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Old 07-13-2010, 6:57 AM
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This is my first gun show as a buyer. Not sure what I am looking for grips, ammo and maybe a hand gun. What should I beware of, what should I avoid. Any tips? Newbe on board!! LOL

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Old 07-13-2010, 7:27 AM
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a good tip would be maybe having a phone that has internet access. ask the pricing on the gun there, and compare to maybe gun broker, or buds gun shop. I would do my homework on ammo prices, maybe write them down and keep them with you. add shipping rated too.

for example:
1,000 rounds of PMC ball 45acp ball ammo goes for: $400 at the gun show = $400
1,000 rounds of PMC ball 45acp ball ammo goes for: $400 online + tax + shipping = more
just write down the pricing of Winchester, UMC, reminghton, wolf, PMC, and the other top companies. once you get there just look and compare. and dont wast your money on cool gadgets either! I did that a while back and I never use the stuff. I mean I got a $30 6MP camera that is smaller then a car alarm, but never use it! its cool to have but.....I dont have to have it.
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I'd do some homework online for any items you might buy at the gunshow, so that you know the pricing for the things you want before you go to the gunshow. On handguns, for example, a private party transfer using Calguns listings could be more attractive than buying from a dealer at the gunshow.

I personally think the Del Mar Gunshow has gone downhill over the last 15 years or so. It has transitioned from being about 90% gun related to 40% gun related as vendors of other items have increased their presence. And the various CA gun laws have put a crimp in the ease of commerce in many items. For example, I can remember in the 1990s when tables were piled high with magazines of 10 plus capacity, and dealers could sell used guns without consulting a DOJ list.
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Old 07-13-2010, 9:57 AM
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Yeah, do your homework before you go. I agree with Miltiades, the del mar show used to be great..two buildings with good deals and vendors there giving stuff away, i got my first taste of Flitz from a vendor giving away samples......plus all the jerky guys handing out tastes........lot of folks get there real early to get in line so they can hit the ammo guys.........line can get pretty big. Usually 2 lines.........one for tickets and one to get in.........you can buy your ticket on line at crossroads of the west............me, i would buy the pistol locally at a dealer, then go to the gun show and get your ammo, grips, maybe even a holster.......of course a beer and a bratworst.

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Old 07-13-2010, 10:21 AM
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Take cash with you. If you use a credit card to buy ammo or other things, you may have to pay a processing fee (1% - 3%) plus sales tax. If you have cash, sometimes you can negociate an OTD price that "includes sales tax" when the pricing seems like it doesn't.
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Is parking free? I might go with some friends, but not sure if I'm carpooling or not.
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nope not free
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Take your wife....She'll have more to buy than you do.
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Went once (about 6 months ago), $10 to park and $10 to get in.

There a good bit of black rifles, crowded ammo booths (esp for reloading supplies), your usual conspiracy-theory t-shirt/bumper sticker booths, overpriced beer & brats (that my buddy got sick an hour later on) and a LOT of junk, I mean "antiques" tables that wouldn't be out of place at Kobey's Swapmeet...I did get a couple of ammo cans cheap, but that was about it...
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Old 07-13-2010, 1:46 PM
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Gun shows are not what they once were, have a good time looking around and maybe you'll end up with a RC helicopter, guns, ammo, etc. are generally overpriced...don't do business with someone that won't budge on prices unless you have to have it.
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Take your wife....She'll have more to buy than you do.


cuckoo clocks, old magazines, jewelry, watches, beef jerky, clothing.
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Avoid the whole show, unless you are into jerky, toys, and crystal.
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I've only been there once...a couple months back.

Went late Sunday (like 1pm), avoided lines/crowds. Lotta junk (as mentioned). Some cool stuff. Some good prices.

Worthwhile? Mmmmmmmm, well if you like to look at stuff in person, maybe. It was a short drive so no big deal for us.

Will we go again? Mmmmmm uhh prolly not this time. Would rather be out shooting or riding or somethin'

The first-timer might enjoy it, not having "the good ol' days" to compare to.

There WAS a good selection of various magazines, at good prices compared to internet when we went.
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Del Mar gun show is a scam. They hit you for entrance, and hit you for parking. By the time you set foot in past the gate, you will be out at least $18. When you set foot in the show, you will discover: beanie babies, silverware, dishware, clothing, Nazi accessories, and maybe 3-4 long guns.
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DON'T buy a handgun at the gun show unless you already know you shoot well with that particular style of gun.

Hit Iron Sights first, up in Oceanside, and RENT some guns first. There's no point buying a gun that doesn't work well for your hand. And I mean SHOOT it, don't just hold some at the counter to see how they fit your hand. How it shoots and how it feels are two different things.

For instance, I know I work well with my Sig 229. I'd pick up a 226 without trying one, as the grip geometry's pretty much the same. I know the Ruger semis and stock Glocks are worthless for me to mess with; they just don't work that well in my hand. I've handled some heavily modded competition glocks that don't suck, but the stock grip configuration just doesn't work for me.
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The best thing would be bulk ammo, and you can pay cash. You can also get some spare magazines and various gun parts depending on your gun. So, not too bad. Lot's of other stuff like everyone says.
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[QUOTE=grammaton76;4610772]DON'T buy a handgun at the gun show unless you already know you shoot well with that particular style of gun.

