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Re: Gun Shows
« Reply #60 on: November 22, 2006, 08:40:05 pm »

GUN SHOW

Where: Hampton Coliseum - Hampton, VA

When: Saturday, 25NOV06 and Sunday, 26NOV06

What: 200+ tables of various firarms, ammunition, accessories and doo-dads

How much: $7 at the door

Why: Like you've really got anything else to do...  :laugh:

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Re: Gun Shows
« Reply #61 on: December 09, 2006, 11:10:42 pm »



GUN SHOW :     Greenville, S.C. 
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Re: Gun Shows
« Reply #62 on: December 09, 2006, 11:13:37 pm »


LET ME TRY THAT AGAIN:

GUN SHOW:      Greenville, South Carolina
                        Palmetto Center

                         December  16 - 17 2006
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Re: Gun Shows - Raleigh,NC show this weekend
« Reply #63 on: January 21, 2007, 07:50:52 am »

I suppose no one attended any shows over the holidays, so if you read my post above from Nov. 20th, you might get some perspective from two months ago. Also, i posted more detailed surplus information on the Ian's blog surplus thread on this show if you are interested.

The cold temps and steady wind drove the line of hundreds waiting to get into the Raleigh show rather quickly for a change, say about a 20-25 minute wait using others for a windbreak while waiting to pay yr. $8 admission fee to the Jim Graham bldg...the show was packed Saturday morning with folks glad to be in the warmer inside and there was much commerce going on. No doubt there were also ATF and other folks looking around as well.

I even ran into one local police officer i know who is on his unit's SIRT team who was looking for more ammunition for  personal practice since his department was having some trouble, he said, even getting the minimum required for their training. I know how many of you feel about law enforcement on this site, but i thought it telling that even local PDs are having some problems getting enough ammuntion for training.

Ammunition was trading/selling well with prices trending higher, and fewer surplus dealers in evidence - but folks were buying. Firearms were pricey, but bargains to be had in some handguns. Surplus mil. parts were pricey, but there were some bargains on relatively fresh sealed crates of USGI MREs for $45/crate of 12. Surplus clothing was much in evidence and lots of vendors selling related hunting/shooting items. I imagine the were some folks selling their hunting guns to pay their taxes until next season, and bargains were out there. My wife and I came away with some books, two pair of USGI goggles, trioxane tabs, an Iron Brigade Armory sweatshirt and a bit of ammuntion and some magazines (the metal kind).

I don't know about you all, but I like to go to gun shows for the books/periodicals that you can find that allow you might not know where to look for on the web. For instance, my wife and i picked up fresh copies of 'Where There Is No Doctor" and "Where There Is No Dentist," which we added to our growing library at home. There are fewer book dealers coming to the shows than before, so my wife and i keep an eye out for useful topics of interest to us.  Folks were also looking for reloading supplies and even small boxes of bullets and reloading components were selling. Perhaps as surplus dwindles (for now) folks are willing to sacrifice more of their time to reload just to have the ammuntion to shoot.

If you had reloading components, esp. fired brass to sell, you were in the catbird seat, so to speak - one lady of our acquaintance whose husband recently passed away who ran a small local mom n'pop reloading business came to sell her late husband's fired brass to a travelling ammo dealer and from what i could tell, he bought all she had (several hundred thousand cases of pistol brass) so she could have the room and money to remodel a part of her home.  So think twice about discarding that fired brass on the range - think recycling unless you know where the brass came from and intend to reload it.

There is evidence that another gun show promoter is trying to schedule shows at this Raleigh venue since the long-time promoter of the Dixie Classic had been making noises about getting out of the business/retiring. But the shows are both here still, and i don't know how much longer the Raleigh show might be around, which is why we keep coming back every few months. I think going to shows periodically gives you a better perspective on the market locally than keeping up with the trade publications which are printed anywhere from one-three months in advance. Of course, you save freight charges on those 'heavy' purchases when you attend the shows with your handtruck and daypack and pay in cash.  Will file another report in May, 2007. Rgds, redclay 1/21/07
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Re: Gun Shows
« Reply #64 on: January 21, 2007, 10:17:41 pm »

Thanks, Redclay.  Good report.  I'm afraid the shows are either on the way out or will have to go underground.  The people who don't already have their "supplies" are almost too late.  They ARE too late already for the best stuff and best prices.

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Re: Gun Shows
« Reply #65 on: January 21, 2007, 10:45:00 pm »

When wars speed up, ammunition production speeds up.  When they slow down, production slows down, but it takes its time.  Thus the existance of MILITARY SURPLUS ammo.  Right now the hawks are having their day.  Thus no surplus.  This isn't a permanent global-warming scenereo (hopefully), but a moment in time where the military-industrial-complex is having its day in the sun.  I suspect that is about to slow down .. but maybe it won't for a while.  Either way, there is no reason I can see at this time that military surplus ammunition won't be coming back onto the market as soon as the doves corral the hawks.

Meanwhile, I'm looking at owning lots of components to compliment my single-stage press so I can reload as much ammo as I might want for a long time. 
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Re: Gun Shows
« Reply #66 on: January 21, 2007, 10:59:53 pm »



There will be a Land of sky gunshow this weekend in Asheville, 9-5 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday, admission is 7 bucks, I'll be going on Sunday, they always have a great selection of lithium batteries for "cheap".

I'll fish around for ammo prices, there are normally two or three reloaders who sell their wares.
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Re: Gun Shows
« Reply #67 on: February 23, 2007, 03:17:27 am »

In Tennessee gun shows and other places, I'm learning of smaller and smaller supplies of ammo and the most common defensive handguns and long guns available.  Sales are BOOMING as more people are awakening to the need for arms and ammo.  In my area also, the FFL dealers I know are lower in their amount of stock on hand than ever before in arms/ammo.  Also, the wholesalers/jobbers are lower in THEIR stock than ever before. They say, "as soon as it gets in the wholesale warehouse, it moves out fast."  The military is buying up so much stuff as are other waring countries of the world.

BOTTOM LINE; IF YOU EVER WANT ARMS AND AMMO, DO IT NOW OR ELSE IT MAY BE GONE. 

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Re: Gun Shows
« Reply #68 on: February 23, 2007, 09:00:55 pm »


Does anyone have a list of Shows in Texas for 2007 ?
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Re: Gun Shows
« Reply #69 on: March 02, 2007, 10:01:59 pm »

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Re: Gun Shows
« Reply #70 on: March 03, 2007, 12:45:35 am »

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Re: Gun Shows
« Reply #71 on: March 07, 2007, 11:15:10 pm »

Looks like the next Wannemacher show is March 31 and April 1.

Their website has a map on how to get to the place.  Not sure if we're going to this one or not.  We haven't been to a show for a few months, but we're not feeling real motivated to get to this one, either.

For those who haven't been, the Wannemacher show is fricking huge.  They claim it's 11 acres worth of tables and 6 miles if you walk the whole show once.  Having walked the whole show a few times, I can believe it.
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Re: Gun Shows
« Reply #72 on: March 16, 2007, 02:24:44 pm »

Anyone know of shows in western Illinois?
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« Reply #73 on: March 17, 2007, 11:12:31 am »

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« Reply #74 on: March 17, 2007, 07:25:16 pm »


Land of Sky gun and knife show coming up the weekend of the 23rd and 24th, 7 bucks at the door, bring lunch the concession stand is pricey.....
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