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Dumbest thing you heard/saw in a Gun Store or at the range.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by TheBigBulgarian, May 3, 2006.

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  1. TheBigBulgarian

    TheBigBulgarian New Member

    Nov 14, 2005
    I am going to the local range and I am behind This big red "hicked out" pick up truck. Nothing wrong with being a hick people call me that cuz of the music I listen to. but any ways.
    The driver doesn't know where he is going so he is moving very slow. so he goes into the range parking lot. I park get my guns out of the trunk and the dude in the truck is still sitting in it, but I see his face and his bubba camo hat.
    I go sign in for a lane and am just waiting. well bubba walks in not only acamo hat but a camo coat on too. (my gun range also has a gun store and also the guys are very friendly so they answer any question).
    Bubba goes to the counter and says: " I have a question about my Sig's Laser Sight"
    So they ask if he has it. He pulls it out of his coat pocket, he didn't have a holster in there either.
    Well he has this odd looking laser attached to it with a long wire hanging from it.
    The RO asks to see the gun right away to make sure it is not loaded.
    And asks where did you get the laser from?
    Bubba pauses for a second he is thinking:
    !I took it off of a plastic BB gun!
    At his point I had to hold i in and just smile the other way. I don't know how the RO held it in but.
    He told him there is no way that it would work and that he should never do this again or try to shoot the gun with this laser on it because it is not designed for a firearm and it might fly off due to the recoil.
    Bubba took his gun back and walked out without saying anything.
    The RO's didn't say anything to each other but they did look at each other.
    I was glad bubba didn't say he wanted to shoot cuz I would have requested a lane far way from him hell put me in a different bay.
    the range has 3 bays.
  2. Manedwolf

    Manedwolf member

    Nov 10, 2005
    New Hampshire
    That's called "darwin in action". He'd learn when it snapped off and whacked him in the forehead.

    And generally, when I walk into a gun store with a gun, I have the mag gone and the slide locked back, just to make the owner relax a bit more.
  3. Sheldon J

    Sheldon J Active Member

    Jul 11, 2005
    Cereal City, Michigan
    lets see...

    There was the .32 with the split barrel, a total of 18 rounds were stuck there, owner had tried to take a screw driver to it and pound out the stuck bullets, every New Year they went out side and fired a cyl full. Now how many years did they do this :eek:

    Next there was the shot gun barrel burst, guy was out hunting and the rabbit went into a hole, insert gun pull trigger. :what:

    Next is the split riffle barrel, guy decided to make his own hollow points, cut, drill, shoot, squirt, shoot again. :cuss:

    or how about the revolver cyl, that was blown up, guy loads own, uses hand style lee loader with scoop, theory is one scoop good, two scoops better, three scoops best. :banghead:

    Is that enough?:D
  4. Tory

    Tory member

    Aug 29, 2004
    Ballistic Barbie

    Stupidest thing I can recall seeing in a gun store happened with a yuppie couple shopping for a handgun. Owner shows them various makes and models which either caught their eye or which appeared to fit whatever criteria they had. Not being that close and not really listening, I don't know if they had a collective clue, or if the owner was attempting to assist their actually getting one.

    The owner has turned to get something behind him. Barbie, giving the acquisition of firearms the full degree of serious attention her little mind can devote to this matter, picks the pistol up, puts it to Ken's head and, with the vapid no-wrinkles pageant smile her ilk learns, pulls the trigger. :what:

    I only hope she doesn't breed.................
  5. albanian

    albanian member

    Nov 27, 2003
    There is no way I pick the dumbest so I will just relate the latest. I went to a gunshow to sell or trade my Bulgarian Makarov. I showed it to a dealer that asked to see it while I was looking over some of his S&W used revolvers. He actually had a few nice older S&Ws but the prices were NUTS. He is the kind of guy that wants $800 for a run of the mill K-38. I love K-38s but $800 is way too much for the one he had. $300-400 would be a fair price so he is at least double. Anyway, he looks at my Mak and proceeds to tell me all about it. He tells me that it was a military issue because ONLY military handguns have the laynard loop on the grip frame. I normally let stupid comments go by but I told him that ALL Maks have the same laynard loop and it just as easliy could be a police issue as a military issue. Somehow that escapes him and he balthers on. He does say that he would give me $200 in trade which is more than I was asking but his prices on the S&Ws were well over $200 what I would normally pay so I couldn't do any deals with him.
  6. oh blanky

    oh blanky member

    Jul 18, 2005
    A guy in a gun shop told me he just bought a title 2 full auto MP5 for $1200 (2005) and there was a new law that said you could only have 1000 rounds of ammo in your posession.
  7. choochboost

    choochboost Member

    Dec 11, 2005
    orange county, ca
    Without a doubt, the dumbest thing I have ever heard/seen in a gun store was the clerk behind the counter. I don't know where they get these guys.

    I asked for Gold Dots once and the clerk, looking puzzled, asks me if that was a scope. Then just last week a customer was telling a clerk how he was concerned about his Glock because when he forcefully inserted the mag, the slide slammed closed. The clerk confirmed the customers fears and said the pistol needed to be sent back to Glock. There's plenty more stories, those are just the recent ones that come to mind.
  8. zeke2138

    zeke2138 New Member

    Feb 14, 2006
    Salt Lake City, UT
    I saw a guy who had loaded his shotshells with a slug and buckshot at the same time. The first round blew the barrel apart. Fortunately, nobody was hurt.
  9. Warren

    Warren Senior Member

    Apr 5, 2004
    Northern California
    Once in my local shop some idiot, after taking a rifle down from thesecond story of a two-story rack and giving it a look-see put it back but in such a way that the rifle slid out of the rack and fell to the floor making a hideous racket.

