I'm a member of the Washington Arms Collectors, which holds a gun show more or less every other weekend -- alternating between a site south of Seattle and another one to the northeast. Only members can buy firearms at a WAC show, and get in free. There's no charge for parking, and non-members get in for $7. Members go through a NICS background check, and if they do anything that would cause them to fail an NICS, they are expected to resign.
I was afraid that gun shows would be full of skinheads, toothless moonshiners, and various other trailer-dwelling ne'er-do wells. On the contrary, the WAC shows are full of regular old people, many with their children in tow. The shows have strict rules about political displays (mostly aimed at various "hate groups" -- meaning "neo-Nazi nutcases"). The venues are county fairgrounds and can best be described as "quaint" but I've found the exhibitors to mostly be gun lovers who are nearly as happy to talk about guns as to make sales. I really enjoy them.
Are there shows like this elsewhere?
By the way, I take my Blackberry to shows and use it to do quick price checks on items. It's why I ended up buying my FNP at the show, from a dealer who -- it turns out -- is a lawyer during the week and sells at shows on the weekends. He's turned out to be a great resource and a reliable supplier.
Gun shows are OK. I tend to buy off FFL dealers though when I'm in one. I've got some really good deals and with a dealer you get the background check and all..less likely to be a stolen gun or anything. The shows I go to are a bunch of dealers in the stater. Bud from Buds Gun Shop has had a booth at many. I'm sure many of y'all trust em being you have bought guns sight unseen from his inventory.
As long as you go in informed and look at what you are wanting to buy pretty well a used gun can be a good purchase. Like I said though. I like the FFL dealers at the shows. These people have a store you can go to if you had any problem. They are not as likely to sell crap and run like some private seller. They do this for a living. Most dealers that go to the shows bring with them things they have had in inventory a while and want to move. Maybe got a deal on a bunch of one kind and wanna sell off a bunch. I see a lot of the Smith M&P's at the shows here. Ptretty nice deals if you like the pistols. Things like that and Duty tested Sigs I see a lot. and of course overpriced collector pieces or the ones that are going to be around not to long because of some strife someplace or a new ban..lol
I don't like buying used off a private seller unless it's someone I know...and pretty well.
I like going to gun shows.I only go on Sundays.Thats when the seller
will come down on price or they really dont want to sell it.Thats when
they want to reduce there inventory because there tired to move there
guns again.To me thats when they'l dicker with you..I've got some good
deals on sundays..
Gun show coming up here next weekend actually. Ought to be interesting. Why is it I feel I should just go ahead and buy some ammo at Wal Mart tomorrow?
I did see the thread. I've also been reading the headlines from Colorado to Florida, and even my home state about how stuff is flying off the shelves in panic buying sprees. If I spend money on ammo at Wally World this week, I've just got next week's check to go to the gun show on. Not looking for any firearms, just a couple accessories, some 20 round mags, and ammo pretty much. I'll have to summon my inner instincts on this ordeal. If it don't rain today or tomorrow, I'll be going to the range to shoot some of the current stock anyway. Once I find out ammo availability locally, I'll know better whether to curtail future range activity with the major calibers and just stick with 22lr, or buy more and still practice.
Originally Posted by BeefyBeefo
I pay the $8 in Orlando JUST TO GO SEE THE WEIRDOS AND MALL NINJAS!!!
I agree the shoe is a good place to SHOP, since you'll find almost anything there, but I have my favorite shop on speed dial to check prices while I'm there...
I don't buy much on emotion any more, so I can go with $500 in my pocket... in case I find what I'm looking for.
I've also sold two guns at shows for MUCH more than the shops would give me in trade. Kind of like trading in a car. The dealer will screw you, but you can get more for it in the paper (or in this case, the gun show...).
Go to shop, and go to sell, and go to watch the freaks!
I bought my Taurus PT145 at a show as did my buddy with his 9mm and had no issues. Theres always a risk, but just be carefull. HG
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