Shopping at Gun shows

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by Gergify, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. Gergify

    Gergify New Member

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    Alright So i'm attending a gun show over the weekend. I have about $800 to spend. I want to get a semi-automatic "assault" rifle. However I'm kinda clueless on what to look for

    What should I look for in AK-47 within the $800 range? There are some many different brands, I'm pretty confused on the ones to look for. Can some give me a general run through of the decent brands and what to look for?

    What about any AR types for the $800- $900 range? I know that DPMS makes a fairly cheap AR, but I don't know if i'll find one, or if they're any good.

    What should I expect to find ('assault' rifle wise) at the show?

    For reference I'll be going to this one up in Waukesha, Wisconsin. At 1000 Northview Road, Events.


    Thanks guys!
     
  2. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Well, $800 is a lot of money to spend, and there SHOULD be several rifles that fit your needs, but let me ask you this....

    What is it that you are wanting the weapon to do for you?? What is your ultimate goal??

    Because if you want a zombies in the wire, perimeter defense gun, getting a DPMS 20" bull barrel AR would be a bad choice.

    Conversely, if you want a prairie dog shooting machine, out to 400 or so yards, getting an AK or an SKS would be a bad choice.

    Help us, help you...

    JD
     

  3. RL357Mag

    RL357Mag New Member

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    Don't hold out too much hope of getting a bargain at a gun show. For the last decade or so, guns shows have become nothing more than dollar stores selling guns & ammo at high prices, and surplus gear...:mad:
     
  4. Gergify

    Gergify New Member

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    I'm mostly getting it for target shooting. Also I need a good SHTF firearm. I figure I buy one before Obama bans them (should have bought one years ago...).

    Will I really not find anything worth while at the gun show? I don't want to waste my time.
     
  5. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    You should go browse at Gunbroker or one of the auction sites. A friend picked up a lil WASR10 AK47 at a gun show earlier this year. He overpaid a bit, but has been happy with his $500~ toy. You might like an SKS; they use the same ammo as the AK47, but are less expensive and a bit heavier.

    I hope you find something you enjoy.
     
  6. JiroZero713

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    Hell come down to hoover.


    They are having an AK sale.

    975 bucks for a Yugo and 1000 Rounds of ammo out the door....that's with the tax included!

    Or 925 with a WASR and 1000 Rounds.


    Right now I wouldn't spend over 600 bucks on an AK. That's about average price for me.
     
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  7. slowryde45

    slowryde45 New Member

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    I sure hope you were saying that with "tongue-in-cheek", because the only thing you didn't mention in either of those deals was the K-Y Jelly to go with them :eek:

    Seriously, if you are over $500 for most of the AK's out there right now, you should make sure you got wined and dined first, before getting the extended shaft :p

    That's not saying that there aren't any out there worth paying more for, I'm sure there are plenty early Russian AK's/SKS's, rare Norinco's, etc. Heck, I'd go over the $500 mark for another Robinson Armament VEPR or just about anything from Arsenal Inc. But not for a plain jane Yugo or Romy, regardless of the case of ammo. Not at those prices.

    Not sure what kind of gun show products are available at the shows in the Original Posters area, but around these parts you can still find some half way decent deals. The trick is knowing what you want, knowing what they are worth (do your homework ahead of time and check out auction - gunbroker - prices online to get an idea), and either getting there very early in the show, or near the end of the show - at least it has worked for me in the past. I think mainly because the dealers haven't had the chance to figure out what the buyers are going to be like - if you get there early. And if you go towards the end of the show, you might just catch one who might be willing to make a deal so he doesn't have to pack it all again. Also, CASH talks ;) Don't be afraid to say "no - that's too much for me" either. Out here, it seems there is a show every month now. So lots of chances out there to find what you want. Good luck.

    Slo
     
  8. RL357Mag

    RL357Mag New Member

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    A gun ban anytime soon will just speed up the inevitable - a complete ousting of all Democrats in both houses - and they know this, so I doubt you have to rush out to buy something. Pick up a Shotgun News in the magazine section of WalMart and check prices for AK-47's and other guns. You should be able to buy a Romanian AK47 for under $400. Yugo SKS's sell for about $350 in arsenal new condition. I doubt you'll find any bargains at a gun show...last one I went to was a waste of time and admission fee. Even the ammo was more expensive than I could buy online. I did get some good bumper stickers though!
     
  9. UnderFire

    UnderFire New Member

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    Even with the transfer fee, on-line is your best bet.
    You could find something you like under the 800 budget
    and pocket the rest or buy accessories & ammo.
    I haven't found a good deal at a gun show in a very long time. :(
    Lately, like RL357Mag says, they have only been good for the little things.
    Gun show knife prices' are sooo far over priced, the highest priced retailer
    is a better deal. Right now with hunting season around the cornor I don't look to find any kind of savings at the "Gun Shows".
     
  10. gloks4life

    gloks4life New Member

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    my buddy got a DPMS,flat top,16in heavy brll.. NIB at a show here for $675
     
  11. yazul42

    yazul42 Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I have found the best time to find deals at a gun show is usually Sunday afternoon about 2 hours before the show ends. People are starting to pack up their wares and it is alot easier to put cash in his pocket than to put a rifle back on his shelf at the shop. Not just firearms either,, I helped a buddy of mine get a good safe for about 600 bucks less than the guy's asking price on a Sunday afternoon. No checks, no credit cards, make sure you have cash. This has worked well for me several times in the past. The bigger the event, the better chance of getting a good deal.

    Good shopping,
    Jeff
     
  12. slowryde45

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    This is exactly what I was saying earlier. All it takes is being in the right place at the right time, and flashing CASH. The last thing the dealers want to do is have to spend all that time putting everything that didn't sell away again.

    But the very last thing they want is...after a weekend of selling/trying to sell/haggling prices/etc....is have someone come up who is window-shopping.

    Know what you are looking for, know about what they sell for, specially in your area, know how much you are willing to spend, find the guy who has it, make an offer. If he comes back with "no" or asks for more than you want to spend, go find the next guy. Or you could slyly pull out about how much you want to spend, and slowly count it out...to yourself, but make sure he can hear you and see you. Chances are good you'll get your deal.

    Slo
     
  13. yazul42

    yazul42 Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Good points slo,,,, I always liked to go to a gun show on Saturday, scope out any items that I was interested in purchasing, get prices from different vendors, etc., then head back late Sunday and make the deal. It can backfire and the items may be gone, but that is why I check multiple vendors. As you say, know what you want, let them know you are serious about buying.

    Jeff
     
  14. UnderFire

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    Well, I guess it depends on where in the country you live...
    here in Florida the prices are through the roof and the dealers don't budge.
    Especially with all the craze buying that has been going on since obama has been in office.
     
  15. NGIB

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    One of the main problems is the gun show promoters themselves. Here in GA, the main promoter has barred some dealers for selling at reasonable prices. Some of his crazy priced table renters complained and threatened to quit coming to his shows. What does this asshat do? He no longer rents tables to the dealers that sell at reasonable prices.

    This is a fact that I verified with the owners of two shops that no longer attend his shows. The only reason I ever go to a show anymore is to buy ammo from Georgia-Arms as they always have a nice stock on hand at fair prices...
     
  16. UnderFire

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    NGIB,

    makes sense to me...must be the same promoter here in FL.
    I too buy ammo from Georgia-Arms, they do have some reasonably priced ammo both in rifle loads & handgun loads. The last gun show (June '09) I went to they had some ammo with ballistic tips for my favorite hunting rifle & varmint rifle.