posted on Sep, 30 2005 @ 02:54 PM
I just attended a gun show this past weekend. I live in Midland, TX.
Hometown of George W. and Laura Bush. It was a pretty tame affair. There were only about twenty tables. Some were selling knives, beef jerky, gun
books. Some were selling ammo-surplus and reloaded. I agree, I would never buy any reloads myself. Some were selling warsaw pact surplus handguns.
Many bolt-action surplus rifles. However, most were selling current "sporting" rifles, scopes and shotguns: both new and second-hand. All guns
coming in and going out had plastic wire ties run through the actions so that nothing could be chambered or fired easily.
ATF checks could be done quickly online. Most "venders" were known by the org running the gun show, so most could be considered reputable. There
was armed security in the form of off-duty police. There was one vender who specialized in custom AR-15 receivers and barrels. There were NO full
auto weapons anywhere. Anybody over 18 can own centerfire rifles/shotguns/ammo. Have to be over 21 to own any caliber ammo that can be used in a
handgun and rifle (includes .22). Can purchase handguns after ATF check. Easy if your record is clean. Venders here were very careful in
identifying customers. It's in their best interest. They do not want ATF on their case!
Midland only has a population of 100,000. I've been to shows in Dallas and Houston that were enormous and had so much more. Like anything else in
life, the buyer is responsible for what he is purchasing. Most venders here in Midland will gladly talk your ear off if you ask them any questions.
With all of the expert people around, I would feel OK in listening to what they said. I asked a salesman about a 7.5mm Schmidt-Rubin and a crowd of
enthusiasts immediately gathered, all offering advice and anecdotes. Again, though, Midland is not a large show.