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Old 07-12-2013, 03:26 AM   #31
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I am not that fond of my own kids much less other people's
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I kinda get ignored in some shops, till they realize this yungin knows what he's talkin about!
Then they start talkin when I buy a couple boxes of ammo and a new mag!
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I get that attitude being on the "other end" (old) of this issue... Just the other day I had a fella behind the counter hand me 1911 to look at and he made a point of telling me how I need to grip it. I sort of bit my lip and didn't say it but, I sure did think to myself, "I was shooting a 1911 when you were still squirting yellow, little camper."
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I have the same problem. There's a gun store maybe 5 minutes from me so me and my dad go in there a lot. We've bought about a thousand rounds of ammo, transferred a rifle there, a CZ52, and my dad bought a LCP from them, and were regulars. Out of the 15-20 employees there, 3 actually know that I appreciate and respect firearms and know my stuff. The rest look at me weird when I go to the Mosins and the other milsurps and start checking them out and checking the basics (ie bore, action, ect). Then whenever I picked up my SKS from them while my dad was talking to one of the employees, I was a few feet down the counter, I was checking all the basics on my new sks, I took off the receiver cover, and took out the recoil spring and bolt assembly, by that time I had 3 employees staring me down. I knew how to take a SKS down and I was just checking if it was all ok, they thought I was insane.
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I am not that fond of my own kids much less other people's
Well I'm not that fond of my generation or any before me as of now. All they talk about is the latest anything and nothing of real substance.
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KimberFan, that must have been a little annoying and awkward. Granted not everyone knows what gun they are holding and the "proper" way to hold a certain gun but not everybody holds a gun the same way anyways.
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Good suggestion on possibly asking more or maybe sound as if I know what I'm talking about.
Do not go in and "sound as if" you know what you are talking about.

If you don't know, ask.

If you do know, go ahead and talk about what you know.

Don't try to act more knowledgeable than you are. They will spot the difference a mile away and you will lose respect with every word.

One thing I think everybody here will agree on, everybody working behind the counter likes to think they know more than the customer does. Let them think that, at least at first. Do not correct them (unless it is something that is a safety issue). After a couple of visits if you do know more than them, slowly and diplomatically let them know that, but never, ever be condescending. Nobody likes to be patronized.

I can't tell you how many gun store employees that have approached my sons in a patronizing manner. They would hand me a firearm and I would check it for safe (whether the employee did or not) and hand it to one of my sons who would also check it for safe. when he hands it to his brother, he would also check it for safe. If they did not know how to operate the gun, they would ask.

These days the boys are just as likely to strip down a gun right there on the counter (with guns they are familiar with) and the employee will stand there with a stunned look on his face- and sometimes nervously ask if they could put it back together. At the regular store the employees will just laugh and joke about how the boys can do it better than (pick a new guy). They have built that respect. And they do respect the people who have earned theirs.
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Can someone please explain to me why so many employees at gun stores seem to talk down to me while I'm in the store. Is it because I'm 21, do I look like I'm not going to buy anything there. Is it just the ego of people that work at gun stores. It seems as if every store I go to around me (Durham, NC) that they employees would rather me leave than stay and help me with what I'm looking for. I've been recently trying to find and hold a few options that I've considered for conceal carry. Aside from no gun store near me having a sig p938 which I really want to get my hands on, it's really frustrating to deal with people talking to me like I shouldn't be there.
Just don't act like you know things, when you don't
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A lot of good advice here. My father-in-law was in Sears or JC Penny once with an armful of stuff waiting at the counter. And waiting. He's not a patient man. Finally he pulled the money out of his wallet and yelled "I got $500 in cash to spend in this damn store. Anybody gonna take it from me!?" Clerk finally came up to the counter and he said "Too ***king late." Left all of the crap on the counter and walked out. Found the store manager to let him know, then went somewhere else to get his clothes.
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Do not go in and "sound as if" you know what you are talking about.

If you don't know, ask.

If you do know, go ahead and talk about what you know.

Don't try to act more knowledgeable than you are. They will spot the difference a mile away and you will lose respect with every word.
Sorry I worded that statement wrong. I do know what I'm talking about and not trying to act more knowledgeable than I am. I am quick to admit when I don't know something about guns because I genuinely want to learn about all guns. I would love to ask but how do you know the sales person you're asking is knowledgeable about what you're asking and not just making stuff up.
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