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Posted: 9/4/2010 6:10:21 AM EST
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I am a recent AZ transplant, I know...why leave such a gun friendly state? Thats for another thread. I just need to know what gun shops do fellow San Diegans trust for their AR needs questions etc. Still relatively new to the AR club (have a complete lower, buttstock, etc. just saving up for the upper I want).

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Posted: 9/3/2010 9:48:34 PM EST
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SDL, try the Hometown forum. You'll probably get quicker more detailed responses in the California section.
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Posted: 9/3/2010 9:59:33 PM EST
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Posted: 9/3/2010 10:33:46 PM EST
try http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/index.php should be alot more info. As for AR shops in San Diego there are a few that sell them but not much in the way of parts. parallax tactical in Sorento mesa has some stuff. What exactly do you need?
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Posted: 9/4/2010 5:52:48 AM EST
I would never move back to Kalifornistan, I feel for you. Good luck in your search.
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Posted: 9/4/2010 6:06:38 AM EST
Depends on what you want from the shop. If you want a selection and do not really want a detailed question answered, they do know enough. Turners in Kearny Mesa is not bad. Around the corner on Convoy is Socal guns. It is in a better location, one side is a liqueur store and the other is a strip club :) I have recently been going to an indoor range call Project 2000. They have a lot of stuff and the ones I have talked to knew more then I expected. The prices are pretty good to. In El Cajon on Magnolia is Discount gun AKA Magnolia in door range. They are good to deal with.

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Posted: 9/4/2010 9:20:15 AM EST
Go to Quantico Tactical in Oceanside on Coast Highway. They are a few blocks south of Mission. They have a ton of uppers in stock ready to go and are staffed by Marines or retired Marines who actually know something about using ARs (and variants) for their intended purpose. Turners and other places are usually staffed (with some exceptions) with the mall ninja crowd. Socal gun are just plain rude most of the time.

They don't have the largest selection of brands, but they do sell good stuff (LMT, GG&G, Troy, RRA, etc.). Their prices are really good too, look at their website for an idea of the LMT stuff, and they will usually honor a discount for AR15.com members. John, "Grumpy", is the manager, and he'll hook you up.
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Posted: 9/4/2010 12:15:19 PM EST
There's parallaxtactical in sorrento valley

Discountgunmart in Santee and near Seaworld.

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Posted: 9/4/2010 2:13:38 PM EST
American Shooting Center off Kearny Villa has some AR15 accessories as well as complete rifles.

Souther California Used Guns off Convoy has slightly more AR15 accessories as well as complete rifles.

Turners on Clairemont Mesa may have a couple complete rifles, not much for accessories though.

Discount Gun Mart on Morena has some AR15's and accessories but they are complete dick heads there. Check their reviews on yahoo/yelp (hint: the 5 star reviews are from themselves and friends, the 1 star reviews are from legitimate customers.)

Project 2000 Range has some accessories as well as complete AR's and lower receivers.

El Cajon Gun Exchange off El Cajon Blvd has a decent amount of AR's and AR accessories.

Etc Etc... their are a few others places.... probably some others that may have slightly more AR accessories... but bottom line is, don't expect to see many gun shops like ones you've probably experienced in AZ. When I took a trip across the US I stopped in a few gun shops in AZ, I'm not sure how your typical gun shops were, but you won't find any thing like that around here.
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Posted: 9/4/2010 2:22:13 PM EST
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I would never move back to Kalifornistan, I feel for you. Good luck in your search.


Thanks for your priceless input. I don't know what the Op could have possibly done without your suggestion directly relating to his question.
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Posted: 9/4/2010 2:42:30 PM EST
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Originally Posted By SanDiegoLaw:
I am a recent AZ transplant, I know...why leave such a gun friendly state? Thats for another thread. I just need to know what gun shops do fellow San Diegans trust for their AR needs questions etc. Still relatively new to the AR club (have a complete lower, buttstock, etc. just saving up for the upper I want).




Besides all the input you have received already, a cop shop - California Police Equipment on El Cajon Blvd. just east of freeway 15.

http://capoliceequip.com/
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Posted: 9/4/2010 5:35:07 PM EST
Semper Fi Depot has a decent selection of stuff. Most of the higher end variety. Parallax tactical has a good selection and are helpful. Never dealt with Quantico but have heard good things.
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Posted: 9/6/2010 4:49:17 PM EST
Thanks to all for your input. I am in the market for a complete upper. I am pretty sure I will buy online, but sometimes you just want to hold something in your hands. I.e. feel of a standard hand grip vs. a tactical rail. Whether I want a FSB or Optics Ready with flip up sights.

