I put a deposit on my first gun show table.

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Re: I put a deposit on my first gun show table.

Postby Niner » Fri Aug 03, 2018 4:20 pm

It's setup day. Show starts at 9 am tomorrow and ends at 5 pm. Sunday it's 10 to 4.

Found the right door at the back of the showroom to take me to the sign in guy..... after a little hunting. It was 1:30 in the afternoon and only just after the opening to set up time of 1 pm. Guy at the desk was the guy I had given my credit card numbers to over the phone....although the Collectors & Shooters Club Inc., is out of Montgomery. He had told me the card wouldn't be charged and only a "place holder". That much was true as he had my name and had me penciled in for a table and my credit card had never been charged. He proceeded to ask for $60 and I paid him cash and got a receipt and was assigned a table.

It was still early so tables were only beginning to be setup.

I was wondering how much of a table I'd have. Turns out to be nearly 8 ft. long with a wall behind me. A dozen rifles spread out on an angle with some space between seemed about the right amount as it turns out....particularly considering the long rifles I brought. If I can manage to sell a few tomorrow I should be able to add a few more on Sunday. I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.

I ran some wire thorough the trigger guards and locked all of them together for the night. Then....though the photos won't show it, I put another sheet over all the guns like a not open for business sign.

I jury rigged a rifle carrier. Used a few of those plastic ties to attach a milk crate to a hand truck. Made a pretty good carry all. I could get six rifles per carry with no trouble.
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Re: I put a deposit on my first gun show table.

Postby Niner Delta » Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:41 pm

Look good, best of luck tomorrow & Sunday.......... :D

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Re: I put a deposit on my first gun show table.

Postby ArchFluffy » Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:46 pm

This is going to be awesome!

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Re: I put a deposit on my first gun show table.

Postby DuncaninFrance » Sat Aug 04, 2018 2:41 am

Have a profitable weekend Robert :razz: :razz:
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Re: I put a deposit on my first gun show table.

Postby Niner » Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:20 am

Thanks for the good wishes guys. I'm heading out for day one in a few minutes. I'll report on the experience of day one later.
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Re: I put a deposit on my first gun show table.

Postby ArchFluffy » Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:30 pm

I can't wait, Niner!

What if he just trades his rifles for other ones and so no net change :mrgreen:

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Re: I put a deposit on my first gun show table.

Postby Niner » Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:01 pm

Well.... took 12 to the show and sold 9 of them today. Most of them in the morning. I'll go back tomorrow and maybe bring a couple or three more or just hang around a little to see if the last three sell.

One of the last three I would have sold but the guy was from the neighboring state of Mississippi as it turned out and according to the rules as I understand them, me as a private individual can't sell a weapon to a person who resides in another state without going through a FFL dealer. He had to put his money back in his pocket.

Talked to a lot of people. Handed out a few cards for the site. Maybe some of the ones I handed the card to will give us a look.

Overall... pretty pleased. Didn't have to discount many because I think I priced them right to sell and the ones I did discount was only a little.

The worst sellers were the Turk Mausers. Did sell two of them but the three guns I have remaining are all Turks.

Surprised at the outcome and happy with the results. And I was basically removing some of what I considered the bottom end of my collection.

I took a photo of all drivers licenses as added proof for my gun ledger. Nobody minded. And.... requested each one initial a statement saying that the firearm is sold as is as a C&R and of unknown firing safety condition.
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Re: I put a deposit on my first gun show table.

Postby ArchFluffy » Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:42 pm

You did just fine.

It sure looks like a nice show too. Good lighting, pathways wide enough to walk down. Nice.

You really did move those rifles! I wonder what the crowd on Sunday will be like. I always try to go Saturday and find all the good stuff. You might surprise some fellow sellers with even more cool stuff on your table!

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Re: I put a deposit on my first gun show table.

