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barmen9122  [Member]
1/26/2009 11:59:15 AM
Continued from:

http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=1&f=5&t=820104


If I get alot of responses with a different opinion than my own, I will remove this.

A few days ago I was in the area of Shoot Straight Range and Gun Store in Tampa. It's a nice store with a large inventory. I stop in, along with my friend that was with me. Looked around and thought I'd buy a newer version of Jon H. Gutmacher book. Now, it's funny that the 20 to 30 minutes I was there, four different people asked if I needed help, which is good. But when I'm ready to check out, standing at the front register with book in hand, 10 minutes went by before someone noticed. Finally ready to purchase my book, the guy behind the countre takes the book, scans it, gives me the total purchase price.

I hand him my credit card (the one that has my picture on it), and he swipes it. Then he asks me what my phone number is. Explains to me it's used to verify my credit card. I've never been asked that, but gave it to him anyway. He types it into the cash register then asks me for my Drivers License and said he needs to swipe that into the cash register as well.

Um, I'm sure you get the point and to make this short I was really confussed and annoyed that it was taking me more ID's to buy a $28 dollar book than it takes me to buy a gun.

Anyway, I just left. As I'm walking out the guy behind the counter yells, "That's ok Sir, I'll put the book back for you."

I stopped at another shop on the way home. Got the book, they swiped my card and I was out the door 30 seconds later.

For shits and giggles I called my credit card company and they said there was no reason for any of this. If there was a problem verifying the card, a message of DENY would come up along with a CALL US.

Shoot Straight has a really nice store, but high prices. I even mentioned to one of the guys behind the counter that I'm buying another hand gun. He asked why I'm not buying it there. I told him where I found it for much less. He gave me the "oh" look while I got an eyes rolled look and walked away...because they know where they stand.

Anyhoo, rant over.



Brad
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psdiver102  [Team Member]
1/26/2009 12:31:32 PM
So..... who gets the -1
FoolishMortal  [Member]
1/26/2009 2:12:48 PM
I will never buy anything from Shoot straight. I was browsing their table at a gun show holding a nearly brand new shotgun. The managers ride segways around the floor during gun shows. Presumably they are to important to actually walk. Anyways, He proceeds to tell me they will buy the shotgun for $x. The price they offered was roughly a quarter of the MSRP.

When I suggested that a shotgun in at least 98% condition deserves a bit more than what he offered he became furious with me.

He then tells me that they could buy the same gun brand new from Beretta for significantly less than half of Beretta's suggested retail value.

In calm, even terms, I told him that I wasn't interested in doing business if they were going to lie to me and turned to walk away. As I turned, he shouts out "OK! CALL MY BLUFF THEN! CALL MY BLUFF!"


I will never do business with them again, and I would warn anyone considering buying from them against it. Several of my friends have also been dealt with very badly by the employees at the store and/or ripped off pretty badly.
MisterB  [Team Member]
1/26/2009 2:30:49 PM
My first and only time going to one of their locations was a couple of weeks ago.

I met a friend over at the Casselberry Shoot Straight one evening after I left the SHOT show, because he wanted to try a particular pistol set-up I had before he did something similar with his.

So my buddy and I got a couple of lanes at their range, he was a member so he did all the arrangements for the lanes, and while he was doing that, I bought some target loads for my carry gun, figuring I can just plink with that.

Same thing.. they demanded my ID for ammo purchase. I thought they were just gonna look at it to make sure I am old enough to buy ammo (I'm 38, so even that seemed ludicrous)
Then next thing I know, the dude SWIPED MY LICENSE in the machine. I asked him what the heck he was doing, and his response was "oh, this is nothing, wait til they make you have serial numbered ammo" "blah, blah, blah"

OK, first off, that stupid "serialed ammo" bill has been struck down everywhere it has been presented to date, so that was a load of crap, and it didn't answer my question.

My question, "Mr. Shoot Straight dude", is why you logged my identification numbers without my consent, and without any legal reason to do so.

