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    Hey everyone. Who's going to the Gun Show at the Denver Merchandise Mart? Today (Sat.) and Tomorrow only. 8 bucks to get in. http://www.tannergunshow.com/showinfo.html

    Anyone expecting to find any crazy deals this time around? I'm going to be looking into something cheap in price to add to my collection. Around $200 tops. I decided against bringing in any of my firearms- I'm not into waiting in lines while everyone fiddles with their piece.

    Anyone from our board actually operate a booth at the Gun Show? Now that would be great to know (Keep business in the family).

    Hope to get some responses by noon. Have a good day everyone.

    *Will be praying for our safety and seriously contemplating buying a bullet proof vest first thing.

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    After reading many many stories about the Tanner Gun Show on the internet... From AR15 Forums to LEO Forums to concealed carry forums.. As of lately- everybody says these gun shows are way over crowded and over priced.. "Best thing about it is the jerky" Ugh; I think I'll just visit Green Mnt Guns and hit up some shops along Colfax.

    Not to sure I'll be attending.. I should have known.

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    I've been to 1 Tanner show. Don't need to ever go back. It's like Wally World meets the flea market.

    The gun shows out here seem to pretty much blow. The gun shows I've attended in other areas actually seem to have guns/ammo/reloading gear. The dealers at the Tanner show all seem to have the same display/prices.

    To me, the 8 bucks is a waste.

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    Another upside to buying from a local shop is that you can put something on layaway if you don't have all the cash right now... Pretty sure that wouldn't fly at the gun show.

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    I'm headed out in a few minutes, in fact. True, it's been rather lame of late (the dealers haven't seemed to catch on to the fact that the Obama scare a while ago is over, and have not adjusted their prices), but there are a few deals to be had on occasion. And if nothing else, it gets me out of the house and I get to look at guns. That's a good day in my book.

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    FogRider wrote:
    I'm headed out in a few minutes, in fact. True, it's been rather lame of late (the dealers haven't seemed to catch on to the fact that the Obama scare a while ago is over, and have not adjusted their prices), but there are a few deals to be had on occasion. And if nothing else, it gets me out of the house and I get to look at guns. That's a good day in my book.
    this is how i feel about the tanner show too. i go about oncea year just to spend a day gawking, talking and walking. last time i went (october i think) i did see a few good deals on ammo and other stuff. and i bartered the price down on a few things, enough to walk away from the show having recouped my $7 admission as well as being a few bucks ahead on the deals i made.

    i bought 150 rounds of 9mm, including 50 147 gr. +p (which i had been looking for elsewhere and couldnt find) for $30. i could have bought more ammo at good prices if i had the money.

    i got a fobus paddle holster for my c9 for $20. i got some dirt cheap ear protection. i got a hard locking case for securing my pistol in my car for like $12 i think. i almost bought a jennings .380 pocket pistol for $75, but i talked myself out of it. i got a few other little things i had been wanting as well.

    and i got some awesome brauts from the braut guy.



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    I need an real life opinion- Is your C9 concealable? I want to pick up the C9 while my Taurus 745 is in the shop. Need to be able to conceal it probably in the small of the back in an IWB but anything may work. Please let me know and even take pictures if you can? Thanks

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    It should be called the Tanner Knife Show. Not that I have anything against knives. I was hoping to find some 1911 parts but only found one place that had more than a few things. I did see a few more grip venders this time.

    My wife liked the Bead Show.

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    I have found the show lacking lately. Same stuff, different tables.

    Prices suck. Walley World beats any vendor there.

    You get your exceptions. Few and far between.

    I still can find good deals on some knives, some accessories, but mostly not any more.

    I went to 3 different Walmarts this Sunday and picked up 1,000 rounds of 9MM for 9.47 per box. Winchester and Federal 50 round White boxes. FMJ 115grain and 124grain. Most were 115grain.

    2 boxes first store, 3 boxes 2nd store and last store, no limit and all I could afford was another 15 boxes. They still had at least another 20 boxes or so.

