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Albany Gun Show was excellent today! 9/22/2012

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Branned2011, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. Branned2011

    Branned2011 Oregon Member

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    For the first time in a while I had fun walking thru a gun show.:thumbup:
    It was big, busy, and had some deals and some not so much.;)
     
  2. jp1985

    jp1985 Linn County, Oregon Active Member

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    I agree. It really rocked this year. However due to lack of funds i only bought two inexpensive items this year.
     
  3. Ironbar

    Ironbar Tigard, OR Well-Known Member

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    I actually walked out without buying anything.
     
  4. PDXSparky

    PDXSparky Keizer / Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    I couldn't do that. I would have felt guilty. However, I did walk out without buying the full auto Uzi. For that much $, I really needed to at least mention to my wife I wanted it before buying it. I did get the guy's business card, just in case.
     
  5. Spitpatch

    Spitpatch Forest Grove, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I will offer (with modesty, gathered, since I've never been accused of it before) I completely agree.

    I was raised at gunshows in Montana. Literally. I watched my father's table as a child, I earned five bucks lumping guns in and out for table-holders, I spent countless hours which at the time I thought were wasted, but now I know and have realized the true value.

    I had a day with nothing else to do: VERY rare for me, and took a chance on the Albany show. Two hour drive for me. VERY GOOD SHOW. Yes, some of the Portland/Expo/Same Guns/ Same Guys/ Same Prices people were there, but the cross-section was very healthy. Cannot compare to Rickreall for small-town/home-biscuit atmosphere (and better old guns at Rickreall), and holds NO CANDLE to the Collector's Show in Portland once a year, but certainly enough to make me drive two hours again.

    I went with two missions: I wanted an original unaltered sight for an 1886 carbine (sights are more common than the guns: this is the very rarest Winchester). I knew one "sight guy" would be there, and I fully intended to buy from him. (I'd looked at his offerings at Rickreall). Second Mission: The girlie wants a raspberry LCP. Turns out its rarer than an '86 carbine sight.:bluelaugh:

    Bottom Line: Found an '86 Carbine Sight at a different "sight guy" for 50 dollars less than my original guy. This one actually marked "1886". For those bored, I will spike your excitement with the fact that some of us pay right around $300 for a rear sight we need ( I saw another one I wanted for different gun,but it was $600.) Won't say what I actually paid, but I came home very happy.

    Yep, paid nearly $300 for a rear sight on an old Winchester, and came home thinking "That Albany show was worth the trip!" "Bargains Galore".
     
  6. STUBSZERO

    STUBSZERO Albany Oregon Member

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    I bought a few things. I was a little disappointed with some of the pricing at some places, but was able to buy a factory Glock 18 33 round mag for $39, and 2 Korean mags for $17 a piece. (For my Kel-Tec Sub 2000, 2 for the price of one, I'll see how they work tomorrow). Also grabbed a Hogue grip, and to my surprise the fella working at the booth immediately said they didn't have them, while standing in front of one, it was $10. I kinda wanted to grab a Bersa for my CCL, but the ones I found looked really dirty? Is that a normalcy?
    On the upshot, there were some pretty sweet booths there, and some very nice guns. I found an AR for $550, but had never heard of the manufacture so I dismissed it as something I wouldn't want to be a Guinea Pig with. :)
     
  7. Spitpatch

    Spitpatch Forest Grove, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    YES! It was happy, Branned. Everybody seemed of good cheer, very polite and happy to be there. Stark contrast to any Portland Expo Show.
     
  8. STUBSZERO

    STUBSZERO Albany Oregon Member

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    Hey there, how is the the Portland Expo shows? I've never been, but have been pretty interested to check it out. I would think the bigger it is, the better prices you get, or no?
     
  9. ArgentineSteel

    ArgentineSteel Vancouver, WA Active Member

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    Albany shows are the best. :) And I didn't get out without spending way too much, and if I could sell my Taurus tomorrow I'd go back and spend more.
     
  10. Spitpatch

    Spitpatch Forest Grove, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Well, STUB, I can firmly tell you that your drive north will not be of same value as my drive south. Depending on your tastes, yes, lots more tables. Substance?: for me, at least, not much else. Save your gas driving north: I fully intend to continue to expend gas driving south.
     
  11. Glock23gp

    Glock23gp Newport / Salem Active Member

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    Anyone selling any new Smith M&P Shield pistols? Been wanting one but cannot find any dealers in Oregon that arent backordered 15+...

    Sent from my MB865 using Tapatalk 2
     
  12. alatyk

    alatyk Salem, OR Member

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    "I bought a few things. I was a little disappointed with some of the pricing at some places, but was able to buy a factory Glock 18 33 round mag for $39, and 2 Korean mags for $17 a piece. (For my Kel-Tec Sub 2000, 2 for the price of one, I'll see how they work tomorrow). Also grabbed a Hogue grip, and to my surprise the fella working at the booth immediately said they didn't have them, while standing in front of one, it was $10. I kinda wanted to grab a Bersa for my CCL, but the ones I found looked really dirty? Is that a normalcy?
    On the upshot, there were some pretty sweet booths there, and some very nice guns. I found an AR for $550, but had never heard of the manufacture so I dismissed it as something I wouldn't want to be a Guinea Pig with"



    ive seen one for $449 but never heard of the manufacture either, still thought it was a good deal..
     
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    mrblond Salem OR Well-Known Member

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    I also walked out with nothing to the relief of my wallet, it almost had to open wide enough to cover the cost of a 338 Lm + scope.
     
  14. Branned2011

    Branned2011 Oregon Member

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    I use to love going to the big Portland gun shows, but not anymore. They are not as good as the past. The drive (fuel), parking $$, and entry $ is not even worth it. Albany is the best of the shows for me. The WVAC Show in Eugene is OK, but not the fly by night one that is there every 4 months.:(
     
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    PDXSparky Keizer / Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    Branned2011 Oregon Member

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    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    Attendance was done from previous years. I've had a table in the past but not this year. Prices seemed high but I have felt that for twenty years or more. More than $100 for a Garand, get out of here!

    I did score some 1912 M1 ball on brass clips, looked new.
     
  18. Branned2011

    Branned2011 Oregon Member

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    It was nice to be able to walk around not bumping into folks every two steps like some past shows.