Welcome Back Lewisville

Posted: November 24, 2014 in Show Reviews
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Premier Gun Shows returned to Lewisville this past weekend, Nov. 22 and 23 at Lakeland Plaza, just west of I-35 at Hwy. 121.  Lewisville was always a highly regarded show by vendors since it regularly attracted a buying audience.  I always enjoyed the show because of the highly knowledgeable attendees.  It was worth the wait in line simply to talk to good people and pick up a valuable tip or two.  I also liked the venue since it accommodated at least 400 tables and once you were through with the main floor, there were always cool vendors in ‘The Man Cave.’

So, how did the new location measure up?  Although smaller than the Lewsville Event Center, Lakeland Plaza was an adequate venue and it had kind of a mixed vibe between Mesquite and Big Town.  Decent restrooms were open at the back of the building along with a very generous concession area.

Saturday morning was cool and wet, but not terribly cold or rainy.  This can actually be good weather for a gun show since it is comfortable enough to get outside, but not good enough for other outdoor activities.

I arrived a couple minutes before 9AM and here are pictures of the venue and opening line.

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That’s a pretty respectable opening line for a new show and I really liked the covered area with food and coffee immediately available.  The show opened at 9:02 AM on my watch and there were another ten people behind me in line.

Traffic flowed in at a steady pace all morning. I left at 11:30 AM and there were still people waiting in line and walking in from the parking lot.  I also watched numerous people walk out of the show with boxes, sacks, and other purchases.  Several of the vendors I talked to reported decent sales, so it appears like the old Lewisville show is back, albeit at a smaller size than in the past.

Here is a sampling of vendors at the show.  I did not break the list down by category.

Eagle Gun Range
Quick Draw Shirts
Right Solutions Store
S.A.W.
Top Gun
Bad Ass Shotguns
Alamo Ammo
Model 1 Sales
CJS Enterprises
Blades & Stuff
WRB Concealment
Madjac Body Armor
Good To Go Ammo
Gun Permits Made Easy
Custom Gun Work
Runner Runner Guns
Louis Bell Custom Leather
Texas Law Shield
Tucker & Byrd
Ken’s Engraving
Past & Blast
Hide-It Holster
T.R. Graham
Duval Arms
Prestige Optics
Southwest Ammunition
Gun Show tees
El Paso Saddlery
Don’s Smoke House
Premier Armory
Blackland Outdoor Sports
Lucky Dog Armory
Sportsman Eyeware
Explore Optics
Custom Ear Plugs
Denton County Sports Association
A2J2 Sales
Republic Arsenal
The Optics Place
Gun SlingR
Big State Distributors
Totally Nuts
Winchester Safes
C&S Firearms
Crimson Trace
Shotgun Blasters
Texas Wheeler Ammo
CYA Guns & Ammo
USA Optics
Conceal Carry Purses
CC Bullion Coins
NRA
W Guns
Chilie Grill
Prepper Supplies

Of course a few items caught my eye.  I tried hard to keep my eyes closed as I’m spending a lot of money on training right now, so any new purchases are delayed until next year.  So, here are a few handguns that caught my attention during a quick sweep across the floor. Unless otherwise stated, all prices are for NIB models and reflect a cash discount by the vendor.

CZ

75 SP-01 – $625
P-09 FDE – $599

Dan Wesson

Heritage Stainless 1911 – $1169

FNH

FNX 45 Tactical FDE – $1099

H&K

USP .40 S&W – $649
P30 – $769
VP-9 – $599, $699
Tactical .45 w/night sights & threaded bbl – $1099

Magnum Research

Desert Eagle .50AE Nickel – $1699, Burnt Brown – $1399, Israeli Edition blk – $1199

Ruger

GP-100 .357 4″ – $675
SP-101 2.25″ – $473, $529
SP-101 3″ – $595
SRH Alaskan .44 mag. – $789
KSP 341X 4″ – $549

Sig Sauer

P320 9mm – $469, $559
1911 Scorpion FDE – $899
1911 Spartan – $998
1911 Spartan Carry – $1098
P220 Equinox – $899
MK-25 FDE – $987

Smith and Wesson

PC 625 2.5″ – $936
636 Talo w/unfluted cyl. – $899

Springfield

XD-Mod2 9mm – $475
XD-S 9mm 4″ Bitone – $539
1911 Tactical Operator OD/G – $1099

Walther

PPQ M2 5″ – $599, $630

The show is no longer within walking distance from my apartment, but at least Lewsiville is back. I hope it stays a while 🙂

Thanks for spending a small part of your day at Texas Gun Show Review.

– Diligencia, Vis, Celeritas

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