    Can't get that kind of deal at the show anymore. Even the gas used was less than the show entrance fee. Straight shot to all three stores via I225 and I70.

    The first store was strange cause some sheriff from Montana was down visiting and they have no limit on purchases for LEOs. He bought every last box of 22LR and all the 9mm except for the last 2 boxes. I got those. Gosh.

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    Walmart by southwest plaza, off wads- they had ammo the other weekend. I got 100 rounds of .40sw and 100 of 9mm. Great great prices on ammo. Loving that. First time in over an entire year that I have found ammo at Walmart. I felt lucky so I got a lottery ticket- it was a loser.

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    cscitney87 wrote:
    Walmart by southwest plaza, off wads- they had ammo the other weekend. I got 100 rounds of .40sw and 100 of 9mm. Great great prices on ammo. Loving that. First time in over an entire year that I have found ammo at Walmart. I felt lucky so I got a lottery ticket- it was a loser.
    Dang it, forgot my lotto tickets in the glove box, maybe I be rich now!!!

    Yes, I couldn't believe how much ammo I was seeing, specially in the .380 and .40 sizes.

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    I have found the show lacking lately. Same stuff, different tables.

    Prices suck. Walley World beats any vendor there.

    You get your exceptions. Few and far between.

    I still can find good deals on some knives, some accessories, but mostly not any more.

    I went to 3 different Walmarts this Sunday and picked up 1,000 rounds of 9MM for 9.47 per box. Winchester and Federal 50 round White boxes. FMJ 115grain and 124grain. Most were 115grain.

    2 boxes first store, 3 boxes 2nd store and last store, no limit and all I could afford was another 15 boxes. They still had at least another 20 boxes or so.

    Can't get that kind of deal at the show anymore. Even the gas used was less than the show entrance fee. Straight shot to all three stores via I225 and I70.

    The first store was strange cause some sheriff from Montana was down visiting and they have no limit on purchases for LEOs. He bought every last box of 22LR and all the 9mm except for the last 2 boxes. I got those. Gosh.

    where are these walmarts?!?!?! i go to the one off of 225 and mississippi, hampden and quebec, I-70 and quebec and 6th and wadsworth and i never find any. especially not at those prices. the cheapest i saw was remington for $13.47 a box.


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    6th and Wads is never going to have ammo Ever in a billion years because that Walmart has a Grocery Store. Any Walmart with a Grocery Store is going to bring in about 1000% more customers than a non-Grocery. I think that's the secret; anyway. Find the Walmarts without a food section. No Food = Ammo

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    Well, I found me a M91/30 Tula Sniper that I got a decent deal on, so I'm happy.

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    FogRider wrote:
    Well, I found me a M91/30 Tula Sniper that I got a decent deal on, so I'm happy.
    Nice was that a Saturday buy or a Sunday buy? Are all the good deals taken by Sunday? I was wondering about the crowds; is it shoulder to shoulder most places?

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    That was on Saturday. To be honest, I don't know that one day is better than the other, I've found deals on both. It's usually pretty crowded, but you can get around alright. Last Saturday however was just unreal. After having to park a quarter mile away I damn near didn't go in. Based on the BG check wait time (45min, the usual on a show day) lots more lookers than buyers though.

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    FogRider wrote:
    That was on Saturday. To be honest, I don't know that one day is better than the other, I've found deals on both. It's usually pretty crowded, but you can get around alright. Last Saturday however was just unreal. After having to park a quarter mile away I damn near didn't go in. Based on the BG check wait time (45min, the usual on a show day) lots more lookers than buyers though.
    Thank you that's the information I was looking for.

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    Again, that was unusual. Last weekend was as bad as I've ever seen it, it's usually pretty reasonable.

