Gunshop report: FBMG Inc.


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BHPshooter
March 10, 2006, 10:17 PM
Up until very recently there was a gun store in Utah whose name was "Totally Awesome Guns."

Stop a minute and think about that... When you picture a gun shop that lives up to that descriptor -- totally awesome -- what do you think of?

I thought of a gunshop that was actually nice, where the paint wasn't peeling from the walls, the floors were clean... I think you get where I'm going. And on top of that, there was a good selection of products (not just guns) that would go farther than the usual one-size-fits-all Outers cleaning kit. You know: ammo, magazines, holsters, lubes -- and even Class 3 stuff like suppressors. :evil:

Well -- and I know I'm going to sound like a kid in a well-stocked candy store -- I think I've found a place that DOES live up to that reputation. It's FBMG.

When you walk in, directly in front of you there is a wall covered in military clothing in the new desert "flecktar" digital camo. Cool stuff. You could buy probably everything that the Utah National Guard dresses in on that wall.

In the room to the left is the treasure trove -- Along the back wall is the gun counter, with handguns in the counter and rifles displayed on the wall. On the floor, running perpendicular to the gun counter, are the racks with all kinds of goodies -- TONS of magazines stacked neatly in baskets, Police trade-in holsters (Don Hume black leather), ammo on the endcaps... I could go on and on.

To top it off -- they're a manufacturer of NFA items. That's right, they put together suppressors and full rock-and-roll automatics. :evil:

Then, if you go upstairs there is a classroom where a variety of classes are taught (including CCW), and then, the cherry on top -- a shooting simulator! I actually got to try it out, too. Three words: I WANT ONE.

Anyone who lives in Utah, anyone who might be passing through on I-15, or anybody who just wants to see a veritable oasis in a desert of dull/crummy/disappointing gun shops, stop at FBMG.

While you're there, you can ask what FBMG means, too. ;) Larry and Jamie are great guys, and they're straight shooters -- both literally and figuratively.

So, now that I really DO sound like an awestruck child, all I can say is that it's definitely worth a trip.

What's YOUR awesome gun store like?
Wes

P.S. Utahns -- to get there, take I-15 to Draper (whichever respective direction that may mean). Get off on the 12300 South exit, and head East. You will immediately come to an intersection (Minuteman Drive). Turn right (heading south) and follow this road. FBMG will be on the left (east) side of the road, next door to the Hotel, in the same building as the boat building. You'll see the sign that says FBMG.

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Dionysusigma
March 10, 2006, 10:55 PM
A little selfless plug, there, eh? ;) :D

I'll admit that Outdoor America is a dirty little hole in the wall. But it's a dirty little hole stuffed with guns. :)

Car Knocker
March 10, 2006, 11:08 PM
I haven't been to FBMG yet (I HATE going into gunshops when I can't afford to buy much of anything - it's just too depressing!) but have heard a lot of good things about it. I know the owners are frequent contributors to this board (one's a mod).

It looks like the website www.fbmginc.com is getting an update.

I never did care much for Totally Awsome Guns in any of its incarnations but perhaps now the new owners will sink some money into it.

BHPshooter
March 10, 2006, 11:45 PM
A little selfless plug, there, eh?

I know it sounds a lot like one, but I don't own stock or have anything to do with the gun shop. I am just really impressed by it. :)

I HATE going into gunshops when I can't afford to buy much of anything - it's just too depressing!

I do too -- and trust me, I can't afford much nowadays... but it's nice to have a place where the guys don't care if you're just there to look and fondle. You won't get "brow-beaten" just for looking.

Wes (kid in a candy store) :D

Justin
March 11, 2006, 12:20 AM
Up until very recently there was a gun store in Utah whose name was "Totally Awesome Guns."

Stop a minute and think about that... When you picture a gun shop that lives up to that descriptor -- totally awesome -- what do you think of?

I call this a blatant failure of the "Fancy Ketchup" test.

If they've gotta tell you on the label that it's "Fancy" then it probably isn't.

Quick trivia question about FBMG: Which THR members are the owners? ;)

What's YOUR awesome gun store like?

Local place here in town called Specialty Sports. It's in a building that was formerly occupied by a Walgreen's type drugstore. Well lit, nice display cases, courteous and generally prompt staff. And the biggest selection of lead delivery devices I've ever seen.

CypherNinja
March 11, 2006, 02:18 AM
Everything around here is only so-so.

Except, the guys who own my local haunt are building this place. :D
http://www.sherwinshootingsports.com/emby.htm

Dave R
March 11, 2006, 02:28 AM
Quick trivia question about FBMG: Which THR members are the owners? Correia is one. I don't know who the other is....

PvtPyle
March 11, 2006, 03:21 AM
Thanks for the kind words Wes. If it weren't for places like Doug's and TAG's, we would never have opened our store. I got tired of the guys who had never been in the military telling me what the military ws doing, and the guys who wont let you touch their precious...whatever. There is nothing in the store that you are not free to play with or dry fire (except the rim fires of course, but you can give them a heft or two).

