I went to it last year and decided not to bother doing it again any time soon.
Lots of "soldier of fortune" types walking around in combat boots and/or military camos, sniffing very uninteresting guns and lots of "literature", knives, swords and very old ammunition. Absolutely no competition shotguns. Just junk.
I took about an hour to walk by all the tables, and I never saw a single thing worth even picking up to look at.
Actually the Reno show in Nov is about as good as it gets on the West coast. that's in conjunction with the Winchester Collectors show. Went to Tulsa last Nov for the show there and it was about as old time gun show as I've seen. Not much high grade stuff but mega show - bigger than the Great Western used to be and no swap meet crap. Some camos but they were huntin' camos not sojer camos. Plan to hit it again this year jist fer grins. The Reno show too the week before.
I have been on my way to the Phoenix show a couple times and got distracted. May make it yet.
yes, you'd be better off going to the show in reno. the cow palace show
has been in decline since you last went. and if you are looking for ammo
esp 223/308/9/45 it goes out fast. there is a line at least a half hr
before the doors open.
I went to a gun show 10 years ago, I picked up a browning 9mm (not sure why) and the ahole behind the table barked something at me about fingerprinting his guns.. 2 years later I took a citori to a gun show and some old fart cornered me and bashed me for "still trying to pawn off that piece of junk" I didnt know him from adam but I felt like warping the barrels up beside his head.. needless to say i havent been back to one in years..