Hidden Gun Stores


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ARTiger
April 27, 2008, 02:28 AM
Having a business that consists of traveling the south and midwest and visiting many small towns I have taken great delight in discovering many "off the wall" gun dealers who conceal their gun business as (or within) some other enterprise.

Places such as the "lock and key" shop that hasn't cut a key in 30 years, but has over 500 guns new and used ready to sell. The rural grocery store "hardware" department where the "hardware" measures in calibers, millimeters and gauges. The tool repair shop that'll take your mil spec 1911 "tool" and tune it to perfection, etc. . . .

Just this week I visited a lawnmower repair shop and bought an M1 Carbine along with a throttle control for my dad's (well, mine now) 30 year old Yazoo high wheel mower. (I think both had been in stock nearly as long.)

Obviously, these dealers have a clientele that knows who and what they are and prefer it that other folks don't. Nothing wrong with that.

Would love to hear some stories of other "hidden gem" gun stores. . . .

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garymc
April 27, 2008, 02:34 AM
I think you may have made some assumptions. Have you tried asking the owner why the businesses or the names are the way they are?

PTK
April 27, 2008, 02:43 AM
There is, if my uncle is to be believed, a "Coin and Stamp Shop" in Massachusetts that sells firearms exclusively.

ARTiger
April 27, 2008, 02:51 AM
I think you may have made some assumptions. Have you tried asking the owner why the businesses or the names are the way they are?

Of course, always. Some started out as focusing on another business line and later started selling guns then phased out the original business. Others are just local entreprenurs who like guns that added a gun business to their main line. A few in larger towns and cities relish the anonymous branding for security purposes.

Here's an example: There's a gas station/car repair shop that originally opened in the late 50's. One partner died in 1980 and the repair function ended. Then the above ground gas storage tanks they had ended their useful life and the owner decided it was too expensive to replace them.

Sometime in the mid 80's they started selling shotgun shells to the duck hunters that stopped by. That led to shotguns, then rifles, then handguns. Along the way a breakfast area for the hunters was added, then came plate lunches. It's still called a "Service Station", but sells no gas. Just lunches, breakfast, smokes and guns. Opens and closes with hunting season. I love the place and others like it.

In many cases these hard to find dealers will have an occasional treasure of a gun that I have been wanting that's been sitting in the case for years.

Dope
April 27, 2008, 02:56 AM
There is, if my uncle is to be believed, a "Coin and Stamp Shop" in Massachusetts that sells firearms exclusively.

Hmph, interesting. Never heard of such a thing here. All of the gun shops I've been to here (in the Boston area) have been plainly and clearly labelled as to what they are.

Dope

Moonclip
April 27, 2008, 03:23 AM
I love that sort of thing. I've been to some strange and out of the way gunshops in my time.

One looked like a combination of a farm with a little of the Aryan Nations compound thrown in:(!!!

My friend said he knew of a barbershop/gunshop at one time. I heard of a combo deli/gunshop once in a gun magazine, guy bought a Colt revolver smeling of ham and cheese!

My dream gunshop would be 24hours and also involve a deli/restaurant/liquor store!

Range I used to go to was located very close to some homes/apartments, strange zoning, also a school across the street. Non shooters strolled in all the time, vagrants and such and people just wanting to buy a coke or candy bars!

I also know a hardware store/auto repair place that still sells guns.

Moonclip
April 27, 2008, 03:26 AM
There was a coin and gunshop place in CT I think. It even dealt in class III! My friend also claimed some local city had a strange rule that gunshops couldn't be called "gun" in the business name.

So the place was called like Hunters lodge or something. I knew a defunct indoorrange called like Hunters paradise for some reason.

My friend said he would have called a gunshop he opened Ron's Saturday Night Specials!

One gunshop/gunsmith I know is located kind of out of the way on a hill and is a rod iron gate/decoration place as well. Guy had a doberman running loose, I made him secure it before we conducted business!

I also know a sandrail/dune buggy place that sells guns.

mnrivrat
April 27, 2008, 06:51 AM
Prior to the Clinton administrations attack on small FFL dealers there were many small gun shops around. Some on farms, and some in peoples garages, or sheds, or basements.

