Does Kmart still sell gun stuff?


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joplinsks
June 6, 2007, 12:40 AM
Been a few years since I've been in a Kmart due to their store closings and major downsizing. Do they still sell guns and supplies? If so, how do they compare in selection to Walmart? Might have to look a Kmart up if they still sell them.

Also, I've seen a few former Kmart stores in the bigger cities now called "Sears Grand". What are these like?

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RNB65
June 6, 2007, 12:43 AM
No guns/ammo. They still sell basic cleaning supplies.

Jorg Nysgerrig
June 6, 2007, 12:49 AM
They do here in Utah. I was in there a couple of weeks ago and they still had shotguns, rifles, ammo, etc. Not a stellar selection and I didn't notice the prices, but they were still the basic pump and auto shotguns, some bolt action rifles. I seem to recall there was a lever-action .30-30 too. The Walmarts with the new expanded gun section have more choices and also sell pistol ammo.

TehK1w1
June 6, 2007, 02:17 AM
In regards to your questions, Kmart does not sell anything other than cleaning supplies, and "Sears Grand" is a strange offshoot of Kmart's takeover of Sears. (I work at Sears, when Kmart bought us out the place entered a downward spiral) Ironically, my father's .30-06 was bought at Sears a LONG time ago.

MarkDido
June 6, 2007, 08:48 AM
I thought Rosie told them not to? :evil:

evilelvis
June 6, 2007, 08:55 AM
the one local to me in MD sells some shotguns and has a ton of air pistols, but the department never has anyone there, and the choice is pathetic for "real" guns. It's in a downward spiral I think.

Neo-Luddite
June 6, 2007, 09:07 AM
Remember, just post 9-11-01 when K-Mart made a very vocal announcement that they would stop selling weapons and ammo so that they wouldn't be a possible source for terrorists?

They were looking to get out of that line of products as it wasn't selling well for them, so they thought they'd get a little feel-good political juice spritzed on them to boot. It didn't work out that way.

It really chapped me--I liked K-Mart. I don't see guns there (powder guns) but lots of paintball and airgun supplies. Some ammo is still on shelves in Iowa nearby. I don't buy from them anymore.

I'm not that old (mid 30's) but I remember when Sears still sold long guns at it's Calumet City, IL store. I don't know that K-mart ever had 'K-Mart' brand firearms. They did have MANY branded items years ago.

PMATULEW
June 6, 2007, 09:11 AM
Ours still has a small gun case with a limited selection. Good luck finding any staff though. Seldom more than a handful of teenagers running the whole store.

Titan6
June 6, 2007, 09:30 AM
In Texas they have the guns and ammo. Like most things Kmart sells; the prices are higher, the selection worse and the sales staff worse than Walmart. They have no hand guns or centerfire semi-auto rifles out here. Imagine AWB II and that covers it.

Sears no longer sells firearms or ammo that I know of.

mp510
June 6, 2007, 09:42 AM
K-Marts around here (CT) still sell ammo, accessories, airguns and paintball guns.

I know of another in DE that sells all of the above AND has a valid 01 FFL, but doesn't sell guns.

kfranz
June 6, 2007, 09:49 AM
Ours still has a small gun case with a limited selection. Good luck finding any staff though. Seldom more than a handful of teenagers running the whole store.

Same here

mechdriver
June 6, 2007, 10:09 AM
The one in Concord still has some long guns and rifle/shotgun ammo. Very small selection.

sansone
June 6, 2007, 10:13 AM
some do, some don't. mine has a new lady manager and she has reduced the size of the shootin' section to fit into an outhouse. she also locked-up accessories behind glass and moved the counter so if you want to look at something you need to search for an employee:mad: good news is the little gunshops in the area will start doing more business:D

scubie02
June 6, 2007, 10:21 AM
ironically, being a commie state that I live in, K-mart des still sell guns and ammo where I am in NY, but as mentioned, the selection is pretty pathetic and there is almost never anyone staffing that section. Once upon a time Sears sold guns, along with most mom and pop hardware stores, but no longer. Walmart may still have guns and ammo, but they treat you like a terrorist if you are foolish enough to buy a firearm from them, and their prices on amm have skyrocketed to the point where they don't tend to be any cheaper than anywhere else. They DO occasionally have some great deals on ammo if they are doscontinuing something. Guns tend to be the cheap models, which aren't of much use to somebody who's been shooting for years and has all of those bases covered, but would be nice to buy something for a first gun...until you buy a gift for someone and are there for an hour and a half while they give you dirty looks, then make announcements over the PA that a gun is leaving the store, then escort you to the door and practically throw you and the gun out, whether you had more shopping to do or not. I'll go to the local mom and pop place now, thanks. Then they'll say how sales are down so they might as well stop selling...bunch of maroons...(yes, I realize it's "morons", I use maroons in the bugs bunny sense ;) )

