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Old 08-25-2011, 11:54 PM   #11
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I noticed that the ammo dealers are adding the shipping cost and then some to the cost of the ammo. It is real hard to find a good deal on ammo that is why I buy mine online.
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I go to a lot of shows. It is like fishing, sometimes you catch the big ones, sometimes you don't. I used to live in Miami and went to the show there often. (1990s) Is it still at the Coconut Grove convention center? I thought it was great. I bought my first Norinco SKS there, NIB for $79.00......

The best thing about the shows is you get to handle a lot of product. If you can't find a deal, at least you can see how it feels in your hand. You can't do that online.

I also go early and look for private vendors first, and I have got some great deals there. I swapped a $200.00 shotgun for a $1100.00 rifle at a recent show. We were both very happy. My son bought a "broken"1911 for $400.00 at the last show. We brought it home, turned around the main spring and had a $700.00 great shooter.

You have to know the value of what you are looking at at the shows or the bug can bite you and you can get taken if you aren't careful. I take my favorite firearms value catalog and leave it in the car for reference if needed.

There is something to be said for the crowd at shows too.... the most polite people you will ever be around.
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Old 08-26-2011, 12:06 AM   #13
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I still like to go, I am loyal to my FFL and he has one of the largest tables, but I've only bought one gun from him at a show, I find I get a better deal if I contact him personally and let him do some shopping for me.
Usually I buy knives, magazines, holsters, etc., but have a great time window shopping
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I rarely miss a gun show. Sometimes I buy. But not usually guns. The guns are usually overpriced. But if you are looking for parts, or used reloading stuff, bargains can be found. I went to a gun show one time that had a booth with nothing but 1911 parts. Amazing!!! He had everything. You could have sat there and assembled a gun! He had everything from trigger kits to grips to barrels and compensators. His prices were pretty good too.
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Old 08-26-2011, 02:53 AM   #15
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I go to gun shows more often than not. 300 tables is a big show here. I have friendly nodding acquaintance with several people I only see at gun shows. The Lovely Mrs bought me a Kimber Compact Stainless at the Palmer show a few years ago for $550. I bought her one at the Palmer show last spring for $700. (Yes, she's worth $150 more than me.) I got a Marlin .30-30 at the Wasilla show last spring for $275. Maybe not world-beater deals but I'm happy. I've been to many shows and seen the same old crap on table after table, but once in a while something springs out at you. The fishing analogy is a good one.
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Old 08-26-2011, 05:00 AM   #16
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I've skipped the last few gun shows here, rarely find a good deal. Last one was some surplus AK mags for $10 ea. But you never know what you'll find, I just don't expect much anymore.
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The last gun show i went to this year was as follows

Cheap Brands: Brands like Taurus, RIA, etc. there were deals galore, for obvious reasons . Same with Russian guns like the Makarov or Tokarov, deals galore.

Reputable Brands: Brands like Springfield, Ruger, Glock etc. most were "how dare you!!!" priced. There were a few deals like a lightly used Ruger SR9 for 380 and (still kicking myself in the arse for this one) a Gen4 Glock 17 BNIB for 430.00. I almost pulled the trigger on it but the feel in my hand was meh, not terrible but not great. Also knew nothing of the pricing otherwise i would have bought it, run a few boxes through it and if i decided it wasn't for me probably could have sold it for profit The guy selling it was a pretty cool dude as well, he was a Vietnam Vet from the Marines and just a really cool, knowledgable guy.

AR's: These were "how dare you!!" priced and then some! Like for instance saw a DPMS rifle that sells for around 900.00 and the guy was asking 1500 for a USED one!!!

Ammo:Same prices as Gander Mountain so no deals to be had there

Either way it was fun as i got a chance to put my hands on some guns i've never even seen in any LGS i've been to as well as some cool WW1 and WW2 relics. You may not find the deal of the century but i still think it was worth the entry fee
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In Southwest Ohio, you can get okay deals on ammo, and the guns are a little cheaper. And, there are a few tables that will make holsters for great prices, and they're made to your specs.
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Ive mostly given up on gunshows for a bargain. i do still go to look at the old stuff. for those considering an AR build (or 1911 ) or buying accessories, its a good place to pick it up and get a "real feel" before buying from the net.
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