Archive for January 14, 2013

This is the first installment in a two-part review of the Premiere Gun Show in Corsicana on Jan. 12, 2013.   I attended the very first Premiere show in Corsicana and found it to be interesting, but rather small.  I did not see any type of firearm that was not on display at shows closer to home, nor did I see any equipment or accessories of interest.  Other than a couple good buys on ammo, I pretty much decided the show was nothing more than an excuse for a nice morning drive and early lunch at the Collin Street Bakery.

So, I was interested in seeing how much difference a few months makes, particularly in light of the current political environment.  The venue is till the I.O.O.F. Event Center, which is an easy drive from the Dallas area and very easy to find.  I arrived just before 9AM and could tell from the parking area that it was going to be yet another packed show.  Here’s the back of the line at about 8:56AM.

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Airsoft Marketplace was new for this show and they had the mobile booth outside.

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Since it’s a small exhibit hall, I guess the order of the day was to have stuff positioned outside along the line.

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And, sitting by the entrance seems to be the place to sell mags and a Saiga-12 with drum and extra mags.  I didn’t see any buyers, though, in the early entrants.

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The line did not start moving until a couple minutes after 9AM.  Eventually, someone came outside and told people to move to the left entrance if they were checking firearms.  Then, things started to move more smoothly.  I did not check a firearm and left my carry in the car safe.  The show had two officers performing firearm and ammo checks.

Restrooms are outside the main exhibit hall and are very nice, especially compared to larger exhibit halls.  The concession area was somewhat hidden at the back-right of the main hall.  Vendors were spread out inside and outside.  Texas State Rifle Association had a table next to the check-in, just like the first time I attended.

Since this is a pretty small show, I’ll break vendors into two category – firearms and everyone else.  As always, I tend to report only on vendors that are well signed or have business cards.  If it’s a private table or they give me the ‘we only sell at gun shows’ BS, then I don’t report them to you.  If it’s not worth someone’s time to at least look like a business, it’s probably not worth your time.

The price points are for your reference and only a brief snapshot of the vendor’s total offering.  This allows you to track general trends, show-to-show.  All prices are for cash transactions.

Sun Mountain had lots of AR mags in the $35 and up range.  An OD Glock 30-gen 3 was on display for $750 along with an AR pistol for $1550.  A Colt AR-15 9mm carbine was on sale for $2000 and a Mossberg 500 with pistol grip and heat shield was on the table for $500.

Stone Chimney Creek sold a Remington 877 Nitro for $429 and a Remington 1911 R1 was on display for $629.  I saw a cool Dan Wesson .44 mag revolver for $550, and speaking of .44, how about the Rossi Ranch Hand in .44 magnum!!  Anyone remember ‘Wanted, Dead or Alive?’  I believe Rossi produces them at the factory as a handgun, so there is no BATF tax for a SBR.  $450 gets you one, although I’ve heard they are pretty hard to shoot accurately.  Moving back to more familiar handguns, a Gen-4 Glock 23 was listed at $650.  A 9mm S&W M&P Pro was on sale for $579 along with a 15-22 (basic model) for $589.  A Mossberg 715 T was on display for $350.  And, speaking of Mossbergs, they had a 500 with a beautiful water transfer paint job on sale for $399.

Past And Blast was back with one for the ladies, a pink Ruger 10-22 for $269.  For the guys, an M&P 15-22 was on sale for $449 and if .223 suits you better, they sold Colt AR-15 A2 Sports for $2500.  A Rock Island Armory 1911 Tactical was displayed for $479, and in Glock-land, they had a Gen-3 G23 for $469 and a Gen-3 G22 for ‘inquire’  WTF?  Either list your price or we don’t bother to ‘inquire.’  If there are special circumstances or issues with that particular firearm, just list them on a sign.  A Sig Scorpion was on sale for $979 and I saw a S&W Bodyguard in .38 for $449.

Blackland Outdoor Sports is a regular at Premiere shows and I don’t remember them from the prior Corsicana show.  They had a pretty wide variety of firearms that included an FNS-40 (silver/matte black) for $589 and a 9mm model for $589 as well.  An XD-40 4″was listed for $529 along with an XD-M 5.25″ for $789.  In Glock-land, they sold a gen-3 G27 for $499, a gen-4 G23 for $499, a gen-3 G23 for $549 and a gen-3 G21 for $599.  One thing I have not seen in a while is a Ruger LCR in 22 magnum. It was incredibly light and listed at $449.  Moving to the opposite end of the spectrum, an Alaskan in .44 mag was on sale for $849.  They also had an Escort 12 gauge pump for $299.

Well, that’s a good stopping point for part I.  Tomorrow, I will finish off the firearms vendors and everyone else.

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