It is with great sorrow I need to inform you of the passing of an icon in the gun world. Wallace Beinfeld passed away peacefully at the age of 84. His battle with Alzheimer's for the past two years ended Friday, May 10, 2013.
Wally produced the Las Vegas Antique Arms Show for 51 years. Many of you have been with him for most of the journey. You have seen the show grow in size and merchandise, from antique and collectibles to sporting arms and custom knives. You were there in the early days of the Sahara, to the great tent show, the Riviera, Mandalay Bay, and back to the Riviera. While there were other short term stops, Wally was always thinking of ways to better position the show for his exhibitors. Wally appreciated your support in building the highest quality historical firearms show in the country.
Paul and I have assumed the responsibility of the daily operations and management of the show. Working with Wally for the past fifteen years, we are honored to continue his legacy. This was Wally's passion! We will miss his guidance, but always cherish the opportunity he has provided.
Paul and I want all of you to know that we are available for you.
Paul's cell: 951-970-9669
Karen's cell: 951-970-4349
Greg Roberts, one of the owners of the Las Vegas Antique Arms Show, says "In true Wally fashion the show will go on. We are planning on having the best show ever in January. In addition my partners and I have all the faith in Karen and Paul to continue Wally's legacy. They have the company's full support and we look forward to the next 50 years."
If you have not made your plans to attend the October 2014 and January 2015 shows and would like to, please contact me or Paul. We look forward to seeing you.
We will miss Wally so very much; his stories, jokes, and his unique ability to break things. Wally's legacy of the finest gun shows will live on in his honor.
Be sure to be at our October 2014 and January 2015 shows.
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In 1962 Las Vegas gun collector and local gun store dealer Harry Mann, looking for ways to expand his business, put a small gun show together at the Stardust Hotel. Forty six years later, that simple idea has developed into the world's great Arms and Armor collector's event.
Under the stewardship of renowned collector, dealer and publisher, Wallace Beinfeld, the Las Vegas Antique, Sporting Arms and Custom Knife maker's Show brings together hundreds of dealers, makers and collectors. Where else can one find the knowledgeable dealers, thousands of fine and historical firearms and hand made quality knives in the quantity and price range as can be found at the Las Vegas Show?
Unique in the industry, the Show attracts Collectors, interested legislators, members of many Governmental agencies, Hollywood personalities, collector organizations and dealers from around the world.
Recently acknowledged as the "Longest continuing running event in Las Vegas," 53 years, plans exist for several years into the future at the Riviera Hotel's 95,000 square feet convention center.
And, while the Mid Winter Show is one of a very few large scale, quality events, the Las Vegas Antique Arms Shows in the Spring and Fall, smaller in size, maintain the same level of quality merchandise offered to collectors.
When Harry Mann died in 1969, the Sahara's management asked Wally Beinfeld to take over the Show Producer's role. Beinfeld had shown award winning displays for several years, had helped to found collector's organizations and was actively involved in developing new markets for firearms.
As a member of Colt Firearm's product development committee, Beinfeld had the opportunity to meet and work with many key marketers. Contacts that would help increase the size, scope and impact of the Las Vegas Shows.
Traveling the country, attending ten or twelve Gun Shows a year, personally working with collector organizations to expand their reach into the market, under Beinfeld's stewardship, the Las Vegas Show began to grow in size, scope and prestige. In 1969, the Show was held in a four thousand square foot room. About 50 exhibitors and collectors set up and one hundred members of the public came to see Herb Glass, Arnold Chernoff, Jim Serven, John Malloy, Norm Flayderman, Bob Cherry and many of the other "Giants" of the industry.
Today, more than six hundred exhibitors offering or just showing fine merchandise, a dozen collector organizations, manufacturers of quality sporting arms, more then a hundred custom handmade knifmakers and several thousand interested collectors join together at the Winter Show. You can still meet John Malloy, Norm Flayderman, Herb Glass, Jr .and more contemporary great dealers, Mitch Luksich, Greg Martin, John Gangel, Mike Clark and dozens more.
Happily, the participation of "Giants" of the industry at the Show has paralleled the growth in size and scope of products offered.
With the passing of Wally Beinfeld, Karen and Paul Balfour will continue Wally's legacy.
Karen said, "Paul and I have assumed the responsibility of the daily operations and management of the show. Working with Wally for the past fifteen years, we are honored to continue his legacy. This was Wally's passion! We will miss his guidance, but always cherish the opportunity he has provided."