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Recommended Gun Shops in Raleigh, NC

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by disneyd, Jul 31, 2009.

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  1. disneyd

    disneyd Member

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    I'm going to be in Raleigh for a few days in the near future and wondered if there were any nice gun shops I should visit?

    I don't mind a little bit of a drive, but I probably won't be able to go more than an hour out of Raleigh while I'm there.
     
  2. cuervo

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    Davi's has a good selection but is a little pricey, up in North Raleigh.
    There is also Eagle 1 Supply in Davi's old location, but I haven't been there. Also in North Raleigh.
    South of Raleigh in Garner is Personal Defense & Handgun. Not as large a selection. Close by is Lawman's supply. Mostly police supplies but some shotguns and pistols.
    Farther south in Fuquay Varina is Fuquay Gun & Pawn. Good selection.
    In between is a kitchen-table dealer-Jim's Gun Shop. Small selection in a converted garage.
    If you want to drive a few miles, there is Perry's in Wendell. Good selection and prices. East of Raleigh. In the opposite direction, out I40W, is Mace Sporting Goods in Mebane.
    If you want to drive south, there is Ed's gun shop in Vass, NC. Also good selection and prices. If you've gone to Ed's, you might as well go to Fayetteville and check out Jim's Gun Shop (not related to the other one above).
     
  3. Bentonville

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    Perry's in Wendell, NC. It's about 20 minutes east of Raleigh on 64. I find Mr. Perry to be an honest and knowledgeable dealer. He has a pretty good stock as well.
     
  4. SteelyNirvana

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    Fuquay gun and gold has some of the lowest prices in the area.
    http://fuquaygun.com/

    There is also Hills sporting goods in Raleigh and Young guns in Apex.
     
  5. Fumbler

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    This is all my opinion/experience, so take it for what it's worth.

    Davi's on Capitol Blvd is way overpriced. Many of their employees don't care about giving your good service and the rest of the employees are heavily opinionated mall ninjas. They have the best selection of tacticool guns and accessories.

    Eagle 1 in north Raleigh isn't actually in the old Davi's building. It's the next building down the road. Their selection is somewhat small for the size of their store, prices are ok, and customer service is good.

    Hill's Sporting goods on Capitol Blvd near downtown is overpriced on many things (most guns are overpriced), but have good prices on other things. It just depends on what you're looking for. They mostly have mid to higher end guns and accessories. They do carry reloading equipment and supplies. their powder and bullets are reasonably priced.
    Their employees, while nice, aren't the most knowledgeable.
    Their hours are short though. I think they close at 5pm and aren't open on weekends.

    Personal Defense and Handgun Safety Center (PDHSC) is my favorite. They're on the right side of Tryon Rd east of the intersection with South Saunders st.
    It's a small shop/indoor range, their selection isn't bad, prices are between great and reasonable (except for the Ruger LCP, they charge $450 for those).
    Their customer service is great. They won't push you into buying anything and they're knowledgeable.

    Lawmen's is a little hard to find, but they're a short distance down the road headed east from PDHSC (the second road on the right leaving PDHSC).
    They have a good selection of duty style pistols and a fairly small selection of long guns.
    They have the absolute best prices on handguns. Most are $20-30 cheaper than other stores.
    They also have good prices on ammo, like $25 for a 50 rd box of 9mm Speer Gold Dot +P.
    They have a few police trade in guns. I got a Sig 225 with lots of holster wear, but excellent mechanical condition for $300. Police trade in Glocks are $400.
    They're only open to 6pm I believe and are closed on weekends (because their customers are mostly...guess...LEOs)

    Perry's...they're ok. firearms are consistently about $10-20 more expensive than other decent shops but their selection is huge.

    If you find yourself in Rocky Mount (1 hr east of Raleigh), then there's Shooter's Indoor Range on Hwy 301 on the north side of Rocky Mount.
    Their selection is normally pretty good but they're a little understocked right now. Their prices are like most gun shops or a few dollars more. Their range is good, but it's handguns only.
    Billy, the owner, can be short and cold sometimes and other times is a really nice guy. He's knowledgeable.
     
