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I'm tired of gun shows...

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

  1. Redlg155

    Redlg155 Senior Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    NW Florida
    Long lines, inflated prices. No one really buying. Ammo sells out in the first hour (normally priced ammo). It killed me to watch 2 people just about wipe out half of an ammo sellers stock of 9mm with double armfulls. It's been like that the last few shows.

    I for once agreed on the 3 box of ammo limit at Walmart. Add in the newbies pointing guns are all over the place and you have the makings of a great show.

    There is one in Panama City this morning. I pass..
  2. psp7304

    psp7304 New Member

    Mar 23, 2007
    I stopped going to gun shows 5 years ago.
  3. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Mentor

    Nov 21, 2008
    I go and about every 3 rd time I find a good deal.
  4. flgolfer29

    flgolfer29 New Member

    Sep 3, 2010
    Panama City
    I live about two miles from the Panama City show, and I will not be going. It has never been that great and the last couple or three events have only gotten worse.

  5. Mamertine

    Mamertine New Member

    Sep 24, 2010
    I do about one a year. I like to go to window shop and often there is good people watching to be done there. At some point people will realize that congress doesn't have the votes to get any gun control bills passed and the recent insanity will end.
  6. OilyPablo

    OilyPablo Senior Member

    Sep 2, 2012
    WA State (NOT in Seattle)
    It depends.

    Since our WAC show is around 10 miles from my house, it's not a huge deal (unless I forget my badge :cuss:)

    I know enough folks there to easily make the social aspect worth it after a nasty work week with people you don't really enjoy being with :)neener:)

    Some places bring most all their wares (like Quantico Tact for example), so no need to drive 80 miles to their store and their prices are EXCELLENT.

    Get up to date on the latest ammo prices that you might not pay.

    I certainly don't go to a gun show to buy guns.:eek:
  7. TheDaywalkersDad

    TheDaywalkersDad New Member

    Sep 11, 2012
    Richmond, VA
    I won't set foot in a gun show until after the current panic buying climate ends. It's not worth standing in line for an hour to get into a gun show. This is especially true as there are no deals and you're lucky to even get near a table.
  8. Garmangabis

    Garmangabis New Member

    Feb 5, 2013
    Washington State
    I have been to one gun show in the last ten years, and that was to look at holsters.
  9. Grassman

    Grassman Participating Member

    Nov 25, 2008
    I'm going to one today. More for entertainment than anything else. I wanna see these $3000 Ar's and $2000 SKS's.
  10. vtail

    vtail Member

    Apr 3, 2009
    Watch out for those pistol grips. I hear they are extremely dangerous.
  11. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Jan 3, 2003
    0 hrs east of TN
    I go to most of the local gun shows because I help friends out that have tables and visit with the folks that make the trip into town. Sort of a "class reunion" with people you know already share a common interest.

    I occasionally find a great deal, but that's just the icing on the cake.
  12. gym

    gym member

    Dec 9, 2007
    I am able to get the best prices on new guns at shows. The largest dealer in the state will sell at a loss to get the business. And he has every model, Kimbers, Ed Brown, Every shotgun and rifle. The LGS are 30% higher, and offer no service. I have purchased at least 6 guns from Shoot straight.
    Now their stores arent as deeplly discounted, I made that mistake once, it seems that he will beat any price at the shows but not once you are in his 5 stores.
    He sold me an lcp , "when they first came out for $250. And a shiedls for 100 plus a LC9 which didn't shoot half the time, told him that.Also an AR for $800, 300 of which he gave me for a PF9.And my buddys bought 2, 357's in stainless, "taurus" for $259. You can't beat his prices or variety, even Cobra Carry's $ 2,500 and fullsize nighthawk $3000. That may not be the cheapest, for the high end guns, but he had a couple dozen of them to look at. Plus every Kimber and colt model
  13. AlexanderA

