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Austin Gun Show (1-2 Dec)

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

  1. HankB

    HankB Well-Known Member

    Sounds interesting. For a time there was another gun show held at a former Target store off I-35, but it was pathetic - small, and more junk like Sham-Wows and miracle motor oil than guns.

    I know where the N. Lamar location is (I was there when an exhibitor had an ND a few years back :eek: ) and if tables are sold out, it should be decent. ($8 admission is a little high.)

    Lately, I haven't had much luck at the Saxet show at the Expo Center . . . only major thing I ever found was an E-series S&W1911 SC. Several times I left empty-handed. (Didn't like paying to park either.)
  2. M2

    M2 Well-Known Member

    If I am not mistaken, the show at the old Target was a Texas Gun Shows event. I went to one a few years back, it was pathetic just as you described. I was in and out of there in less than 15 minutes. They host a show up on the NE part of San Antonio at the Live Oak Civic Center, last time I went to it was a couple of years ago as well and it was equally horrible. About the only show they've ever hosted that was halfway decent was down in Floresville, but it's been a year or so since we've been to it and I don't think it's doing well either! The only reason we go is that I knew some folks that live down that way, and it's always good to catch up with old friends!

    And jdh, thanks for the info. At the SAXET shows down here in SA we arrive an hour before the doors open because there is an IHOP within walking distance. We'll have to factor that into our plans.

    Guillermo, Tim and Michelle are the owners of Premier Gun Shows, two of the best folks you could ever meet. Their entire crew are great people as well, they work their butts off to make their show here in SA a success. Sorry you can make it, no chance of squeezing in the show before the self-defense class?

    hmphargh, appreciate the breakfast recommendations! Anyone planning on eating before the show on Saturday and have a preference? Would be nice to meet a few of you when we're up for the show!

    Cheers! M2
  3. M2

    M2 Well-Known Member

  4. Shuler13

    Shuler13 Well-Known Member

    If I plan on arriving around noon, what should I attempt for parking?
  5. jdh

    jdh Well-Known Member

    By that time there will be folks leaving or going to lunch. Cruise through the parking lot and keep your eyes open for back up lights.
  6. Beaux Nehr

    Beaux Nehr Well-Known Member

    I'm definitely going to this show.

    I do not care for saxet, so hopefully this will be better.
  7. walker944

    walker944 Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't expect quite the vendor quantity. The North Austin Event Center is not that big of a facility compared to the Freeman Expo Halls in San Antonio. I've actually been thinking of heading up for the show. I always like going to the Premier show in San Antonio. As other stated, they attract unique vendors to their shows that SAXET and Texas Gun Shows don't have. I find myself skipping SAXET and Texas shows regularly because of vendor redundancy/burnout.
  8. M2

    M2 Well-Known Member

    It won't be nearly as big as the Freeman Expo show, but it beats seeing mostly the same folks with mostly the same stuff that we see every month at the SAXET show here in SA!

    The bigger issue is for the folks in the Austin area, if support for this show isn't shown then it won't likely last long. Premier is taking a chance as the market in Austin is not nearly as good as it is in SA or DFW, plus the history of gun shows in that city isn't exactly stellar.

    The SAXET show there is doing OK at best, and if it goes away and this one doesn't last, the firearms community in Austin will be left with their overpriced shops or driving several hours to go to a show! :barf:

    We are only driving up to show our support, and hopefully get others to do the same. I honestly don't expect more than 300-400 tables and since I just bought a Springfield XD(M) earlier this month, my gun fund is pretty low at the moment; but that usually seems like the times I find some great deal on a gun I didn't know I wanted! :neener:

    Cheers! M2
  9. fields

    fields Well-Known Member

    How much are the primers at these shows?
  10. M2

    M2 Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately, I can't help ya, I'm not a reloader...
  11. Beaux Nehr

    Beaux Nehr Well-Known Member

    Totally forgot about this show this morning. : [

    Any reports?
  12. M2

    M2 Well-Known Member

    We went this morning, there was a good-sized crowd waiting for the doors to open. We ended up talking to the first vendor inside, the guy with the StG44 Sturmgewehr on display. He recently acquired some pristine WWI German daggers and showed them to me and my son. Dang, they were impressive.

