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Gun Shows: How far is too far?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by XxWINxX94, Mar 26, 2011.


How Far is too Far for a 'good' gun show?

Poll closed Apr 25, 2011.
  1. I will NOT go more than 5 miles out of my way to go to a good show.

    8 vote(s)
  2. I will NOT go more than 20 miles to go to a good show.

    30 vote(s)
  3. I will go 20+ miles to a good show.

    95 vote(s)
  4. Distance is no issue, I travel wherever the good shows are.

    37 vote(s)
  1. XxWINxX94

    XxWINxX94 Well-Known Member

    Hello everyone,
    Yup this is a gun show thread but I really need some opinions here.
    Debating whether or not to travel 90 miles to go to a gun show. Specifically the one in Princeton, IL. I've heard this show is the best one in Illinois and I really want to go to see what all the talk is about. I don't have a table or anything, but I will be bringing a couple rifles with to offer as a possible trade, or sale if I encounter anything I like.

    Now I know there are some hard feelings towards gun shows, but I really like them. I enjoy every one I go to no matter how many guns there were or beef jerky tables or whatever.

    So I'm looking for some opinions. How far is too far to go for a gun show that is supposedly good? Also if you could explain your reasoning that would help too.

    Gas is not really an issue, Gramps has offered to take his truck!

    Also, when one lives in such an anti-gun area and people want $200+ for a Mosin, sometimes you really wonder about seeing what else is out there that is more appealing than $4000 "German" FALS with "accessories."
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2011
  2. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    90 miles is no biggie, IMO. I'd jump in the car and go...I add very little work mileage on my personal vehicles....8 miles a day, 4 days a week. However, I still rack up 25k+ a year in just running around.
  3. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    Most of the gunshows are somewhat further away, typically in the more rural neighboring counties. The furthest one is probably less than an hour away so distance is not a big issue for me.
  4. XxWINxX94

    XxWINxX94 Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys, so it seems typical for a longer trip to a gun show.

    The last poll option seems kind of redundant next to the 3rd one, so I guess just disreguard it. Sorry about that!
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2011
  5. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    i know guys that look for any show within a day's drive and will overnight for the fun of being first in. 90 miles is not a problem for them.
  6. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    I would not go a'round the corner, too attend a "gun show"; as by now, most
    of them have achieved the title ""JUNK SHOWS"~!

    Those tables where a few firearms are found, well most folks (including myself)
    would not tote them home; as they are in that bad a condition~! :eek: ;)

    OTHO, at the last Birmingham, AL "gun show" I attended (in Oct '06), it was
    nothing but a bunch of "old farts" sitting around eating homemade ginger
    bread cookies, and drinking buttermilk with high price weaponary scattered
    about their tables~! :barf: :cuss: :banghead:
  7. Mags

    Mags Well-Known Member

    Went with option 1 since there was no "I no longer go to the conglomerate of local dealers who jack their prices up that they call a gun show around here".
  8. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Well-Known Member

    I think you should attend that show. It is good to stretch your wings from time to time.

    I have driven 8 hours to attend a gun show. There are only a few that merit such consideration. I know people that fly and rent a car to attend gun shows. By the same token, I often skip the local shows entirely that I can crawl out of bed and be there in 20 minutes.

    As with everything, it depends on the show , who is organizing it, and my history with that show.
  9. Pistol Ranch

    Pistol Ranch Well-Known Member

    I found some really good jerky, toasted nuts, t-shirts, bumper stickers,
    Aztec jewelry, cheap watches and sunglasses at a gun show that I had to drive 50 miles to attend..
    They are having another one next month...P.M. me for the location ;)

  10. AlexanderA

    AlexanderA Well-Known Member

    About 100 miles is my limit. That happens to be the distance between Northern Virginia and Richmond, which has a couple of good shows (the Raceway -- formerly the Fairgrounds -- and the Mechanicsville Showplace). I used to go to these fairly regularly. But now, since the same promoters, and the same vendors, do the larger Nation's Gun Show in Chantilly, right near me, what's the point of driving the 100 miles? But I'll skip any gun show, generally, unless I'm looking for something very specific.

    Actually, some of my best finds in gun-related stuff have been at events not labeled "gun shows" at all. Specifically, I try to always go to the East Coast Rally of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association in Aberdeen, Maryland, the North-South Skirmish Association meets in Winchester, Va., and the 18th Century Market Fair at Ft. Frederick, west of Hagerstown, Md. You can often get bargains, and find rare stuff, because of the "arbitrage effect" of dealing in a different market.
  11. earlthegoat2

    earlthegoat2 Well-Known Member

    They are a waste of time unless you want jerky. Hit a pawn shop and low ball. I have had the best deals this way.
  12. Ian

    Ian Well-Known Member

    I have friends who fly here from Europe for shows. The most I've traveled for one was ~250 miles - it's always a good show, and I help staff a table at it every year.
  13. Old Shooter

    Old Shooter Well-Known Member

    The farthest I usually go is about 30 miles and it's mostly to walk around and see and handle some of the guns I read about and/or am thinking about buying. I have a parts wish list for some of my older guns and if I spot an item at a decent price I will pick it up then. A lot of the guns are overpriced but every now and then you can pick up a decent deal on something you don't often see in the LGS.

    I agree, they don't make gun shows like they used to..... :(
  14. shadow9

    shadow9 Well-Known Member

    Up in New England it's about 3-4 times a year we get any gun shows, and they're usually pretty big. I've found some decent deals at them, got my M96 at one. Often they're good for the crossbows, spare parts, handloaded ammo and being a general "gun-oriented fair". Then again, we have less restrictions than other states for what we can get :) I'd say go for it, yes, there's alot of overpriced junk, but also some odds n ends and rare pieces that you can pick up. It's more of a gamble, really, but fun all the same.
  15. AKPastor

    AKPastor Well-Known Member

    I am 304 miles from Anchorage and have attended events there. Otherwise, the closest is Fairbanks at about 50 miles.
  16. EddieNFL

    EddieNFL member

    I would travel a 100 or so miles to visit a good show. Been a while since one met the standard.
  17. ZCORR Jay

    ZCORR Jay Well-Known Member

    If the show is known for being good I'd travel but the ones locally are really hit or miss.
  18. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    I am with you on this. :) For that matter, I think most of the complainers are already planning for the next one. ;) I will do it just to enjoy the drive and have some time to kill at the end of it. Ninety miles is not excessive if you look at it that way. I regularly go to shows in/around Knoxville, some 100 miles.
  19. grumpy66

    grumpy66 Well-Known Member

    Tulsa, OKC, Ft. Worth, Mesquite, all within range.

    I go for parts, kits, odds and ends, occaisionally I'll find a good deal on an unusual gun.
  20. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Well-Known Member

    I live in Ogden, and I go to Salt Lake regularly anyway. I also haven't paid to get into one in years, I have a family member who scores me passes.

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