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Old 08-25-2011, 06:53 PM   #1
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I wonder if good deals are to be had at Gun Shows.
Just found out that there is a show coming to Miami, FL on Sept 3 & 4.

Would you guys I hold out until then?

So far I only have a stripped receiver (Spike) and all the parts for it (Daniel Defense).

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Old 08-25-2011, 07:07 PM   #2
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Slim pickings at the gun shows here in South East FL. Parts are hit or miss and the prices are the same (or higher) than on-line.

I get my AR build parts by shopping on-line.

The shows here in Miami and Ft Lauderdale are just extensions of the local gunshops and some vendors that travel the circuit.

Ammo isn't that good of a deal as it used to be. Too many yuppie gun owners in this market.

Our area lacks in great gun shows like you see up North or out West.

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Yeah, same here! Gun Shows used to be fun & a good place to go for the "deals", but now they're pretty much a waste of time and money unless you're looking for some good beef jerky or Beenie Babies. I can't even remember the last time I bought something gun related at a gun show.

On-line is the best way to go even with shipping.

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canebrake & Snakedriver:
Really appreciate your inputs.
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Yeah, same here! Gun Shows used to be fun & a good place to go for the "deals", but now they're pretty much a waste of time and money unless you're looking for some good beef jerky or Beenie Babies. I can't even remember the last time I bought something gun related at a gun show.

On-line is the best way to go even with shipping.
Surely you mean "plush targets" right?
Gun shows locally are hit or miss, I have chatted with a couple of local gun shops that don't attend, They all say the good deals are generally gone before the opening day, With the sellers doing business the night they set up.
I will agree on the prices as well, The only benefit is you will have it same day rather than a few days later.
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Default Why not go for the fun of it?

If you search on previous threads you will find other comments made about gun shows here and on other gun forums. Thing is, if you've never been to one before and they aren't charging an arm and a leg, why not go anyway?

Not to buy anything, but just go see what they are like. There ARE accessories and gun related things you might not ever think of getting elsewhere. Also, ask your frirends who've been before, will there be an NRA booth set up outside? If you are interested in joining they might be selling memberships, maybe even at a discount. Go for the fun of it, I say!

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i like gun shows for a few reasons. sometimes you find a deal. not always but it can happen. and you see and get close ups of a lot of guns, gear, and accesesories that you might not always see or find. often hard to fins parts are there and theres always mil surplus if you decide you should want a day pack orcammies.. but to me its kinda like the fair..and you dont know whats there untill you go.

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From what I have seen at the local gun shows, the bigger the show the better the deals. The small shows around here only have 200 to 300 tables.
To get good deals the show needs to have 500 or more tables.
There will be a good show in Indy this weekend The Indy 1500, I think they call it that because it has about 1500 tables. It takes me about 3 to 4 hours to walk through it, but I won't get to go because I got to work this weekend.

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My outlook on gun shows is grim. I'll second the beef jerky comment above as that seems to be the only good thing I've seen in a while (last couple years). Prices are high and its mostly all junk. The salesmen either don't know their stuff or are liars. I sometimes hang out just to hear the BS these guys spew to unsuspecting customers. Makes the $8 entry fee easier to deal w/

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In Cali they gone to hell since the used market is **** and
Prices are high now Reno is still ok for ammo and parts and
In the bay area parking cost 10 bucks before you get in

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