleaning supplies

At my last gun show (last summer) I bought a Colt Police Positive Special in .38spl for $175. The finish is somewhat worn, but as is typical for many .38spl service revolvers, everything else is perfect. I think it spent a lot of time in a holster but it has probably been shot more by me in the 6 months that I've owned it than it did in its entire life before me (and I think they stopped making them in 1973).

Plans for future gunshows (over the next year or two, starting in about 2 months):
-tons of ammo and accessories (of course)
-used AR and/or AK
-used Mini-14
-try to find a good deal on a shotgun or two
-try to find a good deal on a used bolt rifle (flexible on precise make and caliber but in the Rem 700, Winchester 70, Ruger and Savage quality range)
-new or used Cimmaron or Vaquero (pair preferably) in .45lc (.357mag or .38spl are the alternates)
-as always, good deals on used revolvers

December 28, 2002, 11:09 PM
Like new Ruger .44mag single action "Liberty". $250.00.

December 28, 2002, 11:19 PM
Lst show? Ammo, a few parts.

Ammo, always.

Parts and pieces, frequently.

Firearms, sometimes.

Love gunshows. Go to six or more every year.

December 28, 2002, 11:20 PM
At the last local show, a couple of boxes of S&B .410 3" 00 buckshot.

At the last Knob Creek show:

A case of S&B .30 Carbine
Some 12ga. Dragon's Breath rounds
A KCR cap and t-shirt.

Very seldom do I buy a gun at a gun show.

December 28, 2002, 11:22 PM
Bought ammo. Then stuff..yep. Just stuff.

ohh..and a pocketknife for my son. He's only five but ten minutes with a file on the blade and he doesn't know the difference. :D Now he can have a "real" one like Daddy's.

Good Shooting

December 28, 2002, 11:22 PM
A knife sharpener...but I go to each one filled with hope.:)

December 28, 2002, 11:25 PM
Let's see.

2 mags (the kind for ammo, not reading)
1 GI ammo can (next to smallest size).
100 - .45ACP brass
100 - .300WM brass
A reloading manual, latest handgun from Sierra.

Didn't see any guns that made me drool (that I didn't have).

December 28, 2002, 11:25 PM
last show that i went to i picked up a couple of gi m16 mags & some lc m2 ball on enblocs.

December 28, 2002, 11:31 PM
Last gun show I went to, I bought some .45acp ammo.:D

December 28, 2002, 11:36 PM
The last show I went to, which was late spring 2002, I bought this:

And, after going to gun shows an average of 3 or 4 times a year for 12 years, it is the first gun I've bought at a show!

I also bought a couple of guns in addition to that one, all early in the year & sorta blew my budget early so I stayed away for the rest of the year.

However, there is a big show in mid January & it is a new year..;)

December 28, 2002, 11:41 PM
500 rounds inexpensive reloaded .38 wadcutters, Stripper clips for my mauser. button that said Schumer sucks.

December 29, 2002, 12:14 AM
Bivvy Wear, includes hood, jacket and pants. Best cold weather gear on the planet!

Merlin Softie 3 - sleeping bag, 1 lbs and packs to the size of a grape fruit.

Captain Bligh
December 29, 2002, 12:22 AM
The last one I visited, I bought a Sig 232 NIB for a decent price. It's the only time I actually bought a gun at a gun show even though I've attended them for years.


December 29, 2002, 12:23 AM
beef jerky and turkey jerky. The prices are too high to buy anything else there....

December 29, 2002, 12:46 AM
Been some time since I attended.
Last time, I spent my friends money,Model 10 followed us home, and he paid for soda's and the Jerky...Jerky thats why we go - right?:D

December 29, 2002, 12:50 AM
An L1A1 in early December. I won't buy anything Century without having several to pick through and a thorough inspection.

The vendor that patiently allowed me to strip down and inspect several units earned cudos and a sale. He even unboxed a few that weren't out on the table.

December 29, 2002, 01:04 AM
A Japanese WWII sword for $20 that is worth at least 10X that. I saw a lot of overpriced nice guns and a whole lot of overpriced junk guns. Saw a worn out Jennings 9mm for $75. Heh.:rolleyes:

Politically Incorrect
December 29, 2002, 01:10 AM
The gun show loophole probably has something to do with those purchasing jerky without a background check. ;)

I did not buy anything at the last show except for a Pepsi. No wait, my father bought the soda.