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Posted: 9/6/2010 10:48:36 PM EST

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American Shooting Center off Kearny Villa has some AR15 accessories as well as complete rifles.
Full of assholes
Souther California Used Guns off Convoy has slightly more AR15 accessories as well as complete rifles.
full of idiot, fudd assholes
Turners on Clairemont Mesa may have a couple complete rifles, not much for accessories though.
Full of idiots
Discount Gun Mart on Morena has some AR15's and accessories but they are complete dick heads there. Check their reviews on yahoo/yelp (hint: the 5 star reviews are from themselves and friends, the 1 star reviews are from legitimate customers.)
Best experience I've ever had with firearms in San Diego.
Project 2000 Range has some accessories as well as complete AR's and lower receivers.
Will never shoot there again, was reprimanded for drawing from my holster to shoot.
El Cajon Gun Exchange off El Cajon Blvd has a decent amount of AR's and AR accessories.
Never been
Etc Etc... their are a few others places.... probably some others that may have slightly more AR accessories... but bottom line is, don't expect to see many gun shops like ones you've probably experienced in AZ. When I took a trip across the US I stopped in a few gun shops in AZ, I'm not sure how your typical gun shops were, but you won't find any thing like that around here.


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Posted: 9/6/2010 11:43:46 PM EST
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Originally Posted By lcplblazer:
American Shooting Center off Kearny Villa has some AR15 accessories as well as complete rifles.
Full of assholes
Souther California Used Guns off Convoy has slightly more AR15 accessories as well as complete rifles.
full of idiot, fudd assholes
Turners on Clairemont Mesa may have a couple complete rifles, not much for accessories though.
Full of idiots
Discount Gun Mart on Morena has some AR15's and accessories but they are complete dick heads there. Check their reviews on yahoo/yelp (hint: the 5 star reviews are from themselves and friends, the 1 star reviews are from legitimate customers.)
Best experience I've ever had with firearms in San Diego.
Project 2000 Range has some accessories as well as complete AR's and lower receivers.
Will never shoot there again, was reprimanded for drawing from my holster to shoot.
El Cajon Gun Exchange off El Cajon Blvd has a decent amount of AR's and AR accessories.
Never been
Etc Etc... their are a few others places.... probably some others that may have slightly more AR accessories... but bottom line is, don't expect to see many gun shops like ones you've probably experienced in AZ. When I took a trip across the US I stopped in a few gun shops in AZ, I'm not sure how your typical gun shops were, but you won't find any thing like that around here.




Discount Gun mart are by far the biggest douches in San Diego County... I've never met a single person who's been to discount gun mart who had anything remotely nice to say about the employees. And I don't just mean from people who may not have any business in a gun store, I'm talking about responsible/knowledgeable military and law enforcement buddies from all walks of attitude. I've personally been treated poorly every time I've went into their shop, even while purchasing firearms.

I can agree SoCal Used guns wont be winning any polite awards any time soon. But even they are not near the caliber of "dick head" that Discount Gun Mart is. As for the rest, they have all been polite to me for the most part.
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Posted: 9/7/2010 12:23:02 AM EST

Originally Posted By lcplblazer:
Originally Posted By DRhodes:

Originally Posted By lcplblazer:
American Shooting Center off Kearny Villa has some AR15 accessories as well as complete rifles.
Full of assholes
Souther California Used Guns off Convoy has slightly more AR15 accessories as well as complete rifles.
full of idiot, fudd assholes
Turners on Clairemont Mesa may have a couple complete rifles, not much for accessories though.
Full of idiots
Discount Gun Mart on Morena has some AR15's and accessories but they are complete dick heads there. Check their reviews on yahoo/yelp (hint: the 5 star reviews are from themselves and friends, the 1 star reviews are from legitimate customers.)
Best experience I've ever had with firearms in San Diego.
Project 2000 Range has some accessories as well as complete AR's and lower receivers.
Will never shoot there again, was reprimanded for drawing from my holster to shoot.
El Cajon Gun Exchange off El Cajon Blvd has a decent amount of AR's and AR accessories.
Never been
Etc Etc... their are a few others places.... probably some others that may have slightly more AR accessories... but bottom line is, don't expect to see many gun shops like ones you've probably experienced in AZ. When I took a trip across the US I stopped in a few gun shops in AZ, I'm not sure how your typical gun shops were, but you won't find any thing like that around here.




