View Full Version : Hampton Gun show a Bust

Doc Hoy
January 19, 2013, 08:48 PM
Hampton Gunshow was today and will be on again tomorrow.


Took longer to find a parking place than it did to drive the 25 miles to the show.

Line for tickets was out to the parking lot. I printed my ticket off the internet and I am certain it saved an hour long wait.

There are starting to be more black powder revolvers from Traditions. Prices are running from average (about what one pays through Cabelas) to about fifty percent over the online prices.

Ammunition was almost non-existent. Hi-cap magazines were going like hot cakes. Two of the largest ammo vendors were not even at the show. I figure they did not have anyting to sell. I was looking for .357, .45LC or 45-70. I saw a total of forty rounds of .45 LC at more than a buck a round and that was it. There wasn't even any brass to buy.

The only two things I was interested in was a Heritage Bounty Hunter used at 450.00. (I kept my money in my pocket since I can buy that pistol new on GB.com for under 400.00 any time I want it) and a Officer's model trapdooor. (I put three "o"s in trapdoor since there were three zeros in the price.....$25,000.00...) That trapdoor was sweet.

January 19, 2013, 09:15 PM
Its a whole bunch of craziness right now Doc, and my hats off to ya sir for braving the hordes!

January 19, 2013, 09:20 PM
Those large venders might still be in vagas. I think the sure shot convention is til Monday.

January 19, 2013, 09:34 PM
There was a big gun show in Montgomery today and word I'm gettin' back from friends it that it was a lot of chickens and only a couple of June Bugs. ;)

the Black Spot
January 19, 2013, 10:33 PM
I quit going to gun shows cuz of admission prices are out the roof

4V50 Gary
January 20, 2013, 01:03 AM
Nice to know the enthusiasm is there.

January 20, 2013, 09:52 AM
I quit going to gun shows cuz of admission prices are out the roof

Same with me. I figured out quite a while back that the biggest difference between a gun show and our local gun shops is that the gun shops don't charge admission to get in or make you pay to park.

January 20, 2013, 10:03 AM
My local Gander Mountain practically is a gun show, with 5,000 guns on display. And the parking and admission are free..... it's the prices that are out the roof.:rolleyes:
There's gotta be a happy medium somewhere. I just haven't found that gun shop/show yet. :cool:

January 20, 2013, 10:20 AM
We don't pay to park and admission is 8 bucks. Eating there is about like going to a major league baseball game tho.:eek:

January 20, 2013, 10:42 AM
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January 20, 2013, 11:18 AM
Nice to hear that you were a brave soul Doc and went to the show. I kind of have a feeling that most gun shows right now are about the same. Cripes, you can't even go to a LGS now without running in to a frenzied crowd on a mission to "panic buy". I guess it's human nature to take advantage of situations but some of the outright price gouging that is going on is beyond belief - but - I guess if someone is willing to fork over the $$ we'd all take a second thought on it.

I'm in AZ now for a few months and up in Tucson, one of the "more enlightened" council members is proposing a ban on all gun shows in the Tucson area - he's worried that proper background checks aren't being made. Now let's see . . . . isn't this the same area whee the BATF put together a "sting" (which they didn't want to admit to) of obtaining weapons illegally, smuggling them into Mexico only to have one of them come back across the border to be used to kill a BP Agent about 20 miles from where I am - and that was the Feds . . . . and we all know the Federal Govt. is working on bans to "protect us".

Anyway, glad you found a parking space at the show Doc. Hopefully all of this "frenzy" will end in the near future and things get back to normal. . . if there is such a thing left in this country.

January 20, 2013, 11:35 AM
The only time I attend a gun show is when I have one/more guns to sell - which I've generally been able to, in the first half-hour or so, over the past 35 years, by simply walking them around, slung from my shoulder with a "F/S" flag flying from the muzzle.

Since most shows I attend are out of my state of residence, if a private party's the buyer, I make sure to run the sale through one of the FFL's at the show (BP guns excepted), to keep the Feds off my back. (I've witnessed a sting or three, over the years)


January 20, 2013, 12:21 PM
We don't pay to park and admission is 8 bucks. Eating there is about like going to a major league baseball game tho.

I sometimes go to the local Cabelas during my lunch hour to eat, and they serve way better food than I have ever seen sold at gun shows.

Gun show food=hot dogs and nachos mostly.

January 20, 2013, 01:20 PM
Hot dogs, nachos, pizza, burgers.

January 20, 2013, 01:37 PM
Prices on everything are headed north. Went to gun show last month and paid $12.00 to see table after table of Glocks and various black rifles. There was maybe one or two BP revolvers.

A popular large auction house is selling a REPLICA Paterson, maker and date of birth unknown with an estimated value of $7500 to $15000. Looks like a 3rd Gen Colt.

