Gun dealers in the DFW Texas area?


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cgs500
April 7, 2009, 12:01 PM
I am going to be in the area until Friday morning and would love to check out a Texas sized gun dealer. Anyone have any suggestions of one near DFW airport or up in Denton? It would be even better if you know they are willing to ship to my FFL in Ohio should I decide to buy something.

Thanks!:)

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wilder
April 7, 2009, 12:15 PM
Near the Airport you have Bass Pro and near Denton you have Cabela's. Both are good for browsing and occasionally have good deals on used guns. Other than that you mainly have pawn shops and "by appointment only" dealers in this area. If anybody knows of any full service shops without going to Dallas or Plano I'd be interested myself.

cgs500
April 7, 2009, 12:33 PM
I am speaking at the Gaylord Convention Center and I just saw the directions take you right past the Bass Pro!:)

wilder
April 7, 2009, 01:15 PM
That'll work. It's a great place to kill some time. My kids will climb on their boats for hours if I let em'. If you're like me and into fishing as well it will cost you a $100 bill just to walk in the door.

Frog48
April 7, 2009, 01:49 PM
Bass Pro is great for fishing tackle and hunting clothing, but their gun selection is mediocre at best, and usually quite overpriced.

MADDOG
April 7, 2009, 02:59 PM
There is an old type gun shop just east of downtown Dallas. Ray's Hardware. It is on Singleton Blvd. It is a very interesting place to visit. One caution though--he does charge full retail. The address is----730 Singleton Blvd----Phone-214-747-7916.

Davandron
April 7, 2009, 04:04 PM
Not sure there are any "texas-sized" places, but if you've never been to Bass Pro or Cabelas both can be an interesting experience and fun time sinks. Bass Pro has an indoor handgun range.

Another interesting place is the CheaperThanDirt (http://www.cheaperthandirt.com) store which is in north Fort Worth (I'm almost positive they will work with out of state people). They have lots of black-rifles on the wall to touch and shoulder, plus you can buy in person a bunch of the stuff in their catalog at the order window. The store is located near I-35W & I-820N.

Finally, if you're interested in sporting clays, Elm Fork (http://www.elmfork.com/shotgun.html) just east of DFW has some 100-target courses and rents shotguns (however I've never shot either course).

Hawk
April 7, 2009, 04:57 PM
If someone is visiting Dallas and wants to see stuff at MSRP, with MSRP's in the upper stratosphere, and still like it, he need go no farther than the Beretta Gallery in Highlland Park Village.

Last time I was there they had a piece of lumber marked at around 7,000.00. I'm sure it made a fine stock. There are only 6 Beretta Galleries in the world: NY, Dallas, Buenos Aires, Paris, Milan and London. Coming from Ohio, we're the best bet.
;)

There is an old type gun shop just east of downtown Dallas. Ray's Hardware. It is on Singleton Blvd. It is a very interesting place to visit. One caution though--he does charge full retail.
I haven't found that to be the case but I'm mostly buying older S&W which they're competitive on and they discounted my Beretta O/U pretty well.

It is old-timey. It's "Ray's Hardware and Sporting Goods" and they still have a selection of power tools and sundry. I did pay MSRP for a drill motor as I recall.

cgs500
April 7, 2009, 05:26 PM
I'm sitting in the Bass Pro lot...not to impressed. They had UMC 200 rd packs of .223 for $120.00 (ouch). a set of Lyman .308 dies that had a bent de-capper pin. Not much in the way of stuff I was interested in. I think I'll head over to the CTD at the 820/35W interchange, they're open til 8:00.

Thanks!

Greybeard
April 7, 2009, 06:06 PM
Bachman Pawn and Gun on Northwest Hwy. in Dallas has some decent inventory and some of the best "store" pricing around these parts, especially on handguns and boxes (of 50) defensive ammo. Best time to go is around 10 a.m. - while the crack heads of the area and ladies of the night are sleeping things off.

Flash!
April 7, 2009, 08:31 PM
+1 on Bachman..... they are actually a big wholesaler too....

Tman
April 7, 2009, 08:32 PM
cgs500: hey, you should stay until at least saturday when they have the Big Town gunshow in Mesquite. Also, bachman's pawn has good prices (I've purchased a couple HK's and a rifle from them).

Acera
April 8, 2009, 12:36 PM
Last time I was there they had a piece of lumber marked at around 7,000.00

That was probably a lower end priced gun.


I second the Beretta Gallery in Highland Park (near SMU).

I was there two weeks ago, and spent some quality time looking at stuff you don't see often. Easy to spend $75,000 on a shotgun in there, a few go for over $100,000. Think of it as an art gallery, of guns. Last year they had a diamond set 92FS that had a price tag of $470,000! With over 90 carets, probably not a good carry gun, LOL.

Plus with the economic down turn, they aren't too many buyers and they have time to talk. Plenty of staff in the store that know their stuff.

dogtown tom
April 8, 2009, 01:06 PM
The Beretta Gallery is the only "gun store" I've been where the staff wear suits. :eek:

Hawk
April 8, 2009, 01:10 PM
That was probably a lower end priced gun.

Ah. I was unclear. It was a piece of wood - no gun attached. Nice looking stock blank though.

Acera
April 8, 2009, 01:25 PM
Ok Hawk, I remember seeing the blanks now, just did not price one. But nice wood on anything in that store will set you back some serious change.

Hawk
April 8, 2009, 01:53 PM
I note that the handy-dandy Mapquest gives 5 miles and 12 minutes separating Bachman Pawn from the Beretta Gallery.

I would be a pity to come all the way from Ohio to see one and not the other, enh?

http://www.berettagallery.com/index.aspx?m=53&did=356

;)

LeonCarr
April 8, 2009, 01:55 PM
Bachman's is good until they insult your best friend and cuss him out for talking on a cell phone in their store.

They will never see a dime from me. Ever.

Hawk
April 8, 2009, 02:00 PM
Well, Bachman's is separated from the Beretta Gallery by one hell of lot more than just 5 miles and 12 minutes.

But there's no need for me to pile on.
I've already deposited some snark in one of the "pawnshop" threads.

Oops! It was another forum.

I've heard rumors of a pawnshop in Dallas so special and unique that they actually sell stuff for decent prices. However my one expedition to the place was memorable. You're shuffled into an annex to a normal pawn shop, rounded up into what passes for a cattle chute and shouted at by several individuals of indeterminate function in a manner reminiscent of a Monty Python sketch:
Q: WHAT DO YOU WANT?
M: Well, I was told outside that...
Q: Don't give me that, you snotty-faced heap of parrot droppings!
M: What?
Q: Shut your festering gob, you tit! Your type really makes me puke, you vacuous, coffee-nosed, maloderous, pervert!!!
...

The memory cuts off at that point as I have claustrophobia and bolted from the place. Hence my memories may not be accurate - no offense intended.

Bachman's?

It would almost seem I'm the friend you're referring to - we don't know each other, right?

cgs500
April 9, 2009, 09:43 AM
I think I'll check out Bachmans today. I won't be able to over there until 1:00'ish, how bad is the area is it located? I'll have to check out Beretta Gallery also.

Davandron
April 17, 2009, 12:18 AM
So how was the trip?

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