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Walmart getting out of the firearms business?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by grimjaw, Jul 1, 2005.

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  1. grimjaw

    grimjaw Member

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    Did I miss a news items or press release somewhere? Walmart's website has not listed firearms correctly for at least 48 hours. When I was in Arkansas earlier this month, one of the towns that has a major distribution center (Searcy) had a large number of people lined up at their Supercenter for rifles they had on clearance. I know here in Ohio they have to special order almost anything, and even then it's dicey on whether or not they'll get it in.

    Maybe I'm way off base, but it seems to me like they want out of the business.

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  2. HighVelocity

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    I was in the Walmart in Kingman AZ a few days ago and they had the biggest firearms counter I've seen at a walmart. No sign of anything changing.
    I also frequently chat with the counter guy at my local walmart and he hasn't said anything about guns going away either.
     
  3. grimjaw

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    Well, maybe their website is just screwed up then. I'm sure they clearance alot of stuff, too. Just seemed oddly coincidental.

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  4. Werewolf

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    You don't get to be the most successful and largest retailer in the world by making poor business decisions.

    Its possible that Walmart is evaluating firearms sales at each of their stores and taking them out of stores where they just take up space.
     
  5. happy old sailor

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    another "i dont know, but, i've been told" stories: hillary is on the board of directors of WalMart. sounds about right. the clintons were/are big stuff here in Arkansas where the merchandizing giant WalMart is headquartered. it seems to me that the world is being controlled by weinners and they are scared crapless that a revolt, as in French history, will occur. so, it is important that the final bastion of our freedom - guns - be removed to prevent that possibility. the WalMart store here made shelf space for reloading supplies a couple years ago. prices were good and i stocked up on stuff i use. then the supplies dwindled. i asked what is going on. the reply was that reloading was being phased out. maybe just here, maybe all over. sounds like more weenie stuff to me. ok, rant off.

    i suspect ammo will go too, so watch for clearance sales,
     
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    In 1986, when Hillary was first lady of Arkansas, she was put on the board of Wal-Mart. Officials at the time said she wasn't filling a vacancy. In May 1992, as Hubby's presidential campaign heated up, she resigned from the board of Wal-Mart.
     
  7. armoredman

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    I wish WalMart carried reloading supplies here, but then again, Sportsman's Warehouse will be opening in September, and I have heard thier reloading dept is huge....
     
  8. m0ntels

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    I have 3 Walmarts in the area and notice that one had remodeled its sporting goods counter/gun area and they about cut the inventory in half and I think got rid of all the muzzleloaders as far as I could see. The other 2 are the same as they ever were. I wish I had one that sold loading supplies too. I dont like Walmart, but at least they'd have things in stock if I needed them at 3am.

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  9. R.H. Lee

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    Probably just a 'bidness' decision; firearms are not usually produced by slave labor in Chinese sweatshops. The profit margin just isn't there.
     
  10. chaim

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    I know that is what they did around here a few years ago. I went into one fairly urban Walmart and all the guns were on clearance. The counter guy told me they were getting rid of guns from the more urban local stores since there weren't a lot of hunters around there and most of their guns are for hunting and most of the gun customers are hunters. Meanwhile more rural and suburban Walmarts kept their firearms counter.
     
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    No sign they are around here. They might phase out some models that don't sell, but they had the usualy number.

    I don't know if they still do it or not, but I remember one time looking at a "special order" book at a Wal-Mart in the Richmond area, and they had handguns in there. I'll have to ask about that next time I'm in one.
     
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    Instead of using the internet to spread rumors and misinformation, use it to find facts.

    Wal-Mart Board of Directors
     
  13. Missourigunner

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    Walmart getting out of the firearms business

    No sign of it, here in Missouri where I live. All the Walmart Stores here have lots of Firearms for Sale.
     
  14. grimjaw

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    Missourigunner, Arkansas had quite alot of them as well, and a *much* larger array of ammunition to choose from. They even had maps of the US pointing out to residents of various states who could and could not purchase firearms in the state.

    Ohio, how I wish to see thy 'welcome to' sign receeding into the distance, *sigh*.

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  15. Crosshair

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    I work at Wal-Mart and we just got our new catalog a month ago. The website doesn't show even a part of the fun stuff we can order in. We started carrying CZ USA rifles as well as a larger selection of Howa rifles. Go into the store and look at the catalog.(You have to ask to look at it. We can call our suppliers to see if they have something not mentoned in the catalog. I'm not sure if we can still get the Ruger carbines anymore though, been awhile since I have checked. At my store we finaly started selling 357 SIG ammo. We also sold out of 10/22 rifles a week ago. (Got my name on the last one. :D ) The great part is that during christmas we get an extra 10% off one item in the store. (20% total) Guess what I have gotten then. :neener:
     
  16. Matthew748

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    Thanks for the inside scoop Crosshair. I also noticed that the gun section of the website was screwed up a day or two ago and was wondering what was going on.
     
  17. George S.

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    Sounds more like a problem with the website. If they were updating that part of the website, somebody could have messed up some code or a link was bad.

