The biggest gun show in the world is Saturday and Sunday in Tulsa as it is time once again for the annual Wanenmacher Arms Show.
The gun show has 4,000 tables and six miles of exhibitors.
Collectors and gun enthusiasts from across the world have traveled to Tulsa to attend the show.
The show typically will have gun exhibitors from Australia, New Zealand, England, France, Belgium and Holland in addition to the United States.
The gun show has been a staple in Tulsa for more than 50 years.
Joe Wanenmacher is the man responsible for bringing 11 acres of guns to the Tulsa fairgrounds twice a year. He holds a spring and fall show each year.
More than four decades ago, Wanenmacher was a petroleum consultant in Tulsa. His hobby was, and still is, guns.
As a young man, Wanenmacher was a hunter, target shooter and member of the Indian Territory Gun Collectors Association, which since 1955 had sponsored a gun show as a club project.
After being elected secretary-treasurer of the club, the duty to organize the gun show fell on Wanenmacher.
The first show had just 19 tables, but Wanenmacher traveled the world, recruiting gun exhibitors to Tulsa, increasing the number of tables to 400 in just a few years.
He was spending so much time working to improve the gun show, it kept him away from his real job.
So Wanenmacher bought the show, paying the club a fee each year for sponsoring it.
Over the years, Wanemacher kept working to build the show, traveling and recruiting more exhibitors and it kept growing.
Almost every kind of gun can be found at the Wanenmacher show, from modern to antique.
Show hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $3 for ages 11 and younger.
The show is held at the QuickTrip Center on the Tulsa fairgrounds.
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