The First Gun Show

The First Gun ShowI 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, H&K and Glock, oh my!  But I didn’t know enough then.

I love gun shows.  There are great things to see, lots of ideas to get, people to watch for hours…just wear comfortable shoes.  I went to one after work…big mistake, 4 inch heels and 3 hours walking a concrete floor.  But, I looked great doing it.

At the last gun show my eye was caught by a display of bright shiny badges the read Concealed Carry Permit Holder, or something similar.  They were pretty!  Silver, and gold and enameled and shiny, complete with pins or belt holders.  What could be better?  Almost anything!  Badges represent a lawful entity, usually police or other law enforcement officers.  In my home state it is not legal to have and display a badge if you are not law enforcement.  It can be considered impersonating a police officer.  Shiny to look at and fun to hold…but don’t wear one.  It isn’t worth it.

One of the other things I love about gun shows are the sayings on the T-Shirts.  Sure, some of them are offensive, but…some of them are great!  I’d like to share a few favorites;

  • Got Glock?
  • Does This Gun Make My Butt Look Big?
  • Girls Just Wanna Have Guns
  • “Brand name  of choice” is what you show your friends, Glock is what you show your enemies
  • I carry a gun because a cop is too heavy
  • And my personal favorite;  I support a woman’s right to choose, Semi-auto or Revolver.

Don’t be shy, head off to your local gun show.  There are some great people, some strange people, some amazing deals and some things that need to stay on the table.  But you are guaranteed to find something to peek your interest.

Be safe

Lynne Finch-Charlesworth

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