Good and bad.
Please, these are my opinions so don't be yelling and pissed at me for saying something y'all disagree with.....but I do follow prices quite closely and stuff I saw was pricey AND in shorter supply.
We drove from Minnesota and would again as I just like the anticipation of a large gun show.
Our favorite was meeting everyone, including a few folks who weren't on any forums, just met and started chatting. Thanks toall for saying hello to us. it ain't the old days and many of the old timers are gone,but new faces moving in makes me smile too.
As always, lots of decent folks, bought a few small items, even a couple fairly good deals (on totally unneeded and unanticipated items), but no "steals".
And didn't find much in the SAR barn that wasn't quite overpriced. Maybe I'm out of touch but a dented Lanchester mag for $150? Guess the good old days are really history.
I got the impression the bargains disappeared Thursday during set-up as with most shows, but we weren't there. Friday the prices were fairly lofty and I got the feeling that Saturday, many dealers doubled down on their asking $$.
I watched one well-known MG dealer tell a customer he was dealing on everything and offer the guy really good prices on some mags, but when I asked about a couple parts I was told that they were at rock bottom already as they were going for twice his asking price on Ebay (right!). As I do, I walked away and bought for less at another table.
While there seemed to be slim pickings in the SAR barn on what I was looking for, there was a lot there that others maybe were seeking. I did enjoy all the older western guns in a couple other buildings. I am always looking for subgun parts to keep my guns running but found very little, and what was there seemed quite overpriced.
So, for the two bayonets and scabbards, the Remington 870 stockset, the six tall-fifty ammocans I grabbed and the American Eagle dollars my wife picked up for stocking stuffers, it would seem apparent that the show was not a good deal for us, but we didn't come with that expectation and really did enjoy the trip and our time at the show as well as the weather!. Headed home now to close to zero degrees and wish we could stay south longer.
So in my humble opinion, the show was worth the time and the drive, but the bargains (and even the "fair" deals) just weren't there.
Was very pleased to see ammo prices way down (as market seems saturated now) but as we left our daughters place in Texas heavy with Christmas gifts, there was room BUY there wasn't capacity left in my tires to hold a couple cases of nine and a case of .45. Such is life!!
Would do it again though an might be there next year too!
Edited by john, 09 December 2019 - 09:44 PM.