Ron Kucharik of Salem and his family could not think of a better place to celebrate the birthday of his granddaughter than the Roseburg Rod & Gun Club Gun and Knife Show on Saturday.
Kucharik came to the show at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Roseburg with his family, including grandchildren Sidney and Ben Horton of Roseburg. It was Sidney Horton’s 24th birthday.
“We’re all here and it’s something we can all have fun with,” Sidney Horton said. “We enjoy going shooting together.”
“I’ve come for several years and it’s one of the better ones in Oregon,” Kucharik said. “They always have good deals here and if you want it, you’ll find it here.”
He added the show seems to be well-attended, and there were more vendors than he’d seen in the past.
With everything from vintage hunting rifles to new fishing knives, the show offers a variety of weapons, ammunition and accessories. It continues from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.
The Exhibit Building at the fairgrounds was packed with camo-and-jeans-clad gun enthusiasts Saturday, as well as Kucharil and others seeking out unique finds.
A collector of old Winchester and Colt firearms, Kucharik said Roseburg’s gun show has a wide variety of both vintage and modern guns and knives.
Ben Horton said the gun show is definitely a change of pace, as he’s spent the last four years in Portland at Portland State University. The Hortons’ friend, Shannon Smith, of Tacoma, Washington, tagged along for the event — the first gun show she’d ever attended.
“There’s a lot of guns,” Smith said, adding she was surprised to see so many other items, like stuffed animals.
The show also includes jewelry, books, antlers, leather bags and more.
Erma LaVigne, of Grants Pass, owner of Little This, Little That, was busy selling throwing stars and knives, swords with cheetah-print sheaths, nunchucks and more. It was her first time at the Roseburg show and she said she was enjoying it.
She recently took over the business from her friends, and said she loves it. Lavigne was selling the items next to her husband, Jim LaVigne, who was selling IJK gun scopes.
“I like it, it’s nice and there are a lot of people here,” Erma LaVigne said.
Representatives of the South Umpqua Rod and Gun Club were also at the show Saturday, including Robert Kolker, of Roseburg, an NRA-certified instructor, to teach gun safety and help people become certified for an Oregon concealed carry handgun license.
Rocky Shaffer, president of the South Umpqua club and a gunsmith with his shop, Rocky’s Gun Works in Roseburg, does repairs and ceramic coatings for guns, using all types of colors and designs. Shaffer said the club has an upgraded gun range open all year at 845 Rod and Gun Club Road in Riddle. Tez Fabrication of Prospect made and supplied all the targets at the range.
“We had a good time doing it,” Kirk Mickelsen of Tez Fabrication said. He was advertising the business’ Guardian Target System, which uses a foldable base that can be set up on any terrain and attach to several different types of targets.
Another vendor was Dan Thornton, of Medford, who was selling ammunition, guns and accessories through his business, Good Guys Guns. He has been in the business since 1993, when his father-in-law opened the shop and asked him to join.
Good Guys Guns was also selling tin signs with jokes on them, such as, “Invest in precious metals, buy lead. Support the Second Amendment.”
Thornton said his favorite part of the gun show each year is meeting people and talking to them about guns.
General admission is $6. Entry is free for children 12 and younger. For more information, visit www.rrgclub.org or call 541-530-4570.