A Beam Hit dealer got me interested in one of their computer target system, but I waited and saved quite a bit of money buying it online through the NRA website.

December 29, 2002, 01:12 AM
OOPS, you mean my Jerky was an "Straw purchase" ? :D

December 29, 2002, 01:23 AM
2 belt buckles: one with the NRA logo and one with an eagle, a minuteman and a western settler ( both with rifles) that reads "The right to be armed is the right to be free".

December 29, 2002, 01:26 AM
Only if you run it through a blender. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm jerky thru a straw.:p

Neal Bloom
December 29, 2002, 01:27 AM
At the last gun show I was at I bought a couple automatic knives, a couple of kbar knives and as I was walking out I spotted a S&W Highway Patrolman. After a little bit of small talk and haggling, I walked out with that too. It was near closing time and he gave me a deal. First gun I have ever bought at a gun show.

December 29, 2002, 02:34 AM
Surefire Z3 Combatlight. Cheaper than any internet price and saved shipping. At the show before that I bought some M61 7.62x51 AP rounds.

December 29, 2002, 02:39 AM
Fobus GL3 Kydex Paddle Holster for a Glock 21

Col. Mustard
December 29, 2002, 07:15 AM
The last thing I bought was a Don Hume holster for the SiG P232 I bought at the previous gun show. Going to another one today, at which I hope to pick up a P220 in stainless. And, of course, a few (hundred) rounds of ammo for it.

December 29, 2002, 07:49 AM
200 rounds of .223 for my AR plus a 30 round USGI mag for the same.........:cool:

December 29, 2002, 09:39 AM
I bought a couple tool heads for my Dillon and several bullet moulds . Oh ya and some jerky . Cant walk by the jerky stand .. :)

chicago jerry
December 29, 2002, 09:54 AM
Last gun show I went to I didn't think I was going to buy anything and ended up walking out with an Armalite AR50. I had been looking for one for some time but didn't expect to find one at the show.

December 29, 2002, 10:26 AM
The last time at a show I bought .223, and .308 in battlepacks, and a bunch of bullets/primers/powder for myself and a friend who had to work. That's what we usually buy at shows; ammo and components.

I also bought a set of Hogue grips for my S&W 66, very nice on that stainless revolver. Oh, and several .223 ammo cans in excellent shape, not a mark on them.

Earlier this year at the Indy 1500 I picked up an excellent M39 Finnish Mosin-Nagant made by Sako. All matching numbers, a beautiful rifle. Very happy with that purchase.

December 29, 2002, 10:29 AM
Ammo, ammo and more ammo.

December 29, 2002, 10:48 AM
Beef Jerky, no kidding. :D The spiced buffalo one was fab! I also saw a P99 QA with factory installed nightsights for $499. I thot that was a pretty good del, IF you want the QA.

Invisible Swordsman
December 29, 2002, 10:52 AM
A gently used SIG P225 in November.


December 29, 2002, 11:02 AM
NIB Sig 239
NIB Kimber Pro-Tactical
NIB Kershaw Knife
Wanted some 45 and 40 bullets for reloading, but had already purchased enough for one show.

Mark IV Series 80
December 29, 2002, 11:18 AM
Ammo and .30 cal. ammo cans.

December 29, 2002, 11:25 AM
A case of 5.45X39.

I'll ususally also pick up some odds and ends when I don't have enough need for the "minimum order" most internet dealers impose.

Pappy John
December 29, 2002, 11:28 AM
A couple hundred rounds of .30 Carbine.........

...and some jerkey.:p

December 29, 2002, 11:35 AM
And paid too much for that!:mad:

But one keeps hoping.;)

Mr. Hankey
December 29, 2002, 12:04 PM
NIB Mossberg 500 Cruiser model.

5 boxes 12 gauge 00 buck

1000 rd. 9mm Nato

Qt. Hoppes no.9

December 29, 2002, 12:07 PM
Ammo and a spare mag for my K9

December 29, 2002, 12:14 PM
CRKT Point Guard

December 29, 2002, 12:52 PM
Pelican hard-shell case ($100), bricks of .22 ammo and a case of S&B in 9mm.

December 29, 2002, 12:57 PM
Habanero beef jerky believe it or not.

Ten minutes before that I'd purchased a Wild Bill's Concealment IWB for an HP.

