People Watching at the Gun Show

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  1. tsmo1066

    tsmo1066 Happy Smiley

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    I don't go to them often anymore due to the reasons others have cited. I was always curious, however, about the seemingly mandatory "WWII Collectibles" vendors that were at these shows, hawking rusty SS daggers, threadbare Wermacht uniforms, dented helmets and basically anything else with a swastika on it.

    Those guys always seemed to have a few curious kids looking at their stuff, but for the life of me I don't think I ever saw one making an actual sale...but they'd always be there.

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  2. Just Glocks

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    Cost of a table to sell from is sky high ,admission prices up ,some charge to park , all this has to be compared to cost of shipping , I shop the internet , where if you watch ,no tax . I keep a large supply of Glock parts all purchased by internet . Government Civic center raised the rent so high a lot of places , promoters could no longer put on the shows . A slow sure way to shut them down .

    They are more than likely buyers ,what they bring to the show is bait .
     
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  3. faceplant

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    Used to go regularly. Not anymore. Same ****. Prices higher than retail. Admission, parking and bad hygiene. The Internet Works GREAT For me.
     
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  4. astepup

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    Anymore I'll go to a show on the off chance I'll find a replacement for my dad's knife he got when he was 18. I think it was a Case or Western brand with steel that would hold an edge forever. It had a basket weave design on the sheath. He left it on the side of the pickup box after we cleaned some birds one year and it fell off onto the road. Somebody picked up a damn fine knife that day.

    I'll look over the tables to see what's there for guns, every once in awhile seeing a decent one but prices even on the used stuff can be unreal at times.
     
  5. ilgunguygt

    ilgunguygt Enslaved in IL

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    One of the shows I sell brass at is $30 per table, the others are all $45 per table. I get two tables at every show, but I at least get my son, brother, nephew, and dad in for free.
     
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  6. GlockFan7

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    Gun shows are purely entertainment for me...something to do on a Saturday afternoon. I enjoy looking at various guns and being able to handle them, even if I'm not interested in making any purchases. I do find a deal from time to time, but usually not. I'm not really a people watcher.
     
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  7. First shot

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    I used to go to many when I lived in Austin. A lot of vintage "cowboy" stuff. Amazing to look at but nothing I could buy. Made some good trades and purchases there. The ones in Virginia are similar IMO. Less vintage Wild West but nice stuff. For me, I would go looking for one or two specific firearms, know the value as per condition, and do some good old fashioned dickering. If something caught my eye that I didn't know about, I'd find one of my LGS owners and ask him or a friend that's more knowledgeable than me. Still fun, I just don't buy much anymore, but the fun of people watching is always there. Along with poor handling techniques. I've seen dealers cringe then shake their head and go on. Not many seem to want to appear as anything less than an expert. Foolish pride.
     
  8. plp

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    Same here, out of the last 3 shows I've been to, the only thing I bought was a couple of hats.

    There is one guy that carrys a lot of both vintage and high end rifles. He had a Blaser in 7x57 Mauser that really kept calling my name, had to patiently explain to it that yes, while it is true love, just couldn't swing the 8 grand he was asking. Same with the Winchester 1895 Russian, but suspect that was just lust on my part.
     
  9. SilentRecon

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    I love going to gun shows! I like to pay $12 entrance fee and walk out with $750 glock, NCstar scope laser combo, $20 small bag of beef jerky and $6 lemonade. Makes me feel accomplished.


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  10. Glockdude1

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    How much Jerky was at the last gunshow you went to?

    :eat:
     
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  11. greg vanstralen

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    IF WE GO, it's because we are going with friends. I'm liquidating my personal collection and am not looking to buy. Dealers want to pay 10 cents on the dollar and sell for $2 on the dollar.

    Big Top Gun Shows "says" they are the best but no concealed carry is allowed, no knives except in sheaths, no cell phones (or cameras), etc. They charge $12 locally for 1/2 of a building of tables.

    WA Gun Collectors only allow members to buy or sell. You MUST be nominated by a member (who will charge you a fee!).

    Los Angeles used to have a good one= 4-6 buildings at the Fair Grounds-twice a year. But the County said no guns, so.............. Saw lot's of celebs (Wilt Chamberlain is TALL!). A lot of wanna-be cowboys in "Shady Brady's", Mall Ninjas in camo (saw one guy looking at an AK-couldn't pull the bolt back, so he "Kick-started" it like a motorcycle.) and the guys in wheelchairs blocking the aisles while they spout their immense pseudo-knowledge of minutia about the "1797 predecessors of Mauser rifles."

    No=don't need it!
     
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    I think that happens in places/venues that draw inexperienced gun buyers. The ones I go to are frequented by good ole boys who know the price and value of a gun. Overpriced stuff won't sell. The prices I see are good, and I can sometimes find stuff that's not available in stores. The vendors here have stores, and basically bring the loss leaders to the show, planning on getting people to the store. I've seen where you can buy a scope, then bring it to the store for free mounting and sighting. Not a bad deal. Not all dealers are stupid. I have a couple of guns on my list that I would get; but mostly go for brass and reloading components.
     
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  13. Mayhem like Me

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    Ahhh the gun show where you see tables of worthless Chinese crap being sold by self-described American patriots
     
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  14. Victor Dubya

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    I finally found a nice M99 Savage at a gun show. I guy about my age was selling his whole collection so i lucked out as far as timing. I went to his house a few days later and my oh my, what a collection he had. He said it was his retirement investment that he had contributed to over the years. I had to pay a pretty penny for it, but WTH, it's only money.
    And back to guns shows, yup, same old, same old crap, generally, and not much for scenery. Airport terminals are much better, for the latter.
     
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  15. Hannie Caulder

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    I bought my G19 and took the CC course at the local gun show. Melbourne has one every month or so.

    Last time I went I bought a nice set of Cutco steak knives.
     
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    I wish our shows were like that. I could go for some cheap Chinese AKs, SKSs, and ammo. tom. ;)
     
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  18. glock1097

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    Detroit had the best gun show at the Light Guard Armory on Eight Mile. But sadly that's gone. Than it was Gibraltar Trade Center, Taylor its closed. Not many options anymore. Birch Run has a gun show that is large but not sure about pricing.
     
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    and then there is Tulsa!
     
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    The_Dan The underscore is silent

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    I like the ones in Ft Worth... although it has become the belt and jerky show for me in the last few years. I did pickup a nice used holster for my Glock 19 for cheap, but I knew the dealer and he is always fair.