I've purchased from Gander, Cabelas, Bill's, the Frontiersman, J&G [Burnsville] and a wide host of dealers at shows like Madden Enterprises and Riverside Firearms. I've even purchased on-line at Bud's [avoid...] and AimSurplus for odd-duck stuff. Take care with GunsAmerica and especially GunBroker - lots people dumping firearms at high prices. Be sure to calculate an extra $40-$60 for shipping and transfer costs if you order from out-of-state.
J&G = way overpriced and terrible attitude
Gander = overpriced and attitude
Cabelas = middlin to discount prices and pretty good service
Bill's = very overpriced and pretty good service
Frontiersman = good price and excellent service
I like Frontiersman [St Louis Park on Hwy 394 just east of Louisiana], because they tend to carry a lot of used stuff as well as the current production. Any of the local independent shops are happy to order stuff for you. You might find something for $20 cheaper, but I'd rather pay a reasonable price allowing the guy to eat AND get good service rather than roll the dice for rock bottom price. I'm a bit of an impulse buyer, so I'd likely put my money down at most of these places. However, I will never buy from J&G, Gander or Bud's again. If current production, I'd stick to the local independent guys [unless I've got a few hundred in Cabela's points burning a hole in my pocket].
Some people rave about GunStop, that they will show you the wholesale price book and tack an even $50 on top, but I can't verify this from personal experience.
Ford vs. Chevy vs. Dodge - Everyone can likely give you a horror story about any shop. I hope this helps some.
May 4, 2010, 09:08 PM
If the shops you listed wouldn't/couldn't order, it may not be in the supply chain yet. Try -
Al's Gun Shop1597 County Road East E, St Paul, MN 55110-5225(651) 482-8138
Wolf's Den Gun Shop 5554 145th Street North, Hugo, MN
Red Bear Hunting Emporium 1000 N River Dr North Mankato, MN 56003-2216
Ahlman Gun Shop - www.ahlmans.com - 9525 230th Street West Morristown, MN 55052-5020 - (507) 685-4280
May 5, 2010, 12:08 AM
I think it's so new it isn't in the chain yet.
I've had great luck with Gunstop and they found my friend's some Sig's that were a couple of hundred dollars cheaper then anywhere else.
However, they couldn't even find the gun this time.
May 5, 2010, 12:09 AM
If it's not in the supply chain yet and it just came out, when do you think it will be on store shelves?
I know Gunbroker has a few online right now.
May 5, 2010, 12:32 AM
However, I will never buy from J&G, Gander or Bud's again. .
Could you share your bad experience online with Bud's Gun Shop?
I had good luck with them.
No big deal, just curious, and a little surprised.
May 5, 2010, 07:15 PM
Sure - happy to share.
1st and only purchase from Bud's, and I inspect the presumably new Kahr CW40 while the dealer [local range] processes the paperwork. The front sight blade is broken. Still excited about my purchase, I decided to 'man-up' and just order a new blade from the manufacturer. This was my first lesson in give a thorough examination [which I frankly didn't do]. Upon getting it home to strip and lube, the weapon is filthy - obviously had at least 50-100 rounds through it. When I attempted to contact Bud's via email and phone, no response over two weeks. Install new blade, out to the range, and within one magazine the slide locks back after every round. Culprit is a little spring. Kahr replaces for free [nice].
My beef with Bud's is two-fold -
1- It would seem they sold me a used weapon for the price of new, or at least foisted a previous return on me.
2- I never heard back from them, even after weeks of attempts.
I can spend my money lots of places, and these were unacceptable in my mind.
I give big cudo's to Kahr, who sent 2 sight blades when I ordered, and 2 springs with I contacted for warranty work. I then suffered a string of magazine follower failures, which the cheerfully replaced [with extras] every time. Eventually, they offered to inspect the weapon no charge to ensure it was indeed a faulty run of followers [they outsource this part]. They paid shipping both ways. While I expect my new products to work out-of-the-box, I can't fault how Kahr resolved the problems. Been trouble free for a few years now, and love the weapon.
I am glad others have had a more positive experience, but I cannot recommend them.
May 5, 2010, 07:41 PM
I take it that the Kahr was not in it's factory packaging?
Or damaged in shipping?
Some guns are test fired at the factory, Colt ARs for example.
But the lack of communication is inexcusable.
May 5, 2010, 08:24 PM
Talked to all of the companies listed and Wolf's Den was the cheapest by far.
However, Ahlman's said they'd match the price and since I'm going to have Ahlman's cut and crown the gun down to 18" or 16.5", I'd rather have Ahlman's do it all.
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