Postby Niner » Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:28 pm

I was a salesman of one thing and another most of my life. Like all salesmen worthy of their salt, I always felt good about a good day selling...or most sales I made actually. It was like scoring a goal or something in any ordinary sport. When I sold a trailer load of mattresses as a wholesale rep I felt good about it. When I was in my later years a car salesman when I had a hat trick day I felt good about it. It's like your alter ego dual personality. Really it is like that. I miss that feeling sometimes... but that was then and this is now. You are someone else when you shift into sales mode. But... today I wasn't really feeling it. I was only thinking about how I had a pocket full of money and wondering about what the people I sold to would feel about their purchase and if I had any connection to them at all. And I hope I had read all the gun sales rules right. I appreciated the sale..... just wasn't any kick anymore. But... I'm retired. If I actually got a kick out of it I might resent being old..... which I don't...or go back into some kind of sales occupation. Fat chance of that. Old isn't all that bad. Retired beats having a schedule every day by a long shot.

I don't miss any of the guns I sold. The ones I'd miss I'll die with and my next of kin can deal with them.

Arch, the crowd on Sunday will be just as large.....just have to go to church first. We Southerners love Jesus, Trump and Guns. God bless us one and all. I use the term "we" generically.
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Re: I put a deposit on my first gun show table.

Postby DuncaninFrance » Sun Aug 05, 2018 4:34 am

Good man Robert, sounds like you moved some stock, good luck for today..............
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Re: I put a deposit on my first gun show table.

Postby ArchFluffy » Sun Aug 05, 2018 5:05 pm

This makes me want to go to a gun show now too!

Not that I want to sell anything...

Really though, I think it's great that you pulled the trigger on this and gave it a shot. Looking forward to the final report!

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Re: I put a deposit on my first gun show table.

Postby Niner » Sun Aug 05, 2018 6:15 pm

Today, I went in with my three rifles left. After thinking about it a little I decided to go home early and take them with me as they will help fill out a table full of rifles next time I may do this.

The one thing I didn't factor in was that the state, city and county wanted their tax cut. However even after having to eat that I still managed to realize a good profit over what I had in them. The long term investment in those old military bolt actions sold at scrap prices fifteen and twenty years ago has turned out to be good.
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Re: I put a deposit on my first gun show table.

Postby DuncaninFrance » Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:38 am

So you sold 9? :roll:
Obviously you now know the ropes and a table at another show would probably nett you a better profit :)
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Re: I put a deposit on my first gun show table.

Postby Niner » Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:29 am

Duncan, I sold all of them for probably less than the highest possible price...yet when I add up the money I paid for the nine I sold and divided it into the money I sold them for, the result is three times what I paid for them in the years ago past. I probably should have offered some for $50 or a $100 or so more. On the other hand, would the buyers have been there at the higher price? I saw some dealers there with some much higher prices on Nagants but.... from the people I was seeing I don't think the chances were good that they ever sold. Of course the "greater fool" might have come along......but the odds weren't that great.

My goal was to reduce my collection and sell what I had for at least twice what I had in them from the golden age of the surplus rifle. I succeeded.

Next time I'll be into the less seen specimens and that will take some research....or maybe there is a better way to sell them by getting them in front of a larger audience. There are some auction houses for instance. I could also pick some for a gun shop at a range I frequent. They sell guns on a 10% commission. No tax problem collection as they are dealers and have tax accounts and people expect to pay the tax.

It was an experience I'm glad I undertook if only to have done it. It rounds out the C&R collector experience.


One thing that has proved out over the years....for me anyway.... if you buy an old firearm because you are interested in the history and the mechanics and the experience of knowing how a soldier experienced firing it, it won't be like just about ever other "durable" good you ever bought. It is not likely you will lose any money on your purchase if you keep it long enough. You can't say that about many things.
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Re: I put a deposit on my first gun show table.

Postby Aughnanure » Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:09 pm

I'd take an Indian Enfield .308 like a flash too.

Hope all goes well,

I came in late there!!

I'm in India at the moment and still a bit "Jet Forwarded" :bigsmile:


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Re: I put a deposit on my first gun show table.

Postby Niner » Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:35 pm

Sold the 2A and the 2A1 to the same young fellow. He said he was interested in the history. Hope he enjoys having them. I did stress that I was selling them as a Curio & Relic and that he ought to have them checked out by a competent gunsmith first if he planned on shooting them...and that the caliber wasn't .303 but the NATO cousin to the .308. I shot at least one of them a dozen years ago.... probably shot both of them. Just never took a shine to them. Maybe it was a shortage of ammo as well. I always have had plenty of .303, 8mm and 7.62x54r surplus around. Still do.

I gave him a card with the address of this site. Maybe he will take a look some time.

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