Learning to like my small town gun shop

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    Learning to like my small town gun shop

    I really havenít done much business with the local gun shop. Bought a shotgun for my son there a year or two ago. Not much else as the prices and selections of guns are always better either on line or at the larger shops in the Minneapolis area. Iíve been looking for Federal expanding FMJ in +P 230 grain 45ACP with not much luck. I was about to purchase 5 boxes on line for what I thought was a decent price of around $19/box. I happened to be going by this shop yesterday and decided to stop in. Nope they donít carry it. No problem they will special order it in for $17.35/box. Be here in a week. My wife was along. The guy behind the counter was very knowledgeable started answering questions for her as well and convinced her we both needed another pistol. (Donít we all?) LOL. She has her CCW permit as well and just started her new job as a department Mgr. at Wal-Mart. They will not carry firearms (small town thing) but she is now convinced that the 11PM walk to the car at the far end of the parking lot is no place to be without protection. This shop will get much more of my business in the future. They were helpful, knowledgeable, and took the time to talk and show what they felt we should see. Even at a slight increase in cost this shop has earned my support and business.
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    I hear you. Ditto on the sentiments. Smaller shops can be great.

    My small, local shop is far preferable to the larger, well-stocked shop across town, or compared to the smart-aleck shop around the corner. Attitude is everything. My preferred shop's staff is incredibly knowledgeable, willing to learn about what they don't already know, willing to work hard to fulfill the need, and are able to order darned near anything if they don't have it in stock. Of course, the prices aren't always the lowest, and there can be the wait for ordered items. But, I get what I want and have a good/fruitful exchange with the staff. Sometimes there is no substitute for having it in your hands, to eval. But if you know what you want, such a smaller, dedicated shop can be wonderful.

    I've spent more at the local shop in 18mos than in 10yrs at the larger, full-stocked shops. And all of that comes down to two things: attitude and willingness to work with me to help me get what I want.
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    I only spend at two gunshops...one is nearby, and the other is 90 miles away, both treat me well. As far as the further shop, it's always worth the 90 mile trip...great deals...honest and normal folks.

    Has anyone noticed...real 'strange people' run some shops?
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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    Has anyone noticed...real 'strange people' run some shops?
    Funny thing is...THEY were talking about the weirdos who frequent their shop!

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    I allways like to support my local gun shop they know alot when you become friendly with, they answer any ? you have.

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    As strange as it may seem, I've been to two of the shops in the Evansville Area since moving out here two months ago. I've completed two transactions with one of them (who I'm now being told isn't that good to work with.. depending on who is behind the counter...).

    I just recently heard about a third shop located locally that my previous searchs hadn't turned up, and a member on here told me about...

    The funniest part of all this, I miss the gun shop that I used to shop at in NJ. Good guys, answered your questions, always willing to get you whatever you wanted. effecient, easy going, etc, willing to talk to the regular crowd, even if you just came in to say hello (which I do every time I'm in the area...)

    Oh well... I love some people from NJ, but I'm not moving back, that's for sure!
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    Can I ask Maverick what the name of the shop is?

    Quote Originally Posted by Maverickx50 View Post
    I really havenít done much business with the local gun shop. Bought a shotgun for my son there a year or two ago. Not much else as the prices and selections of guns are always better either on line or at the larger shops in the Minneapolis area. Iíve been looking for Federal expanding FMJ in +P 230 grain 45ACP with not much luck. I was about to purchase 5 boxes on line for what I thought was a decent price of around $19/box. I happened to be going by this shop yesterday and decided to stop in. Nope they donít carry it. No problem they will special order it in for $17.35/box. Be here in a week. My wife was along. The guy behind the counter was very knowledgeable started answering questions for her as well and convinced her we both needed another pistol. (Donít we all?) LOL. She has her CCW permit as well and just started her new job as a department Mgr. at Wal-Mart. They will not carry firearms (small town thing) but she is now convinced that the 11PM walk to the car at the far end of the parking lot is no place to be without protection. This shop will get much more of my business in the future. They were helpful, knowledgeable, and took the time to talk and show what they felt we should see. Even at a slight increase in cost this shop has earned my support and business.
    I live in MN too and it might be near enough to me that I could check it out. I try to give my business to the local stores as much as possible as I don't want to end up with just the big box stores as our only option. While it may cost a little more from time to time I figure it's not going to break me and is good for us all in the long run.
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    In most small town gunshops I've been to it seems they take the time to talk to you and find out what you want to buy, not what they want to sell you. Although I will give props to the Gander Mountain near me, everyone there seems to be pretty knowledgeable.

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    My local shop is no more; the owner, a good friend, passed away.
    Would that he were still with us!
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    I agree with supporting the local shops. For example, I had been talking to the guys at my local gun shop about a small sporter stocked 10/22 ruger for my wife, who needs a much shorter pull stock than anything I have at home. Didn't specifically order it, but within a couple of months, I had wandered back in looking for anything new, and the guy behind the counter pulled down the exact ruger I had talked with them about. Wife is really tickled with her present.
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    There are of course exceptions to every rule.
    There is a small local gunshop in Apex, the town I grew up in, that Nobody in my family will ever go to again. We have given it many chances and the guy that works there is a first class jerk. If you don't know everything about every gun or round of ammo in there you are a complete moron and he talks to you that way! If you disagree with him it gets even worse. It amazes me that he is still in business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishmaycraft View Post
    There are of course exceptions to every rule.
    There is a small local gunshop in Apex, the town I grew up in, that Nobody in my family will ever go to again. We have given it many chances and the guy that works there is a first class jerk. If you don't know everything about every gun or round of ammo in there you are a complete moron and he talks to you that way! If you disagree with him it gets even worse. It amazes me that he is still in business.

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    Unfortunately it is the same way in my town. The only real gun shop in town has a reputation for treating customers like marks at a carnival. At one time I was quite willing to spend my cash there, even if the prices weren't the best compared with shows and internet shopping. But I have been alienated by the hype and attitude displayed by the employees and owner of the shop.

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    Our gunshop has gone through a PC name change. When Flagstaff was a small mountain town, it was named " Ruff's guns and drive thru liquor" , a lot went on in that little store, Tropy Elk Contests,Etc Etc.. With the invasion of the PC Kalifornia crowd, it was renamed "ruff's sporting goods", Same great service, people, ETC ETC, though, just a great place to stop in and shoot the bull!!
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    Our local gun shop is an Army/Navy store that has been here for years but just recently added firearms. I am proud to say that my son and I bought the very first two handguns sold there.
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    The good outnumber the bad, here. There's only one in the area I won't shop at. I stopped in once when I was looking for a M&P. They had it tagged for $529 and wouldn't budge. They acted offended when I laughed and pointed out the fact that they were higher than the MSRP, too. I made a 80 mile trip to Bud's, but paid $399. The local shops are where I bought all the rest. Good prices, good people. One even special orders my Mak ammo, and keeps it in stock for me.

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