The shop I frequent ran for many years on a farm in the middle of nowhere and started out in a small chicken coupe about 8 by 12 feet.

dodge
April 27, 2008, 07:01 AM
I personally know of a barber shop/gunshop that is located about 15 minutes away.

ctdonath
April 27, 2008, 08:26 AM
In Syracuse NY, it took me 3 days to find a shop that I eventually bought some holsters from. No storefront markings at all. Inventory was largely on a "need to know" basis. Up-and-up, just the owner wanted things quiet at his downtown location.

In Atlanta GA, one of the most interesting gun-related businesses is in an unmarked building. Took me days to find that one too. Not the kind of business that wants riff-raff dropping in (and they would if suitably marked). If you want their business, you'll find out the address.

Bob F.
April 27, 2008, 09:16 AM
Up until a year or two ago there was a watch shop in Milton WV that had an awesome selection of mostly handguns. My first visit, nice guy behind the counter said "If you don't see what you're looking for, ask; I've probably got it in the back."

It had been a family owned business for, I guess, a couple generations, Retirement time and nobody had the interest or money to buy "lock, stock & barrel" so it's now closed down. Wish I could remember the name.

Bob

Jim Watson
April 27, 2008, 09:22 AM
A collector here knew of all the small stores in the area and would do a quarterly "loop" through them to see if they had anything interesting. I recall one that was guns on one side and furniture on the other... and the furniture space shrinking with every visit.

gaowlpoop
April 27, 2008, 09:25 AM
Barrow Automotive in Butler Georgia. They have auto parts but that is the small part of the building. They are one of the few stores in the country that has IN STOCK everything Browning sells. The also have a huge selection of everything else, including used weapons. It is a real hoot to visit them.

armoredman
April 27, 2008, 09:52 AM
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rocinante
April 27, 2008, 09:58 AM
Small town retailer do follow the general store principle a lot. I use to install and do training for computer systems for a company specializing in auto parts. One place in Enterprise, AL was a combination auto parts, welding supplies, fire works, hard ware, nursery and bunch of other miscellaneous junk. Pretty certain they sold ammo too. It was fun just seeing what Curtis and Miss Pookie stocked.

Justin
April 27, 2008, 09:58 AM
I remember a little hole-in-the wall gas station in rural Indiana that also stocked shotguns, a couple of rifles, and a bunch of hunting ammo.

Mr White
April 27, 2008, 10:01 AM
Armoredman, your picture reminds me of the song...
And the sign said beer bait and ammo
yeah they got everything in between
yeah they got a-anything any old
beer drinking hell raising bonafide redneck needs
they got your fishing hooks
got your dirty books
got your rebel flag on the wall
sign said beer bait and ammo
yeah you ask me they got it all

Sato Ord
April 27, 2008, 10:02 AM
If you're looking for hidden gun shops in the south east make sure you check out the little mom & pop bait stores. Many bait & tackle shops sell firearms and ammo but don' necessarily advertise it. Their clientele knows what they have they don't feel the need to hang a new sign.

CannonFodder
April 27, 2008, 10:06 AM
Sometime in the mid 80's they started selling shotgun shells to the duck hunters that stopped by. That led to shotguns, then rifles, then handguns. Along the way a breakfast area for the hunters was added, then came plate lunches. It's still called a "Service Station", but sells no gas. Just lunches, breakfast, smokes and guns. Opens and closes with hunting season. I love the place and others like it.

Sir... that's not a service station.
That's heaven.

TAB
April 27, 2008, 10:10 AM
There is a "quick stop" near me that sells booze, porn and ammo... 15 years ago they sold guns as well.

its rather intresting store.

GhostlyKarliion
April 27, 2008, 10:19 AM
Hmm, probably what happened when I went hunting for a gun store while visiting my mother.

