I went to a gun show, and I liked it. I even made it out alive.

While it might seem like a scary proposition, this wallet-less trend is our future, even if it's fully integrated in my lifetime.

Riding along with two friends, I experienced my first gun show today in Oshkosh, WI.  Ever since learning about the carry culture and going to a range for the first time, I wanted to see what a gun show was like.

If you’ve never been to a gun show, it’s much like any other trade show out there, but for guns and other weapons.  You’ll also find a variety of accessories and ammunition.  One of the booths that we stopped for was a business that sold what looked like a waist band with an integrated holster.  I was impressed by the design because it looks like something I could wear over a pair of sweatpants.  I tend to favor carrying a firearm concealed, so this appealed to me.

Because firearm ownership tends to revolve around the politically conservative crowd, there were also bumper stickers reflecting a pro-gun attitude, patriotism, as well as some mocking President Obama’s gun policies and his presidency overall.

My overall observations:

  • Everyone in the place was orderly.  Nobody bothered anyone and all business vendors that we spoke to or carried short conversation with were cordial.
  • Anyone that carried a weapon did so respectfully, safely, and maturely.
  • As I walked around many tables, I noticed transactions taking place.  There wasn’t one transaction I saw that didn’t involve a background check.  Some vendors used iPads to conduct them, others used laptops.

And the most important observation of them all:

Not a single weapon in the entire expo center grew legs in an attempt to harm anyone.

Normally, I would be apprehensive about buying something from a gun show because most vendors are cash-only, but there’s a good chance that I don’t need to worry about someone trying to mug me or hassle me over displaying large amounts of cash.

Gun show picture

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Mike Rana

Mike Rana is one of those people who is hard to define, though he's not immune to being labeled for something. He likes to talk about many topics including technology, business, politics, education, psychology, and human behavior. In his spare time, Mike enjoys traveling, people watching, analyzing the world around him, writing about his life experiences, absorbing information from various social media channels, and trying to be the voice of reason in the political arena.

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