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Gun Shack in Helotes

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  1. majormadmax

    majormadmax Úlfhéðnar

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    I mentioned this "shop" after a buddy of mine bought an ATI GSG 1911 in .22 from them at the SAXET gun show last weekend. According to their website, they're in Helotes not far from me so today I had a little time before picking my son up from school and I decided to check them out.

    Well, it took some doing but I finally found them; and unfortunately it isn't what I was hoping for! Instead of the traditional gun shop (counters with guns and accessories), I found a small office in a business building that had one desk in it.

    While they had a nice selection of guns at the show, I just wanted to let everyone know that they don't have a storefront as I mistakenly thought.

    Still, they were friendly folks and their prices are too bad; I was just hoping to find a nice gun store close to home. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case...

    Cheers! M2
     


  2. TheDan

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    Sounds ideal for a small operation. Those office buildings tend to be fairly cheap and usually have some sort of security built in. I'm curious, tho... Did they not have any inventory in their office at all? Is the office the address of their FFL?
     
  3. majormadmax

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    It is the address on their website, and I didn't see a single firearm in the office.

    When I say 'small,' I mean small! Basically enough room for a small desk and a chair in front of it. There was one person working and a customer when I was there, and I had to pick up my son from school so I didn't have time to talk; but it didn't appear that there was any place to lock up any weapons so I don't believe they keep them on site...
     
  4. TheDan

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    I was under the impression that an FFL had to store and sell the firearms at the same address listed on the FFL, or is that incorrect?
     
  5. majormadmax

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    I don't think so, I know of one FFL that doesn't have a storefront. However, they do have to be a business...
     
  6. Skip

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    What a tease...lol
     
  7. shortround

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    There was a fellow who ran a little gun shop inside a hardware store on Nacogdoches Road. Stopped in when I saw the "Guns" sign.

    It was was a family run place, as a young woman greeted me when I entered and asked how she could help. "Guns," said I.

    She called her Papi, and he unlocked the door to the "gun shop" cubicle. It was very well laid out, kind of like a miniature gun room at Cabela's or Bass Pro Shops.

    He had a few new guns, but mostly collectibles. IIRC, he had some Luger P-08s, an M1 Carbine, M1 Garand, some Winchester lever actions, and a shotgun or two.

    Said he could order guns and sell them for 10% over his price + tax. Also offered to do transfers at $15 per gun. Also said two of his sons were in the Army, he also being a veteran.

    The place slipped my mind for a while, and when I happened to drive by the other day, the place had folded.

    Sad that some little mom & pop operations don't last for long in this economy.

    OTOH he might have been a lousy entrepreneur.

    Be well.
     
  8. Gun Shack

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    Hi, my name is Noemi, and I'm one of the owners of Gun Shack along with my husband Lance. I remember seeing you come by our office that day. I went to look for you after my customer left, but unfortunately you were gone. Yes, we are currently a small operation (we got started in July). Much of our business is through Internet sales, gun shows, and word of mouth. We do not keep inventory in our small office and just handle transfers there. We strongly believe in providing excellent customer service and offering outstanding prices. This formula has been working well, as we have been getting a lot of attention both at the gun shows and on the Internet! We can order just about anything and strive to provide our customers the best prices around. We are also looking into provided CHL courses in the near future.

    Best Regards,

    Noemi
     
  9. Texan2

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    Thanks for joining us....good luck with your new business.
     
  10. majormadmax

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    Hi Noemi! Sorry I couldn't stick around, I had to pick my son up at O'Connor.

    I think there was some misunderstanding from the SAXET gun show the weekend prior, based on the inventory you had there I thought you folks had an actual storefront at the address on the business card I was given. That may have been wishful thinking on my part as we don't really have any good gun stores out in our part of town. I had a little time to kill that afternoon, so I thought I would see if I could find you.

    But I gotta ask, are there plans to actually grow into a storefront or is your intent to focus on online sales and gun shows? I would hope it would be the former but also understand if it's the latter. As you can see in the other discussion on a shop up in Buda, we realize the sacrifices necessary in running the traditional brick-and-mortar gun shop; but I for one would love to see a "real" gun store in Helotes!

    Either way, I do wish you all the luck and hope your new business grows rapidly. We'll still stop by at the gun shows and say 'hi!' (a buddy of mine bought a STI GSG 1911 from you on Saturday, and we were trying to talk another one into getting the same pistol). Folks on here understand it is a mutually-beneficial arrangement to support firearms businesses that support us, so we'll spread the word and maybe we can help the Gun Shack grow even further and faster!

    Cheers! M2
     


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