Attn: Wal-Mart shoppers


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Rem700SD
October 3, 2006, 12:35 AM
I was just at the local Wal-Mart (2300 local) and one of the associates in the sporting goods department stated(as I noticed the empty gun case) that today was the last day of their gun sales. She said this decision was made my the new CEO who was the from Target. "never worked a day for Wal-MArt in his life" she stated.
Is this a new national policy, or just local? In contemplating a boycott of WalMart, I've become painfully aware of my dependence on WalMart and Sam's!

Dan

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Il Duca
October 3, 2006, 12:37 AM
Certain Wal-Marts in certain areas where gun and ammo sales are not lucrative are phasing out guns and ammo. So far it isn't a company wide thing. Alot of the stores in my area still carry guns and ammo.

heypete
October 3, 2006, 12:41 AM
It's generally a regional thing, depending on what the market will bear.

California Wal-Marts no longer sell guns of any sort. I think that was due to some legal issue (staff not getting paperwork filled out properly or some such...), not a business issue. But in many areas the beancounters have calculated that they can make a higher profit on other goods instead of guns in the same floorspace, so that's what they do.

Simple business.

That said, Wal-Mart doesn't sell the guns I want (non-sporting guns, generally -- one cannot buy belt-fed guns at Wal-Mart), and the hassle of dealing with them does not offset the slightly lower price. Instead, I have a list of local gun shops that I have had favorable experiences with and, when in the market for a new gun, call ahead and ask for their best price on that particular gun. I do the same thing when I was car shopping -- very low pressure, you can talk to a dozen shops in under an hour, and never have to leave the house. Saves a lot on wasteful impulse buys too. :evil:

Their ammo prices are nice, but even the California Wal-Marts still sell ammo. If I'm buying more than 100-200 rounds, I generally buy online, as the shipping ends up being less than the sales tax. That, and online vendors have a much greater selection than Wal-Mart and a much better price than local gun shops.

DoubleTapDrew
October 3, 2006, 12:44 AM
On my way hunting this weekend I stopped at a WalMart in a town I rarely visit. I was glad to see firearms in the sporting goods section.
Although it sucks for your local WalMart to stop selling guns, if they aren't selling well I don't blame them. If they are doing it for political reasons that's another story.

History Prof
October 3, 2006, 12:45 AM
Folks in my town would have a fit if wallyworld stopped selling them here. I know RKBA folks tend to get all "RKBA" about these things, but it is a business decision. When I lived in Tempe AZ, I worked in downtown Phoenix for a year. I bought two rifle cases one day at a walmart near downtown, and the sporting goods people were VERY happy to see someone in the gun department. Sales there were *lousy* and this was seven years ago.

I did get annoyed at the lady at the front register who looked at me with fear on her face, like she was afraid I was gonna go kill a bunch of people because I was buying *evil gun stuff*TM.:cuss:

Rem700SD
October 3, 2006, 01:03 AM
This Wal-Mart is in Texas City, TX, which is still has a large shooting/hunting/sporting population. Therefore I don't see a business reason. Also, there was no ammo displayed. This disturbes me....

S&Wfan
October 3, 2006, 01:59 AM
A double shame!

Wally-World has forced a lot of gun stores out of business . . . and now plans to shut down their gun areas too?

What a double tragedy.

I guess next there will be some more "little guys" who attempt to fill the new, local voids by mortgaging everything they own to start new little gun stores. Once they get going . . . maybe Wally-World will decide to go back into the guns/ammo business again and ruin them too.

wuchak
October 3, 2006, 02:12 AM
All the more reason to buy from local stores. That couple of extra dollars you pay will help keep them around so when Wal-mart decides to stop selling firearms and ammo in all its stores, which it will, like Sears and JC Penny's, you'll still have a place to shop. There are other large retailers out there who carry firearms and ammo at prices competitive with Walmart, e.g. Cabela's, Gander Mountain, Big 6, Bass Pro, but unlike Walmart firearms are part of their core business so it's unlikely that they will drop them.

