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Posted: 1/24/2021 8:44:28 AM EST
I live near Fort Walton Beach in the Panhandle.  Our local shows are getting pretty awful - the same 2 - 3 gun stores at each show, with more and more beanie baby/junk knives/assclown with taser tables popping up.  Not that many guns other than those aforementioned gun stores (which I can visit without having to pay a cover charge).  So...what do you think?  Where's the best show and why?
Link Posted: 1/24/2021 10:16:07 AM EST
Tagged for an answer.  My experience is the larger gun shows are the same as ours (FWB), just more gun stores selling the same thing.  And more of the junk/taser/book/sign/flag tables.
Link Posted: 1/24/2021 11:34:21 AM EST
Other than joining a buddy on his semi-annual bullet pickup (gas and admission are less than shipping costs on thousands of bullets) I'd rather spend the gas, parking, admissions, etc. money on a tour of as many gunshops and pawn shops that do guns as possible within an hour or hour and a half drive.  With you having less than that to cross state lines that does crimp it somewhat, but between you and Jax there are a LOT of shops.  Additionally I think at least one of the Jax shows is still fairly good but it has been a while since I've seen a report from over thataway.
Link Posted: 1/26/2021 2:03:09 PM EST
Tag for info.

I'm in Fort Lauderdale. Not many big shows lately.

Just the Shoot Straight one and that's becoming more junk than guns...
Link Posted: 1/27/2021 7:44:33 AM EST
Link Posted: 1/29/2021 7:46:13 PM EST
Honest to god, Plant City's. By Tomlin Middle School/Plant City Strawberry Festival/Boring Civic Center.

Reminded me of the 90's.
Link Posted: 2/1/2021 4:27:33 PM EST
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Originally Posted By N1Rampage:
Honest to god, Plant City's. By Tomlin Middle School/Plant City Strawberry Festival/Boring Civic Center.

Reminded me of the 90's.
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I've heard their show is still pretty good but I'm 1.5 hrs away so never been.
Link Posted: 2/1/2021 5:26:58 PM EST
How come we have not held a HTF Show? One year North, then Central then South. Or just Central, meet in Orlando or wherever.
Link Posted: 2/2/2021 4:19:02 PM EST
The one put on once a year by the Lakeland Rifle and Pistol club used to be pretty good.  Haven't been this past year to know for sure.
Link Posted: 2/2/2021 6:44:20 PM EST
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Originally Posted By tcfla:
The one put on once a year by the Lakeland Rifle and Pistol club used to be pretty good.  Haven't been this past year to know for sure.
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I use to go to that show in the mid 70’s to mid 80’s . One heck of a show back then .
Link Posted: 2/6/2021 1:51:40 PM EST
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Originally Posted By apcapt:
How come we have not held a HTF Show? One year North, then Central then South. Or just Central, meet in Orlando or wherever.
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I'm down for that....
Link Posted: 2/6/2021 1:54:07 PM EST
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Originally Posted By tcfla:
The one put on once a year by the Lakeland Rifle and Pistol club used to be pretty good.  Haven't been this past year to know for sure.
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They used to have it twice a year, great buyers show, lots good deals of private sales... back in the early 2000's by far the best show in Florida, I used to go to everyone from homestead to Pensacola.....
Link Posted: 2/6/2021 5:42:13 PM EST
Anyone go to Melbourne today?
Link Posted: 2/7/2021 10:28:46 PM EST
Link Posted: 2/7/2021 10:56:34 PM EST
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Originally Posted By apcapt:
How come we have not held a HTF Show? One year North, then Central then South. Or just Central, meet in Orlando or wherever.
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I'd look forward to something like that.
Just moved to Ft.Lauderdale a year ago and I'd very much like to meet some local arfcommers.
Link Posted: 2/8/2021 12:47:44 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Miami_JBT:
That'd be fun.
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@Miami_JBT Since you are a Mod, any chance that you could organize something? maybe open a post for ideas, like a Arfcom gun show, an Arfcon meet, like in the keys, or at Disney, or an Arfcon regata during summer time, or a fishing tournament....
That would be a great chance for everyone in the forum to meet each other...
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