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Gunshow report

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by jnyork, Sep 13, 2009.

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  1. jnyork

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    Happened to be traveling through Casper, Wyoming yesterday and dropped in at the gunshow they have there every couple or three months. The show promoter should be indicted for fraud for advertising this as a gunshow, it was just a flea market with a few guns scattered about! Worst I have ever seen. :cuss:

    There was the fudge guy. There were the scented candle ladies. There was the whole row of tables full of jewelry. There were at least 20 tables full of old military surplus clothing and other mall ninja flotsam. There were maybe 10 tables with knives of various pedigrees, along with at least 2 purveyors of chinese-made ninja swords. There was the old couple wanting to clean your glasses. There was a recruiter for some obscure political party. There were the usual motley assortment of bits and pieces from WWII European military rifles. One guy had a bunch of Walmart ammo he was trying to sell for double what he paid for it, same stuff he was trying to sell at the last Casper show for triple what he paid for it, still no takers.

    On the plus side, lots and lots of new handguns, anything you want at not-too-inflated prices. A pickup load of AR15 type rifles, the price on these now down under a thou in most cases, I think a lot of dealers have got caught with their pants down on these, still no buyers that I saw. All the powder you wanted at 18-22 bucks a pound. A few primers scattered about, I didnt dare ask the price. A few nice old guns to admire, but mostly just run of the mill stuff, that of it that was there.

    To add insult to injury, not a piece of beef jerky to be had. :banghead:

    Sure am glad I didn't drive all the way down there (150 miles) just to go to this show , would have made me plumb grouchy. :D
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  2. Noxx

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    Well that ain't right at all. Gun show without beef jerky? Boooo.
     
  3. jnyork

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    Yeah, you can always judge a gunshow by the quality of the beef jerky! :scrutiny: :D
     
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    yeah i always call to jerky guy to find out if hes gonna be there or not if he isnt i know the show isnt forth the time or 7 bucks
     
  5. The Deer Hunter

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    Gun shows, they're are kind of like a cross between a human zoo and a medieval marketplace. You pay a small fee to go around and look at strange people selling their wares.
     
  6. RP88

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    that...wow, that sucks.:eek:

    Whenever I go to a gun show, if I don't find a gun worth buying, I at least get like fifty bucks worth of jerky. That stuff is amazing. I'd be upset and demand a refund.
     
  7. frankiestoys

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    Beef jerky

    I went to a show this weekend ( west palm beach fl ) looking for a 1911 and i was shocked at some of the prices on guns,ammo,lasers,etc.
    I saw some guy selling ROUGH RIDERS for $ 270 .00 and HI POINTS FOR $ 250.00 these are inexpensive guns ,whats wrong with these guys?:scrutiny:
    Now there were some deals to be had ,infact those were the tables that were selling guns.
    Oh ya there was plenty of jerky ,they were giving it away.
     
  8. kdstrick

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    Funny! I've been more disappointed at recent gun shows than a fat girl on Jenny Craig. But we all go because there remains the possibility of a great deal.

    The good news is that the prices are dropping back to reality and most of the sellers seem to be overstocked on overpriced ammo. Prices should start coming down... :)
     
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    It's been a long time since I've found a bargain at a show, but that doesn't mean that I won't go to the next one...
     
  10. Erik M

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    *scented candles
    *wal-mart ammo
    *mall ninja flotsam

    This seems to be the direction most of the shows local to me are heading. The way they are hyped in flyers and bill-boards even make it look like a flea market is coming to town. Now that I think about the shady characters pushing thier stuff its more like a backwoods carnival.
     
  11. Bruno2

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    Last one that came through Tulsa was fair to midland . The Bullet guys really PO'd me they were trying to sell the $7.90 per hundred win fmj .224 for $15.00 per hundred . Seemed to me like everybody bought a bunch of retail priced stuff from midway got a table and tried to double their money , just rediculous .

