I took my son to his first gun show today. (I'm in FL visiting and we went to a show in Ft. Meyers-a suncoast gun shows show-usually theirs are the bigger and better of the shows. This was at a county fairgrounds in a building about the size of where the aces play. Little smaller.) What a let down. Prices on everything were spiked sky high-full price plus. I found a box of 32-20 priced at $50. (Same price as SW in ANC). I asked what's your best price on this and the guy got pissy, pointed his finger at me and said "It's that PLUS TAX." I said "much obliged" and moved on. (I later found another box priced at $65) gun powder ranged from 24-30 per lb w 8 lb cans at $180. No one would negotiate on anything. (Well one guy came down $50 on a 1949 Model 94 that was waaaay beat up, but that's it.) I saw a 50 rd box of 22lr that I just bought at a store in Tampa for $4 marked at $10 at the gun show.
One thing that really stuck out to me was that there was almost nothing hunting/sporting related; almost everything was assault weapon or semi automatic handgun. I saw very few revolvers. In the whole I building I saw one box of 243 (at $30 for the yellow box core lot) and 3 boxes of 30-30 also at $30). However EVERYBODY had tons and tons of 223 762x39 9 and 40 ammo. (Didn't even see much 357 or 44 ammo) I'm really starting to feel like hunting sports and hunters are a rare and dying breed and the future of shooting sports is in taking life or defending life. My son picked up a Henry 22 and the guy tried to switch us to an AR15.
The bright spot was I took many opportunities to teach Crighton about the value of a dollar and to just not buy something if it is priced too high. You don't HAVE to have it. We didn't spend a dime and that was our last gun show.