Gun show brings out history buffs

Hundreds of people stopped by the Gun and Knife show at the MB Convention Center.

The Myrtle Beach Gun and Knife Show wrapped up Sunday afternoon. Although it brought record crowds due to pending gun legislation, some were interested in what the past had to offer.

Vendors stocked their booths with everything they had hoping to trade, buy and sell.

"People think they need to go out and buy more assault rifles," said show promoter Mike Kent.

A few booths displayed guns and memorabilia that isn't from this era.

"Most everything I do is World War II or Korean Conflict," said vendor Wynn Beasley. "This is historical stuff, and it survives, and I look at trying to replace it or trying to accommodate the people that want to put it in their collections, so it keeps that World War II history going."

Other antique vendors see the need for both modern and collectibles.

"People who have modern guns are mainly for self protection. These guns are antiques, they are collectibles, they always increase in value, and they are a piece of our history," said vendor Mark Badgett.

Their goal by bringing these dated items isn't to make a buck, but to educate those who attend the conventions.

"I've got the extra time on my hands. I just have always loved it, I love to talk to people, be around people, and try keep the history going," said Beasley.

The vendors believe their guns made decades ago can compete with those fresh off the assembly line.

"If you need it to shoot, it's going to shoot just as good now as it did in 1942 when it was built," said Beasley.

The Gun and Knife show will be back at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center in November.