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Good day at the gun show. (Long)

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Warren, May 14, 2007.

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  1. Warren

    Warren Member

    Apr 5, 2004
    Northern California
    So I went to my first gun show since moving to the Las Vegas area.

    It was at the Cashman Center on N. Las Vegas Blvd.

    Three bucks to park and $12 for admission.

    I ended up parking about 200 yds from the door, I did not think anything of it...at the time.

    I'm not in the building 30 seconds before some dude is trying to sell me his wonder rag. It cleans, counter-tops, stove-tops, glasses, dishes and GUNS. It seemed to me that he had his usual pitch and just appended "GUNS" to it. Blah blah blah blah and GUNS.

    Escaping, I saw lots and lots of guns; which given the gun shows where I used to live was quite a pleasent suprise.

    I managed to dodge the salami slinger and the air purifier gang and finally it was off to the guns.

    I wanted a rifle but due to a nasty tax bill my gun budget was almost wiped out. So I was looking for something cheap, reliable and cheap to feed and semi-auto. Also this would be my first rifle and it needed to be easy to maintain.

    Ergo, I was looking for an SKS.

    Here's the thing though: I didn't want to deal with getting the cosmo out of the stock and after I bought it I was going to have the GL and bayo removed.

    I visualized the rifle I wanted and methodically stalked the aisles looking for it.

    Two hours later with no luck. I handled a few SKSs but didn't find anything that appealed to me. And I looked at many other rifles that I could only dream about getting. One table had some exquisite Garands. But the one that caught my eye was just under $2500. Damn.

    There were plenty of ARs and AKs as you would expect but not one FAL. There was an HK91 clone though.

    I take a break and go to the book seller where I pick up Bill Jordan's "No Second Place Winner" which I have wanted for a long time. And three of Col. Cooper's books that I should have had way before now.

    I decided to give the aisles one more look and..drum roll...BOOM I find it. An SKS that was being sold by a guy letting some of his personal collection go. Obviously the cosmo was long gone AND so was the GL and bayo and the barrel had been recrowned. He bought it in the '60s and it has all matching numbers.

    Price? $350 I ask if he could do better and he knocks $50 off. $300 OTD.

    Do you take VISA?


    Damn. (I forgot to bring a lot of cash with me.) Oh, well.

    Then he tells me about the ATM that is near the bathrooms.

    AHHHHHH! I go and get the money.

    Five minutes later it is mine. He also gives me a vendor badge so I can get out of the center without an inspection. Way cool.

    So while $300 may be a bit much for an SKS it was worth it to me to have a no hassle starter gun. Plus I don't have to pay to have the stuff I didn't want taken off.

    I pop over to a another table and buy a gun case and at the very next table a birthday gift for my youngest. Her only birthday of the year and Dad goes to a gun show. :eek:

    It is time to go. I was planning on buying ammo online but I went by an ammo table on my way out and so they had good prices on Wolf AND they took VISA.

    There I was holding a bag of books, a fairly large birthday gift, and a cased rifle. And a box with a 1000 rounds of ammo. Which weighed.....a lot.

    Ahh, good thing I parked a half mile away from the door. I so needed a character building exercise just then. And there is nothing like carrying an ungainly, heavy load across a hot parking lot with bad knees and a bad back to improve one's character.

    As I'm staggering out to my car a lady passes me going the other way the look on her face said "Way to plan ahead, dorkus." And I believe the infant she was carying flipped me the bird.

    I have clips, a sling and a 10 pocket ammo pouch on the way.

    This was the first time I ever bought a gun at a gun show and the first time ever in my life I bought a gun and was able to take it with me right then.

    What a great feeling.
  2. Zen21Tao

    Zen21Tao Member

    Apr 15, 2004
    Gainesville, Fl
    ROFLMAO.... That just sounds so wrong on so many levels... :neener:
  3. qdemn7

    qdemn7 Member

    Mar 14, 2007
    Oh, I have GOT to read more about this one.... :what:
  4. El Tejon

    El Tejon Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Lafayette, Indiana-the Ned Flanders neighbor to Il
    $300 for an SKS out there?:what:
  5. Geno
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    Geno Member

    Jun 11, 2005
    A NIB SKS 66/59 sells for between $159.00 to $179.00 here in "Joke"land County, MI.
  6. Browns Fan

    Browns Fan Member

    Apr 18, 2003
    North Carolina
    "$300 for an SKS out there?"

    Yeah, for that much it better be russian!
  7. kellyj00

    kellyj00 Member

    Apr 12, 2007
    that's a pretty restrictive gun show!
    they check you in/out and charge for parking, that stinks!

    and clips are not magazines, just adding that in.
  8. tenbase

    tenbase Member

    Dec 21, 2005
    Alexandria, VA
    sks uses stripper clips to feed the fixed magazine :)
  9. ZeSpectre

    ZeSpectre Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    Deep in the valley
    I'm telling you guys, $250-300 for a yugo or Norinco isn't at all unusual in the DC area now. If you like the SKS and you find one cheap you'd better BUY IT because the prices are set to hike fast :(

    I use one of these ( http://tinyurl.com/358gsw ) from Staples
    Folds up pretty small, but has heavy duty wheels and axle and will hold a pretty large amount of weight for when you have to haul all of your stuff back out to the car.
  10. tinygnat219

    tinygnat219 Member

    Nov 3, 2006
    The Land of Northern Hospitality and Southern Effi
    Russians typically go for 400 and above here. Yugo SKS rifles at the cheap places have been going for 200 and above. Chinese SKS rifles when you can find them are going for 300 and above. Sorry, the days of the cheap SKS rifle are almost at an end.
  11. blo0dyhatchet

    blo0dyhatchet Member

    Jan 7, 2007
    I have only been to a few gun shows, but I remember when I was looking for a decent SKS at one. You never see what you are looking for right off of the bat. I walked around and looked at all of the tables. After being there for about 2 hours, ipassed a guy who had a Norinco SKS hanging over his back. Asked if he was selling, and bought it right there off of him. $225 bucks, all matching serial numbers, no import marks, milled receiver, bayonett, plus a 30 round mag. I was extremely happy with it. Great shooter as well.
  12. Phaetos

    Phaetos Member

    Sep 12, 2005
    Baton Rouge, La.
    I'd say good buy on that SKS. Around here NIB cosmo-queens go for around $300, cleaned ones are hitting $350-$375. Horrendous. But they know people will pay it around here, the gang-banger wanna be's and soon-to-be on the news gangsta's want that rifle and will pay for it, not knowing a damn thing about it.
  13. ArfinGreebly

    ArfinGreebly Moderator Emeritus

    Oct 10, 2006
    North Idaho
    Glad Yer Happy

    They cancelled our Boomtown gun show up here.

    The promoters got into this stupid "respect the Va Tech victims" mode and told the vendors they couldn't display actual guns.

    Public outcry.

    Show cancelled.


    You got yer rifle, yer ammo, and yer stuff.

    Without having to handle the salami.

    And free exercise to boot.

    Good on ya.
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