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stockholmsyndrome  [Member]
2/15/2009 3:52:00 AM
HI ALL -
Anybody here been to the (SAR) SMALL ARMS REVIEW GUN SHOW in Phoenix every December .
Is it as big as they say .
Or is it just like anyother small regional gun show but with a diferent sponser , as in SMALL ARMS REVIEW MAGAZINE .
Are there plenty of good deals to be had .
Would it be worth my while comming all the way from the UK to see it .

Thanks .

STOCKHOLMSYNDROME ................
MP5_guy  [Team Member]
2/15/2009 3:59:24 AM
Originally Posted By stockholmsyndrome:
HI ALL -
Anybody here been to the (SAR) SMALL ARMS REVIEW GUN SHOW in Phoenix every December .
Is it as big as they say .
Or is it just like anyother small regional gun show but with a diferent sponser , as in SMALL ARMS REVIEW MAGAZINE .
Are there plenty of good deals to be had .
Would it be worth my while comming all the way from the UK to see it .

Thanks .

STOCKHOLMSYNDROME ................


Yes, it's a pretty big show, and IMHO, the only one worth going to these days. Not really much by way of deals any more, unless you do a ot of looking. Just a lot of selection.

The appeal is that there is one large building dedicated to NFA items (MGs, supressors, etc), plus other speciality vendors that you woudln't normally see. You still have the Beanie Babies and beef jerky vendors, but that's pretty much normal at gun shows these days.
FreeBear  [Team Member]
2/15/2009 3:02:32 PM

I've been going to this show for the past six years or so and love it! (I'm an old Gun Show Devotee of 30 years). This past December was the first time I actually sold there (had two tables) and my only regret was that I didn't have enough free time to be able to get around the show and buy or see everything I wanted to.

You'll definitely need two full days to be able to take a leisurely stroll through all the buildings. I've taken the full three days before and enjoyed myself immensely. I think you'll be very happy if you decide to come across the pond and attend the SAR Show.




Bear
stockholmsyndrome  [Member]
2/15/2009 3:59:57 PM
Thanks for the reply MP5_guy and Free Bear .
I should be coming to the next one on 4-5-6 December 2009 .

STOCKHOLMSYNDROME
TriggerFish  [Team Member]
2/15/2009 8:00:56 PM
Another 6 year "veteran" of the SAR... you'll be glad you travelled to the colonies, AZ in particular.
BillBond  [Member]
2/16/2009 10:13:49 AM
Originally Posted By MP5_guy:
Yes, it's a pretty big show, and IMO, the only one worth going to these days.


+1

NVGdude  [Member]
2/16/2009 4:50:21 PM
It's beg enough that I have never managed to see the entire show in one day. How's that?
stockholmsyndrome  [Member]
2/17/2009 4:16:47 AM
Originally Posted By NVGdude:
It's beg enough that I have never managed to see the entire show in one day. How's that?


Nice reply NVGdude ,
Thanks .

stockholmsyndrome .............

FMJs-of-Freedom  [Member]
2/18/2009 9:20:24 AM
It is a big and unique and I have gone the past two years. But it is a three hour drive for me and I am not going back again. So no I would NOT come all the way from England. FMJs-of-Freedom
stockholmsyndrome  [Member]
2/18/2009 2:20:23 PM
Originally Posted By FMJs-of-Freedom:
It is a big and unique and I have gone the past two years. But it is a three hour drive for me and I am not going back again. So no I would NOT come all the way from England. FMJs-of-Freedom


HI FMJs-of-Freedom .

There is a few of us BRITS who will travel 4,500 miles for 9 - 10 hours cramped in a plane just for the fun of seeing and shooting guns .
That is either dedication or insanity !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And it does not come cheap .

stockholmsyndrome .
Fourays2  [Member]
2/18/2009 3:07:24 PM
Originally Posted By stockholmsyndrome:
Originally Posted By FMJs-of-Freedom:
It is a big and unique and I have gone the past two years. But it is a three hour drive for me and I am not going back again. So no I would NOT come all the way from England. FMJs-of-Freedom


HI FMJs-of-Freedom .

There is a few of us BRITS who will travel 4,500 miles for 9 - 10 hours cramped in a plane just for the fun of seeing and shooting guns .
That is either dedication or insanity !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And it does not come cheap .

stockholmsyndrome .


I'm an ex-pat Brit myself, I've been going to it since the mid 90's and heartily recommend it. i don't believe you'll see such a selection of weapons anywhere, it's like a much bigger version of the gun market scene in Blackhawk down minus a-holes doing mag dumps into the air.
stockholmsyndrome  [Member]
2/18/2009 3:24:16 PM
Originally Posted By Fourays2:
Originally Posted By stockholmsyndrome:
Originally Posted By FMJs-of-Freedom:
It is a big and unique and I have gone the past two years. But it is a three hour drive for me and I am not going back again. So no I would NOT come all the way from England. FMJs-of-Freedom


HI FMJs-of-Freedom .

