Does your DOD activity's PX, NEX or BX sell firearms


December 16, 2004, 09:28 PM
Back in the 1980's the Navy Exchange sold rifles and handguns. I recently went into NAS Lemoore, Ca.'s Navy Exchange and was told they never sold guns. Went through three different people up to the manager, all swear they never sold guns.

The manager was certain that no DOD Base/Station Exchange sold firearms. Is this a California only policy or nationwide?

Are firearms sold on the base near you or where you are stationed?

I routed a comment/request form she handed me. That was about 3 weeks ago and have heard nothing yet.

Also there is no ammunition or firearm related accessories. Very little in the way of fishing equipment. I can buy lotsa "Docker" clothing though and Levi Strauss but no Dickies. Not even a gun type belt buckle.

Didn't useta be that way.


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December 16, 2004, 09:32 PM
Never saw anywhere that sold them when I was in, and I never remember seeing them anytime I went on base when I was younger with my parents or grandfather.

Edit: This was in PX's and BX's, I don't recall ever going into a NEX.

December 16, 2004, 09:36 PM
Growing up as a mil-brat and in the service myself, I never remember seeing firearms for sale through AAFES. I can buy GUnscrubber, Break-Free, plastic ammo boxes, range bags and a bunch of hunting equipment at the PX, but not guns or ammo.

Old Dog
December 16, 2004, 09:54 PM
Gotta be a California thing ...

There's a small retail outlet at the range at Ft. Lewis that you can get guns through ... and the NEX at NAS Whidbey Island used to sell ammo (at pretty decent prices, especially considering zero sales tax) but they stopped sometime in the late 90s (guess they found out they weren't supposed to be selling it).

But up in the Pac Nor'West -- you'd better believe all the base exchanges have to carry at least a token selection of gun cleaning accessories, targets and hunting gear.

December 16, 2004, 10:21 PM
NTC San Diego used to sell them at the base exchange in the late 80's. Don't know about now though.

December 16, 2004, 10:37 PM
The Exchange complex in Wiesbaden, GE in the early 80's had a Sports Store that had a lot of firearms for sale. I brought home a few but sold just about all of them when I got divorced.

December 16, 2004, 10:41 PM
Air Force used to have what they called "rod and gun shops". That went out when the PC BS started.

No guns sold on base. No rod and gun clubs on base. No skeet shooting or firing ranges, on base. It you weren't there to qualify on the M9 or M16, or for a special purpose, no guns on base (unless they are in the armory).

My father, who was "old Air Force" talked of the days where they almost made it mandatory that the troops (Airman/Officers) owned guns and went to the rod and gun clubs for all types of gun sports.

Sad days are upon us :(.


December 16, 2004, 10:49 PM
The PX at Camp Lejeune, NC, sold them in '97. Wait, or was it the PX or the outdoorsy outfitter's place? Hmm... Anyway, I know they were sold on base.

December 16, 2004, 10:53 PM
There's a range on base, trap/skeet/five-stand, and a small, cruddy rifle range. The guy has an FFL, and sells reloading supplies. I plan on having my gun in Missouri shipped to him, and I think I'll ask about ordering guns through him.

The BX has a decent fishing selection, but nil regarding hunting. On the other hand, they're building a survival shop, and I've been told that I can go in there and buy stuff when it's open.

December 16, 2004, 11:00 PM
Pity that I was only TDY there.

I would imagine Elmendorf AFB does the same, too.

December 16, 2004, 11:40 PM
USMCsilver The PX at Camp Lejeune, NC, sold them in '97. Wait, or was it the PX or the outdoorsy outfitter's place? Hmm... Anyway, I know they were sold on base.

The PX ( not the mall PX ) was selling them about four months agao last time i was there. If they dident have it on the shelf they could order it for you and have it in within a week. They got plenty of my business. :D

December 17, 2004, 12:51 AM
Ft. Wainwright in AK has a "Sports Shop" with a pretty good gun selection and loading supplies/components.

December 17, 2004, 01:13 AM
Beale AFB (outside of Sac, CA) doesn't sell firearms or any firearm related gear through our BX as it's fairly small.

Although we do have a R&G (Rod & Gun). Two skeet fields, one trap, a sporting trailer, patterning board, 100-yard pistol range with lots of steel tgts and a paintball field.

They also have a beer bar inside and do BBQ's several times a week. Rental guns, ammunition and reloading supplies abound. If you're a member, you only pay 10% over cost and 0% sales tax. Pretty good deal if you ask me.


Yes, I'm a regular. Just ask any of the other regulars. ;)

December 17, 2004, 01:36 AM
OFFUTT has a Rod and Gun. They don't stock guns but they are an FFL. Also get us pretty darn good deals at times. No sales tax.

Ramstein had a pretty Bad Ass R & G club when I was there. 99-01 had a a good selection. Also had to replace my Glock mags while I was there. :p Would've they had a H&K USP Comp for $850.00 I wanted the whole time I was there but our SOFA agreement expired and I couldn't get a WAFFENPOSSETSCARTE in time to bring it back so I had to pass, Also would've had to have a ATF import card filled out which took like six months to process. :banghead:

ARRRGGGGHHH :banghead: ATF!!! :fire: May they all get boot rot... may they bump their funny bone every day until it is no longer funny!!

