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Old November 17th, 2017, 07:55 PM   #1
 
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November 2017 Tulsa Show

It was a very disappointing show. The crowd was very light and sales were very slow. The prices were way to high. It was the first Tulsa show in a long time that I bought very little. I bought a set of Redding 22 K Hornet dies and I found a nice deal on primers for $20 a 1000. That was the grand total of my purchases.

It was hardly worth the 1700 miles of driving.



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Well, that fits with what I see as the general feeling here in Oklahoma right now. We are doing OK individually, but the State is struggling economically. Our State House and Senate are almost non-functional, at best. Our budget is shot and the lawmakers just cannot put their personal partisan feelings aside to make sound decisions. When you put this crap together with the D.C. junk, it just feels pretty punk. I normally buy a firearm or two each year, but I have bought only ammo and a few holsters this year. Just wondering what is going to come out of OKC budget-wise and how it will effect us all. We could use some more pro-gun legislation but the budget is the elephant (maybe mammoth) in the room right now.

Politics really does effect firearm sales, doesn't it?
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It was a very disappointing show. The crowd was very light and sales were very slow. The prices were way to high. It was the first Tulsa show in a long time that I bought very little. I bought a set of Redding 22 K Hornet dies and I found a nice deal on primers for $20 a 1000. That was the grand total of my purchases.

It was hardly worth the 1700 miles of driving.
You are one of the very few IMO, that drive all that way and come home basically empty handed. I believe those Venders that have the high priced guns rely on people with the mind set "I didn't come all this way just to come back with nothing," and will pay their high price. When I see the same sellers on Gunbroker trying to sell their guns at 2-3 times the price of what other sellers are selling the exact same gun for, I just shake my head and move on.
You got a hell of a good deal on those primers tho.
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In all fairness, I would drive the miles anyway. I help two of my friends watch their 6 tables. They don't sell guns. They sell body armor, steel targets, and AR parts. When we get done, I bring the rest of the steel home and sell it here.

You are right about the primers. I just wish he had more than 30,000.

As far as Oklahoma's politics, I would trade you any day of the week, our piece of crap politicians in Colorado for yours. They can't balance a budget here either. Even with all the marijuana dollars. Every argument they have is it is for the children. It makes my head hurt to think about it.

The firearms market is definitely driven by politics. I don't expect the business to pick up until the 2020 elections. I have heard that even the SHOT SHOW will be smaller. I know a lot of manufacturers that will not go back until sales pick back up. Most small outfits can no longer justify $3500 for a 10' by 10' booth. My buddy spent $7000 for a booth at the last show and unfortunately only broke even.
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Sorry to hear the show in Tulsa was a disappointment. We've talked about it here before and it has been on my "someday" list of things to see. Maybe by the time I can break away and go one year things will be different. I hope so.
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You have to see it once if for no other reason to see the Ruger collections.
At the November show on the lower level, there are many, many Rugers and some very interesting collections on display. I can spend hours just looking at the collections. I can't remember the collectors bringing the collections to the April show, but please remember that I am getting old and old age sucks.
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i guess im the odd man out on the last show, i did well and sold the one i took and got what i was wanting. but from what i have seen the deals are with private individuals. but my lgs can usually beat any of the tables. what i use it for is to shoulder and feel when im trying to decide on a cpl different ones.

but its worth the admission just to see so many different items under one place.

btw PARKING SUX

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