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I support local gunshops to the extent that they support me by offering competetive prices and available merchandise.
I try... unfortunately my local gun shop is pretty weak on selection, not to mention the $45 they charge for an FFL fee when they don't have something I want.
I've since found another local FFL that charges $20 and will make an effort to find me good prices. I'd rather pay a little more to support the local business when possible. I'm not a fan of using local gun shops to check fit and finish, then order elsewhere if I can avoid it.
Wow. Your LGS makes mine look like the Brady headquarters. We have nothing even close to that.
I have no problem paying a little more for the stores that demonstrate a little customer service.
Sadly, I recently had one of my favorite LGS's spontaneously refuse an FFL xfer because the owner decided that the paperwork was a headache and he didn't want to do that anymore. I guess he didn't recognize me over the phone, or just didn't care. In any case, he screwed the order up royally, and I will ensure that I don't darken his door again. Off the top of my head, I've spent around 3K in that store over the last two years.
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IF you are lucky enough to have a LGS that carries a reasonably large selection, and IF they are at least in the ballpark on price, and IF they are not complete business-idiots, I will gladly pay a little more to support a brick and mortar store.
In case you didn't notice, that is alot of "IFs". Personally, I appreciate being able to handle the merchandise a little before shelling out the dough, and it is worth something. The personal interaction is almost always beneficial in any business. Is a shop owner or clerk more likely or less likely to negotiate a little looser with a "friend" who comes in frequently or Joe Schmoe who comes in once in a Blue Moon?
I am with MA on this. Support the GOOD local gun shops. The BAD ones will eventually dissapear anyway.
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Yes I do.
Could have saved over $30 if I bought on GB, but decided the guys at the shop deserved my money in MI.
We are hard hit here, insofar as the economy, so I figure I did right.
Less hassle, walked out with the goods in hand, instead of FFL-FFL transfer and whatnot.
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We had two local gunshops and I always tried to give them my business whenever possible. However, both went out of business recently. So now it is either Academy or Cabellas. There really isn't anything else in town.
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Im lucky enough to be in a fairly large enough city that I have two local places that I have patroned and plan to. given the pricing is reasonable. As fire as the firearms go they both are very competitive and I buy them atleast locally. If they dont carry what I need I will look around. I just had to order a good holster directly from the maker as the locals just didnt have what I liked.
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The gun shop is part of our culture. The fact they are in town reenforces our position on firearms ownership within the community. If folks see the local gun shop sitting next to the local grocery store, it's normal to them. In the absence of a constant positive reminder, some folks that aren't "gun people" tend to lose sight of things. That's how gun laws get passed... apathetic or ignorant people that aren't part of our culture.
I agree with wmhawth 1,000,000,000% if you are going to have super high prices and not help support my budget then I'm not going to help support you. I mean the guys around here are wayyyyy higher then internet stores. My lgs I use the most was $150 higher on a m&p 9c that I just ordered. If your not even going to try to be competitive then you cant expect my business. We would never get jobs if we were way high on bids.
Do you support your local gun shop?
Yup, and I'll be doing it again tomorrow....
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I do support (buy from) my local gun shop but their selection is rather limited. Mostly though he can order whatever I ask for and have it within 2 days. If not, I will drive for 1 hour to another shop I frequent. Never buy through internet stores.
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Is Arizona simply different? I keep seeing that folks only have one or maybe two shops to choose from, yet in my little city in Northern AZ we have literally 10 locally owned gun shops to choose from, not including Walmart, Cal Ranch, Big 5 exc exc.
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Yes and No
I buy pretty much all my ammo from Cabelas. But occasionally my LGS will have defensive ammo cheaper than Cabelas.
I have bought 3 guns off of Gunbroker, 2 rare finds that I would pretty much never find in LGS and another for price and availablity.
When my girlfriend bought a gun with my assistance, we started at the LGS, moved on to a few big box stores and when we knew what she wanted, we went back to the LGS, had the salesman I always work with ring us up and get a commission. We could have done a purchase online and saved $50-60 on her new pistol but we both thought that it was worth supporting not only the LGS but the local salesman who is great working with experienced and non-experienced customers and had made her feel most comfortable with the gun purchasing process.
I shop at both online vendors, big box stores and local gun shops. Sometimes each vedor offers a specific product or service I need which only they can accomodate.
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