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Cody show comment has me rethinking a visit.
July 16, 2021
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I just happen to look at the post from Shrapnel displaying his recently purchased 1873 from the Cody show and what caught my eye was the comment he made saying he was disappointed in the presence of non- gun related items at the show. This hit me by surprise because I have always wanted to attend the Cody show someday thinking this is the real deal gun show (along with Tulsa) a bucket list adventure if you will. Now after seeing that this type of stuff is allowed in the Cody show has me re- thinking about making the trip. I have attended a lot of gun shows and when I go to one and see more than 30% – 40% of the tables littered with non- gun related items I complain to the promoter. I tell them I paid $8 (or whatever) for a gun show not a flea market. Flea markets are free. I let them know I’m not happy. I once read in an article about situations like this and it said that for every person that complains ten people feel the same way, but don’t have the stones to say anything. All us gun people seem to think the same way towards politicians (the way we vote) why not stick together on gun shows. “COMPLAIN”. Let them know how you feel. Did anyone of you say anything about the non- gun related stuff at the Cody show? Why not? If you let them get away with it now it will only get worse. They say when you get older you mellow out. Well I must not be a normal older guy because the older I get my chain seems to be getting shorter. By the way, nice 73 Shrapnel. Wish I had one like that.      RRM

July 16, 2021
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I just happen to look at the post from Shrapnel displaying his recently purchased 1873 from the Cody show and what caught my eye was the comment he made saying he was disappointed in the presence of non- gun related items at the show. This hit me by surprise because I have always wanted to attend the Cody show someday thinking this is the real deal gun show (along with Tulsa) a bucket list adventure if you will. Now after seeing that this type of stuff is allowed in the Cody show has me re- thinking about making the trip. I have attended a lot of gun shows and when I go to one and see more than 30% – 40% of the tables littered with non- gun related items I complain to the promoter. I tell them I paid $8 (or whatever) for a gun show not a flea market. Flea markets are free. I let them know I’m not happy. I once read in an article about situations like this and it said that for every person that complains ten people feel the same way, but don’t have the stones to say anything. All us gun people seem to think the same way towards politicians (the way we vote) why not stick together on gun shows. “COMPLAIN”. Let them know how you feel. Did anyone of you say anything about the non- gun related stuff at the Cody show? Why not? If you let them get away with it now it will only get worse. They say when you get older you mellow out. Well I must not be a normal older guy because the older I get my chain seems to be getting shorter. By the way, nice 73 Shrapnel. Wish I had one like that.      RRM  

This issue was discussed at the BOD meeting, and it is being taken care of.  To be quite Frank, there were just two vendors that had non Firearms related tables & items, and for a 330 table show, that is a very small %.  That stated, the WACA show rules state that non-Winchester (firearms related) items are prohibited.  This year’s show was very busy, and our show promoter did not have the time to inspect every single table for rules violations.  We will endeavor to do better at next year’s show. 

Bert

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July 16, 2021
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The only tables I might argue about that caught my eye was the jewelry.  At least it was of the period.  I would really hate to see Colts and such be banned.  If most everything on your table is collectable and of the period I don’t have a problem.  A lot of Winchester people collect a lot of stuff from that period.  If the Club gets too strict you will lose a lot of people, dealers and buyers. 

July 16, 2021
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I was at a smaller gunshow last month and there were a whole lot of tables filled with items much worse than jewelry and knives.  Some might suggest you just walk by these tables and give them no thought.  Not always easy for those tables staffed by obnoxious people.  Some try to snag you as you walk by like carnival workers along a row of games.  

July 16, 2021
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I was at a smaller gunshow last month and there were a whole lot of tables filled with items much worse than jewelry and knives.  Some might suggest you just walk by these tables and give them no thought.  Not always easy for those tables staffed by obnoxious people.  Some try to snag you as you walk by like carnival workers along a row of games.    

Junk dealers need not apply, just like a majority of the MODERN guns.

July 16, 2021
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Well Bert, thanks for clarifying that for me. Of course I was not there to see how many tables were involved. Thanks.   RRM

July 16, 2021
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Bert H. said

This issue was discussed at the BOD meeting, and it is being taken care of.  To be quite Frank, there were just two vendors that had non Firearms related tables & items, and for a 330 table show, that is a very small %.  That stated, the WACA show rules state that non-Winchester (firearms related) items are prohibited.  This year’s show was very busy, and our show promoter did not have the time to inspect every single table for rules violations.  We will endeavor to do better at next year’s show. 

Bert  

Thanks Bert, and my thoughts mirror yours. Although it caught my eye, and a few members brought it up to me, it wasn’t a disturbing amount of non-gun related items.  To RRMs comments, this can be the start of a trend we don’t want.

To the show promoters defense, there were some empty tables from years past that needed filled, and these folks had a good relationship with the club and ask to display. Also, I heard several of the ladies at the show say they appreciated having a couple different tables with items they were interested in. There are plenty of gracious wives and partners that watch our tables while we are out trolling the show. When they get a chance to step away, they enjoy looking at some different items.

Its clearly a debatable subject and I’m not advocating the practice. In fact, I’m the one that brought it up at our meeting. That being said, so long as its not excessive, I can stomach a table or two if that’s what it takes to make sure we don’t have empty tables ……. that looks bad as well. 

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July 17, 2021
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I agree, you never want empty  tables.  I was a bit disappointed  in the non-gun related tables, but there were only a couple and far fewer than most of the local shows in my area.  I think  it  is  still  a  gun  show and always the  will  be.  We had  a  great  time.

July 17, 2021
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It’s nice to see that the Board is in the process of addressing the issue!

We have enough flee markets!

Way too many in my opinion!Smile

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