Posts Tagged ‘gun shows’

Trip to the Gun Show is like Disneyland from Grownups

Disneyland castle

If you’ve never been to a gun show you are in for a treat!  Be prepared for a plethora of sights, sounds and smells.  At a large show you will likely hear a symphony of duck, turkey and deer calls.  The smells include cleaners, jerky, the intoxicating scent of gun oil on a shiny new firearm…and the people!  Young, old, in-between, camo, khaki, jeans, and often a few interesting alternative forms of dress.  Antique firearms and swords, exotic wood rifle stocks, amazing selections of pistols, shotguns, rifles…modern, old west style…holsters, sights, leather, magazines, ammo, safes, Read More

Recent Negligent Discharges at Gun Shows

Reciprocity part 1

You have probably read recently that there were five incidents at different gun shows in a single weekend.  Why do I call it a Negligent Discharge (ND) versus an Accidental Discharge (AD) since the individuals didn’t intend to fire a shot?  Because, if you are following the safety rules, you won’t have an accident.  There is negligence involved. By all accounts the individuals involved were experienced shooters, understood the safety rules, and skipped at least one.  Luckily, while there were injuries, no one was seriously injured or killed.  The NRA safety rules call for us Read More

Berretta 92G 9mm – Taking A Closer Look

92G

In the spirit of getting the most bang for your buck, we will be reviewing this police trade in Berretta 92G 9mm purchased for the princely sum of about $425. Some of you may be saying, hey. I can get two fully functional Jennings.380s at the pawn shop for that kind of money. Yeah, you could; or you could get one of the best designed high capacity service pistols in the world. You know, the one the USmilitary carries into high mountain caves and back alleys around the world. Few people today recognize the heritage of this iconic firearm, with it’s roots traced directly back to the Walther Read More

Should I Shop at the Gun Show?

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Only if you want a great selection and a great deal! A gun show is probably the best place to find the largest selection of guns under one roof. You can find what feels good in your hand, a make or model, even a color and everything you need to go with it. It helps if you have some ideas before you go of what you are looking for. Sometimes the people staffing the table are very knowledgeable and can answer all your questions, sometimes not. Prices are generally a little better than in a store. Also, a polite smile and a softly asked “Can you help me out a little on this?” can go Read More

The First Gun Show

Four Things You Need To Know Before You Go To A Gun Show

I remember my first gun show…it was a big one!  Aisle after aisle of everything I could imagine, most of which I had no clue what it was.  Who knew rifles came in colors?  It was kind of like going to the fair without the rides. I had never seen so many guns in one place.  New ones, antique ones, tiny ones, HUGE ones…and the accessories.  It makes a shoppers heart skip a beat.  Then there were the peripherals, the belt buckles, T-shirts, hats, training companies, a Safari company…all I could think was Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my!  Probably should have thought Ruger, Read More

Six Keys to Running a Good Gun Show

Six Keys To Running A Good Gun Show

Anyone who has been to and enjoyed a good time at gun shows may think it is an easy way for a promoter to make a buck. Nothing could be further from the truth. The ease comes from experience, but more importantly, hours of pre-planning and relentless attention to detail. There are lots of gun shows, but few good ones and even fewer great ones. Whether you are an attendee, dealer or promoter, understanding the six keys to what makes for a well-oiled gun show provides insight for all segments of gun industry, ownership, safety and the business world at large. Zip-Tied Guns. The simple Read More