Originally Posted By sledboy:
I just have to vent. I just had the worst gun buying experience of my life!
My wife and I formulated a plan of buying our four sons stripped receivers for Christmas. Then, every Christmas after that, we would buy more parts for them, possibly completing the guns in 4 or 5 years. Of course, my older sons can contribute to the project as they see fit and complete their rifle sooner than my younger boys. Even my wife thought it was a great idea and was excited about it.
After shopping around, I settled on the stripped receivers from Aim Surplus and their rocking deal at $59.95 each! At that price, I wanted to pick one up for myself as well. That makes 5 receivers. So I called my FFL dealer, got all the info and then called Aim to place the order. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that they already had the FFL info on record. Then I told them I wanted 5 lower receivers. Next question, "Are they all for you?" I said yes. Then they said that they can only sell three to the same person. Then I explained what I wanted to do with them. Then they accused me of changing my story because they really were not for me, they were for my sons.
Without actually using the word, they basically told me they would not sell them to me because I was a liar!
They would sell them directly to the FFL dealer but they would not sell them to me!
Well, I about just let it go but it just didn't set right with me. So I called the FFL dealer and talked to him about it. He told me that he should not have to call them and place the order. Anyone should be able to place the order because the order will still be shipped to the address of the FFL dealer. He was willing to place the order but was a little put out by it. I can't blame him because I was too! So I called Aim back and was given the same run around saying that when they are audited by the ATF, selling 5 receivers to the same person would throw up a red flag and they could get into trouble. SINCE WHEN CAN WE NOT BUY GUNS IN THIS COUNTRY AND SINCE WHEN HAVE GUN RE-SALERS BEEN CONCERNED ABOUT BEING AUDITED BY THE ATF FOR A LEGAL SALE??? I hung up with them after getting absolutely no where and after them accusing me again of changing my story.
After stewing about it again, I called them back just to ask a couple of questions. The first question I asked was if they had been audited in the past and gotten trouble. The sales representative admitted that they had. That explained a lot!
So the bottom line is, I don't think I will ever deal with Aim Surplus again. I will just bite the bullet and get the little more expensive (and better quality) Spikes lowers and be done with it. Spikes has always treated me very well and will get my business again!!! Go Spikes!
The feral government is a boondoogle at best and certainly isn't getting any better
For those of us who love the shooting sports that is particularly more true than not
Personally I have had lots of good buying experiences with AIM and dealing with Bryan in particular
I am guessing you could have staggered your buying to meet AIMs concerns and had you talked to Bryan gotten the same bargain