I'm lucky that I have a Cabela's 10 minutes away, a Bass Pro shop coming soon and numerous independent gun stores nearby. For regular shopping I joined Costco. Neither my wife nor I have set foot in a Walmart in years and probably never will again. I can't give my money to a company who treats their employees like Walmart does.

TimboKhan
October 3, 2006, 02:51 AM
Wally-World has forced a lot of gun stores out of business . . . and now plans to shut down their gun areas too?


I don't want to sound like an elitist, but is this really the case? Most gun stores that I have been in sell "better" guns than Wal-Mart. Not that a gun from them is bad somehow, but I don't think Wal-Mart is serving the same customer base as a local gunstore is. I guess I could sort of see it from the perspective of ammo sales, but even then, my guess is that you can't by anything but the most popular calibers at a wally-world.

I can see wal-mart phasing out gun sales in some areas. I get the impression that Wal-Mart is trying hard to "customize" their stores to the areas that they are in. Cases in point, there are some walmarts now selling reloading supplies, and I know of one wal-mart in Idaho that has a full service fly shop in it. Perhaps my impression is incorrect, but it makes sense to cater to your customers needs.

Gord
October 3, 2006, 02:54 AM
My Wallyworld just finished its remodeling, and they actually expanded on gun accessories, but they stopped selling guns a few years back and the ammo selection is the same - no 185gr .45ACP, f'rinstance.

Unless somebody gets ahold of a leaked corporate memo saying that ALL GUNS ARE TO BE WHISKED FROM SHELVES AND BURNED IMMEDIATELY BECAUSE THEY ARE EEEVIL I'm gonna keep giving Walmart the benefit of the doubt and assuming it's simple economics.

Bruce333
October 3, 2006, 05:26 AM
This is old news.

DWARREN123
October 3, 2006, 06:49 AM
It is the start of the for Wal-Mart selling firearms. Within 5 to 7 years they will quit completely. Just my opinion.

BobTheTomato
October 3, 2006, 07:12 AM
With they way ATF is I dont blame them. Also Walmart has deep deep pockets. Even with the lawful protection of commerce act a lawsuit that gets filed still costs some money. Sears used to sell guns made by other companies with the Sears name on it. I have an old .22 that was bought there. At some point though they decided it wasnt worth the time/liability.

I think the only way we as a group should get fired up about this is if this decision is based upon Rosie ODonnell types threatening Walmart. I can accept business decisions but not them kneeling at the anti gunners feet.

Matt King
October 3, 2006, 07:23 AM
My local Wal-Mart has stopped selling firearms, but they continue to sell ammunition. I think It just depends on the area that you are in. I have a friend that lives twenty minutes away from me, and his Wal-Mart continues to stock guns.

TallPine
October 3, 2006, 10:13 AM
I get the impression that Wal-Mart is trying hard to "customize" their stores to the areas that they are in.
Well, now that would be a new development .... :rolleyes:

Back when I lived in western CO, Walmart had a policy that all their stores had to have their lawn and garden stuff out by March 1 (or some such date, maybe even in Feb). So the local store had to plow three feet of snow off the parking lot and set up huge plastic quonsets in 35 degree below zero weather. I guess if it was spring in Arkansas, it must be spring everywhere.

And they must send out standard auto parts display packages. Two sets of V-8 spark plugs in a county where half the "cars" are pickups. They wouldn't/couldn't re-order anything until all those foreign car spark plug sets were sold.

CajunBass
October 3, 2006, 12:04 PM
Wally-World has forced a lot of gun stores out of business . . . and now plans to shut down their gun areas too?

Any gun store so poorly run that they let Wal-Mart put them out of business, doesn't deserve to be in business anyway. With the limited selection of product, in guns, ammo, and hunting/fishing related items the average Wal-Mart carries, I don't see how they could put a dent in a well run gun (or fishing tackle for that matter, I hear the same thing about that) store.