I got bored one day and everyone else was taking a nap so I went to town, pulled out my computer and searched for a gun store. Turns out there was one just a couple of miles away so I headed that direction. Address to the place was 11100 County Road 212, Forney, TX, the name was "Getting Place". Only thing I saw when I drove by twice was a bunch of old cars and what looked like a vehicle servicing area so I just drove on by.

heh, next time I am gonna stop in there.

LawBot5000
April 27, 2008, 10:25 AM
There is an excellent local FFL here that has his gun store hidden in a guest wing of his house in a quiet residential neighborhood. He does 20 dollar transfers and is great to deal with.

The first time I met him, I found him through an FFL search program and had to drive past his house like 5 times before I found it. So yeah, well hidden.

Rem700SD
April 27, 2008, 10:28 AM
There's a store south of Houston that is phasing out car stereo and phasing in guns. Their selection is actually pretty good!

X-Rap
April 27, 2008, 10:29 AM
Armoredman, is that place in Flag? If not there is a Gun / liquior store there too. As stated there used to be a lot of small garage and basement shops as well as storefront shops that had guns as a side. I remember a couple little shops in SW NM one was in a very ethnic little enclave where a gringo had a shop in his garage and carried a lot of exotic stuff and I believe he was class 3 dealer. Another was an old tin shed full of antiques but they had a real nice supply of guns.

mgregg85
April 27, 2008, 11:21 AM
Its my dream to open "Matt's ATF Store".

ATF obviously standing for Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and that is just what I would sell. Good alcohol, all kinds of guns and cigars/pipes/tobacco kinda of stuff with an indoor shooting range and a walk in humidor.

Sato Ord
April 27, 2008, 11:42 AM
My friend and I were kicking around the idea of opening an automotive shop with an attached gun shop and range.

We thought we might call it "Full Auto motive".

Rosstradamus
April 27, 2008, 11:50 AM
I've been to a motorcycle shop that specialized in FAL's, a home-based Class 3 FFL who had guns stacked on every flat surface from the floor to the top of the fridge and one who had a sign saying "Christmas Trees" out front.

Packman
April 27, 2008, 11:59 AM
Theres a place right on main street in my town. Front of the building is a travel agency, back is the best stocked gunshop in the county, run by the nicest, most knowledgeable guy I've ever seen in a gunshop anywhere. Hole in the wall, but he's got more inventory than the other 4 gunshops within 30 miles combined, and he knows where every single one is without pausing.

Before they retired and closed, my dad and grandad used to run an auto parts store that sold a few guns. not a lot, just enough to meet the demand.

markallen
April 27, 2008, 12:17 PM
There used to be a Springfield Dealer, here in Ohio that had his store in a Barn built in the early 1800's. He did advertise in the local paper sometimes, but no signage on his property.
This was a working horse farm at the time. I called Springfield to find a local dealer ( before the internet), they gave me his phone number. I called, He gave me directions. The Dealer met me at the gate, and walked me back to this barn.
I thought it was a rather odd set up at first. We walked through the barn doors and headed to the back of the barn. No lights,but the sun was shining through the gaps between the boards beaming stripes of light over the straw strewn floorboards.And in the back corner was this big black block, that took up the back quarter of the barn. He opened the door, light poured out into the the barn.
He welcomed me into His shop.....WOW !! Left wall to wall, from floor to half way up the wall,a solid row of M1 Garands. Above the Garands. M1 Carbines from wall to wall.On the right wall, full length M1A's. Above those, 1911's hanging on pegs.
One of the most comfortable shops I have ever been. The owner was in no hurry. Ended up buying a 1911, but that was my main purpose in the first place. But I sure wish I had deeper pockets at the time.

JesseL
April 27, 2008, 01:35 PM
The local motorcycle shop (http://www.halesmotorsinc.com/) stocked guns for a long time, though a few years ago I think they stopped. It probably didn't help that they're directly across the street from J&G Sales (http://www.jgsales.com).

There's also Mazy's (http://www.mazys.com) in Chino Valley, a nice little gun/tobacco shop.

Vaarok
April 27, 2008, 02:25 PM
There's a barber in Utica NY who by all accounts also carries multi-thousand-dollar shotguns.

