Boutique Shop or Bubba's Gun Shop?

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by CA357, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

    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.

    Boutique Shop:

    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.
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2011
  2. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

    Have frequented both...some additions:

    Boutique Shop

    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

  3. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

    Yeah, that sounds about right. :D
  4. Shihan

    Shihan Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

    Just like this.:D

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  5. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

    Is that your basement Shi?
  6. Shihan

    Shihan Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

    I could only wish. That is my Bubba Shop.:)
  7. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

    I think I could live there.
  8. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger Active Member

    I vote for Bubba. :)
  9. dnthmn2004

    dnthmn2004 New Member

    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.
  10. buckhorn_cortez

    buckhorn_cortez Member

    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.
  11. silverado113

    silverado113 New Member

    There I fixed it :D
  12. levelcross

    levelcross New Member

    I have two of each with in 6 miles of my home. I like one of each a lot, the Bubba shop has a milling machine right up front, ammo stored on a home made wood shelf and is self serve, everyone has a gun on their hip, a spit cup is on the counter (which is plywood), they have chairs that are old and squeaky, and know their S*#t about guns.

    Now the Boutique shop is clean and has the high end guns proudly on display, the guns I go to look at are tucked under the counter out of sight, they are somewhat flexible in pricing, one or two will open carry, three different doors to enter or exit with magnetic locks, tons of video cameras, over priced ammo in a glass display case behind the counter, and they also know the guns that they sell.

    I work both of them against each other over prices, neither has a range to shoot at, and when I walk in they both greet me by name. Now the chain stores are just to fondle new arrivals or cash in on a really good deal.
  13. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker Active Member

    Where's the fun in buying a gun if you can't haggle? :D
  14. silverado113

    silverado113 New Member

    Depends on which side of the counter you're on :D
  15. JonM

    JonM Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

    I like the big box stores like gander and cabelas because they have a huge selection i can look at and handle. Then when i find one i want i go order it at my lgs which is run out of a hardware store.

    The dealer i use the most doesnt have a glhuge selection but they can get about 90% of the ones i want with the same price as buying online for most things. Sometimes they are a little higher but not by much. That difference is usually recouped in store credit on the purchase as they got a cashback rewards program.

    I paid like 100$ for my sw mp15-22 using the cash back thing. I can use that even on special orders.

    They call me if someone brings in something for sell or trade they think i might be interested. On occassion i get calls about ar15 questions heh.

    Picking up a pair of new vaquero 45acp/45colt thursday evening they got for me nearly 200$ cheaper than a similar gun at gander without the extra cylinder and they have consecutive serial numbers. Im pretty stoked about that.
  16. silverado113

    silverado113 New Member

    Jon please clone yourself and send me the clones (I could use a few patrons such as yourself)
  17. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

    North of Richmond VA is a LGS that has been there since the 1950s. They have grown, expanded, and are quite large.

    2 years ago, Gander Mountain opened a store 1/4 mile away. BIG store. Came over and outright told the LGS they might as well have a going out of business sale- Gander was going to put them out of business.

    Well, that LGS closed its door last week. They had to. You see, they were moving. They picked up the lease on the nice, new store 1/4 mile away when Gander Mountain closed up.

    They are re-opening this week in their new location. :D
  18. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker Active Member

    LMAO!!!! You gotta love irony. :D
  19. Blueguns

    Blueguns New Member

    He has found heaven!!
  20. gunnut07

    gunnut07 New Member

    We have some a little different.

    1. Bubba See OP.

    2. Tactical Wal-mart.
    a. If it has tactical in the name they got it in stock.
    b. If it is black they got it in stock.
    c. Everything is $50 over MSRP.
    d. The sales staff are all on the local SWAT team (Even the guy who is 5' nothing and weighs in at 375#).
    e. If you ask about a 1911 they snicker and point to a glock.
    f. If you ask about a revolver they snicker and point to a glock.
    g. If you ask about a rifle they point to a tricked out AR with 5 lights 3 lasers 2 scopes and a 90-1000x900mm laser range finding super epic sniper scope with 3 forward hand grips at different angles.
    h. If you ask about a bolt action they snicker and say "Your no sniper what do you need a sniper rifle for?"
    i. If you ask about a holster they point you to the 1000 different drop leg holsters.