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I'm tired of gun shows...

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Redlg155, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. OilyPablo

    OilyPablo Well-Known Member

    Our local show doesn't have any jerky. I actually wouldn't mind buying the good stuff.

    I like the "Gun Stick" seller. I suggested some new types and darn if he didn't listen to me. Cool shapes with cotton and now some synthetic foam types that work great. The Bore Snake guy on the other hand sells "too hard" and his prices are too high, I guess I'm not a bore snake guy, even though it's the The Year of Snake.
  2. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    I haven't been to one in quite a few years. There use to be a pretty good selection among the regular vendors to find the ammo and components I needed. Then it seemed like most of them pulled out to do some other show going on at the same time out of state. Quality, quantity, and overall selection of guns, ammo, and accessories fell off after that so I stopped going. Found just about everything I needed either locally or online.
  3. MagnunJoe

    MagnunJoe Well-Known Member

    In my Metro area there R 8 gun shows per year. I always make it a point to go to at least 1 per year. It's fun to go with friends & shoot the breeze. I usually get something, cleaning supplies or ammo (@ regular price) the point is he get to see & handle new toys. Even if we don't buy them.
  4. jmace57

    jmace57 Well-Known Member

    In the Houston Texas area they have gotten to where they do a gun show every month - they same company rotates between Houston, and two close-by cities (Pasadena and Conroe). There seems to be no incentive for the sellers to ever have any good deals - they figure if they don't sell something this time, they'll sell it next month.

    And that was BEFORE the recent craziness. I don't go any more.
  5. Mango88

    Mango88 Well-Known Member

    I can put up with the beef jerky and junk jewelry tables at the gun shows if people would just realize that a gun show is not the place to bring your babies, toddlers, and huge baby strollers. At the last gun show I went to there were children trying to play on the floor while the massive crowd tried their best not to step on them, things have gotten a bit insane.
  6. Elkins45

    Elkins45 Well-Known Member

    I have found some amazing deals at gun shows, but I have also left in an hour without buying a thing.

    At the last National Gun Day in Louisville (before the panic) I found a great liberty model 44 Super Blackhawk for $375. That was worth the effort to attend. You just never know what you're going to find.
  7. MaterDei

    MaterDei Well-Known Member

    I go to at least two or three a year. I went with a cousin and friend to the the show in Austin a couple of weeks ago.

    The line was ridiculous and so were the prices on many things. We had a blast!!!

    The jerky was delicious, the crowd was all very friendly and having fun and I did finds some deals. I bought primers for $35/1000 which is a good deal as I don't buy enough online to justify the hazmat fee. I also bought a Magpul MS3 sling and sling mount for one of my ARs.

    I don't understand why people whine so incessantly about gun shows. If you don't like them DON'T GO!
  8. flgolfer29

    flgolfer29 Well-Known Member

    I think that is the general consensus, they aren't going..

  9. ApacheCoTodd

    ApacheCoTodd Well-Known Member

    I remember setting up at Vegas once with "The Jerky Hut" right next to me crowding my tables with free-sample hangers-on.

    So Sunday, I'm watching these two fellas being totally "reeled-in" by the salesmanship of the vender. It became truly fascinating to me to see if they would turn anything down. From what I saw - no.

    When they were done they did a 180 towards me with somewhere between 15 to 20 plastic bags of various dried/tubed/shredded meats between them.

    As the eyes of one of them settled on my vintage AR/16 case, he noted that I had original slick sided carriers and components to include the first design firing pin retaining pins among everything else. That old stuff is kinda a thing of mine and I buy it when I see it.

    Anyhow, he says how much for the pin and I tell him something well under 20 dollars but over 10. Excited by the availability and the price and after putting down his haul o' meat and searching all his pockets, noting he maxed his debit at TJH and tapped his ATM, he turns to his pal. Pal repeats the previous performance and between them they've dumped gum wrappers, a parking stub and other pocket debris along with a total of just over two bucks on my case.

    Considering I'd pay many times that at the time for originals (they've since begun reproducing/importing them) it was a no go. Fella says, "will you be at the next show?" Well in fact I wasn't gonna be back for a full year so I tell him that and say to keep his eyes open at the next jerky show, maybe someone will have one.:evil:
  10. HOWARD J

    HOWARD J Well-Known Member

    I lost interest in the gun shows around here when they ran out of military gun parts ( surplus) The guns & ammo they sell I can buy from a local gun shop at a better price ( until Obama went on a rampage)
  11. AethelstanAegen

    AethelstanAegen Well-Known Member

    +1 I found the large pistol primers and a few boxes of .38 S&W for reasonable prices. Since no local stores even had the primers and I couldn't have ordered them without the $30 hazmat fee plus shipping, it was well worth the $12 admission fee. I found the .38 S&W ammo for $20 a box which is cheaper than I could ever buy it online even without shipping factored in. I was a happy customer yesterday. I just need to pick up some black powder and I'm set for quite some time.

