I used to be a big show fan. But, I really like my LGS........and I like going there to hang out and hear about the latest stuff, fondle the recent trades, and ogle the new gear and guns--it's like a mini gun show whenever I go in.
When I developed the craving for the LCP (thanks in part to this place!
) --I called them first. No joy--they were sold out, no delivery date.
A couple days later, my favorite guy calls to say he took one back on trade from a guy who didn't care for the recoil. (go figure!)
I got it on the ultimate swap--my "used" LCP, a box of Magtech (missing 18), and a box of SXT (unused)--were given for a gun I no longer cared for: and was into for $200........
It just doesn't get any better than that.
So, gun show or not--I'm a believer in relationships with the LGS. Many times, it has served me quite well.
Shows are a good place to see a bunch of things that you haven't seen before........or things that your LGS doesn't carry a lot of. But, when it comes buyin'-time, the relationship you have earned with your LGS is where the cash should flow.
I'll leave my soapbox now. :