2018 Texas Airgun Show Writeup
2018 Texas Airgun Show
Arlington Sportsman Club (ASC) once again hosted the Texas Airgun Show in its 5th year (3rd year at ASC) this past Saturday, and the event was once again the biggest event of the year for us. We moved the show 2 months earlier to June to avoid the sweltering heat that is August, but nature thwarted our efforts by giving us 100-degree temps to start an early heat wave this summer. Phew it was hot! The show this year was about the same attendance as our first year, but with more vendors that filled inside the pavilion and overflowed onto the porch and under the large tent outside. I continue to hear compliments on our beautiful facility and the unique feature that show attendees can buy and sell airguns and then take a short walk outside to the ranges for demos and other shooting activities. Vendors and attendees also complimented on the professionalism of our local Straight Shooters 4-H (SS4H) shooting sports program, who were providing food, drinks and snacks all day for donations. Way to go SS4H!
We still had a pavilion full of vendors and individuals selling airguns of all types. New ones, old ones, rare ones, rifles, pistols, full-auto BB guns, etc. Prices ranged from $20 to as high as $2000 for multi-pump, spring, CO2, and high-pressure air powered airguns. There were also accessories for sale like pellets, air tanks, scopes, and even night scopes for hunting varmints! 3 of the ranges were filled with folks shooting airguns. Tom Gaylord, The Godfather of Airguns, a national and internationally known writer of all things airguns was in attendance yet again with a table full of interesting guns, and copies of his book that he was autographing for purchasers.
The activities started with rifle and pistol shooting on Range B courtesy of guns provided by Sig-Sauer and Crosman. Many folks continue to comment on the realistic performance of Sig-Sauer airguns that mimic their firearm product lines. In fact, that is the main selling point of their airgun line; practice with a cheaper alternative to the real thing even in your own backyard. Over on range C, we had folks trying out air rifles from Hatsan USA, Umarex, Airforce Airguns and RAW by shooting at silhouette and swinger targets all the way out to 100 yards. Almost all of these companies sell big bore airguns (.25-.50 cal.!!) designed for hunting large animals up to deer and boar sizes. If you didn’t know, Texas legalized hunting game animals with airguns this year, so perhaps an airgun is in your hunting future. I believe the big-bore airguns continue to surprise people with their power and accuracy and ability to take down large animals at realistic distances. Finally, on Range D we had many people trying out rifles before they buy.
As in years past, a major draw for the show were the prize giveaways. There are 3 ways to win items at the Texas Airgun Show. First, with your paid gate entry ticket good for the door prize, second by purchasing raffle tickets for raffle items from our lovely assistants Patricia and Sheila, and third by purchasing raffle tickets from our SS4H group on Range B to be entered in a drawing for guns from Sig Sauer and Pyramyd Air at the end of the day. Sig-Sauer gave away (3) 1911 style CO2-powered BB-pistols, and Pyramyd Air donated (20!) Daisy John Wayne Lil Duke BB rifles, that were to be won by kids only. Most of the prizes on Range B were won by the SS4H kids or by adults with grandkids who will hopefully soon have large smiles on their faces and memories of new shooting experiences. In the main pavilion this year we gave away 8 air rifles, an air pistol, a pair of rifle scopes, an airgun spring compressor tool, and scope mounts. There were so many nice prizes given away by Hatsan ( https://hatsanusa.com/ ), Umarex ( https://www.umarexusa.com/ ), Airgun Depot ( http://www.airgundepot.com/ ), Sig-Sauer ( https://www.sigsauer.com/products/airguns/ ), Pyramyd Air ( https://www.pyramydair.com/ ), Crosman ( http://www.crosman.com/airguns/air-rifles/ ), Sun Optics ( http://sunopticsusa.com/ ), and AirForce Airguns ( http://www.airforceairguns.com/ ) that they all seemed to be “grand prizes”. The final two prizes given away were a beautiful walnut-stocked Air Arms TX200 rifle from Pyramyd Air, and a .22 caliber Condor SS air rifle and scope from AirForce Airguns. The Air Arms rifle was won by none other than the young man who walked away with the limited-edition Air Arms rifle from last year! The Airforce Airguns rifle was won by a past president of ASC, who is a strong and energetic supporter of airguns at our club.
A happy end to another successful show. You can all of the photos from the event here ( https://photos.app.goo.gl/9W3ZXkYtmpRPwBWH3 ) Thanks again to everyone from the ASC that volunteered and to the leadership of our club that allows this show to take place at our facility, and thanks to Tom Gaylord, The Godfather of Airguns, who is our inspirational leader for airguns.
See other write ups in the FT thread for results of our FT Match on Sunday we had 33 shooters for our first ever FT Match tied to the Airgun Show!
Texas Airgun Show Director
Baldwinsville Airgun Show & Shoot has had a test range & plinking range less than minute from the main hall for 26 years. We we're the first show to have air rifle competition and a show at the same time plus a test & plinking range . We have had air cane matches, 10 meter rifle & pistol, NRA steel target, Field target, Big Bore .30 caliber or larger @ 50 yards offhand 5 hots. Red Ryder & single six gun matches thru the 26 years. We have had as many as 30 individuals + on the plinking range at one time.
Our show has about 150-250 plus the vendors . Field target can be from 10-35. There are many competitions that we offer that many individuals have to make choices as to which competition they want to shoot. 10 meter rifle and pistol attract between 20-30 people in these events. Air Cane matches used to have up to 8 individuals shooting original air canes. The canes were very impressive as was consider a close range air gun, but many of the canes that were shot in the competition could hit targets out to 30 yards with no problems. Come and join us at Baldwinsville this year!!!!!!!!!!