Favorite gun shops in Ohio


July 11, 2008, 02:03 PM
Someone else asked about shops in Indiana and I thought perhaps my fellow Buckeyes might want to chime in on their favorites. As I love to hit mom and pop operation gun shops I thought we could talk about some good gun shops in Ohio that our fellow Buckeyes can go visit.

So tell us about what shop you like and where it is. Also let us know if they have a nice large selection.

There are three nice little shops in SW Ohio I hit on a fairly regular basis. None are too big but do have a nice selection.

WB Hickock's 8990 US 22/3 outside Clarksville Ohio is a nice shop run by my friend Marty DuKorn, 937-289 3919

IN THE TEN RANGE on state Route 68 is in Xenia, Ohio. Rick Reynolds runs this one. He is a good guy. (937) 374-0649

Clubb House Arms on 3/22 in Morrow Ohio is run by my pal John Clubb. You can reach them at 513-899-9231

Springboro Shooters Supply, Inc 355 South Main St., Springboro Ohio 45066: 937-748-1771. Run by Ralph Bryant.

So tell us about your favorite gun shops. :cool:

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July 11, 2008, 02:32 PM
There are only two that I actually like.

Dick's Gun Room in Cuyahoga Falls - Expensive, but a first rate selection of high end long guns (such as Remington 40X target rifles and trap guns), new and collectible handguns, accessories, books, reloading supplies, and clothing. The personnel are knowledgeable and friendly.

Pro Arms in Cuyahoga Falls - An EXCELLENT selection of new and collectible handguns as well as military and police type long guns. They stock Dillon products, especially caliber conversions for 550s and 650s. I haven't been there since they had a fire and moved to a nearby locaton. They used to be Pro Gun and Sport. Employees are knowledgeable and friendly.

The shops in the Cleveland area are unremarkable, and usually have poor selections along with high prices. I won't shoot at their range because I consider it dangerously unsupervised, but Stonewall near I77 and Rt82 has an excellent selection of holsters. Their selection of new handguns is usually decent.

July 11, 2008, 03:12 PM
+1 for Stonewall. Wish it was closer to me. (Cleveland East Side)

July 11, 2008, 03:13 PM
Vince Amann operates Sugarcreek Pro Gun at 15 South Main Street, Bellbrook, southeast of Dayton (937-848-2318).

I've made WAY too many contributions to Vince's retirement fund over the past 18 months for my own good but he always seems to have interesting things on hand that empty my wallet faster than a thirsty vampire at a blood drive. I'm a very pale person.

Seriously, he offers good hardware at competitive prices and has ways of finding screwball stuff.

Now you know!

July 11, 2008, 03:25 PM
Def4pos8, thanks for posting that. I omitted Vince and should have mentioned him too as it is a neat shop with interesting things.

He donated ammo for our youth shooting sports program at CCFSA last year. http://www.ccfsa.com/ So he is a really good guy dedicated to promoting the shooting sports.

July 11, 2008, 05:05 PM
CypherNinja, have you tried Sherwin's Shooting Sports (http://www.sherwinshootingsports.com/) on Vine Street in Eastlake? The've got a pretty good indoor range, well supervised. There are stores with more inventory, but the staff is personable and capable.

For a larger retail selection (but no range at the Mentor store), try B and T (http://www.btshooting.com/). Again, the people are friendly and helpful. I bought both my handguns (Heritage Rough Rider .22 convertible and Taurus 85-3) there.

July 11, 2008, 10:01 PM
Commercial Row at Camp Perry


Ohio Gun Guy
July 11, 2008, 10:37 PM
Vances Shooters Supply in Columbus, Cleveland Ave.

Not the best part of town, but I doubt there is much crime at Vances:)

They have good prices IMO. Some guns run a little high, but there are sales. Most of the time, I watch their catalog and things can be had for similar cost to on-line (No FFL). Very good service and trained staff.

