How many gun shops are near your home?


April 28, 2008, 11:59 AM
For the purposes of this poll lets define 'gun shop' as a retail business that primarily specializes in selling firearms and related products. Wal-Mart doesn't count.

Let's define 'near' as being within a 30 minute drive of your home.

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April 28, 2008, 12:17 PM
Wow! I googled guns from my address and there are 6-8 that are within a 30 minute ride. I didn't even know most fo those existed and I'm going to have to check them out. Thanks for asking the question!

April 28, 2008, 12:53 PM
Remember this is NJ. I voted 0 but forgot about the Bullet Hole. It's on the edge of the 30 minute circle for me.

April 28, 2008, 12:58 PM
2, one I will not go in, and the other is atleast 25% more then anyone else in town.

Then again 30 mins is a relative term, during rush hour that could mean less then a mile, or 25 if you don't hit any red lights.

April 28, 2008, 01:21 PM
I've got four (not counting pawn shops) within two miles. High Country Guns & Knives, Bill's Trading Post, The American Gun Shop, & J&G Sales.

After that there are a whole bunch right at the 30 minute limit. The High Noon Indoor Shooting Parlor and Prescott Valley Guns in Prescott Valley, and in Chino Valley there are more I've yet to check out.

According to this search tool (, there are at least 25 FFLs within 1 mile of my zip code :what:.

April 28, 2008, 01:26 PM
I've got 1. For a town of 25,000 that is not enough. Especially when the gunshop is so dang small. Oh well, what can I do about it.

Black Majik
April 28, 2008, 01:31 PM
So far I've counted 15 within a 30 minute drive from me.

April 28, 2008, 01:52 PM
According to this search tool, there are at least 25 FFLs within 1 mile of my zip code .

Wow, I had no idea. Using that tool I found 21 within 8 miles. 1 is a Walmart, 1 Kmart and 1 dicks. I have only been to a few of them.

lee n. field
April 28, 2008, 02:01 PM
Three that I know of. One is across a state border, so no pistolas. One is overpriced (ex. Bersa .380 for $300) and open two days per week. The remaining one is my preferred vendor.

according to this

Locally that link shows
one store that's been closed for a decade and a half. The owner's murder was the big story here in 1992.

Another guy died 4 or 5 years ago.

Klunk mart hasn't sold guns in years.

ditto walmart

April 28, 2008, 02:09 PM
I put down 5:
Paterson Gun Smithing
Bullet Hole
Ramsey Outdoor

Meltzer's and Ramsey are not dedicated gun shops, but they are not big box. I included them because I've never set foot in either until I started with firearms.

April 28, 2008, 03:04 PM
within 30 miles? 1, and they are waaayyy overpriced (WASR 10 for $500)

Gotta love internet shopping and local FFL transfers :)

April 28, 2008, 03:12 PM
Would this include sporting goods chain stores that have guns or are you focused on local businesses? IE Scheels, Sportmans warehouse, etc?

April 28, 2008, 03:19 PM
1... I don't even call that a shop.

April 28, 2008, 03:25 PM
9 within 13 miles. I live in the suburbs of Boston. Not bad.


April 28, 2008, 03:30 PM
Theirs more than 20 gun shops within 30 minutes of my house not including pawn shops & big5's
I live 10 minutes from Cabelas and theirs a Sportsmans wearhouse 20 minutes N/E and 20 minutes S/W of me :)

Old Fud
April 28, 2008, 04:34 PM
9 within the 30 minute commute you described, and I live in San Fransisco Bay area. (East Bay, to be precise. This matters because one of my favorite places to shop is in Pacifica -- 45 minutes away)

April 28, 2008, 05:01 PM
According to, 73 within 25 miles.

That's Big box stores, Ma and Pa stores, pawn shops, gun smiths, and shops that sell gun accessories.

April 28, 2008, 05:03 PM
Gee, there is a lot within 30 minutes of my home, so I checked 6+.

