Buds Gun Shop, Online purchases


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Big Bad Bob
March 7, 2011, 11:14 AM
Anyone have good or bad experience with these guys.

I am looking at getting an M1A Loaded for my post-deployment gift, and they have the best price i have found online.

Thanks for the the help

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yeti
March 7, 2011, 12:20 PM
I have never had any problems dealing with Bud's, though I do understand, some people, have had a hard time getting through to them by phone. (only time I called with a question it was answered promptly, both phone and question)

randytrapper
March 7, 2011, 12:28 PM
I just bought from them, they where very good to me!
They received my payment on the 22nd and my local FFL had the gun at 10:am on the 25th. Can't ask for anything more! I sent a postal money order to take advantage of the cash pricing.

jbr
March 7, 2011, 12:30 PM
i remember reading some post (i think on this forum) about getting guns "other than described" and guns that looked used etc... - might try searching for old post

derek45
March 7, 2011, 12:48 PM
I've bought some rifles from them, including an M1A

Good service, although, last itme, it took about 5 days before it shipped.

I'll order again

Davek1977
March 7, 2011, 12:59 PM
I'd have absolutely no issue ordering from Bud's again. Service is fast and inexpensive. As for the idea they ship guns "other than as described".....never heard of that myself, and personally don't think they'd be the TOP online gun dealer if they made a habit of sending out firearms other than what was ordered

BP Hunter
March 7, 2011, 01:49 PM
I have purcahsed at least 5 firearms from them for for the past 2 years. I have been VERY happy with their servies. They routinely email you their process form approved of financing to shipping. For handguns, if you place an order before the end of the day, it will get to you in 2 business days. I placed an order for a Sig PRo last Monday late afternoon, and I picked it up Thursday. Long guns will take up to a week to have it delivered. Otherwise, I would order from them again.

I am hoping to get an M1A1 also but not till next year.

BeerSleeper
March 7, 2011, 01:54 PM
The gun I ordered from them arrived pretty promptly (2-3 days, IIRC). However, I did not get the email with the tracking number, nor did the tracking number show up in my online order info, until 2 days after the gun had arrived. It was no big deal, the receiving FFL called me immediately when it arrived, but I would have liked to have had the tracking info sooner.

I'm willing to write that one off as a hiccup in the order system, and will order from them again, but I will hope the tracking number is more punctual next time.

Hanzo581
March 7, 2011, 01:58 PM
Great prices usually fast shipping. They are great in my book.

txhoghunter
March 7, 2011, 02:05 PM
In my experiences they have been a pleasure to work with, I highly doubt you will be disappointed

txhoghunter
March 7, 2011, 02:08 PM
i remember reading some post (i think on this forum) about getting guns "other than described" and guns that looked used etc...

Underneath all of their pictures it says, "*Please Note!! Many of our pictures are stock photo's provided to us by the manufacturer and do not necessarily represent the actual item being purchased. Please verify this picture accurately reflects the product described by the title and description on this page before you place your order."

99% of the time the pictures are exactly what you are ordering, but just make sure by doing a google search of something. I don't blame Bud's for people who don't double check what they are ordering and then complain.

Uteridge
March 7, 2011, 02:09 PM
Bud's is excellent but since this is a "post-deployment gift" (I think we all do those) then you should go through Bud's Police Supply since you rate the Law Enforcement pricing on firearms as a member of the military.

I have bought from Bud's Police Supply online several times and they are excellent to work with. The only thing is that you must send in your credentials so they can verify that you are in the military. If you send a check instead of paying with a card it probably takes about two weeks to get your firearm to your dealer.

Frankl03
March 7, 2011, 02:17 PM
Have purchased from them several times. Great company! I would not hesitate doing business with Buds Gun Shop!

cheygriz
March 7, 2011, 05:29 PM
Good folks!:)

Dr Dave
March 7, 2011, 05:39 PM
They are good folks but, as above, check what you're ordering against the photo. I specifically ordered a firearm based on the photo and it was not of what I ordered - they added the disclaimer shortly thereafter.