CNYCacher
October 3, 2006, 12:16 PM
My Wal-Mart just added new gun cases and generally improved the whole sporting good section and their gun selection.

They are also competing with a brand-new Bass Pro 3 miles down the road.

jlbraun
October 3, 2006, 12:23 PM
My Wallyworld hasn't stopped selling ammo, though the guns are gone. Good selection on ammo and good prices.

aguyindallas
October 3, 2006, 12:27 PM
My local Wal-Mart stopped selling guns back in August. Still have ammo available though.

Now...they are building a new Wal-Mart much closer to my house and I am almost betting they wont even have ammo in this one.

Jorg Nysgerrig
October 3, 2006, 12:52 PM
She said this decision was made my the new CEO who was the from Target. "never worked a day for Wal-MArt in his life" she stated.

What new CEO? Wal-Mart has had the same CEO (Lee Scott ) for 6 years and the guy has been with Wal-Mart since 1979. Wal-Mart is a huge publicly-traded company. How exactly would a new CEO slip under the radar of media and the press?

I suppose she could be talking about John Fleming, who came over to Walmart from Target in 2000.

It just goes to show that many Wal-Mart associates have no clue about the company they work for, let alone knowing the intricate machinations Wal-Mart has for destroying the world. Always take their explanation of policies with a grain of salt.

There have been a dozen threads in the last few months discussing that while some Wal-Marts are getting out of the gun business, other Wal-Marts keep bringing in the guns. Nothing new here.

Axman
October 3, 2006, 01:32 PM
My local Wally World still has a full case of longarms. Yesterday there was a lady in there buying a 410 Remington pump shotgun for her 10 year old son. I commend the lady, and enjoyed seeing the boy "trying" the gun on for size. He was practicing safe handling quite well. Kept his finger off the trigger and didn't point it anywhere it shouldn't have been pointed.

lance22
October 3, 2006, 01:33 PM
Just for kicks I'm going to Wally World and buy a hundred pack of .45 ACP on my way back to work ;)

JimmyN
October 3, 2006, 02:07 PM
It's all just business as usual. WalMart has a good market saturation as far as number of outlets, (actually, like McDonald's, they have reached a level of oversaturation in some areas, causing one WalMart store to compete with another) growth now depends more on specializing in what sells best in each stores location.

I read in one of their investor reports, can't find a link to it now, that they were concerned with Target's sales figures for the more upscale fashions. In so many words they noted that Target was kicking their butt in sales on the more "trendy" fashions and brand name clothing. They would be increasing floor space for that to increase their clothing sales, the space needed obtained by scaling back on goods that weren't moving as well such as firearms, archery and other sporting goods that don't sell as well in the more urban and big city stores.

They originally stated they would remove firearms sales from about a third of their stores.

The company I work for used to do all of the Sam's Club Managers events. They rent a big convention center and set up a simulated Sam's Club store inside. The store managers can then decide what they want in their store from what is available at the show. We provided the Pharmacy, Bakery, Photo, Eyeglasses, etc booths and partitions. So each Sam's Club manager can choose if they want a bakery section or other specialized department. Likely the WalMart store managers can do the same, based on what they feel will bring in the most total sale dollars in their area.

They only store I'm aware of that specifically stopped selling firearms, just because they were firearms was a store in Florida. They were located close to a school so it was decided no more firearms. But that makes about as much sense as closing a gas station on a specific corner to cut down on traffic accidents at that intersection. Most of the folks having accidents likely got their gas somewhere else anyway.....

quatin
October 3, 2006, 02:23 PM
Are we implying wal-mart has a conscience? They must have bigger skeletons in the closet to worry about a reputation of "Evil Gun Distributors".

pharmer
October 3, 2006, 02:31 PM
Guns are gone at the 2 Kissimmee Wallys. Haven't been over to St Cloud in awhile. Joe

