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Visiting Austin Tx - Gun Stores?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by withoutink, Mar 1, 2011.

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  1. withoutink

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    Hi, Im visiting Austin, TX and wanted to see if there are any "must visit" gun shops / gun shows in and around the area?

    Also, if you have any must go - dinning / sightseeing recommendations feel free to share =)
     
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    I second McBride's and will add TexGuns in South Austin.
     
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    McBrides: Knowledgeable sales staff, well stocked, warm deals on used firearms.

    GT Distributor: Police supply store, great place for "tactical" gear, "assault" guns, and fair to great prices on firearms.

    Cabela's: Worth mentioning if you've never been.

    Salt Lick: One of the best BBQ joints around town.

    The next big gun show isn't til May, and the small ones in South Austin only have something like 40 tables.
     
  5. Sgt.Murtaugh

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    McBrides

    McBrides, FOR THE WIN!!!
     
  6. DrDragon

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    MMMMMmmmmmm Salt Lick, some of the best BBQ in TEXAS!
     
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    2nd on the Salt Lick. Best BBQ I have ever tasted.

    Also for a good breakfast go check out Austin Tamale House. VERY good breakfast taco's...

    As for gun shops...stay away from Sportsmans Finest...they are a bit too proud of their wares and when I was in there I tried to get some info on a particular firearm and was literally ignored...figured that he didn't need my cash.

    Cabela's is a great place...

    Storied Firearms looks like it might be interesting for a visit...hasn't opened yet as its website shows a May 1 grand opening...so they might be opened already...
     
  8. Wedge

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    McBrides, GT Distributors, Red's (north and south stores also have ranges), Cabelas is fun

    El Chilito, get the puffy tacos.
    Rudy's BBQ - yes, it is a gas station, yes the BBQ is incredible! Good breakfast tacos too.
    Juan in a Million - migas are good (other food is so-so), but there has been a sink hole issue in the area
    Trudy's - Mexican Martini gold standard
    Vivo - pricey and tasty, also decent mexican martini
    Chuy's - good tex mex!
    Conan's - deep dish pizza in north/central Austin
    Sulivans or 3 Forks - great steak, very pricy
    Uchi - Sushi, very pricey
    Home slice - great pizza
    North by Northwest - overpriced food, good microbrews

    PM me if you need details
     
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    Mcbrides is by far my favorite in Austin. I do like ammo shopping at Cabelas though.
     
  10. tarosean

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    Yikes... Someone suggested Rudy's BBQ???
     
  11. Wedge

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    Yes. Rudy's is fine. The ones in Austin that I have been to are great. Meat is tender and juicy, creamed corn is tasty, new potatoes are buttery and the beans are great. And great breakfast tacos.
     
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    McBride's is where I bought my first handgun back in 1967, a Colt commercial 1911A1 with a Remington-Rand slide and target sights. Old McBride started his business in an ordinary house on North Lamar St. and just kept adding to it.
     
  13. tarosean

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    Well I personally think Rudys is crap, far better ma and pa places around Austin.
     
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    Echo McBride's

    That's where I bought my 2d-ever pistol, a used Browning BDM; they were pleasant to deal with.

    You've gotten lots of good eating advice, too -- I will keep checking this thread in part to read it more carefully ;) Salt Lick is good, it's true, but after several visits I must say it's lost a bit of its sheen to me -- last time there, it wasn't bad (by any means), but it wasn't as outstanding as I'd come to expect. Not trying to sour-grape, but don't go in expecting heaven. Do go in expecting BBQ at least decent and at best outstanding. That's all. And in-town, I suggest Green Mesquite over Rudy's, Trudy's, The Backyard, etc. Hard to go too wrong, though.

    From where are you visiting? Austin is a great city -- I've lived there, and plan to move back next year.

    timothy
     
  15. zeos

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    drive to houston, goto collector's firearms. bring lots of money and bibs to catch drool.
     
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    Knows his stuff. Totally agree. I find that Cabela's has better prices than McBride's by a few bucks in most things.

    Also, if you're going to pass through South Austin/San Marcos area I passed a place called The Bunker Gun Store that may be worth checking out. I didn't have time to go in, so can't say for sure.
     
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    Wow, I hadn't expected so many recommendations.

    Ill be attending a conference at The Norris Executive Conf Center - 2525 West Anderson Lane Austin, TX 78757

    This sunday will be a free day in austin, conf starts Monday Morning. So sunday will be the best day for me to go running around like a mad man. Mon - Wed is the conference and then Thu I head back home.

    Thanks for all the recommendations, if you have more let me know =)
     
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    i vote tex guns got my rock in nickel there cool people
     
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    I really like The Iron Cactus located downtown for some "classier" Tex-Mex. I LOVE their fish tacos. It's really nice to sit outside on the roof & look at downtown Austin if the weather is pleasant.
    As far as shops go, I'd be wary of Heritage Firearms. The guys running the shop are cool if you catch them on a good day, but prices are a bit on the high side. GT is nice.
     
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    Oh man, haven't been there since they were near UT. Are they still as good? If so, I gotta go.

    Tuckerdog1
     
  21. Wedge

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    Where do you recommend that he goes?

    Yes, Conan's is still good. withoutink, since you are going to be on West Anderson Lane, that is actually right across the street from Conan's.

    Other good places right there. Madam mams (Thai), Alamo Drafthouse (movie theater that serves food and beer), Trudy's is just up the road on Burnet. If you wanted to try Rudy's go north on Mopac, north on 183, get off at Duval, hang a U-turn onto the Southbound frontage road and pull in about a 1/4 mile down.

    Good beer/bar in the area, head over to Flying Saucer in the triangle (Lamar/Guadalupe), it is also very close to where you are staying.

    It is too bad that Sunday is your Free day, GT is closed on Sunday and it is just up Burnet as well. If you can get to GT before 6pm on Monday then you could check them out. For a one day free day, McBride's will be your best bet.
     
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    Smitty's in Lockhart is definitely worth the quick ride.
     
  23. lvalmont

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    No offense to the nice fellows at Tex-Guns (they really are very warm and friendly people), but if you've only got one day, definitely skip that place. My master bedroom is bigger than that whole store.

    Can anyone chime in regarding McBrides being open on Sunday? For some reason I've never been there on a Sunday.
     
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    McBrides is fun but pricey. They also have a coin store. There's a nice upscale gun store on 71 on the West side in the burbs that I forget.

    All the stores are pricey as compared to the shows.

    As far as McBrides - if you stay on Lamar you can go south to Book People, a great book store and the Whole Foods flagship store which is an eating heaven. They have little stands for good pizza, BBQ, fish, etc. Beside all kinds of fun food stuff to buy.

    If you go North from McBride's, there is a good Italian place in the Triangle and Titaya for Thai.

    If you are a serious foodies - go to Central Market, also on Lamar and on 43rd and Duval - Antonellis for a gourmet cheese store.

    If you go north to Red's to shoot, there is a good Japanese restaurant - Beluga's.

    Upscale seafood at McCormick's.

    Salt Lick is ok for BBQ also.
     
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