Is your local gun store always crowded?


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HOOfan_1
March 25, 2012, 03:10 PM
Seems like every time I go to my local store (the most popular in town anyway) It is always wall to wall humanity. The place is already cramped and I can't believe they comply with the ADA aisle width regulations as it is. I like the place, I like their selection, I like the staff. (I think they need more staff and a bigger building though). Their prices are a little high, although pretty much the same as the Gander Mountain and Bass Pro Shop in the area. However, I've often left there and gone and bought what I want at Gander or Bass Pro instead because I can just walk in and get helped right away. Although lately Gander and Bass Pro, although not crowded seem to be under staffed. I consider myself to be a patient person, but I am not much for being a sardine. This phenomenon was going on before Obama even got elected.

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Hunterdad
March 25, 2012, 03:23 PM
It tends to happen if your the only or best show in town. My LGS is always rocking.

parsimonious_instead
March 25, 2012, 04:14 PM
Shop in Yonkers I go to is almost always packed, but that's probably due in large measure to the small size of the place. The fellow who runs it is a pretty nice guy - very reasonable prices on guns, ammo and transfer fees.

needmorecowbell
March 25, 2012, 04:50 PM
Main one here in Columbus area is always packed. You're usually waiting 10-15 people deep on the weekend to get help. Good store and best prices in town though. I've also noticed a lot more people at the range a go to and more bringing their kids to teach them how to shoot safely.

Flopsweat
March 25, 2012, 04:57 PM
My favorite LGS is way busier than a few years ago. Every store I go to lately has several customers there even in the middle of a weekday. Except for the grumpy guy who's store is out in the middle of nowhere and doesn't stock much.

Ala Dan
March 25, 2012, 06:13 PM
Our shop [Simmons Sporting Goods of Bessemer, AL] seems to maintain a steady
flow of customers; some "tire kicker's" along with some buyers~! :cool: ;) :D

beatledog7
March 25, 2012, 06:39 PM
Not too bad around here through the week, but we have a number of good shops to spread out the crowd. Weekends and gun shows are wall-to-wall bodies though.

zoom6zoom
March 25, 2012, 06:43 PM
HOO, if you go to Greentop during the week it's not as crowded. Go ahead, call in sick.

HOOfan_1
March 25, 2012, 06:47 PM
HOO, if you go to Greentop during the week it's not as crowded. Go ahead, call in sick.

I plan to go tomorrow morning on the way to the range (vacation YAY!)....it was insane today. I thought the gun show would bleed off some of the crowd.

mgregg85
March 25, 2012, 07:00 PM
Mine has been packed every time I go for the past few months. You have to elbow your way to the counter and wait about 20 minutes for service.

Miked7762
March 25, 2012, 07:30 PM
The good ones are. The not so good ones are dying. It seems all the interest from first time buyers is getting the word out about ridiculous prices and "Whatcha doin' in my store, boy?" attitudes from the clerks.

ball3006
March 25, 2012, 08:12 PM
There are so many gun shows around here that I usually don't go to gun stores. The ones I do go to, Cheaper than dirt and Cabela's, are usually crowded....Now that I am retired on fixed income, I don't do much gun stuff buying.....chris3

boogity8k
March 25, 2012, 09:00 PM
My lgs has been in town 1.5 years and already moving
to a newer and bigger building.

3KillerBs
March 25, 2012, 10:04 PM
For the past several years the first thing we've said when we walked in the door has been "Are you giving them away?"

When one store stands above its local competition it gets like that. :D

22-rimfire
March 25, 2012, 10:43 PM
The good gunshops have been busy in my area. I honestly don't understand why people are wanting to buy firearms so much these days??? I can understand the newest offerings being in demand, but it has been crazy of late.

HDCamel
March 25, 2012, 11:00 PM
Not always, but often.

Gtimothy
March 26, 2012, 04:21 PM
My favorite local gun shop probably has 200 sq/ft of showroom and it's packed with merchandise. Throw in 3 or 4 customers and there isn't much room to move. So, I guess you could say it's always crowded! I don't mind it though because they always make me feel welcome, are knowledgeable and glad to help. They have a good selection of weapons but are about 5-10% over on their prices...but are willing to haggle!

av8usn
March 26, 2012, 04:29 PM
In a word, yes. We have a local gun store that competes with two major chains. The parking lot in one of the chains is ALWAYS very sparsely filled. Our local shop, on the other hand, is doing a "land office" business.

lowerunit411
March 26, 2012, 04:45 PM
greentop is so small and the isles so narrow its a waste of time to try and actually look at anything there most of the time. i slip in there at 1 or 2 on a tuesday if i can, and can actually handle the guns and shop. the isles are crazy narrow and its hard to handle a long gun, get it back in the rack without bashing the opposite rack...

sawdeanz
March 26, 2012, 04:51 PM
It depends on the time, bought my gun on a Tuesday and there was maybe one or two other customers there, came back Saturday to pick it up and I was there for at least 45 minutes before my background check (he was doing like 5 at the same time) and other purchases were completed. This was the day of the gun show too, apparently there was a line 1000 deep just waiting to just into the show.
The other store I go to is also busier in the evenings and weekends, but they recently merged their showroom and range into one for some reason, doesn't seem like they can display as many guns as before.

soloban
March 26, 2012, 04:56 PM
God yes!! Larry's Pistol and Pawn in Huntsville AL. Tiny store with little to no room for customers to walk. Great selection, great prices, great staff. Horrible layout and parking. Larry if you're reading this you need a bigger location!!

