Has anyone "special ordered" a gun from walmart?


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Guvnor
June 10, 2009, 09:10 AM
Ive been looking for a Marlin 981t (tube fed, bolt action .22lr) but no one seems to have one anywhere around here.

Ive heard that you can special order guns from walmart and have them delivered to the store. If they have the Marlin catalog maybe I can order one...

Do they charge you extra for this service? Has anyone else tried this and was it pleasant enough experience?

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nismofun
June 10, 2009, 09:47 AM
I bought my first rifle from there. From what I can tell, Walmart has some of the best prices around. I was just in there yesterday looking at getting a savage MKIIFV in 17 M2, and it was 30 less than anyone on gunbroker and only 10 more than what I've found on the net.

Once my rifle was in, I just went back to sporting goods, filled out the paperwork like you do for any firearms purchase, and they walked me out. No problems at all.

I know my store has a 50% down policy, and I'm assuming all others do as well. You just have to think of walmart like a long guns only dealership, and they can/will pretty much get you anything any other shops can. In fact, Dicks couldn't even get the savage I want this go around.

Summary--poss 50% down, and go for it if it's what you want.

SaxonPig
June 10, 2009, 10:02 AM
Few gun stores could keep every gun made in stock and most will order what they don't keep in inventory from a distributor. Not sure if Wlamart does this as they generally sell mainstream models in large volume. You can always ask. Some more rural Wlamarts might be more accommodating. I used to live ina tiny town where the Walmart sold bullets, powder and primers for reloading.

Sunray
June 10, 2009, 10:41 AM
Order it through your local gun shop. Guy on another forum bought what he thought was a .300 Win Mag rifle through Wally World and got a .300 Weatherby. Wally World apparently has a no return policy on firearms. No service either.
"...less than anyone on gunbroker..." That's not hard to do.

Iansstud
June 10, 2009, 10:43 AM
Yes, don't do it!!!! I ordered a K10/22T from walmart... from lipseys....

It took over a month to come in, then It took 20 min to find a manager, then it tookover 1hour befor they told me that the Gun people that normally do the background check were gone and to come back the next day.... so I did, and it still took about 2hours....

Never again!

cibach
June 10, 2009, 10:49 AM
I have not ordered one in a long time but I have and had no problems

EAJ
June 10, 2009, 10:56 AM
My local WM will not order a gun unless it's available (in stock) through one of their distributors. There are no extra charges other than the $5 NICS check.

nismofun
June 10, 2009, 11:13 AM
Order it through your local gun shop. Guy on another forum bought what he thought was a .300 Win Mag rifle through Wally World and got a .300 Weatherby. Wally World apparently has a no return policy on firearms. No service either.
"...less than anyone on gunbroker..." That's not hard to do.

I read about that guy (http://thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=455404)...who can't be bothered to make sure he got the right caliber BEFORE he left the counter/store. Not walmart's fault.

As far as the customer service, I didn't have any issues getting what I ordered, and making sure it was what I ordered, and it was in a reasonably timely fashion.

Justin
June 10, 2009, 01:24 PM
*Justin's hand hovers momentarily over the red "Close Thread" button, then moves away.*

Let's keep this one on topic and related to Walmart's service with regard to special-ordering firearms.

maskedman504
June 10, 2009, 01:30 PM
Yes, don't do it!!!! Took a month!

Wow, that fast?

wyocarp
June 10, 2009, 01:44 PM
I bought my first rifle from there. From what I can tell, Walmart has some of the best prices around.

Yes, they have the best prices because they screw everyone they deal with. If you have no morals and don't mind supporting a company that doesn't have any morals, order and buy as much as you can from them. Why not support a local gun store where the prices are reasonable?

dirt_j00
June 10, 2009, 01:49 PM
Looking at special ordering a CZ 452 from Wal-Mart. Called them about it (semi-rural ~30k population town), and they first check their distributor to see if they can get it, and also require 50% up-front. Make sure you talk to the dept. manager, not the counter flunky.

Pricing was about $50 better than the local gun store. Not to mention my mom's employee discount! :D

Al Thompson
June 10, 2009, 02:13 PM
local gun store where the prices are reasonable

Some of us don't have any of those critters handy. :) ;)

Jubjub
June 10, 2009, 02:18 PM
I ordered a Mossberg 500 combo setup from them. 50% deposit, took about a week to arrive, they called and let me know it was in. I went in, they brought my gun out to the counter, opened up the box and let me check it over. Filled out the 4473, paid the other half, not a problem anywhere in the process.

jlg
June 10, 2009, 02:30 PM
If you have a local gun shop that treats you fairly and has decent prices, it's always better to deal with them...keep the small local guy in business.

