Gun shows?

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by jhughe11, Jun 7, 2012.

  1. jhughe11

    jhughe11 New Member

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    Is it a good place to find a deal on guns or am I just blowing 8 bucks to look at a bunch of over priced guns (not that I mind lol). And if so when's the best time to go?
     
  2. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    You may find a good deal on a gun. Go early like an hour before it starts. Usually the best deals are on accessories,ammo,memorabilia,collectables and other random gun related goods. Always worth the entrance fee. Don't bring more cash than you intend to spend. If need be an atm is usually nearby.
     

  3. oli700

    oli700 New Member

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    I was going to suggest just the opposite. I have had good luck in the closing hours on deals in the past. More people looking to deal, the trade off is less merchandise to choose from sometimes but mostly the prices are the same as the gun shop and everyone thinks what they have is worth top dollar . Last time I went I swore never again as I really couldn’t even find ammo cheap enough to cover the door charge…..it also spawned me to just buy more reloading die’s.
     
  4. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    I always have to keep in mind not everyone is from ma. Last gun show I picked up 200 rnd Ap 5.56 in stripper clips for $80. Fantastic deal in a state where you can't mail order ammo.
     
  5. tacticalfun

    tacticalfun Active Member

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    I was at a gun show in pittsburgh last weekend and everything was over priced
     
  6. oli700

    oli700 New Member

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    Sweet deal !
     
  7. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    In the last 14 years, I've seen only 1 real deal at the gun shows in my area.

    And I took advantage of it.

    All the other things are available in the vendors shops for the same price as at the show.
     
  8. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    A lot depends on location. You may have to drop the 8 bucks once just to see if you have dealers who actually compete for prices or if you have one of those groups who have agreements on price fixing before the show even starts.

    One of the best shows I used to go to took up two and a half good sized buildings at a state fairgrounds. There were enough vendors to force some competition. Saturday, early was the time to go to get deals on guns, and late on Sunday was the time if you wanted to hit up the bulk ammo vendors, who didn't like loading up unsold crates of ammo late on a Sunday afternoon.

    I've been to other shows where everything but the beef jerky was overpriced. (All I left with was some beef jerky). So, go knowing what you have in mind to buy, and what fair value is, and what you are willing to spend. No one is going to twist your arm and make you buy, but if you get impatient and tehn find out later how much cheaper you could have gotten it, you will really begin to understand buyer's remorse.

    Also beware of the gunshow vendors who are unloading garbage that they couldn't sell in thier store. Afriend of mine bought some 5.56 green tip ammo, when it was getting hard to find. It was a low price for the market. I just didn't have a good feeling about the folks selling it.

    It turns out it was reloads, that caused him more stuck cases, and jams, and popped primers than even the worst reputationed 3rd world surplus ammo.

    So, buyer beware applies.
     
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  9. capto56

    capto56 New Member

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    Going this weekend myself. Been looking at prices all over. Curious to see if they really are less.

    Had a friend that bought one there and said you can talk them down to 10% over cost. Gonna see whats up and more than likely buy something.
     
  10. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    And watch out for the guys walking around trying to sell private guns. My buddy bought an old winchester from a guy who acted like it was his first gun show (didn't know rules etc.) He refused to let my buddy cycle the action on the gun (we aren't supposed to open them he said). I warned my buddy it was a risk and he made the purchase anyway. Long story short I had to replace the cartridge guides in the gun and the job required drilling out the old screws cause the a$$hole stripped them out and put the wrong guides in the gun. All original my a$$
     
  11. gollygee

    gollygee New Member

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    Best reason I've seen for going to a gun show is for something I can't find at the local gun stores. I see brands/models that I can't find here.
     
  12. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Haven't found a bargain at a show in years-
     
  13. okdonk

    okdonk New Member

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    Only ammo which worth going to gun shows. Other? Mehh
     
  14. jhughe11

    jhughe11 New Member

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    Lol I'm a little worried now... I'm hoping to find a small carry weapon... A .380 or a .38 special or something small.....I have sigma 9mm but it's a bit large to carry in the summer months.....
     
  15. Werminator

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    How about something like a KelTec pf9... should be able to find one at your local shop or have one delivered for pretty reasonable... still gives you the larger caliber and is a good deal smaller than your sigma...
     
  16. jhughe11

    jhughe11 New Member

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    That's a good idea!!! They're much more than the kel tec p3at are they?
     
  17. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I look at gun shows as entertainment. I would be willing to pay 6 bucks to do other things to entertain myself. If I find something to buy thats great. If not...then I got to look at a bunch of antiques and other cool stuff. I often look for mags for oddball guns and stuff like that. One time I saw a guy with a whole table full of 1911 parts. I didnt know what they were back then. Now that I am really into 1911s. I wish I had bought some stuff. I rememer he had compensators for $20. I dont need one. But what the heck...you can never have enough useless crap. Right?
     
  18. amfycoach

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    The last gun show I went to, I was looking to handle a few specific 9mm, found only 2 of the 4 I was considering. The prices were the same as lgs or even a little more. Talked to a glock dealer there who said he agreed to not undercut some of the other vendors on new glocks and that he can sell cheaper in his store or at other shows. Bought some good popcorn, beef jerky and a used pocketknife for my son though, that was the only deal I found.
     
  19. wjnfirearms

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    Unfortunately, I have to side with the general consensus. The days of finding the bargains of the century are long gone at shows. Yes, it's possible to come across a deal on occassion and in recent times I've found one or two myself, but this is an increasingly rare thing. The worst ones are the ones that let anyone sell anything at it. I don't know of too many that go to a gun show to buy a cell phone case, a purse or candles. They can be good venues for parts and accessories and sometimes ammo, but other than for the window shopping value and something to do on a Sunday morning, not much else I'm sorry to say.
     
  20. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Xcellent point :D