Midwest 1st Person Gun Show Reports!!!
Recently, a local gun dude sent some rather interesting copy our way regarding gun shows both local and regional.
For video reviews check out his youtube channel:
Here's his biz site which we're linking back because he was kind enough to send this REALLY INTERESTING review our way . . . CJL Enterprise.
And now . . .
CHECK THIS 1ST PERSON TAKE ON LOCAL GUN SHOWS, THE SELLER'S MARKET AND HOW UPCOMING LEGISLATION MIGHT IMPACT THE GUN SHOW GAME!!!
Local Gun Show Insider's Take
This weekend I was at the RK Gun and Knife Show in Sedala, Mo. The show was in a small building on the Missouri State Fair Grounds. RK has had a show at this location twice a year for many, many years. We arrived on Saturday about 9:30. Show opened at 9:00. Line went around the building. This is the norm at shows from what I have seen. This show was about 300 tables. Smaller show but very well atteneded.
Couple things I have found from attending shows over the past 5 weeks. We do not sell guns or ammo so that market is not ours. I have been paying attention to dealers tables. Handgun sales are very brisk. Because they are affordable. AR sales are being bought by people who always wanted one but never could justify buying one until now. Man talk about bad timing.
We hear alot about overpriced guns and I understand that statement. I traveled shows around the country in 2008 and 2009 at the height of the last buying frenzy when the current admnstration was just coming into power. The average price then for a decent AR was around $1,000.00 to $1,200.00. Of course the exception was if you wanted to piece together a AR with any number of lowers and uppers etc. You know what I am talking about. By building your own it made them affordable and more attractive to the masses. Today you can still find ARs at a show for $1,500.00 or less. You have to look but they are out their.
The point that really bothers me are dealers who are marking up a DPMS sportical to $2,500.00 and then selling the mag that comes with it seperate. The MSRP on this gun is around $700.00. I have seen this a lot.
Some dealers justify this by saying they may not be able to restock that item. My answer to them is this, all the bolt actions, pistols and shotguns you have on your table don"t figure into the bottom line?
Here is my prediction. Fiensteins bill as written does not get by the house. So the bill is amended. ARs are still legal and 30 round mags are a thing of the past. Republicans have to throw them a bone. The dems will get their pound of flesh.
All the dealers and individuals that have been price gouged by thousands of dollars will also remember who did it to them. The smart dealers will of course make a profit and still have customers after this is all over and still be in business.
As a side note and a very important one for new vendors wanting to set up at shows and walk away with buckets of cash. Be careful. The shows are very well attended making them a cash cow for the promotors but not everyone is totaly cleaning up. If you decide to participate at a show as a vendor know not everyone at these shows are spending money. A lot of people are walking around trying to sell the overpriced ARs that they got stuck with during the last scare.