Ten minutes before that I'd bought RIFLE ACCURACY FACTS by Harold Vaughn and a new Fjestad's Blue Book.


Dave Markowitz
December 29, 2002, 01:24 PM
At the last show I went to I bought:

-- an arsenal-refurbished Tula M1891/30 Mosin-Nagant, with bayonet, ammo pouch, oiler and sling,

-- a couple of cleaning jags,

-- a .50 caliber ammo can, and

-- an Iron Shirt No.4 Mk.I t-shirt.

No jerkey, though. ;-)

Sleeping Dog
December 29, 2002, 03:14 PM
the last one I got
Makarov ammo
30-06 Korean M2
2 slings
.223 dies
beef jerky

Wait, I was wrong. I DIDN'T get any beef jerky. Arrgh, now I can't wait for the next show.


December 29, 2002, 03:21 PM
Shows around here usually have decent prices on ammo if you shop around. But the last thing I bought was a pair of wood grips for my S&W 19.

December 29, 2002, 03:24 PM
I just back from one in Allentown Pa and I got a promag mag for my K40


Don Gwinn
December 29, 2002, 03:38 PM
People, people, PLEASE don't buy jerky, jewelry or Beanie Babies at gun shows! It only encourages them. ;)

Last thing I bought was powder and primers at the Belleville show down by St. Louis.

Mike Irwin
December 29, 2002, 03:49 PM
Some ammo, I think.

December 29, 2002, 04:12 PM
Coupla thousand rounds of ammo. Mix of .45, 9mm, .308, .223.

Gun shows in Nor-Kali have become expos for jerky vendors and western americana artsy stuff. I mainly go for the ammo deals or lack of them. I'm hoping to be surprised at this weekend's show at Cal Expo, but I doubt that will happen.

December 29, 2002, 04:35 PM
Remington 700, stainless varmit, fluted barrel, 308

December 29, 2002, 04:52 PM
I rarely go to gun shows, but last month I went searching for AR-15 magazines.

I bought 3 Orlite mags for $16 each. I also got a crossbow for my girlfriend, and some sunglasses and some glasses-cleaner.

I didn't buy any jerky, but I did graze the free samples :)

December 29, 2002, 05:15 PM
The last time I went (about a year ago), I bought my 3rd Gen Glock 19

December 29, 2002, 05:24 PM
At the last show I picked up an Enfield No.4 Mk II and the gear to go with it, bayo, sling, original cleaning kit. Usually I pick up a few full cap mags for the AR.

The show before that I bought an original No. 5 "Jungle Carbine".

No shows until February now to keep things like the checkbook balanced.

Don P.

December 29, 2002, 05:26 PM
I got 80% of my Christmas gifts at the last show I went to. Included were two lithium pocket lights, 4 Desantis holsters at a $17 discount each Some strike anywhere matches and a few other odds and ends. I was extrememly tempted to buy an SAR-8. seemed like a good price for these parts but I held off since I may lose the job sometime in Jan.

December 29, 2002, 05:27 PM
A pair of decent USGI 20 round AR mags, for my dad's christmas present.

Col. Mustard
December 29, 2002, 05:39 PM
Originally posted by Col. Mustard
The last thing I bought was a Don Hume holster for the SiG P232 I bought at the previous gun show. Going to another one today, at which I hope to pick up a P220 in stainless. And, of course, a few (hundred) rounds of ammo for it.

I got a P220, but I didn't get the stainless version. I did get 500 rounds of .45 ACP ammo, and 150 rounds of .380 ACP.

I'm happy. My Christmas shopping is now complete.

December 29, 2002, 05:40 PM
Ammo cans.

December 29, 2002, 06:05 PM
I think it was a book on "Improvised Munitions." Seller said it was the most popular book he sold.

December 29, 2002, 09:24 PM
two boxes of 7.62X54R
thigh holster (i'm not a swat wannabe, i like 'em for a range holster. this holster will hold most of my autos, it's versitile.)
bundle of cigars
bag of chocolate covered sunflower seeds (yummy)
5# bag of peanuts (salted in the shell)
case for my AR-15

December 29, 2002, 09:32 PM

Dr. J
December 29, 2002, 09:42 PM
.38/.357 shot shells

December 29, 2002, 09:48 PM
Last show, let's see... A vz52 Czech rifle, an Arisaka T38 (with mum) and 2 dog collar slings for my M38 and 44 Mosins.

