Are Gun Shows worth going to?

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by cbw, Jan 16, 2010.

  1. cbw

    cbw New Member

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    I have a chance to go to a Crossroads of the West Gun Show in Phoenix this coming weekend. Having never been to one I have several questions;

    Are there really deals there?

    Since I'm looking for a holster for my EMP 40 can I bring it (unloaded) to the show for checking fit in holsters? Do holster makers let you check fit?

    I've read about the shows going down hill and turning into a giant yard sale type events and I hope that is not what this one is. Please advise for those who have been there...
     
  2. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger New Member

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    Never having been to a show in Arizona, all I can speak to is the huge gun show that takes place in Fort Worth, Texas twice a year:

    1. Pricewise, you could probably do better at a gun shop for new firearms or accessories.

    2. At the Fort Worth show, you CAN bring firearms, but there are LEOs at the entrance who will check that they are unloaded and insert a cable tie into the receiver...which is a GOOD thing.

    3. If a holster dealer DOESN'T let you check for fit, you should go to another dealer.

    4. You can find hidden treasures at yard sales some times. There are very few "pre-owned" dealers at our show, and I wish there were more. So shop carefully, and you could come away with something really good if you've done your homework.

    But I think it's worth the price of admission if nothing else.
     

  3. cbw

    cbw New Member

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    Thanx for the imput. I'm not to thrilled with a LEO sticking a cable in on or around my EMP 40 which doesn't have a mark on it! I understand the need but think I would rather pass on bringing it in if that is the case in AZ.
     
  4. Txhillbilly

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    Gun shows are hit or miss usually,I go to quite a few in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area every year. Like Lonyaeger said,If you are wanting a new gun check the prices at local shops first.
    Most dealers at the shows are as much or higher on new guns,and you really need to know your used guns or you could pay more for them than you could get a new one for.
    You can get some great deals on accessories new & used if you look hard enough. If you know what kind of holster you want,note what the price you can get one on the internet,etc.,and then if you can find one at the show for a comparable price that you like get it.

    As with everything,prices have gone through the roof at most shows,because the prices that the dealers/vendors have to pay for their spaces.A dealer with several spaces has to make a couple hundred dollars profit each day just to cover the cost of the table space,and then you have to pay for gas/lodging/food,etc.. It sure isn't like it used to be with $5 table space rentals,now it is $60-100 a table at the big shows for the dealers.

    The funny thing is that if you go to the shows in your area several times,you will see the same old dealers with tables full of crap that almost nobody will buy (old junk-wore out old gun parts),and for some reason they just keep on paying those high table prices and then have to load up all their junk and bring it to the next show again.

    If you haven't been to a gun show,by all means go. Just if all you do is walk around and look at stuff,they are fun,and you will see some very different characters there!
     
  5. hillbilly68

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    sometimes I come out of them disgusted and angry that I paid admission, sometimes I come out feeling like I just went to Disneyland. I agree with what our other guys said above, stay away from new and look for bargains. Last one I went to was a blast, met some really knowledgable people that didnt have the ego that is so rampant among sellers of our tools as of late.
     
  6. cbw

    cbw New Member

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    Well I'm just looking at holsters. I printed off some discount coupons to get in for $1.00 less, so I guess I'll go and look around. Least I'll be able to say I've been to one.
     
  7. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger New Member

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    The cable tie will not damage or scratch your gun.
     
  8. cbw

    cbw New Member

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    I missed the wording and only saw and heard "Cable" which made me go to wire = scratches. Big jump on my part, and would be expensive to hand out too! ;)
     
  9. jimbobpissypants

    jimbobpissypants New Member

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    I haven't read other replies, because I have a definite opion on this. My opinion is: They are worth going to shop, decide what you like. They are worth going to, to buy if you are buying from another private citizen. If you are trying to buy or sell with a dealer, he has to make money. They are only gonna buy a gun if they can mark it up 30% and sell it in a reasonable amount of time. They are only gonna sell a gun if the can make 30% over what they bought it for. With that in mind, if you are looking for something you can't get just anywhere, look to buy it at a gun show. If you are looking to buy/sell at a place where you are at an advantage, a gun show (unless dealing with a private citizen) is not the place. I love going to gun shows, but I mostly look for other people who are trying to sell/ buy something privately.
     
