One of our own opens a gun store (Nashville) - now with pics


Oleg Volk
June 19, 2006, 05:10 PM
Remember Rabbi? Today, his East Side Gun Shop opened. His specialty will be military surplus and other reasonably priced defensive implements.

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Henry Bowman
June 19, 2006, 05:15 PM

June 19, 2006, 05:28 PM
Good going, Rabbi! (Nice photo, too ;) ).

June 19, 2006, 05:39 PM
Great! I'll be in Nashville Wed...will check it out. Thanks for letting us know!

Stiletto Null
June 19, 2006, 06:17 PM

Nashville...not quite driving distance from Raleigh, but maybe I'll stop by some day if I ever get around to that damned road trip.

Oleg Volk
June 19, 2006, 06:20 PM
Bill will sell over the web as well. I'll inquire if he is planning to put up a list of what he has. I'll be over later this week to photograph the shop and the storefront.

June 19, 2006, 06:20 PM
Congratulations on your new store Rabbi. I'll be sure to stop in and check things out soon.

I don't see any listing of store hours on the web site, but I'll call and confirm before I drop in after work some day soon.

Oleg Volk
June 19, 2006, 06:25 PM
11am to 6pm Monday-Thursday, as far as I know. Will add that info to the site. Ought to add the city, too.

CSA 357
June 19, 2006, 06:34 PM

American By Blood
June 19, 2006, 07:31 PM
11am to 6pm Monday-Thursday, as far as I know.

A store that specializes in military firearms? Awesome. I want you to stay in business and if I lived in the Nashville area I'd be a regular. So please modify your hours. See if you have any friends who are willing to work a few hours a week for peanuts and aren't shomer shabbos, Christian sabbath keepers, or early risers to help you have your doors open more of the time.

Working folk like me simply can't patronize your establishment. I'm a delivery guy and I could see myself driving by your place on my daily runs and saying "sure wish I could shop there..."

That said, best of luck. Gun dealers today are not only business men, they're providers of a public service. Folks like you deal with the hassles of being a FFL so the rest of us don't have to.

June 19, 2006, 07:35 PM
I guess I know where I'll be visiting later this week.

June 19, 2006, 07:52 PM

I volunteer Preacheman to move to N-Ville and work the Noon to 8pm shift and Fridays, Saturdays.

He can take "confessions" of what folks want and tell BFs, GFs, Husbands, Wives, kids...:)

I grew up working with Orthodox Jews, and some of our closest friends were the Catholics. I was brought up in a Baptist Church...I still get into trouble because I respect most every religion except the one raised in.

June 19, 2006, 08:14 PM
Steve - only if I get to take up a collection! :D

June 19, 2006, 08:52 PM
You ain't been in retail have you?

Allow me to explain this. YOU sell "collections" to folks. YOU sell guns so others can "collect" or add to their "collections".

You can have the diner down the road send up Fish on Friday, but YOUR job is to sell, sell, sell.

When you learn how to sell...I can them share how to "buy" guns.
[ screech...I think you got that part down now that I think about it...]

See besides the business I was in , I also hung around the Pawn Shops that - among other things- bought and sold guns. These folks were both Orthodox and Reformed Jews.

Tip - never play poker against a Jewish Pawn shop owner.
I wish I had had time to learn...I used to watch and hear sometimes.

FWIW a Piroque (sp?) not worth much toward a Savage Bolt gun...I learned that early too. :)

Dave Markowitz
June 19, 2006, 08:54 PM
Mazel Tov!

(I can't believe that I'm the first to say that is this of all threads.)

June 19, 2006, 08:57 PM
if i'm ever in nashville again, i'll look it up.

June 19, 2006, 10:13 PM
Rabbi showed us this over at the TFA forums, I didn't realize he was the same Rabbi from over here.

Blood, something tells me Rabbi takes his faith seriously, if you want to give him advice, you may not want to do it while spitting on other people who devoutly follow their faith.

I generally avoid Nashville, but it will be nice to have a place I actually want to go in that cursed city.

June 19, 2006, 10:27 PM
After reading the TFA link, I am a bit concerned about Rabbi's safety and security, then again...