I prefer to build a relationship with a small gun shop. I generally spend a little more than I would at Wal-Mart but when I want service the local guy is always better than WM.

However, sometimes WM's price is so good that the small guy just can't get anywhere close. I'll pay $30-40 more to the local guy, but not $100-200 more.

On the special order side, while I've never actually placed an order through WM, I have looked through there catalogs and they have access to just about anything from a mainstream manufacturer.

Deckard
June 10, 2009, 02:36 PM
Yes, they have the best prices because they screw everyone they deal with. If you have no morals and don't mind supporting a company that doesn't have any morals, order and buy as much as you can from them. I'm too poor for morals. I just got a 981T from Walmart and do my grocery shopping there too as a matter of fact. That extra $20 saved a trip really helps (more ammo) and besides, this is America since when do we penalize good business?

Todd1700
June 10, 2009, 02:40 PM
I ordered a Tikka T-3 from my local Wal-Mart. Came in a week and cost me 456 bucks compared to the well above 500 dollars most people around here paid for one. Furthermore the local gun store owners here either acted like they couldn't get a Tikka, tried repeatedly to talk me into buying something they already had on the shelf or just in general acted as if I was inconveniencing the hell out of them to request a special order. The people at Wal-Mart just simply said, "yes sir" and ordered the gun. So the myth that you always deal with better people or get better service at a gun store is just that. A myth!

gunlover_06
June 10, 2009, 02:43 PM
Deckard you are dead on always got to be someone who bashes WALMART everytime

woof
June 10, 2009, 02:46 PM
Hang on Justin, I got a question:

There are no longer walmart prices on the web that I can see. Is there anyway to get prices without actually going to the store? If I go to a store, will they let me just browse the whole list or do I have to ask for a price on A then on B etc?

jlg
June 10, 2009, 02:51 PM
As someone that is just starting my own small gun shop...with WM being my biggest competitor...

I don't like the fact that they'll almost always be able to sell the same gun for cheaper then me.

Just means I need to be that much better on the service end, make sure I'm truthful and helpful to my customers and never rip them off.

Capitalism is a wonderful thing, even when it means getting your butt kicked by the bigger guy.

jlg
June 10, 2009, 03:02 PM
Just so nobody misunderstands...I'm all for shopping at WM. It's generally the first place I go when I'm looking for something (food, school supplies, clothes, kitchen stuff...) they have it all and have it cheap and I like to save money whenerver I can.

I've heard that they are rough on their vendors but they can't make you sell to them. If you don't like the price they offer don't sell your stuff through WM. But there's a reason WM can demand such low prices...they will sell a BUNCH of your stuff for you.

With all that being said, I hope the one close to my gun shop goes out of business.:D

Reid73
June 10, 2009, 03:15 PM
I prefer to build a relationship with a small gun shop. I generally spend a little more than I would at Wal-Mart but when I want service the local guy is always better than WM.

However, sometimes WM's price is so good that the small guy just can't get anywhere close. I'll pay $30-40 more to the local guy, but not $100-200 more.You took the words right out of my mouth!

If reasonably possible, I prefer to deal with a dedicated gun store rather than a big box store. The latter are vulnerable to special interest lobbying and are quite capable of getting out of the gun and/or ammunition business in a split second, should their executives decide that it is politically expedient to do so; see e.g. here (http://www.federalobserver.com/archive.php?aid=3075).

The people at Wal-Mart just simply said, "yes sir" and ordered the gun. So the myth that you always deal with better people or get better service at a gun store is just that. A myth! There is some truth to this. While one can usually expect more knowledgeable service from an employee at a dedicated gun store, I have also found that some of them have real attitudes and couldn't care less about customer service. That is very rarely the case at Walmart.

taliv
June 10, 2009, 03:41 PM
i bought one special order. wanted the large loop on a henry 22 lever.

no real problems. no service issues

onegun
June 10, 2009, 03:51 PM
hey woof. You can call and they can pull it up on their computers and tell you over the phone...

As far as small gun stores go, I noticed they are about the same as the larger ones such as cabellas, sportsmans, and bass proshops; however wally world is still 30 bucks cheaper. (which I can spend that 30 towards a scope).

