For NASCAR short track fans, the site is also the home of the old Metrolina Speedway. You could still see it, barricaded off behind a tall fence. The Charlotte Observer actually did a good write-up on the entire story when the sale was made public.
I'm going to miss the old Metrolina. For one thing, it's the last place in Charlotte that I know of that still uses that term in its name. Progress can be a wonderful thing, but as I get older I'm beginning to think too much of it sucks. Hey you kids--get off my lawn!
At any rate, Daughter, Boyfriend and I ventured off Saturday to the gun show. Based on Intertubes reports, I expected pandemonium--ARs flying off tables, fights over the last box of 5.56 and that sort of thing. Instead, it was closer to...crickets. Attendance was lower than any Charlotte show I've ever seen. It's entirely possible that this was due to the weather, which was unseasonable cool with low humidity. I imagine more than a few folks were elsewhere, outside, enjoying it.
So let's get the all important panic buying report out of the way. There were plenty of ARs--literally in some cases, tables of them, ranging from bargain basement types to high buck upper-end marks. Prices were the same as what I saw 3 weeks ago in Winston Salem. There was plenty of 5.56 ammo and magazines, prices on those also stable. Ditto parts kits, uppers, lowers, accessories, the whole list. There was no panic to be detected. People were, however buying steadily when a vendor had good prices,
I was able to talk to a few dealers I know, and the prevailing opinions were:
- People who thought they needed to stock up have done so. Only the few who have seen the light since the last event are panicking now.
- People are over being panicked because the Gun Salesman of the Decade and his all Liberal Orchestra have cranked up for another chorus of "Gimme All Your Guns, Bitter Clingers".
- People are tired of being played be unscrupulous vendors.