Knotthead
June 6, 2007, 10:50 AM
As I recall from the aftermath of 9/11, they succumbed to the pressure to "do something" by agreeing to quit selling handgun ammunition. After all, the 9/11 terrorists could not have succeeded without the easy availability of 9mm ammo. I then made my decision that the next purchase I made at Kmart would be a box of 9mm ammunition, and I'm still waiting. I noticed that shortly thereafter the company's business collapsed and they went bankrupt. I didn't realize that my business was what was sustaining them. I almost feel guilty. :(

Doggy Daddy
June 6, 2007, 10:52 AM
Wasn't K-Mart forced to drop the guns in order to associate with that felon Martha Stewart? :rolleyes:

fletcher
June 7, 2007, 12:27 PM
I haven't seen a K-Mart with firearms for a long time (in NC).

RTFM
June 7, 2007, 12:33 PM
I love how people jump to incorrect conclusions.
Apparently if K-Mart (or other stores in general) do not sell items in there area, then by default those stores do not sell those items ANYWHERE in the the world......

Sorry guys, but your wrong.


Here in IDAHO K-Mart DOES sell rifles, bolt and semi. along with shot guns.
No hand guns sold AT OUR K-MART, but it does not mean that other K-Mart in IDAHO do not sell t hem, we just do not have them here.

We also have ammo out (not behind glass) on shelves - for all fire arms sold.

MD_Willington
June 7, 2007, 12:49 PM
+1 RTFM

The KMART in Lewiston ID has firearms and ammo, and layaway is an option...

helpless
June 7, 2007, 12:54 PM
No guns here in Florida Kmart.

JesseL
June 7, 2007, 01:40 PM
The one here still sells a few long guns and ammo. Very small selection, 22lr, 30-30, 270, 30-06, 12ga, 20ga, and not much else.

The Real Wyatt
June 7, 2007, 01:53 PM
Our local K-Mart still sells long guns and a small selection of ammo. When they have 12 gauge dove loads (#8 shot) on sale at $3.50 per box I tend to buy all they have left in stock. They also have a fair selection of air guns, bows, hunting and target arrows. I buy clay pigeons almost exclusively at K-Mart.

cbsbyte
June 7, 2007, 02:24 PM
Actually most of the K-Marts in this area of West Central Mass have closed. The only one left has not had any firearm supplies for as long as I can remember.

wooderson
June 7, 2007, 02:37 PM
I didn't even know K-Mart still existed.

.cheese.
June 7, 2007, 02:40 PM
some Kmarts around here have shotgun birdshot cartridges..... aside from that and cleaning supplies (sparse selection), that's it.

nezumi
June 7, 2007, 03:09 PM
Our K-Mart here in MD has maybe half a dozen .22s and shotguns. Not a real substantial selection, but it's right next to the toy section, so I'm wondering if that gun counter is just catering to a younger audience.

wolf_from_wv
June 7, 2007, 03:25 PM
Yes, they still sell guns here... I, personally, could probably come up with a better selection/higher quantity, myself...

Nikdfish
June 7, 2007, 03:26 PM
The one I checked in Martinsburg WV had only long guns & ammo, no ammo in what are typicaly considered handgun calibers.

Nick

thexrayboy
June 8, 2007, 11:24 PM
When Kame Apart climbed in bed with Big Mouth O'donnell I stopped shopping there. Haven't set foot in one since then. Been 7-8 years now and I really don't miss them.

By all accounts Sears is starting to follow K Mart down the path towards irrelevance also.

