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Do you enjoy shopping at Gun Shows?

Yes, they are great.
49 %49 %49 %
49.40% (1036)

Only sometimes.
32 %32 %32 %
32.38% (679)

No, they are annoying.
15 %15 %15 %
15.83% (332)

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2.38% (50)
Comment made by Paul on 2015-11-17 14:48:01
I used to because you could find some really good deals on C&R guns, but now it's 99% gougers looking to rip off people not to mention they are very rude. I haven't been to a gun show in probably 5 years.

Comment made by Paul on 2015-11-17 15:52:38
Gregg is right about the gougers, but I still enjoy a good gun show. I like talking shop, selling/trading my own C&R, and every now and then there is a good deal on a sweet gun. Plus I get to walk through a room with a lot of guns, which I assume we all enjoy.

Comment made by DAVID on 2015-11-17 19:44:04
They just don't have he deals they once had.

Comment made by Scott on 2015-11-18 04:33:08
I like to go to look but seldom buy from dealers there as prices are too high and they will not deal.

Comment made by on 2015-11-18 19:03:17
I have been to gun shows in 5 different states throughout my service time (all west of the Mississippi). I can't think of a better way to start a weekend. Yeah sure, there are gougers out there but they have represented less than 5% of the shows I have ever attended. In my experience,Gun stores have a much higher likelihood of gougers (like 20% or more. I think gun shows keep dealers more realistic with their expectations (customers too). My biggest bother is to pay for the entry fee AND parking.. I hate that, but no, it doesn't stop me from going. I cannot imagine another function where you can check so much inventory and so many options for just exactly what suits you. Several times I have passed on what interested me because the price seemed unreasonable. I have found MUCH better deals at a gun show than any gun store I have ever been to. I have passed a gun back for a flaw and asked for another, just to have the dealer (especially ones I have done business with before) hand me another one they had, all the while maintaining a cheerful demeanor. Healthy competition keeps everyone's expectations more reasonable. Also, where else can you go to chat about what interests you with a crowd of like minded fellows. Where else will you find more options of used stuff to choose from? How about the fellows carrying their personal firearms with description tags through the gun show? I love that stuff. How about all of your reloading needs? I can't think of a better way to "one stop shop" than a gun show. My favorite gun show serves beer at the food court. No, I'm afraid I am truly addicted to them and won't stop while I am still physically able to go, but that is the way it is with all chronically addictive conditions.

Comment made by Spiro on 2015-11-19 06:59:54
If you buy and have a bad purchase. Then go back the next time the dealer may not be there to help you. Not like dealing with J&G who will do all they can to help you.

Comment made by Bruce on 2015-11-22 10:49:59
Sorry, I spend $8 to get in and it's usually dealers dumping stuff they cannot sell from the store, I feel like a sucker looking at most prices. I'm an FFL, but haven't seen a good deal (other than ammo because there's no shipping charge) in years.

Comment made by Keith on 2015-11-24 16:20:08
Yes! And in this Gun Hating city Phila. They claim all kinds of you can buy with no nothing & there just the same as going to a regular dealer. "Only Bigger". But they love crying that same old crappy Song to scare the folks into more new gun laws.

Comment made by KERRY on 2015-11-25 23:43:00
Gun Shows are for people who don't knoe how to use the internet And if I get a craving for beef jerky ill to wal mart

Comment made by Travis on 2015-11-27 15:44:24
Only attend the Wanemacher Show twice a year. No coin or candle dealers at the Wanemacher, just firearm and firearm related goods. It is always a 'busy' show but well worth it for deals offered there seldom offered at other gun shows I have attended the past five + years.

Comment made by James on 2015-11-28 03:05:43
Sometimes, it's getting to become a rip off what they charge to get in and also the pricing is sometimes ridiculous.

Comment made by Herman on 2015-11-28 04:04:17
Only attend the Wanemacher Show in the spring. No flea market crap at the Wanemacher, just firearm and firearm related goods under one 11 acre roof. It is always busy. Well worth it for deals offered their, seldom offered at other gun shows I attend. Next April will be my 42nd year. Typically the shows locally, Northern Colorado don't amount to much. Do not attend.

Comment made by Kennith on 2015-11-28 19:31:46
guns shows are too full of high priced items and rude vendors that think their stuff is gold. not like the good old days when you went to gun shows to find good deals and hard to find stuff. gun shows are antiquated now days with the internet.

Comment made by dennis on 2015-11-29 14:35:53
They used to be great, especially the show at the L.A. fairgrounds in Pomona Ca., five miles of tables. It was twice a year and was always an all day event. You could always find great deals there because of the competition. The shows now days are a rip off just to get in the door. The Crossroads show in Phoenix is $8 for parking $17 for admission and a bad hot dog and Coke are $12-$15. There's no deals anymore as the dealers and charging full Murphy and are trying to get their table fees back plus there is less competition. You can get better deals at your local gun store especially J&G. You mention J&G to a dealer at the show and they cringe because they know they can't match their prices or value. Another rant about most gun shows are the people with baby carriages and the crowds of people in narrow isles with no way to get around to see the tables.

Comment made by David on 2015-12-02 08:33:26
I used to go when the parking was free and the admission 5 bucks. Now its 8 to park and 12 to get in. All to see the same stuff I can get online for better prices. Ammo is never cheaper than Wally World and the firearms are now practically list price. It's just a shame nowadays that's what it is.

Comment made by Kevin on 2015-12-02 20:27:24
Only if I can make it to the Saturday shows, all the good deals go pretty quickly

Comment made by Paul on 2015-12-03 14:01:25
Well the question was enjoying shopping at these. Sure they are not what they used to be and it is seldom you can find a good deal, but the ladies window shop all the time but don't buy, I guess the guys can also!

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