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Wal-Mart firearms

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Slater, Jul 16, 2004.

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  1. Slater

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    Anyone ever purchase a rifle or shotgun at Wal-Mart? Did you save very much compared to a gun shop or gun show?
     
  2. Black Snowman

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    For my 18th birthday my Dad got me a Remington 11-87 from Wal-Mart and I think more recently he purchases a synthetic Rem 700 from them. The foregrip on the shotgun had a large crack in it and had to be swapped.

    Be forwarned. Wal-Mart items are frequently not the same quality as the normal retail versions even if the model numbers are identical. I recommend supporting a local shop rather than taking my chances with a Wal-Mart "special run".
     
  3. SaLted_peanUTs

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    I bought a Winchester model 70 Super Shadow in .300 WSM last winter from Walmart. I have yet to find anything on it (others than the simmons scope) or its performance that leads me to believe that its quality is any less than one I could have bought elsewhere, and that is comparing mine to my brothers super shadow in .270 WSM that was purchased elsewhere at around the same time.

    Did I save some money? My package deal was $399.99 before tax. But if you factor the 1.75 hours that was wasted on triple checking paper work , finding a manager , and a bunch of others hoops that needed to be jumped through, I really did save all that much.
     
  4. R.H. Lee

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    I bought a Marlin 336W from WalMart on GWB's inauguration day, Jan 20, 2001. As I recall, it was about $100 less than anywhere else. It is my first and only Marlin, so I have no basis for comparison, but it appears to be high quality and functions flawlessly.
     
  5. mondocomputerman

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    My dad got a Ruger 10/22 a few years back and there wasn't any hassle. The gun was nice too. At the same time we got a bushnell scope. The scope had one of it's internal lenses go sideways, but the nice people at bushnell traded it out for a new one.
     
  6. repsychler

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    I've bought a couple guns at Wal Mart. The prices were good and the quality was exactly the same as anywhere else.

    The notion that they are deliberately sending substandard guns to Wal Mart is beyond ridiculous.
     
  7. Black Snowman

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    I didn't nessisarily point to the guns but Wal-Mart does get special, cheapened products. Such as vaccuum cleaners with shorter cords and less expensive motors. My Premiere model 11-87 was an exclusive Wal-Mart item when I got it. It wasn't lower quality than other 11-87s it was just a standard 11-87 with the skeet barrel but without the more expensive walnut stock the Skeet had at the time.

    A Remington employee posted here a while back that there were indeed special runs of guns sold to Wal-Mart that were cheapenned to be able to close the deal. I imagine it isn't anything that would effect safety or functionallity but after hearing some of his horror stories Wal-Mart wouldn't be my 1st go-to place for a gun. Now that it's been mentioned I guess my 10/22 I used to have came from Wal-Mart too. It was a real tack-driver being as good or better than most of the target models I've seen. Got lucky I guess :) Sold it to my brother and it's still going strong.
     
  8. Average Guy

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    When I was in the market for a 10/22 and a pump shotgun, I priced Wal-Mart and decided to buy from them. The only thing was that there had to be a special manager on duty, and he/she was only there from 9-5, M-F. At the time, I worked those hours and had only a 1/2 hour lunch, so there was no way to get there in time. I figured if Wal-Mart didn't want to make it easy on me to buy from them, then I wouldn't. Big 5 got my shotgun biz (twice).

    Since then, both Wal-Marts in my area (Orange County, CA) have stopped selling firearms. A notice went up that firearms sales would be "temporarily halted" while employees were trained, but as I expected, the long guns never returned. The cases now hold only air rifles. IIRC, this happened right around Columbine time (the event, not the movie)...or was it 9/11?
     
  9. Rimmer

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    I picked up a Henry Lever in 22lr for back yard plinkin. Was $149 cheaper than the Dealer down the street. Transaction was all of about 20 minutes.
     
  10. Bridger

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    I got a Savage .22 for my brother at a wal-mart in Matamoras, PA.

    Was cheaper than similar .22s at the gun shop. But the wait and all the paper work and finding manager stuff as mentioned above was a real PITA.

    Probably the last gun I'll buy at wal-mart, even though it was just intended as a plinker, I'll look around for a used gun or slightly better gun next time.
     
  11. K-Man

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    Well, let me tell you about my recent encounter with Wally World. I participate in Cowboy Action Shooting/SASS and ordered a Marlin 1894 Cowboy Competition Rifle through Wal-Mart. The price was less than what an FFL could have got it at their cost. (I checked – as I’m friends with a lot of the local ffl’s because of my holster biz.) Then when you add in the FFL’s mark-up, I saved even that much more. Part of my savings though went to the discount I received for being a family member of an employee. That was all fine and good.

    Where the problem arose was when the rifle arrived and I wanted to take it home. I have a CCW permit for here in FL, which, in part, allows me to purchase the gun and walk out the door without having to wait the 3-day period. They still have to do the call-in check, but that only takes 5 minutes. So as I attempted to leave, with the rifle in hand, the store manager told me I had to wait the 3 days. I tried to explain to him what a CCW permit holder is allowed to do, but he wouldn’t budge. :banghead: (My wife is an assistant manager at this same store, but the store manager doesn’t know me from adam.) As I was leaving the store, I told the associate helping me to ensure the store manager knew I was calling the main office in AR and filing a complaint.

    Long story, short is I ultimately ended up talking with both the main office and the district manager for which this store/manager falls under. Fifteen minutes after talking to the DM and explaining the situation, I received a return call from him saying I could go pick up my rifle. Five minutes after that, I got a call from the store manager saying I could come pick up my rifle.