    Why does everybody wear realtree , woodland camo or shooting shirts with the buttstock protecton sewn into the shirt when they go to gunshows ?
    I cant believe that so many people have gun show costumes that they dress up in . What is the deal with that ? Are these people thinking they will get free admission or a discount on a gun because they have on real tree ? :cuss:
     
  12. graywolfls

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    Gu Showes here in Las Vegas are now $15.00 per head to get in after paying $5.00 to park. If you go with your lady friend and want to get a cold drink buy the time you leave you will have spent $45.00 for nothing. o yea some jery if you want but even that has doubled since last year.
     
  13. Autopistola

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    Gee, now I don't feel too bad for missing most of gun show season this year. The worst part for me is manuevering in between the obese people that clog the isle. The best part is laughing at the prices some people charge and knowing better!
     
  14. Sav .250

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    Gun Shows. A great place to get any knife sharpened.....:)
     
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    Best time to go to gun show to buy. After hunting season[dec. to feb.] Best time to go to sell. After tax time[mar to may] Seems like I can never find a deal on ammo at gun show, especially last 8 months. In march the dealers were coming outside in line asking if anyone had any 380 ammo for sale.Last gun show I went to was 3 weeks ago and the place was packed ,but I think everyone was waiting on their stimulus money,hehe, cause they sure were holding on to their money.
     
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    There was a guy selling Sham-Wow's at the last gun show I went to. Even had the pie plate filled with soda and the piece of carpet. No earpiece microphone though.
     
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    I haven't missed a show in a year.
    I haven't gone.

    These guys should have to reread the "Golden Goose" story again.

    AFS
     
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    Ain't that the truth! I go maybe once a year and laugh at all the freaks. I have not seen a 'good' deal at a show in several years. Wall street greed has filtered down to the masses.
     
  19. jnyork

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    Yeah, a real hoot at times, not so bad here in Wyoming, most just wear western ranch garb or oil field chic because that's really them, but in Yuma Az where we winter it can get to be a zoo, lots of mall ninjas, fat greybearded SOF wannabe's, phony military vets, etc. Funny to just sit back and listen and watch. :D
     
  20. DammitBoy

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    Went to the gunshow in Jackson Mississippi this last weekend.

    Saw the usual assortment of freaks, ninjas and geeks - didn't see any great specials leap out at me. I'd say 85% of the tables were guns or ammo.

    I skipped the ammo tables after seeing their prices :rolleyes: and bought some ammo at bass pro shop on the way home.

    I did finally breakdown and buy a moisen nagant with a package deal for the rifle, the bayonet, the web bandolier with two leather pouches, the cleaning kit, and a box of ammo for $130.00 - which completes my meager WWII collection.
     
  21. Beelzy

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    Well in California things are bizarre!

    I went to the Central Valley show yesterday and one seller had primers ($40 per brick)
    There was no powder of any kind, and I happened to be looking for .223 ammo and found
    two ammo dealers having a .223 War (remember Gas Wars?) and I picked up a case for
    $50 less than the folks who went on Saturday! ($300)

    That was a trip. No Jerky either.....What's up with that Happy Crappy?
     
  22. gkdir

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    Was at the same show as "Frankiestoys" in WPB. Plenty of jerky, but no room to walk. Where do all these couples with baby strollers think they are going to push those things? Half of the folks their wouldn't know the difference between a 1911 and a rocket launcher,, but man its interesting to listen to them expound to their un-informed companions all their meaningless drivel. Some of the bigger dealers are obviously lowering the prices on most of the AR platform stuff, and some ammo vendors have realized that the "panic" is probably over, and are creeping their prices down. As usual I do my "bargin hunting"out in the parking lot before it ever hits the door. Lot of guys out of work these days, times are tuff, and my heart goes out to all of them---but--- somebody has to do it. All in all, the shows have degenerated down thru the years, but lets be thankful that we still have them at all.
     
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    Human zoo...huh, what a concept. Yeah that's right. Where do all the plain ol' regular folks go?
     
  24. cracked junior

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    The gun shows around here have a rule where 80 to 90% of your table must be guns or gun related. so that weeds out the flea market folks. i think knives are allowed but follow the same rule.
     
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    OHMYGOD

    A Beef jerky shortage.Better start hoarding..........lol
     
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