Austin Saxet Gun Shows, anyone?

Larry Morgan

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Was thinking about checking out the Saxet Gunshow here in Austin this weekend. Anyone been or have opinions about it?

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Saxet gun show

In the past, the saxet gun shows were pretty decent. Now a days, they are full of old men selling crappy personal gun collections, overpriced Academy and Walmart ammo, Old stock primers(at 3x to 5x their value) and gimmicky stuff like airsoft guns and jewelry. You may occasionally find a good deal on something you actually want. IME however, they never seem to have the kind of stuff I like, such as cool single action guns or numerous models and finishes of current guns(i.e. glocks but no two-tones, 1911s but no colts, AR's but no colts or armalites). Maybe things have changed over the last few months but the last show I went to, I had brought some ammo to sell which I ended up selling to a vendor who will undoubtably mark it up and resell it. Who knows, perhaps your experience will be better.
 

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The last time I was there (June) they seem to have an abundance of shitty Tauruses and like you said old men selling their collections... They always seem to have an abundance of walmart and academy ammo that is four times what I paid for it at academy the day before... Last month I was drooling over a Citadel compact that was a pretty good deal... I might in the future look at picking this one up... Maybe not this month but another one... It's okay if you just want to go and handle some nice firearms and just waste a couple of hours... Tends to be overcrowded at times though... Sunday is a good time to go... Less people...
 

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Wife and I have been quite a few times this year. Pretty much what the others have said. I would add to that the prices on most everything except a couple dealer's new guns, are ridiculously high.

Ammo is the most insane, usually being DOUBLE what you pay at Academy, Walmart or even Cabelas. Ammo cans are double what they are about 5 blocks down the street at the Army Surplus Store. Used rifles and shotguns were selling for what new ones were going for at Cabelas (and they're high!)

But, there are 3 or 4 bigger dealers that have some pretty decent pricing on pistols and non EBR long guns. Still, all in all, it's still a fun way to spend $5 and a few hours. YMMV
 

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How are the lines early saturday morning? I need to find a used ruger mII. I dont think I can make this one, have to go to the farm. Last time I went back in March the lines were horrible. So were the prices. I found better prices on new firearms at academy.
 

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In the past, the saxet gun shows were pretty decent. Now a days, they are full of old men selling crappy personal gun collections, overpriced Academy and Walmart ammo, Old stock primers(at 3x to 5x their value) and gimmicky stuff like airsoft guns and jewelry. You may occasionally find a good deal on something you actually want. IME however, they never seem to have the kind of stuff I like, such as cool single action guns or numerous models and finishes of current guns(i.e. glocks but no two-tones, 1911s but no colts, AR's but no colts or armalites). Maybe things have changed over the last few months but the last show I went to, I had brought some ammo to sell which I ended up selling to a vendor who will undoubtably mark it up and resell it. Who knows, perhaps your experience will be better.

When you were selling ammo did you just walk around with a sign saying what you got? I'm thinking of going with some extra ammo I've been stockpiling it and marking it up a little but not nearly what those fucking dealers do... Any trouble with that thought process?
 

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Sounds good to me texas_teacher.

Im waiting for a guy to walk around with a mini 14 or ar-15 that they are trying to get rid of due to over buying.
 

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Last month the lines weren't too long at opening--I waited maybe 3-4 minutes. The place filled up pretty quick, though. I mainly shop the reloading and black rifle stuff, and it was interesting to see what is happening to prices. Some vendors have realized that prices are dropping while others were still sky-high. The result was some huge spreads on prices for similar items, so shop carefully. I picked up an LR-308 at list price, while a vendor in the next aisle was trying to sell the exact gun for $450 more. The large vendor in the front of the building selling reloading stuff was trying to sell powder for 20% higher than stuff Cabelas has in stock.
 

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Sellin' ammo at the show

I'd go for it Texasteach' . Basically I had a mesh backpack w/a sign on it and a nametag style one on my chest that read "ammo for sale" w/cals listed on backpack. The officer at the door would tell you it's ok if you ask him, so don't be shy. I sold Blazer brass 45acp and gold dot 9mm hp bullets for $25 a box, no problem. I easily could have got 30-35 per box/50 on a busy Saturday. It's too bad I always work Saturdays.
 

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Well, I used to go early and wait in line. Heck, for a few months I even got there at 7am and I was the first guy at the door. I did this to buy ammo and just look around a bit before the place got crowded. I won't tell anyone to not attend, it's important that the show keep going especially right now. Ammo is either not available there or too expensive, so I don't show up much. I've gotten some decent deals in the past, but recently it hasn't been that way. Hopefully when the current run on firearms and ammunition slows down some more the show will be full of people who overbought and need to get rid of some of it for a good price.
 
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