We did it! The 1st annual Midwest Airgun Show was held on June 3, 2017 at the beautiful Aladdin Center in Grove City Ohio. This was a partnership between Baker Airguns, The Central Ohio Airgunners Club and Aladdin Arms.
We had nearly 100 tables of airguns and irgun related accessories and nearly 300 attendees. We received many positive comments like: “What a beautiful facility, good lighting, carpet, wide aisles. Very nice”. We sold some stuff, bought some stuff and had fun. Who could ask for more?
The shooting range was a lot of fun too! It was close by and we could shoot our own airguns, airguns we just bought, or even a few guns supplied by the manufacturers.
In addition to the manufacturers and dealers of new merchandise, there were also the usual group of suspects from the collecting side of the hobby. Duane Shaferly had many amazing old Daisy air rifles, John Ghizzoni had a whole table full of Daisy Double Barrels. Neal Punchard, Buster Gentry, Bob Felton all had every vintage airguns you ever heard of and some you probably have never seen. If you are interested in collecting airguns you gotta’ check out this show.
Some of the Vendors
We were supported by many of the familiar names in the industry including Airguns of Arizona, Baker Airguns, Pyramyd Air, Air Ordinance, Precision Airgun Distribution, Daisy, Gamo, Outtech, Suburban Airguns, Annihilator Airguns, Ohio Airguns, Rhino Targets, Ninja Air Tanks and others.
These dealers had so much cool stuff. Airguns of Arizona drove their mobile showroom and demonstrated the new Daystate Renegade HP, The FX Impact, Streamline and Wildcat. Pyramyd Air brought some new old stock from their cellar, there were some great bargains. Air Ordinance had their SMG full auto pellet gun. All the dealers had great stuff!
Prizes & Winners
The dealers were also very generous with donations for our raffle. There were some very happy people that walked away with an Air Force Condor, SMG 22 Full Auto Pellet Rifle, Crosman 2260, AirForce International Pistol and many other great prizes. Midwest Airgun Show will be donating a portion of the raffle to the Shriners Hospitals. Thanks to everyone who donated prizes or bought tickets. It goes to a good cause.
Venue / Facility
All in all we couldn’t be happier with the way the show turned out. We received some good suggestions for improvement. For one thing, we will be using the range more and will be providing more opportunities for vendors and shooters to get together at the range. The Midwest Airgun Show is already making plans for next year. I can’t wait. The tentative date is Saturday June 2, 2018. We will announce the exact date soon. See you there!