December 29, 2002, 11:00 PM
Believe it or not it was a stun gun for my wife. :D

December 29, 2002, 11:18 PM
An Arisaka bayonet, 50 rounds of Georgia Arms .45 ACP 200gr SWC, 50 rounds of Georgia Arms .41 Magnum 210gr SJHP, a book on military modeling, and a book on toy soldiers.

December 29, 2002, 11:18 PM
Beef Jerky, Indian Jewelry, a Beanie Baby, and some sweet Nazi paraphenilia...(when Satan's armchair freezes over!)

...I bought a Remmy 700P.

deputy tom
December 29, 2002, 11:27 PM
I went to a little show in Butler,Pa. yesterday and didn't buy anything.This is unusual for Me to come home empty handed.The show Kevinch is speaking about in mid.Jan. will no doubt have something I really need.That's the PGCA show in Monroeville,Pa.Expo Mart.

Kevinch,twelve years of shopping and You had to buy that Ruger out from under Me!LOL.I hope it still shoots as well as You said it did.tom.;)

December 29, 2002, 11:33 PM
SIG P226 Sport

December 29, 2002, 11:50 PM
The last item I picked up at the West Plam Beach gun show Saturday was Fiocchi 7.62 Russian revolver ammo:)

happy old sailor
December 30, 2002, 12:41 AM
powder, primers, bullets. some loaded ammo. knicks and knacks. and an autographed book when Randy Weaver was
there. and jerky, yep, and jerky.

December 30, 2002, 08:08 AM

December 30, 2002, 10:55 AM
A Kahr MK40

rock jock
December 30, 2002, 11:05 AM
a book on military modeling
Is that the kind with camo bikinis?

December 30, 2002, 11:30 AM
The only guns I ever bought at a gunshow were a .22 revolver and a Kel-Tec P40. Both were bought before I discovered TFL or I would never have dropped the money on either.

I'll sure miss TFL, but I'm glad THR has opened and it will be just as good or better :D


Felonious Monk
December 30, 2002, 11:54 AM
I'm kind of "over it" regarding the gunshows in my area, since they are in most cases more like an "accessory and militaria show". Oh, the guns are there too, but priced to attract only the mindless and drain-bamaged.

That said, I did get a black "Tactical" grip for my snubbie (proud of me, skunky? :p ), some 'smithing files, a couple boxes of Speer Gold Dots in .38 +P.
And jerky.

December 30, 2002, 12:17 PM
At the last one I went to all I bought was a breakfast burrito and a Dr Pepper, everything else including the jerky was too expensive.

The one before that I picked up about 500 rounds for my .45 at about $8 per 50. The actually shot pretty good and clean for being cheap rounds.

December 30, 2002, 12:35 PM
Round these parts, last show (Parkville 12-21/22) was small and had way overpriced stuff. I don't mind paying a little more to help keep local shops in business-but $18 for a used metric FAL magazine!?!

Show before that (Upper Marlboro ?) made out well on .308 Federal Gold Match BTHP and some used shooting rests.

Really hit or miss in this socialist state.


December 30, 2002, 12:48 PM
At the last gun show I bought a pound of Universal Clays and some Winchester large primers.

December 30, 2002, 12:52 PM
Hamburger, fries, soda and a $1 raffle ticket for a 1911 ... didn't win.

December 30, 2002, 01:19 PM
Kevinch,twelve years of shopping and You had to buy that Ruger out from under Me!LOL.I hope it still shoots as well as You said it did.tom.

Tell you what tom - I really don't have the money to buy any guns at this one, so I'll look you up if I'm tempted & let you do the buying this time! :D

December 30, 2002, 02:24 PM
some Georgia Arms 44 Special, a cleaning brush, Pachmyr (sp) grips for an old S&W 459 and the best hotdog and fries that I've had in years.

December 30, 2002, 02:45 PM
Last thing I bought was $10 of WWII replacement cork canteen cap gaskets. At a quarter apiece, that's 40.



December 30, 2002, 04:14 PM
How is that show in Monroeville? Its about a 7 hour drive for me from Philly and was wondering if it was worth the trip. Hopw many tables?


Originally posted by deputy tom
I went to a little show in Butler,Pa. yesterday and didn't buy anything.This is unusual for Me to come home empty handed.The show Kevinch is speaking about in mid.Jan. will no doubt have something I really need.That's the PGCA show in Monroeville,Pa.Expo Mart.

