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The Great Difficulty With Working Gun Shows

So we’re done with the gun show work on behalf of NRA for the weekend, and have the rest of the holiday to enjoy. This was a slow show, to be honest. Not many people seem to want to visit a gun show on a holiday. I would say about one third to one half the people in the show at any given time were from New Jersey, judging from the cars in the parking lot. Not fertile ground when you’re pushing Pennsylvania candidates.

This is a persistent problem working shows in this area. In the 2008 election year we managed to get several hundred McCain signs, which were impossible to get, for a show up in Allentown, which is close enough to draw a lot of people from our respective districts. Unfortunately, it’s also close enough to drawn down New Yorkers. Not that we don’t like New Yorkers, but we got about halfway through our signs before we started to wonder about the accents of people asking for them, and sure enough, they were mostly New Yorkers. If you saw any McCain signs on Long Island, they probably came from us. New York wasn’t set to get any, because they are blue state no matter what.

But the real difficulty in working shows is not spending money. I spent about 100 bucks this weekend, despite not getting any guns, on various things. I had my eye on an 1898 Krag that was absolutely beautiful. Virtually flawless furniture, mostly in tact bluing, and only some minor blemishes on the receiver. The bolt looked clean, and I’m assuming the barrel was in good shape too (didn’t have a bore light to look) 1400 bucks. Looked on Gunbroker for comparison, and it seems a reasonable price. Sadly though, it’s tough to justify dropping 1400 on a gun right now. If in our future show work, I find that gun haunting me, I may just have to buy it. Hopefully someone buys it before I do. Well, not really. That would make me sad. But you know what I mean.

5 Responses to “The Great Difficulty With Working Gun Shows”

  1. Pete says:

    I avoid gun shows because I have to pay $7 for parking, $7 to get in, and everything is 30%-50% overpriced.

  2. harp1034 says:

    I know the feeling all too well. You want the gun bad. You have the money but just can not justify spending that much for a gun you want but don’t need. Also if the better 1/2 finds out you will NEVER hear the last of it.

  3. Sebastian says:

    I showed the gun to my other half and she would be fine if I bought it. It’s just.. it’ll sit in the safe. I’ll take it out and shoot it a few times, and then it’s a collectors item.

  4. Ian Argent says:

    Wouldn’t have been practical for me (nor, likely, financially prudent) but I sort of wish I had gone.

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