December 17, 2004, 02:20 AM
The Marine Corp Exchange in Norfold did back in the late 90's- 2001. That is where my friend got a couple of his guns. Course, it was off by itself. had decent prices, but Norfolk city has a stupid law that you had to pay a fee to buy a gun in the city. not sure about now, and that probably hurt them since a lot of people I know didn't want to give the city any money just to buy a gun, when you could get one elswhere in VA whithout . Bob's gun shop had a deal to get around that, and their prices were pretty good too.
Obe One

December 17, 2004, 05:21 AM
Camp Pendleton MCX sells guns. No sales tax!
Mostly high speed low drag autos.

The best deals in Surefire can be had there too.

The MC Recruit Depot in San Diego used to sell guns in the 90s. I bought a few guns from there.

Browns Fan
December 17, 2004, 07:30 AM
The sporting goods store in the mini-mall on Ft Bragg used to carry firearms until some twit decided to shoot at a PT formation one morning in Nov '95.

:fire: :banghead:

December 17, 2004, 07:32 AM
I havent seen too many(any) army bases that sell firearms but the marine corp bx on quantico does. I went in there last year and was impressed with the selection and the prices werent too bad either. A lot of Ar-15 and Ar-10 rifles, and xd and glock pistols. Quantico also has Quantico Arms located in the town which is a rather nice gunshop.

December 17, 2004, 09:09 AM
Not too sure about current status, but Ft. Lewis, WA had (has?) a rod and gun club, right near the front gate of North Fort. They always had a good selection of rifles and handguns, plus reloading equipment and components. Of course, this was back in 1990, so I might be a little out of date.

They also had the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) range, which was Range 15. This was set up similar to a field-fire range, you could set up targets to 300 yards. Had some good benches, too.

Now, Ft. Bliss, TX had an OUTSTANDING Rod and Gun club! 12 individual ranges, plus skeet and trap, a full service shop with everything you could want, and ranges from a 50 yard plinking range to 500 yard long range rifle, plus silhouettes. Great place to shoot! This one was located at the end of Trans Mountain Highway--I think they have now built a cross-post expressway to access it.

December 18, 2004, 03:17 PM
Never saw firearms sold in any of the PXs on posts where I was stationed.

December 18, 2004, 04:12 PM
Heck yeah! I bought my first .22 rifle in the Pope AFB BX in 1966. :) We'd keep our guns in our lockers in the shop and go squirrel hunting when we got off duty. I was lucky, I worked with a couple of good ole boys. Fun days. :D

December 18, 2004, 04:56 PM
I purchased a Savage 350/2000th from the Gitmo Ships Store(guess that's) what it is called. I had to get a letter from my ship to buy it, stored it in the armory on board. I had no problem taking it from the ship out the gate in the navy yard.

December 18, 2004, 08:19 PM
I bought my first revolver in 1968 from the post exchange at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego.

All I ever remembered being at the exchange at NAS Lemoore was shooting supplies including reloading equipment. This was from 1973 up until the mid eighties. I think they could order a gun for you though.


December 18, 2004, 08:38 PM
The Exchange at Kodiak CGAS sells rifles, pistols and shotguns. I bought my first Glock there back in '89. Quantico has a good selection too! I just wish I could "afford" a few more :D

December 18, 2004, 10:26 PM
Bought a Charter Arms AR-7 at the NX in Tidewater in the early 80's. I think it was the one at NOB, but it might have been Little Creek.

I also have some vague recollection of buying a Browning Autoloader .22 at the NX in Yoko in the 60's, but I don't remember for sure.

Also bought an S&W M12 at AFSouth in Naples in early 80's, but I had to actually import that, points and all. Still, had no problems. Needless to say, it was a 4".

December 18, 2004, 10:29 PM
Base exchange at MCRD, San Diego had a real nice gun shop on the upstairs hallway. Was still there as of ~6yrs ago.

December 19, 2004, 04:33 PM
Base exchange at MCRD, San Diego had a real nice gun shop on the upstairs hallway. Was still there as of ~6yrs ago. I was in there half a dozen times in the last 6 years, and I didn't see it. I seem to remember Camp Pendleton having some sort of outdoor shop in the early 80's, but I don't remember if they sold guns or not.

December 19, 2004, 09:05 PM
With respect to BX/PX the answer is some do...some don't...depends on the local demand on on the local command.

Exchanges in Alaska do, some in the NW and Ft. Bragg... probably others too..



December 21, 2004, 07:07 PM
Went over today at lunchtime (21 Dec 04) and talked to the manager at the Navy Exchange (NEX) at NAS Lemoore, Ca.
She said the Company's policy is not to sell guns in ANY Navy Exchange.

The NEX is a non-profit company and all the profits go to the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) for Quality of Life (QOL) of Naval personnel.

The company has decided quite some time ago, she didn't know when, not to sell firearms, rifles and handguns.

There are no ammo sales either.
No Bows or Arrows.
No pellet guns, air rifles or BB guns.
No pellets or BB's.
No catalog sales or ordering.

She wasn't sure about AAFES Army or Air Force but fershur no sales of this type in any NEX.

MWR, strange outfit.
Wonder who is running that show?
Time for some research.


Kodiak AK
December 22, 2004, 01:53 AM
I haven't been on base in about five years , but I did purchase the following there , and later sold them .
Glock 17
Tula 54 SKS
Norinco NHM 91
Marine Mossburg 500
Colt 1991 .45ACP
Colt 1991 9mm
Mas 49/56
Ruger MKII
Taurs PT100

I think that is it .

December 22, 2004, 01:37 PM
A buddy of mine bought a Belgian FAL at the PX when he was stationed in Germany during the 1980s. He sold it to me some years later and I still have it. No import marks.

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