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First gun show

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by gunNoob, Mar 6, 2008.

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  1. gunNoob

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    Hey everyone, there is a gun show this weekend and I was just wondering what I should know? Any tips while looking at the guns? Thanks
     
  2. bladecp

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    Yes, do your RESEARCH! If you have something you know you want, be sure to arm yourself with what a fair price for it is. If you see something you really want on the first day but don't know what it's worth, see if you can slip the guy a $20 or something to hold it for you to the next day. You can go home and google away to see if the price is fair. Print that info out and bargain if you need to...make sure the money you gave him to hold it goes towards the purchase price. You may find some good deals, but they are few and far between. Take cash if you can because sometimes you can get a cash price for less than when using a CC. Not all vendors will take CC, also. Haggle with them as they usually know their stuff is over priced. Oh, and enjoy all the extra "fluff" of jerky, beanie babies, indian jewelry, cheap knives, airguns, tools, toys, etc. LOTS of non gun stuff has become the norm at these shows.
     
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    Wheel and deal my friend, wheel and deal.
     
  4. gunNoob

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    thanks for the good info!
     
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    Check out the crowd for some amusement. Lots of weird people frequent gunshows. Everyone from bubbas to bangers to ninja wannabes. Sometimes you'll even see a smokin' hot hick wife/girlfriend. :evil: Be sure to look for the 400+ lb ex Seal/Ranger/Special Forces, etc types who are experts on every firearm on the planet, too. :rolleyes:
     
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    If you buy anything, the first thing you'll hear afterward is that you paid too much. Don't worry about that. It'll even out over time.
    Four Rules, always.

    Buy the gun, not the story.

    Clear any firearm as soon as you pick it up or it's handed to you. Many or most shows nowadays will have all guns zip-tied, but look it over anyway.

    If you want to take a shotgun apart, field strip a pistol or the like, ask the seller to do it for you.

    Don't drop the slide, bolt, etc. on an autoloading firearm without slowing its travel with your hand. Ask first before doing this at all.

    If you're in the market for revolvers, you can print out Jim March' Revolver Checkout thread: Click Here!

    Carry cash. :)
     
  8. bladecp

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    Good advice, Brian. Also be sure to ask permission to dry fire anything because some people are anal about that. I've had dealers clip the zip tie off so I could and then re-zip it up.
     
  9. Brian Dale

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    Thanks. :)
    I absolutely agree.
     
  10. bladecp

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    I go so far as to ask before touching or picking anything up, too. Just common courtesy, I guess.
     
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    If you have snap caps for a caliber you're looking at, definitely bring those.

    Find out if there's free WiFi anywhere nearby and bring your computer or iPhone with you to check prices. Heck, have the phone number of dealers in your area and if you think you see a good deal on a new gun, call them up and ask them how much it would cost to order that gun (figure you get one question per dealer).

    Ignore any Nazi paraphernalia dealers.

    Don't sell to anyone standing outside of the convention center (or wherever it's being held); DO be willing to buy/sell from individuals inside the show.

    Trading gets you better deals than buying; cash gets you more than credit.
     
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    Be on the look out for the rare, rat-tailed mullet. Double points if it's female. :evil:

    Take in the scenery but keep an eye on your wad/wallet. 'It' happens.
     
  13. bladecp

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    Don't forget to check out the bubba trucks in the parking lot for amusement. Look for any NASCAR number, especially #3 and "May he live forever" and how #24/Jeff Gordon blows. Calvin pissing on anything and everything. Fake nutz hanging off trailer hitches (no kidding!). Bullet hole stickers across the tailgate. The requisite K&N filter sticker. Any number of NRA/gun stickers. Air horns on the roof. Confederate flags/The South shall rise again stickers. Git-R-Dun and anything Larry the Cable Guy. The list goes on and on! :D
     
  14. Rokyudai

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    blade,

    Is it possible to market "Gun Show" bingo pads? Kind of a scavenger hunt really....

    "Ok...I need to find 1 Nazi dagger, 3 crystal dolphins, and a unicorn sweatshirt!" BINGO! :neener:
     
  15. bladecp

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    ROTFL... :D

    Need to provide photographic evidence, though! Could be fun...

    I see your three crystal dolphins and raise you 6 elk jerky sticks and 1 dreamcatcher. ;)
     
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    Too rich for me! All I have left is this 1/2 eaten plate of nachos and the guy that turns the stun gun on to call attention to his table.
     
  17. bladecp

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    Yeah, I think we all know the flashlight/stun gun combo guy. Bzzz zap, bzzz, zap! :rolleyes:

    Now go find me some pewter revolutionary war figurines and anything with fake silver/turquoise made by gen-U-whine Navay-hoes. :D
     
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    Look but don't touch without asking permission first, don't buy anything you don't know the value of, inspect before you buy, and buy the gun not the story.

    Also, tell us where you're at and chances are somebody here is also going, and you can get somebody to tag along with you for a second opinion.
     
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    Don't go ezpecting a zillion hot deals,ur luck if you come acrosse ONE.
    Don't interrupt a seller who is dealing with a customer,it ain't polite ya know.
     
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    Cash is King if you are shopping for a deal, cash always beats check/credit card when haggling. Know your prices beforehand.

    Watch your blood pressure y limiting exposure to Jerky vendors.
     
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    My first gun show was a BLAST.

    If heaven exists I think it is something like a good gunshow.
     
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    I wouldn't buy a gun at a gun show. I like recourse. I prefer my local gun shops. Just my way of buying.
     
  23. bladecp

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    Why? I've bought several guns from dealers at a gun show that were local to the area. I found a Kahr PM9 with night sights "gunshow special" from a local dealer at $100+ off the normal "asking" price.
     
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    That's just me. Not saying the sales people are not reputable. Most might be. I'd rather pay the difference and buy from an established store. I buy knives, accessories & ammo at gun shows.
     
  25. bladecp

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    What did you not understand about me buying from dealers that were LOCAL to the area? These guys ARE from established stores. Sometimes they run "gunshow" specials. If I had a problem, I could always easily go back to the store later. YOU try finding a NIB PM9 with night sights for under $500 when the "normal" store price was well over $600 and get back to me when/if you ever do.

    I'm never going to say I wouldn't buy a gun from a gunshow...

    But, hey...if you want to overpay for the exact same thing, be my guest. :rolleyes:
     
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