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It has been a long time since I have been to a gun show. The last gun show I went to I was VERY disappointed. There were a lot of Knick knack tables...flea market type of items. I have been reading that a lot of this has been cleaned up.

But I think my biggest disappointment was paying $10 or $15 per person to get in and finding that everything in the show was VERY over priced. It was during the time that gun sales and prices were through the roof but I could have driven to an LGS just down the road and paid considerably less for the ammo and guns that were for sale.

So I am curious if all of this has changed or will it be more of the same?? I remember a day ( loooong time ago ) where you could go to a gun show and find deals on things you were looking for.
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There is a gun show here that often has deals I want. The local (big city) dealers tend not to go, and in their stores prices are sometimes higher than the medium city gun stores. Some of the medium city gun stores show up with lots of nice guns at decent prices. Hit and miss, to be sure, but I have purchased guns there. I just bought a few automatic knives, and the prices at the vendor there were much lower than anything I am able to get elsewhere, and the selection was great! Ammo deals weren't great the last time, and I admit you do have to walk by beef jerky, see lots of junk tables, and smell the smell of roasting nuts being carmelized in sugar...
 

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Indy 1500 isn't Tulsa, and it has some quartly shows better than others (depending upon which building it is in, it varies in quality), but when a few of the major gun stores from outlying cities (South Bend, Mishawaka, etc.) show up, you can occasionally find a gun deal. I was seeking a G34 MOS when they were brand new, and failing to find one, but found several NIB there, at the same prices I was seeing online. It isn't a gold mine, but you can find things. Prior to buying a sight pusher, I would buy night sights there, because they would install them for free in a few seconds.

Yes, sometimes the smell of nuts cooking in sugar on my clothes is all I leave with, and sometimes you wade through lots of junk... But I will admit my last $30 purchase was fun! I bought a burning blue laser. I don't need one, but it is pretty cool...

The automatic OTF knives were better (and cheaper than online, Bear OPS and Benchmade), but as a science geek, I think this blue laser has the potential to be fun! It came with glasses (that I am unwilling to trust!), and I invested in real lab optical safety gear as this thing is serious, and can damage an eye FAST. It is amazing to be able to set paper on fire from a distance...

so gun shows ARE good for something, right?

(photos from online ads, not mine...)


 
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