Re: Tupelo Gun Show
Well – have been, walked around, and came home.
Now keep in mind that what I’m writing is my opinion and that this opinion carries with it a built-in handgun-driven bias.
Regarding today? In a few words – not that hot.
I’ve been going to the Tupelo Gun Shows somewhat regularly. Noticed that toward the end of 2008 and all through 2009 they were getting poorer and poorer – not a lot of product and outrageous prices on much of what was there. I thought things were on an upswing with the Tupelo Show this year, the weekend of 2/12-14. But today’s show seemed to have slipped back again. And, there were a number of empty tables (albeit I was there by 9:30am this morning)
In late 2008, I began a spreadsheet on selected ammo pricing. And, as expected, it has been slowly creeping up across the board. The spreadsheet gives me a reasonably good basis to evaluate what might or might not be good prices.
Having written all that, let’s take a look at some selected items.
Typically 9mm ran around $20/bx. Not so good when you consider that WWB at Wal-Mart, Amory, is currently $11.76/50rd (including tax), bought in the 100rd box. I did see a couple of loose boxes of 9mm at $12/bx but that was the exception.
525rd and 550rd bricks of .22LR were in the $23-$24 neighborhood. Wal-Mart, Amory, yesterday, had Rem 550 rd bricks at $20.30, including tax.
Of course, 380’s were sky high - 50rd boxes running up to $27, a 100rd WWB was $50.
Saw a couple boxes of MagTech 25ACP for [email protected]
That probably was a good buy and I kicked myself on the drive home for not getting at least a box. Oh well, that’s how it goes.
Don’t even recall any .45ACP. At least I didn’t make any notes on them.
Now, I’m sure that most, if not all, of us are stocking-up (I hope it’s not flat-out ‘stockpiling’) our needed types of ammo. And, I’m sure this impacts the relative availability and pricing. But I believe that at these types of events the pricing is way out of line.
So much for ammo. Am personally interested in a .380 mousegun so was looking at them. Saw a Ruger LCP for $319. I guess that’s a good price. I believe the MSRP the last I saw was $364. If I read the tag correctly that would seem OK. I’m leaning very strongly, though, to the Taurus PT738 TCP (blued).
That about summarizes my personal impression of the Tupelo Gun Show today. And, yes, I’ll be back the weekend of Sept 17-19.