My only guess is that they are planning to voluntarily hand over the info to Obama's Gestapo whenever he gets around to trying a confiscation order.

Great, we get turned in by a sheep in wolf's clothing...

They can keep their crappy 6 lane range. Thank God I don't live over there, I'd hate to have THAT place as my only option.
Maalox  [Member]
1/26/2009 6:06:54 PM
I live in Tampa and have tried to purchase from them a couple times. As noted above they put list prices on all their guns and then you have to haggle with them like you are buying a used car. This bothers me as it means they will take the money of the uninformed. Just doesn't seem like an honest way to do business. The owner does have a nice red Ferrari though so his tactics must work.

I shot at their range on 301 a couple times but with no range officers and a number of folks waving loaded guns around I decided to take my business elsewhere.
Rumrunner358  [Member]
1/26/2009 6:27:37 PM
they pretty much suck ass. and get the book at the gun show, its about the only deal there, 20 bucks out the door
MisterB  [Team Member]
1/26/2009 6:31:27 PM
Holy crap! I forgot all about their gun prices..


they had a used rental gun Glock 21 for $650.00!! Everything in their used case was above BNIB prices...

I must have blocked that out of my mind, I didn't remember it til reading that last post.
M14FL  [Member]
1/26/2009 6:41:41 PM
Stay away
not worth it
Wakko  [Team Member]
1/27/2009 12:45:31 AM
I believe that they're owned by a middle eastern man. Nuff said.
foxfire5  [Team Member]
1/27/2009 1:57:05 AM
I think every state has at least one of these gun shops.
quantim2  [Team Member]
1/27/2009 10:48:58 AM
Probably the worst gun shop I have ever been near. I only see their stuff at the gun shows, but they want 25% over normal retail prices for their guns.

The part that pisses me off is there's always a line for background checks at their tables. People shouldn't be buying from these crooks, there's plenty of other dealers at the show with the same guns that you don't have to fuck around with for 30 min to get the right price.
barmen9122  [Member]
1/27/2009 10:59:55 AM
Here is another one for ya!

The only reason I know about this place is I just happened to be driving by. My friend does business out in that area. We drove by and decided to stop just for the hell of it. I'm always up for finding a nice, honest shop with a good selection, so we walked in. Again, the people were nice enough with the, "can I help you" again, and again and again. They had a bolt action 50 cal BMG setting on a counter. While looking at it, I was in the middle of telling my friend that I had thought about getting one. Even did some research and found you could pick one up for between $2000 and $3000. Anyway, guy behind the counter walks over and throws us the "can I help you", and I inquire how much they are asking for the BMG. It was over $8000. When I said, "WOW", his remark was that the price was actually cheap, and I couldn't find a BMG anywhere for less than $10,000.

I just figured it must be something I missed. For there defense, maybe it was some super nice, high quality bolt action BMG. I don't know. But, what I do know is you can own one for a heck of a lot less then 10 GRAND!!

My nickname for the story now is ––––––––––––>Shoot Crooked<––––––––––––
Get it...crooked sales...lol



Brad
foxfire5  [Team Member]
1/28/2009 12:03:52 AM
Lemme guess, It was a Barrett M82 A1 in diguise?? LOL.
barmen9122  [Member]
1/28/2009 11:14:51 AM
Originally Posted By foxfire5:
Lemme guess, It was a Barrett M82 A1 in diguise?? LOL.


I actuall thought he stuck the price tag of a really nice semi-auto Barrett on the Bolt Action 50 cal...or just didn't know the differenct. In any event, not good customer service.

Again, nice store...but remember to have your guard up and your RIP OFF radar on full power when you walk into this place.



Brad

barmen9122  [Member]
1/29/2009 12:18:02 PM
Originally Posted By barmen9122:
Originally Posted By foxfire5:
Lemme guess, It was a Barrett M82 A1 in diguise?? LOL.


I actuall thought he stuck the price tag of a really nice semi-auto Barrett on the Bolt Action 50 cal...or just didn't know the differenct. In any event, not good customer service.

Again, nice store...but remember to have your guard up and your RIP OFF radar on full power when you walk into this place.



