Gun show offers more than firearms

February 25, 2019 GMT

BULLHEAD CITY — The Bullhead Chamber of Commerce was the venue for the Arizona Collectibles & Firearms Gun Show held during the weekend.

Though firearms, ammunition and knives were highlighted, there was an array of other items for sale or trade. People were welcomed to bring things for the dealers to consider purchasing.

“We try to put on a good, well-rounded show,” said Dennis Champagne, promoter of the event.

While there were all types of collectibles for sale, not as many vendors as expected were there. Champagne said many of those from Flagstaff and other points north opted out of driving down because of heavy snowfall late last week. That included a business that was going to be serving food.

Las Vegas was covered, and a minimum of 18 inches fell on Kingman.

Keith Sondgeroth, who used to have a pawn shop in Bullhead City but now sells primarily at shows and estates, reached around and showed a container of peanut brittle. He had weapons, ammunition, jewelry, books and various other collectibles — including a rare Colt .22 handgun from 1931 — but he said the candy was delicious, too.

Sondgeroth helped himself to another piece — not his first from the container — took a bite and smiled.

The couple behind Papa’s Peanut Brittle & Famous Fudge traveled about five hours from Mesa to sell their various types of fudge and brittle at the show. Richard Mooney makes the candy while “I clean up and wash the dishes,” said Monika Moody.

They spent Saturday evening enjoying the Tim McGraw show in Laughlin. Monika wore her concert T-shirt on Sunday while tempting customers with fudge samples. One woman at the show bought at least a pound-and-a-half of different flavors.

Monika said they sometimes trade their candy for ammunition at these shows. Sondgeroth said he gleefully traded a ring for some of Papa’s brittle.

While they sell successfully at various gun shows, they also set up at at wine tasting recently.

“Not only cheese and crackers pair well with wine — so does fudge,” she said.

Though a rack of rifles appeared to be the focal point of Richard Worthen’s sales table, shiny bits and spurs also were eye-catching.

“We sell a lot of them,” said Worthen, who added some Old West style to himself.

He pointed to a highly adorned leather saddle off to the side.

Worthen then explained, “I love the art of the West.”

One of the busier sales tables was where Nancy Miller of Kingman set-up firearms and ammunition. She wasn’t fazed by the snow. It would have taken more than that to keep her away, she said, because vendors and customers get to know one another and become like family members.

Guns shows provide an opportunity to meet many people; most of them are hobbyists, Miller said.

“You get some good one and some iffy ones,” she said. “And you smile. ... It’s a lot of fun.”