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Pacific Airgun Expo March 25-26 2017
« on: January 16, 2017, 07:52:06 AM »
Pacific Airgun Expo registration open!

http://www.pacificairgunexpo.com

Wow what a lot of work getting a shopping cart web site working, especially with free software LOL. Please visit the site to see lots and lots of pictures of the 2015 show, pictures of the shooting range near the show, and lots more information, including of course online registration! I've been getting increasing calls from manufacturers and vendors who are planning on attending, so as we start getting registrations in I'll create a list on the web site so you can see who's coming.

A word to vendors that might be on the fence about attending: don't let your competition be the only one with a presence at the show! I got a call recently from a vendor who wasn't sure he wanted to come for fear it might be a small show, but I happen to know his competition is coming, so don't be left out! If everybody comes, it won't be a small show happy.gif. Also, this is only the second show with the new management (that'd be me happy.gif ). It will take some time to build momentum. I'm hoping this year will be successful enough we can start doing it every year, and the momentum will continue to build. But if people are scared to come for fear it might be small, it will be small, and that will be the end of the PAE.

Ours is a niche market and we're in the Republic of bleeding heart liberal California, but I know there's lots of us airgun enthusiasts here, and some of our sport's biggest advancements in recent years have come from businesses located right here in the Golden State. Help spread the word; even a TV ad won't get to our target market like word of mouth (and online posts) can.

This year's advertising flyers are up on the web site for your use. I can only get around to the gun clubs and sporting goods stores within about two hours around me to put up flyers. Please print out some flyers and help spread the word.

I don't think an expensive radio spot, sign on the back of buses, or big newspaper ads would get to enough of our audience to warrant the expense of that kind of advertising. From my experience putting on shows with the Federation of Fly Fishers, a similar niche hobby sport, the best way is if all of us that want to grow our sport advertise the event to your people. Vendors, please put a notice on your web site and post on the forums that you're coming. Attendees, please post online that you are excited to go. That will create the buzz everyone wants.

This is our sport, and our western states airgun show. The PAE is not 'my' event; I'm just creating the opportunity. The PAE is a chance to get together to shop, shoot, and hang out together. I'll do what I can, but it really takes all of you to help it be successful by spreading the word to your airgun shooting audience.

A paraphrasing of a previous announcement:

Pacific Airgun Expo March 25-26 2017
El Dorado Fairgrounds, Placerville, CA

The bi-annual Pacific Airgun Expo is the only airgun show west of the Rockies for buying, selling and trading airguns, and occurs in Placerville, a destination rich in outdoors history. The history of Placerville, formerly Hangtown and Old Dry Diggins, has its roots in mining and was once known for its notorious reputation for vigilante justice carried out by hangings. Old Dry Diggins was a gold mining camp on Hangtown Creek established in 1848. Famous artist Thomas Kinkade lived here.

Placerville has many activities to make a trip to the airgun show a mini-vacation for the whole family. Shopping in the quaint historical downtown, great little restaurants, hunting, fishing, the Red Hawk Casino, golf, Gold Bug Park, a number of great thrift stores and antique stores, and more. Add an extra day on the trip and make it a real holiday. I took some pictures of the townhttp://www.pacificairgunexpo.com/placerville-destination-pictures.html

We have made arrangements with a nearby shooting range only 6 miles (about 12 minutes) from the Pacific Airgun Expo show location! Any airgun clubs, retail stores or manufacturers that might want to put on a contest or demonstration are encouraged to do so, and any pre-purchase gun testing can be done there. It is my hope to have a shuttle going back and forth every hour. There are 25, 50, and 100 yard ranges at the facility. Range pictureshttp://www.pacificairgunexpo.com/shooting-range.html

Saturday evening after the doors close we will once again have a get together at the brewery/restaurant that is right across the street from the show. A great opportunity to spend time with new and old friends and talk our favorite sport!

We are super lucky to have a location with an actual gun range just down the street. What a perfect setup we have here for the PAE! A facility that is supportive of the shooting sports in a fantastic outdoor sports location, a shooting range nearby, and when the gun handling is all over, a brew pub right across the street!

For more information as we approach the event watch this forum andhttp://www.pacificairgunexpo.com.

Michael McKeown
info@pacificairgunexpo.com
http://www.pacificairgunexpo.com
« Last Edit: April 11, 2017, 09:18:01 PM by steveoh »


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Re: Pacific Airgun Expo March 25-26 2017
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2017, 11:24:18 AM »
I wonder if we might not have some round table discussions on AirGun Legislation, AirGun Hunting using big bore airguns, and allowing hunting for pigs and deer in California, possible upcoming legislation and lead pellet bans etc.

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Re: Pacific Airgun Expo March 25-26 2017
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2017, 02:06:17 PM »
Yes!  We are having a meeting Saturday evening at the Placerville Brewery across the street.
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Re: Pacific Airgun Expo March 25-26 2017
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2017, 12:25:11 PM »
Was a whirlwind tour of the show due to afternoon commitments my wife made for me.

But I finally got meet Travis and Michael in person, and my son and I ogled a whole bunch of extremely desirable AirGuns. I did end up dropping a $100 on a very cool Noe hollow point .458 bullet mold.  8)

I did not get to spend enough time.  :-[

Thanks to Michael McKeown for hosting this show. I know it's an enormous amount of work. Good job!
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Re: Pacific Airgun Expo March 25-26 2017
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2017, 04:40:27 PM »
Frank and I got done around noon. I didn't leave with anything but Frank picked up a nice Leopold pistol scope. Said hi to a bunch of old friends and met some new folks. Wish I could have met up with you face to face Steve, perhaps I did? I was the one with the lab, Oprah, next to me. :D
Thanks to Micheal for putting on the event. Hopefully it will become a yearly event. ;)
« Last Edit: March 25, 2017, 05:22:33 PM by caniborrowsomeammo »
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Re: Pacific Airgun Expo March 25-26 2017
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2017, 09:17:34 PM »
Oh my, that was your boy petting Oprah! If I would have been thinking I would have remembered him from the pics you posted of him shooting the 2240 carbine? Or something.
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Re: Pacific Airgun Expo March 25-26 2017
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2017, 11:43:04 AM »
I enjoyed the Pacific Airgun Expo, and wanted to thank Michael McKeown for all his hard work.

I'd really love to see an AirGun Show in the San Francisco Bay Area with additional features.

Some thoughts or things I'd like to see:
1. Same sort of setup with tables available for businesses and individuals to sell their stuff and services.

2. An indoor or outdoor range.

3. Talks and Demonstrations by industry leaders on AirGuns, Airgun Hunting, AirGun Tuning, AirGun Ammo, Big Bore Airguns etc.

4. Trick Shooting! (you know who). Back in the 80's I used to go to Bass Fishing Expos, and my favorite part was when a couple came out and did trick casting with bait casting reels. They'd place a lure inside a coffee cup at 25 yards and greater.

5. Kid's Classes - AirGun (and firearm) safety, then let them shoot a variety of highzoot AirGuns.

6. Free or cheap AirTank Filling

7. HotDogs and other munchies and drinks, with tables so folks can socialize at the show instead of them driving away to get a meal.

Question is are there enough AirGunners in the Bay Area and surrounding communities to support such a show?

Where could such a show be held, and have access to a range? Perhaps a partnership with United Sportsmen, Richmond Rod and Gun Club, Diablo Rod and Gun Club, etc.

I think it will have to be a community effort rather than one person working their butt off.

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