I was born into a business and accepted at birth pretty much by the Orthodox and Reformed. I have the utmost respect and admiration for these folks.
They accepted me and taught me a lot. Taught me a lot besides the business, and apprenticship.

These folks knew security, safety, how to survive , how to think out of the box...I learned a lot from these folks, I am still grateful and miss these now passed.

I understand the hours, I worked those hours, I respected the customs and ways. One would be wise to learn from folks like Rabbi.

I sincerely wish Rabbi all the best, and I know he will be safe and secure.
A lot of what I do and believe in were shared by my Jewish Mentors & Elders .

American By Blood
June 19, 2006, 11:25 PM

I wasn't spitting on anyone's faith. I wasn't suggesting he work on the sabbath. His choice to not work on his religion's day of rest is great and is to be respected.

However, there's nothing (at least to my knowledge) in Jewish law stating that Gentiles have to observe the Jewish sabbath. In fact, Jewish owners of small businesses often schedule their trusted Gentile employees for Friday afternoon/Saturday hours for the express purpose of keeping the place open even when they cannot be there themselves. This is (again, to the extent of knowledge) pretty universally accepted as lawful by rabbis. I personally make deliveries to numerous Orthodox owned businesses in Pikesville, MD (one of America's more famous Jewish enclaves) where the owners are nowhere to be found on Friday afternoons but the non-Jewish employees are there keeping the ship afloat.

As for Sunday hours, it shouldn't be too hard to find a trustworthy gunny who doesn't keep the Christian sabbath. Again, I didn't say this to spit on anyone's faith. It's just that another Jew, atheist, Muslim, Asatruar, Hindu, Buddhist, Wiccan, or lapsed Christian would fit the bill perfectly. Nobody's religious laws are broken (the kosher supermarket in my area that has to close on the Jewish sabbath to retain its certification is open on Sundays) and folks with Monday-Friday, 9-5 jobs can gleefully spend their paychecks on rifles and spamcans of ammo.

If the whole "work for peanuts" comment was what offended you, rest assured that it had nothing to do with Rabbi being Jewish. It was a reference to the fact that start-up businesses generally have very little in the way of funds for payroll and that at specialty businesses like gun stores and record shops many of the clerks are people who are already gainfully employed and are just picking up a few hours a week to help keep the place's doors open. When employees are already paying their bills and are just working for the love of the items being sold, money is far less of a concern. This is vital to new businesses.

Of course, if Rabbi as the FFL holder has to be there at all times then never mind any of this. The man owns his own business, worships his own god, and sets his own hours. As it should be.

Anyway, loosen up.

June 20, 2006, 06:25 AM
I don't think he has to be there every moment his store is open; thus, if he wanted to later expand his hours through Saturday (or Fridays after dark), he might still be able to do so without any religious repercussions. :)

June 20, 2006, 07:27 AM
So THAT'S what's been keeping him busy. I thought he had been MIGHTY SCARCE these last few weeks :p

Congrats!! and Good Luck!

and if I ever get to Nashville... :D

June 20, 2006, 07:37 AM
MMMmmmmm...MILSURP. And me with a C&R FFL. Watch out!


June 20, 2006, 10:06 AM
Way too cool, Rabbi! Good luck in your new endeavour, Sir.
Looking forward to Oleg's pics.

June 20, 2006, 10:23 AM
Here we have SomeKid mouthing off about Nashville again, feel free to avoid the big city pal, we're doing just fine without y'all.
'Cursed place'? Wow, I'm shaking my head son.

Rabbi, congratulations.
But why not open Sunday like Guns and Leather, that would make a nice 5 day week and still get some weekend trade and still observe the sabbath.

June 20, 2006, 10:32 AM
Sorry to nitpick, but he's missing a digit on the ZIP code on the bottom of the main page of the website. I'm assuming there should be a 3 preceeding what's there.

I say that only because that will allow people to cut and paste it into Google Local or whatever to get a map and directions.

Oh, and I'll stop by next time I'm in town.

Oleg Volk
June 20, 2006, 10:48 AM
Fixed the zip code, thanks.

June 20, 2006, 02:48 PM
Abb, no offense was taken. I should have tossed one of the eye-rolling smileys in there to point out that it was a friendly tip regarding the 'Christian sabbath keepers' comment (worded as if it was a bad thing). Now I see you weren't meaning it badly. In your second post you made it clear you meant find someone who works on Sundays. I took a different feel from the first one. (Text does that, you only see letters, no idea if they were trying to be funny or not.)

