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Gun Show Apple Sauce

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Shawnee, Oct 5, 2008.

  1. Shawnee

    Shawnee member

    Went to a gun show N. of Cincinnati today. What a circus !

    I'll try to describe it in "sound bytes".....

    1. All the ammo dealers were singing the song about how ammo prices are going up rapidly - and their prices were astronomical. I guess they think nobody notices that 80% of their ammo is in boxes at least 10 years old and more than a little of it is in loadings that were discontinued years ago. :rolleyes:

    2. For whatever reason - single-action revolvers were marked with (relatively) low prices compared to the last show I went to (about a year ago).

    3. I saw five Marlin 336s and four Winchester 94s - all in decent or better shape - and marked #300 or $325. One fellow was willing to sell me a Winchester 94 "Classic" in great shape for $350 OTD.

    4. Many, many people were bringing guns into the show looking to trade them for something else - and almost all the trade-in guns being brought in were of the "black rifle"/"black pistol" genre.

    5. The percentage of truly weird-looking dudes at the gun shows is increasing.

    6. Holsters, cordura bags and assorted such goods seem to be improving in quality and not going up drastically in price.

    7. It was a fairly large show but I saw only two tables that had Thompson Center Contender stuff on them. One had only about a dozen barrels and a couple frames. The other had at least six frames and at least 25 barrels - but he also was asking new prices for used barrels.

    8. Scads and scads and scads of 9mm, .357 magnums, and 10mm and .40 caliber black handguns for sale.

    9. Very, very few shotguns out and they wewre almost all 870s or Mossie 500s.

    10. There were probably 10 tables with largely old military rifles and equipment.

    11. Oddly, there were not many bolt-action hunting rifles around. I did see a Remington 700 ADL in .270 that looked in OK shape and was marked $375. Someone could have picked up a decent deal on that one.

  2. Dksimon

    Dksimon Well-Known Member

    It seems like your experience was better than most people that start threads about gun shows.

    I wish we had gun shows around here. The closest thing we have is a show that combines guns, fishing and arts & crafts.
    With it being 3/4 arts and crafts and 1/4 silly or overpriced fishing/gun stuff
  3. 72V

    72V Member

    Although there a few really good gun shows in my region, some I've been to lately have not been worth the five bucks to get through the door. I'm getting pretty tired of seeing all the non-firearm related junk that occupies tables.

    Here's a link to a "gun show guide", good for a chuckle.

  4. mgkdrgn

    mgkdrgn Well-Known Member

    "His father gives him an advance on his allowance so he can buy a used Remington Nylon 66."

    From what I've seen those going for, that must have been one hell of an "advance"! :evil:
  5. mgregg85

    mgregg85 Well-Known Member

    The midland gun show has lots of these...
    I talked one of my uncles out of buying a nasty old SKS with a really crappy ramline folding stock(the one with the stamped metal, screen door style latch to keep it unfolded), junk scope and junk bipod for $450. In his defense he is relatively new to guns and doesn't know too much about the value of such things.
  6. highorder

    highorder Well-Known Member

    I was at the Cincy show as well.

    It's like the "dealers" dont want to admit the internet exists.:rolleyes:

    Too many tables there had stuff the guy paid retail for, then marked up.

    I say Pmags for $20.00, 500 rounds of silver bear .223 for $130.00, and Sig P6's for $350.00 with one mag. (likely all from AIM):confused:

    What a waste of time. To top it off, I went over to Targetworld afterword, and had a woman that was purchasing a Ruger 345 pick it up off the counter and point it right at my chest, while exclaming, "look at my new gun!":cuss:
  7. Shawnee

    Shawnee member


    I was told the Sharonville show would be better than the one at Ohare Arena in Dayton but it wasn't. They both are the pits.
    The only show I've been to anywhere close that was pretty decent has been the one they have at the Westgate Mall in Columbus. I don't think it is a "Bill Goodman" show.

    Winchester PowerPoint 30/30 ammo at the show today was $22.95/box. Walmart will sell me all I can carry for $13.95/box. The show dealers simply defy the imagination.

  8. hankdatank1362

    hankdatank1362 Well-Known Member

    The revolvers and levers are good news though... everyone else is too concerned with the Chicken Little "The sky is falling" upcoming AWB2 and stocking up on "eeeeevil" guns, that they forget about some other treasures.

    I've been looking into geting involved in CAS anyway!
  9. SGW42

    SGW42 Well-Known Member

    The first time I went to a show I had nothing in mind and was really, really amazed. "Wow, look at all this stuff I can get that isn't in stores!" Walked out happy I had found some nice cocobolo wraparound grips for my Mk II for cheap.

    After that, I had been on the internet, I had found some more obscure shops, I knew more friends who shot, etc. Generally more "wise" to things.

    Since then each time I've gone to a show I've had something very specific in mind and only money for that, and I've always left disappointed having not found it.

    I'm convinced in order to have a good time at a show these days you need to be young, nothing particular in mind, and a wad of money that you can't find any other use for in your pocket.
  10. jerkface11

    jerkface11 Well-Known Member

    Wanenmacher's is the only gunshow I bother going to anymore.
  11. zoom6zoom

    zoom6zoom Well-Known Member

    So who was selling the apple sauce?
  12. Shawnee

    Shawnee member

    "So who was selling the apple sauce?"

    LOLOL ! Every dealer there ! :D

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