ARTiger
April 27, 2008, 03:02 PM
I see True Value and other hardware stores as well as Farmer's Co-Ops that sometimes have great gun selections. Also many old time Lock & Key stores have great gunsmiths and sell guns.

claytonfaulkner
April 27, 2008, 03:30 PM
in an episode of family guy they go to Texas and every bottle of liquor comes with a free hand gun.

W.E.G.
April 27, 2008, 03:34 PM
TAPCO began as the acronym for The Auto Parts Co.

vzenmn
April 27, 2008, 04:00 PM
There's a store south of Houston that is phasing out car stereo and phasing in guns. Their selection is actually pretty good!


Do you mean Elite Sound and Security? They are in Texas City and do have a good sellection. Most every handgun currently made and a lot of ARs. I picked up a few boxes of ammo and a holster a while back but so far haven't found any guns I really wanted to buy.

That Family Guy episode was great.

Rachen
April 27, 2008, 04:11 PM
There is a "quick stop" near me that sells booze, porn and ammo...

And we wonder why the antis hate us so much. Certainly some things just do not belong together, and certainly, the antis, even though they are much more morally corrupt than any other social group in America with maybe an exception of the rap groups, would use the above as an argument against us, saying how we are "corrupting" the country.

Tribal
April 27, 2008, 05:39 PM
There's a back-road service station near me with an entire wall and a half full of ammunition and shotgun chokes; at the time I wasn't really looking to see if they had any actual firearms (good price on bulk packs of .22, though). I definitely need to check it out next time I'm in the area.

There's also supposedly a Class III dealer with a name like "George the Greek" in the Williamsburg/Lightfoot area, near the Wal-Mart, who deals out of his garage. I have yet to find him, though.

Superlite27
April 27, 2008, 05:54 PM
would use the above as an argument against us, saying how we are "corrupting" the country.

There's a liquor/gun store in the town I live in. Last year we had two shootings.

If you look at the cities where a gun/liquor store is looked upon as something that isn't right, take a look at how many shootings occur at that location.

It isn't the small towns with the stores that sell guns and liquor that are corrupt. It's the cities. Since we aren't corrupt, how is it possible to argue that these types of stores are corrupting the larger cities where the violence is more widespread?

You would think, due to the lack of corruption in the area in which my gun/liquor store is located, that if anything is to be corrupted, it would be here. Not the area in which the corruption already exists.

Rachen
April 27, 2008, 05:57 PM
There's a liquor/gun store in the town I live in. Last year we had two shootings.

If you look at the cities where a gun/liquor store is looked upon as something that isn't right, take a look at how many shootings occur at that location.

It isn't the small towns with the stores that sell guns and liquor that are corrupt. It's the cities. Since we aren't corrupt, how is it possible to argue that these types of stores are corrupting the larger cities where the violence is more widespread?

You would think, due to the lack of corruption in the area in which my gun/liquor store is located, that if anything is to be corrupted, it would be here. Not the area in which the corruption already exists.

Guns and liquor are common in many places. Now, add "porn", and thats when the situation gets really bad.

never_retreat
April 27, 2008, 06:05 PM
There was/is a place in East Bangor PA called Jewls, I'm not sure if its still there. They had one gas pump out front, guns when you came in, then if you went to the back it was a bar.
Pretty convenient if you ask me.

Nate C.
April 27, 2008, 06:06 PM
Used to be you could go into every local Western Auto or similar local hardware store and get what you needed. I guess Wal-Mart has about done them all in.

fearless leader
April 27, 2008, 06:09 PM
I remember a place in Charlottesville, VA called the "Rivanna Grocery" where a man could buy a magazine, a six pack, a bag of chips, a 44 magnum and a box of shells, if he so desired. It was a great little store, with a laundry mat next door.

You could not buy Jarts, or "Yard Darts" though. Those were dangerous.

Rachen
April 27, 2008, 06:24 PM
magazine

For AK or AR/M-16? Or Ruger 10/22?:neener:

thebigc
April 27, 2008, 07:06 PM
the coin collectors gallery is the store in ma i belive its in stoneham

armoredman
April 27, 2008, 08:41 PM
The Bottle Stop is in Coolidge, AZ, a small pimple of a town. I stopped there once - his prices were quite high.

