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Pensacola, FL gun stores?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Fly Navy, Jun 29, 2003.

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  1. Fly Navy

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    Hey all,

    I'm moving to Pensacola, FL in about 3 weeks and I'm hoping some of you know any good gun shops in that area. Thanks!
     
  2. Gophfer

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    Don't know about P'cola (haven't lived there since 1968)

    Check Here: Florida Shooters Network if you don't find out anything here.
     
  3. Pilgrim

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    You a brand new ensign starting flight training?

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  4. benEzra

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    I can think of three off the top of my head--Mike's Gun Shop on Hwy 29, Uber's Lock and Gun off Fairfield Hwy, and Bass's (I think) on Pine Forest Rd. There's also a ton of pawn shops down toward the navy base, and you might find some deals there as well. They also have a decent gun show every couple of months at the fairgrounds. Uber's seems to specialize in milsurps and cowboy guns (I bought my first Mosin-Nagant there), while Mike's has an excellent selection of handguns. I've never been to Bass but have heard good things about it.

    Ever been to the Naval Air Museum at the NAS? They've got a surprisingly large collection of aircraft both ancient and modern, but the most significant to me is the Navy Curtiss NC-4 that was the first aircraft to fly across the Atlantic.
     
  5. Fly Navy

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    Yes I am :D

    I did! I spent an hour there on my last day of house-hunting last week (didn't see the whole thing, can't wait to go back!!). I couldn't believe all the static displays. Seeing real Hellcats and Corsairs and such was amazing. Sitting in an F-14 and A-6 cockpit was awesome too. I will definitely do more exploring of that place.

    Thanks for the tips on those shops.
     
  6. Pilgrim

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    Received my wings in 1971. Flew F9s, A4s, and A7Es.

    Good luck in flight training.

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  7. Fly Navy

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    Thanks! They still used F9's in 1971? Those are Korean War era right?
     
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    Good luck in flight training. I remember 2 important things that I learned as a Fireman on my first ship. My EN Cheif told me that the main difference between an Ens and a FN is that the Fn has already been promoted twice, and the 2 most dangerous things were a Boatswain Mate with a breifcase and an Ens with an idea:what: Have a good time in p cola.

    GR Burrill EN1 USNR (RET)
     
  9. Pilgrim

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    The TF-9J Cougar aka "Lead Sled" was the advanced jet trainer up until '72-'73. Good plane to learn basic airmanship and instrument flying. Lots of fun as a fighter. I have about 800 hours in them.

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  10. Fly Navy

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    LOL you made me spit my soda on my screen!
     
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    Ditto to what Bullfrog said!

    Have fun, study hard, and remember this:

    1. ALWAYS trust the Chief

    2. No drinking within 50 feet of the aircraft and no smoking 12 hours prior to flight.....


    MarkDido
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  12. Pilgrim

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    In the words of the great Ronald Reagan, "Trust...but verify." :D

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  13. JDSlack

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    Good luck in Pepsi-Cola. Was in AOCS there in 71 also, ex-A-6 BN.
     
  14. Fly Navy

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    God I wish the A-6 was still in service. I always wanted to fly that. Oh, and the F-4. Mmmmmm.
     
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    Welcome to the area!

    If you come down towards Panama City you can give me a hollar and we can do some shooting. I'm a member of a nice range that goes up to 300 yards. That invitation extends to anyone up this way.

    I don't know of any shops up that way and if I did I would definitely drive over for a look. The ones in my area are pretty high priced.

    You also have a gun show coming up on August 9-10 in Pensacola. Southern Classic will be doing that show.

    Good SHooting
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  16. Fly Navy

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    Hey! Thanks for the offer! I'll have to remember that when I move down there. How can anyone pass-up an opportunity to shoot :D
     
  17. Leaky Waders

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    Pcola Gun stores...

    Mikes (already mentioned)

    Scott's in Jay FL...North of P'cola. Is the parent store of Mike's - a small store w/ a huge inventory. They can send stuff to Mike's for ya if you don't want to drive to Jay.

    The Pistol Parlor used to be out past the beach...havent been there in ages but it should be in the phone book if it's still operating.

    For retail stores there's Sports Academy and Walmart.

    Hope that helps.

    V/R,

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    There's a pretty good one in DeFuniak Springs, about an hour or so from Pensacola. Don't know the name but it's on the main drag into town from I-10 on the right.--Bill
     
  19. Bob R

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    FlyNavy,

    I know the fast movers seem like the ticket....but...think P3's also.

    On land after every mission (beer, women, no GQ..etc), PERDIEM...a very nice benefit of deploying with land based aircraft. A really great way to build multi-crew flight time, so that when you get out the airlines may look more favorably at you.

    Bob
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    P3 Flight Engineer 7000 hrs
    C2A Inflight Plane Captain 1200 hrs
    C1A Inflight Plane Captain 600 hrs

    BTW: Best of luck with your future in the world's greatest Navy.

    bob
     
  20. benEzra

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    Leaky Waders,

    Gulf Breeze Pistol Parlor closed a few years back, I'm sad to say, as did the Gun Connection on W Street. These were the only two indoor ranges that I knew of within an hours' drive of Pensacola.:(
     
  21. Leaky Waders

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    Arrggghh,

    I liked the pistol parlor too...it was a good store. I knew that Penny's hardware closed too - that's where I bought my first pistol almost 20 years ago.

    Overall, P'cola has a good selection of guns...they are just not in the same spot. Mike's and Scott's don't generally carry the same thing as WalMart and Sports Authority - so you get to shop around and look at guns instead of shopping around comparing the prices on the same models.

    There's also a gun/pawn shop on hwy 90 (on the left after Jim's fish camp but before milton walmart) I believe towards Milton...I forget the name. And, Gateswood hwy 29N past Mike's on the right (if they are still open - they seemed to be on their last leg when I visited recently) can order any gun you want. But, it's hard to beat Scott's and Mike's for selection.
     
  22. Tom C.

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    I began at P'cola 33 yrs ago this week. I got to fly F-4s in Hawaii as a Marine. Great Fun. Good Luck.
     
  23. Leatherneck

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    Wow. Small world. Another Tom C./Marine pilot. I was about five years ahead of you, and spent a couple of tours at Pax River in the 70s (Go there weekly now).

    TC
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  24. Tom C.

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    I work at Pax now (NAVAIR)
     
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    PAX RIVER

    Tom-- My daughter and son-in law are stationed at P.R. also. He is an Army Major and an instructor at the Naval test pilot school. Name is Brad Snowden. If you run across him tell him hello for me and if you could get him interested in shooting I would greatly appreciate it. That's a lovely part of the country and from my one short visit, appeared to be decent deer country, would think waterfowl would be O.K. also. Thanks for your service.--Bill
     
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