2008 Int'l Airgun Expo in Roanoke, VA
by Tom Gaylord
Exclusively for PyramydAir.com. Copyright ©2008. All Rights Reserved.
See many collectible Crosman and Benjamin airguns, including the 1940s CG-type gun!
There were three handmade copies of rare Benjamin airguns from the turn of the century made by modelmaker Russ Snyder. The prices on these three were about half of what they had been a year before.
Big bore enthusiasts will enjoy the original air cane with separate butt-flask. And big bore maker Dennis Quackenbush held court, delivering many of his custom hunting rifles at the show. There were also a couple rifles available for anyone who was interested.
Eric Henderson, the big bore hunter, had a table displaying his guns, pictures of his hunts and some of his DVDs for sale. Next to him, Big Bore Bob Dean showed his latest creations, including parts for a titanium 12-gauge rifle he's working on.
There was a table of modern commemorative Daisys. If you missed out on the sale of a particular model from the Daisy Museum, they were here for you.
Want field targets? Dick Otten had several tables of fine targets, including his newest sidemounts for trees. He also had the strap harness for AAFTA-style shooters.
We see some airgun oddities on Cecil Whiteside's table. From an air Gatling gun to a one-of-a-kind double-barrel air shotgun, Cecil had the weird stuff.
We'll take a look at the table of noted airgun tuner Paul Watts. He had tuned guns for sale, plus you could talk to him about special projects you had in mind.
And, finally, I'll show you the Pyramyd Air setup, which was about eight tables of modern airguns. Many of the guns seen online could be handled and purchased right there at the show.
Roanoke is the largest airgun show in the world, and if you can't get to it, let me take you there via this video.