I just got back from Tulsa and it was fun to go to a big show. Judging from prices and people the hobby is strong, the auction prices have made their way to the gun shows. I saw collectors paying auction prices for nice prices.
The best part of the weekend was the company of like minded people, collectors. I sure hope these big shows keep going, buying guns from auction houses and the internet is not the same. When collectors can get together at a show, look, touch, and discuss the guns they see it’s far better than the net. T/R
Absolutely–it’s an education in itself that can’t be replicated on-line.
You are so right!
It’s a big show, hard to see everything by yourself. This show Chuck joined us, so the four of us shared information and got to see some neat stuff. I walked by a very rare gun several times, it was on a table camouflaged by gun show clutter. If it wasn’t for one of our group sharing the information and directions I wouldn’t have seen it. At Tulsa when someone say’s it’s over there and points, that doesn’t help much. Tulsa is a lot more fun in a group. T/R
September 19, 2014
At Tulsa when someone say’s it’s over there and points, that doesn’t help much. T/R
That, along with the long drive, the stress of rush, rush, rush, the overwhelming clutter, is why after going a couple of times, my interest faded. The best “education” is achieved when you have time to examine closely something you’re not familiar with, have no present interest in acquiring, but merely desire to learn about, such as the Starr carbine I was once allowed to handle, which has the most fascinating mechanical action of any gun I know, but which you had to see in action to appreciate.
I went to Tulsa for the first time. It took me about 11 hours to walk the show. 7 the first day and 4 the next day. After that I bounced around. I really enjoyed the the show but there is a lot of junk. At least junk to me. I spent a lot of time with TR, 1873man and their friend Wally. I was really surprised to see so many dealers that I already knew. I probably will come back. I was able to get some reloading items. A friend who drove is bringing them home for me. Most of what I got I probably could have taken it on the plane but I wasn’t going to risk it. There was a nice 1 of 1000 there that I got to look at. I believe they were asking $85K. Found some early Lyman tang sights in the box, some with paperwork. After talking to 1873man he convinced me they were only worth half of the asking prices.
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November 7, 2015
If I had a bucket list the Tulsa Show would be on it. I’m hoping to do more shows when (if) I retire. From what I’ve read it would be quite an experience walking the show for a couple of days.
Mike in my opinion the show should be 4 days not 3. I like to walk shows at least 2 times and Tulsa would take 3 days to do so. When I walked Tulsa it had changed so much from when I started I wish I could have walked it again. Tulsa was on my bucket list but now I think I might go once a year?
May 2, 2009
Ya from Friday setup to Saturday it was quite a change. Sat the table holders put out more guns. They were of leaving to much meat on the bones with their prices as well. Although if you knew your guns you could flip a gun at the show and double your money like Wally. If you look at all the tables you can find them under the money since there are so many guns.
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