Buying a Gun at Walmart

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  1. GatorDude

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    If you are interested in getting into shooting, you may wonder what it is like to buy a gun. This article describes what it is like to buy a firearm at Walmart. The experience would be similar at most gunshops or big box sporting goods store.

    Buying a Gun at Walmart - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com


     
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  2. sea_chicken1

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    I purchased a shotgun at walmart up here in WA and being promptly escorted out of the store as if I had been caught shop lifting did not sit well with me. I still had some shopping to do in the sporting goods department and the manager was a jerk and would not keep the shotgun at the counter for five minutes to buy some things that I needed.
     
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  3. Idaho Dave

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    I have bought a couple guns from a walmart in Utah course I knew the guy at the sporting goods counter. the only part I thought odd was the walk out to your car with the member of management.
     
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  4. Oxford

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    I had about the same experience at WalMart when I bought a .22 Henry.

    But...I've got to add that when I bought a 30.06 rifle at Cabela's, a gun department employee also carried my gun out the front door, then handed it to me. That's not a whole lot different.

    In contrast, I bought a 9 mm handgun at a gun shop and carried it out the front door, unlike the box store system.
     
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  5. Cyrano

    Cyrano Resident Curmudgeon Forum Contributor

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    I think I'll stick to specialty gun shops. If I spend the sort of money I usually spend on a firearm, I damned well can do without the "perp walk."
     
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  6. Reinhardt

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    I bought a Savage 22 at a Wal-Mart in Florida, not only did they walk me out to the car carrying it, they would not sell me ammo with the gun. I had to put the rifle in the trunk of my car and walk back in to buy ammo, what a pain in the a$$!!!!
     
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  7. roggom

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    The walk does not bother me, most of the big stores in The Denver area do the same thing, Gander, Sportsman, Wal-mart.

    The walk would be very ironic if someone had a CCW.

    I picked up a Remmy 870 at Wally World last year, it was almost $100 cheaper than Gander, and they are in the same dang parking lot.
     
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    I do the "walk" all the time here in Michigan. Duhnam's is the place I buy most of my stuff from, but when i got some shoppin to do they just sit it behind the counter and i go about my business. Then they hand it to me, tell me to have a nice day and i go about my merry way. I don't mind it that much.
     
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    i bought a 243 savage in walmart by oklahoma city a while back and they did the perp walk and the second trip back for ammo,i didnt mind. every store has their policies i guess. but i bought a 22 marlin in walmart some years later in checotah oklahoma and they had no perp walk,i carried it out alone. they did tell me once i bought it i had to get it out of the store as soon as it was paid for.
     
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    I have had the experience of being walked out with management after buying a firearm. I didn't mind one bit. I guess it was the way they did it. More like a grocer carrying your groceries to your car for you than a perp walk. Pleasant conversation and a "Let me carry this to the front door for you." Then a casual stroll to the front door while continuing the conversation. Attitude of the clerk makes a huge difference.
     
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    How are Walmart's gun prices. If I could save fifty bucks I couldn't care less if I got a perp-walk out the door.
     
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    Prices I saw at my local Wal-Mart were decent IMO.

    They had a Savage semi auto .22LR for $127, the Marlin Model 60 was about $160, Ruger 10/22 was about $234 (I found it at a local shop brand new for $219). I saw a Marlin lever 30/30 for about $237-$267 I believe. Shotguns from $200's to $500's.

    When I purchased my first handgun... It was at Bass Pro. Big mistake. Over priced, but not the point here. They had someone walk me out the store and they carried the firearm for me. Sadly the person carrying couldn't have been 21 looked way too young. No announcement or anything just walked me out.
     
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    people still shop at walmart!!!??
     
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    I bought my evil black WASR at Dunham's. Had no hassles buying some ammo with it and walking out all by my lonesom.

    tom
     
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    Oh yeah, droves of them. One of the local stores has a SS Marlin 336 with a heavy barrel and synthetic stock that resembles snake skin I'd love to have even tho I despise synthetic stocks with a passion. BUT at 690.00 bucks it doesn't look like I'll get it in this lifetime. :D
     
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    Have none of you seen the "people of Wal-Mart" pictorials on the internet or e-mail?

    If you were the Wal-Mart managers, how would you insure that a gun sale is made safely and efficiently, given the environment that has to be operated in?

    This is NOT the "Happy Days" era of the 1950s that I grew up in. Very sad.

    If you don't want to do the "perp walk" (sic), then shop at a real gun store.

    As long as people will sell their dignity for a few dollars, Wal-Mart will remain the king of retail.
     
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  17. Idaho Dave

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    Keep in mind walmart has many items, including guns, made special for them and the quality may differ I can say I have seen this in differences with stock quality on a shotgun from walmart

    Wal-Mart and Firearms

    "First and foremost, most of the firearms carried by Wal-Mart stores are the lowest grade available from the manufacturers, and many are "Wal-Mart Specials." The latter are made for Wal-Mart to sell at a lower price than would be available for a similar model from local retailers. Unlike the shotguns and rifles that Sears had manufactured for their stores by Winchester, et al, which had a lot of extra "bells and whistles," Wal-Mart specials are little more than barreled actions fitted to a cheap stock with even some standard features omitted. If you think I am exaggerating, ask any gun dealer (retailer, wholesaler, or broker) and they will tell you that the Wal-Mart special guns have very low resale value compared to "regular" firearms"

    not doggin them like I said I have a couple wally guns in my collection. but sometimes you do get what you pay for just make sure you pay for what your looking for
     
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  18. lefty o

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    that different grade firearms stuff is BS. as much as i despise walmart, them and the other box stores get their firearms from the same distributors as everyone else does. are you likely to see guns with more flaws at a big box store, yeah. due to the fact they have much higher volume, and employees that dont care. where as a small gunshop is way more likely to open the box see a flaw and ship the gun back.
     
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  19. grizcty

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    Thanks for the thread.

    I have NEVER seen a low quality, or inferior gun.
    In Wal Marts gun cases, or racks.
    They may not have some of the high end models.
    But those too can still be ordered, at least in Alaska. (talk to the Manager)
    The Ruger Redhawk, I recently looked at.
    Was identical, to the one Sportsman Warehouse had.
    The ONLY difference I saw, was a cheaper price.

    I dont mind the "perp" walk, & escort.
    As it is also a perfect time, to buy bulky/heavy items.
    And have the "Manager", load them in the truck bed!

    For the naysayers.
    This is still America. :usa2:
    It is your $.
    And you can spend it, where you want.

    I love shopping at Wally World.
    And LOVE, saving $. :cool:
     
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    speaking of these so called low grade guns. last shotgun i bought 4 or 5 years ago came from sportsmans wharehouse. browning BPS, blued/walnut- they had to order me one THREE times before one arrived that wasnt F'd up in the box, and i watched them cut the box open all 3 times. they get what they get. of course if oyu ask a small gunshop owner , does walmart get lower grade guns, heck yeah he's gonna tell you they do, because they are his direct competition, and due to the volume they purchase in they easily beat his price. 30 years ago, the BS stories were that Kmart and woolworths got all the lower grade guns. funny how who ever is selling the most somehow always is getting these lowgrade firearms. almost always these BS stories start with their competition, and people that dont know any better.
     
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