The Best Gun shops in Indiana.


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gtmerkley
July 9, 2008, 12:33 PM
What are the best or largest Gun shops in the state of Indiana or in the bordering states. Plus witch ones should I avoid.

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Seancass
July 9, 2008, 12:50 PM
So far, the Cabella's up by chicago is the best i've been to. I've heard Bud's in Indy is good for sight-seeing but too expensive to buy anything. EDIT: i meant Don's, not Buds. I googled it, apparently Buds is in Paris Kentucky. Don't know where i got that.

I've been known to frequent Downhams in Logansport.

also, check this thread.
http://thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=73135&highlight=indiana+shop

Tortuga12
July 9, 2008, 12:54 PM
Don't know of many other the Parker City, but stay away from Don!!! That old man is creepy.

revolverman357
July 9, 2008, 01:22 PM
Midwest Gun Exchange in Mishawaka.
Good people and huge selection. I've never paid what the price tag say. They always beat everyone elses prices and are very polite and helpful.

antsi
July 9, 2008, 01:26 PM
Bud's in Indy

Hey, I live near Indy and haven't heard about Bud's. Tell me more about Bud's!

rxraptor02
July 9, 2008, 01:39 PM
A list of gun shops has been started on the Indiana Gun Owners forum.

here is the link.

http://ingunowners.com/forums/general_firearms_discussion/3900-list_of_indiana_gun_shops.html

1 old 0311
July 9, 2008, 05:50 PM
Pop's guns, GOOD
Don's guns BAD........Unless you are into Hi-Points, Kel Tecs, Lorcins, and Jennings.

Monkeyleg
July 9, 2008, 07:04 PM
I booted Don's off my site in 2004, after he showed up on the local news supporting a renewal of the AW ban...while standing in front of a wall of Evil Black Rifles.

IndianaBoy
July 9, 2008, 07:22 PM
Before I moved to Missouri after graduation... I purchased several guns from Les at Lafayette Guns and Gear.


He was always fair on prices and trades, knowledgeable, and I didn't have to put up with gun store commando BS in his shop.

Pretty decent, though not extensive, selection... too.

Thinking back over it... I bought most of my guns from him. And the ones I didn't get from him.... he usually did the FFL transfer for.

Bazooka Joe71
July 9, 2008, 07:30 PM
Whittaker Guns (http://whittakerguns.com/) is the gun Mecca of this area. It is located right outside of Owensboro, KY.

BTW, don't let the website fool you, it sucks and isn't kept up to date. They have 10x the variety in the store as they do on the website.

Check this out too (http://ingunowners.com/forums/general_firearms_discussion/3900-list_of_indiana_gun_shops.html)

shdwfx
July 9, 2008, 07:50 PM
(NE Indiana)

Ed Hirschy's Discount Guns

17929 Tonkel Rd
Auburn, IN 46706
(260) 627-3119

Inventory in the show-room is impressive and he stocks bulk ammo and reloading materials.
He doesn't have the cheapest prices, but he isn't pushy, only gives his opinion if asked, and is one of the nicest guys you'll meet.
Know going rates for firearms you are considering ahead of time.

Call ahead.

eyebrows
July 10, 2008, 01:05 AM
500 Guns
In Indianapolis off 16th maybe 4 blocks east of the track (16th + Rochester)
Not a tremendous selection but nice guys. I've purchased two handguns from them(sig p226 and browning buckmark sill.). Both times I found the same comparable gun online for cheaper and they matched the price(after they verified it), except with the buckmark they were still a little more but they did knock some off. They just reopened last week from remodeling, I haven't been in yet to see whats new.

Code3GT
July 10, 2008, 07:15 AM
HAHA, definately stay away from Don...even if he "just loves to sell guns"

i'll 2nd 500 Guns though, never made a purchase there but visited a few times

Ric
July 10, 2008, 09:24 AM
H&H firearms in Ft. Wayne
Good people, good selection

kludge
July 10, 2008, 10:45 AM
Plainfield Shooting Supplies. All guns at 10% over dealer cost.

mrmom61
July 10, 2008, 10:51 AM
Bradis guns in Camby just south of Indy on st rd 67.

RPCVYemen
July 10, 2008, 11:22 AM
A long time ago, there used to be a guy in Indy who advertised heavily on TV. I think he ended every ad with, "I don't want to make money, folks! I just love to see guns!" His name might have been Don.

Pretty colorful guy.