Axman
October 3, 2006, 02:52 PM
Guns are gone at the 2 Kissimmee Wallys. Haven't been over to St Cloud in awhile. Joe

Yeah, we wouldn't want someone heading to Orlando and Dizzyworld stopping for ammo to supply their shooting spree! :rolleyes:

djpullen
October 3, 2006, 03:03 PM
I went to a Walmart the other day and noticed they didn't have any guns. I asked the sporting goods employee and he said that only the top 500 stores will be carrying them now. In that town, there are 2 walmarts with a 3rd being built right now. Kind of hard to put up top 500 sales figures when you have 2 stores that service a population of about 40,000 people when college is out and 70-80k when college is in. A town an hour away from there has 1 Walmart and they are still selling them. They have probably 30 -40k people. Naturally, the store in the town with only 1 walmart will sell more than the town with 2. Walmart does have a good selection of guns you can order. They keep a book with the selection in it. The downside is that it takes 5-10 days if their supplier has it in stock plus you aren't going to get anything that doesn't fit the "hunting" category.

Kevin_G
October 3, 2006, 03:24 PM
I'm not so sure the guns are going away because of economic considerations or "simple business" as others have stated...I was in one of our local
Wal-Mart stores this morning in Colorado Springs (where gun and ammo business is quite brisk) and the guy in sporting goods told me that he thought they would stop selling guns and probably ammo by next spring. Sounds like a corporate decision not so much influenced by market forces but politics.

Bruce333
October 3, 2006, 03:26 PM
I doubt it's only the top 500 that will still carry guns/ammo. More likely the more rural stores that will continue. We have 2 within 12 miles of each other and they both continue to have a large selection of guns (2 display cases full in each store). As a matter of fact, the second one was just built within the last 4 years. If the sales numbers are there, they won't stop.

Kevlarman
October 3, 2006, 03:33 PM
:D Yes, our California WMs stopped selling firearms some time ago, but they still have plenty of ammo (and BB and airsoft and paintball guns).
The regular sporting goods clerk doesn't even check my ID anymore since I'm in there so often.

djpullen
October 3, 2006, 04:34 PM
Kevin G,

The one on Platte? I lived there for a year in 98. I was at Carson. I lived off Uintah.

GungHo
October 3, 2006, 04:39 PM
This Wal-Mart is in Texas City, TX, which is still has a large shooting/hunting/sporting population. Therefore I don't see a business reason. Also, there was no ammo displayed. This disturbes me....
A lot of the Wally Worlds in the Houston area (and any major metro area) no longer sell firearms. They even dropped a lot of their "paraphenalia" like cases, cleaning supplies, etc. However, the ones in my area (Willowbrook, Champions Forest) still have ammunition. (Granted, I don't have go-go gadget eyes, so I can't tell you what the prices/calibers are.)

Havegunjoe
October 3, 2006, 04:56 PM
Support your local gun dealer or buy online. I can match their ammo prices with a little effort. When saving that dollar at Wallmart is the difference between eating or not I guess I'll buy there. Until then I'd rather shop where there are knowledgeable people that support my gun rights.

TJTay89
October 3, 2006, 05:08 PM
While it is hard to beat the prices of Wal*Mart, I try and support local buisnesses when buying specialty items.

History Prof
October 3, 2006, 05:30 PM
This Wal-Mart is in Texas City, TX, which is still has a large shooting/hunting/sporting population. Therefore I don't see a business reason. Also, there was no ammo displayed. This disturbes me....

The Texas City walmart has a habit of hiring crooks. My sister-in-law has had her DL# lifted there TWICE. She keeps having people call her about money she owes because her DL# was on a check written by someone with a totally different name. The second time, the police traced it back to Wallyworld (and then their followup lead there for the first theft). Before she left Texas, she started shopping at the WalMart in Alvin.

I know, off topic, but I just had to rant about the TC WalMart.

