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    Greg and Beth

    the political and personal musings of two
    mountaineers living in west-central Florida
     
    Gun Show Blues Comment
    Gregory Morris, 3/1/09 12:36:04 pm
    Dear Lord. What a mess.

    I got there early, before the gates opened, and I waited in line at least 45 minutes to get inside. Once I was inside, I could barely move. The bulk ammo booths were non-stop. People were knocking each other over to get a crate or two of their favorite caliber. By mid-morning, popular booths like Georgia Arms were running low on popular calibers.

    The run on black rifles is still the big story. There were plenty to be had, at inflated prices. I spent about 3 hours wandering the floor, and the cheapest EBR I found was a barebones DPMS for $900. There was a total of ONE lower-receiver parts kit for sale... for the lofty sum of $99. There were plenty of stripped lowers for anywhere from $179 to $350. I found a single basic 16" DPMS Carbine upper for $675, some pimped out specialty uppers for a lot more, and Florida Survivalist even had an AR57 upper.

    But alas, nothing for me. I nearly bought the DPMS upper, but the seller only accepted cash, and I was a little short.

    I did pick up a new folding knife for Beth, and of course, the most important gun show purchases: beef jerky and ammo.

    The beef jerky has to all be consumed immediately though, because Monday is the first day of Lent (according to the eastern Paschal calendar.) The ammo (.223) won't be consumed until I can find myself a !@#$*&@ upper that doesn't require me to get a second mortgage.

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    Re: Gun Show Blues
    BugSpray, 3/1/09 7:49:08 pm
    Two years ago you could have walked right in if you didn't have a firearm to be checked. My brother called me to say the building was shut down because maximum occupancy was reached and the lines at the ammo booths were 40-50 people long. I went to the boat show instead. Bigger building, much smaller crowd. Nice show but I couldn't find a tactical holster for my Shimano reel and collapsible rod.
    Re: Gun Show Blues
    Gregory Morris, 3/1/09 8:36:27 pm
    6 Months ago you could walk right into the show.

    It doesn't surprise me that they reached max legal capacity. It was just nuts. The boat show might have been a better idea, but they don't sell beef jerky there :)
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