Any time I walk out of a place selling firearms or ammunition empty handed I feel regret.
Then again, if I went to a gun show with an allowed budget...I don't think I'd walk out empty handed, I'd have atleast 4 more mags and a case of ammo.
This is a discussion on Am I the only one, again? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Went to a Gun Show this weekend, negotiated a budget of $580 from the wife. Saw a few things I wanted (AK nib for $350, ...
Went to a Gun Show this weekend, negotiated a budget of $580 from the wife. Saw a few things I wanted (AK nib for $350, Keltec PF-9 for $240, custom Ruger 10-22 w/scope for $275, PT-145 Pro for $315, 1000 rnds 9mm for $160) but nothing that jumped out at me as a deal so I left empty-handed. I was generally disappointed because everything seemed to be selling for at least retail cost. I ended up going to Wally World and buying ammo there! Felt good about not buying just because I had the $$$, but today (2days later) I have a sense of regret as if I should have bought something. Is this normal?
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The gun show prices don't seem to be any better than finding on the web or ordering through the local shop BUT, boy, what a fine time to be had walking around looking at table after table of stuff all in one place.
Better than popcorn and a movie for less $$.
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Actually I think you did good.
Some time ago when I was building my collection I felt similar but, did realize over time that on one or two occasions I bought just ''because'' .. I was there and so had to buy another.
I have since tried to be more discerning and as Jon said .... there is always ammo!! Otherwise, keep the cash on hand without it burning a pocket hole and like as not a chance will occur making you glad you have purchase power when needed.
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My last several trips to the gun show, no deals.
I guess the point of having a gun show has been lost, I always thought it was to move inventory, give some deals, and make some sales. It's a wonder why the dealers keep coming back. I don't hardley go anymore.
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If I have to explain it, you wouldn't understand
Most of the time I go it's mainly for ammo or other accessories that I want to see before I buy on-line, or to bird dog an item for somebody else.
The last time I went to a show all I got was a Don Hume IWB for my Colt Mustang, a Yankee Hill bipod adapter and a M14 cleaning kit with chamber brush.
It is a good way to see a wide selection of different things that aren't carried in stores, or to handle 3 or four different guns without haveing to drive to 3 or 4 shops, or to buy mags in bulk at a usually cheaper price than the local shops.
If you have the time to shop around you can usually barter down some prices doing the whole "This guy over there has "B" for "X" amount."
And there's always ammo!
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I gotta get me some of that!
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I gotta give you an "attaboy"..To me you're being selective and was'nt going to buy something just because it was there.
It is quite difficult to have that money burning a hole in your pocket. But you showed restraint. That is better than regretting your purchase. I am ashamed to say that I have made purchases that I regret. You live and learn.
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Dont give me to much credit for self-restraint, I am incredibly cheap. It seems to stop me from spending more often than not!
The big Spokane show... Was there lots of Jerky and beanie babies there? Last time I went there was... LOL
I was really surprised the first time I went to a gun show. I was expecting cheap prices but everything was the same or more than at my local gun store.
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==> Any time I walk out of a place selling firearms or ammunition empty handed I feel regret.
It's especially regretful if you walk out empty-handed after having negotiated and pre-approved a budget with the spousal unit. That doesn't happen too often 'round here. "What do you need another gun for? You've got dozens already!"