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For firearm enthusiasts, professionals and novices alike, gun shows are excellent venues to explore a wide range of items. Every vendor brings something different, and you’ll have the opportunity to learn, meet other members of the community and buy a few new items. From ammunition for the range to military memorabilia to new and pre-owned handguns, you’ll find any supplies you need and pleasure purchases you want.

Luckily, Pittsburgh is an excellent area for gun shows of many sizes and varieties. There are plenty of opportunities each month, so you can attend different shows throughout the year. In this guide for gun-enthusiasts, we’ll provide you with a full list of events and 2020 gun shows near Pittsburgh, PA.

1. Showmasters Pittsburgh Gun Show

One of the largest gun shows coming soon in Pittsburgh is the Showmasters Pittsburgh Gun Show. It’s held yearly at the Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, and hosted by Showmasters Gun Shows. The center has two halls with over 100,000 square feet of event space, and the show features 650 vendor tables.

There are several show dates for 2020:

  • Apr. 4 – 5
  • Aug. 22 – 23
  • Oct. 17 – 18
  • Nov. 28 – 29

The Pittsburgh Gun Show is open to the public on these dates. You can visit anytime from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. General admission tickets are $11, and children under the age of 12 are allowed to enter for free with the accompaniment of an adult. If you pay for admission on Saturday, it also grants you entry on Sunday without paying again, as long as you have your hand stamped at the door before leaving on Saturday.

You must pay the fee with cash or a credit card at the door, so it’s best to arrive early. If you want a discounted entry price, you can print the admission coupon on the Showmasters Gun Show website and bring it with you to the event center. You can also join the email list and receive coupons for gun shows in your inbox.

To become a vendor, you have to register for tables in advance. Each table is six feet in length and costs $55 to reserve. There are also additional vendor costs, such as $65 for electricity access and $9.95 per day for Wi-Fi use. The dealers also have additional times reserved for setup and doing business with other dealers, which include 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday before each show and 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Saturday morning.

If you aren’t a member of the NRA but wish to join, you can do so at the show. Some perks of joining include free admission, discounted membership, a hat and a subscription to the NRA magazine. You can also enroll in defensive pistol classes that teach you about concealed carry, home defense, the justification for deadly force and shooting and cover tactics.

The event center also has plenty of free public parking and nearby hotels if you wish to stay overnight. The local Double Tree Hotel is also offering discounted rates for gun show attendees if you book through the Showmasters Gun Show event page.

2. Clintonville Volunteer Fire Department Gun Show

Many local fire departments hold and host their own gun shows. While they typically aren’t as large or expansive as those held in convention centers, they still offer an excellent way to get involved in the community, meet other firearm enthusiasts, learn something new and do a little shopping. There are also several 2020 fire department gun shows near Pittsburgh.

The Clintonville Volunteer Fire Department Gun Show is on the weekend of Feb. 15 and 16 at the Clintonville Volunteer Fire Department building. The show is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. For general admission, there’s a $5 fee, and children under the age of 12 are allowed in for free with the accompaniment of an adult.

At the Clintonville Volunteer Fire Department Gun Show, vendors will bring firearms, gun-related items and accessories, hunting gear and various camping equipment items. There will also be on open kitchen with food available.

If you wish to register as a vendor, you must do so in advance. Tables are eight feet in length and cost $20 each for both days.

3. Ellwood City Gun Show

Another local show is the Elmwood City Gun Show, held at the Wurtemburg-Perry Fire Hall in Ellwood City. It’s scheduled for the weekend of Feb. 29 and Mar. 1, and will be open to the public on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. General admission fees are $5 for adults, but children under the age of 12 can enter for free with an adult.

If you wish to attend as a vendor, you must register in advance and purchase tables. Tables cost $25 each for both days, and dealers may set up in advance on Friday, Feb. 28, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

4. CSVFD Sportsmen’s Gun Bash

Most gun shows are set up similarly — the event occurs in a large, open space filled with vendors. These vendors rent tables, set up the items they’re looking to sell and allow the public to enter and browse. Other shows, however, are organized differently.

The CSVFD Sportsmen’s Gun Bash is one of the outliers as a non-vendor show. This annual event offers raffles and various prizes that attendees can win by entering tickets. It’s mostly an opportunity for gun enthusiasts, where they can gather with the rest of the community and socialize, and potentially win a few items.

The 2020 Sportsmen’s Gun Bash is scheduled for Mar. 21 at the Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department in Pittsburgh. While most shows span two or three days, this event is held on a single Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets for the bash are $40, and you can order them in advance online or over the phone or purchase them in-person at the CSVFD office, Allegheny Arms, Pit Stop or Creek Archery. You can also buy them from CSVFD members. You must be at least 21 years of age or older to enter the event and have your tickets and photo identification present at the doors.

While you browse the various prizes and raffles and socialize with members of the community, you can also enjoy free food and drinks from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. For the main gun raffle, you don’t have to be present to win, but you must claim any side raffles before the end of the bash. You must pick up any prizes determined by the entry ticket numbers within 30 days after the bash.

5. Pony Farm Gun Show

Among the shows held outside of event and convention centers, gun clubs also often host their own shows to draw new membership. The Pony Farm Gun Show is one of these shows, hosted by the Pony Farm Trap and Gun Club. It’s scheduled for the weekend of Mar. 21 and 22 and will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. General admission is $5, but children under 12 are allowed in for free with the accompaniment of an adult.

This event is relatively small and community-oriented. It’s a family-friendly space for people of all ages to explore and socialize, and experienced individuals with the proper licenses can safely purchase, trade and sell guns and related items. Vendors and attendants may bring new and pre-owned rifles, handguns, accessories, gun-related items, military surplus and antiques, ammunition and knives.