CoRoMo
March 7, 2011, 06:00 PM
...an M1A Loaded for my post-deployment gift...
Since you have military credentials, order from their sister site... www.BudsPoliceSupply.com
You'll save even more on that Loaded M1A. :evil:
http://www.budspolicesupply.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/3_12/products_id/298

tackstrp
March 7, 2011, 06:07 PM
read the fine print. what you see in pictures may not be what you ordered. If want to cancel because they cant tell you for sure what you ordered is a 25% penalty. will i buy anything from them again . never in this life time very bad experience

kilo729
March 7, 2011, 06:18 PM
Looking at some of the comments they've left on gunbroker makes me not want to do business with them..

Zzyzxx
March 7, 2011, 06:25 PM
Bought a Rifle and Pistol through them while overseas.
They were waiting for me when I got home.
If you get lucky at a gun show, you may be able to find it a little less expensive, but I am not going to quibble for a few cents less.
Good service. Usually have what I am looking for.
Good service, fair prices, and after visiting thier new "warehouse" store, I am a happy customer.
I will say this You may not always get the "best price" but it will be a fair price and one of the most reasonable prices around. The money I might have saved somewhere else I would have only spent of fuel.

FROGO207
March 7, 2011, 07:06 PM
I have purchased several firearms from them in the past few years. All GOOD interactions both price and product. They deal in volume so are sometimes slow to respond to an individual question but always did answer mine. As far as problems, there are always going to be problems, but with the volume of sales they handle IMHO they are good to go. Be aware when you can't touch the product it is always buyer beware however. Just ask for pictures of the ACTUAL product being sold. This advice is for ALL long distance transactions before committing to ANY purchase.

Sky
March 7, 2011, 07:15 PM
Many retailers hate them because they sell stuff cheaper than the retailer can buy the product for. I saved another ??% once just because I called them and asked a question about a product. Buy the time I got off the phone there was a discount coupon in my email. I would not hesitate buying from them.

Average Joe
March 7, 2011, 07:53 PM
Great service, bought a handgun, they shipped it free overnight. A+ in my book.

FC
March 7, 2011, 08:01 PM
I've bought a few things from them with my only complaint being that they sometimes take their time on shipping

InkEd
March 7, 2011, 09:51 PM
Never bought a gun from them. My LGS has almost always met or beat their prices. However, I did buy some magazines and a Ka-Bar from them at Christmas. No complaints.

prickett
March 7, 2011, 09:51 PM
I recently bought a gun from them and would do it again...
but, their prices are a cash price, so, I paid with a check. It took 3 days for the check to be received, then they wait 5 full days to allow it to clear. Then, they waited another 3 days to ship it (and it WASN'T shipped overnight like I thought they had to be). So, good price, but a lengthy wait (just about 2 full weeks).

BENBRU
March 7, 2011, 10:28 PM
Have had pleasant experiences with them in the past but as of recent (two days ago) I inquired about a p229 in 357sig. I just wanted to know what the budspolicesupply price would be and if they had ANY notion of when they would have them in stock... got a "we're out of stock" response. I said, "thanks I could tell that from the website. If you'll review my last question I asked...." got a response about how they didn't renew the Sig IOP program for 2011. Well I guess they just lost my business for that one.

As with anything on the web make sure you know what you're getting. Pictures are often wrong on their website, and some items will show out of stock and you continue looking and you find the same item in-stock with a different title.

Good prices, but they need to purge the junk and duplicates out of their online catalog.

frankge
March 8, 2011, 12:33 AM
just bought a remmy 1100 tac4 from them - 2nd purchase and zero issues

Big Bad Bob
March 8, 2011, 07:01 AM
thanks guys! i still have some time, but i am starting to shop around.

I will be hitting the guns shows and my local shops when i get home.

Definitely gonna keep an eye on the Police Supply site.

Thanks again

chicharrones
March 8, 2011, 07:44 AM
I recently bought a gun from them and would do it again...
but, their prices are a cash price . . . So, good price, but a lengthy wait (just about 2 full weeks).

