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#5443474 - 11/25/14 08:29 PM Market Hall Gun Show, worth it anymore?
Buzzsaw Offline
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Registered: 06/29/11
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Loc: Frisco, Texas
Haven't been in a few years, is there any "good stuff" there or a bunch of cheap Japanese/Chinese knock-off junk, beef jerky, blow-guns and over-priced old stuff that vendors don't seem to want to sell?

Good stuff: high quality rifles and shotguns, or is there just mainly handguns and AR's there?
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#5443487 - 11/25/14 08:35 PM Re: Market Hall Gun Show, worth it anymore? [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Havn't been in 7 years because the last time was like the second half of your first sentence.
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#5443595 - 11/25/14 09:09 PM Re: Market Hall Gun Show, worth it anymore? [Re: Buzzsaw]
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No where near as good as it was even 2 years ago. When everything hit the fan no gun show has been the same.

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#5443632 - 11/25/14 09:23 PM Re: Market Hall Gun Show, worth it anymore? [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Registered: 09/20/13
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Sad, Not been in a while, thought about making a trip....

So Mesquite and Ft Worth likely are no better? What do locals do? Fave shops? I know many smiths abound and ranges in the area.
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#5443701 - 11/25/14 09:57 PM Re: Market Hall Gun Show, worth it anymore? [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Registered: 01/09/11
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Loc: Mesquite
I have been doing gun shows for years, NONE of them is the same as the "good old days" like 2 years or more back.
When every show we went to there was new "Tactical" company's out there, then the AR bubble popped.
The first shows I dropped was Market Hall, and the Larger Ft Worth shows.
Big Town don't have that feel it had before the remodel, Rodeo has been hit and miss, some of the others OK.
BUT we have a new Lewisville show, small but a lot of fun. Has that fun factor that the "old" Big Town had.
That being said, IF I wanted to burn a day, Market Hall is a good way to do it.
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#5443780 - 11/25/14 10:33 PM Re: Market Hall Gun Show, worth it anymore? [Re: Buzzsaw]
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The only thing they are good for is fingering pistols, and quick ar parts. Other than that meh

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#5444169 - 11/26/14 08:53 AM Re: Market Hall Gun Show, worth it anymore? [Re: Buzzsaw]
colt45 Offline
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Registered: 08/19/06
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nothing like the good ole days, Bo Franks put on shows at the old coliseum in Austin, that was REAL GUN & KNIFE SHOW
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#5444616 - 11/26/14 01:46 PM Re: Market Hall Gun Show, worth it anymore? [Re: Buzzsaw]
catslayer Offline
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Registered: 12/11/12
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Loc: Straight out of Johnson County
I went to 3 around metro mess this year... very very disappointed not like what I remember... and deals not all that good
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#5444721 - 11/26/14 02:38 PM Re: Market Hall Gun Show, worth it anymore? [Re: Buzzsaw]
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If you are looking to buy new then you will probably like it. Plenty of new guns at good prices. If looking at the used market then you will be highly disappointed! Most of the used stuff is priced as new.

Only reason I even go to shows anymore is for odd ball boxes of ammo at deep discounts. And every once in a while you can run across a deal on a used scope.
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#5444729 - 11/26/14 02:44 PM Re: Market Hall Gun Show, worth it anymore? [Re: Buzzsaw]
Hooligan Offline
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Registered: 11/08/09
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Loc: dfw
some things are decent there. I've found some good deals on pistols but a lot of over priced items. Went to the Fort Worth show last time and it wasn't impressive at all
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#5444768 - 11/26/14 03:11 PM Re: Market Hall Gun Show, worth it anymore? [Re: Buzzsaw]
Buzzsaw Offline
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Thanks ya'll answered my questions, I will stay home watch football and peruse through Gun Broker, etc.
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#5445952 - 11/27/14 10:49 AM Re: Market Hall Gun Show, worth it anymore? [Re: Buzzsaw]
Reeder Offline
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Registered: 01/22/12
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There's plenty of good stuff but don't expect $1000 rifles to be $300 like 90% of the people walking the show. People walking seem to have higher prices than the dealers these days.

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#5445960 - 11/27/14 10:55 AM Re: Market Hall Gun Show, worth it anymore? [Re: Buzzsaw]
kmon1 Offline
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Registered: 09/27/06
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Loc: Texas
Have not been to a Market Hall show in over 3 years. Always an entertaining way to spend a few hours. Over the years have run across some good deals at that show, some of my favorite rifles and pistols have come from there.
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#5447581 - 11/28/14 06:19 PM Re: Market Hall Gun Show, worth it anymore? [Re: Buzzsaw]
Gary Olson Offline
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Registered: 01/24/13
Posts: 255
Loc: Plano, TX
I go for the 100 sheet rolls of targets. The entry fee is cheaper than shipping. After that, hit or miss and mostly miss.

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#5449190 - 11/29/14 09:55 PM Re: Market Hall Gun Show, worth it anymore? [Re: Buzzsaw]
Rluckie Offline
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Registered: 11/07/12
Posts: 128
Loc: Crossroads, TX
I went today. Most everything was overpriced and it seems like most of the people there are the typical "salesmen" lie to make a sale and even lie to make a buy.

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