If you’re interested in lessons for you or your family members, there will be information available regarding shooting classes for new gun owners and beginners. There will also be a snack bar available with homemade food throughout the show.

If you want to display your items for sale, you can register as a vendor. Each table is eight feet in length, and you can reserve them for $15 for one day or $25 for both days. There are about 70 tables, so register in advance. If you’re looking to join the club, membership information will also be available. There is plenty of free parking at the venue and a snack-bar inside with homemade food.

6. Maumee Valley Gun Show

The Maumee Valley Gun Collectors Association holds several gun shows per year. In 2020, they’re hosting their shows at the Lucas County Recreation Center in Maumee, Ohio. The remaining dates for the year are:

  • Mar. 21 – 22
  • Apr. 18 – 19
  • Sept. 19 – 20
  • Nov. 14 – 15

Each show is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday dates and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday dates. General admission costs $5 per person. If you’re a member of the Maumee Valley Gun Collectors Association or join before attending the shows, you will be allowed to enter half an hour earlier than the general public, and your admission will be free for all shows.

Vendors and attendees can purchase, sell and trade their items throughout the weekend, and there will be free appraisals available. The show is open to include a broad variety of items, including guns, arms, any related equipment and accessories, hunting and fishing supplies, antiques and collectibles. The venue offers ample parking, and the kitchen will be open and serving food.

If you wish to register as a vendor, tables are $45 each. However, only current members are allowed to rent table space. You can become a member of the Maumee Valley Gun Collectors Association by filling out an application form and bringing it to the next show or meeting. Some of the other perks included in a granted membership are free admission to the gun shows, free parking and early entry on Saturday dates.

7. Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Show

The Kiski Township Sportsmen’s Association is hosting their 2020 Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Show at the Kiski Township Sportsman Club in Avonmore. The event is a single-day show on Saturday, Mar. 28 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

While it is a gun show, it also includes various other sporting activities, meaning you’ll be able to buy, sell and trade anything from guns to fishing supplies to camping equipment. There will also be an all-day 50-50 raffle and a Birddog knife raffle open to willing participants. There will also be plenty of food available to guests.

If you’d like to register as a vendor for the show, you can reserve tables for $20 each with a limit of two tables per individual. You can also rent any unreserved tables on the day of the show for $30 each. Dealers are allowed early entry to set up on Saturday morning at 6:30 a.m. before the show.

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8. Washington County Gun Show

One of the larger events in the Pittsburgh area is the Washington County Gun Show, which features over 450 tables and plenty to browse. It’s hosted by ARH Sport Shop, who will be holding their 2020 shows at the Washington County Fairgrounds. They have announced several weekends, including:

  • Apr. 4 – 5,
  • Jun. 20 – 21
  • Sept. 26 – 27

The shows will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday dates.

Vendors can display and sell all varieties of firearms, from modern models to military antiques, as well as all accompanying accessories and supplies. Visitors can buy, sell and trade items, and there will be free appraisals available throughout the show.

General admission tickets are $7 for adults, and children who are 12 years old or under are allowed in for free with an accompanying adult. The venue has plenty of free parking, and there will be food available in the event center. Local hotels are also offering special gun show rates for those who wish to spend the night in town, which you can access through the ARH Sport Shop gun show information page.

If you wish to register for the show as a dealer, you must submit your reservation and payment two weeks prior to the event. For non-members, table fees are $45 each for early submission and $50 for late submissions. For members, table fees are $35 each for early reservations and $40 for late. Dealers will be allowed into the venue to set up on the Friday before the show from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday morning from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Gun Show Etiquette

If you’re familiar with gun shows, you know there is a general etiquette among regulars and vendors. From common courtesies to regulations and laws, they’re essential to keep in mind as you attend any 2020 PA gun shows.

When you attend as a visitor, be sure to converse with the dealers and ask permission to touch, pick up or inspect their items. You shouldn’t handle other individuals’ firearms without expressed permission. As a courtesy, keep all drinks and food off of the display tables unless permitted by the dealer. Additionally, don’t place bags or jackets over or near items, as it’s a common tactic for theft and may cause suspicion.

If a dealer does allow you to pick up a gun, keep it pointed at the floor at all times and place your fingers away from the trigger. While all firearms on display should have an empty chamber and a locked-open action, you can never be too sure. If you bring young children, ensure they follow the same rules. The overarching rule to remember is: ask permission first.

Vendors should also observe regular safety rules and courtesies. Most gun shows require sellers to ensure all firearms are unloaded and have their actions open prior to the show, and inspectors may double-check throughout the show. Keep a watchful eye on individuals handling your guns to make sure they’re observing proper safety. Show hosts also typically require vendors to stay for the entirety of the show, from open to close, so be sure you can commit to the times before reserving tables.

In addition to general courtesies and show rules, all attendees and vendors must obey all federal, state and local firearm ordinances and laws. Certain firearms may require specific paperwork for sales and registration, such as a Federal Firearms License. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has more information on state laws, including details about the National Firearms Act.

Get in the Game With Keystone Shooting Center

If you’re looking to get more involved in the Pittsburgh gun shows and firearm scene, Keystone Shooting Center has everything you need to become an active pro. At Pittsburgh’s premier shooting destination, we offer gun safety courses, private training for beginners and advanced shooters, firearm rentals and sales, smithing and cleaning services and more.

Our facilities feature a climate-controlled range with 24 indoor lanes open to walk-ins and reservations. Keystone Shooting Center is owned and operated by veterans and professionals, meaning you’ll have top-notch customer service and assistance, and we encourage men and women of any experience level to visit.

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