Yep, it can take time. I got exactly what I ordered and Bud's price made me pretty satisfied with my purchase. :cool:

FTG-05
March 8, 2011, 08:25 AM
"Looking at some of the comments they've left on gunbroker makes me not want to do business with them."

Link? What kind of comments?

Anyone know how to get a gift card without having to call them?

Thanks,

CoRoMo
March 8, 2011, 10:30 AM
My LGS has almost always met or beat their prices.
Wow! That LGS is worth their weight in gold. I've never come across ANY dealer willing to do that. I'm lucky that I don't get thrown out the door when I mention Bud's in a gun shop. So many dealers absolutely hate them. But the vast majority of customers love them, and that's what matters I suppose.

simonm2211
March 8, 2011, 07:56 PM
I have bought 4 guns from them (2 are arriving at my FFL tomorrow and Thursday). They are trustworthy and cheap. They are kind of slow to ship at the moment; expect 4-7 business days. Communication can be a little slow or difficult if you are just wanting them to hurry up, but for me, the discount is worth the wait. They did seem more responsive when I dealt with an individual direct on line, rather than just ordered from the online catalog.

skoro
March 8, 2011, 08:16 PM
Anyone have good or bad experience with these guys.

I've made several firearms purchases from Bud's over the past three years. Good prices, quick delivery. I have nothing but good things to say about them.

Guns and more
March 8, 2011, 08:20 PM
I've bought two firearms from them recently and you can't beat them. (If they have what you want)

jhansman
March 8, 2011, 11:17 PM
I've bought several guns from Bud's. Probably the best bottom-line prices online, and they use 2nd Day shipping. My last purchase took five days from order to arrival at my FFL here on the left coast. Recommended!

KAK
March 8, 2011, 11:28 PM
Great experience and great prices. They are hard to get a hold of though if you have a question. I hate getting treated like **** from the FFL though. I bought a bitone sig p226 from buds for 700 bucks after this SIG DEALER said they could get me the same one for 1100. Plus I would have to pay sales tax too. I feel bad for local dealers.

tobyjones
March 9, 2011, 02:44 AM
Still waiting for my first order. I ordered on Feb. 22. Went to shipping Department Feb 28th. I still don't have a tracking number. Online chat told me to call the shop. Called the number I was given and an automated system instructed me to contact them via their website. I did that yesterday March 7th and haven't heard back yet (less than 24 hours so I'm not holding it against them)

Glad to see that mine is the only comment that is less than stellar because I am really looking forward to getting my order.

WC145
March 9, 2011, 06:01 AM
I buy from Bud's and have never had a problem.
As far as their shipping goes, long guns generally take longer than handguns but remember that you don't pay extra for shipping. That could be an extra $30-$50 or more depending on who you're buying from. A little patience goes a long way.

Bubbles
March 9, 2011, 07:48 AM
Still waiting for my first order. I ordered on Feb. 22. Went to shipping Department Feb 28th. I still don't have a tracking number. Online chat told me to call the shop. Called the number I was given and an automated system instructed me to contact them via their website. I did that yesterday March 7th and haven't heard back yet (less than 24 hours so I'm not holding it against them)
Bear in mind Bud's does a lot of drop-shipping from other distributors. So, if the gun isn't in stock at the distributor and Bud's web site hasn't been updated with that information, you end up waiting.

strmday
March 9, 2011, 09:32 AM
I have made a couple of purchases from Buds and the prices have been very good. It can take them a week to ship. I also traded a gun towards a purchase and received what I thought was a very fair price. I would rather buy locally but shops around me are generally 20% or higher on price. When they can get within 5-10%, I buy local.

Prion
March 9, 2011, 09:39 AM
As mentioned before, make sure you check Buds listed model # against the manufacturers model # that you want as their pics don't always match.

Also, inspect the gun thoroughly before doing the ffl transfer so you can return it free of charge if it is damaged or not what you wanted. Accept it, it's yours.

FTG-05
March 9, 2011, 09:58 AM
Bud's Ordering/Purchasing question:

I want to get the cash discount price and pay with either a check or money order (probably MO). When I go through the "buy now" button and go through the buying process, does it give you the option of sending in the MO or check in the process? I *assume* yes otherwise how would know what to make the check for?