  10. fangus

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    I disagree, last year I bought 2 handguns and 1 rifle new in the box for better prices then what I could get at my local gun stores, at least 10% better, go on the last day and deal it works
     
  11. canebrake

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    Go, you never know until you've been there. [​IMG]
     
  12. UnderFire

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    Gun shows aren't what they used to be.
    The last day is the best for dealing, but the first day is when everything is available- until it sells.
    Prices are through the roof, but it's fun walking through the show and checking out all the firearms & other stuff. Here in my area a man checks your weapon to make sure it's unloaded than puts a plastic zip tie/cable tie through the receiver to insure it stays that way. The zip tie can be easily cut off so it only helps the honest.
     
  13. Wheelspin

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    I went to my first gun show today and LOVED it, I was like a kid in a candy store.
    Huge selection of new and used firearms and accessories but I found the prices varied alot from dealer to dealer so be sure to check every table before you make a purchase. For example I was checking out the new S&W M&P15-22 that has a MSRP of $499. I've seen it online for $449 but today it was going for anything between $399 and $579.

    There were some good deals on ammo so grabbed a few boxes today but I was just happy to be able to see and handle such a huge selection of firearms especially the used stuff the stores around me just dont have.

    I'll definitely be going to the next one in my area, with more cash next time :D
     
  14. BILLYBOB44

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    Spin, did you hit the Indy 1500? It gets real busy around Noon or so..
     
  15. Wheelspin

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    Yeah, I was there from 10am till 3pm.

    It was busy but not so bad you were tripping over people or couldn't get to the tables. They were still queuing to get in when we left though:confused:
     
  16. Gatekeeper

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    I went to one yesterday morning in Greensburg, PA.
    New gun prices were high, military surplus were too.
    Things like parts, accessories, magazines, holsters, and reloading gear could be had at decent prices. Alot of stuff at around the best price you'd find on the net but by buying there you dont have to pay shipping so it made it a good deal.
    Didnt buy anything, almost bought a Spikes stripped lower for $99 which is $10 over what spikes sells them for, but I wouldnt have to deal with shipping cost to a FFL and fees. Might go back tomorow and get one.:rolleyes:
    Oh I saw a very cool thing. The local county's Sheriff's dept set up a stand where you could fill out your application, they'd do backround check, take your picture AND issue you a PA License to Carry Firearms (CCW permit) on the spot!! Very nice, friendly sheriff and deputies, I picked up a free guide to PA gun laws from them.
    PA residents had to live in Westmoreland county to apply for permit and I think they were even doing out of state residents as well. If I lived in that county I'd vote for that sheriff every election!!! Very cool!!:cool:------Gate
     
  17. Bigcountry02

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    I picked up the S&W M&P 15-22 from Sportsman's Warehouse after Thanksgiving, on sale from 499 to 399. I finally took the new toy to the range 2 weeks ago, good groupings and no issues firing Blazer ammo, Remington .22 LR was having non-firing rounds almost every other 5 rounds. Painful when shooting the cold weather.

    I did go to the local gun show, about 4 S&W M&P 15-22 was for sale, cheapest was $600.00 price, granted the weapon is new and hard to come by; but, jacking the price.

    Once in awhile I do get a deal for goodies and find that toy that I try to purchased; however, the wife is always present and giving the evil eye when I approach a booth selling a SKS or AK47 :(. It is fun to go and go very early!
     
  18. Highpower

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    Have you thought about this? What is a holster going to do for the finish on your gun? Just sayin.....
     
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2010
  19. lonyaeger

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    So are we suggesting that the OP not holster the pistol?
     
  20. Highpower

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    Lony,
    If all he is worried about is keeping his pistol PRISTEEN - then yes.

    If he plans to carry it, he better get used to the fact that a holster WILL wear the finish on his gun eventually. That's all I'm sayin.... ;)