Just got back from Tulsa, and I can’t tell you how good it felt to walk into the biggest gun show in the world! A lot of eye candy on tables. Big dealers and auction houses had their stuff out to be looked at. For me it doesn’t get any better, I can look and handle rare nice guns hands on in one 11 acre room.
I had time to talk to my friends and meet a few new ones, I came home with a Tulsa PHD in gun value and availability. I do internet but nothing beats hands on at a gun show. After 25 years of Tulsa gun shows it’s still worth the time and money for me to go. T/R
I echo your sentiments Tom, I think its been 2 years since Id been to a big show. Enjoyed chatting and pawing over a few guns with you.
Attendance seemed a bit down and there werent as many “in the door” guns walking around. Also noticed there were several long time dealers Id bought from in the past that werent there this time around, or at least i couldnt find them. The sheer volume of collectible items at the show makes the drive and time worth the while. With a little bit of focused hunting, there were some decent deals to be had.
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I had a great time and enjoyed seeing everyone again. Bought a few tidbits but sold more than I bought (which always makes the wife happy).
Looking forward to the next Tulsa show in April.
November 7, 2015
I feel blessed to have attended three exception collectors’ shows this year but must admit the Tulsa show sounds like a good time. I probably won’t get a table, it will take me the entire show just to walk by all the tables.
How were sales? A collector/dealer at our fall TGCA show was observed buying up lots of inventory to take to the Tulsa show. Looking forward to some threads under “What’s New” to show off your scores. Pics or it didn’t happen!
If you decide to go to the Tulsa show, you have to get in Friday. Friday setup is 10am to 6:30pm, that’s the time the dealer to dealer sales take place. A dealer is anyone with a table. New table holders get in at 1pm, same tables from last show get in at 10am. If you go in with the general public Saturday morning at 8am you’ve missed it! T/R
August 27, 2014
Where are your tables? Have to catch up to you next time around. Im always at 18 LA 14-15.
I am at row 2 upper deck, table #5. Usually have a grey WACA table cover.
Look forward to seeing you next time!
How is the April show compared to the Winter show?
There appeared to be less buyers but I sold about the same amount of rifles. There were a few aggressive buyers that bought 5 guns alone from my table all at once (all 1890’s). Sold more on Friday before the show opened than I did Sat and Sun combined.
I do prefer the April show though.
Tulsa is on the bucket list.
In the meantime Allentown, Baltimore and Syracuse help scratch the gun show itch.
Up until about 20 yrs ago, Syracuse was my all-time favorite, even though it was a 4 hr drive over mainly 2-lane roads, & I’ve been to Baltimore (a fat-cat show, like Vegas) & Allentown, as well as Tulsa, which, if you can’t get in during set-up is too grueling for me. But not only did the black-rifle & camo invasion set in, but at about the same time the State Police set up (as you know) all the threatening signs outside the door, which discouraged many from bringing guns in to sell. (The bldg. is state owned.)
October 2, 2020
I‘ve been to every Tulsa show since the mid 90’s except one and haven’t seen the State Police. The security is friendly and professional, well run show. If there were protesters I don’t remember. I come in the building early and leave late so I would have missed it. Like most big shows they have accidental discharges, some fool puts his finger in the trigger guard and pulls. They preach no loaded guns and tie-wraps on the PA often. Wanenmacher does a good job and I can’t complain. Having a show that big under one roof is special. I hope he can keep it going. T/R
The show never runs out of tables, anyone can get one even at the last minute. When someone decides to sell their guns they get a table and sell out. They are not dealers, just collectors. As the guns come out of the cases on Friday and the price is good their gone. The fire sale is Friday. The show is so big dealers can’t dominate it. T/R