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Old 01-17-2010, 11:45 PM   #31
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Ouch, you're right, I've always been afraid of that, so I've resisted the temptation until I got the gun home.

Believe me, though, I've done enough dumb stuff to make up for it!
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Old 01-18-2010, 01:22 AM   #32
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For gun shows, I prefer the ones that Crossroads of the West hosts. There seems to be more varied groups selling there. The last one I hit netted me a very nice "gun bag" with 4 sleeves for guns and plenty of room in the bag for ammo, accessories and at least 2 guns with 4 mags each...$25. I also scored on ammo for my AR-15 and AK-47. Haven't been for a year and missed the Crossroads show in December at Cashman Field, a better venue (lots more open space) than the casino convention centers have.
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There's one about every 6 months out in the western suburbs in Sydney, which I go to just because there is nothing else, lol. Unfortunately WITHOUT any of the full-on semiauto drool factor that I imagine exists at US shows

Lotsa old .22s & SMLEs...hunting slings/game callers, old bayonets and very few pistols (as there are very few pistol shooters in aus). One stand had brand-new Tikkas which were nice; no better price than the shops though. The usual assortment of WW2 memorabilia, which is always interesting.

But yeah, it always leaves me largely dissatisfied
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Old 01-18-2010, 04:05 PM   #34
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Just went to a show around here, wasn't disappointed. Lots to learn and lots to want.
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I wish all the guys that post here asking if gun A is better than gun B would go to a show, as this is the world's best opportunity to handle a variety of hardware.

Want to know if your better suited for a Glock or an XD? You can hold both there, and one will speak to you.

Again, know your prices.
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i think they are worth going to just for the ammo alone. you can find a good deal on pretty much whatever, as long as you buy more than just a box or two. it doesn't do any good to buy one box of rifle ammo for 5 dollars cheaper than you can find it elsewhere when you have already spent 7 bucks for parking and 9 for admission. that's why i always try to have at least a couple hundred on me when i go to a show.

as for buying guns, well, for the most part i just go to see the stuff you don't see at the local shops, not really to buy, just window shop. you can pick up that hunting rifle or self defense pistol that is in your price range at many locations for just as cheap or cheaper, i just like to be able to check out the super nice stuff i couldn't afford anyway.

usually when i go i wait until the last day and window shop until there's about an hour or two left and then head over to the tables selling ammo and buy as much of whatever is hard to find in my area at the time.
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