story from "The Gun Report" magazine March 1999

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Tulsa Fall gun and Knife Show Still No.1 in the Nation

story by John & Gretchen Battaglia

On October 24-25, 1998, under the leadership of Show Chairman, Joe Wanenmacher, the International Oil Exposition Building, located in the Tulsa Fairgrounds, was once again chosen as the site to hold what has become the biggest and the most productive arms show in the country. This event is not only attended by the nation's top dealers in the collector's arms field, but also many of the world's collectors and dealers. Just about every country had representatives in attendance. In talking to many of them, they said it is without a doubt the most exciting event they attend and vowed to make it a point to not miss any of these shows.

Once again the Ruger Collectors Assn. accepted an invitation to hold their annual meeting in conjunction with this show. This is always a well attended gathering and there are always many interesting, informative, and well done displays that are enjoyed by many.

The featured celebrities were the famous Johnny Western, "Mr. Rodeo Cowboy," composer of the theme songs for "Have Gun, Will Travel," "Dodge City," "geronimo," and "Bonanza," and World War II Fighter Ace, Ben Drew.

Every effort is made to make this event enjoyable and safe. All items brought into the exhibit hall are safety checked. All cartridge farearms had to be locked in a non-firing mode. No item left the building without the proper paperwork.

A special thanks is extended by the show producer and the Indian Territory Gun Collectors Assn. To all the dealers and collectors who were in attendance. No event of this size can be a success without this loyal support. An invitation is extended to attend the next show which will be held on April 10-11, 1999 in the same location. It is suggested that you get your table reservations in as soon as possible as this show is always a sellout way before the show with a long waiting list.



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