Mike

RPCVYemen
July 10, 2008, 11:24 AM
Thanks to the Internet, I located Don's Guns:

http://www.donsguns.com/News/

Mike

ARGarrison
July 10, 2008, 04:48 PM
I live between Sportsman's Warehouse in Lafayette and Downham & Son in Logansport. Don't get to Logan all that much anymore. Down by the Tracks in Galveston is a little Mom and Pop gun store with good prices on firearms.

Last time I was in Guns and Gear it turned my stomach. Big sign on door "Law Enforcement only carry inside" or some such wording, peanut gallery of old know it alls just inside door, and ammo prices that I could have went over to Rural King and beat. Walked out and haven't been back. Never been to a Don's guns don't plan to. The only other store I disliked has closed.

Oh yea, every thread like this makes me miss Galayn's.:(

El Tejon
July 10, 2008, 05:08 PM
Last time I was in Guns and Gear it turned my stomach. Big sign on door "Law Enforcement only carry inside" or some such wording, peanut gallery of old know it alls just inside door, and ammo prices that I could have went over to Rural King and beat. Walked out and haven't been back.

Sportman's Warehouse is O.K., I've purchased several guns off of them. Bought my Heller pistol off of them.

For Lafayette, I shop at Tippecanoe Sport Shoppe: http://www.tippysportshop.com/

Cool thing about Tippy Sport Shoppe is that they have a gunsmith. Stu is a great guy and has worked on many guns that I have purchased for my nephews as well as my own firearms.

I like "Lafayette Guns and Gear". Of course, I remember when it was downtown and I used to buy guns from Schuizi on Main and 5th on my lunch break.

Les has never blown me any grief over carrying in his store. I never pay attention to the peanut gallery. In fact, I bought an AK-74 off one of the peanut gallery as I was shopping and Les did not mind.

Ammo prices are decent. I'd rather pay Les and keep the money local, but that's just me.

I do well every now and then at Ram-Z. I've found quite a few treasures buried here: http://www.ramzs.net/. Check out the new building it's really clean.

There is a pawn shop were Ram-Z used to be but last I checked there was no FFL yet. The owner claimed he was awaiting an ATFE inspection.

I've bought guns off Stan at Applied Ballistics too. He's a 7 so you can get tubes and machine guns too, just not much on the shelf.

That's the problem with gun dealers in Indiana. No one likes to sink the dough into inventory. Oh, well, when I have my store. . .:p:D

El Tejon
July 10, 2008, 05:10 PM
AR, I miss Galyan's too. I used to work at the store on 38th on the westside of Indy during undergrad (nights and weekends). Sold guns to the Colts and Pacers.:)

El Tejon
July 10, 2008, 05:12 PM
Some of Indiana's gun shops: http://www.americangunshows.com/GunShops/IN-GunShop.htm

Midwest in Elkhart is a cool place. I don't often get that far north, but looks like they know how to have fun (Hoosiers with guns): http://www.midwestgunandrange.com/PhotoGallery.htm

Midwest are the guys who set up at the Indy 1500 with the green tables of pistols (very smart).

El Tejon
July 10, 2008, 05:55 PM
My dad is really excited about this shop, which is in his backyard: http://fortlibertyfirearms.com/

Fort Liberty Firearms in Avon, Indiana.

k9stang
July 10, 2008, 06:32 PM
Keislers is right across the river from Louisville, huge selection and the prices are decent.

I have bought my last 2 from the 111 gun shop in Clarksville. Nice selection and great prices.

bakert
July 10, 2008, 08:36 PM
Keislers is right across the river from Louisville, huge selection and the prices are decent.


+1
Keistlers is a nice shop with a pretty good selection of guns and reloading stuff. Crossed the river last week to buy powder I couldn't find in my area outside of Louisville.

Fergy35
July 11, 2008, 10:57 AM
I am not sure if they are the best - after all I haven't been able to see the rest of them - but the guys at Tomlinson's in Churubusco are very nice guys, decent selection (not large, but pretty decent).

Tomlinson Shooting Supplies
8475 E Us Highway 33
Churubusco, IN 46723
260-693-2830

Also, Mile Corner in Garrett, IN, smaller shop, but good people.

Mile Corner Gun & Gallery Inc
510 State Road 327
Garrett, IN 46738
(260) 357-3567

As a few have mentioned, Midwest Guns in Southbend and Mishawaka. Great selection and good folks.‎

gtmerkley
July 11, 2008, 12:51 PM
I've been to Keislers for my past 2 birthdays.

speedsix
May 15, 2009, 04:24 PM
My vote goes to Tomlinson's as well. I have been there many times and they are polite and have a good selection of handguns.

