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Gun Shows – an evolution

I began attending gun shows in the early 70’s.  Why?
As Willie Sutton said when asked why he robbed banks, “That’s where the money is.”
I like reading, I go to bookstores.  I like guns, ergo…
The first gun show I attended was at Gerard High School in East Phoenix.  Sadly, the school no longer exists.
The show was in the gymnasium, I believe.
Here we were, my gunnie friends and I, Open Carrying into a Catholic school.  There were no checks to see if we were unloaded, or if the arms were tied-off with a nylon zip tie to ‘make it safe’.
The unspoken rule was one simply didn’t take the firearm from it’s holster, unless one was trying to sell it and was presenting it to a potential buyer.
These shows were NOT largely swap meets to buy and sell guns.  It was a gun show Hey, look at my collection, look what fine tools I have!  Many had signs stating Not For Sale.
And, I don’t remember any crystal glassware, Beanie Babies or cheap sunglasses.  It was a gun show.
How times have changed.
I’m anticipating going to the Crossroads of the West Gun Show in early December at the Arizona State Fairgrounds.  Because of my various health issues, I’ve not been to any shows in three years.
They will make me clear and tie-off any firearms I take in – so, I usually don’t do that.  It’s just easier.
But, the modern shows are very different from the old ones.  FIVE (or more) large fair display buildings, with a tarp-covered area between them, ALL with gun show stuff!
Sadly, there will probably be some non-gun trinkets for sale.  And, and least one nazi muffin selling nazi muffin crap.
But there will be many FFL dealers and private sellers, and Class III displays!
And maybe one or two actual collections.
I’m excited!

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

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2 thoughts on “Gun Shows – an evolution

  1. Ah, the SAR show. Went there a couple of years ago, visiting some friends. Yup, lots of tsotchkes. Don't remember much Nazi worship, but then I wasn't looking for it. The SAR building attracts some entertaining weirdos, though.

    Posted by Joel | October 29, 2011, 10:40 am
  2. @Joel – I used to go every year, and the almost monthly shows almost monthly.Getting sick didn't help, but, maybe this year!There's always one table with JUST nazi crap. I've no problem with WWII stuff, providing it has all participants, ya know, historic.I always give the nazi clowns a wide berth.

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | October 29, 2011, 12:32 pm

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