FieroCDSP
June 9, 2007, 12:51 AM
Hi folks. I think what you'll find in the above posts is a representation of Kmart's current sales structure. Stores are merchandised on a Regional and District set of plans. It is the same with almost all retailers. Even before the Chapter 11 filing and rebuilding, it was done this way. It's simply the only way to avoid keeping a ton of non-selling merchandise on the shelf. Think about it. Do you go looking for shorts in the middle of winter in Green Bay? Now, try Hawaii in December. Clearly the only way to organize stores in vastly different areas is to select which merchandise you carry on a regional and/or district level.
If Nevada stores don't carry them, it could be because they didn't sell well, or it could be the regional manager's a moron. It happens. Call the 1-800 number above the service desk and complain. They DO actually listen to those at the district levels. Whether that changes things or not is not really any better than calling your congress-critters in Washington, but money does talk. Profit is in what people want to buy.

On to the guns: My store in Ohio carries long-guns. All of the surrounding stores for the company carry long-guns. It's a select assortment, make what you want of the choices. The prices aren't the greatest, we can't haggle, it sucks, I know it, you know it, deal with it. But hey, the Wally-worlds in the area stopped carrying guns, which incidently makes my particular store the only store for ten miles that sells them, and hunting season comes every fall whether I do or not. Last year I sold one of the guns as fast as I could get them in, which wasn't bad at all.
As for the handgun ammo: I doubt it was Rosie, but it could have been. It sucks, and if anyone on-high stops to ask my opinion, I'll tell them what I think we should do, and how it'll better our sales.

What you're looking at is discount retail moving away from items that sell in lower volume in an effort to maximize profits on the items that do sell. It's the way the business works, unfortunately. Eventually all every store from every company is going to carry is over-priced bottled water and Scott single-ply toilet paper. Imagine your Boeing-plant sized Walmart filled to the brim with only those two items. :D
Point being, Don't lump every store of every retailer into the same pot.

FieroCDSP
June 9, 2007, 12:58 AM
I don't know that K-mart ever had 'K-Mart' brand firearms. They did have MANY branded items years ago.

My friend recieved a break-barrel shotgun from his wife's grandmother. On the barrel "S.S. Kresge Co", the originator of K-mart. Figure Late 50's early 60's. Can't remember who actually made it, off the top of my head.

obxned
June 9, 2007, 01:20 AM
When Came-apart quit the guns/ammo business, I quit shopping there.

csspecs
June 9, 2007, 02:32 AM
I know that in a few places in Michigan that kmart has guns and walmart does not.

In many cases the store dropped firearms because they could not get someone to be the FFL dealer. I know that if I worked at hell-mart that I'm not going to risk going to federal prison for .50 a hour more.

4D5
June 9, 2007, 03:23 AM
Was at Wally World this week, picking up a few things and as usual buy bulk 22 ammo. So... I ask the associate for .22 Remington in bulk, duh... It's on the bottom shelf. She's 25ish and pregnant by about 6 mo so it's quite a chore for her to get the ammo, all the way to the back of the bottom shelf.

Time to ring up. "Will that be for pistol or rifle ?" Neither, it's for a machine gun :D Associate unfazed "oh then that would be a rifle" and carries on as without so much as a flinch. Darn if it didn't take some of the fun out of buying ammo at WW :scrutiny:

yhtomit
June 9, 2007, 03:33 AM
Harrisburg, PA: my local K-mart sells at least some ammo, but it's a tiny stock, and behind glass with difficult-to-find staff. Last time I was in there, I gave up and went to one of the nearby sporting goods-stores when I couldn't find anyone to help me. K-Mart was once a decent store (decent enough to succeed and grow, that is), but the market seems mostly to have passed it by -- it feels a bit like the way I always imagined the Soviet "superstore" GUM to feel; a broad but shallow product range, bad lighting, surly and resentful staff. Hey, they've invented a political time machine! :)

There was some toy gun stuff, though -- low-grade airsoft and BB guns, some paintball equipment (about which I know nothing, so I dunno if it was any good).

timothy

MarineTech
June 9, 2007, 09:56 AM
Here in Northern Maine, the KMart still carries long guns, ammo, and accessories. The selection's pretty slim, but they're there.

DMK
June 9, 2007, 10:02 AM
I haven't seen a K-Mart with firearms for a long time (in NC).
The local Kmart here on the west side of the state has a couple shotguns in the case. There may have been a 22LR or two in there. Maybe seven or eight guns total, the case was mostly empty. They had a shelf full of shotgun ammo (looked like all 12GA birdshot) and some 22LR. The also have a small display of cleaning supplies, targets, gunsocks, etc. Next to that they had airguns and airsoft stuff.

