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Sports Authority removing gun/archery items

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by made2cut, Mar 29, 2006.

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  1. made2cut

    made2cut Member

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    I went out at lunch time today to do a little shopping and stopped at a Sports Authority here in St. Louis to get some ammo. I was shocked to find all gun and archery related items GONE! :confused: I asked one of the sales people about it and she said all the stores were removing the stuff since being bought out. Damned anti's :fire:
     
  2. mp510

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    They did the same in CT a while ago, but they will consider selling airguns here.
     
  3. mustanger98

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    :scrutiny: :scrutiny: Sports Authority must not be much of an authority on sports.:(
     
  4. AirForceShooter

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    Bradenton, Fla. store was the same. Nothing gun related.

    AFS
     
  5. rchernandez

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    Around Memphis, the Sports Authority stores didn't provide much of any real deals in the firearms department. It was difficult finding good knowledgeable help for their offerings or even sale products. Fortunately we have well stocked Bass Pro and Sportsman's Warehouse stores in the area.
     
  6. SIOP

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    Good chance the decision to remove guns from Wal-Mart and Sports Authority has more to do with economics than politics. Gun displays take up lots of room that could be better used selling stuff that most people want. Every time I've been in a Scheels, Sports Authority, whatever, I've been all by myself in the gun department. People that are going to buy guns go to a real gun store or shop on the internet for a good deal. Most of those places target upscale yuppie scum and their soccer mom wives, people that for the most part aren't interested in buying guns.
     
  7. TX1911fan

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    Are they just removing it, or selling it at a discount to get rid of it? If so, I'll head over to Sport's Authority to see if I can get a deal.
     
  8. MikeH

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    Happaned to the one in my area over several months last year. First the guns were gone, but they kept selling ammo and hunting/shooting supplies. Now it's only airsoft and paintball.
     
  9. made2cut

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    TX1911fan - I wondered the same thing. What did they do with all the stuff?
     
  10. SlimeDog

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    Just happened in Kennewick, Washington in the last week or two. I was thinking about picking up a Winchester Model 94 right after the announcement that the New Haven plant was closing. They had several on the rack back then. When I was back in the store last weekend buying baseball gear, everything firearm related was gone.

    So it goes. Of course, the consensus on this board seems to be buy from a gun shop not a big retailer. Not saying I agree or disagree with that, but maybe enough gun buyers think like that to make it unprofitable for Walmart, Gart Sports and others to stay in the gun business.
     
  11. Str8Shooter

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    We used to have a couple of Galyan's Sporting Goods here in the Denver area. As soon as they got bought out by Dick's, all the handguns disappeared. Dick's carries only rifles and shotguns.

    All the local Gart Sports stores (part of Sports Authority) have eliminated guns entirely.

    Fortunately, we have three Sportsman's Warehouse stores in the Denver metro area which carry an excellent selection of guns at good prices. They even have an occasional sale where all guns are 5% off.
     
  12. Dr.Who

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    Gee the one in my area did that 3 years ago.... Have not been back...

    And I can not stand Dick's. I tolorated Galyan's, even though they did not carry too many hand guns.....

    For some reason I believe the new owners of Galyan's, Don't know Dick about guns...
     
  13. Mulliga

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    My local Sports Authority still carries long guns, ammo, and other gun stuff, but I have never seen anyone else in the section, not even a sales clerk.
     
  14. rangerruck

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    gone in texas , too.
     
  15. 30-06 lover

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    I have two really close to me...one still has guns, but the other doesn't because the city wouldn't authorize it. Wonder if the one that is still selling them is going to stop??? I hope not, I don't have any good gun shops aroud me.
     
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    They are just looking out for you! You should appreciate it.:neener:
    You might accidentally shoot yourself in the foot if they sold you a real gun. Or You'll put your eye out with one of those arrows!:p
     
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    But wait! That's that's that's The Free Market! The Market is perfect. The Market provides everything for everyone. The Market is all-knowing, all-seeing, and all-benevolent. Blasphemer! Heretic!
     
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    The first sports athority I know of opened around here ~10-15 yr ago and I never did see a firearm related item in it then. I haven`t been back since.
     
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    They removed all the guns here a while back. And now, they've just cleared out the airsoft as well, and archery. Nothing left but overpriced clothing, a massive Nike Empire Buy $150 Sneakers area, hockey sticks, baseball bats and things for fluff sports.
     
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    Yup, ManedWolf, I noticed and haven't stepped foot in there since. I'll get my fishing stuff elsewhere, too...
     
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    Bring back OSHMAN'S! IMO the stores have been going downhill since being acquired by Sports Authority several years back.

    Good shooting and be safe.
    LB
     
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    Dicks calls a gunsafe a "hunting safe" now.
     
  23. Coronach

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    Most of the big chain stores have crappy prices anyway, which helps explain why they are not selling very many guns. In this age of the internet and online price comparisons, no one pays MSRP anymore. While you cannot just hop on Cnet or MySimon and check the prices for handguns, you can see pretty easily that you can get a gun for a better deal than you often can at, say, Galyans or Dicks. Ergo, no one buys guns there, ergo, they make less money, ergo they get out of the gun business.

    Frankly, their "expert help" is usually not that expert, anyway.

    Mike
     
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    Coronach is right. I went to a SA store & went strait to the gun department. Nobody was there. I waited 8 minutes or so before I went & found someone who could answer my questions.
     
  25. mnblaster

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    Same thing happened here in MN, as soon as Galyans was bought out by Dick's the firearms dept. went out the window.

    The only Oshmans we have here is at the Mall of America and they gutted the gun dept. soon after the doors opened.
     
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