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Old June 26, 2009, 04:57 PM   #1
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How do I special order from walmart

Anyone know how to special order guns from walmart? I know that you can but have not been able to find anything when I go on there website. Supposedly there is supposed to be a special order section under there hunting section but I have not been able to find it so if anyone can help me out I would appreciate it.
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Old June 26, 2009, 05:33 PM   #2
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Walk up to the sporting goods counter and ask them about special ordering. I've never done it buy have asked a couple of times to see their special order book. You have to pay 100% up front when you order IIRC. You can't order anything you want either it has to be listed in thier book, so if you want something exotic don't go looking for Wal-Mart to get it.
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Old June 26, 2009, 09:25 PM   #3
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Ditto. They have a big, thick book full of guns. Grab one of the folding chairs from camping, sit your Pepsi in the holder and have at it for 30 minutes.
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Old June 27, 2009, 11:05 AM   #4
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Don't, I'm sure any other local shop will match their prices. Try not support the big old stores like walmart, or before you know it all of our local shops will be gone!
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Old June 28, 2009, 07:46 AM   #5
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Don't, I'm sure any other local shop will match their prices. Try not support the big old stores like walmart, or before you know it all of our local shops will be gone!
And if people don't buy guns from Wal-Mart, pretty soon there will be a flood of posts here and everywhere else about "MY WAL-MART STOPPED SELLING GUNS!!"

Wal-Mart IS just another local dealer as far as I'm concerned. The people who work there are all local people. As far as I can tell they didn't import people when they opened the store. They get their chance at my business same as anybody else.
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Old June 28, 2009, 09:41 AM   #6
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Anyone know how to special order guns from walmart? I know that you can but have not been able to find anything when I go on there website. Supposedly there is supposed to be a special order section under there hunting section but I have not been able to find it so if anyone can help me out I would appreciate it.

at my local walmart, there's a big catalog they get for their employees to use, to order guns for people, and to stock the store- ask to see it. It's in alphabetic order by manufacturer. Walmart usually beats anyones' price on a gun. I remember seeing brand new Weatherby Vanguard 300 magnums there for only $385. At the time used Remingtons and Winchesters were in the newspaper for $500. No one believed me until they went down to Walmart and saw it for themselves.

their prices have climbed up recently, but they are still $25-$50 cheaper or more than a gun store or Cabelas, etc. Reason being, they buy such large volume.
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Old June 28, 2009, 11:06 AM   #7
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buy local! support small business!!!

the employees may be local but they arent on comission, your gun dollars go right to corporate, do the right thing and support a small family owned gun shop, did you know that since 94 that 90% of small gun shops have closed due to lack of business??? i sure would hate for walmart to be our only local source for guns...
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Old June 30, 2009, 09:20 PM   #8
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Dont worry I buy all my handguns at the local gun stores, however for my rifle I would be saving over 100 dollars so it looks like for me I will be supporting walmart in the rifle buisness
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Old June 30, 2009, 09:26 PM   #9
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I paid $350.00 for a Wichester Model 70 in .270. My sin bought one in .300 Win Mag. My friend waited a month and bought one on clearance for $275, They have a synthetic stock and had a Simmons scope, which I changed to Nikon. I didn't special order it but man! What a great rifle...
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Old June 30, 2009, 09:51 PM   #10
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Wal-Mart IS just another local dealer as far as I'm concerned. The people who work there are all local people. As far as I can tell they didn't import people when they opened the store. They get their chance at my business same as anybody else.
Its only a matter of time before Wal-Mart falls to the politically correct BS and quits selling guns and ammo at all there stores...........anyone who thinks otherwise is a fool. Hopefully the Mom & Pops will still be there.
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Old July 1, 2009, 12:49 AM   #11
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Don't know that wall mart will bow down to pc

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I don't know that Wal-mart will bow down to PC pressure. Some of the Wal-marts in my "area" have stopped selling guns, but investigation turned up their, "if we don't sell enough of it via this store, then this store won't carry it" policy. The days of every Wal-mart having all the exact same stock are long gone. Modern marketing makes that approach unworkable. The Wall Marts that move arms will continue to carry them. I have special ordered from Wal-Mart but more recently have found a pop and mom gun shop that has great prices and do all my buying there now.

And where in the world is there a Wal-mart that still sells hand guns????


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Old July 1, 2009, 02:01 AM   #12
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Don't even think about a special order from Wal-Mart. It's entirely possible that you won't get what you ordered(guy on another forum ordered a .300 WSM, as I recall, and got a .300 Win Mag. No returns) and you won't get any after sales service.
"...but they arent on comission..." Paid minimum wage with no training either.
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Old July 1, 2009, 06:44 AM   #13
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Walk up to the sporting goods counter and ask them about special ordering.
Wow. I didn't realize that's all there was to it....
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Old July 1, 2009, 08:41 AM   #14
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I did not realize they had more guns than show on their website. I will be stopping by my local one soon to check it out.
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Old July 1, 2009, 08:17 PM   #15
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Wal-mart won't sell in some city's.

