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Kalamazoo Airgun Show
« on: August 03, 2016, 04:14:29 PM »
24st Annual Kalamazoo Airgun Show & Daisy Get Together

This show started 24 years ago with a few Daisy BB gun collectors in the backyard of Bob Surface’s home in Swartz Creek, Michigan.   It has grown over the years and now boasts over 100 tables of bb guns, airguns of all makes and models, and toy guns.  The name of the show was changed to the Kalamazoo Airgun Show & Daisy Get Together to better describe that the show welcomes all types of airguns from antique to modern.  This show is a wonderful informative gathering of collectors, shooters, friends and good times.  Last year air gunners from approximately 16 states attended the show.  Every year the show has been sold out, and the managers expect the same this year.

One of the many types of collectable airguns that will be featured at the show is airguns that were used as trainers by the military of different countries.   During WWII the Czech had a Mauser-pattern bolt action service rifle that even mounted the standard bayonet. The Swiss used an air conversion system that fit into a Swiss K-31 rifle and made by Hammerli.  The Egyptians used a rifle made by the German firm Anschutz that resembled their Hakim service rifle.  The Germans used a couple of trainers, both resembled the Mauser.  The Mars was produced in Mehlis Germany and the Haenel which was designed by Hugo Schmeisser, of the sub-machine gun fame.  Here in the USA we had a couple of Aerial Gunnery machine gun trainers, the MacGlashan Air Machine Gun Company from Long Beach California and the Hotpoint, made by Edison General Electric of Chicago Illinois.  During the Vietnam War the army used an instinctive shooting training program.  The guns were made by Daisy and had no sights.  The first model looked just like an M16 rifle and is very rare.

The show will once again be held at the Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds Expo Center.  This 8,500 square foot hall is wonderful with its great lighting, ample parking and its easy access off I-94 is an added bonus.
New host hotels this year will be the Fairfield Inn (269.353.6400) and the TownPlace Suites (269.353.1500) both are located at 5683 South 9th Street, Kalamazoo (I-94 exit #72) … please mention the Kalamazoo Airgun Show & Daisy bb and toy gun show to get the special rate.  We will continue our Saturday evening reception tradition.  Please join us in the TownPlace Suites reception room around 7:30 p.m. for this event…a great time to relax and renew friendships.

For airgun shooters, there will be an air gun field target shoot in the area on Saturday.   Please contact Chris Martin  for information on that event.

The show will be held at the Kalamazoo County Fairground Expo Center, Kalamazoo Michigan on Sunday, August 28th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $3.  (Admission for early buyers at 7:30 a.m. will be $30)  Admission for children under 12 is free but they must be accompanied by an adult.

If you have any questions please contact: Wes or Theresa Powers 517-423-4148.

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Re: Kalamazoo Airgun Show
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2016, 06:54:50 PM »
First welcome and second that sounds like a Blast!
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