I agree you will most likely need 3 hours minimum depending on the show. If I'm not looking for a gun and it is something I think multiple vendors will have (like ammo or AR stuff) I will walk the show once and take note of the things I'm looking for and what price it is. I then walk the show again slower this time and pick up the stuff I need. Also I find it good to be the first ones there if you are looking for something hard to find or later on the last day if its a more common item. Oh and bring cash I don't know how many times a wad of cash makes people want to make a deal when they were firm on their offer just seconds before.
Does anybody not bring cash to a gun show? I didn't know they even accepted credit cards!
Shows I go to thats all I use is ccs. It's 2012 for hecks sake. Small companies can run ccs on their phones now.
I am philisophically opposed to credit card use for this sort of thing. If I don't have the cash I can't afford it. Not only that but as a small business owner (where we do not accept credit cards) I know that the vendors will jack their prices up to pay for the CC's and they will dicker down for cash.
Went to one here a few years ago with my brother and mostly the stuff we were interested in we found was was junk.
Went to one here a few weeks ago and at least there was one booth with a good selection of quality small parts and had what I was looking for. Most other stuff was still junk.
However, I did get a good deal on a neat, little TENS machine.
A good piece of glass is like a fine piece of ass. There is no known substitute known to man, and neither are cheap.
I love gun shows! It's great for getting reloading components and bulk ammo buys. I like saving on that pesky shipping and other charges. Sometimes if you keep your eyes open a deal will fall out. The one I go to most there's a lot of trading that happens in the halls. Old farmers with case knives and sometimes some interesting guns. Especially of your a trader gun shows can be a lot of fun. At any rate a day lost in a crap-load of guns is a good say to me.
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