Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by ShakyJ, Oct 14, 2008.
Here in Ohio they sell shotguns and rifles. And ammo for them.
In my experience Dick's is not only their name, it's their management style.
I went in once with a sale flyer looking for some ammo. I only saw one box on the shelf and went to the counter to ask if they had more in the back. Waited at the counter for a bit while some employees walked by. Then I finally went up to one and asked, politely, about the ammo. He kind of grunted that there wasn't a sale on ammo. So I showed him the flyer, eventually he dug around under the counter, found nothing, and I left.
no guns in the "sporting/hunting goods" store -- it's within x number of feet of a school so instead of telling the town to get lost they rollled over and shafted their customers.
I'll never shop at a Dicks.
It depends a lot on the time of year- the gun selection is very seasonal. I worked for Dick's for a few years, and our total stock varied from maybe 80 or so in the springtime, up to 400 or more when fall rolled around.
Again, keep in mind that their target demographic is hunters. Finding the odd Persuader or 590 in there is pretty much pure luck. If you want something to bust clays or drop Bambi with, you'll be OK. If you want something to lean in the corner by the bed, you're apt to leave empty-handed.
There is one further down the road that does sell firearm stuff. The guy who works the counter is an avid shooter, and if they sell something that's cheaper at one of the independent gun shops a few miles away he'll tell you.
He'd be far suited at an exclusive gun shop.... oh well, win some lose some.
), and they sell long guns and black powder guns, and have some occasional good sales on ammo.
They do have the new Remington AR-type rifle, even though it's not legal, in Pennsylvania, to hunt with a semi-auto rifle. Their prices compare favorably with any other new gun retailer, too, particularly during seasonal sales.
Now as to if they really "sold" them, well that could be called into question. The Reston store was great, but in Arlington you pretty much had to track down a sales-drone, grab 'em by the ear, and drag them back to the counter only to have them tell you that only a manager could unlock the racks. Eventually the manager would "rush back" usually panting out of breath to show how busy he/she had been and then give you an odd look that you actually wanted to handle a gun.
I do have to wonder what Dick Stack would think of all of this. He was a good friend of my father back when I was growing up in upstate NY (Binghamton) and I can remember often "chatting him up" at his store (one of two at the time) near SUNY Binghamton back in 1982 shortly before he retired. Great guy and strong advocate of all outdoor sports. Probably a supporter of RKBA as well though that didn't get discussed nearly as much back then.
Many of the guns they sell can be used for multiple purposes.
They also sell air pistols, crossbows, paintball and airsoft
Semi and revolver pistols. Semi, pump, and bolt rifles. O/U, double, semi, pump shotguns. They even had a big .50 last year.
Decent ammo selection, reloading supplies, optics, cases, rings and mounts, and holsters.
Ammo is WAY WAY over priced.
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