On topic (sorta): My sister-in-law is the most gun oriented woman I know. When my brother died, I helped her divide up his collection, and every other gun I pulled out of the gun safe, she said "That one is mine, not your brother's.":D I like it when she hangs out with my wife. She is quite a positive influence!

Skeeter2u
October 3, 2006, 05:52 PM
I suppose she could be talking about John Fleming, who came over to Walmart from Target in 2000.

Ah yes, "dot-com boy". Target seems to be doing better since he left. Even as head of marketing, I doubt he has full authority to pull gun sales company wide. He may not realize that yet though. ;)

While Wally-World is definitely trying to expand its market base and appeal, I don't see what's left of the old-guard totally abandoning profit opportunities where they are viable.

RobW
October 3, 2006, 05:57 PM
My guess: Wal-Mart is going down the same lane as Sears. In 20 years, your grandkids will ask you: "who is Wal-Mart?"

ptmmatssc
October 3, 2006, 07:33 PM
Wal Mart sells guns? Guess I didn't notice , never shop there . Rather spend my money at the true "local " bussinesses .So far so good .

jnojr
October 3, 2006, 07:37 PM
Support your local gun dealer or buy online. I can match their ammo prices with a little effort. When saving that dollar at Wallmart is the difference between eating or not I guess I'll buy there.

If saving a dollar on ammo makes the difference between eating and not eating... I think I'll forgo the ammo altogether ;)

greg531mi
October 4, 2006, 03:16 AM
The Texas City walmart has a habit of hiring crooks. My sister-in-law has had her DL# lifted there TWICE. She keeps having people call her about money she owes because her DL# was on a check written by someone with a totally different name. The second time, the police traced it back to Wallyworld (and then their followup lead there for the first theft). Before she left Texas, she started shopping at the WalMart in Alvin.

I know, off topic, but I just had to rant about the TC WalMart.

On topic (sorta): My sister-in-law is the most gun oriented woman I know. When my brother died, I helped her divide up his collection, and every other gun I pulled out of the gun safe, she said "That one is mine, not your brother's." I like it when she hangs out with my wife. She is quite a positive influence

What do you expect the quality of people they get at their wages?
I went to a new Wally in Greenville Michigan, a big hunting area, and they had a display of guns, not the best selection....But, most of the workers in there, where did they come from???? Looks like rejects from Mc Donalds!!!!

Sorry to hear about your brother. He had a great wife, sharing some of the families heirlooms with you, I assume.

sevesteen
October 4, 2006, 11:26 AM
In some ways, WalMart displaying guns is a good thing--It may be the only time some people see guns, and if WalMart sells them, they must be mainstream. When you have to go to a segregated store to get guns and supplies, we've lost another small battle.

wuchak
October 4, 2006, 11:36 AM
Here's the type of employer you are supporting if you shop at Wal-Mart.
http://www.wakeupwalmart.com/news/20061002-nytimes.html
Excertps:

Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest private employer, is pushing to create a cheaper, more flexible work force by capping wages, using more part-time workers and scheduling more workers on nights and weekends

....

But some Wal-Mart workers say the changes are further reducing their already modest incomes and putting a serious strain on their child-rearing and personal lives. Current and former Wal-Mart workers say some managers have insisted that they make themselves available around the clock, and assert that the company is making changes with an eye to forcing out longtime higher-wage workers to make way for lower-wage part-time employees.

....

These moves have been unfolding in the year since Wal-Mart’s top human resources official sent the company’s board a confidential memo stating, with evident concern, that experienced employees were paid considerably more than workers with just one year on the job, while being no more productive. The memo, disclosed by The New York Times in October 2005, also recommended hiring healthier workers and more part-time workers because they were less likely to enroll in Wal-Mart’s health plan.

wuchak
October 4, 2006, 12:03 PM
Another great scam by Wal-Mart http://www.wakeupwalmart.com/news/20060927-wapo.html. They have been critized in the media for the low percentage of employees that are covered by their health insurance. The response? Make new hires enroll in a plan with an individual deductable of $3000 and if your spouse is covered it goes up to $6000! The percentage of employees covered goes up but they are covered by an essentially non-existant plan. If you are hired as a full time employee for minimum wage, $5.15 p/h, and you somehow manage to get 2000 hours per year your gross income would be $10,300. Makes meeting that $3000 deductable rather difficult don't you think?