Kevinch,twelve years of shopping and You had to buy that Ruger out from under Me!LOL.I hope it still shoots as well as You said it did.tom.;)

December 30, 2002, 06:50 PM
Last show purchase was an Emerson mini Commander for $ 90.

December 30, 2002, 07:20 PM

Don't recall if we've met, but I'm in Philly too. Did we talk about the show at the National Guard Armory on Rt1? Maybe in the last moments of TFL?

It will be there in January.

December 30, 2002, 07:32 PM
The Jerky must have gone to my head, because I spent an inordinate amount of time looking at a leather Russian tanker helmet.

Would have looked cool on my mantle I guess.

Bought some cleaning patches, looked at a bunch of guns. Drooled. Decided I couldn't afford what I wanted. Found a Colt Magnum Carry. Went back, looked at it twice.

Ended up buying it from the Dealer's shop two weeks later.

I think the last gun I actually bought AT a gun show was a Cabela's 1860 Colt "outlaw" with fluted cylinders. Neat piece.

December 30, 2002, 08:17 PM
Alright, somebody PLEASE get John McCain on the phone and find out what is being done to close the "Jerky" loophole.

It sure seems obvious that what's mostly NOT being sold at gun shows- is guns.:D :D

December 30, 2002, 10:04 PM
ammo and more ammo and even more ammo

December 30, 2002, 10:19 PM
2Dogs- I don't believe that we have met.. Unless you have been to one of the 2 south jersey shoots at the Buckeye gun club in the pines .. we have not met:)

Did you go to allentown?


December 30, 2002, 10:54 PM

No, I thought we might have, but my mistake.

No, didn't go to Allentown show, will be going down here though (Philly) at the end of January.

Would that be Pine Barrens?

December 30, 2002, 11:04 PM
Sorry 2dogs, he's in Hanoi getting new instructions...

December 30, 2002, 11:11 PM
Hrmm... Pearce grips for a Makarov for $2. It was missing the screw on the back but it looked brand new. I can probably count on one hand the items I've bought at gun shows - ammo cans, couple bayonets, things like that. Never one single gun.

December 30, 2002, 11:15 PM
A two volume set of Hornady reloading books from 1996 for $10.00.

25 pieces of once-fired RP 30-06 brass for a dime each.

Eyeballed and fingered a nice Marlin .44 lever gun that I couldn't afford.

Pawed and slobbered over a pretty six-inch Ruger Security Six .357.

Goggled and googled at some choice original GI 1911's and wished I was born fantastically rich instead of incredibly handsome.

December 30, 2002, 11:21 PM
yup, we shoot off of rt 72 before manahawkin

Originally posted by 2dogs

No, I thought we might have, but my mistake.

No, didn't go to Allentown show, will be going down here though (Philly) at the end of January.

Would that be Pine Barrens?

December 30, 2002, 11:24 PM
A case of Winchester 9mm FMJs, and an Alessi holster.

December 30, 2002, 11:32 PM
An "&" 1006.

4v50 Gary
December 31, 2002, 01:41 AM
Lube for blackpowder. Last semi-major purchase was a pair of plaque mounted (detachable) commemorative serial numbered Rex Applegate fighting knives. Even came with an autograph photo of the Col. :D Guns in a Kali gunshow?

December 31, 2002, 06:33 AM
Nothin' exotic or strange. Just some ammo and mags. Oh well.

December 31, 2002, 06:59 AM
Some books by Norm Chandler, Jr., And an AR for my daughter who just interested in shooting again after 16yrs. I was going to get her a shotgun but she just got herself a new Charles Daly.

December 31, 2002, 07:52 AM
A ticket to get in.

January 3, 2003, 02:06 AM
A 20 inch fully rifled barrel with rifle sights for my 870 express magnum; and a pair of Ruger Standard Model 22's owned by a "Bullseye Shooter" with unbelieveable triggers, a 4 1/4 inch bull barrel & match adjustable rear sights! Merry Christmas to me! :neener:

January 3, 2003, 02:37 AM
5 SKS stripper clips and a couple rounds of .50 BMG. The Melbourne, FL show really bites wind. There's one this weekend and I have no desire to go.

Kahr carrier
January 3, 2003, 05:17 AM

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