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Discussion in 'Events' started by avvidclif, Nov 17, 2017.
Turkey weekend. 11/25-11/26 9-5 www.dallasarms.com
Afraid I gave up on that show. Driving an hour or more to see a bunch of empty tables and the show maybe half of what it used to be. It's a shame, I always looked forward to going there.
I can't see giving up hunting on a prime day to go this time
I'm gonna be a no show
I wish I could go. I will have to wait till there is one closer to me.
Let me know if you find anything good I'll stop by
The heydays are over. Who here remembers the gun shows in 1995/96 after the Texas CHL laws first passed?
Heck I've been going to gun shows since the 70's and have watched the decline of them pretty steadily since about 2000 or so. Every now and then something like the CHL laws passing or threats of Democratic rule causes a flurry....but it doesn't seem to last long. Obama seems to have the record as far as I can see for ramping up gun shows.
That was also a out the time they had SKS stacked up like cordwood for $79
YEP. I well remember that era. = A group of us from over in NETX traveled in a friend's motorhome for the weekend & I think that all of us brought home at least 2 SKS each.
(I think that T paid 120.oo OTD for the 2 Russian-made/mid-1950s ones that I bought. = The vendor has NUMEROUS cases of SKS at his booth.)
Gunshows started going south back during Bush I.
Many of y'all are probably too young to remember but prior to 1986 getting any kind of ammo, components, many gun parts, etc was mucho verboten thru the mails.
The same legislation that killed full-auto also opened up regular gun stuff to mail order. You pretty much HAD to have an FFL to get anything thru mail order.(There was no InnerWeBz back then). Heck, even empty brass had to go thru an FFL.
The result was many gun bugs had FFL's to further their hobby. These guys did shows to buy/sell/trade to further their collections and participate in the hobby.
After the change the ATF started cracking down on "kitchen table" FFL's. Many of them gave up their FFL's.
This started a sea change of gun show vendors to change from serious gun dorks to people strictly driven by profit. These people are mostly pirates and do not give a damn about doing a mutual beneficial deal. They just want to rape you. Its all about the money now.
I still attend a show now and then. Mainly for entertainment purposes. Haven't bought a gun(or even accessories) in years.