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Their guns selection has sucked for a long time (even before they got rid of them all). But I used to buy ammo and gun supplies at Dicks until they decided they hated the 2nd amendment. There were good prices on black Friday, and was always good to stock up. (Also got a Remington 870 on Black Friday once for a great price there.)

But Dicks has gone the way of many big companies: They went full-on left-wing and purposely spewed hatred for anything conservative. It’s actually scary, as corporate America tries to destroy the 2nd amendment and the gun industry. This is an attack many years in the making, and Dick’s is only one more facet. What large, nation-wide stores still sell guns? Cabelas / Bass Pro? They have 177 stores, so not too small… (But much less than the 854 Dicks stores) Anyone else?
 

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I sure do miss Gander Mountain.
Ehh....They went mainstream too. The CEO basically said 2a supporters could shop somewhere else just before they went under.
The location in Avon IN was about 50% overpriced on everything. Used Glock 27 for $600-$700. Told the gun manager that was way overpriced, and his response was basically "yes, corporate pricing."
A buddy of mine was walking in the Avon location another occasion and was confronted by the same manager, because apparently he was showing a tiny bit of his concealed pistol. Said manager told him all guns much be checked at the front of the store.
 

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I recall a sign on the front doors that said such; every time I entered armed. They would also escort the customer to the front door after purchasing a firearm. I missed there fishing dept. once they closed.
Cabelas in NWI used to do the same thing. Haven't been there in a while but I imagine the policy is still in place.
 

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Cabelas in NWI used to do the same thing. Haven't been there in a while but I imagine the policy is still in place.
I'm not saying the policy shouldn't exist for purchased firearms, or firearms you intend to sell/trade. Asking for all firearms to be checked (creating some kind of feel good gun free store) is asinine.
 

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Ehh....They went mainstream too. The CEO basically said 2a supporters could shop somewhere else just before they went under.
The location in Avon IN was about 50% overpriced on everything. Used Glock 27 for $600-$700. Told the gun manager that was way overpriced, and his response was basically "yes, corporate pricing."
A buddy of mine was walking in the Avon location another occasion and was confronted by the same manager, because apparently he was showing a tiny bit of his concealed pistol. Said manager told him all guns much be checked at the front of the store.
I guess my good memories of Gander Mountain are from 20-25 years ago. I didn't shop there much during their final years. The in house gunsmith at the Merrillville store did a nice trigger job on my 686 back in the 90's. They were great for fishing, camping and archery gear.
 

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I guess my good memories of Gander Mountain are from 20-25 years ago. I didn't shop there much during their final years. The in house gunsmith at the Merrillville store did a nice trigger job on my 686 back in the 90's. They were great for fishing, camping and archery gear.
Yeah, you should hold on to those memories. The gun manager there initially was good. He now runs a LGS I frequent in Avon. After he left the end was near.
 

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Cabelas in NWI used to do the same thing. Haven't been there in a while but I imagine the policy is still in place.
I'm not saying the policy shouldn't exist for purchased firearms, or firearms you intend to sell/trade. Asking for all firearms to be checked (creating some kind of feel good gun free store) is asinine.
IIRC the policy was "all" guns needed to be checked. That was pretty quickly changed to all guns except those carried for self defense. Or something along those lines. If you're bringing it in for work, trade in, holster check, etc. it has to be checked. If you're keeping it in a holster good to go. It's been quite a few years, and I may be misremembering or it's been changed. But that's what I recall.
 

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IIRC the policy was "all" guns needed to be checked. That was pretty quickly changed to all guns except those carried for self defense. Or something along those lines. If you're bringing it in for work, trade in, holster check, etc. it has to be checked. If you're keeping it in a holster good to go. It's been quite a few years, and I may be misremembering or it's been changed. But that's what I recall.
Thats pretty much my recollection as well. Like yourself I haven't been inside Cabelas for quite some time. The only time I've been there in the recent past was to meet up with another member in the lot on a few occasions for a private transaction. But it's been a while that I've done that.
 

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We used to take the fire truck and go inside for awhile just to get off the couch and walk around. The original Gander in Mville/Hobart had a restaurant I always wanted to try but never got around to it. It is now a rental for some holiday crap. I remember going to stand in line for .22 when they still sold buckets.

Dicks and Gander are gone. They aint coming back. That selling model of Dicks worked well for them tho... huge golf section that never had what you wanted and overpriced sports bras and $200 jerseys. Their customer base didn't want to include white guys that had money but no longer wanted to go to their store... dudes don't dig the mall, they don't care to go where they're not wanted and told they're evil for liking guns and ammo.

Thanks Hobart for catering to them. See how that worked for ya?
 

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I noticed something interesting about the article. It mentioned the decision to stop selling guns was made in 2018. They claimed they lost $250M in revenue, which was their projection. Their stock price on 1/18/18 was $33. Today it’s $110. So their strategy seems to be working.
 

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