First time at Bass Pro Shop / Outdoor World

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    First time at Bass Pro Shop / Outdoor World

    I went to this store off the side of I-95 in Hollywood, Florida. I had passed it a couple of times and always wanted to check it out. The time came today, since I was more or less down there from West Palm Beach to play disc golf.

    What a store! Man, they have some of everything! And a good selection of most things, too! Kayaks, everything for fishing (I don't fish, though, at this point), handguns, rifles, shotguns, archery, camping, knives, flashlights...

    I ended up getting myself a SureFire E1L Outdoorsman -- my first SureFire flashlight ever, and I LOVE it! It's an LED model that runs on 1 CR123 battery. I have to say that when I just got home and compared the spot and the intensity (subjectively) to my Inova T2, which runs on 2 of the same batteries, and the spot looks only a touch smaller, and as near as I can tell, every bit as intense!

    The sales girl who helped me (they keep these babies triple locked in the case was very knowledgeable. She even mentioned the rubber rings on some of the other models to "tacticalize" them! I made sure to tell her that I was impressed with her product knowledge. She even took out two E1Ls from the case, an older one and a newer one, and showed me that she was giving me the updated E1L, with longer battery endurance and I think 5 more lumens output.

    This model doesn't have the rubber tactical grip ring, but I did make sure that I can actuate the tailcap switch with my off-hand, for use with a handgun.

    I can recommend the E1L in good conscience. And it's SOOOO SMALL for its output! The only trouble I have now is I need to find a nylon belt sheat that fits it. Anyone know if there's one made specifically for it?

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    Ahhhhh Bass Pro, I'd never buy a gun from there as their prices are too high and I prefer to buy from a independant shop, but it sure is nice to go there and look around

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    I converted my lil' E1E to an E1L - and find it excellent for size (and batt' longevity too).

    Out of my flashlights it is the one that lives on my belt, being so small, and has saved me a whole loada problems over the years - having a light when needed cannot be predicted!

    May be only 25 lumens but the lens/reflector combo are such that direct light into the eyes is plenty dazzling.
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    Check out Surefire's website, they sell light carriers in leather, kydex and nylon - http://www.surefire.com/maxexp/main/.../253/sesent/00 - plus there's all the custom makers here on the Forum if you're interested in quality leather gear.
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    Thanks, maclean3!

    You know, I checked the handgun counter out of curiosity and saw a GLOCK 22 (.40 S&W) for $499!!!!!! When I got mine a couple months ago in a gun shop, I paid $529!!!!!!!!!

    The knife counter had some decent knives, too. There were some Benchmade Griptilians (and minis), even a Byrd Crow, and Harp. The Crow was only $19.99! (I didn't buy it, though.)

    I think I probably paid a premium price on the E1L, though. I didn't shop it around at all--it was totally an impulse buy, but then, you don't get to handle SureFires just anywhere. I paid $99.99+tax. Please don't tell me if I got ripped off...

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    I bought winchester white box 45 auto there real cheap one weekend last falll. It's fun to see all the stuff you only really see in magazines or catalogs or on the internet, and I like being able to handle them.

    Ive only ever bought 45 ammo, a cap, and a photon light there..but Id go back tomorrow if I had the chance.

    The closest one is 300 miles from me..but we have a gander mountain right in charleston, and It's almost as good.

    Gander has more tactical guns too..
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    The one in my area has a sign at the service desk that says you have to check your gun there while you shop and pick it up on the way out. I do not shop there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by citizen510 View Post
    The one in my area has a sign at the service desk that says you have to check your gun there while you shop and pick it up on the way out. I do not shop there.
    I have been in that store 3 times Citizen510 and I have never noticed that sign. I will have to look for it if I am ever in there again but honestly, I do not expect to visit it again.

    For one thing, now that you have told me that it is posted, they will never get any of my money. And for another, as far as I can tell, in that store, everything is waaay too expensive.

    It is a nice store and there are lots of cool things in there, but it all costs too much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by citizen510 View Post
    The one in my area has a sign at the service desk that says you have to check your gun there while you shop and pick it up on the way out. I do not shop there.
    Just to clarify, they do support concealed-carry (they hold CCW classes at the store here) and do allow carry in the stores. That sign only applies to people who are taking their firearms to the gunsmith or to the indoor ranges that some stores contain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenpoTex View Post
    Just to clarify, they do support concealed-carry (they hold CCW classes at the store here) and do allow carry in the stores. That sign only applies to people who are taking their firearms to the gunsmith or to the indoor ranges that some stores contain.

    Not absolutely true. I remember a story on another forum where someone went in with his CCW to check out their range and the person at the range flipped out when he found out that the guy carried his weapon unchecked through the store. They escorted him back to the check in but he continued out the front door.

    My Bass Pro has the same sign. Fortunately for me NV law says that sign doesn't mean anything. I have no intention of using their range or presenting my sidearm so I do not expect any problems. Their prices here are reasonable. I buy ammo, shooting supplies, grilling supplies, and the occasional outdoor item or two there. I even got my 10/22 there. Their sale price was the best I had seen.

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    Yeah that one in Ft/ Laud/Hollywood is quite a place. I'm you know your prices, you can find a few bargains from time to time. I like that store better than the one here in Orlando.

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    Bass Pro Shop is coming to Washington, PA for those who are close enough to care.

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    Have you guys been to Cabelas? I like bass pro just fine, (I carry in there, as my understanding of their sign is for guns to the gunsmith or range) but next to Cabelas bass pro is like a mom and pop shop. Sorry there arent any in FL, there is one in GA.
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    my parents live 5 miles from Cabelas in WV...I've been to that one and to the one in Hamburg,PA. In 2004 I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and the Cabelas in Hamburg is 5 miles off the trail. I walked there and shopped around. They don't have much for a lightweight backpacker but I sure ate a lot of fudge! The store manager even drove me back to the trailhead in the Cabelas van. He told me I was the first hiker to ever walk out to them!

    cool experience....ammo at Cabelas is a bit pricey. I find Walmart to be cheaper. As far as hunting clothes selection, no one is better. I also buy all my bow stuff there. I also bought my g2 there for $29. I get my live bait there too. I know one of the guys in the fishing department and I always go in and ask for a dozen shiners and the bucket comes back out with about 50 in it!
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