Spent about an hour or so in one of them EVIL GUN SHOPS over the weekend. I was in there to look at a couple of .22s that I wanted so I could get more trigger time with less cost. . . and being that I am in MA when you tell me you have a pre-AWB Ruger 10/22 available with scope, folding stock and flash suppresser I am all over it. . .
Anyway while I was in there it hit me. These gunny folks are still some of the friendliest I have ever met. The shop was packed, folks calmly waited in line, no problems, comments or other issues. Folks actually said excuse me when walking in front of you to get to the other part of the store and move out of the way if they notice you were trying to see something in the display case. . . .Once you got up front the staff was great to work with and quick to help with suggestions (I was also looking for a pistol in .22). They did not have the used .22 Smith I was looking at but asked what I was looking for and my goals for it. After a bit of a talk he took out a new Ruger SR22 and let me give it a good look over. Nice gun, small, same sights as my full size M&P 9mm which is my carry gun. . . fit my needs and looked like it would be great for my wife to shoot to. Win win!
While looking at the various guns I got talking with the customer next to me who was looking at an AR-15 platform. We traded some range stories, Taking our kids to the range stories. . . I gave him my $.02 on the AR I have and we got along well. . . I had never met the guy before.
After jumping through all the Fed and State hoops I got my guns, a used 10/22 and a new Ruger SR22. Range reports for both to be posted later (once I get to the range).
I have said it before as have many others – gun folks are good folks. If you ever read a piece in the paper and they bad mouth the gunnies they met I can bet you they either 1- made up the story, or 2- brought an attitude with them. Sure there are always a few bad apples out there, but I have yet to run into any real issues with any of the gunnies I have met, even in the few gun stores with a rep for attitude I have been in. . .
Be it at the gun store, a blogger shoot or just talking with folks that find out you are a gunny too I continue to find them to be great folks. Usual with a good sense of humor, a few stories to swap, and more than willing to share advice, talk about guns they have, or let you put a few round down range to try out one of their guns you may be looking at. I know I am a better person for the gunnies I have met and call friend.