Discount Gun mart are by far the biggest douches in San Diego County... I've never met a single person who's been to discount gun mart who had anything remotely nice to say about the employees. And I don't just mean from people who may not have any business in a gun store, I'm talking about responsible/knowledgeable military and law enforcement buddies from all walks of attitude. I've personally been treated poorly every time I've went into their shop, even while purchasing firearms.

I can agree SoCal Used guns wont be winning any polite awards any time soon. But even they are not near the caliber of "dick head" that Discount Gun Mart is. As for the rest, they have all been polite to me for the most part.
Dang, really?

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Posted: 9/7/2010 11:41:20 AM EST
Regarding P2K, the girl tried to tell me their rule regarding drawing / using a holster and I told her there was no way I was going to lay my $1000 gun on their wood and metal benches in the stalls they had. She said uh, ok... The only thing I do not like there is the rang ceases fire about every 30 min so the 100 yard range can walk down to change targets. Build a wall between the 25 yard and the 100?
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Originally Posted By Hydromaroc:
Regarding P2K, the girl tried to tell me their rule regarding drawing / using a holster and I told her there was no way I was going to lay my $1000 gun on their wood and metal benches in the stalls they had. She said uh, ok... The only thing I do not like there is the rang ceases fire about every 30 min so the 100 yard range can walk down to change targets. Build a wall between the 25 yard and the 100?

The dumbshit teenager was a little more firm/aggressive with me, said I was going to hurt myself doing it. I packed my shit up and haven't been back.

The cease fire is every -10ish- minutes. You're paying full price for 40 minutes of shooting, not an hour.
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Posted: 9/9/2010 1:53:08 PM EST
Project 2k: They do have more AR stuff now.
The cease fire is every 30 minutes for 5 minutes. They are working on building a wall. I was told Project 2k is non-profit. I personally like this place.

Turners: NO AR stuff outside of ammo and full rifles.
The guys there are young 20-somethings who think they know everything. Not rude but have an "I don't care" attitude.

Socal Gun: They have some AR stuff.
Not rude but have an "I don't care" attitude.

American Shooting: They have some AR stuff.
Not rude but have an "I don't care" attitude.

Discount Gun Mart: The have a little bigger selection of AR stuff.
Rude sometimes, helpful other times, but always seem to have an "I don't care" attitude.

Quantico: Have bigger AR selection
Helpful and knowledgeable. They are former Marines, that is their attitude. They aren't trying to be rude.

Haven't been to any of the other places in San Diego.

They all have issues with holstered weapons. Maybe Discount doesn't care cause they can't see it. But they have written down to NOT holster, draw and fire your weapon. I'm sure it's a insurance safety thing.
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Posted: 9/14/2010 12:17:19 AM EST
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My experience with El Cajon Gun Exchange is they have an I don't want to be bothered attitude. Won't do business with them again.
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Posted: 9/16/2010 2:29:28 PM EST
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My experience with El Cajon Gun Exchange is they have an I don't want to be bothered attitude. Won't do business with them again.


That about sums it up...
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Posted: 9/20/2010 6:58:18 PM EST
Well I went to So Cal, Turners, and El Cajon this last week. Here is what I thought.

So Cal: not bad, there were two guys who seemed to know what they were talking about but they don't have any prices on many things and I had to wait in line with the paying customers to find out a price. But overall not a bad store.

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El Cajon: not bad either, I went in shorts and flip flops (I'm in San Diego) and I felt like they couldn't stop watching me. Their employees were helpful but this one dude just kept giving me the stink eye. Not a bad experience.

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There's a brand new shop open in Solana Beach called CGM. Ask for Colby 858-436-7088.
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There's a brand new shop open in Solana Beach called CGM. Ask for Colby 858-436-7088.


CGM is now Direct Action Solutions:

http://www.directactionsolutions.net/

An AR manufacturer is also local to San Diego, JD Machine Tech. They're known to give tours of the facility if you're interested.

http://www.jdmachinetech.com/
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Posted: 10/6/2010 9:48:07 PM EST
If you don't mind driving a bit north, riflegear in Costa Mesa is the best place I've been to. Just off the 405, all of the employees are smart, friendly, and very helpful. A friend of mine bought the LWRC AR pistol, and carefully explained all the laws associated with it, we spent over 3 hours just shopping and talking with them about almost everything they had. Incredible selection, it was like being a kid in a candy store.

AR's, Ak's 308's, saiga's, even an AUG bulpup.

There are also gun shows down the road from there every few months, at the costa mesa fair grounds.
next one is late november I believe.

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