I stop in there about once a month and more often than not, buy a gun from them. They always have at least one good deal that I can't pass up.

H&H is a joke. I have only bought a couple of guns from them in the past decade. Almost every time I walk in there, I walk out empty handed. They are one of the largest store around but somehow never have anything I want or need.

61chalk
May 15, 2009, 05:10 PM
ZX Guns located in Goshen ...not real big but very good prices, at shows I've been too they seem to have the lowest prices, an the biggest crowd. If your pricing, an don't check them out you've made a mistake IMO.

Justin
May 15, 2009, 06:02 PM
My recollections are a few years out of date, so things may have changed. However:

In Indianapolis, Pop's guns is a good place.

Don's guns is a dingy pit of a place staffed by synaptically-challenged cretins hawking ridiculously overpriced firearms, and Don himself is a pathetic attention-whoring huckster.

There is (or was) a good shop in Lafayette Indiana, I want to say it was Lafayette Guns and Gear. Fair prices and the proprietor was always a good guy.

Rajo's in Evansville is your typical shop staffed by people who are socially challenged.

Strictly Shooting in Evansville is or was decent, as well as having an indoor range.

If you're willing to cross the border into Kentucky, Whittaker's Guns is worth visiting just for the huge inventory. It's easily the second biggest gun shop I've ever been in and the staff were generally helpful.

Match14
May 15, 2009, 06:27 PM
I've been to Rajo's a few times, to get accessories, but their prices seem to be rather high on almost everything.

I've also been to Strictly shooting a few times, their prices are somewhat better than Rajo's, but the employees there seem to be kind of limited in the knowledge department. I went there wanting an 870 Police and none of them knew what I was asking for. I ended up going all the way over to Keisler's in Jeffersonville which I'd recommend if your in the area.

In downtown Evansville there is a retired police officer named Brent who has a small shop in the Seigel's Uniform store. His inventory is quite small but he does $5 transfers, so I'd recommend him.

I've also been to the midwest Gun Exchange in SouthBend and Elkhart, they have a pretty good selection, and even ammo too, but I think many of their firearms are to pricey myself.

knockonit
May 15, 2009, 09:37 PM
I was in Terre Haute late 60's early 70's and a place called Poffs, or something like that, picked up a couple nice ones, hard to remember back that far, but they had ever thing.
haven't been to indiana since 83 bet its changed a bit.
rj

HoosierQ
May 15, 2009, 09:46 PM
Avoid Don's Guns like the plague...worst gun shop I have ever seen.

Plainfield Shooting Supply is very, very good on just about all counts...inventory and price. I have purchased 3 from them.

Beech Grove Firearms is good. Used prices are a little high but you can talk.

There is a very nice little shop in Cicero Indiana called Wyatt's. Cicero is about 30 miles north of Indianapolis on Indiana route 19...near Morse Reservoir.

Dr. Sandman
January 20, 2010, 09:52 AM
I disagree with 61chalk. I have had two bad experiences at ZX gun in Goshen and I don't shop there anymore.

Officers'Wife
January 20, 2010, 10:31 AM
I'll join the chorus and say stay away from Don's Guns. Especially if you shop with your wife or daughter.

If you get in the area Jerry's Gun Shop in on 52 in Rensselaer is very good with a knowledgeable owner despite the fact he is ex-police. The prices are reasonable for a smaller town and often has surplus ammunition.

North and east of the town of Monon is a small shop called Shogun. While price and selection leaves much to be desired, Mr. Johns does excellent quality gunsmithy at reasonable pricing.

ultradoc
January 20, 2010, 10:35 AM
Rapid Fire in Troy,Ohio.

Hunter125
January 20, 2010, 10:38 AM
Galyan's was awesome. Sad day when Dick's bought them out and turned their stores into sports stores with a token outdoors section.

Bo
January 20, 2010, 10:40 AM
Beech Grove Firearms, owned by cops and ironically located directly across from the Post Office. How convenient.
Seriously, good people, good prices.

Ronsch
January 20, 2010, 05:25 PM
When I was in High School, I used to go up to 5 Points and drool. Bought my first M1 carbine there, as well as my first Savage Model 24C.

