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Do you support local "mom & pop" gun stores?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Hokkmike, Jun 26, 2006.

  1. Hokkmike

    Hokkmike Well-Known Member

    A new family owned gun store opened 14 miles from my house. That makes a total of 4 within 40 minutes drive. The closest is 7 miles away. I like Cabelas, Dicks, and Gander Mountain (I am NOT including them in any of those I have mentioned) but I fear for the future of these smaller vendors if we don't spend some money there. What is the local gun business availability like in your area? What are your feelings of supporting them vs. the bigger venues?
  2. ken w.

    ken w. Well-Known Member


    I do my darnest to support the localy owned shops in my area.I sell at gun shows and refer them all the time.The big store don't care about your buiness and are usuall very UNhelpful.But,sometimes the big stores have what you need NOW when you can't wait.I wish more folks would support the local shops too.
  3. mustanger98

    mustanger98 Well-Known Member

    Well, there's a nice small gun shop within five miles of my house and I've done quite a bit of business there. There's a snobby kind of place across the county, but I hate going to even if they are bigger. If I can't order it through the place closest to me where I'm dealing with my neighbors, I'll order it from Midway or Cabelas or buy my bulk .22's from Wallyworld.
  4. Lone_Gunman

    Lone_Gunman Well-Known Member

    A good local FFL is a wonderful thing.

    I have one who can get me pretty much anything I want for a decent price. The big stores won't do that for you. I also think mom and pop gun stores are much better at taking trades.

    The walmartization of America will be our downfall.
  5. yhtomit

    yhtomit Well-Known Member

    what's the new store?

    I'm in Dauphin County, and from the stores you name I suspect you're nearby. (Or, since they're chain stores, and PA has a lot of of hunters, maybe not.)

    I like the idea of supporting small stores, but on the other hand, I like large stores to carry (more) guns. and the more they sell, the more they carry -- small stores just aren't going to have the racks and racks of guns that Gander Mt. does. (Not that non-chain stores have to be small -- Guns and Ammo in Memphis, TN is certainly better stocked than the average large sports-store chain ;)). So I'd have to say case by case. When I lived in El Paso, I bought from a small shop, because it was nearby and relatively pleasant to shop.

  6. loumarch

    loumarch Well-Known Member

    There are about 5 stores within an hour of me. I have purchased all but one of my guns at these stores. (i'm up to 30 guns) I have compared prices between these stores and a lot of online retailers. When I factor in shipping, and the FFL transfer, I usually do as good, if not better, at the local stores.

    An added benefit is getting to meet other gun enthusiasts and talking shop. I've learned a lot of stuff just by being in these stores and paying attention to the old timers.

    I've made one of the stores my "default" gun store. I always go there first for anything I need. The owners do a fantastic job and are more than fair with me. They frequent my reataurant so we have a mutual relationship. After reading some of the gun store "horror stories" I feel very lucky to have this store close to me.
  7. Hokkmike

    Hokkmike Well-Known Member

    yhtomit, I am from the "Endless Mts." I hunt and shoot in Bradford, Sullivan, and Lycoming Counties mostly. Your northern neighbor!
  8. fedlaw

    fedlaw Well-Known Member

    My "local' gunshop is Maxon Shooter Supply in Des Plaines, IL. I am a very loyal customer, having bought a number of guns from them in the last few years. In return, I get warm greetings, friendly smiles and good prices from them. Because of the anti-gun atmosphere here in the Land of Lincoln, we need to support our local hardware merchants.
  9. dmckean44

    dmckean44 Well-Known Member

    I only support one because it has decent prices and a knowledgable gunsmith. The rest of the places that mark their guns and ammo up 50%+ over wholesale and get pissed off when you want to hold a gun don't deserve to stay in business.
  10. American By Blood

    American By Blood Well-Known Member

    I've never so much as bought ammo from the big boys. The local FFLs eat, sleep, and breathe guns. Cabelas can stop selling guns and stay alive. The mom and pop places are dedicated to our hobby and often have politics that are not bound by corporate lawyers. They deserve our spport.
  11. sfhogman

    sfhogman Well-Known Member

    I live in San Francisco so you better believe I support my local shop...the nearest in in Pacifica, about 5 mi. out of the city-
    Good shop, good people. They deserve my support, and so they get it!

  12. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

    Well said.

    The one chain store in my area, Sporsman's Warehouse, doesn't deal in used guns. Sometimes you get something you don't like and wanna trade. Sometimes you want an old pre-lock S&W wheelgun, etc. If it wasn't for the locally owned guys I wouldn't own most of what I have now.
  13. facedown

    facedown Well-Known Member

    I hear ya fedlaw. We live a bit north of there and buy all our hardware from Smoke'n Gun up in Waukegan. Often the prices are a bit lower at Outdoor World in Gurnee but we like to toss our money to a family-owned operation.
  14. Edmond

    Edmond Well-Known Member

    I just bought myself a Galco Cop Slide from Smoke 'N Gun last week. It seems like a nice shop.

    On the south side, there aren't any single decent gun shops. Because of that, I end up buying my firearms online. My FFL is great, $20 per gun and he's very quick in having stuff picked up. In fact, he prefers it picked up the next day. :D
  15. STAGE 2

    STAGE 2 Well-Known Member

    No. I don't. I have and still do buy things at the local shop, but mostly because its on the way to work/range and the cheaper prices at the uber store won't really offset the extra gas.

    I'd really like to say there was a shop in my area that was worth paying the extra buck, but all the ones I've been to have a majority of people who don't know what they are talking about, and refuse to do things to help out gun owners such as do transfers for under 75, or at all for that matter.
  16. TheotherMikeG

    TheotherMikeG Well-Known Member

    Every chance I get! :)
  17. Stainless Chili

    Stainless Chili Well-Known Member

    I usually see a box of ammo I need at any small gunshop I visit; it is the price I pay for conversation and seeing what is new. Sometimes the deal is so good, I get a couple boxes.

    There is always the chance a used gun is priced right, and I'm a buyer.

    I was recently lost, near Strausburg, PA, and came across a small shop; the guy specialized in BP recreations; sure enough, he had ammo I needed, at a fair price, and I bought a box.

    The map and ammo I bought might seem minor, but they were sales; he made a dollar or three, and I found my way to go. Win-win.
  18. Steve in PA

    Steve in PA Well-Known Member

    I don't buy any of my guns from the "big" stores. There is one local gun store here in W-B and another in Scranton that gets my business.
  19. XavierBreath

    XavierBreath Well-Known Member

    I prefer to gun shop in home owned gun stores. I do expect to be treated fairly and courteously though. I will not endure bad treatment to support any business.
  20. HCfan

    HCfan Well-Known Member

    I support my local "mom and pop" store but only on guns.

    Reason: They are marked up on guns about 30%. I understand overhead, heating, a/c, etc.. So the mark up isn't really an issue even through I could get cheaper.

    I can't support on ammo, access., etc.. The markup is just too high. I just ordered bulk ammo, .223, .45 and 7.62. The total cost, with shipping, was around the $400 mark.

    If I were to buy it at the mom and pop store, it would have been double that amount.

    Some goes for holsters, speed loaders, and parts.

    Now, if I "need it now" I will go to the locals but the seldom happens. I know what I need/want and then order it ahead of time.

    Not to be a capitalist pig, but, I go where the deal is better but I will throw a bone, sort of speak, when I can.

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