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I'm going to the Tampa Gun Show this weekend. What should I look to buy... and what should I stay away from?

I imagine reloaded ammunition would be a bad thing to buy... unless it would be from a reputable source... and I don't know who a reputable source would be...
 

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I'd stay away from any reloaded and use factory for a while. Look for more mags, cause you can't go wrong with more mags. Maybe a holster and mag pouch, mag speed loader. Another GLOCK, perhaps a 19 so your 17 will have a buddy, hehe. More targets. Range bag, armorers tool, cleaning supplies.
 

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gun shows are a good place to get good ammo at WWB prices. Keep an eye out for unusual pistols cause a lot of times guys will get promo items and its a good time to pick them up for next to nothing and possibly make some money on them when they become well known..For instance I was at a show last year and seen an FMK 9mm for $150, it was a sweet looking pistol it had the bill of rights printed on it, had never heard of the company so I didnt pop on it. Now im kicking myself cause these things are going for $300+ now..here is the pistol im talking about...kinda Glock-like

http://fmkfirearms.com/index.html
 

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If you plan to carry your gun find a nice CCW holster. Maybe some night sights if you don't already have them. More mags. and look around for cheap factory ammo. I doubt you will find any at a gun show key word being cheap but it never hurts to look. Also, look for any deals on another firearm if you want another? And have a piece of beef jerky for me
 

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To be honest ... gun shows suck. There're are cheaper and more reliable places to buy just about everything. I guess it never hurt's to go look ... unless it is like around here, where it costs about 20 before you even get that chance.
 

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To be honest ... gun shows suck. There're are cheaper and more reliable places to buy just about everything. I guess it never hurt's to go look ... unless it is like around here, where it costs about 20 before you even get that chance.
hmm dont know how the shows suck in your area but i too live in NC and our shows in the area are pretty awesome and only cost $5 to get in..Guess its just a matter of luck and where you live.
 

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hmm dont know how the shows suck in your area but i too live in NC and our shows in the area are pretty awesome and only cost $5 to get in..Guess its just a matter of luck and where you live.
maybe you can tell me where these awesome shows are .... I'd like to actually find one.
 

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maybe you can tell me where these awesome shows are .... I'd like to actually find one.
There is one coming up on the 21-22 of this month in charlotte. It is usually the biggest gun show in the area, takes a while to get through it. Check out C&E gun shows that is the group that puts it on. I think the website is www.cegunshows.com
 

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Been there, done that, I'll just leave it at a difference in opinion.
 

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I'd stay away from any reloaded and use factory for a while. Look for more mags, cause you can't go wrong with more mags. Maybe a holster and mag pouch, mag speed loader. Another GLOCK, perhaps a 19 so your 17 will have a buddy, hehe. More targets. Range bag, armorers tool, cleaning supplies.
Good tips, Boomer... I am looking for a range bag for sure... Right now I carry my Glock in the original Glock clam shell and shove everything else in plastic bags... Not very professional... :(

Definately looking for cleaning supplies... I want to get a nice bronze brush for a 9mm barrel. I want to make sure I get something that won't hurt my barrel... I've been using the nylon brush that came with my Glock and some Hoppe #9 to clean it. I let it soak and everything comes off, but I try to clean it soon after I shoot.

I'm also thinking about an uplula mag loader, too... I'm pretty good with the Glock speed loader, so this isn't a necessity...

Armerors tools... Not sure what these would be...

How can I make sure a mag is genuine Glock?

Get a little buddy for my 17... You crack me up Boomer... My plans actually have been to get the 17 for home protection and sport shooting... and later, when I've learned more, get a second carry Glock... probably a 19 or maybe a 26... I'd like to stay in the 9mm zone...

Targets is a good idea... I'll be looking at holsters for sure...
 

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If you plan to carry your gun find a nice CCW holster. Maybe some night sights if you don't already have them. More mags. and look around for cheap factory ammo. I doubt you will find any at a gun show key word being cheap but it never hurts to look. Also, look for any deals on another firearm if you want another? And have a piece of beef jerky for me
Good ideas... I don't think I'll ever carry my 17... I like it for SD and range shooting, but I'll probably get a second Glock... probably a 19, maybe smaller for a carry weapon... I will surely be looking at holsters though...

I don't have any night sights though... I like the stock sights... been thinking about the Trijicon night sights though... what do you think of them?

How hard are they to put on and align? The Trijicon site also sells a Glock 17/19 tool kit that comes with a vise. Would I need to get that too?