    Man, was I embarrased. Luckily it was an M-N so no harm done.
  10. Smith357

    Smith357 Participating Member

    Feb 19, 2005
    Columbus, Ohio
    A friend of mine was at the gun shop with an indoor range, he asked to see a Thompson rental gun on the wall. The guy behind the counter checked the gun and handed it over, then my friend shouldered the rifle and aimed up at the wall and pulled the trigger, the gun want bang and put a nice hole in the range safety sign.
  11. Andras

    Andras New Member

    Apr 28, 2003
    Southern Maryland
    I'm at an indoor range. The guy next to me asked if I could look at his pistol and see why the slide won't close.

    He had put the cartridges in the magazine reversed! They were base-forward, bullet to the rear.
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  12. wrench

    wrench Active Member

    Jan 23, 2004
    Just last weekend, waiting my turn at the gun counter, guy asks to see a keltec p3at. Looks at it, likes it, asks the clerk how it breaks down. Clerk replies, "oh, they don't come apart, it's a cheap gun, when it gets dirty you just throw it away":eek:
  13. Hollowdweller

    Hollowdweller New Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    My favorite was this guy and the shop owner were talking about crime.

    The guy was going on about how criminals needed to be punished to the maximum extent of the law, and how we should kill all the lawyers and liberals and going on about the ACLU and all these technicalities people get off on and then conversation drifted on and the guy went on about how this lawyer got him completely off from a DUI conviction and how great it was:evil:
  14. kentucky_smith

    kentucky_smith Participating Member

    Oct 6, 2005
    Looking for ammo at a gunstore I usually don't like. They've got the ammo behind the counter on the floor. I spy some 7.5x55 Swiss for my K31. I ask to see it and it's really old Norma. $33!:what: for 20.

    Guy makes smart aleck comment about those cheap guns you can't get ammo for. I say reloading is definitely an option for this one. He asks me where would you get 7.5mm bullets? I tell him I use .308s.

    Should have seen the look on his face, he then goes on to lecture me that that's creating way too much pressure and I'm going to blow myself up.
    I'm not going back there.

    #2. Go into another gunstore and see strange rifle that I'm not familiar with. Labeled Russian but for cartridge 7.35 JAP. :scrutiny: Tagged $75, I offer $50 and take it home. It's a Carcano, with a Finland SA label. :D

    Stupidity can be used in your favor.
  15. HonorsDaddy

    HonorsDaddy Member

    Jun 21, 2005
    Houston, TX

    For those of us who do not understand, how good a deal was that Carcano exactly and why does the label matter?
  16. Zen21Tao

    Zen21Tao Participating Member

    Apr 15, 2004
    Gainesville, Fl
    Stupidest customer at a gunstore:
    When a friend and I were at a gunstore a guy walked in and was interested in the militarty arms on the back wall that had orange/red tips (Air Soft). He asked to see one (and MP5) and held in for a couple minutes then gave it back to the clerk. He honestly thought it was a real gun and didn't know how to check the action of he would have noticed it wasn't real. The real gut buster was him talking about he used one just like it while he was a sniper in the Army.

    Not necessaily stupid but a moment when a gunstore clerk ignorance worked in my favor:
    I was in a gunstore where I saw a DA/SA Sig P239 .40 S&W with a barcode on the slide for $500. The clerk said that all Sigs come from the factory now with barcodes and that I should just rub the barcode off. If I recall correctly he said that he gave this same advice to someone else that he sold a barcoded Sig to. My friend, which is very knowledgble about guns, convinced me that I should buy the gun. Once the sale was done my friend told the clerk that the barcode means the gun was a homeland security gun and since the government only bought DAO this gun (being a DA/SA) must have came from the testing and evaluation program and was very rare. :D
  17. White Horseradish

    White Horseradish Participating Member

    Jun 28, 2004
    I was walking through a gun show and overheard a guy showing a Mosin to his friend "Hey, these are good because you can easily convert them to .303 British"

    Errr... What?
  18. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

    Dec 20, 2002
  19. kentucky_smith

    kentucky_smith Participating Member

    Oct 6, 2005
    re: the Carcano

    They had no clue what it was, it's in great shape, all complete, no import marks and knocked out a need to get on my all WWII battle rifle collection list.
  20. HankB

    HankB Mentor

    Mar 29, 2003
    Central Texas
    #1. I was working as range officer when some gentlemen of the Asian persuasion with army experience (so they said, although they didn't specify WHICH army!) came in with a very expensive, high-grade Olympic-style .22 rifle wearing a very large 'scope. Unhappy that their groups at 50 yards didn't coincide with the crosshairs, they proceeded to wedge the barrel against the legs of the shooting bench as they tried to bend it to make it shoot right..

    #2. Range officer again. Guy and his teenage son come in with a lever action 30/30 they'd just put a 'scope on. Scope was mounted WAY too far back. I went up to the guy and opined that the 'scope was really far back, and if he fired it that way he'd get hit in the forehead.

    "DID I ASK YOU FOR YOUR OPINION???" was his very loud response.

    I allowed as no, he hadn't, but . . . he cut me off and told me in no uncertain terms to mind my own business, and proceeded to tell his grinning son that I was a know-nothing busybody and worse. Kid really seemed to enjoy watching Dad put me down.

    Line goes "hot" and with the first shot, you guessed it, deep cut over guy's eyebrow. Blood on face, shirt, gun, shooting bench. Kid is frantic, old man soon has blood-soaked handkerchief over wound. When things calm down, the guy looks at me and says "I suppose you're going to say 'I told you so' " . . . My reply was "No, you said it for me."

    Then I did something I probably wouldn't do today - I turned to the kid and said "Let this be a lesson - your old man has a big mouth but he's not too smart. Remember this - and if you ever need advice on something important, talk to your mother instead of him."
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