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More than 500 people turn out for Gun & Outdoor Sportsman Expo in Hagerstown

August 10, 2013|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com
  • Sherry and Bob Davis of Hagerstown look over a few crossbows from Keystone Country Store Saturday during the Gun & Outdoor Sportsman Expo at Hager Hall in Hagerstown.
By Joe Crocetta / Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — More than 500 people turned out Saturday for the first day of the Gun & Outdoor Sportsman Expo at Hager Hall Conference & Event Center, according to organizers.

Leah Ryder said she and fellow Hager Hall Sales Manager Jacinta Ingream were “a little leery” about turnout, because a large gun show is being held in Philadelphia this weekend.

But they were pleased that more than 50 vendors still decided to take part in the Hagerstown show.

The show, which features hunting, archery, gun and knife vendors, children safety activities, including free fingerprinting ID kits, continues Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $7.

A deer-hunting rifle and a gun rack for an all-terrain vehicle will be given away at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, said Ryder, who thanked Hendershots Sporting Goods Inc., and Twiggs Cycles in Hagerstown for supporting the giveaways.

Brad Holmes, who brought his girlfriend, Rachael, to the show Saturday afternoon, said he was looking to buy a .38 special.

“It just looks really (good) to me,” Holmes said of the famed revolver.

Rachel said she spotted a pink gun at another table, but wasn’t looking for anything.  

Roger Mason of Martinsburg, W.Va., said he came looking for deals on hunting rifles before Maryland’s gun laws change.

Given that concern, Mason said he is glad he lives in West Virginia, where gun laws are less restrictive. 

Mason said he hunts a lot, including elk and mule deer in western states.

Michael Faith of Hendershots said the deer rifle they have contributed for the giveaway is a Savage Axis, but also have several other rifles for sale for the weekend show.

One is a Dakota Arms Model 10, a handmade rifle with a Turkish walnut stock for $9,500.

“People pay a lot of money for the wood,” Faith said.

The wood on the single-shot rifle alone is $2,500, Faith said.

Ryder said that she and Ingream decided to hold a second show after having a great turnout for their first firearms event, which was held in May.

“We are going to make it a biennial event,” Ryder said.

Ryder also credited the support of the Mason-Dixon chapter of The Defenders Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, which is providing free children fingerprinting for ID kits that families can use in an emergency.

Officials with the National Archery in the Schools Program also are taking part in the expo.

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