More Gun Show Wisdom

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Werepig
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Mar 1, 2008
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I was at the Crossroads Reno Gun Show today. The show was busy all day with 50 to 100 people waiting in line to get in most of the day. I was across the aisle from one of the transfer dealers, that line was long all day. One guy told me he waited in line 3 hours for his transfer. The wait time on the phone to have back ground checks done was 2 hours. One of the bigger dealers told me he sold 140 guns today.

The crowd was not the typical gun show crowd (a bunch of gray haired dudes). There was an unusually high number of young purple and blue haired people, lots of hippie types, a very diverse mix of racial, social, and age groups. Everyone I spoke to was very laid back and asking a lot of questions you would expect from someone who was new to the "gun culture". I found out later there either had been or was going to be a Bernie rally in town, although I didn't see a single Bernie hat or shirt. I did see one guy wearing an SRA (socialist rifle association) shirt.

The most common question asked was when people would look at the FAL's on my table was, "Are those AK47's?"

A lot of them asked about the Remington 37's. They wanted to know if the Redfield International sights were some kind of sniper scope. I would explain they were .22lr target rifles and used in competition.

A lot of people would look at my guns and ask if any of them were Mosin Nagants. Clearly people that read somewhere about Nagants but had never seen one.

A man and his 12 year old son were looking at the .22lr target pistols in my case. The young man asked if he could look at one of the Colt Match Target Woodsman. He picked one that has really glossy bluing. I told him it was so glossy compared to the others because it had been rusted and reblued by a previous owner. It still shoots excellent but the collector value is ruined. His father said, "Did you hear what the man said to you? He is being honest and up front, not trying to deceive you. That's how you treat people." :)

I spoke to a Marine that went through MCRD San Diego in 68. He was wearing a shirt that had DIEN CAI DAU on the front. I told him we all are a little bit or we couldn't make it through life.

Noticeably lacking today was people bringing in guns to sell. It was a buying crowd, but not vintage guns like I have. They were buying new handguns and rifles like crazy.
 

Harleystoo

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Never been to this show. How many tables do they have? Is Nevada a "Universal back-ground check" state?
 

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Werepig
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Mar 1, 2008
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Never been to this show. How many tables do they have? Is Nevada a "Universal back-ground check" state?
Yes the universal back ground check just took effect 1/1/20. This was a smaller show than usual, probably 250-300 tables.
 

Harleystoo

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Yes, that stinks. It passed here in NM last year and has put a major stymie on private sales. We are now about to get the Red Flag law. Thirty of 33 Sheriffs petitioned against both laws, but the Dems passed them anyway. Maybe we should rename the state New Russia.
 

DuneBoer

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2 weeks ago I did a show in Roseburg Oregon. I hadn't done a show in about 5 years. It was put on by the Local Rod and gun club. Saturday was insane from 11AM til 2PM. My wife came and she sold out of all my Oakley goggles for me. I sold 2 high dollar pistols to other dealers. A Python and a Wilson Combat also sold an old pre war Walther. No one even looked at my Walther P88. I did ok but not a lot of volume.

I had an old pre 64 375H&H. An old man (older than me) had a table across from me and he was really jonesing after it but he said had 17 375's and couldn't justify it. He asked how many I had and I told him "just 2" I pointed out the rifle didn't have the original sight and that I couldn't find one for under $350 so I was done with it. He asked if I hunted with it and I told him I had. Shot 3 deer, 2 elk with my late father, coyotes a buffalo and even went on a jackrabbit safari. He told me, "Sounds like a lot of memories ." Couple hours later he came back to my table with a factory sight put it in my hand and said. "$250. Go pay that cranky old fucker with the table against the wall over there. He had a sight." How could I say no?