Took a drive to Indy yesterday to take a look around at the Indy 1500 Gun Show. I wasn't in the market for anything in particular, but one never knows when one might stumble upon a hidden deal or something that's just cool enough that you've got to buy it. More than anything, I was tired of being in the house and needed to get out and do SOMETHING, so Missus JB and I saddled up and rode south.
Some random observations:
* Supplies of guns are plentiful, despite the bare shelves you may see at the local gun shop. Tables and tables of everything you'd expect: AR-15s, shotguns, bolt action rifles, old MilSurp stuff, antiques/custom guns, and so forth. The problem was the prices. No, sir, I won't pay $1,300 for a basic Rock River AR, thanks... nor will I pay $600 for a Remington 870 Express. Sorry.
* Ammo is the most expensive I've seen it in... ever. Inquired about a box of bulk .22LR, and one vendor was willing to "make me a deal"... Only $100 for a box of 525 rounds. *cough spit* Yeah, I'll pass on that "deal", thanks. Steel cased .223 ammo was going for almost $1/round.
* I was amazed at a couple of tables that had boxes and boxes of miscellaneous parts for guns I've never HEARD of, let alone know what the part is designed to do. So much that I haven't learned.
* Some vendors must think that there are a lot of ill-informed shoppers out there, as I saw display after display of cheap crap at high prices. Mostly in the knife selection. For $45, I can buy your cheap plastic crap knife (in tacti-cool marpat cammo, even), or I could spend $50 online and buy a quality knife from a reputable manufacturer.
* People at gun shows are really polite. The tables were pretty close to each other, making for narrow walking aisles, and therefore a lot of inadvertent bumping into other people. To a person, everyone was saying "Excuse me, sir" or "Pardon me, ma'am."
* The Zombie thing is old hat. Move on.
* Ostrich jerky sounds interesting. Wish I'd have worked up the nerve to buy some.
* I still need something in .45 ACP. If anyone knows someone selling a S&W 457, or a 1911 at a fair price, hit me up.
* Thr3e Wise Men brewing company in Broad Ripple has good food and beer, and fit the bill for an after-show bit of grub.