January 20, 2013, 03:06 PM
Prices on everything are headed north. Went to gun show last month and paid $12.00 to see table after table of Glocks and various black rifles. There was maybe one or two BP revolvers.

There's another reason I stopped going to the gun shows. They had nothing that really interested me.

January 20, 2013, 03:40 PM
Yeah I don't go much anymore, I have in the past found some quality older "stuff" while digging in the sellers totes. But seems alot of the private sellers tables at the shows are a thing of the past, its mostly major gun retailers that ask even higher prices than they do in their store. So my gun shows now are

Doc Hoy
January 20, 2013, 04:54 PM
...That the only thing I really wanted at the show was ammunition.

The fact that the only two viable ammunition dealers did not show up, was my major disappointment.

A guy charging more for a used revolver than the price of a NIB specimen is part of the landscape. Gotta know the prices and values to avoid the scams.

My guess is that the Officer's Trapdoor that was priced at 25,000.00 was probably worth closer to 12,000.00 give or take.

I think that every time I go to a show, I tell myself it is the last one I'll attend. It never works though.

January 20, 2013, 10:01 PM
Out here in California it's a mixed bag. I attend sometimes just to say, "Yes, I own guns in California". Economically it has never been a bargain and BP items are scarce. I'm goin' in March when it comes around, even knowing that the ammo peddlers will be overwhelmed with buyers. That 3rd. Model Dragoon might be there and....

January 21, 2013, 03:04 PM
Gunshows have become a wast ot time and money. Just go to see what you know will not be there. I ran across a used 1858 Remmie made in 1989 by Pietta the guy wanted $179.00 for it. This gun was not in good shape. :mad: People have gone nuts when it comes to buying ammo. Our family stocked up after the last time this happened. Try going online to buy a bag of bullets for reloading shells for your hunting rifle or pistol. Everything has out of stock no back order. :eek: Do you guys think it will get back to normal?

January 21, 2013, 11:33 PM
There haven't been any shortages of round balls....yet.
They're one of the "few" items that the distributor has plenty of in stock! :)

January 21, 2013, 11:38 PM
Do you guys think it will get back to normal?

This may be the new "normal".

January 22, 2013, 02:36 AM
Blame it on "Climate Change". :rolleyes:

January 24, 2013, 02:23 PM
I go to one or two a year these days because, like somebody else said, there's not much that interests me at them anymore. It also got to the point that I was seeing the same old guys with the same old guns, show after show, because their prices were too high and they didn't care to deal. I've got no problem with that - it's a free market.

Lately, of course, it's all hi-cap magazines and plastic guns, which isn't my thing. And I'm not antisocial or anything, but I'm not a sardine, either!:D

January 25, 2013, 02:47 PM
In a nutshell, Glocks, black rifles, jerky, paint ball crap, and dream catchers! No ammo, no BP, no fun!

Rebel Dave
January 25, 2013, 04:00 PM
Theirs so little BP stuff at shows here its not worth going. Stuff is more expensive than new stuff in stores. The white House dosn't have to kill gun shows, the showes will kill them selves. I have a few .22 rifles and revolvers that I like to shoot also, but try finding ammo in .22 RF, you can't. I'm glad I have a HUGE pile right now.

Rebel Dave

Doc Hoy
January 27, 2013, 07:05 AM
.....Was a little better.

It snowed about two to three inches and in SE VA that keeps a lot of folks indoors.

So the line to get into the show was only about 150 people.

NRA was there offering annual memberships or renewals for 25.00 plus a free ticket to the show.

I got there when the show opened and they still had some of the things I felt like I needed.

Got the last bag of .45 Long Colt brass. It was at online prices but I saved shipping.

Also bought some .357 reloads at 16.00 per fifty.

Bought some bullet boxes and some bore brushes.

Several tables were set up but empty implying to me that the snow caused problems for vendors as it did for shooters.

One of the two primary ammo dealers was there (Thats were I spent my allowance.)

I will continue to attend all the shows that are close to me. But I have learned not to expect much. I'll be glad when the anti-gun legislative process has ended and people get calmed down.

January 29, 2013, 05:13 AM
new guy here... i live in hampton and i couldnt even get a parking place. just turned around and went to the range.

Doc Hoy
January 29, 2013, 07:06 AM
One of my students, last night told me that when he went to the show, there was a fire marshall at the door who was turning folks away because the occupancy of the building would not support the attendance.

I drive from Chesapeake and spent almost as much time in the parking lot waiting for a space as I did driving to the show.

I can't gripe because I made the decision to go, knowing full well that attendaance would be high and the it was not likely that I would see anything I wanted.

The show at Scope was better.

I'll be going to VA Beach on 16/17. Hoping for the best.