Why didnt anyone tell me?


Barry the Bear
September 8, 2013, 10:52 PM
Here in San Antonio,TX we have alot of academy sports and several gunshops along with a bass pro to the north of town and even a cabelas south of austin. But today I went to heaven, as Gander Mountain just opened here and I got to say friends it was quite a sight. Ammo everywhere,great selection on guns,holsters and optics galore! Fellas, I may be in Love! :D

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September 8, 2013, 10:54 PM
gander mountain's prices really suck here. even higher than bass pro and cabela's.

September 8, 2013, 10:59 PM
There's a reason Gander is well stocked, as NeuseRvrRat mentioned above.

Also, in my experience (admittedly a bit north of TX) they do a poor job of hiring quality gun counter folks. I've been told multiple times "that firearm doesn't exist..." "they haven't made it since 1960..." "They don't make that model..." etc. And they haven't been persuaded when I informed them to check the manufacturer's own website.

Bottom line, expect higher prices and don't expect them to know their products. But hopefully yours will be much better than mine.

Barry the Bear
September 8, 2013, 11:10 PM
I wont deny they're priced higher, I saw hks speedloaders for 14.99 while my LGS is at 9.99.

September 8, 2013, 11:15 PM
Don't know about your area, but I picked up a M&P15T at Gander Mountain here in CO, a few months ago at the height of the AR gouging for $1,099. ($60 less than MSRP, and $100 less than the other store than had one).They also had 50 pack 5.56 ammo that they held in the back only for customers who bought AR's. I thought that was pretty straight up.

Barry the Bear
September 8, 2013, 11:48 PM
Didnt Check out any ARs there. :( I was fixated on a marlin 1895 in .45-70

September 8, 2013, 11:51 PM
The Gander Mt in our area was run out of town by a great local shop, and a Bass Pro. All three were within 5 miles of each other. In fact the local shop took over the Gander Mt building and has been doing what appears to be 5-10 times the business based on the parking lot.

I encountered GM's incompetent staff when I tried to buy a shotgun for my grandson. I was looking at a Mossberg 20ga Super Bantam. They had one on display that was a little scratched up. I told the clerk I didn't want that one and asked if they had another. He disappeared and came back 15 minutes later saying that the computer showed they had 3, but he couldn't find the other two. I asked him to get someone else, such as a manager to check since it would be likely that the ATF would want to know if two shotguns had mysteriously vanished from their inventory.

He disappeared again, this time for 30 min. I found a manager and told him the story. We found the clerk in the gun repair area sitting back relaxed and chatting with two other clerks. When I asked him if he had found the gun yet, he said he thought I said I didn't want it. I looked at the manager and told him I was glad the guy was his problem. I then left and never returned to GM.

I ended up buying the gun from a different local shop for $75 less than the GM price.

September 8, 2013, 11:57 PM
I was recently in the Gander Mountain in Valdosta GA. They had a megaton of 5.56 priced at .60 per round....:(

September 9, 2013, 12:00 AM
Its infatuation, not love.;)

September 9, 2013, 12:01 AM
Imo Greentop is overpriced as well.

Gander had really good sale prices, so does Green Top....but their regular prices are higher than much of the competition.

September 9, 2013, 12:29 AM
Good man. I sure love mine.

GM, BPS, Cabelas, are fun to go to for the taxidermy. But to actually purchase from? Nah. I use them to find what I like. Then I go to Academy or online and buy at a significant discount. If I can't find it elsewhere, And REALLY want/need it, I will purchase it from there. The prices are just too high and the staff seem to be split 50/50 on whether they know anything or not. I will say this though, BPS employees in Broken Arrow have always been very polite and honest. But I don't ask them opinionated questions.

September 9, 2013, 01:26 AM
There is one about 1.5 hours from me. I will stop by when passing but only to look at clothes. I have found some good deals on the clothing clearance rack. But I honestly barely give a passing glace to guns, ammo, and reloading supplies. They are WAY more expensive than anyone else in the area. Sportsman's Warehouse is by far and away the best of the big box stores in my area when it comes to inventory and prices. Love Sportsman's Warehouse

Lex Luthier
September 9, 2013, 07:39 AM
I can say that I never go to Gander Mountain. The prices are always too high and the counter dudes think they are ex spec ops. Their gun range costs thirty dollars an hour. If nobody went there, they would go away. Hmm.

September 9, 2013, 08:06 AM
Gander is often quite pricey. And then they'll do a red tag sale that's just fantastic. Very uneven on pricing. Usually I just laugh at the tags hanging on the guns, but I bought a Savage Cub there for my kids that was like $30 lower than my best local shop.

But I don't buy many guns, and their reloading components prices are usually 2x what my local shop wants, so I don't stop in often.

Arkansas Paul
September 9, 2013, 09:38 AM
Like Sam, I don't shop there often, but sometimes they do have good sales and I'll pick up some hunting clothing when that happens. I used to buy a little ammo there before I started handloading, as their prices on that are about the norm for this area.

However, our Bass Pro will be opening by year's end, so it wouldn't surprise me if they aren't around much longer.

September 9, 2013, 10:38 AM
However, our Bass Pro will be opening by year's end, so it wouldn't surprise me if they aren't around much longer.

The Bass Pro in my area has prices almost as high as Gander Mtn. on guns. Their selection on ammo and reloading components is also much smaller than Gander's was.

