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You know what I hate most about gun shows?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by DMK, Mar 13, 2004.

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  1. DMK

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    I went to the gunshow today and picked up a sweet little S&W 642 for a backup CCW. That's the good part! :cool:

    However, on the way in there is a nice, friendly city policeman who asks if you have any loaded guns in your posession. Yes, of course I did and produced my Colt CCO from it's hiding spot so that he could strap my trigger and hold my loaded magazine for my safety. :rolleyes: He was real nice about it though and isn't the one at fault for the stupid law so that doesn't bother me.

    However, every time I turned around, "Nice 1911, how much you want for it?", "Hey you sellin' that 1911?", "Whatcha want for that?", "Is that a Kimber?" ARRRG! It's my freakin' carry gun, it's not for sale! I finally bought a cheap mag pouch just to get a bag to put my Colt in and keep these folks from bothering me. :banghead:
     
  2. Lennyjoe

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    I had 2 offers today for my Kimber Pro Carry at the gunshow here no more than 10 ft from the zipper strip guy.
     
  3. DMK

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    Yea, you know what I'm talking about Lennyjoe. Even in the middle of negotiating with the dealer for the little Smith, a guy interrupted us to inquire about my Colt! :rolleyes:
     
  4. Sisco

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    Bought my son a Beretta NEOS at the show a couple of weeks ago, hadn't gotten more that 50' from the table where we bought it before I got my first "wanna sell that?"
    It was still in the box!
     
  5. BryanP

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    The only thing I hate about gun shows is that I don't have the wherewithal to show up with an empty U-Haul and leave with a full one. :D
     
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    DMK was that the Asheville show? How was it? Other than being bothered about your CCW?
     
  7. Snowdog

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    There was one in Kingsport as well (also Land of Sky).
    Asheville's closer, but Asheville scares me.... [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    I nearly went to the one in Kingsport but realized I'd probably end up buying something. :(


    Sorry to hear of the troubles DMK, but it's good to hear the S&W found a good home as well.
     
  8. The_Antibubba

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    DMK

    Just pretend you are there to sell it, and name a figure three times what it is worth to you. :D

    If they ask why it costs so much, tell it has "the switch"! :p
     
  9. Nathanael_Greene

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    Last weekend I was carrying an empty backpack (hoping to fill it with ammo, etc., and guys kept bugging me.

    "What you got?" one guy asked as he grabbed me by the arm. (Nothing, and even if I did, I wouldn't sell it to someone as rude as you.)

    "Lookin' to sell that?" (No, unless you're paying top dollar for air.)

    "What's in the bag?" (None of your goddam business.)

    I know they're just looking to horse-trade, but it sure gets annoying.

    Whatever happened to manners? Is it really so hard to say, "Excuse me, can I ask you a question?"
     
  10. JimJD

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    Hey, if y'aint gonna sell that CCW piece...
    Ya got one of them chromed AK's with the switch?
    :D :evil:

    I joke, I joke!
     
  11. El Cid

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    What I hate is some people use the gun shows as an excuse to parade around with their prized posession for everyone to see, but not for sale.

    You ask, "how much you want for that" and they say, "uh, it's not for sale."

    I'll never forget the guy in Tulsa, OK. Dressed all in black, Black Mini-i4, fake supressor, fake infared scope, walking around like he expected to take fire any minute.
    I said, "Nice rifle". He said, without a smile, "Yeah". then turned and walked away swiftly.



    :rolleyes:
     
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    I hate the prices way over M.S.R.P. most. Do they think I'm completely stupid?
     
  13. DMK

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    Yea, at the Civic Center.

    It wasn't too bad for guns actually. There were lots of pistols, some reasonably priced. There were a bunch of SARs, ARs, a few folding Kel-Tecs, a few nice lever actions, quite a few Mosin Nagants that seemed reasonable. I was real surprised that there were only a few SKS. That was just the stuff I noticed, I was on a mission for a pocket gun. The ammo was all pricy, but it always seems to be at the LOS shows. There was also the usual overpriced accessories.

    I'd say that it you have a vague idea of a firearm you want(like I did), it was good. There was a lot of selection and you could try a bunch "on for size". If you are looking for ammo, mags or cleaning supplies, you'll be wasting your time.
     
