The most important buying event of the year for antique firearms collectors, the Las Vegas Antique Arms Show, International Sporting Arms Show and Custom Knifemakers Show (LVAAS), will take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Feb. 28, 29 and March 1, at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino. The spacious venue boasts more than 70,000 square-feet of exhibitor space in the Antique Showroom and another 40,000 square-feet for sporting arms, custom knifemakers and firearms engravers.
Buyers Set Sights On Las Vegas Antique Arms Show
This 58-Year-Old Event Draws International Crowd Of Enthusiasts
Launched in 1962 by Las Vegas gun collector and dealer Harry Mann, LVAAS is widely regarded as the gold standard among antique firearms shows. It is the oldest continuously operating trade or specialty show of any type in Las Vegas, far outlasting even the long-running showroom extravaganzas at major casino hotels. The annual event is a calendar highlight for antique, vintage and out-of-production firearms enthusiasts, attracting exhibitors from throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, continental Europe, Japan and China.
The shows reputation has thrived for nearly six decades, thanks to its committed promoters and unfailing support from the hobby. In 1998, Paul and Karen Balfour assumed the shows operations and management from their brother-in-law, Wally Beinfeld (1929-2013), who produced the show for 51 years. Upon taking over, the Balfours said it was their desire to honor Beinfelds legacy by maintaining the shows unimpeachable standards. In May 2019, Morphy Auctions joined the partnership, adding vast marketing expertise to Paul and Karens years of show-promotion experience to create a new synergy reflected in the shows 2020 edition.
The Las Vegas Antique Arms Show is known worldwide for its superior-quality merchandise and knowledgeable dealers, said Morphy Auctions president Dan Morphy. Honest and ethical representation of all guns offered for sale is a hallmark of the Las Vegas show. Before a dealer is approved to set up and sell at the show, they have to be individually qualified and meet certain requirements. Thats the reputation the show has maintained for 58 years, and we will make every attempt to keep that level of quality and excellence.
Throughout its history, the LVAAS has attracted numerous Hollywood personalities, legislators, and other notable figures. The many historically important guns that have been displayed at the show include the finest known antique Colt single-action Buntline Special revolver, with original skeleton shoulder stock, which was exhibited in 2016 by Carol Watsons Orange Coast Auctions, and General Ulysses S. Grants magnificent Civil War-era Remington revolvers, whose whereabouts had been unknown for over a century. Valued at $1.5 million, the ca. 1863 Lost Remingtons made their public debut at the January 2018 LVAAS at Greg Martins booth.
The Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino is at 3000 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nev. Admission options range from single-day entry to honored guest tickets that allow early buying opportunities from 10 a.m. 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27.
To learn more, visit www.antiquearmsshow.com or call 951-970-9669.