I'll give Gander Mountain 1 thing, their store space for the most part was taken up by merchandise. Much of Bass Pro's is taken up by fluff...and the one in my area is not in the least as impressive as the Cabela's I went to in Hamburg Pennsylvania.

Gun shops seem to be popping up all over the place in the Richmond Metro area though. Some of them were previously Gun Show and kitchen table transfer exclusively, and now have opened up small shops.
Someone close to the Hopkins family(founders of Green Top), told me they may be opening a new store in the area as well. The more the merrier, I hope it drives prices down.

Arkansas Paul
September 9, 2013, 10:55 AM
Their selection on ammo and reloading components is also much smaller than Gander's was.

If their selection of reloading equipment and components is smaller than our Gander's, then they won't have one at all. Our Gander has no reloading tools and the components take up about 4' of one isle.

Here it isn't just about hunting though. Central Arkansas has spectacular fishing, so I imagine that part of the store will do just as good if not better than the hunting side.

Deaf Smith
September 9, 2013, 10:59 AM
I go to Gander Mountain for laughs.

Yes lots of ammo and guns and other stuff but way higher prices.

but now and then.....
I got a Sig P6 when GM sold them for $299.
I got a Italian WW2 Beretta 1934, military .380 for $260. No import marks on it and it works perfect.

But those two were exceptions to the GM rule (that is way high prices.)


Al Thompson
September 9, 2013, 11:39 AM
Barry, look for a used 1895. Things may be different now, but 3 years back, the new ones were not at all as good as the old ones. :uhoh:

September 9, 2013, 12:49 PM
Many Gander Mountains around here. I only go into one in a last resort type situation. Their prices are rediculous.

September 9, 2013, 02:29 PM
No Gander Mountain stores around me, but there is a Bass Pro and a Cabela's within 5 minutes of where I work in St. Charles, MO. In between them? Graf's Reloading. I go there instead...at least for the supplies I don't order from Midway or Natchez (hazmat stuff). All gun purchases go through my local gun shop, run by a great guy in Highland, IL who I'm happy to support. Besides, those big chain places never seem to have what I want.

September 10, 2013, 02:01 PM
We have a store just outside of Richmond Va called Green Top Hunting and Fishing. It was awesome!! I went into my first Gander Mountain while in Little Rock Ak this passed thanksgiving. I like these stores!! My wife gets worried when I go. lol

September 10, 2013, 02:11 PM
I love big box stores like Gander, Bass Pro, and Cabelas. I can go there check out the goods in person and then.....9 times outta 10 pull out my smart phone and order the item cheaper somewhere else.

September 10, 2013, 02:28 PM
I just had my first Gander Mountain experience.

One opened here about 2 weeks ago and I made it there Sunday. I bought a very nice 1927 Tula ex Dragoon Mosin Nagant for about $190 after tax.

It took them forever to process and I didn't get to look around much, so another trip may be necessary to form a well rounded opinion.

I say another gun retailer is good, even if not perfect.

September 11, 2013, 09:45 AM
"Imo Greentop is overpriced as well."

Still the number one gun dealer in the state by a wide margin, so they're doing something right.

"1 Green Top Hanover County 26,015(2012) 18,387(2011) +41%"


September 11, 2013, 11:22 AM
One just got put up in north Austin as well. I35 and 45toll
Wife and I were impressed!

September 11, 2013, 12:47 PM
The market for these stores is shocking to me given the sour economy in general. I can think of well over a dozen of the big stores that have opened in the last 6 yrs but can't really understand how they manage to turn a profit with such extravagant buildings.
My favorite is still Sportsmans Warehouse but they did take a hard hit and lost a bunch of their stores.

September 11, 2013, 04:20 PM
"Imo Greentop is overpriced as well."
Still the number one gun dealer in the state by a wide margin, so they're doing something right.


They advertise more than the competition
They have been around longer than the competition and grownups now remember going there as a kid.
The competition can't touch them on stock.
During the panic, their counters were FULL of handguns, while you go into Colonial Shooting academy and see a bunch of empty glass.

Green Top was cheaper than Gander Mountain, they are still cheaper than Bass Pro. I don't even bother with De Goffs...they are so unfriendly.

But to compare prices. (before the panic)
M&P at Greentop $559
M&P at Colonial Shooting $509

SR9C at Greentop $469
SR9C at Colonial Shooting $429

Ruger SR1991 at Greentop $800 (which is pretty high, but they are the only place I have actually seen them)

September 11, 2013, 04:40 PM
I like Gander myself. But I'm in the minority here as you are finding out. I have talked to the manager quite a bit and they actually funnel quite a bit of goodies to a grand opening. Making sure they look "up to snuff". They also do this if one of their competitors in the area is having a grand opening...It is nice to see some full shelves though!
-I guess... I haven't seen any

September 11, 2013, 04:50 PM
The Gander Mountain back in my home town (Lafayette, Indiana) was very well stocked the last couple times I went home for a visit. There prices are somewhat higher than what I'm used to, but hey! The trade off is if you need ammo, they have it!

I think 100 round WWB .45 was running $55 when I last looked. That's about $15 (give or take) more than I normally pay for it from Walmart.

Still...not bad these days.

September 11, 2013, 05:44 PM
Agreed..The price they have on 50rd Blazer/Remington plinkin types is usually pretty ok. 15-17$...I can't find it much cheaper than that anywhere else either- Without shipping or hazmat or "unavailable".

September 11, 2013, 05:48 PM
Its infatuation, not love.;)
He'll soon figure out he's been jilted. It's a good store, but their prices are high.

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