I've been working with a local woman on securing her home and general preps the past couple of weeks. We had planned to go to a show today an I got there around 3:00. (Turkey Shoot this AM). The expo center was partitioned in the middle and the other side was a craft show. It actually wasn't in the middle. I'd say the Gun Show had 1/3 of the hall. It looked busy but maybe that was the compressed space. First thing I noticed was the lack of 2 dealers I usually hit right up front. Both big on AR15s. Gone. Not there. Missing. Oh well. I saw a lot of garbage. A lot of chinsy junk and a few examples of the usual firearms we discuss. The suppressor guys were absent. The 50 BMG guys were gone as well. One dealer I know very well told me the last 4 shows have been a bust and he is moving to Alaska... "To get the hell out of here before the SHTF" Wow! Ammo: Depressing. These shows usually have 4 or 5 ammo dealers. There was one and his stuff took up no more than 2 8 foot tables. It also looked like he had cleaned out his closet to bring that much- odd lots, old boxes, loose rounds. Not a single surplus or otherwise bulk offering. I asked him about it and he told me this is his last show and he's moving as well. The hot dog counter girl looked asleep. I think we are seeing the end of an era boys and girls. Surplus ammo is gone and will not come back anytime soon. The falling dollar and subsequent increases in all materials means what we can get keeps going up. I'm afraid to go to the range to shoot through a box or two. I had brought along an M1A to sell. Everyone asked me what I wanted. ($1500). Most agreed that was a fair price, the rifle was beautiful, (No one bucked up to take it) and I bet 10 people today told me not to sell it. "You may need it later" Overall mood of the entire show was stressed and uncomfortable. I did see 4 Ron Paul tables however and lots of RP stickers all over the other tables and cases. Maybe these guys are looking for some "hope" as well?