SSN Vet
April 27, 2008, 08:53 PM
it's been a loooooong time...

but the Western Auto in down town Jackson, MI had as much if not more floor space dedicated to firearms than auto parts.

The owner sponsored a southern Michigan big buck contest every year and the grand prize was an all expenses paid bear hunting trip to the U.P. with both the owner and Ted Nugent, who apparently was his pal.

Lot's of pictures of the Motor City Mad Man and the owner in the field with dead furry things hanging on the walls. :eek:

I used to get archery stuff there.

Memory lane.......

ridata
April 27, 2008, 09:36 PM
There's a place around these parts called Big J Jewelry and Loan that mainly does loans, but they also have a collection of guns, jewelry, musical instruments and such.

nhhillbilly
April 27, 2008, 10:21 PM
In little Dorchester, NH there is Harley Custom Cycles, He also is a class three gun dealer. This is on Route 118 a town with a population of about 300 souls.

kentucky bucky
April 27, 2008, 10:26 PM
There is a carpet/gun store close to me. I think they recently separated the two.

Glenn Kelley
April 27, 2008, 10:57 PM
The biggest firearms dealer in Kitchener started out as a deli/lunch counter.The first time I went there the front window was full of 303 Enfields.another dealer in our area started out years ago selling reconditioned car batteries.Every time you go in he has a new line of product beside the hunting and fishing supplies.

jlficken
April 27, 2008, 11:09 PM
There is a motorcycle dealership in a town near me that has a very respectable gun and ammo inventory. You would never know it driving by as it isn't advertised at all.

ARTiger
April 27, 2008, 11:24 PM
It's fantastic that so many of you have experiences with the type of off-the-wall, hidden gem gun dealers I have grown to know and treasure.

In an age of internet commerce and big box retailers like Cabelas and Gander Mountain, etc., I feel we sometime lose the value of small dealers who humanize gun buying.

I've met many "characters" and learned more about guns over a cup of bad coffee and good conversation than I ever will on the internet - even here.

For me, a childhood fascination with guns has grown (over 35 or so years) to a point where I find enduring value in friendships with "gun people" as much as I do the guns themselves - maybe more so.

Tomorrow I have a driving business trip to Chattanooga from my home in Northern Arkansas. There are two gun shops (a hardware store and "rental" place) that I've never been to along the way. I added 4 hours to my estimated travel time.

Don't have a clue what I would need to buy, but chances are great that my "home" FFL will have a package coming in before I get back.

RobertFBurnett
April 28, 2008, 12:05 AM
Its my dream to open "Matt's ATF Store".

ATF obviously standing for Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and that is just what I would sell. Good alcohol, all kinds of guns and cigars/pipes/tobacco kinda of stuff with an indoor shooting range and a walk in humidor.


I can see your spokesman now...And Matt if you know someone thats good with photoshop you'd have a great storefront pic. :)

"TF"
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"A"
http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg82/RFB7575/Rooster.jpg
=Matt's ATF!
Tried to find one with a beverage in Hannibals hand, but alas this was it. :)

My neighborhood is quite the opposite, anyplace that had Guns on the wall around me closed up long ago.

RFB

paramedic70002
April 28, 2008, 12:50 AM
Portsmouth, VA has a TV repair and gun shop.

jrfoxx
April 28, 2008, 01:48 AM
I see True Value and other hardware stores as well as Farmer's Co-Ops that sometimes have great gun selections.

I was pretty surprised the 1st time I walked into the Ace/True Value Hardware in Oak Harbor, WA to get some paint or some such, and in the corner was the ammo, rifles, shotguns, handguns, etc dept.

First time I ever saw anyplace other than a wallmart,kmart, or obvious gun store selling guns. kinda neat. Made me think of all the stories on here about the old days of grocery stores, Sears, and such selling guns. Too bad you dont see as much of this, or the "kitchen table" type gun dealers any more.

evan price
April 28, 2008, 01:58 AM
Once upon a time I knew where there was an aquarium store and gun dealer. Out of business now. You could go in and buy a bunch of goldfish and a new Glock.

