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Probably been 10 years since I attended a gunshow. Thought I'd look to see what things are popular now and prices. Seems bolt action rifle were priced at give away prices, what few that were there, that is. Could have had most any caliber Ruger bolt gun for under $300.00. Didn't see a Remington anything on any of the 750 tables. No old Winchesters were found and only a couple of old Marlins.

Optics were scary expensive, even the no name brands were commanding big numbers. Parts....well, parts are parts. Nothing really stood out as a deal or expensive.

What happened while I was asleep apparently. SKS, a pre ban 1954 Russian Tula just like the one I paid $79.00 years ago is on the rack for $899.00. Who's crazy? Me or the fool asking that much? There was only one at the show so no comparison shopping but that's a lot of money for a Russian junker. AKs by comparison weren't too bad for around $500.00. These were the pinned barreled, tin topped AKs.

I guess the demand for any AR-15 is over. If I saw one, I probably looked at 10,000 different ARs in all shapes and colors. Never have I seen so many ARs in one spot. Every table it seemed had at least 10 and some tables had them stacked like cordwood. LOTs of variants, handguards, mags, 80% lowers, 100% lowers, triggers, etc. If you wanted to build one, it was probably already built and waiting for you. The pricing was crazy. The cheapest I found was a Delton 5.56 flattop, free float handguard, 1:8" twist Wilson barrel for $319.00 out the door. Now a 308 AR-10, big money. Nothing under a thousand with the cheapest at $1299.00 and it was a brand I never heard of.

Pistols were all over with the Glocks and other cheap guns making up the bulk. There were a few Colt 1911's but I saw nothing of higher quality like a Wilson or Bauer. I guess people are buying budget guns now. There were more Pythons there than I've seen before but prices were way too high for most shooters. Prices started at $2600.00 and quickly went up from there with a standard blue 6" Python going for $3600.00. Quite a few at those numbers. Colt Diamondbacks were $1500.00 and up.

Reloading components were relatively cheap. Most powders were under $20. I saw no primers. Tons of 22 LR ammo at $40.00 a brick, pick a brand, it was there.

The wife and I both had a good time although the guys wouldn't leave her alone. Yeah, she's cute but it was the T-shirt she had one. It had "Trump Making America Win Again" on the front of it. Everybody wanted to talk politics to her. It was overwhelmingly positive supporting our President. Gee, that's the first time in years I've capitalized the word President. The previous administration didn't deserve it. There was a huge amount of folks in support of our Trump. The entire place got real noisy when the conformation of Kavenaugh was announced. Got REAL loud when it was announced that Texas beat Oklahoma in the Red River showdown. It was a great day to go to a gunshow. The wife says we're going next month again. Maybe I'll buy something....that'll learn her.
 

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I also went to one in southern Colorado.
Lots of black rifles and plastic handguns. Also rifle scopes that are huge.
Most of the guns that I have some knowledge of and a some interest in were way over priced.
Very sparse reloading components.
Doubt I’ll be at another show anytime soon.
 

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Haven’t gone to a gun show in years. They won’t let me in the big show at the fairgrounds because I don’t have any camo or a Vietnam era combat harness and I take regular showers. I don’t need 500’ of rope, rusty tools, or German roasted nuts. I won’t pay $10 to park and $15 to get in the door just to find prices as high as anyplace else. Other than that, I like gun shows just because the uninformed liberal idiots hate them. 😎
 

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Went to a show a week ago, and it was one of my favorites because it usually has a lot of traditional rifles and pistols, not just ARs and AKs. Lots of real rifles and pistols made of real steel and wood, not plastic. A lot of the well used cheaper brands were reasonably prices. Anything in decent shape with Colt, S&W, Remington or Winchester was ungodly expensive, $700 - $3000+. Any half decent 30 caliber battle rifles, whether WWI or WWII were around $1K. How about a Win 9422 in 22WMR for $875? Yikes. Really glad I bought good stuff years ago.
 

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Haven’t gone to a gun show in years. They won’t let me in the big show at the fairgrounds because I don’t have any camo or a Vietnam era combat harness and I take regular showers. I don’t need 500’ of rope, rusty tools, or German roasted nuts. I won’t pay $10 to park and $15 to get in the door just to find prices as high as anyplace else. Other than that, I like gun shows just because the uninformed liberal idiots hate them. 😎
That is indeed a big show and I used to go every year at National Gun Day. $10 to park and $15 To get in has become unaffordable to me. I have bought a couple Lugers there in years past but I have decide I have enough guns to get me to the Funeral Home.
But anything the Liberals Hate.....I support totally.
 

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I used to live about a mile from the Fairgrounds in Louisville, and still wouldn't go to the shows there. As Junior said, $25 to get in, and see the same old crap they've carried around for years and years, all priced to 'keep'.
Yesterday, I took the two hour drive to Whittaker's instead of the 45 minute drive to Louisville. I didn't buy anything special, but still had a wonderful day, nice scenery and light traffic made it a great day anyway.
 

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Only go to smaller shows nowadays. Used to go to the Indy 1500 and to the National Gun Day show regularly, and a couple of others. Can't walk that much anymore. I still like to go to see if there is anything that I really want and how prices are moving.
 

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I still hit a few w/in an hour drive or so now and then. What I buy is usually small used items - reloading stuff, accessories and gun parts now and then. New stuff is almost always bought online anymore. Gun shows will prob die a slow death do to the net, jsut like any brick and mortar operation. Sad too cuz it prob will kill the "love of guns" as we know it in our generations - if you cant fondle it firsthand, it isnt as attractive. The one in Harrisburg I hit sometimes is the largest semi-locally, and they went to free parking and I think $8 admission now - I think they took a big hit with the parking and entrance fee when the economy died, and they made a change. And I get a free admission w/ an NRA re-up, so I re-up most times thru the door - I'll have a defacto Life Membershiip by default after a while.
 

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I hit up the local ones when they come to town. Surprisingly, seem to always find 22 pistols for good deals. Bought a beretta Neo for super cheap. Otherwise, I sometimes find military surplus venders with misc stuff.

Prices for big ticket items are 20-40% over retail. Hard to find ammo supplies are super marked up. Anything with even a glimmer of uniqueness or possible nostalgia goes to astronomical stratosphere heights.

I go to look around and if a deal attacks me, so be it.
 
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