What to expect

Discussion in 'Gun Shows' started by 95sniper, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. 95sniper

    95sniper New Member

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    I have never been to a gun show, my first one is a dixie gun and knife show coming up in the next few weeks... What should I expect? How good are the deals?
     
  2. vincent

    vincent New Member

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    Expect a crowd...you can't swing a dead cat around by the tail without hitting 10 people...:p...no, seriously...you can't...

    Most everything is negotiable, if you find something, don't be afraid to haggle...

    As far as prices...meh...the stuff I'm interested in (mil-surp, ammo, accys) is nothing to write home about, but fair I suppose...again, haggle...

    I'd be cautious about buying ammo at a show, some less than honest folks will sell crappy reloads in factory boxes for a "great deal"...:mad:

    You'll see a metric azz-ton of poly frame handguns...lots of rifles...AR/AK platform is always popular, lots in that dept, tons of gadgets, gizmos, literature, preps and impulse buy stuff...not much for wheelguns sadly last time out but every show is different...

    Grab some business cards and chew the fat with some vendors, I'm sure if what you're looking for isn't on the table, someone can give you a lead...

    Get a pretzel, make sure to stop by the GRNC table and toss a couple of bucks into their donation bucket and have fun!!!
     

  3. 95sniper

    95sniper New Member

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    Thanks for the advice
     
  4. Ruger52

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    You need time. Ya cannot go there, in and out in 15 minutes. Even if you know what you want. When I go to a gun show, and I go often, I plan three hours. There I can see most of the vendors, and look at stuff, I might be interested in. Sometimes I buy, sometimes not. But I just don't want to miss a deal on something, that I want or need, because I got in a hurry.

    Lotsa of fun at those shows also. Enjoy!
     
  5. 95sniper

    95sniper New Member

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    I went to one last weekend, I didn't see anything I wanted (that I could afford) and looked around for 5hrs. It was great fun although we stood in line outside for an hour and a half
     
  6. Old_Crow

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    I am not one to go to gun shows. I have found deals on reloading supplies but I have never bought anything else at a gun show. Usually in an hour or so I grow tired of looking at overpriced stuff and leave. It's fun to go with a bunch of friends but don't bother going alone.
     
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  7. 95sniper

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    Yes, I bought mags for my remington 597 $8 cheaper at walmart than the ones at the show.
     
  8. Kdub

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    Lots of Chinese made junk. Be sure to do your homework before you go. Know what you are looking for and how much it goes for elsewhere. Impulse buys are easily made at gun shows.
     
  9. Vikingdad

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    Bring your smartphone so you can look stuff up. I see lots of stuff that is way overpriced at the show. Another good tip is to get there as early as you can and run through it once to get a feel for it. If you see something that you want then go through and see if another vendor has it cheaper (or more expensive) and then use them against each other to haggle them down.

    If you have any accessories that use lithium ion batteries write down the numbers and look for them at the show. Those batteries have a shelf life of 10 years (which means they will probably last longer) and you can find them dirt cheap at the show. At the last show I bought a bunch of the ones for my head lights and haggled an even cheaper price because I was buying so many of them.
     
  10. Brue182

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    I agree you will most likely need 3 hours minimum depending on the show. If I'm not looking for a gun and it is something I think multiple vendors will have (like ammo or AR stuff) I will walk the show once and take note of the things I'm looking for and what price it is. I then walk the show again slower this time and pick up the stuff I need. Also I find it good to be the first ones there if you are looking for something hard to find or later on the last day if its a more common item. Oh and bring cash I don't know how many times a wad of cash makes people want to make a deal when they were firm on their offer just seconds before.
     
  11. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    Does anybody not bring cash to a gun show? I didn't know they even accepted credit cards!
     
  12. Kdub

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    Shows I go to thats all I use is ccs. It's 2012 for hecks sake. Small companies can run ccs on their phones now.
     
  13. Vikingdad

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    I am philisophically opposed to credit card use for this sort of thing. If I don't have the cash I can't afford it. Not only that but as a small business owner (where we do not accept credit cards) I know that the vendors will jack their prices up to pay for the CC's and they will dicker down for cash.
     
  14. kytowboater

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    Take cash and your debit card.
     
  15. mrm14

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    Went to one here a few years ago with my brother and mostly the stuff we were interested in we found was was junk.

    Went to one here a few weeks ago and at least there was one booth with a good selection of quality small parts and had what I was looking for. Most other stuff was still junk.
    However, I did get a good deal on a neat, little TENS machine.:D
     
  16. 95sniper

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    At the one I went to there were was a good variety of all types of find but it seemed that most were used or old
     
  17. Brue182

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    Ya alot of the local gun shops have booths and take credit cards or debit cards.
     
  18. DrumJunkie

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    I love gun shows! It's great for getting reloading components and bulk ammo buys. I like saving on that pesky shipping and other charges. Sometimes if you keep your eyes open a deal will fall out. The one I go to most there's a lot of trading that happens in the halls. Old farmers with case knives and sometimes some interesting guns. Especially of your a trader gun shows can be a lot of fun. At any rate a day lost in a crap-load of guns is a good say to me.:)
     
  19. kytowboater

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    I had a decent one here. Most prices were normal. Some were a little high. One fella was selling a gen 2 glock I don't know the model, beat to hell for $500.

    I bought a complete upper for a good price. Ammo was high everywhere but one place was normal. Some really nice stuff there too.
     
  20. fev

    fev New Member

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    I always take cash, most vendors at are local gun shows charge an additional 3% to the purchase price if you use a cc.