Lichter
April 28, 2008, 10:35 AM
My buddy bought a pistol off of gunbroker from a dealer out of New Jersey. When the pistol arrived, the invoice said the FFL was an auto parts store

jimmyraythomason
April 28, 2008, 10:55 AM
We once had a combination pest control/gun shop here. The owner was so busy with the pest control part that the gun shop just faded away.

Jorg Nysgerrig
April 28, 2008, 11:28 AM
This doesn't seem so odd to me. When I was growing up in small towns in the middle of rural Utah not so long ago, there weren't any "gun shops" to speak of. Yet in a town of 2,000 people, there were at least 4 places from which to buy guns. The local department store sold clothes, shoes, appliances and guns. The local eletrical supply shop sold appliances, wire, switches, cassette tapes, fishing gear, and guns. Both hardware stores sold guns.

Even now, of the three closet gun shops to me in a much more populous part of Utah, one is about half western wear, half guns. The other is about half musical instruments and half guns. The last is a ranch equipment store that sells everything from corral panels to gas tanks to tractor toy. They also sell guns.

Maybe it's just the west, but these things aren't so uncommon.

Wopasaurus
April 28, 2008, 11:46 AM
The cheapest place to do an FFL Transfer around here is a little Health/Natural Food store.

IllHunter
April 28, 2008, 11:48 AM
the new Cabelas certainly has a variety of sporting goods and a deli, while the real deal is/was in Waukegan, Il. the late David Michael "Mike" Schrank Sr. who founded Mike Schrank's Smoke n Gun in 1964. Last I saw, his brother and son were keeping it going. Been too long, guess I'm due.Need ammo and cigars.;)

jimmyraythomason
April 28, 2008, 11:49 AM
At one time all hardware stores and Feed and Seed stores sold guns and ammo here. None do anymore.

RPCVYemen
April 28, 2008, 12:41 PM
The is a Texaco/gun store on Highway 70 somewhere in Eastern NC - it's been a while since I have seen it. It was functioning as both the last time I was there.

Mike

XDandy
April 28, 2008, 12:58 PM
Just found out last Thursday that a gun dealer atleast does business out of the vacant house next to me. The neighbors have said that a cop owns it and let other police officers store things there. Infact I was out in our yard a couple months ago and UPS was trying to deliver there. I let them know that no one lived there and the driver said "well, I've gotta have a signature on this one, its guns." Sounds like I need to do a little more investigating and maybe email the guy. I might just live next door to a pretty decent gun shop.

FourTeeFive
April 28, 2008, 01:10 PM
B & B Guns & Banjo Shop is in Alabama and sells, you guessed it, guns and banjos!

I seem to remember another music store/gun shop somewhere in the central USA.

geim druth
April 28, 2008, 01:32 PM
My buddy bought a pistol off of gunbroker from a dealer out of New Jersey. When the pistol arrived, the invoice said the FFL was an auto parts store



Auto Parts of Woodbridge, nice people to deal with. Gun shop is on the second floor, auto parts and fishing tackle on the first floor.

bkcraun
April 28, 2008, 01:47 PM
I'm so old, I remember when 7-11's used to sell ammo!

jestertoo
April 28, 2008, 02:04 PM
Gas Station in campwood TX sells ammo.

Uvalde has a gun/liquor store that you have to walk through the liquor store to get to the funstore.

Small town on 281 between Lampasas and Hico had a pawn/gun store that you go through the feedstore to get to.

cracked butt
April 28, 2008, 02:11 PM
My favorite gun shop is a hardware store about 25 miles from where I live.
In the hardware store itself, they sell reloading components, ammunition, and gun cleaning materials. If you walk through a door in the back of the store and go up the steps, the entire upstairs is new long guns, used long guns on consignment, shotgun barrels (new and used), and gun cases. They also sell Glock and Freedom Arms handguns, but they aren't on display (the gunshop isn't normally manned- the longguns are on racks along the walls), but the manager/owner will bring them out on request. He'll also order in anything for a better price than anywhere else.

