Visiting Austin Tx - Gun Stores?


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withoutink
March 1, 2011, 06:00 PM
Hi, Im visiting Austin, TX and wanted to see if there are any "must visit" gun shops / gun shows in and around the area?

Also, if you have any must go - dinning / sightseeing recommendations feel free to share =)

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tuckerdog1
March 1, 2011, 06:11 PM
A bit pricey, but a good shop to browse in.

http://www.mcbridesguns.com/

Tuckerdog1

Nico Testosteros
March 1, 2011, 06:43 PM
I second McBride's and will add TexGuns in South Austin.

lvalmont
March 1, 2011, 06:45 PM
McBrides: Knowledgeable sales staff, well stocked, warm deals on used firearms.

GT Distributor: Police supply store, great place for "tactical" gear, "assault" guns, and fair to great prices on firearms.

Cabela's: Worth mentioning if you've never been.

Salt Lick: One of the best BBQ joints around town.

The next big gun show isn't til May, and the small ones in South Austin only have something like 40 tables.

Sgt.Murtaugh
March 1, 2011, 06:47 PM
McBrides, FOR THE WIN!!!

DrDragon
March 1, 2011, 07:44 PM
MMMMMmmmmmm Salt Lick, some of the best BBQ in TEXAS!

db_tanker
March 1, 2011, 08:33 PM
2nd on the Salt Lick. Best BBQ I have ever tasted.

Also for a good breakfast go check out Austin Tamale House. VERY good breakfast taco's...

As for gun shops...stay away from Sportsmans Finest...they are a bit too proud of their wares and when I was in there I tried to get some info on a particular firearm and was literally ignored...figured that he didn't need my cash.

Cabela's is a great place...

Storied Firearms looks like it might be interesting for a visit...hasn't opened yet as its website shows a May 1 grand opening...so they might be opened already...

Wedge
March 1, 2011, 09:06 PM
McBrides, GT Distributors, Red's (north and south stores also have ranges), Cabelas is fun

El Chilito, get the puffy tacos.
Rudy's BBQ - yes, it is a gas station, yes the BBQ is incredible! Good breakfast tacos too.
Juan in a Million - migas are good (other food is so-so), but there has been a sink hole issue in the area
Trudy's - Mexican Martini gold standard
Vivo - pricey and tasty, also decent mexican martini
Chuy's - good tex mex!
Conan's - deep dish pizza in north/central Austin
Sulivans or 3 Forks - great steak, very pricy
Uchi - Sushi, very pricey
Home slice - great pizza
North by Northwest - overpriced food, good microbrews

PM me if you need details

joeq
March 1, 2011, 09:35 PM
Mcbrides is by far my favorite in Austin. I do like ammo shopping at Cabelas though.

tarosean
March 1, 2011, 10:33 PM
Yikes... Someone suggested Rudy's BBQ???

Wedge
March 1, 2011, 10:56 PM
Yes. Rudy's is fine. The ones in Austin that I have been to are great. Meat is tender and juicy, creamed corn is tasty, new potatoes are buttery and the beans are great. And great breakfast tacos.

AlexanderA
March 1, 2011, 11:16 PM
McBride's is where I bought my first handgun back in 1967, a Colt commercial 1911A1 with a Remington-Rand slide and target sights. Old McBride started his business in an ordinary house on North Lamar St. and just kept adding to it.

tarosean
March 1, 2011, 11:24 PM
Well I personally think Rudys is crap, far better ma and pa places around Austin.

yhtomit
March 1, 2011, 11:53 PM
That's where I bought my 2d-ever pistol, a used Browning BDM; they were pleasant to deal with.

You've gotten lots of good eating advice, too -- I will keep checking this thread in part to read it more carefully ;) Salt Lick is good, it's true, but after several visits I must say it's lost a bit of its sheen to me -- last time there, it wasn't bad (by any means), but it wasn't as outstanding as I'd come to expect. Not trying to sour-grape, but don't go in expecting heaven. Do go in expecting BBQ at least decent and at best outstanding. That's all. And in-town, I suggest Green Mesquite over Rudy's, Trudy's, The Backyard, etc. Hard to go too wrong, though.

