GUN Hitting up a gun show this weekend, advise?

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  1. Rownan

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    I am heading to a gun show probably Saturday, it'll be my first.

    First, I have no experience with handling a gun, heh.. I've held a few, shot a .38 cal revolver once. I've only been really interested in firearms for the past couple months though.

    I am looking to pick up a 1911, partial to Springfield, but if I find anything I like and the price is right I'll nab it.... I'm looking for something around the $350 range, so obviously it will be used.

    Like I said I am a gun n00b and I'm sure the vendor will realize this the instant I take the gun from his hands. I've done a little bit of research about the specific gun I am looking for so I understand some of what to look for.

    My question here is about etiquette. What am I allowed to do when the guy hands me the gun? What should I check? How do I check the trigger pull? How do I check the action... blah blah blah

    I'm sure there is a n00b guide somewhere, link me please. My biggest fear is the vendor guy yelling at me for cocking the hammer or something.
     
  2. Y2kAccord

    Y2kAccord Everything happens for reasons I just dont know

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    I am looking to buy a gun for my b-day, there is a gun show 2 days after my b-day, are the prices that much lower than at my local gun shop? I am deciding if I should wait. I am looking and still deciding, I wouldnt mind a Glock23 or XD-40
     
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    If you ask to look at a gun, be very respectful. Once he hands it to you, or gives you the go-ahead to handle it, pick it up carefully, like you normally would handling someone elses's gun. If you're going to shoulder a rifle, or put a pistol into a shooting stance, point the muzzle up and away from anyone. Ask permission to dry-fire the weapon to check the trigger pull. If you're un-sure of what the different buttons and levers do, ask the seller, don't try to figure it all out by yourself.
     
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    This is some good advice guys! Thanks!
     
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    All good stuff!

    To reiterate(sp): Don't point a weapon at anyone. Good way to piss someone off.

    Other then that, don't get stuck on one pistol at one vendor. Take a look around the whole gun show. You might find a better deal, you might not.

    Probably the best advice though is to find someone familiar with guns and/or gunshows to go with you. If that's possible go that route.
     
  6. ryanbum

    ryanbum Its the one that says Bad Mother Fucker on it

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    Take Cash! Cash is the almighty discounter. If you go with a set amount of cash you can tell the vendor that, "Hey I have (x) amount of cash and that's it. Can we work something out?" I have been able to skip sales tax when using cash. Also don't just have your mind set on one gun. Look around for deals. I went to the gun show last weekend helping a friend find a gun. I was set on him getting a Steyr M9 but actually bought a CZ75. It was a better deal for a better gun and if I hadn't have been openminded then I probably would have never given it a second look.
     
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    Y2kAccord Everything happens for reasons I just dont know

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    When I go I will have cash.. I have an idea of what I want, but would be willing to be open to a deal. I just dont know if I can wait the extra couple weeks for the gun show
     
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    Which gun show are you heading to? South Bend show is this weekend, I might stop by that one.
     
  9. Rownan

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    Birch Run Expo. http://www.migunshows.com/

    I am trying to get a buddy of mine to go with me, he's in the National Guard and can field strip just about any gun in milliseconds!

    The cash idea is pretty good, I will take a wad with me.

    :bigthumb: :cool: :bigthumb:
     
  10. ryanbum

    ryanbum Its the one that says Bad Mother Fucker on it

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    Being in the "National Guard" doesn't quite automatically make you able to field strip any gun. For example, give him a bushingless 1911 with a full length guide rod and let him take a crack at that. Good Luck.
     
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    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    Preserve the purity of the gun show "swap meet" mentality: Avoid professional dealers and patronize the private owners who are there.
     
  12. Rownan

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    lol yeah.. The point I was trying to make though is that he has some kind of experience. Any knowledge at all should be a big help.
     
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    :bigthumb:

    I was needing a website with a gun show calendar! Now I just have to figure out when I am coming home!
     

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