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.