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    Thanks Snowdog. I still haven't fired the little lightweight yet so there is the possibility it won't have a home for long. :p However, I'm really happy with the fit and finish. Good quality seems to be less common with S&W these days so maybe I'll give it the benefit of the doubt for being special. :D
     
  15. Zach S

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    I dont do gunshows anymore. One of the reasons is that I didnt have a shirt saying "its not for sale," like it would help anyway. I dont like being crowded either. The hollywood gun handling gets to me too. I dont know if the gunshows have got worse over the years or if they gradually started sucking more as I learned more.

    Paying 5 bucks to park and 6 to get in just aint worth it anymore.

    A co-worker told me there was a gunshow this weekend, and my reply was "so?" Picked up my G17 yesturday, so I didnt really have the money to spend if I actually wanted to go anyway,
     
  16. cool45auto

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    I hear ya!:D I had my SKS slung over my shoulder at the last gun show because I was looking for some stuff for it. I got all kinds of offers and questions. Now I paid too much for it in the first place and then redid the stock and cleaned it up so I'm not getting rid of it. Besides there were plenty still in cosmoline for real cheap on every other table.:p
     
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    I was disappointed at the last gun show because I strung a heavy barrel DPMS AR-15 with scope across my shoulder and only a few people asked about it. By the time I walked around the place once, the gun was digging into my shoulder. Actually, it was the second time I had taken it to a gun show. The first I did get some looks, but no takers. I did appreciate someone mentioning that it appeared that it appeared that I took good care of it. I did sell it to a dealer for $50 less than I wanted for it, but I was itching for a M1 Carbine and figured he would sell it for $50-100 more.

    And I love my Carbine I bought.
     
  18. kernal_panic

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    Yeah i hate those guys they are a bunch of friken ghouls. once i walked in with a partially completed ar-15 inside a camo softsided gun case. mind you no one COULD SEE WHAT WAS INSIDE. 4 ghouls pounced at once. my answer was "F___ __F its not for sale and even if it was i wouldn't sell it to you!"
     
  19. TechBrute

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    Everything is for sale. Quote them the price you'd take for it. I'll sell my Glock 23 for $1500, if anyone wants to buy it. Hell, I've got a matched set of Glocks 23 and 27 going for $3000 this weekend at Mesquite. :D

    :uhoh: :eek: :what:
     
  20. deputy tom

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    Hey Buddy,wanna sell that?...

    Actually that's half of the fun of a gun show.I've had people ask to buy my watch at a show.The guy said "rolex or timex,wanna sell it?".I just laugh.Sometimes I can be convinced to sell just about anything.tom.:cool:
     
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    I would have welcomed some of that....I went to the Crossroads of the West Show in Denver this morning, cash in pocket, trade goods in bag. I got there about 9:20- the show opened at 9- many, many tables still covered up because the vendors weren't there yet. Of the ones that were there, the only ones who could be bothered to look up from the Sunday paper were: the guy that desperately wanted to clean my glasses, the Bircher-related bigots, and the Colorado State Shooting Association personnel- I already belong. Lots of overpriced ARs, lots of way overpriced mags, etc, lots of cheap knives, etc. After about an hour- after being swept countless times- by the vendors- and after watching one look down the barrel of a .45 then hold it while his buddy looked down the barrel- I left. The tables that had been covered when I arrived were still covered, I still had the$800 cash that I started out with, and a pristine Springfield 1911 that I had been willing to trade.
    I'll try the Tanner show when it comes to town, that's the end of Crossroads for me.
    ps/edit- I almost forgot the one bright spot in the whole deal: NO BEANIE BABIES!!!
     
  22. TechBrute

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    Yeah, what's with the vendors that roll in there an hour and a half after the show starts?
     
  23. WonderNine

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    I guess there are a ton of people packing including half the vendors at gunshows so I wouldn't be too concerned about going "unarmed" to one. Of course I don't like to leave a gun in a car though.
     
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    If it was your CCW piece, then how did they see it?

    Doesnt the first C stand for Concealed?
     
  25. Zach S

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    NC law prohibits CC anywhere that charges admission.
     
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