Another one bites the Dust....


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nvrquit
February 16, 2004, 12:36 AM
And another store "liquidates" their firearms department:confused:

For those not familiar, I'll fill in the details.

In the general Reading, PA area, one of the past fixtures was the Army & Navy Store formerly located in Muhlenburg Township. A little while ago, they opened another store closer to our Berkshire Mall in Wyomissing, called A&N Oufitters. Shortly thereafter, they consolidated to the new A&N outfitters building. Now, some short time after the consolidation, the decision was made to liquidate their "gun" department.

Army & Navy was never the least expensive on either components or firearms, but you could work with them on transfers without a hassle(at least I did). Now yet another is gone from the area. There are others, but....

I haven't as yet a clue as to why this happened. If I find out, I'll post same.

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SodaPop
February 16, 2004, 12:56 AM
I remember when Boscov's, Bests, K-Mart ...................

nvrquit
February 16, 2004, 01:35 AM
SodaPop,

Don't go and forget Sears! They used to have the longarms right out on the floor where they could be handled(in racks, not lay'in about)

Several hardware stores in the area used to have ammo on hand too.

Ah, for the days....

rust collector
February 16, 2004, 02:08 AM
Heh, brings to mind the Gambles store on main street. Greasy old 1891 Argentine mauser carbines stuck in barrels on the sale floor $25 each, with bowls of loose rounds ten cents apiece. We had little bar across the street from the courthouse where you could go for a red beer and buy guns and ammunition or play snooker. Every hardware store sold guns, and half the bait shops and filling stations had em. Now, the only dealers are a sporting goods store, pawn shop, Wal-Mart and K-mart (just barely).

I suppose it's like new car dealerships, lumberyards and the family farm--the big get huge and the little ones get scarce. I support the local yokels, but I suppose they'll all be done in by the bottom line, eventually.

4570Rick
February 16, 2004, 05:46 AM
Yeah, I used to go to the hardware store in a little town in western NY and buy .22 ammo. I was only 12-13 years old. Society has made so many improvements in the last 40 years.:rolleyes:

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