Im in the same boat. I like supporting local shops but the ones ive gone to didn't seem very polite. Im leaning towards cabellas. They will match anyones prices including wallworlds as long as it's in stock.

mickeydim468
June 10, 2009, 07:37 PM
You know I have a love/hate relationship with Wally World just like the next guy, BUT <<<(notice big but) my local Wally's always has a rotating stock of new shotguns/rifles in stock from a bunch of different manufacturers as well as a great big catalog of different rifles to choose from as well. The lady at my Wally's who handles all of the department even though she isn't the manager is VERY knowledgeable in the rifle department including accessories. I am actually jealous of her knowledge. She could keep up with most of the guys on THR. She has been shooting many varieties of rifles since she was 6 and is more knowledgeable than my local gun shop guy! She is even willing to let me bring my rifle into the store so we can fit whatever accessory I need right there so we don't have to try it and bring it back. She will order anything I want... at least anything I have ever asked her for and she will let me sit there and peruse her catalog as long as I want even if I decide not to buy right then and there. She don't care... she gets paid either way. I wish all of the employees there at that store were as good at their job as she is, but, I guess all of our dreams can't come true in the same day! :D

Mikey!

DRYHUMOR
June 10, 2009, 08:16 PM
I've ordered from them before, usually at prices below market. So far so good. But as time goes by they have less and less to choose from, and the prices are nearly regular retail. But still just enough savings to justify going through them.

Only have 2 questionable experiences.

One, I had a Browning T Bolt on order for 6 months, never came in and I cancelled my end of the order. The store left it on their order, as they would just put it in the case when it showed up. I asked one of the guys in sporting goods 3 or 4 months later if it ever came in. Nope.

The other one, was a Marlin lever gun. It came in in just a couple of weeks. It looked like a crew of trunk monkeys handled every part of the way. I refused it, got my money back, and they shipped it back to Marlin for repair.

The stores that continue to sell guns have a special order gun catalog at the sporting goods counter. Just ask to look at it.

A-FIXER
June 19, 2009, 09:50 PM
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Posts: 17 hey woof. You can call and they can pull it up on their computers and tell you over the phone...

As far as small gun stores go, I noticed they are about the same as the larger ones such as cabellas, sportsmans, and bass proshops; however wally world is still 30 bucks cheaper. (which I can spend that 30 towards a scope).

Im in the same boat. I like supporting local shops but the ones ive gone to didn't seem very polite. Im leaning towards cabellas. They will match anyones prices including wallworlds as long as it's in stock.




I'm in the thought I went to the local gun shop 1st and bought a savage mk II
had issues Failure to feed, and FTE tried 3 different bulk ammo and did it on all 3 types the gun shop said we stand behind them so they said to bring it back 10 days later said have had a chance to get to it don't know when they would but the owner of the shop makes you feel like he's doing you a favor that he let you in the door.... that kind of demeanor, and yes it was used and i spent 20.00 more there used than a new at WM but wanted to keep the local shop supported but I don't need the crap that goes with it his 2 sales people are really knowledgeable and always willing to give a person a great opinion on reloading or arms but seem to be unnerved under his rule I just want service-- LIKE THEY WANT ME TO COME BACK. Thats all not like he's doing me a favor by lack of basic treatment not just to me but others as well.... This is what I think so I'll spend my money to a place that is willing to treat me as a customer, not as if my life depended on them

so I put on special order on a marlin 981t said about 4 days on orders and no shipping cost like the gunshop and 10.00 cheaper if I have a problem with it i'll send it back to the mfg....

tubeshooter
June 19, 2009, 09:59 PM
I did a special order once. It was a positive experience. It took awhile to arrive, but I don't consider it WM's fault.


What really compels me to post is that I had problems with the rifle and WM was very good about sending it back to the manufacturer for repair. I've actually had a harder time about such an issue with a local gun shop that theoretically is supposed to provide better service on paper.

punkndisorderly
June 20, 2009, 07:40 AM
I avoid Wal-marts like the plague. Other than ammo, I try not to buy ANYTHING from them. Since they don't ever seem to have any of that nowadays, I haven't bought anything from them in months. The only reason I make an exception for ammo is their hours and it's about the only thing they have that isn't made in China.

Wal Mart almost killed my mom several years ago. They were moving one of those huge shelving units and it fell over on top of my mom. Broke her shoulder and knocked her out briefly. Then they took her in a back room, wouldn't let her sit down, and were trying to get her to sign stuff. Thanks to their team of paid attack dogs and some other things that are too in deapth for this post,she got her medical bills paid and that was it.

gotime242
June 20, 2009, 10:37 AM
I special ordered a marlin 7000 from walmart a long time ago and it went well. Was there in a week or two and had no troubles getting it.

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