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2014 Premier San Antonio Gun Shows

Discussion in 'Rallying Point and Range Discussions' started by M2, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. M2

    M2 Well-Known Member

    I’ve come to the conclusion that my posting individual threads a few weeks before these great gun shows here in San Antonio may not be giving everyone enough time to prepare to attend, so for 2014 I’m taking a different approach to letting everyone know about the best gun show in the area, the Premier Original San Antonio Gun Show!

    So, instead this year I am going to start one thread listing all the dates, and I’ll post updates and reminders to it so folks can subscribe to it and get everything they need to know without having to find the new thread!

    First, there are two shows scheduled so far this year….

    March 22 & 23, 2014
    May 31 & June 1, 2014

    Both will be at the Freeman Expo Hall next to the AT&T Center (3201 East Houston Street) here in San Antonio. Hours are Saturday from 9am to 5pm, and Sunday 10am to 4pm; and general admission is still only $8 (cash only), weekend passes are $12 (also cash only) and children UNDER 12 and Uniformed Peace Officers get in free!

    And, thanks to the nice folks at Premier, parking is FREE!!

    Befriend Premier Gun Shows on Facebook and learn the secret word that gets you a dollar off entry posted before every show, or you can join their email list and get a dollar off as well!

    A group of us meet up for breakfast at 8am on Saturdays not far from the show at Teran’s (4403 E Houston St). Feel free to join us if you’re interested!
    Again, subscribe to this thread and I’ll post any updates and reminders about a month and two weeks prior to the show! [​IMG]

    Cheers! M2
  2. M2

    M2 Well-Known Member

    We're about a month out from the 22-23 March Premier Original San Antonio Gun Show, I hope everyone is making plans to attend!

    Cheers! M2
  3. calaverasslim

    calaverasslim Well-Known Member

    I was under the impression that since the property is owned by the city, that there is a parking fee. Last time they had the show, they were hitting people for $3 for parking.

    Maybe I'm wrong
  4. M2

    M2 Well-Known Member

    There is/was a parking fee, but the nice folks at Premier are now paying it so starting with this past December show and from here on out, you do not have to pay to park. :D
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2014
  5. Charger442

    Charger442 Well-Known Member

    The "nice folks" at Premier are running vendors off who have always gotten tables with them since they started coming to SA. ill attend the March show and probably never again.

    FYI, the county charges $2 for a car to park. you'll be absorbing it through the ticket prices and the prices they charge vendors for tables at the show.
  6. M2

    M2 Well-Known Member

    How exactly are they "running them off?" There doesn't seem to be a shortage of vendors at the show, so I really don't see what you're talking about.

    Secondly, the price of entry into the show hasn't changed since Premier started paying for the parking and as far as I know the cost of tables hasn't either; so your theory of "absorbing it through the ticket prices and the prices they charge vendors for tables at the show" doesn't seem to hold true either.

    Lastly, if you're so "upset" with this show then why are you bothering to go to the March one?!? :scrutiny:

    If anything will kill this show, it'll be the lack of attendance. If that happens (and I hope it doesn't), it will be a real shame as it would be a huge set-back for the gun community in SA...
  7. Charger442

    Charger442 Well-Known Member

    a family member of mine gets a table everytime. i work the table usually on saturday. i talk to other table buyers. they have expressed frustration with the organizers. this is not news to Premier.

    Why do you think they cut it down to two shows this year? Instead of the four last year?

    If they leave and dont come back, it wont be any blow to the gun community. The gun community in SA does not live or die by two shows a year from a Fort Worth show organizer.
  8. M2

    M2 Well-Known Member

    I know a lot of vendors at this show, and talk to them as well. Some express frustration because attendance therefore sales are not as high as they would like, and a few don't like such a large show because it gives potential customers a chance to shop around for the best price; but I have not heard any complaints about the promoters.

    And I believe the attendance issue is why there are only two shows scheduled this year, if it doesn't pick up there may not be any more but I tell you that is the main reason.

    Lastly, if you honestly think the loss of this show wouldn't be good for the gun community in SA, then you're sadly mistaken. SAXET is the only other large show, and it only started getting better after Premier started their shows.

    However, the SAXET shows still leave a lot to be desired...many non-gun vendors, narrow aisles, and many complain that it's the same stuff every month. At least with Premier we are getting some different vendors and goods. If you can't see how Premier's departure would have a negative effect on the firearms community around here, you're shortsighted. Just take a look at what's happening with gun shows up in Austin to better understand how bad things can get before you make such statements...
  9. M2

    M2 Well-Known Member

    This show is only two weeks from today! I hope everyone has plans to attend, and I hope we see you there!