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  6. stevemis

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    Fumbler is right on. The only worthwhile employee at Davi's is a young man named Justin. He's back and forth between the gun and knife sections. He gives good advice, is patient and personable. Everyone else gives you the impression they have something more pressing to do than talk to a customer.
     
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    Fuquay Gun and Gold is the largest stocking dealer in Wake county.Clay is very knowledgeable and will take the time to talk to you.Tommy as well.A friendly place with a good selection.You don't have to buy anything to get preferred treatment.
     
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    I'll second PHDSC - good people, but a small store. Lawmen's has great deals on used guns if you're looking to buy (did most of my shopping in their used case before moving to TX).

    I will say that I despise Davi's.
     
  9. bmajoros

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    PDHSC (Personal Defense & Handgun Safety Center) sold me my very first handgun (Glock 26). Good price and very nice, helpful people --- though they're always in a hurry, because they do such brisk business. They have a range on site, though I've never used it. It's quite a long drive for Durham residents, since it's south of the Raleigh beltway. Not a nice drive on a rainy Friday in rush hour traffic...

    Davi's sold me my second handgun (Glock 19). Very nice, large store, and very nice people. Prices were outrageous! But they had a G19 in stock when nobody else did (paid $600 for it -- OUCH!!). I hear their range is now permanently closed...don't remember the story behind that.

    My favorite local shop is Eagle 1. Handgun selection is a bit small, but prices are at least reasonable, and they can get anything you want through Davidson's (as long as the latter has it in stock). Bought my third handgun there (a Glock 17 for $530). People are mostly pretty nice, they have a range (which strictly prohibits use of Wolf ammo), and they offer CCW classes (which is how I found out about them -- got my permit there). They're in north Raleigh, so not too terribly far for Durham residents. It's the only range I shoot at currently. And I don't do that very often, due to the long drive.

    We need more gun shops & shooting ranges in Durham...
     
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    I thought Durham was a shooting range? :D
     
  11. Fumbler

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    Only certain parts ;)

    I'm from Durham. You'd be surprised how nice it can be.
    Yes, it does have many problems (like more murders than Raleigh despite the much smaller population). But, the reputation of Durham is worse than the reality.
    And we like it that way. It keeps Durham from becoming something like the snobby yankee infested place that Cary is.
    ;)
     
  12. Conqueror

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    Eh... PDHSC hasn't impressed me. Whenever I'm in there it takes a monumental effort to get any of the employees to give me the time of day. Their selection is tiny; the only gun I've ever bought there was on consignment. They won't talk to me about class 3 stuff even though I own more NFA items than most of their clientele (maybe because I look young?), and their gunsmith was extremely dishonest in my one 8-month attempt at doing business with him.

    I've found more luck driving to Mebane for gun stuff than Raleigh. Ko-Tonics was there before closing shop, Precision Rifle & Tool is there, I shoot there at DPRC, etc.
     
  13. SteelyNirvana

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    Are you talking about Mr. Ogburn? I had him fix my S&W model 66 for me about 5 years ago. When he called me and told me it was ready to be picked up, I thought I would just dart in, pay him and be on my way. When I got there I told him who I was and what I was there to pick up. He invited me to sit down and he explained everything to me that he did to the gun and we talked some about S&W and my gun in particular (It's an early model 66). Before I left he asked me if I knew about not slamming the cylinder shut on a revolver. I Told him I didn't but never had and he went on to explain alot of people my age (I'm was in my young 20's) like to imitate the movies. He said he just wanted to make sure I didn't do any preventable damage to my revolver. He made a good impression on me, I wouldn't hesitate to go back to him if I needed to.

    Just my .02
     
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    I was in Raleigh recently for a week long course and hit the ones directly in raleigh, nothing really worth walking in the door for. Eagle 1 did a have a Keltec P32 for $259, not bad given keltec demand. I actually only ended up making accessory purchases at Dick's Sporting Goods. I understand Fuquay Gun and Gold is the best, have met them before at shows and prices are very good. Same thing with Ed's in VAss. But both were too far for me to make during business hours.
     
