Old discount chain store firearms sales. Remember when?

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Old discount chain store firearms sales. Remember when?

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Post by puma guy » Sun Dec 28, 2014 6:21 pm

Just reminiscing about the good old days. Wal Mart being the sole remaining discount store still selling firearms I wondered if any one remembers when most all of the discount chains sold them. Also how many here bought a firearm from stores such as Globe Discount City, Gibson's, K-mart, Gemco, Sage, FedMart etc. I seem to recall Target carried firearms as well. I bought from Globe (1964 my first actual firearm a Model 70 in Win in .243) and from KMart. I worked at Globe from '66 to '71 and bought guns while working there as well.
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Post by anygunanywhere » Sun Dec 28, 2014 7:34 pm

There is a Gibson's in Kerrville.
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Post by mgood » Sun Dec 28, 2014 7:55 pm

I remember my dad buying guns for me and/or himself at both Gibson's and K-Mart.
In a little box of shooting related stuff I inherited from him, there's a recoil pad, new-in-box, with a Gibson's price tag on it.


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Post by rotor » Sun Dec 28, 2014 8:06 pm

I bought 2 of those AR-7 Explorer take apart 22LR from Western Auto for $49 each back in the early 70's. Gave one to a buddy. I have never had a failure to fire or any problem with mine. I have a large capacity magazine for one of them which apparently is not available anymore. Nice little toy. Local Gibson was also a great source. Both Western Auto and local Gibson closed. New gunstore has opened and our local Atwoods has started carrying. Our new gunstore is also a great source of powder and reloading supplies but at a premium price. But no hazmat fees so and I did say local.

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Post by jmra » Sun Dec 28, 2014 8:07 pm

IIRC I bought my first shotgun at KMart. I wish Walmart still sold handguns.
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Post by tomtexan » Sun Dec 28, 2014 8:11 pm

I bought reloading supplies from Gibson's back in the 80's.
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Post by chuck j » Sun Dec 28, 2014 9:09 pm

Also the trading stamp stores had a selection of rifles and shotguns (S and H Green Stamps / Plaid Stamps / Gold Bond Stamps / etc ) . Still have a 12 gage H and R Topper model my mom got me when I was 13 at the Green Stamp store .

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Post by puma guy » Sun Dec 28, 2014 9:53 pm

anygunanywhere wrote:There is a Gibson's in Kerrville.
I have been to the one in Weatherford. It had a nice selection of firearms, reloaders/reloading supplies, scopes and accessories. I wrote a review a while back; they had some nice folks working in sporting goods. The whole store for that matter.
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Post by puma guy » Sun Dec 28, 2014 9:54 pm

chuck j wrote:Also the trading stamp stores had a selection of rifles and shotguns (S and H Green Stamps / Plaid Stamps / Gold Bond Stamps / etc ) . Still have a 12 gage H and R Topper model my mom got me when I was 13 at the Green Stamp store .
I forgot all about that.
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Post by Pawpaw » Mon Dec 29, 2014 12:32 am

It wasn't only discount stores. As a teenager, I worked in the neighborhood True Value hardware store and we sold rifles & shotguns.

Those were the good old days.
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Post by CoffeeNut » Mon Dec 29, 2014 2:31 am

jmra wrote:IIRC I bought my first shotgun at KMart. I wish Walmart still sold handguns.
Walmart sold handguns? Man that would be nice to have today since Walmart's on every other block.
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Post by jmra » Mon Dec 29, 2014 7:09 am

CoffeeNut wrote:
jmra wrote:IIRC I bought my first shotgun at KMart. I wish Walmart still sold handguns.
Walmart sold handguns? Man that would be nice to have today since Walmart's on every other block.
Yes, ended sales in 1993.
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Post by bulinm » Mon Dec 29, 2014 7:32 am

Bought a Winchester 94 from a Gibson's for $ 65 back in the early-mid 70s. Most of my guns back then came from Sears.
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Post by J Wilson » Mon Dec 29, 2014 7:54 am

Bought my Remington 1100 from JC Penney's and remember that Montgomery Ward's used to sell a lot of military surplus guns.

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Post by TxLobo » Mon Dec 29, 2014 7:57 am

yup...

Dad bought me my first semi auto .22 from K-Mart in 74, Marlin 60 with a 4x scope. Gave it to my son a couple of years ago.
I bought a Mossburg from Gibson's in '78 for 99.00 and later bought a Beretta 84 .380 for 275.00 in '86.
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