Sunday, September 13, 2009
Typeay's Tallahassee, FL (quickie) Gun Show review
Typeay's Tallahassee, FL (quickie) Gun Show review - Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009
I arrived at the Tallahassee fair-rounds at 10:30am. The doors had opened at 9am, and the parking lot was literally overflowing. Cars and trucks were parked on the grass ball field walkways well outside of the designated parking areas. I've never seen such a large crowd at a Tallahassee gun show.
The show now takes up two of the full sized buildings. I did not get a table count, but it was impressive.
Action was fast and furious, and I saw lots of face to face private sales being brokered outside the buildings. (Face to face paperless sales are still 100% legal in Florida. Sorry, Sara Brady.)
The good news: There was ammo, and lots of it. A major Georgia based vendor was doing a brisk business with his own brand new factory ammo either in mint ammo cans of heavy weight plastic bags. The crowd around the table was impressive. Prices were fair. Plenty of 7.62 Nato, 5.56 Nato, .40, .45, .30 carbine, .357 mag., 9mm, and .38 special on hand, and selling like proverbial hotcakes.
More good news, there were two vendors with well stocked tables of reloading supplies. Primers, bullets, brass, and powder all appeared to be well stocked.
Pretty much any long gun or hand gun you might want new was available. There was an amazingly WIDE variation of prices on rifles. I often saw 100 dollar differences on the same piece on opposite sides of the show hall. On one side of the show 50 rounds of .45acp was 18.50, while it might be 30.00 in the next building. It pays to walk around a bit !
Some quick all "over the place" product prices;
500 rounds boxer primed 9mm Nato in ammo can: 125.00
50 rounds, boxer primed .38 special 158 grain semi-wadcutter - 14.50
50 rounds, boxer primed .45 acp ball, 185 grain - 17.50
50 rounds, boxer primed, .45 acp JHP, 185 grain-18.50
Primers - smallbore rifle- 35.00 per 1000
Primers - largebore rifle- 37.00 per 1000
Bushmaster AR / A3 with junky Chinese scope - 865.00 (good price)
Colt AR-15 -1400.00
Mossberg Pistol Grip 500 12 gauge, 299.00
Savage F10 .308 Tactical bolt action rifle - 679.00
Milsurp M-1 Carbines - (good condition) 600.00
S&W model 17 .45 acp revolver (good condition) 500.00
Winchester (like new) bolt action .30-06 with scope - 450.00 (good price)
As I walked out, I noticed one lone woman protesting the show. She was walking the sidewalk outside of the fairground parking lot with a sign that read: "Guns Kill - Just what Tallahassee Needs, More Guns"
I smiled, knowing that Tallahasse was getting more guns. And more ammo, as well.