Because of the tightening up of gun laws around the world the future of gun shows, now called arms fairs, is uncertain. Many are going down the route of having stalls completely unrelated to guns selling coins, stamps, and bric-a-brac which makes them boring for the true collector.
At the Brisbane Gun Fair we are of the old school and believe the gun lovers and collectors who come to our shows should be treated with the respect they deserve and we have a policy to only display guns, gun-related items and militaria.
The Australian antique weapons laws are very complicated because single-shot or double-barelled firearms that are muzzle loaded and made before July 1st 1901 are recognized in every state as antique and can be legally bought and owned without having to apply for a licence.
But cartridge-loaded weapons made before that date are not always accepted as antique if the ammunition is still available and any firearm made after January 1st 1901, including modern replicas, are not classed as antique and cannot be owned without a licence. As it takes about six months to clear paperwork to import an antique Winchester rifle or a Smith and Wesson gun from the USA they are only purchased by true collectors.
That is why the Brisbane Gun Show is so exciting because you can walk round the 200 plus tables and see displays of both muzzleloading and cartridge firing guns, you can even touch some of them. Imagine how exciting it is to see antique weapons you may not have seen before.
Exhibits such as old Winchesters, Lee Enfields, military snipers and more. That is why the Spring and Autumn gun shows must have a permanent place in your diary.
Although present gun legislation in Australia has drastically cut down the number of firearms owned by the general public, interest in them is still high. There will be a great selection of guns on display at the next Brisbane Gun Show, including antique firearms for sale, which are well worth the visit.
On display will be a huge selection of modern firearms as well as a multitude of gun parts and related accessories, such as telescopic scopes, laser sights, cleaning equipment, projectiles and so forth. A
The Brisbane Gun Show holds an exemption specifically for private shooters, which will allow them to sell personal guns too. Selling tables are still available, but do be quick; already there are loads of both local and interstate table-holders signed up to attend.
Entry prices are low, just $10 for adults and children only $2. Enjoy a good day out; come and see what modern firearms are available and enjoy looking at the displays of new and ancient militaria, antique firearms for sale and other old gun related memorabilia.
If you have some old guns or have an antique set of firearms, you will want to know how you can preserve these old guns. Miss-care of your praised artifacts can lead to very bad situations. Historic guns are very valuable, they can be worth a large amount of money. However, they are historic pieces that can become obsolete if you don’t applying proper care. Take a look at these ways to preserve your antique firearms.
You should always avoid placing your guns in buildings that go through humidity changes. You will need to keep your antiques somewhere where the humidity ranges from a stable 40-50%. This is because wood particles can expand or contract with changes in the environment’s humidity. In order to completely take good care of your antique guns, you will need to protect the wooden stock from anisotropy. Anisotropy is a direct result of constant humidity changes. Anisotropy can cause the stock in old guns to crack.
How to maintain Old Guns
Make sure you keep your gun set free from dust at all times. When you maintain antique guns, you need to limit the possibilities of decay. Dust will trap moisture, which will cause decay. Try not to dust your antique guns with any strong chemicals like alcohol and such. These types of chemicals will leave coatings, which can trap dust. You must dust your antique guns with a cotton cloth and some of water. Dry your old guns with some soft cotton cloths to ensure the maintenance your gun, and also make sure you dry it completely.
If you must clean the metal parts on your antique firearms, do so gently with super-fine steel wool and 1 or 2 drops of oil. Make sure you don’t rub too hard because this can scratch the metal.
And finally, if you have the desire to shoot one of your antique guns, make sure you have it inspected by a good gunsmith. An old firearm can be extremely dangerous and could explode if you fire it ! Be safe when enjoying these old guns.