Valpo gunshow yesterday.
Lots of people. The line was seldom less than 150 people long, even after noon. My understanding was that at the opening bell there were in excess of 700 people in line, waiting for the doors to open. I don’t know what the attendance numbers will be, but the gate collection must have been huge. Likely the Dunes Rifle and Pistol club made a profit on the day. Big time.
There were few deals to be had. Evil Black Rifles/Assault Weapons were available, but at very high prices. Saw a few enterprising capitalists carrying such rifles for sale, but at highly inflated prices, and few buyers. Ammo was available at inflated pricing. 5.56×45 available in limited quantities at $1.00 per round. Other calibers available at similar prices/availabilities.
Reloading supplies were similar. Pricing was inflated, and supplies/selection was limited.
Pistols were available, in quantities. Prices were fairly high, near MSRP. Sales were…brisk. LOTS of women buying.
Most vendors that I know….And I know a fair percentage of them at this show, all agree that pricing will likely return to near pre-Newtown levels in 3-5 months. Maybe. Probably.
I gotta say that the attitude of the crowd was….dispirited. Everyone was, of course, polite. (Never yet seen a gunshow crowd that wasn’t!). But the attitude was not as genial and happy as that of past gushows. Both vendors and buyers were different in attitude. Hard to put a finger on. Stressed.
I did see OG and Partner in passing, but he was coming in as I was leaving, so we didn’t spend much time together….Maybe next time.