Here's an interesting look at the minimum wage over time. Adjusted for inflation it is currently at it's lowest point in 50 years. http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0774473.html

The Waltons didn't come to hold 5 of the top 10 spots on the Forbes 400 by sharing their money with their employees. Those 5 people have a combined net worth of $77.7 BILLION.

fletcher
October 4, 2006, 02:09 PM
Wal-Mart in Cary, NC stopped carrying them some time during the last week or two :mad:

marksman13
October 4, 2006, 02:57 PM
Wal mart only uses guns to get people into the sporting goods section...eventually the plan is to stop selling them period according to several managers I have talked to. Right now the stores with the best gun sells are recieving guns from stores with few gun sells...many are going to be discounted to move them off the shelf...not saying this is the gospel truth...just what my managers have told me.

SoCalShooter
October 4, 2006, 03:00 PM
Here in Cali we have not had guns for a long time. But now a lot of walmarts dont carry ammo.

XDKingslayer
October 4, 2006, 03:11 PM
Wal mart only uses guns to get people into the sporting goods section...eventually the plan is to stop selling them period according to several managers I have talked to. Right now the stores with the best gun sells are recieving guns from stores with few gun sells...many are going to be discounted to move them off the shelf...not saying this is the gospel truth...just what my managers have told me.

It's not gospel truth. They aren't going to kill off all the gun sales, just the ones that don't make a ton of money. If this was the truth, then they wouldn't have bothered putting in a gun section in our walmart 3 months ago. However, the new walmart they built up the road doesn't have one.

The gun section they just put in our local walmart is booming.

Figuratively speaking of course.

Axman
October 4, 2006, 03:30 PM
Now I'm not even sure that Wally's employees know what they are talking about. So far I've heard the demographics explaination, the profitability explaination, the doing away completely explaination and the "top-stores" explaination. I don't really care whether they stop selling them or not anyhoo. Big 5 and my favorite pawn shop has a good selection of longarms as well as ammo. So far the best ammo prices and firearms prices are at my favorite local pawn shop. Wally charges $7.95 for a box of my 9mm Luger, my local pawn shop charges $6.95. For handguns, I'll continue shopping at the pawn shop.

atomchaser
October 4, 2006, 08:48 PM
One out of the local 3 wallyworlds has stopped selling guns and ammo. One of the remaining two has been discounting ammo heavily so I think they will probably close. The remaining one does a brisk firearms/ammo business and I assume will stay open. I think it is purely a business decision.

As far as how wally world treats it employees, um, maybe gettin a valuable skill that can't be taught it in 15 minutes might do the trick? The lowest rung of uneducated, unskilled workers are always at the mercy of low wage employees. If you expect wallyworld to give you a a gold plated benefit package when you can be easily replaced with the next 17 year old high school drop out defies simple economics. If they do offer such benefits, you'll see atomchaser-marts springing up on fruited plain to pick up the bottom line consumers.

SoCalShooter
October 4, 2006, 08:51 PM
It is purely a business decision. The meglomart in santee makes a ton of money off of ammo and the manager said "how can I stop selling gun products when I make more money off of them than two of my other departments" guys its a business decision I am fairly confident...I still keep a wary eye but they keep getting shipments of ammo and stuff so I am fairly confident.

Also big 5 charges so much for ammo and the weapon selection is poor at best I have a friend who is an FFL I will continue to go to him.