We are always open to suggestions on how we can improve our service and store. We have been meeting with the bank on how we can make some big, "long range" improvements so to speak. Well, not long range but about 50 meters worth anyway. If you have suggestions for us, please let us know right away.

Thanks again, and come by any time. Think of us as a Cheers without the booze but heavily armed.

rangerruck
March 11, 2006, 03:30 AM
there are two pretty good ones here in Houston. Collector's firearms is TOTALLY HUGE, with a big mix of the new and some very old classic , and very expensive weapons and militaria. the other place is Pruitt's guns and ammo. he is a former vietnam vet/legendary houston disc jockey. his own shop, most of his family works there, he has a lot of military style weapons and ars hanging up all over the place on the walls, and a good selection of civvy/mil style pistols. plus a lot of viet nam memorabilia.

Matthew748
March 11, 2006, 07:37 AM
FBMG Inc. sounds like a nice place. My sister lives about 90 miles south east of Draper. I have toyed with the idea of driving out to Utah this summer. It has been a long time since I have taken an actual vacation. I would also like to go to Wild West Guns one day, but that would be a VERY long drive.

boofus
March 11, 2006, 11:30 AM
How can you resist visiting a store named Funny Bunny Machine Guns. :neener:

PvtPyle
March 11, 2006, 11:35 AM
It's actually Fuzzy Bunny Movie Guns. But being in Utah with Browning so close you can imagine the things people think it could be.

BTW Wes, we have the PKM's out on display now, you should come check those boys out.

Nightfall
March 11, 2006, 01:04 PM
Yet another reason I want to live in the southwest someday. :D

MarshallDodge
March 11, 2006, 01:14 PM
I'll second fumegator's thoughts. The place is a nice store, James and Larry are friendly, knowledgeable, and organized. I have made a few purchases and need to get back down their soon.

FBMG has a great selection of "black guns" which I like :) Too bad I can't afford the full auto kind :mad:

NineseveN
March 11, 2006, 01:29 PM
Are yoiu guys willing to franchise out into Pennsylvania? :D

JamisJockey
March 11, 2006, 01:53 PM
(Thread hijack!)

....Totally Awesome is actually a computer chain out here. The owner (former, they shut down last week) is a very flamboyant and outspoken indiviudual (and a wee bit eccentric), who gets the hobby bug, generally to the 'extreme'. He's been into fast cars, highly modified 4x4's, flying ultralites and powered gliders, and who knows what else.
Well, as a way to aquire really cool toys to play with, he opened Totally Awesome guns and range. Its a dingy cesshole in an iffy location, but you could rent Full Auto and shoot on site. Various SMG's, the SAW, and a few rifles. Thier inventory was usually pretty low, just enough to probably pay the staff and the bills.
Recently, after getting in some legal firearms trouble (a questionable brandishing charge), he sold the shop to Impact Guns (www.impactguns.com).

Larry Ashcraft
March 11, 2006, 02:03 PM
Local place here in town called Specialty Sports
Their new store is awesome. Before they moved, it was a well-stocked, but crowded gunstore. I guess when they heard Sportsmans Warehouse was coming to town, instead of running and hiding, they got this new place and expanded.

They carry top of the line stuff, cases full of Wilson, Baers, Surefires. Want a $5000 28 ga? There are racks of 'em. Truly impressive, I hope they do well.

What I really, really wanted there though, was their Tactical Assault Gloves. Only $59.95. :D

Correia
March 11, 2006, 07:50 PM
Thanks, Wes. Review is much appreciated.

GoBrush
March 11, 2006, 08:13 PM
FBMG Inc

Guy's I know Rome was not built in a day but PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE HURRY I took 4 buddies all the way to Odgen today to shoot at Impact up there it is a nice place but just too far from Sandy, Draper is much closer. We desperately need a world class place in Salt Lake County to shoot.

HEY ANY RICH THR MEMBERS HELP THESE GUYS OUT AND FUND THEIR RANGE. I am sure they would hang a plaque with your name to honor your cash.

Car Knocker
March 11, 2006, 08:41 PM
I think before I drove from Sandy to Ogden, I'd drive to Springvile.

http://www.rangemasters.com/

'Card
March 11, 2006, 08:43 PM
Fuzzy Bunny Movie Guns
Oh, is that what it is?

You really don't want to know what I assumed it stood for.

Stevie-Ray
March 11, 2006, 08:54 PM
I guess the best around here is Top Gun Shooting Sports. Well equipped gun counter, reloading and cleaning equip., gunsafes, small and large, a great selection of holsters, classroom, and a beautiful range that even allows rifles within reason. It's where I go.

BHPshooter
March 12, 2006, 02:05 PM
BTW Wes, we have the PKM's out on display now, you should come check those boys out.

I totally missed those yesterday... That's okay though -- I'll be around again next week, I'm sure. :)

Wes

Correia
March 13, 2006, 10:30 AM
GoBrush, working on it man. :p

armedandsafe
March 13, 2006, 02:52 PM
Off topic, but I remember a stripper from the '50s whose stage name was "Awesome Guns." :D :evil: :D

Pops

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