Try to hit gun stores when I go back home for vacation. The plus side is that Indiana honors my AK CHP.

Go Purdue!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MrCleanOK
January 20, 2010, 05:53 PM
Wow, this thread has been brought back from the dead TWICE. Never seen that before :D

Whittaker's guns about 20-30 minutes across the river from Evansville. Huge inventory, and good prices last time I was there (2008).

wishin
January 20, 2010, 06:02 PM
I bought a Browning Bl .22 in South Bend, or was it Mishawaka, 35 years ago.........let me get back to you...........:uhoh:

youngda9
January 20, 2010, 06:38 PM
(NE Indiana)

Ed Hirschy's Discount Guns

17929 Tonkel Rd
Auburn, IN 46706
(260) 627-3119

Inventory in the show-room is impressive and he stocks bulk ammo and reloading materials.
He doesn't have the cheapest prices, but he isn't pushy, only gives his opinion if asked, and is one of the nicest guys you'll meet.
Know going rates for firearms you are considering ahead of time.

Call ahead.
Ed is a grade A JERK. Wouldn't let me handle a LCR from under his counter, said if you're not buying you're not handling the guns. I was in his shop for 10 min total, this was my first time...I left right away never to return. I asked the guy for a price on a gun because he claimed that he could order anything, but he wouldn't tell me a price...only that he would match a price. JERK.

Officers'Wife
January 20, 2010, 07:19 PM
When I was in High School, I used to go up to 5 Points and drool.

Just to clarify for those in southern Indiana and Fort Wayne. 'Five Points' is in Lafayette IN.

61chalk
January 20, 2010, 07:45 PM
Dr. Sandman, Welcome to THR...sorry to hear you didn't like ZX Guns in Goshen, I've
been there once with my son an he bought some stuff an saved money...he has bought
guns from him at the shows an saved money.....maybe he deals better at the shows...?

wishin
January 20, 2010, 08:46 PM
Just to clarify for those in southern Indiana and Fort Wayne. 'Five Points' is in Lafayette IN.

Thanks for the clarification. We have a Five Points in downtown Atlanta. I can assure you, there are no gun shops in that part of town. A lot of guns, though.

HighStrung
January 21, 2010, 07:29 AM
Don's guns (indy)= dirty store with no helpful staff, overpriced (I mean way over priced) moderate selection

Pop Guns (Indy) = very nice place, somewhat helpful staff, pricing was moderate, limited selection

CrackShot (Anderson) = smaller store, very helpful staff, pretty good pricing and moderate selection

Bradis (SR. 67 out towards Mooresville) = decent sized store, very helpful staff, great pricing when I was in there and a pretty good selection


These are a few of the stores I've been into and Bradis was where I purchased my most recent two guns. It's also the furthest away (I'll drive the extra 30 minutes) from me so that should say something. These are my rankings from worst to best.

Skoob
February 16, 2010, 10:26 PM
In Indy, I like KS&E on the east side. The inventory is small, but they will order anything and the prices are great. I was just in there and all the Glocks were ~$480. (I was recently shopping for glocks, so I know the local prices on them). I've never found anywhere less expensive for guns.

gander mountain - glock $599

Pop Guns - glock $619. Decent indoor range.

Some people love Bradis, some hate them. I don't have enough experience with them to have an opinion.

Don's is the worst place, ever. Really used guns more there than new anywhere else. Home of the $700 used glock, at least last time I looked.

massad ayoob
February 17, 2010, 12:17 AM
+1 for Kiesler's, bought 3 guns from there over the years, all at good prices with good service.

My personal favorite little gun shop in Indiana, though, is Sand Burr Gun Ranch in Rochester. What they don't have, they can get...prices are great...and it's hard to find a better S&W action tune anywhere in the country. A shooting park on the property, too. Always a pleasure to teach there. When I had a need for a Browning Hi-Power in .30 Luger, Sand Burr was the place that came up with one for me. Gun folks steeped in gun culture.:)

psychogoc
February 17, 2010, 01:46 AM
McDonald's guns in Marion was pretty good on prices, and he is a knowlegeable guy. Decent selection, too.

I always stayed away from the shop in Parker City, as I felt he was pretty high.

smoking357
February 17, 2010, 08:23 AM
I've got this.

