I tried to go to a gun show in Sturbridge Mass today. With 300 tables, it looked like it might be fun. It had a huge line, so I didn’t bother. (fire law says that people have to leave, before folks from the line can go in) I stopped at Yankee diner in Charlton on the way home, so the trip was worth the gas. Yankee has mixed reviews on the web, but I have always been happy. Things are priced a buck or two higher than you might expect, but the portions are really big. (I’m over 300 lbs, and managed to finish the “special” omelette, but had to leave half of my hash browns and toast).
I stopped at my favorite gun store on the way home, and he told me that these gun shows are really popular, but he doesn’t show in them. Before I left, some other customers came in who had been at the gun show early in the day. They said that it was more a knife show than a gun show, and that by the time that they left, they were turning folks away, suggesting that they come back tomorrow. They were sorry to have taken the time to go.
It’s a good time to be in the gun biz, but from a stock picking viewpoint, the gun makers seem to be priced as growth stocks. I have my doubts that the market can keep growing, because a quality gun, once bought, can last for generations. The gun that I shoot with, more than any other, is a .22 Remington that is almost 100 years old. My great uncle owned it, then my grandfather, then me, and it is in better condition than I am.