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Well I just went to another disappointing gun show this weekend. I am curious if what I see in Houston is a regional or a national thing. It used to be that when you went to a gunshow you could count on finding a lot of great deals, especially if you had cash and were a good negotiater. I have to tell you that I am finding that most of the show dealers are more expensive than retail. In fact, when I questioned one guy about his prices he rattled off a number of gun stores that his prices were right in line with. I don't know about you, but if I have a choice between paying the same price from a guy at a gunshow table and 30+ year old retailer. Guess what, I will go to the retailer everytime. Most of the tables were retail+ about 15-25%. I get the impression that most of the guys working these shows are there to hang out with their friends and have no real interest in selling anything. I also see the shows getting smaller and smaller and everyone complaining that they can't sell anything. Well of course not! If you are charging more than retail how do you ever expect to sell anything? I did find a couple of deals, but they were few and far between. Personally, I think that if things do not change, gun shows are going to die out in my area. Is this the case in the rest of the country?

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Well Ranburr,

        I guess that it must be true.  In my part of the country, Pennsylvania, there seems to be the same thing occuring.  Most of the displays are from guys who either produce their own cast bullets and are all competing against one another or guys that have really weird stuff, and expensive stuff to sell.  I agree with you in seeing the nature of the gun show changing it's flavor.  Not a taste I care to cultivate.

           A lot of the guys are trying to sell stuff that I could get cheaper at the gun shop I frequent, and it used to be the other way around.  I used to see bargains at the gun shows.

                 Go figure, if Kerry does get elected there won't be any reason for him to try and shut down the "GUN SHOW " LOOPHOLE.  They will and are ceasing to exist without his help!



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im gonna ditto about the outrageous prices at gun shows, ive seen new stuff selling for almost double what you can get it. at the national gun show in chantily, va, there was remingtons selling for 25-75% more. there were remington pss's there brand new selling for 1300, it was horrible, needless to say, i jsut got a few ar15 parts. now, on the other hand, they had BRAND NEW ar15 uppers selling for 150 w/o the bold carrier,a nd charging handle.



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We used to do 50 shows a year from Pomona, Kalifornia to Hollywood, Florida and as far north as Collinsville, Illinois.  We stopped doing shows to concentrate on mail order about 5 years ago.  Our dealers friends that still do shows say the good ole days are gone and shows are getting smaller and smaller.  I think these guys have a lot to do with it.


You can find more of what you want....cheaper and don't have to leave the house.

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ranburr, I went to a show last week in Nevada. Baught two knives and no guns.

Problem #1- the prices were nuts. For example A Savage arms rifle in .243 with synth stock and blued brl was almost 500.00. I baught the rifle three days later in my local shop for 390.00.

Problem #2. In the great state of Kalifornia I am squeezed to death with Federal legislation. Matter of fact it may have been a crime to go to the show at all.

All in  all it wasnt a total loss. I did find some knives.


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