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Why are gun shows so fucking awful?

>inflated prices

>Fudds everywhere

>inconsistent beef jerkey quality

Why even bother?
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Live in MD
>go to local gunstore
>see mini 14 tactical for sale
>look at price tag
>$1,350
>leave store
>drive home
>get on laptop
>price online: $700
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Literally every single thing you're going to find in real life except food is going to be cheaper online.

That's why.
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Why cant i ship guns to my house :( freedom land needs more freedom
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>>28592970
I get that brick and mortar stores can't always compete with online stores in terms of price, but that amount of markup is goddamn ridiculous.
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>he doesn't buy his shit online

It's okay, being a retarded luddite isn't the worst thing in the world.
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>>28592956
Because you're contributing to the local economy.

And getting out of the house, you can't watch anime all day.
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>>28592980
there are things people won't post online. I've discovered local manufacturers for parts and accessories and also older, tech-illiterate folks selling their guns in person
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>>28592990

Get into black powder and you can
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>>28592956
You probably just go to shitty shows. The gun show in Cedar Park, TX is fucking great, but their schedule is annoyingly inconsistent. SAXET used to happen near Austin, but people got butthurt about it and now SAXET goes to Dripping Springs, and that show sucks. SAXET in SA is usually pretty good though, that's where I bought my first handgun.
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>>28592990
Join CMP
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>>28593004
Is that a challenge?
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>>28592956
They're meh for me. I go there to buy a few pounds of reloading powder and that's usually it. So many ARs its not even cool
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>>28592956
I usually don't go but I need some nugget food
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>>28592956
Literally the only reason to go to one is to sell a gun you don't want to some unsuspecting sap.

Otherwise, it's just a circus.
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>>28592970
Iktf, still going to silverado this weekend.
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>>28594172
Holy shit, I just did some googling and the CMP actually does ship to your door.
http://thecmp.org/cmp_sales/rifle_sales/
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$8 parking, $11 tickets.

Just to walk around and look at $2,000 Garands and smell jerky farts.

No thanks.
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>>28592956
Mainly this. I've walked out with a benchmade infidel for 120 bucks before from a gunique show. Should of bought a couple amd flipped them.
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>>28592990

Wait you can't? I'm from austria, and if someone sells me a gun he can send it to my house unless he is an official vendor.
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>>28592956

I go to gun shows to get my hands on a huge variety of guns in the same place at the same time. This way I can get a feel for the guns I'm thinking about getting and narrow the choices.

But even that doesn't work all the time. Last gun show I was at didn't have a single steel framed Kahr in the whole building.
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>>28594540
It tends to require to go to a FFL first, and then you can pick it up.
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>muh loopholes
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>>28594563

What is a FFL, if you care to tell?
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>>28592956
You just live in a shitty area. I have a great time at my local gun shows. Fuk jerky. If you go to a gun show and buy beef jerky from those clowns you should get diarrhea.
Its a gun show, not a pogey bait show.
That jerky could be made out of possum assholes and people would eat it.
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>>28594540
It's amazing how many backwoods rednecks around here don't realize that so many Euro countries have pretty lax gun laws, like Switzerland.

>but europeans are socialists
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Big city gun shows are fucking awful, as a rule. (The one outside of Austin was great, though).

Rural and small-town gun shows are great.
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>>28594609
Federal Firearms License
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Firearms_License
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>>28593004

>paying one guy too much for a gun

>non taxable income

>not a business

>probably gonna spend it on booze or rent or money owed

>helping the economy

Just guessing here, but I think you may be full of shit senpai
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>>28594609

In the US, you need to have a federal firearms license in order to sell or ship firearms as a business.

Generally with regards to online sales the firearm has to be shipped to a FFL holder in order to process the background check and fill out the paperwork.
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There's a local radio show host who atlks about how he approves of the idea of expanded background checks and closing the "gunshow loophole"

He talks about how people would get a table and sell guns for under $100
I know he's full of shit
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>>28594646

>I've been to one rural gun show so they all must be good

If you want faggy fudd guns yeah they're awesome

Gun shows were only really ever any good for rare stuff or surplus, it was always a bit overpriced but now it's insanely overpriced.
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>>28592956
The majority of the populous is uneducated concerning firearms and ammunition. When they see "GUN SHOW" it immediately comes to mind as to where they will go gun shopping, thus the gun show business thrives.
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>Why even bother?
Do you have anything better to do?
I go to gun shows to walk around and see if anything rare or severely underpriced is there. Exercise, occasional banter with other collectors, and the odd find like an MG42. Going to a gun show for the lowest price on (specific x gun at show y) is the wrong way to do it.
You do it like women shop for shoes.
As far as fudds, they're everywhere you find guns. Let them do their thing while you look for your thing.
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>>28592970
jesus, mini 14 isnt even that pricy in commiefornia
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>>28594646
>Jacksonville gunshows are awful
>check out palatka gunshow
>just as awful but smaller
>paid the same amount to get into though
fuck this state senpai
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>>28594690
dat mg der is perty
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>>28592956
The off chance that you'll find something neat or for a good deal.