Bradis on Kentucky Ave. S of Indy
Plainfield Guns on 40 in Plainfield
Cosner's in Bedford
Kiesler's in Clarksville
500 Guns on W. 16th in Indy is worth a look.
Indiana Gun Club in Fortville used to have the best selection of primer, powders and shotguns you could find.
Ditto above for Indian Creek Shooting Center in Georgetown, IN
Knob Creek Gun Range in West Point, KY
Elmore's Guns, Greenwood

I just rattled off the bigger and better ones. If you want a couple smaller shops with good prices, let me know.

AVOID DON'S GUNS, AT ALL COSTS!

smoking357
February 17, 2010, 08:28 AM
In Indy, I like KS&E on the east side.

KS&E is awesome, but it's the kind of place you work with regularly. They have the fairest prices you'll find, and prices on ammo are great, but their inventory, at any moment, isn't the largest. Still, worth a trip. They're a stocking CZ dealer.

smoking357
February 17, 2010, 08:29 AM
Whatever happened to Jimmy Craigs? Remember Switz City guns?

IN>IL
February 17, 2010, 03:11 PM
If you're in the Anderson/Muncie/New Castle area, or passing through Indiana on I-70, stop by Exit 115 and make your way to Whitetail Gun Shop outside of Shirley. It's a local farmer with a gun store. Nice selection and great down to earth people!

+1 on staying away from Don's in Indianapolis. Pop's is pretty good though!

Midwest Gun Exchange in Mishawaka/South Bend is a really nice store with some good people behind the counter.

H and H in Fort Wayne is alright... just alright.

Nate1778
February 17, 2010, 03:32 PM
+1
Keistlers is a nice shop with a pretty good selection of guns and reloading stuff. Crossed the river last week to buy powder I couldn't find in my area outside of Louisville.




Yep, nice selection of reloading supplies, if they don't have it Bass Pro right down the street will. Prices on firearms look good and a lot of nice used inventory, I don't buy from them though due to the state transfer thing.

teekay
February 17, 2010, 03:36 PM
+1's

Keisler's
Fort Liberty Arms
Cosner's

If we want to talk "little, local" gun shops -- Holland, IN -- Dave's Gun Store.

-TK

Jumping Frog
February 17, 2010, 03:42 PM
I can't believe no-one has mentioned Kempf Gun Shop (http://www.kempfgunshop.com) yet. I've ordered mail order from them for a long time and they have done a great job.

Brien Crotty
February 18, 2010, 12:33 AM
I've shopped most frequently at Midwest Gun Exchange and Kempf. Both great places in their own right! Good people and a good selection at Midwest.

Kempf is a small shop, with absolutely stunning customer service - always willing to help out. They got me into reloading years ago, and were fantastic in helping me choose equipment and supplies.

Both get high marks in my book!

IN>IL
February 18, 2010, 11:26 AM
Ludco Gun Shop is an awesome locally owned gunshop in Parker City, which is just East of Muncie! Thousands of guns; guns hanging from the ceiling and in every nook and crany of this small building! He also has hunting, fishing, and trapping supplies. The staff is great too!

http://www.ludcogunshop.net/

Havok
January 9, 2012, 11:33 PM
will bring this back from the dead for a THIRD time, just because it showed up as a top google result :) helpful I am

i've never been to Don's guns, but the opinion is consistent far and wide - STAY AWAY
for Lafayette area, Guns and Gear IS a decent place, the peanut gallery factor is high tho, know what you're looking for, and what you're buying, and you'll be fine.

Same for H&H in Fort Wayne, they've taken on new owners and are now called Freedom Guns or somesuch. Don't expect any help from them, or any deals. Its always busy, and the clerks are always busy with someone else but they have the largest selection in the NE area, including oddballs like FS2000s and such. Come to buy or don't come.

Central Area near Indy, take a drive up to Sheridan to Target Sports. Good people that like to gab, give you their two cents and all that, but all-around decent and good prices.

If you're in the NE area, 'round Fort Wayne, DEFINITELY go to 21st Century Firearms in Bluffton. The selection is awesome for a small town. The guys will shoot the sh*t with you, and are generally helpful, even tho their opinions are pretty firm. Prices are average, tho they'll knock off a few bucks here and there if you ask. Class 3 Dealer - they sure love their suppressors here.

jcwit
January 10, 2012, 12:45 PM
If you live in the Northern Part of the state an afternoon trip to Kalamazoo, Mi up 131 will net a large gun shop called On Target and another called D&R a little further down the road. Both are located on MIchigan 43, On Target maybe a mile west of ther 131 exchange, and D&R another Mile west, both on the north side of 43.

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