Hi there!

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by tressa_wi, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. tressa_wi

    tressa_wi New Member

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    New to the forum! Any body know what all happens at a gun show? Thinking about getting a birthday gift but I need to make sure it works out!
     
  2. iamthedood

    iamthedood The dude: "This aggression will not stand, man."

    It depends on what state you're going to the gun show in. Here in VA you can purchase (the same day) a gun ( rifle, shotgun, handgun).
     

  3. tressa_wi

    tressa_wi New Member

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    I'm in Wisconsin!
     
  4. iamthedood

    iamthedood The dude: "This aggression will not stand, man."

  5. tressa_wi

    tressa_wi New Member

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    Thanks imalongbeard!
     
  6. iamthedood

    iamthedood The dude: "This aggression will not stand, man."

    ;-) glad 2 help ya
     
  7. triggerhappy

    triggerhappy New Member

    When I first heard of gun shows I thought there were actually shows!!! I was so disappointed to find out there are NO shows of any kind. It's basically a "trade show". It's a place where sellers can sell practically anything. One show I went to a month ago had this man signing autographs. Don't know who he was. I go to gun shows all the time to look at guns and accessories. Another gun show I went to this month had someone demonstrating a vegetable peeler and a balance bracelet. I posted a thread on here about Rebuilt guns they sell so be careful.

    https://www.glockforum.com/forum/f8/beware-rebuilt-glocks-1394/

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  8. Happysniper1

    Happysniper1 New Member

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    Hey, Tressa_WI, Hi and welcome (again!)

    Nevada being overall a gun-friendly state, at our gun shows (and we have the first one of 2012 tomorrow, and they are roughly every 2 months until November), one will first need to find a parking spot (it's harder than you think!) and then buy a ticket to get in.

    Entering the meeting room where the gunshow is being held, you will be checked for firearms. Since I always carry, I declare it. They ask that the chamber be empty, and put a plastic zip-tie to hold the trigger back, visually indicating it is empty. When I get in, I cut the zip tie off, chamber a round, reholster and pull my jacket over it. No problem.

    Inside one will find many many vendors at tables and booths arranged throughout the room (banquet room, meeting room, etc, they are large rooms!).

    You will find the DPMS guys selling their wares, and the TeamGlock guys, and of course MiWall (bulk ammo reseller), and many more.

    Some booths deal only in magazines. Some deal only in 1911 style pistols. Some deal only in rifles. Some only in their own custom-made wood rifle stocks. Some will be offering "no-fog" eyeglass wipes, and native jewelry, and knives of all shapes and sizes, and knife sharpeners, too! There will even be one or two "novelty" booths that sell R/C helicopters and airplanes, stun guns, flashlights (and batteries, and LED bulbs for 'em), and the Girls With Guns booth that sells clothing so marked.

    Some booths will have brand-new handguns for sale, rifles, AR-15 parts and accessories, old World War 2 memorabilia (badges, uniforms, swords, etc), there is even a guy here that always has RPG launchers (rocket-propelled-grenade) but no ammo, there are novelties like demilitarized hand grenades for display purposes, custom hand grips (for 1911 fans), cleaning tools, maintenance tools, firearm repair tools, rilfe scopes and binoculars, red-dot and holographic sights, books on everything from gun maintenance to how to paint your patio. There will be booths selling "tactical" gear (holsters, ballistic armor, belts, range bags) and surplus gear (camo clothes, tents, gas masks, helmets, anything you would expect to find in an Army surplus shop) and practical civilian gear (concealment holsters, handbags with holsters built in) and all available in "ballistic" nylon and leather. And there are always a couple of booths selling antique anything.