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    I find the show lacking and expensive. Have been looking for A Sig Pro and found one last month and the guy wanted $700 cash. I passed. Found it on Gun Broker for $600 and included both barrels, 40/357sig and they guy was pleasure to do business with, included the shipping and only had to pay Green Mtn the $35 transfer fee, no taxes... Cool. Have been looking for a Springfield XDM 3.8 9mm, several vendors had them for $609, to $629. Green Mtn and Sportsman both have them for $599, not always in stock but when I call then will tell me and Sportsman will do a 24 hr hold if you tell them you want it. And always disappointed in the lack of quality ammo available, willing to buy re-loaded ammo but not really available here. In texas there are several vendors that do nothing but carry affordable ammo such as 9mm, 40, and 45 available in50 or 100 round bags or sping for 250 rounds and they throw in a nice refurbed ammo can... Shop around and avoid the $ 8 cover.You can find some great deals.

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    I rarely go to Tanner for guns. And that is only if I know specifically what I'm looking for and the price to beat and have the day to gamble the admission fee on. Usually I'm looking for reloading equipment, brass, targets, ammo cans/boxes, snap caps, camping gear, gun rugs,actually pretty much anything BUT guns. Then the $8 (wasn't it $6 not to long ago?) is just a convenience fee of being able to shop for everything in one place. Hopefully, I'll find enough deals to justify the admission. The one guy on the back that has ammo boxes for $1 is worth a lot of it.

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    You guys bring up a good point about the gun show though..

    Reloads...

    where else to buy reloads in Metro Denver?

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    i choose to take the risk with reloads. but you gotta weigh the risks for yourself. all kinds of bad things can happen when shooting reloads, especially someone else's reloads. you could have a misfire, a jam, a squib, or your gun could literally explode. so make sure you are aware of the risks. i only use the reloads i bought as target rounds, not as personal defense rounds.

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    While I am aware of the risks; there Has to be an automatic mechanism for producing reliable reloads. For example; the same Joe Brown packs Reloads for YYZ Gun Shop- every Thursday and Friday- for the past 8 years. He always uses ## milligrams of XX gun powder, every time- and always will. He would have to use 2 scoops to load 2 times as much- so he knows to only use One (1) scoop every time.

    I know accidents happen, but yeah I mean if you are commercially producing reloads- and selling them to the public- you most likely have a quality control system in place.

    The risks; yes I understand. From time to time- a load will have to little or to much powder- leads to to much pressure or to little pressure- leads to an explosion or a squib. Many other problems with the seating of the bullet in the case- how it was pressed- to what spec. the bullet sits against the powder in the case, or not.

    Essentially I would look for a machine produced reload- if that exists. Where a repeating machine is cranking out reloads, exactly the same- every time. For half the price.

    Thank you for your insight bomber I appreciate it. Yes I would ONLY ever use a reload for target practice.

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    cscitney87 wrote:
    Essentially I would look for a machine produced reload- if that exists. Where a repeating machine is cranking out reloads, exactly the same- every time. For half the price.

    Can I have a pony while you're at it? And a rainbowunicorn that burps up leprachauns? :P

    Seriously, it doesn't exist. #1, lead, primers, and powder just physically cannot get below that price. The only way you getclose to thosesavings is to save, clean, and anneal your own brass until it's virtually free. #2, even if someone was able to get the materials for that low, do you really expect them to give you their labor for free and discount below market price out of the goodness of their hearts?

    The main benefit of reloading is to be able to customize your loads for what is more accurate for your particular gun. You can get great savings fromrecycling your brass (Hey, look at us!Reloading isa green initiative!), but that does not count your labor or the initial costs in equipment. Anyone who sells ammo is going to add those costs to their product. Factor in their potential inconsistency, and it's not that much of a bargain.

    If you want those kind of savings, you'll need to do the work yourself. There are "machines" to automate the process, but for every step of automation, you introduce a chanceof inconsistency.

    TAANSTAFL, friend. TAANSTAFL.


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    Ah a man can always dream. Maybe some where.. In some shallow hole in the wall of a Gun Shop.. In the back room.. in a darkly lit corner.. Is a man who takes all the expended brass and makes reloads- one after another- for commercial sale.

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