    The Lacey, Washington Wally World sits off a main throughfare and to get to the parking lot, you have to drive by a Big 5 Sporting Goods store. I usually go in to Big 5 once a month to see what the current stock of the Mosins or other milsurp rifles look like.

    After a few trips into the Big 5 and also over to Wally World Sporting Goods, I finally realized that the Big 5 carried about 4 times as many rifles and shotguns as W-W does. The back counter at this Big 5 is about 20 feet long and the racks are all along the counter and long guns are 4 deep in the racks.

    At Wally World, there are two rotating display cases that could (if they were full) hold about 10-12 long guns each. Of all the times I hve gone into teh local Wally World, I have never seen more than 6 to 8 rifles and shotguns in total!

    Big 5 prices are about 5% higher for comparable guns by brand and model but when you have a large selection to see and handle, I could see no reason to buy long guns at Wal-Mart at all. Ammo is cheaper there but the Big 5 has a much bigger selection of rifle calibers by both brand, bullet types, and weights.

    And when you buy a rifle at the local Big 5, they alsol carry it to the cashier for you (there are no separate registers at the Big 5 gun counter) but nobody makes a big deal of it, no assistant manager has to fill out forms and triple-check inventory books and no announcement is made over the store PA system. Once you pay for it, the clerk at the register hands you the receipt, the box, and you just pick it up and leave. When you think about it, it's sorta like a gun store....
     
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    I don't care if they do or not. I won't buy any ammo or guns from China-R-Us anymore. Last time I tried to buy a single box of WWB 9mm, in addition to asking to see ID, they insisted that I pay there in the sporting goods department. I told them to keep it. I've since found that Academy Sports and Outdoors has WWB and $1 per box cheaper. $5.97 at WalMart vs. $4.97 at Academy. Same on Blazer Brass. And the best part is, when I walk into Academy, they hand over as much ammo as I request and ask with a smile if I want more. :D They don't give me no BS. What's more, not only does Adacemy carry handguns, they have a much wider selection of longarms at equal or better prices than Wally World. I realize that Wal*Mart is everywhere and other vendors ain't, but as for me, pee on 'em.

    If I want groceries, I go to H-E-B. If I want cheap chinese junk, I go to the dollar store. Sporting goods Academy. Clothes the goodwill store. I don't need no stinkin walmart.
     
  19. fistful

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    Yes, let's hope they get out and stay out.
     
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    I went to one of the new Gander Mt. here in Houston a couple weeks ago. They were selling 100 rd boxes of Winchester 9 mm FMJ for $15 (the ones that are loose in the box). They them in a center isle box like they were on clearance or something. Now, I haven't bought a lot of 9 mm, but that is pretty damn expensive in my book for FMJ.
     
  21. Evil_Ed

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    Crosshair,
    Maybe you can answer a question for me. I ordered a Marlin Cowboy Competition in 45LC from the local Melbourne Wal-Mart at the beginning of February...still haven't received it from them (get the "backorder speech every time I call them and of course they never call me back). Any idea if that is standard operating procedure for special orders? I understand it isn't exactly a frequently ordered item but I would have thought it would have been here by now especially since I was initially told it would only take 2 weeks.
     
  22. Cesiumsponge

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    The Walmart here in Federal Way WA just remodeled a lot of their stuff, including the firearms area. I only shop there only for ammo...a lot of the people who go there are plain weird and it creeps me out otherwise. They don't carry things like 1000rnds of bulk ammo that you can order over the Internet but if you're in need for a few boxes of this and that, they work well in a pinch.

    I usually end up there with my friend on "shootin' day" when he needs to buy some cheap .45 FMJ's. They recently started carrying Remington 250 round "mega packs" for under $50. I stocked up on some Winchester Super X rifled slugs in 12ga for $2.22 a pack, cheaper than Internet sources.

    Some of the employees in that department suck. One girl who worked there talked to a customer before me for about 20 minutes before even acknowledging my existance. However there is an older gentleman who also works there who is awesome and never gives grief, asks questions, and never asks myself or my friends for ID, save the first time we've purchased ammo while he was working the counter. Even then, he didn't enforce any crazy despotic rules or regulations that I'm sure Walmart managers suggest. When that guy's working, all is fine and dandy; I buy my ammo, get my change, and I'm off to put holes in paper.
     
  23. Guy B. Meredith

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    Maybe Crosshair can provide the info, but it does look like a local decision from my experience and comments here. A couple of years back I went into a Wal-Mart in an 'iffy' section of the county and noticed that they had no ammo or guns in the store (well, Daisy and paintball guns). I figured they were redlining the neighborhood. Within this year the ammo and guns have disappeared from the Pleasanton, CA store. There are some 'iffy' neighborhoods around here, but the area in general is low on crime, so I guess it is not redlining.
     
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    Just went to their site.
    Clicked SPORTS and the HUNTING , scrolled down and clicked rifles and a whole butt load of guns came up.

    Along with instruction to order online and than go the store to pick up


     
  25. MassHunter2190

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    The local Walmarts in Western Mass stopped selling firearms a couple of months ago. Not sure why...
     
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