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My rant for the day. I haven't ranted for a while, so I'm entitled..........:D

Starting my second year of not going to gunshows. Today is the second gunshow of the season, too.

I got tired of spending more to get in than I take out, because there is nothing worth buying. The last one, I bought a handful of bore brushes just to have some result of going.

Local shows have little if any leather or grips. Most of the guns are new, or okay to use as hammers or golf clubs. Tons of overpriced ammo and overpriced nylon holsters, though.

I can't imagine how they survive, except for the rare occaisional good find in the used guns. All the other stuff is cheaper at a LGS, or online, with a better selection.
 

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I've been to one gunshow in the last 10 years. Unless you're looking for a particular gun that is out of production, it isn't worth the $8 cover charge to me. The prices are higher than what you find in a gun store.
 

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Our gun show happens once a year and it is so crowded you can't hardly walk the isles. So I choose not to attend. The few times I did, found some decent deals but not many.
 

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i was having the same rant a week or so ago. nothing i wanted at a price that was reasonable. there was some little stuff (the aforementioned bore brushes and things like that), but i priced my own guns against what i saw there, and mine were as cheap or cheaper NIB from reputable stores than these possibly new, possibly used ones. i'll probably go again, but only for the entertainment value. still better than paying about that amount for a lousy movie, but i just won't go with any expectations of finding anything i want.
 

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I don't see as many private sellers at North Texas gun shows anymore. The guy I sold a 22 magnum Savage rifle was very careful to show me his ID and ask for mine. After the exchange of rifle and money We chatted a bit and I ask him why he was so careful and he said he was a little paranoid after almost getting busted by an undercover BATF agent when he sold a pistol from his private collection. He only had a few guns since his tables were mainly western art.
 

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I went to one today. Didn't buy anything. Every thing was over priced. Did see one Rem 541S at a decent price. 10 bucks to get in but I renewed my NRA membership and got in free. Best to go to a gun shop for a new gun.
 

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I feel the same way about gun shows lately. Although you can find a deal occasionally, most guns are overpriced and the crowds can make it hard to move around, let alone see whats on the tables. I still attend, mind you, to show support, catch up with old pals and buy a hotdog. I find that Sunday afternoons are less crowded and the dealers are more willing to deal.
 

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I like older Ruger and S&W revolvers so I still go. Recently I bought an excellent condition service six for a good price. I still enjoy going to look for and sometimes buying these older revolvers. Most are overpriced but many sellers will lower their price to a reasonable amount.
 

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My rant for the day. I haven't ranted for a while, so I'm entitled..........:D

Starting my second year of not going to gunshows. Today is the second gunshow of the season, too.

I got tired of spending more to get in than I take out, because there is nothing worth buying. The last one, I bought a handful of bore brushes just to have some result of going.

Local shows have little if any leather or grips. Most of the guns are new, or okay to use as hammers or golf clubs. Tons of overpriced ammo and overpriced nylon holsters, though.

I can't imagine how they survive, except for the rare occaisional good find in the used guns. All the other stuff is cheaper at a LGS, or online, with a better selection.
Never been to a gun show, would probably be a "no show" here.
Most likely "look but don't touch" and only be able to buy acessories, maybe not even ammo.
Can't walk out with a gun anyway..... :confused:
 

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The shows are a good place to get used guns at reasonable prices. I usually start off at 1/3 off the asking price then settle in the middle. Most times I can get one for a good deal lower than Gun Broker or the like. But new guns are best bought at your local gun shop. All the new guns I bought came with a lifetime guarantee from my LGS. The shows do get crowded about 2 hours after they open. Here Sat morning and Sun afternoon are good times to find the bargains.
 

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ah, i long for the days of the three day gun show in Central Florida when i was getting into guns--you could go friday night and actually find deals on guns. now, they're crowded, overpriced, and full of non gun items. not worth it for me.
 

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Its been about five years for me. The prices they were asking for was way out of line. I'm not paying $300 for a run of the mill 10 year old 10//22 because its a "vintage" gun.
 

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We have a "gunshow" rolling through every month.

I never bother with them unless I'm bored and have nothing else to do. It's cheaper than a movie, and the characters are frequently more interesting. :D

Never take anything home with me but a stamp on my hand.
 

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And I thought Illinois is bad. Went to the Sauk trail gunshow this weekend. TWO dollar admission. Got good deals on some stuff that would have, with shipping, cost me more to order online and that LGS don't have. I don't go to actually find anything, I usually find stuff I forgot I was looking for. The thrill is in the hunt.
 

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I go for odd-n-ends. I can get ammo, and firearms cheaper at my LGS. The gun shows are good for cheap surplus ammo cans, and magazines.

Also good place for gun porn. See some things I want just cant afford. Theres also a guy at mine who makes some CRAZY shotgun loads. .50cal tracers, Flachette, Dragons breath, Bolo.......the list goes on. I always grab a couple for giggles.
 

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One would think that you walk into a Gun Show!, and it would be like the greatest gun shop in the world. A veritable smorgasbord of everything Gun. Too bad they're not.

I did go to one once at the Houston Astrodome that came close. But Houston has gun shops the size of Wal-Mart so that makes even an Astrodome show kind of dull.
 

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One would think that you walk into a Gun Show!, and it would be like the greatest gun shop in the world. A veritable smorgasbord of everything Gun. Too bad they're not.

I did go to one once at the Houston Astrodome that came close. But Houston has gun shops the size of Wal-Mart so that makes even an Astrodome show kind of dull.
i'm done with gun shows, but i'd like to try that wanemaker gun show in Tulsa. It's coming up in a few weeks!
 
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