    I also enjoyed talking to some of the old timers who had tables full of C&Rs. They generally seemed to have prices on the upper end (either because they didn't really want to sell or as a negotiation tactic) and with everyone else flocking around the black rifle tables, they seemed to enjoy chit chatting.

    It was definitely WAY less crowded than the last one in January. I went in looking for a small revolver for CCW and in the endm, I did pick up a sweet little S&W Safety Hammerless there...so that was also a success. I just couldn't say no to such a nice looking, old revolver that also worked for my original need.
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2013
  12. Old Dog

    Old Dog Well-Known Member

    Really? That would not be the case here. Our WAC shows are packed, with lines down the block and around the corner to get it ...

    I don't care about the ammo prices -- if you didn't see the handwriting on the wall at election time and couldn't remember the last shortages, shame on you ...

    We do have some retailers with excellent prices on new guns at our shows. We've got the Kramer holster guy, our Glock parts guys, our black rifle and tactical accessories guys, plenty of prepper stuff, surplus and maybe even some jerky.

    Me, I enjoy the shows for the social aspect. Where else can you commune for a day with THOUSANDS of gun-folks, fondle new guns, old guns -- and yes -- even find a used gun you were looking for?

    For our movement to succeed, we need to make these social events the norm. Help 'em work -- quit complaining and do what some of here do -- become members, get on the BoD of the organization that puts on shows, find out what people in your region want to see, network., make the shows fun, and see the RKBA movement grow ...

    Me, I'm just tired of people that whine about gun shows ...
  13. 788Ham

    788Ham Well-Known Member

    I missed the last GS here in town, the next one is upcoming, won't miss that one. 2 months ago, they had huge amounts of cased ammo, but prices were so high, don't know if they sold any, not to me anyway! Powder and primers were sky high too, if one could find any, and bullets were not to be found. Oh, there were lead bullets, but boxed bullets not available. Hope things have calmed down some this next show, like to get some powder, if I don't have to sell my car to get it !
  14. Elkins45

    Elkins45 Well-Known Member

    Gun shows? Nobody goes to those anymore...too crowded!

  15. ngnrd

    ngnrd Well-Known Member

    If you're tired of gun shows, don't go. I went to one today to see if I could find any brass, powder, and primers. There wasn't any powder or primers to speak of, but I did pick up 900pcs of 45ACP brass - split about 50/50 between Federal and Winchester headstamps, along with 100pcs of R-R 300wm and 400pcs of mixed 380acp for a total of $120 including the price of entry.

    I also passed up a used Single-Six that was priced at $275 that I might actually talk myself into going back for tomorrow.

    And then there was the complete 4-barrel Dan Wesson Pistol Pack for $1500. I'm not in the market for one, but it was the first one I'd ever seen in person, and it looked to be in really great condition. Certainly didn't have the holster wear that my DW has...

    And, yeah, the vast majority of MSR's were all priced high (stripped polymer lower for $200, most complete rifles between $2k and $3k, even a used Mini-14 for $1500), but I wasn't seeing any buyers at those prices. The one negotiation I actually saw was for an AR-15 with a $1700 sticker on it (too crowded to get a good look at it - don't know what make/model it was). A guy offered $1000, and the seller dropped to $1175 without even flinching. I didn't stick around long enough to see if they actually struck a deal or not. By then, there were way too many people, and I was already heading for an exit.

    But, all-in-all, it was worth a couple of hours of my time to go take a look, if for nothing else than just to get out of the house in the middle of February. It's not like I had to shovel the driveway or anything. ... oh, wait... gotta go.
  16. Grassman

    Grassman Well-Known Member

    I was surprised to find a couple decent deals at todays show. I bought some Pmags for $28, yes I know that's high, but in the current climate it's not bad. Friend of mine bought a new DPMS AR for $1100. I did see some $75 mags, and some $3000 Ar's too. Pretty big show, there were some OK deals to be had. Not great, but OK.
  17. Grassman

    Grassman Well-Known Member

    I think ammo is the really highly priced stuff now, .223 was going for $1 a round and higher, .22LR is really outrageous now.
  18. dt466ih

    dt466ih Member

    I quit going to gunshows a few years ago. i pay $10 to park, then $14 to get in , then the things i have interest in purchasing are more expensive than if i just ordered off the internet . thats my experience anyway .
  19. umadcuzimstylin

    umadcuzimstylin Well-Known Member

    My local Walmart limites you to one box and thats if they have any. Gone there everyday for weeks then they finally have some and only let you buy 1 20 round box. O_O
  20. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Well-Known Member

    I don't go unless I'm looking for something specific. Me and my wife prefer to use the time and money to go to things like the outdoor expo, the home show, and the auto expo.

    A few days ago a friend posted a story about an autistic boy whose puppy was stolen at a gun show. I say this as the parent of an autistic child....WHY DID YOU BRING HIS PUPPY TO A GUN SHOW?! The boy may or may not get something from it, (mine wouldn't,) but his puppy wouldn't.

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