Beef Jerky? I love beef jerky... Is it something they usually sell at gun shows? If that is the case, I will definately have one... or... maybe two...
 

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To be honest ... gun shows suck. There're are cheaper and more reliable places to buy just about everything. I guess it never hurt's to go look ... unless it is like around here, where it costs about 20 before you even get that chance.
The Tampa Gun Show is $8 to get in, plus they offer coupons to reduce the price...

I have never been to one of the big gun shows, so I'm going with a friend to look around... Should be fun...
 

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gun shows are a good place to get good ammo at WWB prices. Keep an eye out for unusual pistols cause a lot of times guys will get promo items and its a good time to pick them up for next to nothing and possibly make some money on them when they become well known..For instance I was at a show last year and seen an FMK 9mm for $150, it was a sweet looking pistol it had the bill of rights printed on it, had never heard of the company so I didnt pop on it. Now im kicking myself cause these things are going for $300+ now..here is the pistol im talking about...kinda Glock-like

http://fmkfirearms.com/index.html
Pretty cool gun...

Looks like they're going right for the collectors market... comes with a lot of cool stuff though... Like the "loaded" LED and the extra sights...

Should a got one... ;)
 

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Just watch out how much money you bring, cause it can sometimes get expensive.
 

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Pretty cool gun...

Looks like they're going right for the collectors market... comes with a lot of cool stuff though... Like the "loaded" LED and the extra sights...

Should a got one... ;)
Yeah ive been kicking myself for not picking it up when I saw it, I havnt seen another one since and none of the local gun shops can get them. I just think its cool that they have the bill of rights engraved on the slide, that just speaks volumes for what the company stands for.
 

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I've found that most stuff at the "gun shows" in my area is over priced crap.
Better deals to be found online.
Shows are best just to look around, and maybe fondle are few items.
Once in a great while you will stumble across a "deal".
 

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Had a great time at the Tampa Gun Show today... there was every kind of gun and every kind of person there... I think a lot of people just use gun shows as a way to open carry without getting arrested... One guy was marching around with a rifle on his shoulder... I think he was waiting for Stalin's approval...

I found out one thing right away... If you're going to buy something at a gun show, you better do your homework before the show... you need to know the value of whatever you are interested in purchasing. I saw Glock 17's like mine for almost the same money up to $30 more than mine was new... pretty crazy.

It was a great chance to check out and hold a lot of pistols I haven't seen before... Got a nice look at the Kimber Ultra Carry II... nice gun, but very expensive...

I didn't buy anything outrageous, but I did buy a few things:

  • 50 caliber ammo box (to store my ammo)
  • Glock work mat with exploded view of a Glock 17 on it...
  • Shooter's Choice Grease
  • Break Free CLP
  • (2) Bronze 9mm barrel brushes
  • (5) Cotton 9mm barrel cleaning rolls

Had a fun time...
 

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Good ideas... I don't think I'll ever carry my 17... I like it for SD and range shooting, but I'll probably get a second Glock... probably a 19, maybe smaller for a carry weapon... I will surely be looking at holsters though...

I don't have any night sights though... I like the stock sights... been thinking about the Trijicon night sights though... what do you think of them?

How hard are they to put on and align? The Trijicon site also sells a Glock 17/19 tool kit that comes with a vise. Would I need to get that too?

Beef Jerky? I love beef jerky... Is it something they usually sell at gun shows? If that is the case, I will definately have one... or... maybe two...
Trijicon are my favorite. I like them alot. I actually think they improve my accuracy. They require a couple of tool to put on. A pusher and a wrench for the front sight. The pusher is kinda expensive. I can rent you the stuff to do it if you want or would be happy to do it for you if you sent me your slide. No big deal will take me about 5 minutes then back to the PO it would go.

Or shoot me a PM if you want to rent my tools I am not using them at the moment
 

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Trijicon are my favorite. I like them alot. I actually think they improve my accuracy. They require a couple of tool to put on. A pusher and a wrench for the front sight. The pusher is kinda expensive. I can rent you the stuff to do it if you want or would be happy to do it for you if you sent me your slide. No big deal will take me about 5 minutes then back to the PO it would go.

Or shoot me a PM if you want to rent my tools I am not using them at the moment
The Trijicon sights do seem to get a lot of good write-ups on You-Tube...

Thank you very much for the offer to put the sights on or rent me the tools, I appreciate it. I'm still in the research part of my night sight upgrade, but will let you know when I get closer.
 
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