July 11, 2008, 10:44 PM
CypherNinja, have you tried Sherwin's Shooting Sports on Vine Street in Eastlake? The've got a pretty good indoor range, well supervised. There are stores with more inventory, but the staff is personable and capable.

For a larger retail selection (but no range at the Mentor store), try B and T. Again, the people are friendly and helpful. I bought both my handguns (Heritage Rough Rider .22 convertible and Taurus 85-3) there.

Yep! I live right around the corner from them. They're my normal range, but I can't help but dream about shooting at 25yrds every once in a while. ;)

I've done a few transfers at Sherwin, and actually bought my first pistol at B&T. :)

July 11, 2008, 10:45 PM
One Shot in Newtown Ohio. It's a suburb of Cincinnati, www.oneshotonline.com

The people that work there are awesome, and their pistol prices are very very very reasonable.

July 11, 2008, 10:48 PM
Vances in Columbus
Olde English Outfitters in Ginghamsburg (close to Dayton. Oh)

Both are nice shops

July 11, 2008, 10:52 PM
Gochinsky's Fin, Feather, and Fur, in Ashland, Ohio. http://www.finfeatherfuroutfitters.com/

Great prices on guns (they make the money on accessories), good service, and a great selection of everything hunting, fishing, campting, and reloading.

July 12, 2008, 12:44 AM
My go to shops are (in order):

Great Lakes Outdoors / Middlefield (best price, monthly sales via mail)
B&T (http://www.btshooting.com/) / Middleburg Hts.
Fin Feather Fur (http://www.finfeatherfuroutfitters.com/) / Ashland (monthly sales viewable at website)
Champion Shooters (https://www.championshooters.com/index-ssl.html) / New Albany (first choice for Anschütz,monthly sales viewable at website)
Vance's (http://www.vancesshooterssupplies.com/) / Columbus (monthly sales viewable at website)
Buckeye Outdoors (http://www.vancesshooterssupplies.com/) / Hebron (farthest from me, associated with Vance's, monthly sales viewable at website)

For transfers:

MD Shooting Supply / Middleburg Hts. ($20)
LEOSS (http://www.leossguns.com/) / Independence ($20)

July 12, 2008, 01:42 AM
I am from New York. I stop at the Fin in Ashland, when I am in Ohio.
Great Store.

evan price
July 12, 2008, 02:22 AM
Norton's, in Waldo off of US23 and 229
Aumiller's, in Westerville, off of State St. in the basement
Powder Room, in Powell, indoor range.
Black Wing, in Delaware, very nice, newer facility, indoor & outdoor ranges
New Albany Shooting Range, New Albany, nicer newer facility, prices are high.
Lauhorner's in Springfield- nice range, not much else.
On Target, Mansfield
Ohio Valley Outdoors, Lancaster, pricey. Not much selection.
Vance's/BUckeye Outdoors- best prices on guns I've seen anywhere off the internet. Somehow I can drive near the area without stopping and contributing to the Vance Family Retirement Plan. Crappy neighborhood but a CCW makes all well.

July 12, 2008, 08:26 AM
LEOSS / Independence ($20)

He's a small operation, very easy to work with. He's an Independence(?) cop. I got my last gun, an ex-NYPD S&W M&P from Vivas through him.

July 14, 2008, 11:47 AM
Anybody from Toledo or the South East going to chime in?

July 14, 2008, 11:59 AM
Toledo is pretty slim pickins-Clelands only on I know of.

There used to be one small shop just N of Alexis/Secor intersection-on Secor.

July 14, 2008, 12:00 PM
Vance's in Columbus : I buy a lot of guns from them. They have a great selection, good prices, cool police trades, a 45-day layaway plan, and you get 30 day shop warranty on used guns.
The only downside to Vance's? It's so popular that several times now I've had guns I was wanting to buy sold to someone else while waiting for my number to be called!

Norton's Waldo/Delaware : I always find something there when I stop in on my way to the shooting range. Great bunch of guys there. They also have a good layaway policy.

