DeSantis Gunhide Question of the Day: Are You Going to the 2016 Texas Firearms Festival? Would It Work in Your Backyard?

(shameless plug) P0liticians don’t often undersell something. In this case, former Texas Governor Rick Perry says there’ll be “close to 20” manufacturers at the 2016 Texas Firearms Festival. Actually, forty gunmakers will be making the scene; including IWI, FN, SIG SAUER, Benelli, Remington, Kel-Tec, Taurus, Blaser, Wilson Combat and STI. The TTAG team will be there too. So click here, buy your tickets and join us October 14 – 16 at Best of the West Shooting Sports (just outside of Austin).

desantis-blue-logo-no-back-4-smallIf you’ve already bought your tickets, thank you! The forecast is for perfect weather. Bring sunscreen, glasses, a hat and ear pro (we have glasses and squishies for those who need it). Get ready to enjoy the most fun a firearms enthusiast can have with their clothes on — unless you shoot naked. Which you can’t. Not at the Texas Firearms Festival, anyway.

If you haven’t bought a ticket and have the time free, don’t delay. Buy now. Ticket sales are strictly limited to reduce line length and prices go up at the door. Hotels and flights are still available!

If you live too far away to attend the 2016 Texas Firearms Festival, have other plans or can’t spare the cash, well, that sucks. If so, the question is this: would a firearms festival fly in your neck of the woods? We’re wondering if one would work behind enemy lines (e.g. outside of Chicago, Boston or Philadelphia).

One more thing: Governor Perry’s not wrong. The Texas Firearms Festival’s existence helps make America great. It shows the world that we Americans love our guns. Period.

Governor Perry’s also speaking the truth about guns when he says that the Festival helps make Texas unique. This is the only event of this scope anywhere in the world. We’re proud and thankful that The Lone Star State is home to the 2016 Texas Firearms Festival. Come and shoot it!


  1. avatar Cliff H says:

    Ex-Gov Perry can’t dance all that well (gave it a good try, though), but he sure can sing – the praises of the Texas Firearms Festival. Hope you all have a great time and all the Liberals in Austin have apoplexy. With any luck they will hear the automatic gunfire all the way downtown, wind speed and direction permitting.

  2. avatar Ing says:

    I dunno about my area…probably not enough people. But I bet it’d go pretty well somewhere in Utah. A really gun-friendly state, and lots of places where you could set up a range within driving distance of the highly populated Wasatch Front area.

  3. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Still trying to massage the calendar to be able to go.
    This could fly over at Tri county gun club. Except for the machine gun part. They are anti-gun over there.
    Now Albany… Yeah, they have the room, and it’s not too far from Salem.

  4. avatar David Lewis_WA says:

    Having bought my airline ticket yesterday, I can tell you there are not many flights. Not many that are not way over priced. This will be my second year attending. VIP is the only way to go!

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      Yeah, if I had to buy an airline ticket, I guess I’d go VIP, too. Since I’m close enough, I bring 2 sons, instead. But yeah, I’ll be there, and am actually coming to shop for an AR trigger, should help make your shops happy! Of course, I don’t think I’ve gotten away yet without buying something.

  5. avatar Truth says:

    Suggestions for locations – if you want to increase attendance, consider a place that’s easy to fly to. Austin isn’t. Las Vegas is, Dallas is, Houston is, you need a place with an airport that’s a hub for a major airline. Charlotte. New York.

    And you need lots of local population. Austin’s a tiny city, not even a million (although you can reasonably draw on San Antonio too, so there’s another million). Houston and Dallas are seven million each. 3x the population means 3x the ticket sales. At least. Because an awful lot of the Austin population is anti- at least, a much higher percentage of the population in Austin is anti-, as compared to the other major metro areas.

    Philadelphia metro is six million people. Seems like a viable choice. Seems like it would be difficult to pull off in Chicago or NY. California has tons of gun owners, but the gunmageddon laws would probably make it entirely illegal to do something like this festival there.

    Las Vegas is 2 million people, and they have an outstanding, gigantic, ultra-modern range facility in northern Las Vegas. Thing is, if you’re going to fly somewhere, are you going to fly to Austin? Or to Vegas? If you’re counting on people coming from outside the area, you’ll have a lot easier time getting them to go to Vegas than to a small city like Austin, and the flights are much less expensive to Vegas than they would be to a non-hub airport like Austin.

    1. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

      I’ll be there. Yes, flying into Dallas saved me several hundred dollars.

      It won’t work near me. No where with enough space to shoot machine guns. What about somewhere in gun friendly Indy? Close enough to draw from Chicago, Detroit, OHIO.

      1. avatar Scoutino says:

        I second the Indy idea. Can’t make it to Texas this year, but definitely want to attend next one.

  6. avatar John in CT says:

    Not 2016, but I will be at 2017.

  7. avatar Ralph says:

    “Would a firearms festival fly in your neck of the woods?”

    In Massachusetts? Hahahahahahahahahahahah!

    Wait — you were serious about that? Then no, it wouldn’t.

    1. avatar Rick the Bear (now in NH!!) says:

      And that’s one of the main reasons that I went to NH! Sorry.

  8. avatar Bill says:

    A festival would definitely fly up here in New Hampshire, but most of the foot traffic would be from people that drove up from Mass and friends to get a taste of freedom.

  9. avatar Rick the Bear (now in NH!!) says:

    Echoing Bill, a festival of that nature would fit right in here in NH.

  10. avatar CarlosT says:

    I think people would find it strange to hold the Texas Firearms Festival in the Seattle area.

  11. avatar TheUnspoken says:

    Florida, I would love to have something like this local or at least near by. North East would be nice, but might work better near Orlando.

  12. avatar Winterborne says:

    Louisville, KY. But you’d be competing with the machine gun shoot at Knob Creek Range. We do that twice a year. And the crowds, oh my gods, the crowds.

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