Loveland shooters buy and swap at Christmas Gun Show – Loveland Reporter-Herald

  • RIfles sit on a Christmas motif at a sales booth during the Christmas Gun Show in Loveland on Saturday, December 21, 2019. (Max Levy / Loveland Reporter-Herald)

  • Holyoke’s Steve Deaver shows off an 1845 Philadelphia-style derringer – one of several vintage handguns that the dealer brought to the Loveland Mall for the Christmas Gun Show on Saturday, December 21, 2019. (Max Levy / Loveland Reporter- Herold)

  • Show manager Justin Anderson checks out a customer from the Christmas Gun Show that PEShows, LLC was hosting at the outlets at Loveland Mall on Saturday, December 21, 2019. “I got it at Kohl’s,” said Anderson of his bright red holiday-themed suit. (Max Levy / Loveland Reporter-Herald)

  • Jeremy Gavlas turns to reveal the back of one of the shirts sold by his and his father’s company, Blue Viking Enterprises, that had a booth at the Christmas Gun Show in Loveland on Saturday, December 21, 2019. In addition to firearms, also sellers Clothing, outdoor equipment, clothing, food and other goods were sold at the fair. (Max Levy / Loveland Reporter-Herald)

Sellers packed two rooms in the outlets at Loveland Shopping Center on Saturday for the first day of PEShows’ hunting and sporting guns show, which was also advertised as the Christmas guns show.

Show manager Justin Anderson – dressed in a bright red vacation-themed suit for the season – said his company is trying to create a family-friendly atmosphere at its Christmas event.

“We are trying to sell more Christmas items and other things than typical weapons display items,” he said.

Most of the tables at the Saturday Show were filled with guns, scopes, supplies, holsters, and other gun accessories, but the vendors also had outdoor gear, shirts, hats, and natural foods in stock.

When asked if dealers were seeing an increase in sales of a certain category of firearms during the holidays, he said he had seen more handguns sold lately and more people signed up for concealed carry classes.

“But I don’t know if these are the holidays,” he said. “It’s probably just the time and what’s going on.”

The majority of retailers kept their displays simple. A pair of draped Christmas hats over the top of guns or feathered for decorated displays.

Steve Deaver was one of the dealers who kept his table simple at the show on Saturday. His stationary hardware store in Holyoke sells a combination of traditional sports and self-defense weapons.

He said he tended to sell more handguns than long guns at shows, but added that for the roughly three-hour trip to Loveland, packing handguns into his car would be easier.

“Licensed dealers as a whole are some of the most decent people you will meet,” he said. “You know, a lot of Sunday morning shows that traders might not be able to attend church will have a non-denominational service. How many trade fairs do you attend where you see them? “

Across from the Weapon Depot table, Yvonne Douglas ran the table at her Mountain Man Nut and Fruit Company franchise.

You may seem like an odd partner for a gun show, but Douglas said her brand has had success with clients in the hunting community and she has been attending conventions run by PEShows since April 2018.

“Hunters like snacks,” she said. “It made us very popular.”

She offered visitors free samples of her company’s smoked sausage, and her table sat on a variety of sweets and trails, including pistachios grown on the company’s own farm.

At another stall, Jeremy Gavlas of Blue Viking Enterprises sold shirts and hats with pro-conservative designs and messages.

Gavlas, who started the company with his father, wore one of the shirts and regularly turned to show passers-by one of her slogans.

“I haven’t seen Democrats so angry since the Republicans freed their slaves,” read the shirt.

Some showgoers giggled. Others grimaced.

“I got a lot of hecklers at these shows,” said Gavlas. “Do you know what I would say? I think you do not believe in the first amendment unless it is your own. “

The Convention of States Project, a group working to limit federal power, also had a booth at the show. Most providers avoided partisan messaging in their displays.

The show should run Saturday and Sunday. Anderson estimates the company has been hosting shows in Loveland for 10 years.

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