Torrington Gun Show hosts 11th Annual event

Torrington Gunshow 2018

In its 11th year and the Torrington Gun Show is still very well attended, with 10:00 a.m. lineups out the door of the Arena on Saturday, August 25. Stan Taylor, Show Organizer believed that over the course of the two-day event, there were just under 1000 paid admissions, which seems to suggest that the annual show is now consistently hitting its average. Admissions as high as 1300 were received for a couple of years, with the lowest count being around 900.

The event had 45 vendors and “sales were good, customers active and buying this year. It went well and I am worn out but I am not quite ready to hand over the reins just yet.” Plans are already underway for next year with Stan still at the helm.

With the media coverage of so many mass shootings in recent times, there seems to be an understandable amount of sensitivity around the issue but gun shows in and of themselves are not really seeing any loss of sales nor an increase. “We’re not the problem,” noted Stan. “We are just hobbyists, hunters, and collectors. We encourage the media and police to attend. They wander around chatting. It’s really a non-issue.”

If you are not really into modern guns and ammunition, there is still the antiques and collectibles. While wandering around you would find coffee beans with fun names on the packages, such as Little Warrior and AK Espresso. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Veteran Organizations ( Buy-Sell-Trade is a common sign at most vendor tables with one vendor selling more axes than knives. There are reloading scales, smokeless powder, custom leather items including holsters, scabbards and cartridge belts. There was a vendor selling North West Mounted Police memorabilia. There were military collectables such as army radios, knives, different styles of bayonets, grenades for training purposes, ammunition boxes, and WWII gas masks with microphone. For myself, I discovered shoulder flashes and amongst the collection was one for the ‘Essex and Kent Scottish’ regiment of Windsor, Ontario, which just happened to be my own father’s regiment. This particular find will help complete a shadow box set, to pass down to grandchildren in tribute to their great grandfather. There is much knowledge to be gained by actually speaking with vendors about their collections, whether its about western or war history or the interesting facts behind the manufacturing of weapons throughout the world. There was a Korean War vintage Jeep Coat, which was the same jacket style used in WWII but with a white collar versus a grey one.

The Torrington Gun Show is certainly about guns and weapons and ammunition, but it’s also so much more than that.