Does Dick's Sporting Goods sell guns?


October 14, 2008, 07:19 PM
I found out recently that they are going to open a Dick's Sporting Goods in my area. Does Dick's carry guns? If so, long guns only or handguns too? Any evil black rifles? Thanks

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October 14, 2008, 07:21 PM
The Dick's Sporting Goods in my town sells shotguns and rifles. I'm not sure if they all do though.

Claude Clay
October 14, 2008, 07:23 PM
key is--they stock and sell 'sporting' guns.

October 14, 2008, 07:26 PM
The one near me sells air guns, paintball guns, archery gear, shotguns and "sporting-type" rifles. No EBR-type stuff, unfortunately.

October 14, 2008, 07:28 PM
Here in Ohio they sell shotguns and rifles. And ammo for them.
Dave Z

October 14, 2008, 07:30 PM
Just long guns, no handguns. And as mentioned previously, the selection is heavily weighted towards the sporting side of things. About the only things you can count on seeing that are even mildly evil might be some short-barreled shotguns.

October 14, 2008, 07:32 PM
My nearest dicks sells mossberg 590A1's, not too much 'sporting' with that model from it's appearance. Unless you count 3 gun.

October 14, 2008, 07:34 PM
I've only ever seen "sporting" firearms at Dick's and no handguns. Though I haven't been in one for quite a while now.

In my experience Dick's is not only their name, it's their management style.

I went in once with a sale flyer looking for some ammo. I only saw one box on the shelf and went to the counter to ask if they had more in the back. Waited at the counter for a bit while some employees walked by. Then I finally went up to one and asked, politely, about the ammo. He kind of grunted that there wasn't a sale on ammo. So I showed him the flyer, eventually he dug around under the counter, found nothing, and I left.

October 14, 2008, 07:35 PM
Shotgun and Rifle here. Individual results may vary.

October 14, 2008, 07:38 PM
SG, Rifle, Muzzleloaders here. Ammo of all kinds, if you stick to relatively common calibers.

The Lone Haranguer
October 14, 2008, 07:42 PM
The big Dick's store (Phoenix/Tempe) sells rifles, shotguns and ammo. They are putting up smaller ones in the shopping malls, but these are not open for business yet, so I don't know if they will sell guns.

October 14, 2008, 08:01 PM
Same as everywhere else, they sell rifles and shotguns. No EBR's.

October 14, 2008, 08:07 PM
There's a Dicks over outside Chicago that has no guns in the "sporting/hunting goods" store -- it's within x number of feet of a school so instead of telling the town to get lost they rollled over and shafted their customers.

I'll never shop at a Dicks.

October 14, 2008, 08:13 PM
Their selection is usually quite limited. At first glance, they appear to have quite a guns on the racks behind the counter. Unfortunately, there are usually 3 - 10 of each model on the rack, making for few models on display.

October 14, 2008, 08:17 PM
i know in kansas, and n.c they sell long guns, but they are like the above poster said they are "sporting" guns.

October 14, 2008, 08:32 PM
Not aware of any that sell handguns. But long guns and ammo (including pistol) are sold in the ones I have been in. Possible that there are some that don't. You'll know as soon as they start advertising.

October 14, 2008, 08:38 PM
they have rifles and shotguns and all sorts of ammo. All the ammo seems to be overpriced in my area but my girlfriend bought a Rossi shotgun there and got a good deal on it. Their sales are pretty good.

October 14, 2008, 11:30 PM
Their selection is usually quite limited. At first glance, they appear to have quite a guns on the racks behind the counter. Unfortunately, there are usually 3 - 10 of each model on the rack, making for few models on display.

It depends a lot on the time of year- the gun selection is very seasonal. I worked for Dick's for a few years, and our total stock varied from maybe 80 or so in the springtime, up to 400 or more when fall rolled around.

Again, keep in mind that their target demographic is hunters. Finding the odd Persuader or 590 in there is pretty much pure luck. If you want something to bust clays or drop Bambi with, you'll be OK. If you want something to lean in the corner by the bed, you're apt to leave empty-handed.

October 14, 2008, 11:34 PM
The one closest to me doesn't sell anything firearm related. The closest thing you'd find is an airsoft gun or an archery setup.

There is one further down the road that does sell firearm stuff. The guy who works the counter is an avid shooter, and if they sell something that's cheaper at one of the independent gun shops a few miles away he'll tell you.

He'd be far suited at an exclusive gun shop.... oh well, win some lose some.

October 15, 2008, 08:01 AM
They just opened a store in my local mall (kicked out the decent Mexican restaurant to do it! :mad:), and they sell long guns and black powder guns, and have some occasional good sales on ammo.

They do have the new Remington AR-type rifle, even though it's not legal, in Pennsylvania, to hunt with a semi-auto rifle. Their prices compare favorably with any other new gun retailer, too, particularly during seasonal sales.

October 15, 2008, 08:52 AM
Where I used to live (Arlington, VA and Reston, VA) the Dicks had long guns, blackpowder, and pistols.

