Big Town Gun Show Dec. 7, 2013

Posted: December 9, 2013 in Show Reviews
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I suppose that if I were to steal a phrase from history, this day would at least go down in personal infamy. Big Town Dec. 7, 2013 will probably be known as the ‘Ice Show.’ I checked the Premier Facebook page in the morning and they stated quite firmly that rain, sleet, or snow, the show would be open.  I waited until about 9:30 before leaving to make the long trek from Carrollton to the Big Town Event Center.  The ride went surprisingly well until a forced stop at Mickey D’s for some coffee and yet another attempt to free my windshield wipers from inches of frozen rain.  I finally succeeded, but at the cost of a pretty bad fall.  While I managed to break most of the fall and keep my head up and pelvis flat, a large protrusion of ice jabbed into my back on the left side.

Fortunately, it was not jagged, so there was no penetration, but you kind of get the picture and it was not a pretty one.  I was already over halfway to the show, so I felt disinclinded to turn back since nothing seemed to be broken.  The injury did, however, cut my time on the floor short, so this will be a more brief review than usual.

I arrived shortly after 11AM to a relatively full lot, although the vendors park out front, so it is difficult to gauge consumer traffic from the lot.  I parked two rows from the back.

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There was no line to get in, but a pretty decent line at the vendor selling hot food and coffee 🙂

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I walked in to observe more traffic than I expected, which was a good sign.  After talking with vendors, I made my shopping round in which I picked up a couple G3 AR-10 PMags.  I noticed a lot of empty tables and several vendors with expanded layouts (a bonus for showing up) and many in different locations.  Apparently the building suffered a burst pipe, but there was no sign of damage by the time I arrived.

I did not take note of vendors in attendance as I barely had time to make two sweeps of the floor followed by a third to record revolver and derringer prices.  By the end of nearly three hours on my feet, my ribs hurt too much to even bend over slightly to check a price tag.

As always, prices reflect a discount for cash transactions and are considered show-only by the vendors.  Prices are aggregated by firearm model, not by vendor name.  The notation, $700 (2), for example, indicates that the price of $700 was observed for the same model firearm at two separate vendors.

Here are a few things that caught my eye while wandering across the floor.

IWI Tavor 5.56 $1999, $2469
Kel Tec KSG FDE $1299
FNX 45 Tactical blk $998, FDE $1079
Sig PM 400 $1069
Sig 516 10″ pistol $1269
Sig 716 Patrol OD/G $1799
Sig P220 Dark Elite .45 $797
Sig P220 Combat w/TB FDE $995
Steyr AUG A3 $1899
Winchester 94 John Wayne Commemorative .32-40 $1995
MGI Marck-15 Hydra Modular $1099
Rossi Ranch Hand .44 mag #399
Beretta CX4 Carbine .45 ACP $796
Desert Eagle .44 mag blk $1100

I noticed one vendor selling AR-15’s with S.W.A.T. Firearms colored lowers, all under $900

Revolvers & Derringers were the topic of the day

Bond Arms

Snake Slayer 3″ $429, (used) w/holster $375
Snake Slayer 4″ $479
Texas Defender $369
Cowboy Defender $379

Charter Arms

Pink Lady 2″ .38 spc $369, $379
Lavendar Lady $379, $429
Magnum Pug .357 $549
Undercover Lite .38 spc $370

DoubleTap

9mm $449, $469
9mm (ported) $499
.45ACP (ported) $499

Rossi

462 2″ SS .357 $369
2″ .38 spc $299

Ruger

LCR .22 mag $380, $418
LCR .357 w/laser grip $639, $669
LCR .38 spc $399 (2), $415, $419, $425
LCR .38 spc w/laser grip $499, $585
Super Blackhawk .44 mag $549, $569
Super Redhawk .44 mag 7.5″ $769
SRH Alaskan .44 mag $750, $769, $799
SP 101 2.5″ $470, $489, $499
SP 101 3.2″ $499
SP 101 .22 LR $528
GP 100 4.2″ $529, $569 (2)
GP 100 6″ $569
John Wayne Single Six 32 H&R $779

Smith and Wesson

Model 19.5 .357 4″ Nickel $750
686 Talo Edition 3″ $739
686 Plus (7-shot) 3″ SS $749
686 SS w/fluted cyl. 5″ $759
686 SS w/unfluted cyl. 3″ $729, $749
686 SSR 4″ $799
686 Talo Edition 7″ $779
686 Perf. Center Competitor $1379
625 .45 ACP $869
625 Perf. Center $729
442 $389
642 SS $399 (2)
642 SS with no lock $439
642 Perf. Center $529
637 2″ SS $389
637 Airweight $549
642 Airweight $400
629 4″ $849
360 $499
Model 60 Pro $659
Lady Smith .38 spc $440
Bodyguard $445
Governor .45LC/.45ACP/.410 $659

Taurus

Model 941 .22 mag 4″ SS $419
Tracker .357 4″ SS $489, $519
Tracer .41 mag 4″ $488
M380 $429
3″ Judge .454/.45LC/.410 $935
3″ Judge .45LC/.410 $469
905 9mm 1 7/8″ $395
605 1 7/8″ $389

And now, for my top three vendors at the show, although anyone who showed up in this weather deserves special recognition.

#3 – W Guns – great display and it’s always a pleasure to talk with Tommy and his wife

#2 – Premier Gun Shows – Michelle looked nice in the reindeer antlers and Premier deserves some props for ‘the show must go on.’

#1 – WC Armory – Thanks for the great $19.93 price on the G3 PMags for my AR-10, unlike the bozos at Market Hall who wanted to make me feel ‘special’ for the opportunity to pay nearly sixty bucks for the same item.  Like I’ve always advised, shop the entire floor and don’t buy until you get exactly what you want at a reasonable price.

Sorry for the short review and I hope I heal up for the final stretch of shows at the end of the month.

– Diligencia, Vis, Celeritas

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