Brad Jones of Logan dresses the part as he poses next to a Gatling gun on display at this weekend’s Cross Roads of the West Gun Show held in the Cache County Event Center.
LOGAN – The Crossroads of the West Gun Show held this weekend at the Cache County Community Event Center is expecting close to 2,500 visitors in the two days, said Tracy Olcott, President of the company.
The show will be open Friday, until 7 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Children 12 and under are given free admission if they attend with their parent or guardian.
Tickets for the show are $10 and are good for both Friday and Saturday.
“We generally have about 10 shows a year in Utah,” she said. “We also do shows in California, Arizona and Nevada.”
The shows in Utah are in Logan, St. George, Farmington, and Sandy. The company does close to 60 shows a year in the four states.
Olcott said they have been doing gun shows for 40 years. This year’s show has 100 vendors and not all feature firearms.
“It is a good show but it is one of our smaller shows,” she said. “We try to get them to fit in the venue.”
The shows in the other locations, like in Salt Lake, are much larger.
A big draw to the show was an original Gatling Gun owned by Ray Houser, who also had a quarter scale British Howitzer cannon on display. The gun was manufactured from 1862 to 1903 and could fire 200 rounds per minute. He also had other historic firearms like a 1951 Pre-Civil War experimental repeating flint lock rifle.
Matt Binyon, from American Rust Co. in Salt Lake City, was peddling stun guns, knives, handcuffs, and other self-protection instruments.
He said the gun shows aren’t what they use to be he said.
“When (Barack) Obama was president everyone was selling more,” Binyon said. “We’ve slowed since then.”
Jim Hare and his wife Connie from Richfield were selling their own brand of ammunition, Heritage Ammunition, for both handguns and rifles.
Nathan Buckingham, owner of Wasatch Pawn, had a large selection of firearms and other hunting accessories for people to look at and buy.
All federal, state and local firearm ordinances and laws are in effect.
No loaded firearms and no loaded magazines are permitted in any Crossroads Gun Show.
Cross Roads of the West folks say Logan has proven to be a good show and they hope to return again in the fall.