Now as to if they really "sold" them, well that could be called into question. The Reston store was great, but in Arlington you pretty much had to track down a sales-drone, grab 'em by the ear, and drag them back to the counter only to have them tell you that only a manager could unlock the racks. Eventually the manager would "rush back" usually panting out of breath to show how busy he/she had been and then give you an odd look that you actually wanted to handle a gun.

I do have to wonder what Dick Stack would think of all of this. He was a good friend of my father back when I was growing up in upstate NY (Binghamton) and I can remember often "chatting him up" at his store (one of two at the time) near SUNY Binghamton back in 1982 shortly before he retired. Great guy and strong advocate of all outdoor sports. Probably a supporter of RKBA as well though that didn't get discussed nearly as much back then.

October 15, 2008, 12:04 PM
They sell various rifles and shotguns but no AR type rifles.

Many of the guns they sell can be used for multiple purposes.

They also sell air pistols, crossbows, paintball and airsoft

October 15, 2008, 05:21 PM
The one in Columbia SC sells it all.

Semi and revolver pistols. Semi, pump, and bolt rifles. O/U, double, semi, pump shotguns. They even had a big .50 last year.

Decent ammo selection, reloading supplies, optics, cases, rings and mounts, and holsters.

October 15, 2008, 05:49 PM
Long guns and shotguns only.

Ammo is WAY WAY over priced.

October 15, 2008, 06:01 PM
We carry, as most have said, mainly "sporting arms". Mostly hunting rifles and shotguns though we do have a Mossberg 930 SPX sitting in the rack right now. Some stores do carry the R-15, though my store does not. As for ammo prices it really depends on the day. In my 6 months there prices have jumped across the board but when we have a sale the prices are fairly decent. Though if you have the time and set up reloading is the way to go these days.

October 15, 2008, 07:32 PM
I bought my Mossberg 930 SPX at Dicks and they also had a sale on 9mm ammo for a decent price at the time so I bought a few boxes. I will occasionally check on ammo prices from now on.

October 15, 2008, 08:02 PM
Dick's acquired the Galyan's chain a couple of years ago. Prior to acquisition by Dick's, Galyan's carried a nice variety of quality handguns. The re-branded stores no longer carry handguns. According to one of the Galyan's now Dick's employees, the managment of Dick's does not want to be in the handgun business.

October 15, 2008, 10:09 PM
the closest one to me is about 50 miles away, and yes, they sell long guns. i was amazed at this, because they were in a MALL!

October 15, 2008, 10:14 PM
Yes they do. I've gotten a pair of screaming deals on guns from them. Their ammo is quite overpriced, but they'll sometimes run sales where you can get out with stuff on the cheap.

Their staff are hit or miss. Some guys know what theyre talking about, some don't. The biggest downside to buying guns from them is that because they're a big retailer and not a gun shop, they have to go through a convoluted internal process involving store manager and whatnot that takes lots of time, whereas dedicated firearm shops can get you in and out much quicker as they have the infrastructure in place.

October 15, 2008, 10:54 PM
As already mentioned they generally have like 5-10 in a few models all out on the racks which I found humorous enough to act like i didn't know one row was all the same and asked to see each one lol. I'm bad I know, but I don't think the guy behind the counter even caught on. They seem to have an ok price on a couple, but don't go in expecting a gun shop type selection or experience.

October 15, 2008, 11:28 PM
They bought out the Galyans that used to be in Fairfax, VA. Galyans sold everything, including handguns. When they changed to Dick's, they got rid of the handguns, and replaced most of the gun supplies (which included holsters, magazines, etc.) with a bunch of airsoft and paintball crap.

They do have good prices on ammo during their sales, and they do sell some "evil" long guns, including a desert camo mossberg with extended mag tube.

October 16, 2008, 12:45 AM
Do they sell guns?
Not that I've ever seen. :what:

The prices in the four stores around here are completely out of line. :cuss:

October 16, 2008, 02:39 AM
Here in New York State the don't sell handguns. As has been mentioned, they do carry the Remington AR:

The ammo prices suck, yes, but if you play the coupons and the rebates game well, you can get some decent deals on shotgun shells. Cheaper then Wal-Mart, even! Last month I got three cases of Remington Gun Clubs at $4.00 a box that way. Beats $8.49, which is their new per-box price.

October 16, 2008, 08:04 AM
Our local one does, but don't expect the clerk to have a clue as to what they are.

October 16, 2008, 09:44 AM
While Dicks selection is limited they have very good prices and sales. Currently they have the Remington 870 on sale for $240. If you are looking for the top selling models from Remington, Mossberg, Savage, Marlin, etc. they are hard to beat price wise.

October 16, 2008, 01:09 PM
As all have mentioned the sell sporting rifle and shotguns. Ammo is out of line price wise unless it is on sale. If you dont get the paper go to thier website and look at the weekly ads for your area. It may save you a trip, it frequently does for me.

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