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    If you're in town this weekend (8th-9th) you can catch the Dixie Gun&Knife show at the state fairgrounds. Otherwise, Davi's will let you fondle lots of stuff but they're overpriced, Perry's is overpriced but will usually come down a little (like ticketed price OTD rather than adding sales tax), PDHSC was packed when I was there but probably better during the week. Zebulon pawn isn't bad either, but their selection is somewhat small.

    Never been to Fuquay Gun&Gold or Ed's. Clearly I need to pay them a visit.
     
  16. Conqueror

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    Yes, I am. I asked him to work on a 1911 for me. Like you, I had a delightful impression of him at first. We sat and shot the breeze for an hour, talking about all sorts of shooting stuff. I thought I had found "my" local gunsmith. Over the course of the next 8 months I would call him every 6-8 weeks and say "how's it going?" Every time I was told "I'm almost done working on it, it should take at most another 1-2 weeks." Finally, at the end, he admitted to me that he had done zero work on it during that period, and claimed he couldn't even use my parts because I asked him to fit a Para ramped barrel to a Wilson ramped frame (other smiths are doing this routinely). Because he lied to me for just over 8 months and then ended up not even being capable of the work that other gunsmiths are doing, I will never recommend him to anyone I know or encounter.
     
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    You can go 20 minutes south to Young Guns.

    They were always well stocked and had lots of consignment supply when I lived in Holly Springs.

    http://www.younggunsinc.com/
     
  18. disneyd

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    Thanks for all your recommendations!

    I was only able to make it to Hills Inc., but I really enjoyed the shop. They had a good selection and I like the old time hardware store atmosphere... reminded me of trips to the gun/hardware store with my dad when I was a kid.

    I'll save this post and visit some of the other shops next time I'm there.
     
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    Who has the lowest transfer fees on Raleigh? I an new to the area and have only checkes Eagle 1. They charge $35.00. That seems pricy to me. I was getting my transfers in Las Vegas for between 20 and 25.
     
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    Every shop will charge that much unless you're friends with one of the FFLs.
    You might want to give Young guns a try. I hear he's more personable than other FFLs.
     
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    Last I checked, PDHC charges $25.
     
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    PDHC is up to 30 bucks....I was there today. Pretty good prices though. Very competitive, when compared to the other shops I have been to. I found Lawmen's in Apex was also a nice shop with good prices. 30 bucks for transfers also.

    Eagle 1 was pretty expensive and the sales associate told me that they were the ONLY indoor range in the Raleigh area........Not quite true. And their selection was pretty small.
     
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    Fuquay Guns and Gold has treated me really well over the years. They have a great staff and do not hesitate to get the guns into your hands so you can get the feel of them.

    PDHC runs a good range and usually has projectiles in stock. There are IDPA matches on some weekends as well. Cap Ogburn, the gunsmith that has a room there, has be very patient with the questions that I brought to him. I have yet to have him do any work but I felt confident enough in my interactions with him to do so.

    Hills is a great time capsule to go visit. It is family run and a hoot. Lots of old stock and history there. Good for hunting & fishing supplies as well as reloading.

    Young Guns has too much attitude for my liking. Gruff and grumpy do not sell well. They do have a decent reloading selection in a pinch.
     
  24. Conqueror

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    Just got back from PDHSC, I was in the neighborhood and decided to drop by. Now I remember why I don't go there. Employees more interested in talking about their cars than paying attention to customers, and the prices were outrageous. $32.95 for a windowed Pmag and $59.95 for HK AR mags? Pass.
     
  25. sharkman

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    I'm late to the game on this thread but here goes anyways. Davi's in Raleigh sucks. A gun store run by lawyers. Can't carry concealed there. They closed their range because someone capped themself there a while back. Don't like their plicy on returns/exchanges.

    PDHSC is great. A gun store run by shooters. Very practically oriented. Draw from the holster? No problem. Rapid fire? No problem. Low light shooting? Tell 'em first, no problem. No experience with the gunsmith there but he is seperate from the guys out in the shop. I shoot there all the time, great guys. You won't see PDHSC posted against concealed carry like Davi's. This is also the home range of Chris Tilley, his family runs the place. If you don't know who Chris is google his name.
     
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