In comparison, they have a huge golf section and a huge fishing section.


The local Walmart down the road has maybe 15 guns (shotguns, 30-30s and 22LRs), a lot more ammo, a bigger display of supplies/accessories and even has reloading supplies.

obxned
June 9, 2007, 10:33 AM
Well, I was wrong. I went to our local K today, and at this time they are carrying a few long guns and some ammo, but what they had was pretty pathetic. I'll check back in another decade or so to see if they have improved.

aaronrkelly
June 9, 2007, 10:59 AM
In Iowa you will find a 10 or so .22 rifle and shotguns. They stock some ammo and scopes, cleaning supplies etc.

The prices are competitive and they carry entirely different models then WalMart. They carry Remington .22 rifles, which WalMart doesnt. So its kinda of nice to go in and see different guns.

twenty711
June 9, 2007, 11:23 AM
I bought my Marlin 60 there last fall. They didn't have guns here in MD until after sears bought them. Also the guns appeared after the local walmarts Stopped selling them. As such, I now shop at K-mart instead of Walmart whenever possible ;-)

Titan6
June 9, 2007, 11:40 AM
I would shop Kmart over walmart if the walmart here quit carrying guns.

Bruce333
June 9, 2007, 03:40 PM
The Kmart local to me (less than 5 miles) sold out all their long guns after 9-11-01. They only had a few shotguns and .22 rifles anyway, they never had handguns. Last time I was in their I can't recall even seeing any ammo on the shelfs. Couldn't find anyone who knew anything about the sporting goods section either.

Walmart, right down the road, has 2 large spinners full of long guns, lots of ammo, and someone is always in the sporting goods section to help (and they actually know something about what they have on the shelfs).

arjppj
June 9, 2007, 06:41 PM
the one near me still sells everything...bolt action, semi and pump shotguns, lever actions..plus the typical ammo selections. Their prices are not too bad either.

FieroCDSP
June 9, 2007, 07:02 PM
Time to ring up. "Will that be for pistol or rifle ?" Neither, it's for a machine gun Associate unfazed "oh then that would be a rifle" and carries on as without so much as a flinch. Darn if it didn't take some of the fun out of buying ammo at WW

That's kinda funny. I can't help but wonder if that's one of their screen prompts to ask, kinda like the extended warranty questions. I know my comps don't ask that, but if they tried to, it'd just screw things up.

Cannonball888
June 9, 2007, 11:26 PM
S-Mart does.

Shop Smart, shop S-Mart

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mp510
June 10, 2007, 01:35 PM
As for the handgun ammo: I doubt it was Rosie, but it could have been. It sucks, and if anyone on-high stops to ask my opinion, I'll tell them what I think we should do, and how it'll better our sales.
They announced that they wouldn't sell handgun ammo after Michael Moore and a couple Columbine survivors paid K-Mart HQ a visit.

FieroCDSP
June 10, 2007, 08:07 PM
They announced that they wouldn't sell handgun ammo after Michael Moore and a couple Columbine survivors paid K-Mart HQ a visit

New company, new CEO, new rules. Michael Moore can stick his lies in a very un-HighRoad place.

SteelyNirvana
June 10, 2007, 08:17 PM
I haven't seen a K-Mart with firearms for a long time (in NC).

I believe that the one up here in Garner at 401 & 70 Highway still sells guns. Pretty sure that the Cary store doesn't anymore. The one on Western Blvd sold them when I was a kid,but I haven't been in that store in about 15 years now.

KINGMAX
June 10, 2007, 08:20 PM
K - MARTS in Raleigh = NO, although the local Wal-Mart in Wake Forest still sell guns, ammo, most anything you need. The Manager say's it is a large seller of guns, and he will continue to protect his sales for a long as possiable.

skeeter1
June 10, 2007, 09:28 PM
I happened to go to my local K-Mart yesterday to pick up a few things, and made a point of wandering into the sporting goods section, since I hadn't been there in quite awhile. Zero firearms and zero ammo. The closest things they had to guns were a half-dozen Daisy BB guns. It's no big loss to me since I happen to live near a couple of excellent gunshops. I remember when the local hardware store had a small cabinet with .22, .30-30, etc. ammo, the common stuff. That's long gone, too.

FieroCDSP
June 10, 2007, 11:13 PM
Skeeter, which store was that? I'll have to remember for my own knowledge.

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