    Cheers! M2
  10. GEM

    GEM Well-Known Member

    M2 - know anything about the Liberty Gun Show up by Helotes? I've seen the sign but not gone by.
  11. M2

    M2 Well-Known Member


    Went to the first one, simply because it was so close to home. This is the same show that was at the Live Oak Civic Center before that venue closed and will soon be torn down (a hotel will be built in its place).

    Pedrotti’s Ranch was an interesting place to relocate to, I'll say that! It's still a pretty a small show but the new venue is nicer than the old civic center. The lighting was really poor in some parts so it would be a good idea to bring a small flashlight if you're wanting to look something over closely.

    Also, the entrance and parking are actually along the power lines adjacent to the building, so don't try to use the main entrance. They have a police officer stationed there who will direct you to the other entrance. There is no charge for parking, but entry is $7 per person which is a bit steep for such a small show (I'd guess 200 tables at the most).

    When we went it was starting to get a little crowded when we left and the aisles are pretty tight, but they do have an ATM machine and a small concession stand in the back with a few food and drink items for sale.

    However, feedback I got afterward from attendees and vendors was that many felt the show wasn't great, there were the obvious issues with the venue that Liberty has to work out, but given this was their first show there some were willing to give Liberty a break this time. However, if they don't get them resolved soon, I can see this show declining quickly.

    I like the location because it is close, but if vendors do start pulling out (as I know of at least two of which have doneg so already), I think most folks will just stick with the monthly SAXET show which costs about the same with parking and is several times larger, or the this Premier show which is the best one in the area and costs about the same, but is usually only held four times a year...

    Cheers! M2
  12. Hollerpoint

    Hollerpoint Well-Known Member

    How many tables at the SA show? I may make the drive from Llano.
  13. M2

    M2 Well-Known Member

  14. M2

    M2 Well-Known Member

    OK folks, just a friendly reminder that we are a week away from the best gun show in the Central Texas area, the Premier Original San Antonio Gun Show!

    I hope everyone has plans to attend, we’ll see ya there!

    Cheers! M2
  15. M2

    M2 Well-Known Member

    Everything's still on for breakfast at 8am tomorrow and the gun show after that, hope to see a lot of folks there!

    Cheers! M2
  16. M2

    M2 Well-Known Member

    We had a nice crowd for breakfast and the show was good as well. For some reason it seemed like there were either new vendors or at least different goods available, as while we normally get through everything in about two hours, this time it took three!

    My buddy bought a nice FN .45 pistol and another bought an AR lower; but I am not sure if anyone else from breakfast got anything as we all went in different directions once we got through the door. I have a line on something I am interested in, but the details will have to remain "classified" until such time as the deal is done as I don't want to jeopardize the transaction!

    The great news is that more dates have been announced for 2014! The remaining Premier San Antonio Gun Shows will be:

    31 May and 1 June
    19 & 20 July
    30 & 31 August
    18 & 19 October

    Plus there will be a show in December, but the dates are still to be determined!

    So mark your calendar and tell your friends! This is the best show in the area, and one you definitely don't want to miss!

    Cheers! M2
  17. M2

    M2 Well-Known Member

    Well, it’s just a few weeks out from the 31 May – 1 Jun Premier San Antonio Gun Show, so here’s everyone’s WARNORD so they can make plans to attend!

    Breakfast will be at the usual location (Teran’s) at the usual time (8:00am) on the usual day (Saturday), see my first post for more details and directions.

    I’m sure we’ll have another good crowd, I hope to see some new faces this time around! Please let me know if there are any questions!

    Cheers! M2
  18. wally

    wally Well-Known Member

    Bummer that it conflicts with the HGCA show at Reliant in Houston.
  19. M2

    M2 Well-Known Member

    Just one more week until the Premier San Antonio Gun Show! I am really looking forward to it, and hope there’s another good crowd and lots of great stuff there!

    See y'all at breakfast on Saturday!

    Cheers! M2

    p.s. Went to a militaria show in Schertz this morning and talked with a buddy who is normally a vendor at the SAXET and Premier shows. He said he is heading to the HGCA show in Houston next weekend but admitted that the Premier show would be the better of the two. I went to a HGCA a few years back and while it was big, I didn't find it worth the six-hour round trip especially considering how much they gouge you to park at the Reliant ($10) versus it being free at the Premier show. Plus it costs less to get in ($8 vs $10) and you can print a dollar off coupon from Premier's website. Factor in the cost of gas from San Antonio (even in my economic Toyota, it's fifty bucks for the 440 mile round trip) and I just can't justify it. If you're much closer to Houston then it would make sense, otherwise I think the Premier show is the wiser choice!
  20. M2

    M2 Well-Known Member

    Just one last reminder that the Premier San Antonio Gun Show is this weekend, 31 May – 1 June. It’s going to be another great show, and hopefully we’ll see everyone there!

    Cheers! M2

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