General Tso
March 26, 2012, 05:09 PM
Yes.

loose noose
March 26, 2012, 05:21 PM
Off and on, ya never know when business is going to pick-up, but when it does it gets down right crowded in there. The owner plans on opening another down the road.;)

12131
March 26, 2012, 05:24 PM
No gun store is ever "always" crowded.

lowerunit411
March 26, 2012, 06:39 PM
how do you know?

Beentown
March 26, 2012, 07:01 PM
Main one here in Columbus area is always packed. You're usually waiting 10-15 people deep on the weekend to get help. Good store and best prices in town though. I've also noticed a lot more people at the range a go to and more bringing their kids to teach them how to shoot safely.

If you are speaking of Vances...

I haven't been there and not had at least 25 ahead of me. Including Tuesday, middle of the day shops. I buy at least 6-8 a year there a month and their volume is crazy. But they do give us good price also. When I see what they charge compared to the rest of the Nation I am happy.

Fishslayer
March 27, 2012, 12:27 AM
how do you know?

Ummm.... cause there aren't many 24/7 gun stores?:evil:

Probably the busiest "gun store" (leaving out the Turner's, etc) I go to is Duncan's in San Marcos. Generally they are slow till noon on weekdays. It's usually been a circus when I go there on weekends and usually busy when I go there weekday afternoons.

Hey! It's a gun store! I LIKE hangin' out there!:D I try to not be in a hurry when I go to any gun store.

pockets
March 27, 2012, 06:42 AM
Yep, Vance's is always busy. But at least they do have the 'take a number' system. Which can also be unfortunate....as more than a few times, I have watched a used gun I was waiting to buy be sold to someone with a lower number than I had. But hey, they have a huge selection, so there is always something of interest. And their staff is usually very patient, I've never felt rushed to buy over the past few decades.
If I want to be even more relaxed there, I arrive when they open on a Saturday morning and beat the masses.

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atomd
March 27, 2012, 07:53 AM
The local shops around here aren't too busy. You might have to be the 2nd or 3rd guy in line to get someone to help you but you never have to wait very long. Cabelas on the other hand....they have a "take a number" system and sometimes they literally are into triple digits. A friend of mine went there to pick up a gun and had to wait almost 2 hours.

People can be really rude about it too...cutting in front of people....going to the counter for help when someone else's number is called, etc. I went to buy something they had on special and a kid in line in front of me had the number right before mine. He had 3 friends with him. He asked to look at about 9 different pistols and each time he was done checking it out, each one of his friends would spend a minute or 2 handling the pistol before handing it back. I don't make it a normal practice to buy guns from them anymore but sometimes I have gift cards and things to spend there so I do anyways.

alsaqr
March 27, 2012, 07:59 AM
Lawton is the third largest city in OK. We don't have a local gun store. There are several rip-off pawn dealers who have FFLs.

Nearest gun stores in Duncan, over 35 miles away. The guys prices are sky high and i won't buy from him. My guns come from a pawn dealer in another town: His price +$40.

Sav .250
March 27, 2012, 09:29 AM
If it is (crowded) .........The crowd is mostly guys just hanging around.
Seems like "social" hour is all day long. :)

Hokkmike
March 27, 2012, 09:35 AM
My LGS has very good prices. They will try to sell you what is in stock before ordering. They specialize in lower end economy firearms but you can order the more expensive stuff. The store is very politically active. Prices for trade-ins are bad. (I do that elsewhere) It is a small shop with a good volume. I am known personally (by name) and treated very well. While it is never crowded there is a constant flow in and out of people. I am told that the sale of firearms in gerneral, and hand guns in particular, is BRISK......

mdauben
March 27, 2012, 10:31 AM
Larry's in Huntsville is like that. Great selection, good prices, generally friendly staff and wall-to-wall customers just about any time I've been in there.

Searcher4851
March 27, 2012, 02:00 PM
The two I frequent most are usually busy. Both are small. privately owned. (not chains) Both have plenty of knowledgeable help, reasonable prices, and a friendly atmosphere. (the atmoshpere leads to a lot of jawing, hence there's always people there) Listening in on the talk can provide a wealth of information in itself. It's almost like THR, but without the search function. The third shop I frequent is newer, a little pricier, but is the only one well stocked with reloading components. Once word gets out about them, it'll be busy there as well, since their most reasonble prices are ON the reloading stuff.

HOOfan_1
March 27, 2012, 06:57 PM
greentop is so small and the isles so narrow its a waste of time to try and actually look at anything there most of the time. i slip in there at 1 or 2 on a tuesday if i can, and can actually handle the guns and shop. the isles are crazy narrow and its hard to handle a long gun, get it back in the rack without bashing the opposite rack...

That's what I am saying, surpised they have the full 36" ADA required width.

Wish they would buy that empty lot next door and expand :evil:

If it is (crowded) .........The crowd is mostly guys just hanging around.
Seems like "social" hour is all day long. :)

Yup that too. I go in and kick tires every once in a while, but it is because I am interested in buying, and I will eventually buy. I know some of the people just go and hang out, like they are hanging out at a bar and tie up the staff's time without ever buying anything.

CountryUgly
March 28, 2012, 02:17 PM
God yes!! Larry's Pistol and Pawn in Huntsville AL. Tiny store with little to no room for customers to walk. Great selection, great prices, great staff. Horrible layout and parking. Larry if you're reading this you need a bigger location!!
You speak the truth my friend. Great prices as long as you don't shop around, the parking is horrific, the staff is well rude and condesending at best and of course you can't walk anywhere without tripping over boxes of ammo or people. Do yourself a favor and ease on over to JC's or if you don't mind a 20 minute drive Jerry's Sports World.

Ryanxia
March 28, 2012, 03:34 PM
Mine is sometimes dead and other times packed, just depends on what time you go.

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