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Austin TX gun show

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by tuckerdog1, Nov 22, 2010.

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  1. tuckerdog1

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    It's been awhile since SAXET was driven from Austin. But they were back this last weekend. Pleased about that. I intended to go, but had a very long & hard day at work. Was beat like the proverbial 'rented mule'. So skipped it.

    So did anybody here go? Was the show a good one? Did the new location charge for parking? They did in San Antonio.

    Hope to make the next one. Wondering what to expect.

    Thanks,
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  2. Wedge

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    I didn't go, but my friend did and gave me a short report. Lots of people, many of the old vendors were back, some decent deals to be had. He didn't mention parking fees hopefully someone else will chime in. Sounded like a good show to go to and pretty large amount of vendors and people. I intend to go sometime in the next couple months.
     
  3. tuckerdog1

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    Thanks Wedge. Sorry I missed it now.

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    To this day, I still miss McBrides in Austin Texas.
     
  5. tuckerdog1

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    Yea, you can pretty much spend the whole day in McBride's

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  6. GEM

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    Awesome, thanks for the hint!
     
  7. lvalmont

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    $2 parking $5 to get in. Plenty of dealers from the past Saxet shows. Pretty packed, had to wait in line at almost every table. Lighting was horrendous (really dark). No great deals to speak of, plenty of things to choose from.

    Got some 44mag from Parebellum Research and a pistol stand.
     
  8. M2

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    We went as well, it was a nice show but not worth the 90+ mile drive up from San Antonio.

    Saw many familiar faces at the show, and found a few deals on bayonets (a Romanian AK and a Yugo M48). The folks on the upper floor were living in darkness, one vendor selling 1911 grips actually brought a flashlight so his customers could see his wares!

    If you are from the Austin area or north, then it is probably worth attending; but if you are about the same distance from SA than the monthly SAXET show here is about 3-4x larger. I didn't see anyone or anything at the Austin show that I haven't see at the shows in SA...

    But I am glad that our friends up in Austin have a decent show again. I went to the TGS show in July and it was the biggest waste of time and money I have experienced in a long time!

    Cheers! M2
     
  9. mongo4567

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    I didn't get there till Sunday. No great deals, but it is good to have a show again. I much prefer the SA show for number of sellers.
     
  10. walker944

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    Where's the new SAXET location in Austin? I know the other show is/was (?) down in the old Target building on the south end of town. Never went to that one. I miss going to the old Crocket Center up off of Lamar.

    BTW - SAXET in San Antonio has moved from the Colliseum to the San Antonio Events Center at Marbach and Loop 410. No charge for parking now.
     
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    The Saxet show is at the Travis County Arena. It was good show, but I wonder how long it will last. There was a lot of pent up demand, but after that fades I wonder. In the meantime enjoy it. I'll be at the next one in December on the 18th and 19th I believe.
     
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    Just googled up SAXET. Looks like the new location is the Travis County Expo Center out on Decker Ln. Is that the same as the Tarrant County Arena???
     
  13. GEM

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    No, the San Antonio show has had a major screw up. The adjacent church saw the light :banghead: and banned parking in front its store front and thus you have to pay for parking now. Or park in some weird limited adjacent areas of doubtful legality.

    Saxet messed up their research on the site.

    My friends and I have been skipping it.

    Hi, M2!
     
  14. M2

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    Howdy GEM! :neener:

    The secret to the SA show is to get there about an hour early, park for free and then walk over to the nearby IHOP or taquería for breakfast. You not only save two bucks; but you get front row parking!

    Just don't tell anyone! :scrutiny:

    As for the Austin show, it most definitely was at the Travis County Expo Center out on Decker Lane. At least that is where all the people selling guns were last Saturday morning!

    The Tarrant County Convention Center is now known as the Fort Worth Convention Center!

    Cheers! M2
     
  15. danprkr

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    Doh, that's what I get for living in both places. :eek::eek::eek::eek:
     
  16. Hansli

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    Skip the show and go to McBride's, arguably one of the best gunshops in the state if not the country. There is a lot in there and not at retail either. Unfortunately if you're looking for jerky, honey pecans, wornout arms or milsurp you'll have to pay $7 at the 'show' for the opportunity to buy.
     
  17. GEM

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    If you go to McBride's, then you can have a fun day on Lamar. Go to Book People which is a great independent book store. Go to the Central Market and Whole Foods flagships and stuff yourself. Buy weird foods!

    McBride's also has a coin store. Up the road there is a great comics store.