From where are you visiting? Austin is a great city -- I've lived there, and plan to move back next year.

timothy

zeos
March 1, 2011, 11:53 PM
drive to houston, goto collector's firearms. bring lots of money and bibs to catch drool.

XM855
March 2, 2011, 03:47 AM
McBrides: Knowledgeable sales staff, well stocked, warm deals on used firearms.

GT Distributor: Police supply store, great place for "tactical" gear, "assault" guns, and fair to great prices on firearms.

Cabela's: Worth mentioning if you've never been.

Salt Lick: One of the best BBQ joints around town.

The next big gun show isn't til May, and the small ones in South Austin only have something like 40 tables.
Knows his stuff. Totally agree. I find that Cabela's has better prices than McBride's by a few bucks in most things.

Also, if you're going to pass through South Austin/San Marcos area I passed a place called The Bunker Gun Store that may be worth checking out. I didn't have time to go in, so can't say for sure.

withoutink
March 2, 2011, 05:57 AM
Wow, I hadn't expected so many recommendations.

Ill be attending a conference at The Norris Executive Conf Center - 2525 West Anderson Lane Austin, TX 78757

This sunday will be a free day in austin, conf starts Monday Morning. So sunday will be the best day for me to go running around like a mad man. Mon - Wed is the conference and then Thu I head back home.

Thanks for all the recommendations, if you have more let me know =)

kyletx1911
March 2, 2011, 06:50 AM
i vote tex guns got my rock in nickel there cool people

shimmysham
March 2, 2011, 07:42 AM
I really like The Iron Cactus located downtown for some "classier" Tex-Mex. I LOVE their fish tacos. It's really nice to sit outside on the roof & look at downtown Austin if the weather is pleasant.
As far as shops go, I'd be wary of Heritage Firearms. The guys running the shop are cool if you catch them on a good day, but prices are a bit on the high side. GT is nice.

tuckerdog1
March 2, 2011, 09:15 AM
Conan's - deep dish pizza in north/central Austin


Oh man, haven't been there since they were near UT. Are they still as good? If so, I gotta go.

Tuckerdog1

Wedge
March 2, 2011, 09:42 AM
Well I personally think Rudys is crap, far better ma and pa places around Austin.

Where do you recommend that he goes?

Oh man, haven't been there since they were near UT. Are they still as good? If so, I gotta go.

Yes, Conan's is still good. withoutink, since you are going to be on West Anderson Lane, that is actually right across the street from Conan's.

Other good places right there. Madam mams (Thai), Alamo Drafthouse (movie theater that serves food and beer), Trudy's is just up the road on Burnet. If you wanted to try Rudy's go north on Mopac, north on 183, get off at Duval, hang a U-turn onto the Southbound frontage road and pull in about a 1/4 mile down.

Good beer/bar in the area, head over to Flying Saucer in the triangle (Lamar/Guadalupe), it is also very close to where you are staying.

It is too bad that Sunday is your Free day, GT is closed on Sunday and it is just up Burnet as well. If you can get to GT before 6pm on Monday then you could check them out. For a one day free day, McBride's will be your best bet.

tarosean
March 2, 2011, 11:06 AM
Where do you recommend that he goes?

Smitty's in Lockhart is definitely worth the quick ride.

lvalmont
March 2, 2011, 11:43 AM
No offense to the nice fellows at Tex-Guns (they really are very warm and friendly people), but if you've only got one day, definitely skip that place. My master bedroom is bigger than that whole store.

Can anyone chime in regarding McBrides being open on Sunday? For some reason I've never been there on a Sunday.

Nico Testosteros
March 2, 2011, 01:19 PM
I've been boycotting the Salt Lick since the owner got his state legislator to get a bill passed to establish an added sales tax district including the Salt Lick to fund the owners private real estate development next door. Totally shady deal. Only the owner of the Salt Lick got to vote in the referendum, which benefitted him.


http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/2009/10/27/1027driftwood.html

GEM
March 2, 2011, 05:19 PM
McBrides is fun but pricey. They also have a coin store. There's a nice upscale gun store on 71 on the West side in the burbs that I forget.

