So Combat Controller and I went to the Fort Worth Gun Show over the weekend, and ugh.
I was looking for the
stolen replacement Boomershoot rifle, and he was looking to sell a couple guns — more on that in another post.
I also needed a little ammo because that story to come later.
Ammo at gun shows has become the world’s largest ripoff. What’s happening — and I had this confirmed by a secondary source later — is that ordinary guys are snapping up all the cheaper ammo from retail outlets like Academy, then turning it around, marking it up to nosebleed levels, and getting a table at a gun show to sell it at retail-plusplusplus prices to people who don’t buy their ammo online or who don’t know the difference. (25 cents per round for CCI Blazer .22 LR, and don’t even ask about hunting- or self-defense ammo: okay, the cheapest .308 Win I saw was running at $1.75 per round.)
All this in addition to the Biden/Harris-Panic gun- and ammo buying that’s going on anyway. I estimated, by the way, that if you had the money, you could probably have put together from parts about a thousand AR-15s from what was on sale at this one show. (And you’d need a PILE of money: Palmetto State AR-15 lowers which cost $59 a while back were being sold for $379 by the
asshole ripoff artists merchants.) One guy boasted to CC that he’d made $40,000 in cash sales before lunch — and by the way, I saw a WHOLE bunch of “Cash Only” signs, at almost every other table. Even if you want to sell a gun, the merchants will try to lowball you, then mark it up at least 50% and put it right back on their table. There are no bargains to be found at gun shows anymore; you may as well buy retail from your local Merchant Of Death.
Bottom line: Stay away from gun shows.