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The 2016 Texas Firearms Festival at Best of the West Shooting Sports in Liberty Hill is scheduled for October 15 and 16th. All the major players from last year’s Festival have indicated they’ll be back for 2016, and we’ve got some more big names to announce in the run up to the event. We’re expanding the retail village (again), adding new bays and introducing new experiences. Meanwhile, Full Auto Friday! We can’t give you all the details yet but here are the basics . . .

On Friday the 14th of October — the day before the main show opens — VIP ticket holders will have exclusive access to a wide range of machine guns from participating exhibitors. We’ll publish a full list of guns later in the year. Suffice it to say, VIP’s will go hands-on with the latest and greatest giggle switch-enabled firearms.  

Unlike the main show — where ammo is free with admission — Full Auto Friday machine gunners will have to buy their own ammo. Rest assured that prices will be reasonable, and there’s no limit. Full mags!

Note: Full Auto Friday’s included in the price of a Saturday, Sunday or two-day Texas Firearms Festival VIP ticket. VIP’s get all the same perks as last year, including shuttle service around the range, food and drinks at the VIP tent and exclusive access to Full Auto Friday.

Stay tuned for more details. The Texas Firearms Festival is the world’s largest “shoot – shop – buy” event. We’re building on our success to make our third year bigger and better in every way. Click here to buy your tickets today. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, check out our website for regular updates. See you in October!

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    • + ^

      Last year they co-located their dates with the Tulsa Wannamacher Show, and I went to that instead. I haven’t checked the dates but I hope they skew it enough to do both.

  1. Nice. I’m glad it is in October this year instead of November, because November is hunting season here in Michigan and it is next to impossible to get off work.

  2. If you want to rapidly convert an anti-gunner to a freedom loving American, bring them to Full Auto Friday. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve seen do a complete 180 on guns after a full magazine of bullet hosery(sp?). So. Much. Fun.

    • I read this comment earlier and I thought huh? That’s random. It clicked that the uninsured driver is forcing you to spend your money differently, sorry bro.

  3. Since this is “The Truth About Guns,” let’s get truthful:
    What is the “pro-Second-Amendment” view on burst-fire and full auto?

    First, we are constantly accusing the anti-gun crowd of wanting to ban/take/confiscate ALL guns from ALL lawful owners. They provide plenty of cause for this.

    Second, we are constantly harping on the distinction between full-auto and semi-auto — a distinction that might have been lost on many Americans a couple of decades ago, but which is now ubiquitous in gun-policy discussions. The implication being: full-auto guns indicate wicked intent and criminality, while mere semi-auto is all about daffodils and rainbows and jelly donuts and a day at the range with your beloved children.

    Third, the Supreme Court majority in Heller went far out of their way to throw shade on “M-16s,” never mind the militia clause of the Second Amendment. Are we in agreement with that dicta?

    Fourth, Reagan banned burst and full-auto with the Hughes Amendment in 1986, trading away an entire class of security-purpose weapons just to ease regulatory burdens on for-profit gun sellers. Was this a good idea?

    Fifth, if there is cause to fear a mass shooting at a school or a movie house or a shopping mall … what is the operational difference between a full-auto or burst-fire gun on the one hand and, on the other hand a semi-auto-only AR-15 with a 3lb speed-trigger and a cache of sixty round magazines? (What difference remains once the latter has a slide-fire stock attached?)

    Sixth, if we concede that full-auto or burst-fire is “too dangerous,” how is semi-auto-only not too dangerous? What could a full-auto gun do that was not done at Sandy Hook or Aurora or San Bernardino with semi-auto-only weapons?

    Lastly, and in conclusion, if the gun-control crowd are crypto-gun-confiscators (and yes, they are), how are the Second-Amendment crowd not crypto-machine-gunners?
    The gun-control crowd denies wanting to confiscate, but they clearly do want to confiscate.
    The Second-Amendment crowd is silent at best, and often pejorative, about machine guns, but they clearly love the idea of it, and are going to spend many thousands of dollars blasting through ammo at this event. Is there any doubt that they would be buying post-’86 machine guns in droves, like they are now buying silencers in droves, if it was still legal to do so?

    Who is being more dishonest about their real desires, then?

    • I’m of two minds, to some extent, on the issue of full auto.

      On the one hand: I don’t see any practical reason for it. Perhaps I should add, “… for me” but I’m not even sure that is honest.

      On the other: before I sold it, I did plan to “lose” the disconnector on my 7.62×39 Saiga the first time it was field stripped after TEOTWAWKI. Now I don’t have anything readily “converted” so it is moo. (Yes, I’ve intentionally misused “moo” twice today in replies.)

    • Here’s the simple and complete answer to all of your questions, Iowa:

      Sometimes Reagan was wrong.

      A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

      Let me know if you find ANYTHING in those 27 words that authorizes the government to create a list of arms they are authorized to infringe upon, or to classify any citizen as not authorized to exercise their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms.

  4. If I weren’t in college I could go to this. Stupid education, who needs it?
    But really, I do wish I could attend. Just keep it running so I can attend after I graduate will ya?


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