All the stores are pricey as compared to the shows.

As far as McBrides - if you stay on Lamar you can go south to Book People, a great book store and the Whole Foods flagship store which is an eating heaven. They have little stands for good pizza, BBQ, fish, etc. Beside all kinds of fun food stuff to buy.

If you go North from McBride's, there is a good Italian place in the Triangle and Titaya for Thai.

If you are a serious foodies - go to Central Market, also on Lamar and on 43rd and Duval - Antonellis for a gourmet cheese store.

If you go north to Red's to shoot, there is a good Japanese restaurant - Beluga's.

Upscale seafood at McCormick's.

Salt Lick is ok for BBQ also.

Flynt
March 2, 2011, 05:28 PM
McBride's has a huge inventory, but they are pricey. You can sometimes get a decent deal on a used gun by bargaining -- the salesman will have to ask "Mr. McBride" (spoken in reverent, hushed tones) to approve.

As for sightseeing, it depends on what you're interested in. There's a nice big Texas history museum in the government area near the capitol. And the Legislature is in session, if you like circus acts. (You know you're in Texas when the capitol has big signs banning smoking, but if you show a CHL, the troopers wave you right through security -- concealed handguns welcome!)

tazbigdog
March 2, 2011, 10:27 PM
Cabela's has a better selection than McBrides. I would go there.

As far as food, breakfast tacos at Dan's Hamburgers on Lamar is good, the Omlettrey(sp?) is also good for b'fast.

Lunch...County Line BBQ on the lake, Hut's Hamburgers on 6th St., Piranha Killer Sushi by 2nd St. or the Hula Hut on Lake Austin Blvd is good.

Dinner...Chuy's (get there early), Sushi Zushi in the Domain, Ruth Chris Steakhouse on 6th are just a few of the food places.

Have fun!

withoutink
March 5, 2011, 07:56 PM
Thanks for all the recommendations! I added them all to my address book.

Any kick ass places for an amazing texas steak in Austin?

thralldad
March 6, 2011, 10:57 AM
I live near Austin. Are there any Pawn Shops that aren't ridiculous on their prices?? No hijack intended!

GEM
March 6, 2011, 12:26 PM
I think the winner for local steak competition was Ruth Chris which is a laugh as it is a chain - but a high end one.

Eddie V's does steak - pricey.

McBride's does have a touch of the holy gun shrine for the good ol' boys atmosphere - :D

Depends on the clerk you hit. Some are very nice - some are posturing folks. But's fun to browse. Cabela's is fun too, if you can get the time to drive there.

Don't know the pawn shops - the best prices are at the Saxet shows, if you are in town when one hits. Google Saxet.

Shanghai McCoy
March 6, 2011, 02:16 PM
Drive up to Round Rock for a donut while you are in the area...:)

withoutink
March 6, 2011, 05:45 PM
Ended up at Cabela's then I had Smitty's Market BBQ in Lockhart. Damn that place was awesome. Not sure what I'll hit for dinner tonight yet.

yhtomit
March 8, 2011, 08:35 PM
Ha! I had forgotten the name, but Yep (echoing GEM), it was a Saxet show in Austin where I bought my first pistol (and one I'm glad I started with -- Ruger 22/45).

Re: Steak -- sadly, a long-time favorite steak place there went out of business several years ago. Dan McLusky's on 6th Street was fantastic.

timothy

DataMonkey
March 8, 2011, 08:57 PM
If you have time for a bit of a drive, check out LaRue Tactical.

For an awesome steak check out III Forks www.iiiforks.com

Enjoy your visit to our great state.

hso
March 8, 2011, 09:11 PM
Ok, I'll be the kill joy.

We're not a food and travel forum so let's keep focused on firearms instead of the fried chicken.

withoutink
March 9, 2011, 01:15 AM
hit mcbrides today pretty cool place. nice selection of guns and gear. saw some nice show pieces. very busy place considering the size.

had some cz rifles ive been looking at liked what i saw. im going to try and hit another gun shop thurs morning sometime before my flight out.

enjoying my trip, thanks for all the tips.

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