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Old 02-13-2018, 11:50 AM
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Default Dixon or Carson City Gun Show?

Hi everyone!

If you can only attend one show, which gun show would be better for militaria collecting? Im looking for helmets, bayonets, knives, swords, field gear, books, photos and other military related items from the 19th thru 20th century.

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Old 02-14-2018, 1:17 PM
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Are you in a rush? Wait a few weeks for the next Reno Big Show, usually a decent amount of tables for militaria and surplus sellers.
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Old 02-14-2018, 2:07 PM
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The Carson city show is kind of on the smaller side.
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Old 02-15-2018, 12:28 PM
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Thanks for the info! I'll check out Dixon this weekend and go over the hill in March.

Went to Dixon Gun Show today, it was one of the smallest Gun Show I ever attended! Small in terms of space and number of vendors but there were enough interesting ones to keep me busy for hours. I'd say quality wise, it wasn't that bad. There were the usual Chinese knock off AR accessory vendors but only a few compared to the larger shows I've been to in SoCal. A couple of knife vendors were there that had a mix of good and meh stuff. But there was one who had a nice selection of quality vintage blades. I ended up with 2 very clean '70s vintage Ka-Bar folders to add to my collection.

As for military surplus gear, there were a few vendors that seemed over priced which annoyed my buddy. He didn't find much to buy since he isn't into collecting but he did get a new zombie ax. For me, there was a couple of booths with some nice militaria collectibles and C&Rs but I wished there were more of them.

For ammo, there was really only one major vendor, Redline. I noticed their logo looks like the one on some of cast bullet boxes I have so I asked if they still sell cast bullets. Turns out the founder of Redline used to sell cast bullets then moved to ammo before selling the company to the current owners. Picked up some more .223 and .454 Casull food. The other ammo vendors were small scale and mostly had vintage stock. One of them had a .45 Colt box dated 1874.

Entry is $10 that good for both days and parking was free.

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