Boutique Shop or Bubba's Gun Shop?
I was looking for something when I came across this. I appropriated it from another firearms forum. ;)
I was thinking about the different types of gunshops that I partronize and why. I came to the conclusion that there are basically two types. One is the BOUTIQUE and the other is the MOM & POP/BUBBA/Redneck(I mean that in a good way as I consider myself as a Ridge Runner). etc.
I came to the conclusion that in the last few years I made a full transition to the latter one. The Boutique establishments really got on my nerves. Here are the differences.
1. Clean and immaculate. Everything has a barcode and cases are cleaned with windex. Prices are on computerized tags and attached to the triggerguard.
2. If you try to negotiate a price, they look at you like you're Bill Clinton arriving at a sorority convention.
3. If you try to special order something they refer you to a guy who's only there 1 hour on Monday between 10am and 11am.
4. If you ask for a cup of coffee, they refer you to a vending machine attached to a state of the art range facility.
5. If you ask to see the latest Ruger Vaquero single action revolver in 45LC, they refer you to a Glock in .45GAP due to incompetent staff. Granted, I like both guns, but please hire someone who actually graduated high school and knows the difference between a polymer frame and a steel one.
6. If you want to use the restroom, they give you a multilevel retinal key for password access and then look at you funny if you come out later than 1 minute.
7. Ammunition is grossly overpriced unless is the tradition cartridge. A box of 10mm is $30. If you ask for a box of .22 Hornet, they look at you like you collect insects.
The Bubba Shop:
1. When you walk in, its like Cheers, everyone knows your name.
2. Price tags are scribbled in pencil and NEGOTIABLE!!!
3. There is a balance of long guns and handguns, in both DAO, SA, and everything in between.
4. The owner knows you by name and offers layaway.
5. The owner gives you a FREE cup of coffee when you walk in.
6. There is taxadermy on the wall instead of simulated turkey bullseye that you find on the boutique shops.
7. The owners and staff are wearing NRA and John Birch Society T shirts and not IPSC and bullseye match tshirts. ( I happen to love both, but you get the drift).
8. There is a range out back, but it consists of tin cans and heavy steel barrels for test firing.
9. The owner open carries in a belt holster instead of inside the pocket.
10. going back to #1, everybody knows your name.
So the choice for me is obvious.
Have frequented both...some additions:
Constantly trying to upsell every request
Pushing $300 range membership every time you stop in
Nothing under $1000 ever in stock
Has a barrel full of old rifles and shottys under $100
Bins of "old" parts to rummage through to find what you need
Always willing to shoot the breeze without making a sale
Walls full of "new" products with 10 years of dust on them
Always has a 15 years old dog named "Bear" or something lying around
Only thing they "push" is NRA membership
Yeah, that sounds about right. :D
Just like this.:D
Is that your basement Shi?
I think I could live there.
I vote for Bubba. :)
I now have a bubba shop and an almost boutique shop on the same road in town.
My bubba shop is a garage with a gun shop attached. You have to walk through a small junk yard of potential classic restoration cars from the 60's and 70's, yell in the garage that you want to speak to Sherman, the dude will come out from under a car to shoot the **** about guns for a couple hours. The handgun case is covered in old magazines and bills of sale so you have ask exactly whats in the case. The long guns are on a rack with a cable through the trigger guards that looks like they are locked up tight, but its just a free cable not attached to anything. The ammo is in a back closet filled with old boxes of crap ammo that no one will ever buy. The whole place screams "Bubba Shop". Unfortunately, the guy will try to screw you out of every penny. The last time I went there looking for a revolver, he had exactly what I was looking for. A 442 with a crimson trace - he wanted $950. I haven't been back.
The new place that would be considered a "Boutique Shop" compared to their competitor, is my new favorite shop. As soon as you walk in the door, you're greeted by a Dalmation who is a fantastic guard dog - you have to let him sniff you before you walk in or he wont stop barking. The owners are the nicest people I've ever dealt with. They specialize in bows and will do any work on them you want. Their firearm selection is small but growing fast. Everything is neat and tidy and did I mention the owners are friendly? I haven't tried negotiating prices yet - a few more buys and I will start asking to knock of a couple bucks if I buy ammo too, etc, etc.
I don't think I've been to either of those type of gun shops. We just have long established gunshops, newer shops, and several chain sporting goods stores...that's about it. I never find these stereotype establishments that seemingly exist only on the Internet.
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