The owner doesn't advertise that he has a gunshop, but everyone in the area knows its there and I found out about it by word of mouth when I used to live nearby.

35Rem
April 28, 2008, 04:10 PM
Story's
Opelika, Alabama (Next to Auburn - War Eagle!)

Sells Auto Parts, Tater Chips, RC Colas, Fishing tackle, Camo, Ammo, and stocks probably 1,000+ guns. Lots of ammo, reloading supplies, you name it. Probably sold gas at one time, too.

Dorryn
April 28, 2008, 05:00 PM
Good alcohol, all kinds of guns and cigars/pipes/tobacco kinda of stuff with an indoor shooting range and a walk in humidor.

Mmm... Cigars and guns... takes me back to my A-Team days!

mak0
April 28, 2008, 08:32 PM
Auto Parts of Woodbridge, nice people to deal with. Gun shop is on the second floor, auto parts and fishing tackle on the first floor.

I don't think they're around anymore after the owner's son was found guilty of knowingly buying stolen guns from an employee of Dick's Sporting Goods and re-selling them in the store.

News article about it: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2008/01/two_plead_guilty_to_stealing_g.html

rbernie
April 28, 2008, 09:50 PM
In 1992, I bought a 1900 Gustav Swede and an Egyptian FN-49 from Woolworths in Tysons Corner Mall, in Fairfax VA.

Un-freakin-believeable.

packnrat
April 28, 2008, 10:06 PM
small town northern ca, from the outside it looks like a fishing store.
all most all guns inside. reloading supplys, but no oll:(.


but they do sell a pole or two.


.

blackhawk2000
April 28, 2008, 10:22 PM
I've been to a gas station in Ohio, near Cedar Point that had gas, booze, smokes, and guns. I thought that was pretty cool.

Cenntential in Marine City, is sandwiched between a pizza shop, and an antique store. It's kind of hidden. He used to be a jeweler, and still buys gold/silver. Great place.

There was another on Jefferson around metro beach. Stones I think? Kind of hidden, but I spotted it from the road. Tons of "flair" on the walls. Old handcuffs. Old west stuff. War stuff. Old barber chair.

geim druth
April 28, 2008, 11:11 PM
I don't think they're around anymore after the owner's son was found guilty of knowingly buying stolen guns from an employee of Dick's Sporting Goods and re-selling them in the store.


Of course in New Jersey this is merely creative inventory management.

RP88
April 28, 2008, 11:19 PM
place up the road called Superior Pawn and Gun from me

they have a shooting range, ridiculous amounts of used guns, some new guns, alot of tools, TVs, jewelry, DVDs, computers, etc.

pretty much a wal-mart of everything but perishables, along with an indoor range upstairs. Prices can be hit and miss, but their selection is great for guns.

Justin
April 29, 2008, 02:10 AM
Oh, forgot another one.

The local Macintosh dealer center is also an FFL.

Think Different. Indeed.

bcp
April 29, 2008, 11:57 AM
Long ago when I was investigating getting an FFL, I found that the lowest business insurance was for some other kind of store that also sold guns. Gun stores had the highest insurance costs.

That may be the story behind the "gun shops" that have other business names.


Bruce

M1 Shooter
April 29, 2008, 12:15 PM
The closest FFL to me is also a liquor store. He doesn't have many guns in stock though, he mostly just does transfers. He has some ammo and a few accessories, but not much.

Years ago there used to be a Pharmacy/Gun Shop and a Furniture Upolstery/Gun Shop in my area. The local hardware store used to have an FFL as well, they don't any more, but they still carry ammo and some accessories.

Ske1etor
April 29, 2008, 12:30 PM
If you are ever in the Terrebonne/Lafourche Parish area of Louisiana look up Houma Auto. The sign still says Houma Auto but they haven't sold auto parts since I was a kid.

ctdonath
April 30, 2008, 08:18 AM
The head of the Violence Policy Center (uber-anti-gun group) has an FFL in Washington DC. Gotta wonder what his transfer book looks like...

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