    The moral of the story is apparently this store manager had been following this 3-day policy all along and no one had previously questioned it. The only thing I’ll buy from Wal-Mart in the future is ammo for some of my guns, period. It’s amazing that even the hierarchy/management is clueless when it comes to gun sales.
     
  12. Rimmer

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    K-Man

    If I had a nickel..... I dunno, it seems most managers of chain stores are clueless about many things gun related.

    CCW here in Ohio has been around since April 8th and the number of chain-type stores that have posted no CCW even though Corp. policy says its OK isn't even funny ... I inform the Managers that they needed to check with Corp. cause they would probably frown on a Rogue Manager creating policy.
    I can't say I'd stop buying as long as I can educate them on what is correct.

    Look at it this way, you have now made it possible for any future customer with a CCW permit to walk out with their purchase.:D
     
  13. GunGeek

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    Ok, but the 3 day waiting period in Florida is pistols only, CCW or not you should have been able to take it home that day.

    Edit: Thinking about it most walmarts don't even sell pistols, so the 3 day waiting period isn't something they should have had to worry about at all.
     
  14. Das Pferd

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    It seem like the guy was just misinformed, and once they learned their mistake they fixed it.

    I would do business with anyone like that anyday.
     
  15. DigMe

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    I've been told that Wal-Mart doesn't comparison price on guns and ammo. That becomes obvious when you compare them to other chains such as Academy. While Academy isn't the cheapest for everything you can get cheaper ammo there. I also noticed that Academy sells their synthetic stock Remington 710 in either 30-06 or .270 for cheaper than Wal-Mart ($299 with scope).

    brad cook
     
  16. TimH

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    I like my local walmart. The guy at the sporting goods counter seems knowlegable. I went to pick up some ammo for my son (Hi-Point carbine) but wasn't sure what cartidge the gun used. Wally world guy knew right off the bat. Also told him my son was having trouble with his 10-22 jamming he recommended a couple of things that helped alot.
     
  17. K-Man

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    As an add-on to the above:

    I’m not trying to imply that every Wal-Mart associate does not know his or her job. There are some very knowledgeable, and very helpful, people who work at Wal-Mart. Their training with respect to the sale of guns, however, is limited.

    It was just at this particular store, and on this particular day, that no one was knowledgeable with respect to the sale of this rifle. In fact, after trying to explain what the laws were, the store manager first told me that it was Wal-Mart’s policy to apply the 3-day wait. After I told him that was not true, then his response was that it was the law in the county we’re in. When I told him that wasn’t true either, he told me he was keeping the rifle and I could come back in 3 days to pick it up.

    Wal-Mart, for particular models of rifles/shotguns, does generally have better prices. I was out the door for less than $600 for the Cowboy Comp rifle. The price at every other place I checked was $700+.

    And I suspect that at some point in the near future, I’m going to want another rifle, and I’ll go to Wal-Mart to get it. It just won’t be this particular Wal-Mart. :p
     
  18. gino

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    One of the local gun shops actually sends people to Wally World to buy certain rifles, shotguns, and ammo. He's honest and says that his cost is usually higher than Wal-Mart's out the door price.
     
  19. Standing Wolf

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    Wall Mart is my shopping destination of last choice: no service, and virtually all the stuff on the shelves is third rate junk from communist China.
     
  20. Snaps

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    I bought an 870express magnum at walmart a few months ago. I can't remember the price but i know it was 30bucks cheaper than the shop I normally go to.

    I also don't like to go to walmart unless i absolutely have to but this was a good deal.
     
  21. Exposure

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    I'm gonna have to cast another positive vote for Wal-Mart. I recently bought a beautiful 10/22 in stainless for $115.00. This was $100.00 less than a local dealer wanted for the same rifle!!!

    I buy my all my .22 ammo there as well as clay pigeons. 90 Count case of white flyer is only $3.99! Now that's a bargain.
     
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    A little off topic, but it reminded me of a funny story. A friend of mine was just killing time and noticed a cheapo version of a Remington 30.06 at Wal-Mart. Plain jane with cottonwood stock. He went across the street to K-Mart and saw the same model gun, only with the engraving and walnut stock, high end version. He asked the girl behind the counter why there price was over $100 more than walmart for the same gun. She said that couldn't be, but if it was she would match it. My buddy said if she could match it he would rather buy from her. She called walmart and asked their price on the remington 30.06. Hung up the phone and said " I don't know how they are doing it but I'll match it. :D
     
  23. Tharg

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    ROFL

    Bought my cheapo shotgun from wally world. Its some kind of mossburg 12 ga. pump. It works fine.

    Getting out the door took some time tho... after i watched at least 6 people parade in front of me the whole time. (including haveing to come back the next day because of my "call" - after the one and only DWI I got... i've always had to wait at least a day for them to decide i was "OK" to sell a gun to)

    Even after the call - and the return visit.... it took forever to actually get out of the store... bleh

    I'll stick w/ some of the gun stores i know around here. At least when i come back after the govt. decides i'm not gonna shoot everyone its a written check or a visa swipe and i'm outta there.

    J/Tharg!
     
  24. Muzzleflash

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    I had a 20 gauge version of that gun, and possibly a 12 gauge and .410 of the same- my dad got all three at wallyworld, when there was a new gun registration thing. Back several years before 01. Sold the 12 off, eventually sold the .410 and the 20, but they all ran like clockwork.

    Loved the 20 to death, it was a youth model, small and light but not too light, about as much kick as firing five .22 bullets at once, ran like a watch.
     
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    Great deal as I thought they only cost 200.00 to start with.:p
     
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