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Posted: 4/12/2002 8:20:33 AM EDT
i'm planning to attend a fairly big show (1200 tables) in the next few weeks. due to my location, its kind of a hassle to get to a decent show, so i usually only go to a few. what i'm wondering about are some of the best buys at gun shows. or if there are certain items that you regularly look for or buy at shows instead of over the net or whatever. mainly, i'm thinking abotu specialty items or obscure stuff that could be useful but might not show up on ebay or that doesnt make sense to buy via mail due to shipping or cost. or if there will be a large selection of certain worthwhile items not found anywhere else that i shoudl check out for reference. i'd like to find somethings to make my trip and entry fee worthwhile. and i know it's kind of a vague question, but i'm that anything along these lines would be recalled. thanks!
Link Posted: 4/12/2002 8:24:49 AM EDT
Link Posted: 4/12/2002 8:27:07 AM EDT
Ammo Mags Uppers More ammo Sling Thing Soft Gun cases First Aide supplies Books More ammo Sgtar15 PS Don't forget to get some ammo!!
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Beanie Babies Beef Jerkey Candy Peanuts Books ([i]non firearms related[/i]) Videos ([i]non firearms related[/i]) Paintings Lamps Shadow Boxes T-Shirts Jewlery Jewlery Cleaner Dresses Rugs Weavings Antiques ([i]non firearms related[/i]) Most of what I just described can be found at either Tulsa and/or Houston... Shall I go on..?
Link Posted: 4/12/2002 8:33:27 AM EDT
I rarely find good deals on much at gun shows. I like to pick up AR parts, bulk cleaning supplies, occasional surplus bit and sometimes a book or two I don't want to bother shipping from Amazon. Ammo used to be okay but really getting it from Ammoman is cheaper in most cases. I really [i]hate[/i] seeing $35 SA battlepacks selling for $60!
Link Posted: 4/12/2002 8:43:54 AM EDT
If your state allows individual gun sales without paper you can usually find at least one good gun deal from someone walking around. Or someone who rented a table to get rid of his stock. For instance, A few months ago I bought an almost new pre-ban TEC-9 for $150 from someone who walked in the door. At the show last week there was a guy selling a pre-ban Norinco AK for $750, a great buy. To me the best deal may be in magazines. Some people will want top dollar but others just want to liquidate their stock. Last week someone had new in wrapper AR mags for $40. Two rows over someone was selling the same mags in the wrappers for $15. You can also get good deals if you buy a lot of mags from someone wanting to get rid of them. I bought 12 Colt 20 round mags for $150 from a guy trying to make a few dollars and recoup his table fees. He was originally asking $20 a piece for them which was a good price. Don't be afraid to suggest a lower price. You will be amazed at how many will take you up on your offer.
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Kettle Corn. (Imbroglio gives it a 2 thumbs up rating!!))[BD]
Link Posted: 4/12/2002 8:55:58 AM EDT
Lap dances.
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Link Posted: 4/12/2002 9:04:50 AM EDT
Don't forget the Hellfire's. [;)] 60 dollars for a battlepack? Sheesh talk about highway robbery. Those shows must suck!
Link Posted: 4/12/2002 9:07:36 AM EDT
1. Beef, Buffalo, Turkey, Alligator, Ostritch Jerkey 2. Hot Sauce 3. Salsa
Link Posted: 4/12/2002 10:46:47 AM EDT
The only thing you're likely to find at a gun show that you can't get for the same price or less over the web is the crowd. I don't even buy guns there anymore because I can find better deals in the Equipment Exchange here and have them shipped to my FFL. Even the jerky/salsa/spicy peanuts are available online. [url]http://www.saucegal.com/[/url] is the people who do the gun shows in my area.
Link Posted: 4/12/2002 10:51:42 AM EDT
Conspiracy videos! Though someone needs to sell anti-deodorant for those patrons. Hell, even outdoor ones I've been to had guys that smell like they just tumbled out of the mountains. WTF did they eat, musk ox jerkey?
Link Posted: 4/12/2002 6:46:17 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Golgo-13: Lap dances.
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I want to go to one of THOSE gun shows [;)]
Link Posted: 4/12/2002 7:26:51 PM EDT
Ammo (heavy) or powder (no hazmat shipping cost). Milsurp bags, web gear, etc. For new guns, you will seldom get better prices; the main advantage is selection and sometimes a closeout sale on a particular model. The bargains are in used guns and accessories from private sellers or collectors. Look closely at those tables and pay attention to odd items that are not consistent with the rest of the items at a table (got a NEW Yugo SKS stock for $10 at a table of cowboy action stuff and a set of WWII 1911 grips for $5 at a shotgun table!).
Link Posted: 4/12/2002 9:47:46 PM EDT
I have found that by far the best deals can be had IF you can find the guy who will only sell you stuff from his car in the parking lot. Lots of "exotics" can usually be purchased at a fair price.
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