Tales From A Tallahassee Gun Show

Blog reader Javi sent this in, and I thought it was too good to not post:

I went to the Tallahassee gun show today and found this (condor airsoft) rig selling for 265:

It came with that thin piece of tin as a “ballistics” armour. I wish I could say they were selling it as an airsoft product, but that wasnt the case. They also had 2 older LE vests that looked like they have been run over by a truck for 600. To top of the day, this guy happened to be standing next to me at another booth looking at glocks. He explained that he left his glock in the street on day and the garbage truck ran it over which broke the “thingy.” He insited on buying a 9mm, and other things. I had a video of another conversation he had with a vendor about getting a ccw, but the audio is crap. Needless to say he and the ridiculous “tactical hillbilly’s” walking around provide some good entertainment for the crap lousy show it was.

LOL too good.  I especially like how that guy’s Glock was ran over by a garbage truck after he left it in the street.

Anyone else have any good gun show tales?



GAGG February 2, 2012 at 12:25 am

Didn’t TacTV do a test on running over some Glocks (and even the mag), but the guns still fired fine?

bikeman February 2, 2012 at 06:21 am

You know, this is one of the “darwin” or natural selection sales. The guy who buys this thinking it will actually stop rounds, hasn’t done any research, and might have a buddy shoot it while he’s wearing it to show how protective it is… well…

That being said, numerous airsoft things have been passed off at shows across the country I imagine. No good stories on my part since I usually walk away as soon as I determine what I’m attempting to ignore is pure BS

ThatllHappen February 2, 2012 at 08:13 am

I had a guy at a show try to sell me on his condor tactical gear by telling me all his buddies (all SEALS surprisingly) wear it exclusively when they are in theater in Afghanistan. I cool story bro’d him and kept walking.

Ernest Young February 2, 2012 at 08:43 am

I ran into a knife vendor who claimed their Mikov was a custom Microtech OSS.
(the OSS is an overpriced Mikov copy)
The mikov had been abused and didnt open properly because apparently no-one EVER oiled it.
They wanted $600 for it.

Ernest Young February 2, 2012 at 09:51 am

Keep in mind a NEW mikov runs around $100 shipped (from the Czech Republic)

Ernest Young February 2, 2012 at 08:06 pm

Also had an argument with a guy once over the fact that the Charlotte police were switching to the Glock 22.

The guy actually tried to say that he didn’t think .22 was an effective caliber, not enough stopping power.
At which point I HAD to play the devils advocate and say .22lr is the most lethal for it’s size of any caliber. (and yes, I know glock 22 is .40S&W)
And he continued to say that a glock 22 just wasent a good choice, not effective.


(BTW, this didnt happen at a gun show, it was actually in the waiting room of a hospital (dude also claimed to have worked munition in the Army), but I figured it belonged here)

ENDO-Mike February 6, 2012 at 12:33 am

haHAHHA priceless. I actually had a conversation with a cop once that was similar. He told me they carried Glock 22’s and I said “Oh the .40 caliber” and he was like “No it’s .22 caliber… Glock 22”

ozwald February 2, 2012 at 09:34 am

i’m sorta brown and wore a shemagh to a gunshow. a vendor straight up asked “have you now or ever engaged in terrorist activities or been a member or an officer of any organizations that advocated violence against americans or the american government?” i replied “no sir.” and he looked at me weird for a moment before sliding over my 4473 and eventually selling me a secondhand mossberg 500.

cspradlin February 2, 2012 at 06:25 pm

Actually, you’ll find plenty of us soldiers use Condor-made gear.

Maybe not the whole vests, but we like the cheap but usable pouches they make!

NotWagner February 2, 2012 at 11:26 pm

We have piles of airsoft gear passed off as legit, guys with tables full of cheap Chinese pocket knives, the junk peddlers with worn out crap, and the bumpkin types who will bring two or three guns and two banquet tables full of junk store knick knacks. There’s usually a couple tee shirt vendors with the tacticool screenprints or political shirts, a paracord braider guy, a knife sharpener dude, and someone selling jerky. The dealers who show up are split between those offering deals and the out of town guys who are raping folks who only shop the shows because they think that’s where the best deals are. The best stuff usually comes in with the price of admission and is sold walking through the crowd.

El Duderino February 3, 2012 at 07:17 am

My experience with gun shows, almost perfectly. I stopped arguing/haggling with gun show sellers a long time ago, I’ve heard of smokin’ deals but have never seen one. More like some guy selling a P1 as “dad’s old P-38 he brought back from France” for $800. Try telling him P-38s don’t have aluminum frames and I can get a P1 for $350, bozo!

I’ve seen more sketchy guns at shows than in several years of dropping into pawn shops and checking out their wares. The tables of stuff that looks identical to the knives and other crap sold at out of the way gas stations is either sad or hilarious depending on your perspective.

The “body armor” in the post is just criminal. Caveat emptor.

Church February 3, 2012 at 02:49 pm

I haven’t gone to a gun show in like 4 years… They’re just not fun anymore…

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