There is a few of us BRITS who will travel 4,500 miles for 9 - 10 hours cramped in a plane just for the fun of seeing and shooting guns .
That is either dedication or insanity !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And it does not come cheap .

stockholmsyndrome .


I'm an ex-pat Brit myself, I've been going to it since the mid 90's and heartily recommend it. i don't believe you'll see such a selection of weapons anywhere, it's like a much bigger version of the gun market scene in Blackhawk down minus a-holes doing mag dumps into the air.


The only difference is the thumping sound track and the Brit actors doing bad American accents
I know RIDLEY SCOT is English but there must be thousands of American actors who could have taken their place .
But I must say , both Ewans were funny in the film .

FreeBear  [Team Member]
2/18/2009 6:35:39 PM

Maybe a little impromptu shoot is in order for our brothers across the pond?
FMJs-of-Freedom  [Member]
2/19/2009 9:19:40 AM
Originally Posted By stockholmsyndrome:
Originally Posted By FMJs-of-Freedom:
It is a big and unique and I have gone the past two years. But it is a three hour drive for me and I am not going back again. So no I would NOT come all the way from England. FMJs-of-Freedom


HI FMJs-of-Freedom .

There is a few of us BRITS who will travel 4,500 miles for 9 - 10 hours cramped in a plane just for the fun of seeing and shooting guns .
That is either dedication or insanity !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And it does not come cheap .

stockholmsyndrome .


I have been to Europe numerous times and I know what a pain the trip is. FMJs-of-Freedom

stockholmsyndrome  [Member]
2/19/2009 10:25:23 AM
HI FMJs-of-Freedom -
Last year we had a fellow HIGH POWER RIFLE SHOOTER from CHICAGO come over to the Uk for a 10 year wedding aniversary with his wife .
At the time the £ was very strong against the $ and for Americans comming to the UK ,it must have cost them a fortune .
Getting back to the shooting part .
We still have AR15s rifles but they are not semiauto , and this shooter was left handed , but eventualy we got him kitted out with a left handed cocking AR15 .
On the sitting rapid stage of NRA service rifle ,10 rounds sitting at 200 yards in 60 seconds from a standing start , with a magazine change ,
even though telling time and time again that he had to eject the empty case after firering every round, he was still trying to yank on the triger , expecting it to go bang!!!
getting himself into a panic .
But he eventualy got to grips with the UK SPEC AR15`s and shot a very good score , with an unfamiliar rifle in a competition .
And remember the sole purpose of shooting is to have a good time .

stockholmsyndrome
Swamp_Rat_Shooter  [Team Member]
2/19/2009 12:25:56 PM
Originally Posted By stockholmsyndrome:
HI FMJs-of-Freedom -
Last year we had a fellow HIGH POWER RIFLE SHOOTER from CHICAGO come over to the Uk for a 10 year wedding aniversary with his wife .
At the time the £ was very strong against the $ and for Americans comming to the UK ,it must have cost them a fortune .
Getting back to the shooting part .
We still have AR15s rifles but they are not semiauto , and this shooter was left handed , but eventualy we got him kitted out with a left handed cocking AR15 .
On the sitting rapid stage of NRA service rifle ,10 rounds sitting at 200 yards in 60 seconds from a standing start , with a magazine change ,
even though telling time and time again that he had to eject the empty case after firering every round, he was still trying to yank on the triger , expecting it to go bang!!!
getting himself into a panic .
But he eventualy got to grips with the UK SPEC AR15`s and shot a very good score , with an unfamiliar rifle in a competition .
And remember the sole purpose of shooting is to have a good time .

stockholmsyndrome


That sounds like a Side charging AR receiver (like from american spirit arms) would be perfect for a competition like you described.
stockholmsyndrome  [Member]
2/19/2009 12:40:24 PM
HI Swamp_Rat_Shooter -
If you take a look at some of the videos I have taken of the competitions we have shot last year on YOUTUBE .
Just type in "gsw2chest" in the search box for my videos , and scroll down to see the type of cocking handles that most of us have on our AR15 rifles ...
Thanks .
stockholmsyndrome ....
eodinert  [Member]
2/19/2009 7:52:21 PM
Size wise, there may be some bigger shows to see. What's amazing to me about the SAR show, is the variety and quantity of amazing and historic weapons for sale, many in their original, historic configurations. If you network well before you come, there are usually some range trips and other events that happen in association with the SAR show. Two years ago, I watched a privately owned 75mm recoilless rifle shoot a few rounds. Whatever your area of particular interest in the firearms field, there will be one or twenty samples there.

So, If you play your cards right, you can shoot some machine guns, blow up some tannerites, and visit one of the last great icons of freedom in the free world (plus, I can almost guarantee you can wear shorts and a tee shirt to the event).