    And all over and in between will be these guys walking around with a wire or wood cart and some firearms on them. These are "private" dealers. Nevada law allows a person to conduct a "private" sale of a firearm in his or her collection to any other private person without background check or receipt. Nevada still views firearms as trade and barter goods. So, buying a gun from a private seller (and they are all used guns) does not entail the Brady check and fee, and is not subject to sales tax. I have purchased a few guns (a shotgun and 2 pistols) at various times from these private sellers, but that was because I wanted the gun itself (bought a Mossberg model 200K 12-ga "slide-action" shotgun for $100, turned out to be a collector's item: so old it was before Mossberg started putting serial numbers on them! I have been offered $2,000 for it, but still have not sold it). Caveat Emptor ("buyer beware") when buying from a private seller, you never know what the history of the firearm is or if it is in good working order or not.

    Most of the gun dealers will be local, meaning they are FFL dealers and will do the Brady check on the spot. We have no mandatory waiting period, and so NV resident buyers get to walk out with their gun. Non-NV Residents (except AZ) will have to have the gun shipped to an FFL in their home state, with the background check being done in whatever state.

    Other dealers are out-of-state (CA, OR, and UT mostly), and go thru any of the local dealers for the FFL to allow a local sale. Again, for NV residents that means you walk out of the show with the gun you buy. Beware, though, that if there is a problem with the gun, it needs to go out of state to the dealer who sold it.

    At the Big Reno Gunshow, held in 2 meeting rooms at a local casino, the casino will have bars all throughout the area. JD&Coke for $4.00, not bad, while browsing everything on sale.

    Gun shows are fun, even if only browsing. Of course, I may say I am just browsing but I always find something I wanna buy. Accessories for ARs, a new holster, sights, bullets for reloading, t-shirts, etc. As a Firearms Instructor in my jurisdiction, I often bump into people I know (or who know me), and it is a pleasant place to chat for a while. It's like a gigantic bazaar or flea market, only it is geared towards firearms and everything sold will follow the firearm theme (except the toys and antiques). One time I went, I planned only on buying a carton of pistol primers (5,000 primers) and an AR-15 lower receiver....ended up buying 10 AR-15 receivers and 2 cartons of primers and a bunch of other stuff that set me back over $2,000, but not a single gun purchased.

    Be aware that although it is legal (in Nevada) to buy a firearm as a gift, it is illegal to buy a gun on behalf of someone else (this is called a "straw purchase"). If I am not mistaken, you would need to declare on the Brady background check form if the gun is for your personal use or as a gift. If ai am buying a gun for my wife or my kids, it is still "my" gun, so I ignore that part, because I would in all cases have control over the gun at home.

    The laws may be very different where you live, but overall, gunshows are, as I said, like a gigantic bazaar or flea market. Lotsa fun to browse!

    Hope that helps, and have a good one!
     
  9. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Sponsor Lifetime Supporting Member

    Welcome to the Glock Forum tressa_wi !!
     
  10. Djstudter702

    Djstudter702 Dj Studter

    Welcome to the forum. Hows the weather in WI right now?
     
  11. tressa_wi

    tressa_wi New Member

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    Thank you SHOOTER and Miguel!
     
  12. tressa_wi

    tressa_wi New Member

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    Thank you everyone! Well a far as the weather not bad for Wisconsin it was in the 30's snowed a little but it didn't stick.
     
  13. Kmurray96

    Kmurray96 Well-Known Member Supporter

    Ah! I didn't know they did that. No prob. I'll just remember to carry a nail clipper with me when I go to one.
     
  14. Djstudter702

    Djstudter702 Dj Studter

    @ Teresa_Wi. Thats not bad. Was wondering cuz probly moving there this summer. lol
     
  15. Happysniper1

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    Around here they do. It's a knee-jerk reaction to some idiot coupla years ago who had a ND inside the gun show, he was passing a LOADED handgun from holster to some ignorant idiot who squeezed the trigger. The round went into the display case, the table, and embedded into the floor. Both were charged and convicted of illegal discharge in a congested area, and jerk #1 had his CCW permit suspended for 2 years.

    What an idiot.
     
  16. tressa_wi

    tressa_wi New Member

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    Wow thats crazy!! Well me and the hubby going tueday for gun training and conseal and carry class cant wait super excited!
     
  17. KeenansGarage

    KeenansGarage Hiding in plain sight....

    Welcome to the Glock Forum! Stick around, you will like it here!