I don't want to actually do it yet since I'm not ready to actually order.

Please advise.

Thanks,

CoRoMo
March 9, 2011, 10:43 AM
I want to get the cash discount price and pay with either a check or money order (probably MO).
Call in your order. That's how I've done all of mine. In fact, I was able to haggle them down another $10 once. Don't expect that though. That was long ago when they were almost unknown.

xiuxiu1313
March 9, 2011, 10:50 AM
I have purchased a bunch from them. No issues. Everything was as described and arrived quickly.

CZguy
March 9, 2011, 12:30 PM
Call in your order. That's how I've done all of mine. In fact, I was able to haggle them down another $10 once. Don't expect that though. That was long ago when they were almost unknown.

My Turkish rug merchant Yuri, would be proud of you. :D

Midwest Doc
March 9, 2011, 04:27 PM
I recently purchased a gun from Bud's. Fair price, fast delivery. I'll buy from them again.

Guns and more
March 9, 2011, 09:03 PM
I should add, (I hope they are reading) that the web site can be frustrating.
Let's say you are looking for a Sig 225. (as I am) So you go to Bud's web site and look under Sig/Sauer. There are 10 pages of guns in no particular order with 50 guns per page.
So, you do a search.......put in Sig 225, and find everything that doesn't make sense.
Glock 19's, S&W's, I still have no idea what the search feature looks for. It sure isn't what I put in.

But if you find what you want......go for it.

wrs840
March 9, 2011, 09:09 PM
There are 10 pages of guns in no particular order with 50 guns per page...

You can click on the headers to sort them. I usually sort by "caliber" once I get to the category I want by going to "handguns", then in your example, "Sig/Sauer", then choose if they have subcategories like "revolvers', "autos", etc.

I have no complaints with Buds.

Hanzo581
March 9, 2011, 09:12 PM
I recently bought a gun from them and would do it again...
but, their prices are a cash price, so, I paid with a check. It took 3 days for the check to be received, then they wait 5 full days to allow it to clear. Then, they waited another 3 days to ship it (and it WASN'T shipped overnight like I thought they had to be). So, good price, but a lengthy wait (just about 2 full weeks).

What's a check?

:p

FTG-05
March 9, 2011, 10:05 PM
That's the problem I may have: I don't know where I left my checkbook....

1max2nv
March 10, 2011, 12:34 PM
The best stuff to get from Buds are the hot selling items and the price drop items. Those are distributors blowing out their excessive stock or soon to be discontinued model numbers. These get process the same day and ship out via 2 days UPS Air. I placed an order for a Sig P229R yesterday on 03/09. It's due at my FFL on Friday 03/11. Total of 2 days.

carbuncle
March 10, 2011, 01:30 PM
I bought from them for the first time last month, no problems and a great price. Will be doing business with them again, for sure.

Guns and more
March 10, 2011, 10:51 PM
Quote:
There are 10 pages of guns in no particular order with 50 guns per page...
You can click on the headers to sort them. I usually sort by "caliber" once I get to the category I want by going to "handguns", then in your example, "Sig/Sauer", then choose if they have subcategories like "revolvers', "autos", etc.

I have no complaints with Buds.
I see what you're saying about sorting by caliber, it does help. Thanks for the tip.
But why can't I use the "search"? I put in sig 225, and get Glock 19, NAA .22 derringer, etc. things that don't even have sig or 225 in them.

Bud's! Help a customer. Improve the web site function.

45crittergitter
March 16, 2011, 09:24 PM
I recently purchased from them for the first time, and everything went perfectly, including their automated email updates about my order.

Dstoerm
March 16, 2011, 09:30 PM
I have purchased firearms from Buds - no problems, no complaints from me. I got what I wanted at a good price.

The reason I went to Buds was because I could not find what I wanted locally, and Buds had what I wanted. My local gun dealer could not even order the same firearm with an expected arrival date or price.

If you know what you want, the best way I have found to find it on Buds website is to search by exact model number. That way you cut right to it and get the right thing.

Buds is just fine by me.

-D

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