Lupinus
October 4, 2006, 09:34 PM
I have no "gun shops" near me. That is to say I have nothing near me that is strictly a gun store. The two places I go to are an Outdoors type store that has things for fishing, hunting, boating, etc etc as well as a great selections of guns. The other is a hardware store with a lare selection of hunting gear and guns. The hardware store is a bit cheaper and on the way but I go to the sporting goods store quite often as well.

It's been about three months since I have stepped foot in a walmart and considerably longer since I bout ammo or gun related stuff from them. A brick of 22 at the hardware store is 10.95, at the sporting goods store 13.95. Thats only a few dollars more then walmart and I am willing to pay a few dollars extra to have an enjoyable shopping experience with people who are interested and know what is what.

possum
October 4, 2006, 11:40 PM
my step dad is a manager at the higher levels of the chain and said that they are gonna only sell guns in the areas that have a history of good gun sales. the stores that don't sale that many he said was taking a loss and it wasn't worth the effort. though this has happened, there are still gonna be stores in your area that you can go to to purchase guns. for me for example i used to could go 10 minutes down the road and get one but now i have to go to the mahattan store 20-25 minutes away, but who really buys guns from wal-mart, i never have, not saying that i wouldn't but just never have in the past.

Axman
October 5, 2006, 12:06 AM
SoCal, The Big 5 stores in my area seem to have a fair selection of long arms. The ammo prices are not too bad either. But then, you're in California!

Gaucho Gringo
October 6, 2006, 01:44 AM
Out here in Portland, Ore, Walmarts have a very poor selections of firearms & ammo. A local chain named Bi-Mart is where I buy a lot of my ammo and gun accessories. They are like small Wallmarts. It is employee owned and the stores are a lot cleaner than Walmart's IMHO. For my gun purchases it is local gun stores or gun shows. Every once in a while I will purchase something at Big5.

DoubleTapDrew
October 7, 2006, 02:19 PM
Every once in a while I will purchase something at Big5.
Really? Last time I called them they said they no longer sell rifles or ammo. Maybe some of them do.

javacodeman
October 7, 2006, 02:30 PM
Just to pile on for stats purposes...

My local Wal-Marts (North Charleston and Goose Creek) still sell guns and ammo. I can get my ammo requirments (.40 S&W 180 grain Full Metal Jacket and .22 Mini-Mag Long Rifle Hollow Points) much cheaper too. I still patronize my local gun shop my buying guns and range membership (not to mention the $4 on targets every other week). I take a pretty much laise faire (sp?) attitude and let market economics make the decisions for businesses.

grislyatoms
October 7, 2006, 02:52 PM
That's one of the reasons why I deal with the "little guys". However, if the "little guys" expect me to pay MSRP, I have no problem going elsewhere.

mr.trooper
October 8, 2006, 11:49 PM
Wally-World has forced a lot of gun stores out of business . . . and now plans to shut down their gun areas too?

I don't want to sound like an elitist, but is this really the case? Most gun stores that I have been in sell "better" guns than Wal-Mart. Not that a gun from them is bad somehow, but I don't think Wal-Mart is serving the same customer base as a local gunstore is. I guess I could sort of see it from the perspective of ammo sales, but even then, my guess is that you can't by anything but the most popular calibers at a wally-world.

I can see wal-mart phasing out gun sales in some areas. I get the impression that Wal-Mart is trying hard to "customize" their stores to the areas that they are in. Cases in point, there are some walmarts now selling reloading supplies, and I know of one wal-mart in Idaho that has a full service fly shop in it. Perhaps my impression is incorrect, but it makes sense to cater to your customers needs.
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You can order jsut about any gun at walmart. They only keep sporting rifles in stock, but the guy behind the counter has a big red catalogue of every gun and accessory walmart can order. Just about any gun you can think of; AR-15s, Mini-14s, hi-capacity handguns, ect. can be ordered from Walmart at competative prices....or at least you could 4 years ago, wich was the last time i actualy looked at the catalogue.

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