Funniest things you've heard customers say?

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  1. texgunner

    texgunner Member

    Feb 3, 2006
    Houston, TX
    I was in a LGS filling out paperwork to buy a revolver when a woman came in wanting to buy a semi-auto shotgun for her husband. The clerk was trying to explain how it functions saying, "It's gas operated."

    Woman: "Really? Where do you put the gas in?"

    BTW, I messed up my paperwork and had to start over. :eek:
  2. Ryanxia

    Ryanxia Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    These are funny but I hope people take the time to take some of these newbies under their wing. Obviously sometimes you can't fix stupid but there's a lot of people that don't know any better but can become the next wave of gun enthusiasts with a little help.
    Whether it be someone who just watched a movie or played a video game and now wants to buy that gun (the legit ones, that have the money and are old enough), I say whatever floats your boat and gets you into shooting.

    Back on topic, I did have a police officer come in and start chatting about his personally owned Saiga 12 and asking questions and casually mention he was going to cut the barrel down to 12". I asked if he had already done his form 1 paperwork or if he needed a hand and he had no idea that you can't just cut down the barrel below 18" on your favorite shotgun. We chuckled and so did he after we told him you gotta pay your $200 bribe to uncle sam first.
  3. Ranger Roberts

    Ranger Roberts Become a THR contributing member!

    Jan 3, 2012
    Both happened at the Cabelas in Hamburg PA.

    A kid (21 or so) in line at Cabelas saw me holding .380 ammo. He proceeds to tell me that a .380 won't even pierce the leather jacket I am wearing. I had a reply that I desperately wanted to say but chose instead to take the high road. The two guys behind me actually busted out laughing which caused me to laugh.

    During that last ammo scare I was standing in the reloading section of Cabelas browsing the mostly empty shelves. They had just put out 9mm bullets so I grabbed a box. A guy walks up next to me and sees the bullets. I had a feeling that he was looking for factory loaded ammo but I didn't say anything. He proceeds to tell his wife that nobody in this store knows what they are doing, not the employees and not the other customers. He found where they hide the cheap ammo (how on earth did Columbus find the New World without this guys help is beyond my comprehension) and all of those other idiots can just stand over there and look at empty shelves. I thought it was best to keep quiet. He already had all the answers, so I figured there was no sense in me bursting his bubble. I'm not sure if you can return components or if it's like ammo and there are no returns.
  4. Dead Zed

    Dead Zed Member

    Mar 22, 2013
    Not one I personally witnessed but a story from the owner of a range I used to frequent.

    Some fine young gentlemen were holding their pistols sideways & pushing them forward as the pulled their triggers. When asked why, they replied "It puts a better spin on the bullet."
  5. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator Emeritus

    Oct 22, 2007
    Central PA
    Ranger Roberts, I mentioned this one before in a similar thread and it happened at exactly the same place:

    I'd walked in on a Wed. night to pick up a pistol with my 4-year old son. As we approached the counter, I noticed a young "PA Cowboy" and his "gals."

    (I don't know if that's just a PA thing, but the young guy in his early 20s, slim, tanned, dressed to the nines in western shirt, pointy boots, hyper-curled straw cowboy hat, big belt & buckle, and attended by two young ... uh ... "hotties" I think is the term, who'd turn heads on the stuffed critters hanging on the walls -- all looking like they'd just stepped out of a Country Music Television video. I mean, it's PA. The real cattle folks I know and work with wear coveralls, trucker caps, and rubber boots...but anyway...)

    He's looking at an Uberti or some such SAA clone, and as we get there he takes a big step back and -- if I'm lyin', I'm dyin' -- starts TWIRLING it! :eek:

    You ever see something so flipping unexpected you simply can't process it for a minute. That was me, and the counter clerk too, I think.
  6. Ranger Roberts

    Ranger Roberts Become a THR contributing member!

    Jan 3, 2012
    Hahaha! That's amazing! I would have had to pick my jaw up off the floor! I think it's something in the water at that place. I try to stick to Shydas and Richland Shooters (my favorite) but Cabelas is closer to my house so sometimes convenience wins.
  7. stchman

    stchman Member

    Jun 13, 2009
    Saint Louis, MO
    I expect customers to say dumb things about guns, but I've heard a few people that actually work at gun stores say some dumb things.

    I can't tell you how many gun store employees have called magazines clips.

    One gun store owner refuses to sell 5.7x28 ammo because he refuses to sell those "cop killing bullets".
  8. lpsharp88

    lpsharp88 Member

    Jul 1, 2012
    Berea, KY
    This came from a counter worker, but hilarious none the less. My buddy and I were at the range the evening that the new Star Wars came out. We came out to get our range cards back and leave, and there was a group of guys in line who were all dressed up as various characters, including the storm trooper. They walk off towards the range and the man at the counter turns to my buddy and I and says "$10 says the storm trooper comes out with a clean target". Everyone in line got a good chuckle from that.
  9. bannockburn

    bannockburn Member

    Apr 24, 2007

    Yeah that would have to be one of those surreal moments when you see it but you can't really believe it just happened. Wonder if the "you broke it, you bought it" rule would apply to this idiot?
  10. anothernewb

    anothernewb Member

    Feb 21, 2012
    West Central MN
    wow. About the worst I've heard is people mixing up calibers and the 9/45 debate from time to time.
  11. spazzymcgee

    spazzymcgee Member

    Dec 29, 2009
    The words of gun salespeople is how this thread started. See my previous one here:
  12. savage24

    savage24 Member

    Jul 20, 2007
    Very old man on phone: You got any clips for a tree-o-six?