    AlexanderA Senior Member

    Feb 27, 2011
    Depends on the show. I went to the The Nation's Gun Show in Chantilly, Virginia, yesterday, and it was worth it. There were plenty of black rifles, and magazines, but prices were all over the place. I managed to find brand new GI AR-15 30-round magazines, with the tan followers, for $20 each. (Most vendors were charging $30.) One vendor had NOS BAR magazines for $20, which was less than pre-panic prices. Stripped AR lowers were ranging in price anywhere from $300 to $800, or higher. It was clear that the market hasn't settled yet. Comparison shopping is a must.
  14. Akita1

    Akita1 Active Member

    Jan 4, 2013
    Hell (FL)
    The Orlando gun show has become a nightmare (lines, prices) but I still go for that "just in case" opportunity. Plus it's a great freak show and always good to see vendors I have purchased from over the years.

    LGS called East Orange Shooting Sports in Winter Park that hasn't engaged in gouging AT ALL since this all started. Great staff, decent inventory, excellent range.

    They used to have a Tuesday & Friday morning inventory release where everyone would show up for what turned out to be a very well-run, equitable and orderly buying spree. They just discontinued it, however, because some were flipping their stuff for a quick profit and they said it conflicted with the non-gouging policy. Yes, I know it wasn't them flipping but their OEM inventory was ending up on Gunbroker, et al that very afternoon and they didn't want to be associated with the mayhem.
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2013
  15. thomis

    thomis Active Member

    Jan 20, 2009
    NC for a spell
    I went to a gun show a few years ago down in Raleigh, the Dixie Gun and Knife show. It was a laugh. I have no interest in ever going to another one.
  16. bobinoregon

    bobinoregon Member

    Jan 20, 2012
    OR coast
    I went to the one in Grants Pass,OR last weekend just for something to do. Saw all the ridiculous prices on black guns and anything semi auto which was expected. Managed to get a real good deal on some 30 cal reloading bullets plus the guy threw in half a can of 4064. As we were leaving my wife said lets go back to the first table by the door so we did. Savage 24 deluxe in 22lr over 20 ga, the exact gun I've been looking for for several years. A deal was made and I now have a pristine model 24 from 1956. Thats why I keep going to the shows, looking for stuff to fill in the gaps.
  17. Sock Puppet

    Sock Puppet Active Member

    Nov 30, 2009
    High Desert
    I usually go to one a year to support our local range. It started last night, I arrived 15 minutes after the doors opened, asd was inside in about 10 minutes. It was very busy, and any semi-auto rifle was rediculously priced; $1,800 was the lowest I saw for a used kit gun. Common ammo such as .223, .308, 9mm and .45 was priced way too high for me. I saw good deals on a Winchester 94 and a CZ 455, though I didn't buy either.

    Walked out with some 300WSM dies, powder, and ammo boxes and was pleased with the prices I paid. Primers were non-existent and PMags were selling for $30+. I saw some old beat up USGI mags for $50 but they weren't selling.

    In fact, I didn't see any AR or AK sell in the 2 hours I was there. The show has 2 more days, but this leads me to believe the prices have reached the tipping point where people aren't willing or able to pay the prices.

    Oh, I saw some 50 rnd. boxes of American Eagle .22 for $10.
  18. ApacheCoTodd

    ApacheCoTodd Senior Member

    Jun 30, 2011
    True gun shows, I'm still diggin'.

    There is one promoter out "WEST" here who's lost me as both a customer and a vendor due to the fact that a fella burns up a 20 just to get in the door only to be greeted by a swap meet of cheap import key-rings, beanie-babies, and off-the-boat, Long Beach crap.

    Now, some of the little re-surgent "old school" shows (200 and less tables) have caught my interest as well as the classics still remaining like Tulsa and Reno ("The Big Show") for both their content and deal making opportunities.
  19. U-235

    U-235 New Member

    May 1, 2007
    Minneapolis, MN
    Hasn't it been like this for a long time? Inflated prices and half the tables selling something non-firearms related like beef jerky. Yes you can sometimes find a good deal but those are few and far between.

    I haven't been to a gun show in years and don't feel any pressing need to go to one anytime soon.
  20. Rembrandt

    Rembrandt Senior Member

    Feb 1, 2003
    I go for the jerky, dental tools, and rubber band guns....

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