Other than that, the experience of fingerfucking everything the dealer will let you touch.
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>>28593023
Check out the Fort Worth show if you ever get a chance. It's a goddamn masterpiece.
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>>28594549
>I go to gun shows to get my hands on a huge variety of guns in the same place at the same time. This way I can get a feel for the guns I'm thinking about getting and narrow the choices.
Same, but now I just chat people up at the range if they have something I'm interested in. Most people are cool about it and will let you send a few shots downrange too.
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Gun shows are just for looking at/buying guns I don't get too see all the time. Or collector stuff.

Other than that little things like tumbler media are the only stuff worth buying.
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>>28594172
>>28594479
It has nothing to do with the CMP. If you get an your Curio & Relic license (FFL 02) you can get any C&R firearm, like ones 50+ years old, shipped to your door as the FFL.
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>>28594628

In addition to that there are no SBRs in my country, if i wanted i could buy an 16'' AR-15 and cut it down to 3'' and the only one who cared would be my gunsmith.(He'd probably die from laughter)

>>28594652
>>28594673

Thanks, that seems more difficult than how it works in austria.
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>>28592970
My local gunshop has better prices than any online source I could find.
feel pretty good man
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>>28592956
Went to my first gun show last Saturday. It wasn't nearly as bad as you guys made it out to be. The prices are mostly ridiculous though
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>>28594985
You live next door to Buds, don't you?
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>>28592956
Cuz' muh secund amebment gunses. Right to bare arms, not right to know wtf I am doing wif them.
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There is a guy at the one in my town who sales bbq sauce his small business makes. Damn good sauce, get some every time.

Also bought my dad a s&w shield for Christmas at a gunshow for $50 less than other gun shops I've been to.
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>>28594549
This, gun stores near me have so little selection, so gunshows can bring up things I couldn't fondle anywhere else.
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>>28595138
Nope, just live in bum fuck nowhere with a cool local gun shop.
He sells alot of taticool shit but offer mind bogglingly good prices which is a double edged sword when it comes to selling guns to him.

cool guy can shoot the shit for hours while finger fucking the rifles.
also bring your own ammo and you could take guns off the shelf and shoot them in their range.
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>>28595404
got to shoot his FA HK43, and barrett 50cal.
fun times
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>>28594653
You spend money on the gun, they spend money on the booze, booze maker takes money and uses it to make more booze, the cycle continues
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>>28592956
Because they're run/designed for/occupied by Boomers. And when was the last time a Boomer did anything good?
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>>28595873
Dying 30 years ago.
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>>28595817

>they spend money on the hurr durr herpaderp

That helps he economy about as much as the ten cents of water I use when I take a shit

They aren't employing anyone, they aren't generating jobs, taxes are nominal

You're retarded to think that private sales help the economy
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>>28595903
Well ok, BESIDES that.
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>>28595914
>They aren't employing anyone, they aren't generating jobs, taxes are nominal
That IS his job you dumb fuck
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>>28595873
Just think, we get to look forward to gun shows run by millennials.
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>>28592956
You go there, fingerfuck things, if you like it then plan to buy it, and if the price is unrealistic fuck them buy it online. It's their own doing if they don't move product because they're asking for too much. However if someone is giving you good advice and info on the product then appreciate it, its practically theft of labor if you just walk away planning to buy the same thing online for cheaper, IF the price is within reason.
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>>28594653
>covering Rey's face
REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
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>>28596104
Nobody wants to see that whore they had the cuckolded balls to name Rey C. Mixer anyway.
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>>28594628

The UK isn't even as bad as everyone seems to think it is.
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>>28596219
>The UK isn't even as bad as everyone seems to think it is.

Having to get a license to buy a single shot break action shot gun really is as bad as I think it is.

While a few of our laws (922r, sporting purpose requirement, no door to door shipping even with NICS check, Hughes amendment, suppressors and SBRs as NFA items) are pretty pants on head retarded, I can walk down to Wal Mart with a "license" and purchase an AR 15 made by a company in my hometown (or non AR firearms made by another company also in my hometown) and walk out with 2000 rounds of .223 and a semi auto sporter rifle.

And then I can shoot it on my own land so long as it is a legislatively specified distance from a dwelling.
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>>28596376
>with a "license"
Oops, should be "without a 'license'".
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>>28596376
I bet you don't need a license for babykilling bicycle wheels either
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BZZZZZZZZZZZZ TKTKTKTKTKTKTKTK
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>>28596416
>I bet you don't need a license for babykilling bicycle wheels either

My mother was killed by a bicycle wheel you m-monster!
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Thanksgiving weekend I went to a gunshow. A Mossberg .22 that was $99 for Black Friday was $200 at the gun show.