Brad



If anyone has anything good to say about this place, I would like to hear it. So far, I'm finding it very difficult to understand how this place is staying in business.

Brad

quantim2  [Team Member]
1/29/2009 1:09:32 PM
Originally Posted By barmen9122:
Originally Posted By barmen9122:
Originally Posted By foxfire5:
Lemme guess, It was a Barrett M82 A1 in diguise?? LOL.


I actuall thought he stuck the price tag of a really nice semi-auto Barrett on the Bolt Action 50 cal...or just didn't know the differenct. In any event, not good customer service.

Again, nice store...but remember to have your guard up and your RIP OFF radar on full power when you walk into this place.



Brad



If anyone has anything good to say about this place, I would like to hear it. So far, I'm finding it very difficult to understand how this place is staying in business.

Brad



They prey on the uninformed. I'm sure the last few months have been very good to them.
Dogue  [Team Member]
1/29/2009 3:06:31 PM
I made my first, and last, visit there a couple weeks ago and was surprised to see all the AR's in stock...then I saw the price and just shook my head (over $2500 for Colt 6920's, etc), and I did see that 50 as well. I wondered over to see if they had any deals on ammo, yup Wolf .223 for $250/500 (it's about half that elsewhere). I grabbed my wallet and got out of there.
barmen9122  [Member]
1/29/2009 3:34:26 PM
Originally Posted By Dogue:
I made my first, and last, visit there a couple weeks ago and was surprised to see all the AR's in stock...then I saw the price and just shook my head (over $2500 for Colt 6920's, etc), and I did see that 50 as well. I wondered over to see if they had any deals on ammo, yup Wolf .223 for $250/500 (it's about half that elsewhere). I grabbed my wallet and got out of there.


The wolf can be found pretty common for about $160 to $165 for 500 rds. If you want to by 1000 rds, you can find them online for $278 shipped.

Come on, there has to be at least ONE person that had a good experience with these people!! Lol

Brad

Requiem  [Member]
1/29/2009 4:42:11 PM
I got a XD40subcompact from them $400 out the door which I guess you can count that as a good experience. That was my only successful haggle with them.

I used to go to Shoot Straight every month to waste their time and fondle guns (then purchase online and ship to other shops). Every time I go there, I get turned off by the prices and the last time I was there was last September with no plans on stopping by there anytime soon.
767fixer  [Member]
1/29/2009 7:42:48 PM
bought my PT1911 at the Tampa show. of cousre they were almost 100 higher than anyone there. i walked around and found the lowest price. went back and told them what the price was, pulled the cash out of my wallet and said they had 30 seconds to beat the price. they wouldnt even take a cash deal. went back and bought the other. i will never deal with them....


well unless they sale 308 for 10 dollars for 1000
patw  [Member]
1/29/2009 9:27:11 PM
I remember in past gun shows they had the best prices and would haggle with you on your trade and it wasn't that bad. Now it seems they are out to pay the rent with one sale. Not a good way to do business.
dan1802  [Member]
1/30/2009 10:55:57 AM
Every single time i go in there i have some dumbass trying to sell me something for double the price its worth.

i stay away from them...i perfer my local gunshops
mercdank  [Member]
1/30/2009 1:08:55 PM
i only go to shoot straight if i need to use their range. i dont think i have ever purchased any goods from their store as it would cost double that i can get it from walmart or online. the shoot straight casselberry is cool, a little small, but the people seem like less assholes than at the apopka store. all the workers have a smug sense of superiority, and wont even help you out if you tell them you're not buying anything, just looking. i did make friends with one guys there and they let me buy 9mm ammo when i wasnt 21 bc the guy in the lane next to me had a fully auto and suppressed HKmp5 so i had to shoot it, and even the workers were jealous bc of it. also their gunsmith is ok, cheap work and quick turnaround. but i agree with y'all, much better places to shop and shoot in the central florida area.

dont even get me started on the segway douche at the gunshows, i just want to throw something at him he looks like such a prick.
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