Irving Gun Show July 19, 2014 Part I

Posted: July 21, 2014 in Show Reviews
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This is a review of the Irving Gun Show, sponsored by Premier Gun Shows, held on July 19, 2014.  This is the first Premier show at the Irving venue, which happens to be one of my favorites.

I was lucky to time my arrival to a couple minutes before 9AM, which facilitated a quick shot of opening traffic without having to wait very long for the show opening.  I actually had high hopes for the opening due to the number of cars in the parking area.  This was until I heard about a photo shoot taking place at the same facility.

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This photo was taken just before 9AM with my back almost against the wall to the far left.  I did not see where Premier had their desk until after the show opened.  It was deeper and more to the left than NTGC/Tier-1, so this was the longest opening line (although not by much) of any Irving show I’ve attended in the last few years.

After the opening surge, traffic simply dropped off.  The key word for the first two hours was ‘slow’ and that was from the mouths of several vendors.  I had to run an errand and returned shortly before noon.  By that time, traffic picked up to a respectable level and seemed to hold for an hour or so, then it began to drift.

I left the show shortly before 2PM.  Traffic dropped off from the near-noon surge and seemed to hold constant.  There were about a half-dozen people entering the show when I left and about the same amount following me out the door.

Since this is the first Premier show at the venue, here is the vendor list by category.  I only recorded named businesses and should point out that a number of tables were occupied by private sales.  In the event a vendor fit in more than one category, I chose the one I thought was the best fit.

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Firearms

Republic Arsenal
Shotgun Blasters
Past and Blast
Rock River Arms
C&S Firearms
Browning Collectors Association
Walking Firearms
W Guns
Father and Son Firearms
S.A.W.
Redemption Arms
Bad Ass Shotguns
Premier Armory
CYA
A2J2 Sales
Stone Chimney Creek
Duval Arms
The Gun Zone
Blackland Outdoor Sports

Firearm Accessories/Shooting Ranges/Armorers

Fusion Gun Range
Big State Distributors
T. R. Graham
BlackwoodSports.com
Black Gun Stuff
Gun Toyz
AGB Tactical
Eagle Gun Range
Hero Sporting Goods

Ammo

Good To Go Ammo
Ammo4U
Gun Werks
Lone Star Ammunition
Rearming America
Northgeorgiareloading.com
The Billet Shack

CHL/Training

Patriot Protection
Gun Permits Made Easy

Optics

Optics Place
USA Optics
Explore Optics
Prestige Optics

Holsters/Concealment Gear

The Gun Girdle
Lazy River Trading
Probag
Concealment Shop
Shepherd Leather
Johnson Gun Leather
Moonstruck Leather
Hide-It Holster
El Paso Saddlery
Tucker & Byrd
Louis W. Bell Leather
WRB Concealment
Supreme Western Products

Knives

Kousins Kustoms
Red River Damascus
Kershaw Knives
Blades and Stuff
D.J. Ashby Custom Knives
Tashina Navaho Creations

Survival/Prepping

Loretta & Lawrence Offutt (Thrive)
Voyager Outdoor Gear
S.C and Company
Adventure Supply South
Heirloom Seeds
Zax Gear

Food

Lone Star Meat Co.
Wild Bill’s Old Fashioned Soda Pop
WHH Ranch
Chile Grill

Misc

Crownover Law Firm
Sparklean
DIY Security
P&G Sales
Willa-Hide LLC
Dana Dickinson Jewlery
Armor Pure
Blue Cannon Equipment
Flitz Knife Sharpening
Heritage Safe
Carraway Calls
Effective Product Marketing
Army Surplus
Military Memorabilia
Brazos Walking Sticks
Savvy Caddy
Maverick Trading Post
D&N Creations
White Thunder
American Defense Systems
Madjac Body Armor
Quick Draw Shirts
AMS Oil
Library of Congress Archival Photographs
Texas Law Shield
Right Solutions Store
NRA

If you were a vendor at the show and not on this list, please leave a comment with your business name and focus of your business.

It’s hard to read Texas Gun Shows in the summer.  Traffic is unpredictable and there is always something competing for people’s time in an over saturated market.  Irving and Allen happen to be my two favorite show venues (a sentiment echoed by several vendors I talked to) and it appears that neither Premier or Tier-1 can deliver the knockout punch these venues deserve. Perhaps things will turn around with cooler weather.

Tomorrow, I’ll be back with some firearm pricing updates.  Until then, thanks for visiting Texas Gun Show Review.

– Diligencia, Vis, Celeritas

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