Hit Iron Sights first, up in Oceanside, and RENT some guns first. QUOTE]

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I think they have the best prices on glocks too
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Iron Sights has become very competitive on prices lately- somewhat unusual for the range/gun shop stores to have the best prices.

While I have met a couple of guys at the show who do transfers cheaper than stores and have their cards, the primary reason I hit up the show is for reloading supplies I can't get from the shotgun club guys who sell out of their trucks.

Lastly, this forum is probably THE best resource for in state used firearms. I've bought and sold a few here with great transaction experiences.
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Old 07-13-2010, 5:19 PM
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Del Mar gun show is a scam. They hit you for entrance, and hit you for parking. By the time you set foot in past the gate, you will be out at least $18. When you set foot in the show, you will discover: beanie babies, silverware, dishware, clothing, Nazi accessories, and maybe 3-4 long guns.
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The LAX booth always has good prices on ammo new/reload.
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I saw an ad in the SD Union-Trib last weekend for a gun show in Temecula at the Pechanga Casino on Aug. 7-8. Hosted by Elite Firearms. Anyone have any info on this group, previous shows, etc.?

http://www.elitefirearmsunltd.com/501.html

The Del Mar show has gone downhill in many respects. If someone actually gave them some competition, Crossroads might get off its voluminous backside to start promoting a gun show worth something.
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Is parking free? I might go with some friends, but not sure if I'm carpooling or not.
the backside of the fairgrounds parking lot you can park for free... its just a nice little walk. bring a cart or something if you're buying ammo... if you're coming off the 55s then make a right on fair dr after you get off the freeway and i think its the 2nd driveway there is free parking
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Guns and ammo are cheaper elsewhere IMO.

Haven't bothered for a while but will go this time to stock up on bulk targets (one of the few things that "CAN" be a good deal.

It may also be worth your while to check out the scores of trampy but hot girlfriends wearing next to nothing. If they didn't charge for parking and entrance I would go every time just for that. Uh, unless my wife reads this. In that case, I'm just kidding, and there are nothing but fat old white guys with beards.
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My local gun shop LOVES when the Del mar Gun Show comes to town.....their store gets packed with all the people who were disappointed with the $'s and selections (or lack of selections) at the "gun show"

But....If you like jerky and standing in looong lines, that's the place to go!
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Take your wife....She'll have more to buy than you do.
+1000 i ended up getting to spend like 200 bucks on stuff my girl wanted last time... i got a flag and a cleaning mat. yay.
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This is my first gun show as a buyer. Not sure what I am looking for grips, ammo and maybe a hand gun. What should I beware of, what should I avoid. Any tips? Newbe on board!! LOL

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Are they selling powder and primers at the del mar gun show this time?
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Is parking free?
If you're willing to walk a little, then there's parking in the surrounding neighborhoods. Of course with this sunny weather, you'll likely be competing with beachgoers for such parking.
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Huh? He's asking about the Del Mar Gunshow...not the Costa Mesa Gunshow...


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the backside of the fairgrounds parking lot you can park for free... its just a nice little walk. bring a cart or something if you're buying ammo... if you're coming off the 55s then make a right on fair dr after you get off the freeway and i think its the 2nd driveway there is free parking
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You just described the Costa Mesa show to a "T" hahahahaa...God I miss the Pomona Show...The Costa Mesa has (last I heard) about 500 tables....the old Big Pomona Show used to have 5000!


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Went once (about 6 months ago), $10 to park and $10 to get in.

There a good bit of black rifles, crowded ammo booths (esp for reloading supplies), your usual conspiracy-theory t-shirt/bumper sticker booths, overpriced beer & brats (that my buddy got sick an hour later on) and a LOT of junk, I mean "antiques" tables that wouldn't be out of place at Kobey's Swapmeet...I did get a couple of ammo cans cheap, but that was about it...
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If you don't get the mailer, print the discount card to save a buck. If you are not part of the NRA, they usually have a booth outside that may give you a free ticket to the show for joining. Otherwise, I ditto everyone else as to check prices e.g. Calguns marketplace, Parallax, cgm, so cal gun, online for ammo etc. write them down so you will know and bring a calculator. When I used to go religiously to get my fix in, I almost felt like I had to buy something to offset the entrance/parking fee. My vote is to hit up miwall first with cash, then a bratwurst.
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Dont forget all the tables of the sweet survival fire starter things, and how during the demo, the seller can never light up the dried rope he tries to set on fire for the crowd. And everyone walks away disapointed.

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can i have someone's entrance receipt... i want to get a membership @ a range that gives a discount for having attended a gun show... anyone who's in la or oc would be great!! thanks, pm me if you will have one i can have
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The best thing would be bulk ammo, and you can pay cash. You can also get some spare magazines and various gun parts depending on your gun. So, not too bad. Lot's of other stuff like everyone says.
Just got back. I'm disappointed. The only 7.62x39 was PMC or Wolf. No Bear anywhere. Most of the gun parts were AR. .45's were cheaper at Walmart. .22's were about the same price. Lots of 223. A lot of the bulk being sold was actually reloads. Cleaning kits are the same price as Discount Gun. Walmart's are cheaper. It was just, dismal. No reason to go there anymore unless someone needs AR parts or 223's.
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