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Austin Gun Show (1-2 Dec)

Discussion in 'Rallying Point and Range Discussions' started by M2, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. M2

    M2 Well-Known Member

    The fine folks of Premier Gun Shows out of Ft Worth are hosting a gun show at the North Austin Event Center, 10601 North Lamar Blvd, on 1-2 December 2012.

    Premier has built their San Antonio show into one of the best in the state, and hope to do the same in Austin.

    The hours will be Saturday 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday 10 am – 4 pm, and admission is $8 (children under 12 and uniformed peace officers get in free). Parking is free.

    Subscribe to their Email Newsletter and receive a printable $1 off coupon.

    We've been attending their SA show for the past year and can attest than Tim and Michelle Finucane, as well as everyone else at Premier, work hard to put on an event that is enjoyed by all. We will be driving up to support this new show in Austin (plans are to hold it again 9-10 and 13-14 April 2013), and hopefully there will be as good of a turnout as there is in San Antonio.

    Hopefully we'll see you at the show!

    Cheers! M2
  2. saenzrich

    saenzrich Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the update. I wonder how this will compare to the Saxet Gun show at the conventions center...that one is Dec 15-16.
  3. danprkr

    danprkr Well-Known Member

    Are you sure of the location? Saxet had to give it up because the landlord got pressured by the police for supposed illegal private deals in the parking lot. Deals of course which NEVER resulted in any arrests much less convictions. However the landlord just didn't want the political hassle.
  4. M2

    M2 Well-Known Member

    That's what they've got on their website...

    Austin Gun Show

    As for how it will compare with SAXET, down here in SA the Premier show is much better. It has a lot more tables (1000-1200 vs 800), wider aisles, and more vendors that SAXET doesn't have.

    Don't get me wrong, we pretty much go to the SA SAXET show every month; but the Premier show is the one that I usually find more interesting stuff at!

    As for how it will do in Austin, that has yet to be seen. I know the promoter has more connections throughout the state having sponsored shows all over it, and they are larger than SAXET. But that area has always been a tough location for gun shows, folks either head up to the Ft Hood area or down here to SA...

    Cheers! M2
  5. breakingcontact

    breakingcontact Well-Known Member

    Exactly what I was going to ask.

    Sounds like a good one. The SAXET one is pretty decent too though.

    How can I not go to both?
  6. danprkr

    danprkr Well-Known Member

    I just emailed them for a table. I like the folks at Saxet, but I hate that building so I may switch. I'm afraid though that this show is going to suffer from a lack of marketing, but I hope not.
  7. Shuler13

    Shuler13 Well-Known Member

    I'll be going and bringing a friend. Living in northwest austin, I'm hoping this show becomes a regular thing. I love the San Antonio show but can't make it most of the time.
  8. M2

    M2 Well-Known Member

    I am trying to get word out about this show via various forums (here, Texas Gun Talk, and several others). Tim and Michelle are great folks, and are working hard to make this show a success which is why we will be driving up from SA to support them.

    This can be a 'win-win' scenario for the firearms community up in Austin, SAXET has tried hard to reinstate shows there after the above-mentioned fiasco of a few years ago where the Austin PD and ATF illegally tried to stop private sales from happening both in the venue and out in the parking lot (more on the story here). Rumor was that the promoter gave in to the pressure despite claims in the media otherwise.

    Tim and Michelle are the kind of folks that will do anything and everything to keep everybody happy, and I wish them all the success in this endeavor. It would help if people showed up to support them!

    Cheers! M2
  9. danprkr

    danprkr Well-Known Member

    FWIW - I got a nearly instantaneous reply to my table inquiry. They are sold out so that bodes well for the show even if bad for me. Now, let's just hope they can make the public aware. Saxet does radio ads the week before. Maybe they have something like that in the works. I'll for sure go and check it out.
  10. M2

    M2 Well-Known Member

    They usually do advertise, but it helps to get the word out as well...
  11. saenzrich

    saenzrich Well-Known Member

    They have a big highway banner if your getting on 183 southbound lakeline, lakecreek entrance. Across the Highway from the new HEB PLUS
  12. danprkr

    danprkr Well-Known Member

    Good, I've been house bound for a few days and now so haven't seen anything.
  13. kyletx1911

    kyletx1911 Well-Known Member

    Imma comming
  14. M2

    M2 Well-Known Member

    Anyone up for breakfast before the show on Saturday? It's a tradition before gun shows here in SA, would be nice if some of us could meet up.

    I don't know that area very well, so recommendations on good place to eat nearby would be gratefully appreciated!

    Cheers! M2
  15. saenzrich

    saenzrich Well-Known Member

    They moved the Advertisement on 183 on the Northbound side facing the 183 southside traffic lanes just before Oak Knoll. This is the first advertisement I have seen for a gun show here in Austin. Saxet usually has a few commercial the week of the show but no public displays though. I'll be there with a Brand New 617 4" for sale I'll take 600.00 for THR members. I have two and this one hasn't been fired just dont need two and want a CZ 455 Varmint.
  16. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    I look forward to checking it out.

    Glad to have a place that doesn't charge for parking.

    (that is a REALLY annoying aspect of SAXET)
  17. hmphargh

    hmphargh Well-Known Member

    For a typically "Austin" breakfast, you should stop by Kerbey Lane Cafe, Magnolia Cafe, or Juan in a Million. Kerbey Lane is probably best from a location standpoint. For something a bit quicker, there is a Torchy's Tacos not far from there.
  18. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    Wish I could join y'all

    I am teaching a self defense class that morning

  19. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    Had an email conversation with Tim, one of the owners of the gun show.

    He is having some off duty APD officers patrol the parking lot during the show so as to maintain security. (the Crockett Center is not in the best neighborhood)

    Has ads scheduled for KLBJ AM and in the Statesman.

    Let's hope he has a great show.
  20. jdh

    jdh Well-Known Member

    For those who have not been to a show in that location get there early if you want to park. The building is shared with a Mexican indoor flea market. The parking lost is packed full by about 9am.

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