I bought a gun from each shop just last week.

Ed Wagner
July 14, 2008, 01:52 PM
Blackswamp Guns, Grover Hill ( Paulding Co. ) Brad Dysinger owner former pro Trap shooter. Great to deal with, knowledgable staff, great people.

July 14, 2008, 01:55 PM
Another vote for B&T Shooting Supply, Mentor Store.

Courteous friendly guys with a great deal of knowledge. Haven't visited the other B&T locations

Henry Bowman
July 14, 2008, 04:02 PM
I like Shooters' Supply in Loveland (suburb NE of Cincinnati). They charge $30 for a transfer but won't accept from a non-FFL. On new guns, they can pretty much match or beat what you can find on-line.

Also Costello's Gun Shop in North College Hill (northern neighborhood of Cincinnati). It is small and carries an economical line of merchandise. Has the best transfer price ($25) for used guns in the area and will accept shipment from a non-FFL.

Target World has a great selection of guns and accessories -- and an indoor range -- but prices are high in my opinion (for both guns and range time).

One Shot in Newtown (east of Cincy) has already been mentioned.

July 14, 2008, 06:54 PM
I buy a lot at Vance's and (usually at) Buckeye Outdoors too.

I first went to Buckeye outdoors back in 1998 when I was preparing for Y2K. I remember going through the checkout once with 500 rounds of 9mm and nobody gave me as much as a suspicious look.

Over the course of a year, 1998 - end of 1999, I bought a LOT of ammo and several firearms from them.

Their prices on firearms are about average, but they often have special deals and I got my police trade-in Beretta 92FS there.

That's where I bought my new CZ-75B too.

Been bummed though the last few times I've been there, 5.56/.223 has been a bit scarce.

There used be a great little place at Buckeye Lake which had a lot of good surplus firearms for good prices but alas the owner died of a heart attack and the store is no more. I bought two AK's there and a good deal of surplus 7.62x39, 7.62x54r, and 9mm there.

July 14, 2008, 08:11 PM
evan price: Powder Room, in Powell, indoor range.

Wow, the Powder Room is still there? I bought my very first firearm there, at age 18, in the 70's: a black powder Navy Colt. Returned when I turned 21 and got a Colt Detective Special as my first legally purchased smokeless handgun. Fella running it then was named Trowbridge, if I remember right. Nice to know the store is still around. Powell was actually something of a drive from Columbus back then-- last time I was there, it seemed like it was just another part of the city, almost.

July 14, 2008, 10:14 PM
parsons in bowling green. he is a nice guy has graet prices and just about every thing you could need.

evan price
July 15, 2008, 01:47 AM
AZ Andy, Powell has turned into a yuppie bedroom community that tries really hard to not be rural. The subdivisions surround Powder Room, and they honestly haven't spent anything on the place since you were there, I imagine!
I remember when they were in the middle of nowhere.
The range has been shut down for several months due to repairs to the backstop, and refurbishing (Finally) but by now it should be fully operational again.
I used to shoot there, all the time.

July 15, 2008, 02:15 AM
My preferred shop to do business with is Peabody Sports, located in Kettering, OH (a southern suburb of Dayton). John, the owner is a great guy to deal with. Honest, competitive pricing, and very knowledgeable. His shop was featured recently on an episode of the FX show "30 Days".

Olde English, north of Dayton is a well known shop around here, a bit pricey it seems but a large inventory.

July 15, 2008, 06:15 AM
The Gun Shoppe in Coventry
Used to be The Deer Hunter, alwasy has a good selection of long arms, including mil surp types. Great guys at the shop.

Mat, not doormat
July 15, 2008, 04:27 PM
TNT Firearms in Findlay. reasonable transfers, interesting used stuff. High on most ammo, and extremely limited on holsters, though.

July 15, 2008, 07:43 PM
evan price: Thanks for the info. I'll definitely check it out on my next Ohio visit-- should be good for some nostalgia, at least.

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