Ammo was also horribly priced, and in what appeared to be beat up 20 year old boxes. Not sure if they were hoarded or reloads, either way I wasn't interested.

There was some slav in a tracksuit selling a painting of a kamikaze attack on a US warship though, that some guy was complementing and wanting to frame it.

I do have to give credit where its due though, I saw no $1000+ ARs like I did the last time.

The only thing I saw that tempted me was some .308 tracers at a dollar a shot. Sold loose. I'm not sure I trust something some Bubba I don't know quite possibly made in his basement.

There is a big sporting show coming up in spring, I'm hoping it will be good.
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I only go to gunshows for cheap 8mm mauser and cheap 9mm.
Speaking of cheap 9mm I found 1000 rounds of tula 9mm in a spam can for about 100 shekels at bass pro shop. Good deal?
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>>28593004
>you can't watch anime all day.
AM I BEING DETAINED!?
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>>28597077
Yes
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>>28597077
>8mm mauser.
Same here, about the only place I can find bulk that isn't overpriced. Not paying over 40$ for a half hour of range time.
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>>28594549
You don't want a moonie gun anyways, trust me.
My Kahr CM9 was the biggest piece of shit.
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>>28594646
Neither rural or big city gunshows are good here.
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>>28597682
Bill Goodmans is coming to Cincy this weekend. I want to go, but I know it will blow. The only thing I have bought at one in the last few years was a knife, and they guy selling it gave me a discount because I'm a vet.
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>>28595404
So he's basically selling used rifles, then. That'll be why they're so cheap.
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>>28596219
> Locking knives banned
> Sued and imprisoned for self-defense with a firearm

lul.

As a British expat, yeah, it's as bad as people think it is.
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>>28597711
Last I went to the Westland one was for entertainment and jerky. I left disappointed on both accounts. Highlight of the last rural one I went to was that I found out my local historical society has a chauchat, looked to be in working order too.
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>>28592956
Varies by location. Southeast PA anon here, the Eagle Arms gun shows in Oaks are fantastic. Huge, sprawling affairs with three of everything. So long as you don't buy until you've been all the way round, you can find a good price on most guns, no shipping and get your background check out of the way up front. Plus, for me, impulse milsurp purchases. I always find something I didn't know I needed.

Just don't go looking for ammo, because prices on ammo are abysmal.

By the same token, the Harrisburg Farm Complex show is just alright, while also being expensive to get into and you have to pay to park. And almost every single other show is a tiny overpriced fudd affair located in a hotel conference room or community center gym, almost universally shit and not even worth the gas, let alone price of admission.

Keep looking, you'll find a good one.
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Just went to one sunday, the only thing I found with a good price was h&K usp 40 for $500. Seen a few hipoints with a $200+ price tag.
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Think I could ditch my Yugo SKS for $300 and Glock 23 for $400 at a gun show?
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>>28597819
I've seen Yugos at gun shows go for fucktarded prices, so $300 it likely not an unreasonable expectation.
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Gun shows are literally the only place I don't get jewd on clips and they always have an assortment

>.303 3 for 5
>7.5 frenchie 5 for 5
>7.62 nugget 20 fo 5
>6.5 spegetti 1 dolla each
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>>28597682
westland used to be good, but as happened with a lot of gun shows post sandy hook it quickly when to shit.
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>>28595996
I honestly can't wait.
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Ya i went to a gunshow Saturday and found a ruger mk 3 (also found a mk 1 but it was 400) for 340 and decided against buying it. Then later went to a gunshop that i heard about while just driving around and flijd the same gun for 250 used. Needless to say i bought it, the shop will most likely get my business again due to their awsome selection, had some good rifles but the hakim and VZ were a little highly priced.
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>>28598252
I cant wait to go plink with it, but i fucked up my right middle finger horribly so i cant be shooting for a while. Such is life.
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It's fun to handle guns that I am most likely not going to encounter for a long while.
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>>28592990

It is perfectly legal to ship a gun to yourself and have people ship a gun to you, people are just faggots about it. I have done both.

What is illegal is buying a gun from a dealer online and having them ship it to a non FFL.
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>>28592956
I was in the market for an M92 PAP, went to gun show, some guy had one for $1,100.
ONE FUCKING THOUSAND AND ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS
I literally laughed my way away from his table and he got all mad faced.
20 minutes later I walk by and see some guy pick it up and say "WOW THATS A GOOD PRICE" and buys it on the spot
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>>28598375
how in the fuck did you do that to your finger? seriously
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>>28597665

what is this moonie meme?

i have now seen it a few times.
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>>28598375
What in the holy fuck did you do?
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>>28599716

I am betting band saw.
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Has anyone had an interesting find at South Florida gun shows? The gun show at the Fair Grounds is usually meh for me.
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>>28599582
Moonies are a Korean pseudo-Christian cult. Guy who owns Kahr arms is the son of the guy who started it. Wiki it.
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>>28595983

still waiting for you to explain how that helps the economy
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>>28592956
Well usually the guns I find at my local gun shows aren't much more expensive than ones online, sometimes I find some that are under prices though that's rare desu.

