NRA National Gun Collectors Show teams with Wanenmacher Nov. 9-10
Joe Wanenmacher said gun enthusiasts who attend the Wanenmacher Tulsa Arms Show on Nov. 9-10 are actually going to get “two shows for the price of one.”
That’s because the National Rifle Association is bringing The NRA National Gun Collectors Show to the Expo Center at the Tulsa Fairgrounds as part of the semi-annual gun show.
“The NRA show is an all-display show featuring displays of firearms and related items from both collector’s clubs and individuals,” Wanenmacher said. “You will see some of the finest collections in the United States.”
The NRA National Firearms Museum will have a display featuring guns owned by Annie Oakley and Theodore Roosevelt. Museum Director Jim Supica will attend and the NRA will film a series for the Curators Corner on NRA Television.
Actor Buck Taylor, who starred as Newly O’Brien the gunsmith (1967-1975) on Gunsmoke (with the late James Arness) will be at the show. Taylor is an acclaimed artist and will bring some of his work. This is not the first time he has appeared at the gun show.
Taylor also starred in Dallas as Detective Bussey and in the television shows The Monroes, The Greatest Show on Earth and General Hospital. He appeared as a guest in more than 100 TV shows.
Taylor appeared in dozens of movies, including Comanche Moon, Tombstone and Gettysburg. In 2009, he was voted True West Magazine Readers’ Choice Best Living Painter.
The Wanenmacher Tulsa Arms Show will also feature the Ruger Collectors and the Smith & Wesson Collectors.
“We had a modest beginning in 1955 and our show has grown to over 4,100 tables and has become intonational in scope – attracting many exhibitors and spectators from foreign countries for each show,” Wanenemacher said. “Here you can enjoy the largest display of fine collectible firearms and blades in the world.”
The show is sponsored by the Tulsa Arms Collectors Association.
People who come to the show are encouraged to bring their guns and knives to sell or trade. Security is tight.
The Wanenmacher Tulsa Arms Show is the largest show of its kind in the world, with more than 4,100 display tables packed into Expo Square. The 11-acre building will feature antique and modern guns, ammunition, gun accessories, knives and more – but mostly guns. Wanenmacher said he gets a lot of requests for display space in his shows but he strictly limits vendors that are not selling guns.
“When you come to a Wanenmacher’s Gun Show, you see a gun show full of guns, knives, ammo and some military artifacts,” Wanenmacher said. “You won’t see lots of non-gun related stuff or flea market garbage. Not that they don’t want to come, We won’t let them. Our show could be five times bigger than it is if we let in all the exhibitors who really don’t belong in a gun show (candy dealers, spa salesmen, car dealers, etc.). We limit non-related items to just 2 percent of the entire show.
“The building is still packed – both levels – with top quality gun show merchandise. Many of the best antique dealers come to Tulsa, bringing excellent, hard-to-find antique firearms (once again, not antique furniture or magazines, but antique guns and related items). Our antique firearms section is getting bigger every year.”
The show is from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 9 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10.
The next show is April 5-6, 2014.
For more information, go to www.tulsaarmsshow.com.