Gun Show Season is Here

There is never a bad time to buy a gun, but there are better times.

Right now, many gun prices are still high because demand remains high. Lots of gunmakers still have backlogs and some can’t seem to make guns fast enough to meet the demand. This is mostly in the handgun and modern sporting rifle (black gun) markets, but there is some spillover into the hunting market.

I have always loved gun shows. I bought my first gun at gun show. The atmosphere found at a gathering of like-minded people always intrigues me. Gun shows seem to highlight and intensify things. I’ve never met someone without an opinion at a gun show.

Everyone is an expert and everyone seems to be willing to tell you which way is the right way. Oddly their way is almost always the right way. From the guy who thinks the Obama administration is sending mixed race goon squads out to cut off gun owners’ trigger fingers to the guy who knows the perfect shotgun for pheasants is the Ithaca M-37 pump chambered in 16-gauge firing No. 5 shot, there certainly is no shortage of opinions.

Gun Digest the Magazine, September 13, 2010
This column appeared in the September 13, 2010 issue of Gun Digest the Magazine. Click here to learn more.

So, why not add my opinions to the mix? I’ve been known to have a few thoughts on various topics.

My first idea is that if you go to a gun show you should buy something. I don’t care if it is a $2 cleaning brush, don’t walk out of that show without having cracked open your wallet. I will go a step further by saying that if you take a kid to a gun show, you should let the kid pick out something (within reason) and buy that item for the child. Let the kids get involved and immersed in the culture and the younger the better, before they get interested in the opposite sex and video games.

I further believe that a person can never have too many .22 rifles or single-shot shotguns.

Gun shows are great places to pick up these bargain guns and I often have to be physically dragged away from a table sporting a selection of old, worn single-shots. My kids are the ones doing the dragging because they want to look at pistols and modern sporting rifles and can’t handle the guns without an adult present.

Even though it means I’m getting another year older, I relish the idea of another fall. Between the gun show season, the hunting season and the great weather for trips to the range, this is my favorite time of year.

So check out our gun show listings either in this edition or online at, pick out a gunshow and plan on spending at least a little bit of money. How you justify that expenditure with your significant other is totally up to you.

Good Shooting,