OK, so I am a new collector, and I really have no idea what the heck I’m doing :)
Someone suggested in another thread that I attend the gun show and give a report on my findings. This is that report!
I went to the gun show in San Antonio, TX, on May 30. I have been to this gun show many times, but I have always been looking at guns, not ammunition. This time my focus was exclusively ammo. I took my time and went through each aisle and looked at the tables of every single vendor. I was excited to start my collection off!
Overall, the opportunities to find collectible ammo were poor. A few vendors had various loose .50 BMG rounds. The great majority had new, boxed ammo, or older boxed ammo which I was not looking for (looking for cheap singles and such right now).
There were a few vendors that had some items of interest, however. My first find was a box of loose rounds that looked interesting. I poked through it and found it held mostly .45LC, a bag that held a dozen .38 blanks, and a few others as well. I paid $5 for this. I later decided I overpaid, but I was excited to begin my collection, so I’ll chalk it up to experience.
Another, very nice guy had several loose rounds in his display. Once I mentioned that I collected ammo, he was happy to take each round out and give me as much information as he could about it. I then selected those I would buy. I bought about 10 for $2.35.
A third vendor had half moon clips of 45 ACP that looked real old. I paid $3 for one set of three in the clip.
The best find at the show was not ammo, but a person! I met a gentleman named Steve Miller. I told him I was a brand new collector, and that I was going to join the IAA, when he tells me that he is a member! We had a great, long talk about the various aspects of collecting, and I learned a lot. He had even been to SLICS! He had various collectible items for sale (the best in the place), but none in my price range and/or that I currently intend to collect. Meeting an IAA member in person was the best experience of the show.
In summation, the show was short on great, collectible ammo, but there were a few items that I thought were humble starting points. I spent $10.35 on ammo, $5 to get in the show, and $3 for parking.
Here are the items that I bought.
(2) .44 S&W SPL
(3) .44 REM MAG
(7) .45 LC
(3) .45 ACP in half moon clip.
(2) .38 S&W
(1) .223 REM
(5) .357 SIG
(1) 445 SUPER MAG
(1) 10MM MAG
(13) .38 blanks.
Here in this pic are three rounds, two of one type and one of another. The one with an H in the center is a rimfire round, maybe .38?
The others may be 9MM, but I can’t be sure (no 9MM to compare it to, HA!)
Not in the pic is the .45 ACP in the half moon clip. These have a headstamp of P.C. C O with the number 18.
Any thoughts on these?
Finally, I realize that the ammo I have acquired essentially has no real value, monetary or collectible. However, I figure a collection has to start somewhere. I have to collect something, in order to call myself a collector!
I thank you all in advance for your thoughts and comments. I am trying to learn anything and everything I can.