    Me: Yes, Sir, we have magazines for many different models of thirty ought six; What model do you need one for?

    5 second silence

    Customer: I need a clip for a tree-o-six, dammit!

    Me: I understand Sir, but I need to know which model. I can think of about 40 different magazines in thirty-ought six that we stock.

    Customer: Whattaya, some kinda smart a__? I want a clip for a tree-o-six!!!

    Me: <hangs up phone>

    I'm pretty sure he wanted an en bloc for a Garand, but he didn't have to be that way about it.
    I sold an air filter to that old man once. He responded to my attempts at more info by screaming "1980 PLYMOUTH!" louder each time. I snatched the old dirty air filter out of his hand and said "come with me, sir". I had to open a few boxes to find the right one and send him on his way. If he had not had the old one with him I would have picked any random model and engine of 1980 Plymouth and said cheerfully "here ya go!"
  13. .308 Norma

    .308 Norma Member

    Jun 6, 2016
    SE Idaho
    It's been a while, but I once watched a guy walk straight up to the gun counter in the back of a general sporting goods store and ask to look at a "Savage." The guy behind the counter glanced at me, then asked the potential customer, "What kind of Savage?" "Do you want to look at a deer rifle, or a shotgun, or what?"
    At that point, the guy got kind of huffy and replied, "Well a gun for shooting deer, of course. My friend is going to take me deer hunting and he told me a Savage is the best kind of gun to buy. I'm tired of paying high prices for meat in stores."
    I walked off. I couldn't handle it anymore.:eek:
  14. The_Armed_Therapist

    The_Armed_Therapist Member

    Oct 30, 2006
    Obsession, Guntopia, USA
    About 6-8 years ago, I got a call from my older brother who is in law enforcement. He knows I'm into guns. He said that his unit had a meeting to discuss 5.7x28, the "new cop killer bullets." He wanted to make sure I didn't buy a 5.7 because of this. His force was taught that they were "cop killers." LOL
  15. Saddlebag Preacher

    Saddlebag Preacher Member

    Sep 10, 2011
    (We have open carry in KY so keep this in mind.)

    Was in my LGS when a fella walks in carrying a Glock of some type in a nylon, ill fitted shoulder holster. He asked the counter guy if he had any RIP ammo. Counter guy said no he didn't carry it.

    Customer said, "Well you need to get some, it will drop anyone with one shot anywhere you hit them."

    Counter guy said, "No ammunition will do that unless it hits a vital nerve center. But I have some good defensive brands here you can try."

    Customer said, "Nope, RIP is guaranteed to kill them instantly, anywhere they are hit."

    Counter guy asked, "Who told you that?"

    Customer said "Read it on the internet."

    And then he left.
  16. dragon813gt

    dragon813gt Member

    Jun 30, 2011

    It's not just that Cabela's and certainly not just a PA thing. I witnessed the same thing, at the Hamburg store, about a month ago w/ someone thinking bullets were loaded ammo. The store employee could not convince this guy that they were just bullets. He easily hasd ten thousand across a wide range of calibers in his cart. I just stood there and watched it all go down. He purchased it all because I made sure I was behind him in line to see if he bought it all. You really can't fix stupid.
  17. v35

    v35 Member

    Feb 8, 2006
    Shooting while making a throwing action with your shooting hand can make bullets fly around corners too.
  18. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Sep 17, 2007
    Eastern KS
    Holding your Glock sideways up over your head and shooting down, while jumping up and down making woofing sounds while shooting also increases muzzle velocity.

    As the bullets are all going downhill.

    It also makes you appear bigger to the opposing males.

    It's a primal instinct.

  19. MedWheeler

    MedWheeler Member

    Jun 14, 2008
    SouthEastern FL
    Ranger Roberts writes:

    I think I would have removed the jacket and acted as though I was offering it to him to wear while "we test this out."
  20. MyGreenGuns

    MyGreenGuns Member

    Jul 27, 2011
    Pacific NW, USA
    I had someone tell me it was illegal to wear my pistol inside the gun store.
  21. Lafitte

    Lafitte Member

    Jul 24, 2014
    East Texas
    A customer was looking at a revolver, thinking about getting "another gun". He examined it well, looked down the barrel then asked in amazement "why does it have those ridges in the barrell?"

  22. fouled bore

    fouled bore Member

    Jun 30, 2015
    Southern Indiana
    This is not a saying but rather an incident that happen about 30 years ago. A Guy I know bought a 22 rifle at a Kmart. He had either a issue with it feeding or ejecting, not sure now. He took it back to the store with a round stuck in it. Not sure of the details now but while he was trying to explain the issue to the counter guy it went off and put a hole in the ceiling. I bet that counter Guy has a story to tell.
  23. Warp

    Warp Member

    Jan 22, 2008
    And I'm willing to bet that "it wen't off" = he pulled the trigger
  24. birdshot8's

    birdshot8's Member

    Jan 20, 2008
    north platte, ne
    wife said it

    Funniest question I have ever heard at a gun store was, my wife asking, why I needed another shotgun.
  25. kozak6

    kozak6 Member

    Apr 10, 2011
    "Does it come with a clip?"

    No, I'm not being a jerk about the whole clip/magazine thing. And really, it's not an unreasonable question.

    ...Except when we are talking about a Mossberg 500 :eek:.
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