    Only thing about McBride's is that they are a touch pricey and there is one nasty clerk. Thinks he is Commando Joe and expert in all. The others are fine. They do have a good price on Surefire batteries in the box. But it is a fun store.

    Then find a funky restaurant to eat!

    BTW, I like Dury's in San Antonio. They have a lot of my money. I've found some really good deals on used revolvers. Got a nice Colt Cobra and SW 19 from them.
     
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    McBride's is nice but the few times I've been there I've not seen anything at a price I couldn't live without. Dury's is the same, and I did pick up a Remington Mosin there at a decent price but that was via an online auction. The Powderhorn on the west side of SA (and near where the SAXET show is held) is on par with those two shops, friendly folks and about the same price ranges; but to be honest other than private sales I have found the best deals at the shows...

    But just to note the majority of my collection is milsurp, and there are a few regular dealers I usually buy from. Outside of those, probably the one that gets the most of my hard-earned money is Alan from AJC Sports. He always has some great prices on firearms, and I've bought three SA 1911s, one Arsenal AK and a few others from him. Honestly, I find he's got the best prices on new guns, and one of the largest selections at the show.

    The biggest plus for the shows is that my 13-yr-old son and I make a morning out of it. We go early and eat at IHOP, and then walk the floor together. He's turning into a real gun nut (which is better than a nut with guns!) and wants me to buy everything. He's really bugging me to buy a MP5, which ain't happening; but it's nice to have this father-son time together...

    Cheers! M2
     
  19. GEM

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    You can't beat the shows for price on standard new items. Ammo isn't so great though there. I get better deals on practice ammo at the big box stores. Watching for sales and coupons helps.

    Dury's used guns can be too expensive but for some reason, I've done well on their revolvers.

    I still miss the Broadway shows. My buddies and I would meet and then eat at the little sandwich shop in the antique mall next door. They had a good soup and sandwich deal.
     
  20. M2

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    GEM

    You mean the old location just north of 410 by the airport? Those were some of the first gun shows we started going to when we arrived here. I prefer the SA Event Center because it is closer, but the parking was better at that location.

    I wish there were more eatery options near Marbach, we've been eating at the IHOP ever since they started having shows there and honestly it's beginning to lose its appeal. My son doesn't like breakfast tacos that much so the taquería isn't an option. Since it's only a 15-minute drive, and I like to park and walk to where we are going to eat breakfast, there's only the two choices.

    And the church in that complex are jerks, most of the time "their" parking lot is empty. It they were smart they'd charge a buck for parking and rack in a couple hundred dollars or more every day of the show!

    Cheers! M2
     
  21. walker944

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    My favorite gun shows in San Antonio were at the Hemisfair convention center downtown. Those shows were fantastic. Occasionally I'd run into some of the Spurs practicing basket ball next-door in the arena...Paul Pressey comes to mind. My daughters were young back then (4-5 yrs old) and I'd take them with me. After the show we'd go up in the Hemisfair tower just for the fun of it. That's when tickets for the elevator we $1 each. The show moved from the convention center to the Freeman colliseum, to Broadway, back to the Colliseum, to Live Oak, to Evers, out to the Shriners on 1604, now to Marbach. Man, we've been all over this town for gun shows...
     
  22. danprkr

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    I had lost interest in McBrides a few years back, but stopped in there the other day simply because I had time to kill, a specific gun I was looking for, and was in the area. I was pleasantly surprised at the used prices (I rarely buy new). They were quite competitive, consistently on the high side of the range, but in the range. Just didn't have the specific gun I was looking for, at least not used. So, I may be stopping in there more often now.

    Having said that I love guns shows simply to look at the diversity of not only the guns, accessories, literature, etc, but also the people in our little world :D
     
  23. M2

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    McBrides is a class gun shop, the few times I've been there I found the folks working at it to be very friendly and helpful. I've just gone in to look around, but they still took the time to chat for a bit.

    I find the same at Dury's and The Powderhorn in SA, but Nagel's a bit less so.

    That is one of the things I enjoy about going to the shows, unless they are really busy most of the vendors will take the time to talk with ya. Heck, some will talk to ya even when you don't want to! :D

    Cheers! M2
     
  24. Justin Holder

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    I always found McBrides to be a little on the "snobby" side.
     
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    I agree with Justin Holder!! But the worst gunshop on the planet has to be Nagels, in San Antonio. What a complete "Charlie Foxtrot" (CF) of guns displayed, and the lighting is attrocious, not to mention the crap that abounds in every isle, nook and cranny. Just a completely annoying place to go...unfortunately.
     
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