    We walked around for a little over an hour talking to various vendors, there was a pretty good selection at the show but we didn't find anything I needed so we left empty-handed. That could be attributed to the fact that the same folks are putting on the larger San Antonio show next weekend, and I didn't want to spend what little remains of my "mad money."

    Still, it was a good turnout and a great showing of vendors. It was worth the drive up from SA and anyone in the Austin area should definitely check out this show!

    Cheers! M2
  13. breakingcontact

    breakingcontact Well-Known Member

    Whoa. This is "this" weekend isn't it! Time flies.
  14. backbencher

    backbencher Well-Known Member

    45 min to close, they're still charging full price? No thanks. If I have a couple hours to kill tomorrow, we'll see.
  15. Shuler13

    Shuler13 Well-Known Member

    I went just after noon. Plenty of folks shopping and the venders seemed busy enough. Prices on guns were typical. The vendor near the door to the right had the biggest variety of pistols and some decent prices. I picked up an M&P9c for a fair price. Almost pulled the trigger on a few others but decided against it. It was a good show and I'd go back when they come back.
  16. M2

    M2 Well-Known Member

    Yep, this weekend. Will be open tomorrow as well...
  17. Scott Farkus

    Scott Farkus Active Member

    I went today. Agree with Shuler13 - crowd seemed good, prices were typical (no screaming deals, but seemed fair for the most part). Good variety and I enjoyed seeing some different vendors than those that come to Saxet. Yes, the vendor to the right at the entrance had just about everything you could want. Except of course a Smith & Wesson Shield.

    I was very tempted on a Marlin 30-30 and a couple of other things but had to resist because Christmas is coming.

    I hope we can support two shows in Austin.
  18. Scott Farkus

    Scott Farkus Active Member

    Time for a rant. If you're going to have a table at the show, PLEASE mark your items with the make, model, caliber and asking price. I saw three or four tables today that appeared to be private sellers (would be nice to have a sign that so indicated, also) with various firearms laid out with no signage whatsoever.

    One guy had a row of what appeared to be stainless Smith & Wesson revolvers turned in by the Austin PD, but nothing was marked. He was busy talking to a buddy the first two or three times I stopped by and made no attempt to acknowledge me. I finally broke in and asked "what caliber are these" and he said "38-44", which I didn't really understand. Were some .38? Were some .44? They all looked the same to me, and none looked big enough for a .44 but what do I know? He immediately went back to talking to his buddy and I walked away. I have no idea what he wanted for them and I didn't feel it was my place to interrupt him again to ask. So I moved on.

    Another guy had a number of rifles laid out. Three of them were lever action. I was in the market today for a 30-30 but nothing was marked, so I had to ask and turns out they were all something else. He then started talking about either the benefits, or pitfalls, of the 30-30 round but I couldn't understand him clearly, so I politely said "thanks" and moved on. Out of curiosity if nothing else, I would have been interested in knowing what make each gun was and what his asking price was, but since I was specifically looking for a 30-30 and knew I wouldn't buy one of his, I didn't bother asking him.

    That's all. Thanks for listening.
  19. breakingcontact

    breakingcontact Well-Known Member

    ^regarding this^

    customer service is desperately lacking in most businesses, especially the gun business and overall I've found customer service in most places in Austin to be pretty terrible.

    That being said, I made it out to the show today too.

    It was... "aight". Didn't buy anything, tried to buy a case of MREs (sign indicated cases or singles), guy was all sold out but nice about it. Plan to catch him at the SAXET show.

    I too hope that ATX can support 2 shows. Relatively cheap entertainment and will be nice to stop by and pick up some odds and ends now and again.

    This http://www.marketplaceaustin.com/

    next door was the REAL treat! Wow! Will be going back there for sure!
  20. jdh

    jdh Well-Known Member

    Many of the "private dealers" are not there to sell. They are there so they can go back home and say "Honey I tried to sell them but you know the way the economy is nobody had money to buy".

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