April 28, 2008, 05:45 PM
How many good gunshops are within 30 minutes drive of your home. There are 8 gunshops within 30 minutes drive of my home. There are 3 that I do business with on a regular basis because they still know what customer service is and how to treat people with dignity and respect. :rolleyes:

The other 5 shops I have been to a few times and they are always rude and condescending to the customers and they try to rob you blind on gun and ammo prices as well as gunsmithing services. I don't know how some of these people came by the thought that they are gunsmiths. I see 25 year old kids that took an 18 month mail order course on gunsmithing and think they are gunsmiths. Most of them want $100+ an hour and half the time all they do is box your gun up and send it to the manufacturer or a real gunsmith then add the $100 per hour to whatever they were charged by the person that fixed the gun.:what:

Don't get me wrong, I don't expect people to kiss my behind and I don't mind paying a fair price for the gun, ammo and accessories I want. I also don't mind paying a decent wage to what I consider a real gunsmith.:rolleyes:

What I can't stand is when I walk into a gun shop and the 3 or 4 people behind the counter completely ignore you while they all BS with one person about something that is not making the shop any money nor bringing in any new customers. They act like you're not there and then get all grumpy if you ask one of them to get off their fat ass and help you.:mad:

Good guns, good knowledge of guns (at least the ones your selling), and reasonable prices keep customers interested in a gunshop but what really brings the customer back everytime and what might make them willing to pay a little more even if the gun is $75 cheaper 20 miles down the road is good, polite customer service. You treat me nice and I'll pay the slightly inflated price you have on a gun I want and probably buy 500 rounds of ammo and a holster or sling to boot.:D

If your all uppitty and a smartass just because you want to show off to the other nitwits behind the counter with you, I'll walk out every time and I don't give a damn how much cheaper your guns are.:cuss:

Molon Labe,

April 28, 2008, 06:04 PM
Not enough:(

April 28, 2008, 06:14 PM
I envy the guys that have 6+, out here in the sticks we are fortunate to have 2 that rape us on prices and a Walmart that even the 2 others buy ammo from.

April 28, 2008, 06:16 PM
Nothing is 30 minutes from my house, but a ton are 30 miles or a bit less.

Getting to them over the semi-paved, winding cowpaths that pass for roads here in Pennsyltucky typically takes about 40 minutes.:)

Winchester 73
April 28, 2008, 06:39 PM
I'm in Miami.
There are over a dozen.
'Nuf said.
"Florida,see it like a native."

Mr White
April 28, 2008, 06:47 PM
6 exactly. Unfortunately, all the good ones I like to visit are 45 minutes or more away.

April 28, 2008, 06:51 PM
holy crap I never realized that in the hell that is MD I actually have choices...

The Lone Haranguer
April 28, 2008, 07:07 PM
There are dozens of gun shops in Phoenix metro, even one about a quarter mile from me called simply, "Guns." ;) (I haven't been in that particular one.)

April 28, 2008, 07:09 PM
0 I live in a town of a 175 people in the summer the next town of size is just over 40 mile through a canyon. and it's not all that big.

Heck even the Wal-Mart is 90 miles one way.

But then again I can step out the front door and unload anytime I'm feeling froggy.

Winchester 73
April 28, 2008, 07:13 PM
But then again I can step out the front door and unload anytime I'm feeling froggy.

You are ahead of 99.9% of the rest of us.

April 28, 2008, 09:58 PM
45 to one hour there are a number.:uhoh:


April 28, 2008, 10:02 PM
I picked two. I didn't count Gander Mountain, Dick's or Dunham's as they aren't primarily gun dealers. I also didn't count Rock River Arms, as they don't sell directly to the public.

There are others that show up on google but they are either kitchen table dealers or incredibly small operations.

2nd 41
April 28, 2008, 10:06 PM
4 shops

April 28, 2008, 10:09 PM
"So far I've counted 15 within a 30 minute drive from me.

in orange county ?
when i left there about 5 years ago i only knew about three or four.

now i live in phoenix gun shops everywhere

April 28, 2008, 10:12 PM
A lot, and the employees know me by first name. :D

April 28, 2008, 10:30 PM
5, I think off hand. I live in Vegas now...

April 28, 2008, 10:34 PM
Answer would be the same if time limit was 15 minutes! Some of us do get lucky.:D

April 28, 2008, 10:36 PM
Richard means w/o traffic:0 Even in CA people there is quite a few gun shops. many are not really worth going to though in many cases. I can almost walk to a shooting range and to a gunshop or two in my area, definately doable by bicycle.

April 28, 2008, 10:37 PM
I voted wrong. I voted for 2, but didn't read the 30 minutes part before I did so.

I would have to change my vote to 6

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