Photos: Daily RFT Survives Our Journey to St. Charles Gun Show

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For God's sake, roll your shirtsleeves down you Jersey Shore goon. The Missouri Arms Collectors Association hosted its 68th actual gun show Feb. 5, 6 and 7 at the Heart of St. Charles Banquet Center.

Alan Fasoldt (center) and father-son team Dominic Sr. (Left) and Dominic Jr. (Right) smile behind their collection of M1 Garands, ammo and war memorabilia. - PHOTO: MATT BLICKENSTAFF
  • Photo: Matt Blickenstaff
  • Alan Fasoldt (center) and father-son team Dominic Sr. (Left) and Dominic Jr. (Right) smile behind their collection of M1 Garands, ammo and war memorabilia.
But, beyond the absence of bicep flexing d-baggery, the term "gun show" is a little deceptive. Patrons didn't stare at prototypes through fogged glass cases. This was a tactile experience.

Guests grabbed guns from the racks, cycled actions and tested triggers. The show was a big swap meet where guns, parts and random paraphernalia could be bought, sold or traded. For six bucks, gun aficinados could wander aisle after aisle, looking for that perfect firearm or accessory to round out their collections.

The show featured vintage weapons (including a few flintlocks), newer models, knives, swords, stun guns, ammunition, memorabilia, parts, books -- and even one booth selling scented candles.

No show would be complete without a few forums for politicking. The Second Amendment advocacy group, Gateway Civil Liberties Alliance, took donations in exchange for bumper stickers and raffle tickets. The National Rifle Association set up a booth to take in new members. The Sons of Confederate Veterans were also there, spreading the message of Confederate pride.

And yes, what you heard from the Brady campaign is true. Individual sellers, who do not possess a federal firearms license, are not required to run background checks or maintain sales records. But, who says that's a bad thing?

In practical terms, without laws regulating the sale of firearms from one private citizen to another, closing the gun show loophole would do little to satisfy the nervous Nellie's.

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nd while some of the spectacle might shock the liberal leaning (Nazi memorabilia, Confederate flags and tons of mean-looking guns), by and large, the show was good all-American fun -- a chance for gun enthusiasts to get together, chat, shop and swap.

Lots more photos on the next page...

The Gateway Civil Liberties Alliance, a Second Amendment watchdog, was on hand with bumper stickers and a raffle. - PHOTO: MATT BLICKENSTAFF
  • Photo: Matt Blickenstaff
  • The Gateway Civil Liberties Alliance, a Second Amendment watchdog, was on hand with bumper stickers and a raffle.
A .30 caliber machine gun on display with a handy little fact sheet detailing how Missouri residents can get their hands on some fully automatic machinery. - PHOTO: MATT BLICKENSTAFF
  • Photo: Matt Blickenstaff
  • A .30 caliber machine gun on display with a handy little fact sheet detailing how Missouri residents can get their hands on some fully automatic machinery.
One mean-looking Vector Arms semi-auto Uzi on sale for a hefty sum. - PHOTO: MATT BLICKENSTAFF
  • Photo: Matt Blickenstaff
  • One mean-looking Vector Arms semi-auto Uzi on sale for a hefty sum.
The show featured some non-lethal items, even a few just for the ladies. - PHOTO: MATT BLICKENSTAFF
  • Photo: Matt Blickenstaff
  • The show featured some non-lethal items, even a few just for the ladies.
Part show, part swap meet, all things military were up for grabs. - PHOTO: MATT BLICKENSTAFF
  • Photo: Matt Blickenstaff
  • Part show, part swap meet, all things military were up for grabs.


Vintage ammunition, including these discontinued rounds from Kynoch, were available for purchase. - PHOTO: MATT BLICKENSTAFF
  • Photo: Matt Blickenstaff
  • Vintage ammunition, including these discontinued rounds from Kynoch, were available for purchase.
War medals were sold from many sides of many wars. - PHOTO: MATT BLICKENSTAFF
  • Photo: Matt Blickenstaff
  • War medals were sold from many sides of many wars.
The crowded showroom floor, filled with a forest of gun barrels. - PHOTO: MATT BLICKENSTAFF
  • Photo: Matt Blickenstaff
  • The crowded showroom floor, filled with a forest of gun barrels.
Knife-sharpening while you shop. - PHOTO: MATT BLICKENSTAFF
  • Photo: Matt Blickenstaff
  • Knife-sharpening while you shop.
Til next year... A roadside billboard advertises the show in front of the Heart of St. Charles Banquet Hall. - PHOTO: MATT BLICKENSTAFF
  • Photo: Matt Blickenstaff
  • Til next year... A roadside billboard advertises the show in front of the Heart of St. Charles Banquet Hall.