From reader FG:
I just returned from the Orlando gunshow. It was an interesting morning.The doors were scheduled to open at 9am, but they actually started letting people inside of the building at 8:50am. At opening, the crowds were light and I walked right in. There were about 5 people ahead of me in line. As is legal in the state of Florida, people were selling privately owned, un-papered weapons both outside of the main entrance, and in the fairground parking lot.The show admission price has increased yet AGAIN, and they're now charging nine dollars. Orlando is now the second highest priced show in the state of FL, with Miami holding the lead at 10 dollars.The Florida Highway patrol was zip-tie locking the actions of all public weapons entering the show. (This is normal for the Orlando show.)The BATF "we're here to help you" table with two friendly agents is once again back at the Orlando show with plenty of free advice, and heaping stacks of you-paid-for-it-so-take-one, handbills and brochures.The show is held on the fairgrounds proper and they're using two buildings. The main entrance building is the smaller of the two, and the bulk of the firearm vendors seem to be located in the larger, second building.I did a quick walk through to get a feel for prices. As might be expected, prices in general tended to be up. Some shockingly so. The stark reality of another 4 more years of "Barry and company" seems to have settled in both for the vendors, and an anxious gun-buying public.Some quick (new guns) show prices:Colt Patrolman AR-15 Carbine - 1350Glock pistols (prices were all over the map) 515 - 670Kimber Custom 1911, .45acp, stainless - 850Mossberg 12 gauge pump shotgun, pistol grip - 289DSA FAL, in standard length - 1200New - S&W alloy .38 special snub-nose revolver - 375Century AK -670Kel Tec PF-9, 9mm pistol - 289Generic AR-15 carbines (many new local vendors) 650 and upAR-15 pistol (very nice, local FL gunsmith / vendor) 699Colt / Umarex 1911 style .22 pistol - 499Used / surplus gunsSKS - 495 (!!!!)M-1 Garand - 1200 (!!!!!)Bulgarian AK -600Nice Imbel FAL with upgraded wood furniture - 120012 gauge single shot shotguns - 100S&W Model 22 revolver, NRA excellent, .45 acp - 575Used (generic MFG) AR-15 - 650There was plenty of ammo, I only glanced to two prices:.45 acp, JHP, 50 rounds, GA production - 29.38 special - JHP combat, 50 rounds, GA production - 23Misc gear:Ammo cans, G.I .50 cal size - 10-12 dollars (like new)AR-15, 30 round C mags with window- 15 dollars eachAK steel (commie MFG) 30 round mags - 24 dollarsRiser, 1/2 inch, PRC scope PIC mount - 15 dollarsAR-15 handle mount scope PIC rail, PRC MFG - 15 dollarsIn less than an hour, the crowds had gotten so thick in the second building that movement was getting difficult, and it was virtually impossible to get close enough to the vendor's tables to view their wares. I'd had enough.I had to swivel my head with a double take as I left the building. The entrance line was so long that it had doubled back in on itself to fit in the fair courtyard.My very rough guess would place that line at 400 people... or more.Let the buying (and selling) begin.The Orlando gunshow is being held Nov 24-25th at the Orlando state fairgrounds located on 4603 W Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808.Hours for Sat. are 9 - 5, for Sunday, 10 - 5My advice? Go EARLY.