One of the reasons I prefer them sometimes is that I can actually examine the gun before buying it, if it's a brand new gun then I expect it to be fine so this doesnt apply to that, but for surplus I REALLY prefer to see them before buying them to make sure they aren't shit.
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>>28592956
May occasionally find a good deal, but mostly because you get to see new things and fingerfuck more than just what your LGS has to offer.

Then after you decide what you want to get, find a cheaper price online.
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>>28597682
I hear Cleveland rocks.
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>>28600724
Can't say the same thing about The Drew Carey Show.
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>>28599574
>>28599716
>>28599799
Tractor auger fell and squished it because i had my hand in the wrong place. Like in pic related where it swings back and forth, it fell forward and squished it.
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>>28600822
Heres a pic of what it looked like earlier.
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You can still get deals at gun shows, especially with older guys. Just don't be a dickydoo.
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>>28600851
Brutal and slightly interesting, hope that heals well for you.

>>28600900
Yep, sold my Mosin to an older guy who likes milsurp, had a pretty fun conversation with him. Also bought an SU16 for $400 a few years ago...which I regret selling.

Also SC gun shows have Georgia Arms so if you get there early there's good ammo for cheap.
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>>28592994
its to catch the impulsive retards.

Shit theres a thread right now started by a dipshit who paid $900 for a RAS47
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Just went to the one in Lakeland, absolute shit. Was fun watching the ammo flippers get all pissy when i called them out on their bullshit.
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>>28592956
>not muh jerky
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>>28598375
>not practicing weak hand drills
I'ts like you want to die in a firefight.
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>>28592956
inflated prices.... LOL okay
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>>28592970
>MD
well there's your problem.
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Picked up an awesome P-14 for $500 and a NO. 5 Mk 1 jungle carbine for 300, thats why I still go.
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>>28597819
during obamascare v1.0 I sold a pile of yugo sks's that I got for free in the 90's for $300 a pop. you should have no problems. god speed.
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dunno last time i went i found a mosin carbine for 140 plus 200 rounds of ammo

coulda been a sting though. But yeah prices are shit and they should feel bad
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>>28592956
I just go to buy old firearms that don't work anymore, refinish the piece, and donate them to local museums so they can use them in their displays.
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>>28603849
pics or gtfo
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>>28603854
Maybe later, I'm at work.
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>>28594711
MY JACKSONVILLE BROTHER

They're not always awful, last show I went to either last month or before that had some pretty fucking decent priced AKs, and I bought an AK bayonet for 20 bucks.
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>>28593023
>you just go to shit shows anon
>here are all these guns shows that are awesome
>lists shows that are shit for various reasons
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>>28603741
>on way to gun show
>2004
>decided to sell my Yugo sks
>stop by gander mountain to see how much they'd offer for ball park lowest bid
>gander mountain guy says they don't sell that stuff because they're so cheap and they don't stock surplus
>selling Mosins for $129.99 back when they were $90 at fleet farm
>thanks fags
>sell it at show for $200
I wish I kept it for a few more years for Obama scare 1
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>>28592970
>Iowa fag
>mini 14 Wal-Mart $800
>mini 14 gun shop $900
>mini 14 small FFL-bro $600

Git yur shit together MD
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>>28603913
in the mid-90's if you bought a crate of yugo surplus 7.62x39 for $150 they'd throw in an SKS. found the same deal at a number of gun stores in the south east.
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>>28603942
also the russian sks's were $75 at my lgs.
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>>28600966
I love /k/
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>>28596193
Noone gives a fuck about this Star Wars bullshit anymore, go back to smoking /pol/.
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Why not? You never know what you'll find.

Why wouldn't you want to be surrounded by a huge variety of guns, most of which you can handle freely without some fat hairy gun store clerk sizing you up and wondering if you're wasting his time.
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>>28594437
>silverado
The one in mentor ohio?
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>>28600724
You heard wrong
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>>28605265
One in MD
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>>28600966
Funny you say that, a guy last week was posting about a PTR 91GI without the paddle he bought for a $1K. Seriously, what's with the fucking panic. I get magazines if you live in a shit state getting ready to go over the edge but the fucking idiots who buy $800 wasr is so wrong.
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>>28592956
I mainly go for milsurp, but occasionally I find a good deal on a rifle.
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