Gunstore shopping


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Slater
June 29, 2003, 08:17 PM
I'm one that loves to browse gunstores and check out all the stuff that I can't afford. I've seen sales/counter folks whose attitude varied from pleasant and helpful to the kind that acts like you're interrupting his day by purchasing something. Any interesting experiences from anyone?

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jsalcedo
June 29, 2003, 08:32 PM
99 times out of 100 I'm totally ignored at gun and pawn shops.

I could have a fist full of fifties and pre-signed 4473's taped to my butt and get no attention.


When I finally flag someone down they sometimes have the attitude of:

This better be good.......

Can't you see springer is on........

No sorry we don't have any .380 how about this box of .308?

Guns are icky and I am clueless as to why they put me in this department?

(butthead voice) huh huh huh you gonna shoot someone? (beavis voice)
heheh heheh shooot em in the butt....



There are only a couple of mom and pop places that are nice and I get treated like a customer there.

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Ringer
June 29, 2003, 08:58 PM
I generally browse the shop at the indoor range I go to. All but one of the behind the counter folks are knoweldgeable and willing to show anything I might want to handle. They will order just about anything without tacking on special order or additional shipping costs. Other local shops service can run from great to non-exsistent. There are a couple, one in particular that has a large inventory of used (and over priced) firearms, that I just don't waste my time on because they really don't seem interested in selling anything.

My local Galyan's has a decent inventory of the more common brands and actually has a few knowedgeable people working behind the counter. Prices are OK too, on guns and some ammo. Won't go near the place on a weekend though, it's insane with people browsing and asking questions like "so, are these what ya call handguns?".

10-Ring
June 29, 2003, 09:07 PM
Not being tha many gun shops in my imediate area, for some reason the guy know me wen I walk in :rolleyes: :scrutiny: Kinda nice, cuz they'll sow me stuff they know I'll be interested right away.

carp killer
June 30, 2003, 01:33 AM
I must be lucky. I have always been treated nicely in gun shops. And I have been in alot of shops. Now, I have seen those customers Ringer described. We were all those types at one time.:what:

abdrdude
June 30, 2003, 02:36 AM
The Gun Stores that I do business with here in OKC are quite friendly and helpful. Even when I am just browsing and tell them such. Still bend over backwards to be nice. I usually tell them that i only came in to drool on the counters.They reply to just "go right ahead.They wipe them down daily"

WhoKnowsWho
June 30, 2003, 03:53 AM
I like stopping in and looking for anything that catches my eye. Of course, some shops have nicer employees than others. And I tend to visit the nicer people more often than the not very caring people.

Ryder
June 30, 2003, 05:19 AM
The local black powder shop is more like a museum than a store. Hard to manuever around in there sometimes, seems like nobody wants to leave.

MMcCall
June 30, 2003, 05:27 AM
All the employees of the stores I go are very friendly.. the downside is, they seem to only know two things about guns.. jack, and s**t. I can't leave my fiancee alone with one of them for more than 15 seconds without having to explain to her why a Desert Eagle isn't a good purse gun, or debunk some BS myth they passed on to her.

braindead0
June 30, 2003, 09:42 AM
I usually browse checking prices, just to see if I'd be willing to spend money there.. for example just the other day I was at a store and saw a Hi-point carbine for $399.. I looked at a couple other prices and left, never to be seen again.

cdbeaver
June 30, 2003, 01:19 PM
If you want to experience sales person snobbery, walk into a high-end stereo shop sometime.

Lennyjoe
June 30, 2003, 01:23 PM
Lets see. Since I have gotten back from Korea I have hit every gunstore in Tucson.

Now that Im on vacation I have hit every gunstore in the Lorain Ohio area with my brother, Every gunstore around Kingwood WVA with my wifes brother and now Im about to comb the stores here in Valdosta Georgia. Used to live here about 3 years ago so I know where all the good ones are.

Out shopping for long guns while im on leave. Came across alot of good handgun deals but since Im not a resident I couldnt take advantage. Bummer.

Overall, the employees at the gunstores I've been to have been very helpful. No attitudes yet.

Tom B
June 30, 2003, 07:25 PM
As a matter of fact I walked into my local gun store today. As soon as I walked up the the counter the clerk handed me one of those new huge 50whatever cal S&W revolvers. I handled it and said sorry but I'm not into plinking! IMO there comes a point when the cal is just too big for a handgun!

zahc
June 30, 2003, 10:08 PM
If you want to experience sales person snobbery, walk into a high-end stereo shop sometime.

...and tell them you listen to country.

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