R-N, I am sure you love Nashville. It is, after all, the city that gave the rest of the state our restrictive gun laws. It probably reminds you of your home in England and the laws you pine for.

Hey Oleg, how was his opening day? I was busy taking a Microbiology test, so I really think I missed out. I sure wish I could have been fondling guns instead of being cramped into a no-carry zone.

Took a peek at the website, I kinda wish he would come down here. I would like cheaper FFL xfer charges.

Oleg Volk
June 20, 2006, 03:33 PM
I'll post photos of the store later this week (took a few today).

As far as the gun laws, Memphis seems to be the more likely source of the sentiments.

June 20, 2006, 03:51 PM
Oleg, it is true Memphis sends some of the worst, but Nashville is where the capitol is. Just as how DiFi is from CA, but we despise D.C.

I still read the whole Waltz thing with joy, seeing Ford gone was an absolute boon to this state. Just thinking about getting rid of that anti (he was one of three Democrats in the Senate to vote against our Restaurant carry) makes me wanna dance. (Especially with the gun carrying model chicks Oleg seems to have in abundance. He really ought to share them.)

I look forward to the pics. I would love to 'see' his inventory. By the way, does he have a range?

Oleg Volk
June 27, 2006, 01:25 PM
Logging in guns, unwrapping bulk packs of ammunition, arranging specialty ammo. Not photographed but also present, many technical manuals.

June 27, 2006, 01:48 PM
Rabbi I hope your new business effort goes well.

June 27, 2006, 02:18 PM

June 27, 2006, 02:21 PM
I'll try to stop by next time I visit relatives in Crossville.

Matt King
June 27, 2006, 02:24 PM
Congrats!!! I will try to stop by if I am ever in the area. I will also put the shop's Url in my signature for a while, so that hopefully more member's will check it out.

Good Luck to the Rabbi.

June 27, 2006, 04:15 PM
If I lived in the area, I would so buy a Galil there. Or an Uzi or Jericho.

Best of luck!:D

Nathaniel Firethorn
June 27, 2006, 04:51 PM

No, Rebbe, absolutely no porkchops! From now on! I promise!!! :D

Good luck on the store! It's nice to see a gunshop with a good storefront.

- NF

AJ Dual
June 27, 2006, 04:52 PM
It makes me wish I lived in TN, just so I could say to my friends, "I have to go see The Rabbi for some ammo..." :D

Good luck!

Sarting a small business is a brave thing.

A gun store, even braver.

June 27, 2006, 05:07 PM
We can never have too many firearms establishments.


June 27, 2006, 05:34 PM

Best of luck in new endeavor. Make sure all the gun lube is kosher


June 27, 2006, 06:05 PM
gotta start asking companys for some posters or signage form the walls. looks kinda bare.

good luck on the new store! i think thats everyone heres dream

June 27, 2006, 09:08 PM
The Rabbi,

Best wishes on the new store and mazeltov!

Oleg, thanks for the pics and info.


June 27, 2006, 11:15 PM
The store is about two miles from my house. I'm sure I'll be stopping by on occaision.
You should hear some of the goofball comments on our Inglewood Neighborhood message board about this place. As usual, a vocal few raising a stink about something they know very little about.
No matter. I'll be there soon. Good luck to you...hope the shop thrives.

June 28, 2006, 01:54 PM
Good luck.

Rich K
June 28, 2006, 04:09 PM
Mazeltov, Rabbi, and best wishes in your new endeavor.

Mongo the Mutterer
June 28, 2006, 04:33 PM
Mazeltov Rabbi...

Now how about a Kosher Kimber??

June 28, 2006, 08:01 PM
Good luck and congratulations!!

June 29, 2006, 12:47 AM
I stopped in the other day, just to chat and offer congrats...

Glad to see another shop, Rabbi. I'll be back... ;)

Sgt Stevo
June 29, 2006, 01:02 AM
Rabbi, mabe you need a gaurd dog? I can help. laying behind the counter, a big Rott or shep can be a great deterant. I know I beat you guys to death with this. But i cant help it. ;)

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