In south Florida if you go to Wal-marts in the city's (Miami)they don't' sell guns or Ammo. If you venture outside city limits then they carry a few guns and will let you order from magazine's. Call ahead

It was explained to me that they don't want their stuff showing up in a crime scene, this is what stopped Kmart from selling. Outside the City people are hunter's, target shooter's and the like. Not sayin' it's true but what was told to me at Wal-mart.

I agree with supporting your local Mom and Pop but when the price difference exceeds $50 or more sorry can't so that.
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Old July 1, 2009, 09:16 PM   #16
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When I bought my .357mag Winchester 94 Trapper in late 2005 They required a deposit of 50% down and the balance when the rifle came in. It took about a month to come in and a few months later I learned that Winchester was stopping production in March of 2006. I got one of the last ones manufactured.
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Old July 1, 2009, 10:10 PM   #17
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Go to Walmart.com Search "rifles". Order online. Pickup at your designated store.

This way you bypass the dummies that work there. Actually there is one guy in the nearest store that knows his stuff but I haven't figured out his schedule. There is another store about an hour from here that caters to the ranchers and rural crowd, they're staffed with 'good ol' boys' and they know their stuff. Much larger inventory too.
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Old July 2, 2009, 12:09 AM   #18
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Walmart's website doesn't appear to have firearms anymore.
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Old July 4, 2009, 10:10 AM   #19
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Been there, done that...

It's pretty easy to order from WalMart. The catalog that you ask for has all of the models and all of the calibers and configurations. You then pick which one you want and they make the order. Just make sure they write down the correct number from the catalog.

I'm just bummed that they no longer take layaways on guns.

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Old July 5, 2009, 01:09 AM   #20
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Wal-Marts in the Miami area used to sell guns and ammo. Now most of stores don't, but surprisingly some still sell buckshot. I remember when Sports Authority used to sell guns and ammo, but stopped doing so when Klinton was president. I'd recommend calling different Wal-Marts to see if the firearms catalog is available to the public. Sometimes the employees aren't aware that the public can order from them, always ask for a manager.
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Old July 5, 2009, 06:42 AM   #21
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Don't even think about a special order from Wal-Mart. It's entirely possible that you won't get what you ordered(guy on another forum ordered a .300 WSM, as I recall, and got a .300 Win Mag. No returns) and you won't get any after sales service.
So what? I don't know about you, but if I was to special order a gun from anybody, Wal-Mart, or Mom and Pop, I would make sure it was the right one before I TOOK DELIVERY on it.
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Old July 5, 2009, 07:27 AM   #22
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I remember when Sports Authority used to sell guns and ammo, but stopped doing so when Klinton was president.
Some Sports Authority still sell guns and ammo.

FYI: Dicks sporting goods also has a special order book that is pretty good.
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Old July 5, 2009, 07:49 AM   #23
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the employees may be local but they arent on comission, your gun dollars go right to corporate
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do the right thing and support a small family owned gun shop
Why is this automatically the right thing? How do you know the original poster lives anywhere near a family owned gun shop? How do you know that, even if he does, that it's not a terribly run business which overcharges for its goods? I've been to quite a number of family owned gun shops, and just like any other business, there are good examples, average examples, and terrible examples. Just because a business is family owned doesn't mean it's the "right thing" to patronize them - the OP has to do the right thing given HIS circumstances, not yours.

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did you know that since 94 that 90% of small gun shops have closed due to lack of business???
If you're going to quote a statistic, be prepared to back it up. Please cite your source for this information. Further, right now, given the current climate, anyone in the business of selling firearms and related supplies should have zero trouble remaining afloat.

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And what evidence is there that this is occurring? Quite honestly, it's usually been the mom-and-pop gun retailers that limit choices, just because they don't generally carry as wide a variety of firearms and related goods as larger merchandisers. Now, quite the opposite is true. We are blessed with an embarassingly rich array of choices, both online and storefront, from which to select the firearm(s) we want.
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Old July 5, 2009, 08:19 AM   #24
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Don't, I'm sure any other local shop will match their prices.

Our nearest town is Lawton, OK. There is not one gun shop in town. Just a bunch of predatory pawn shops. They will add a a bunch to their cost of the gun and then charge you at least $40 to handle the transaction. There is one gunshop in Duncan, OK (50 miles away) that will order guns at reasonable prices. The other shop in Duncan is the original rip-off joint.

I have order a few guns from the local Wal-Mart. Their prices are as good as it gets in this part of OK.
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Old July 5, 2009, 11:18 AM   #25
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I won't fall for it!

I so badly want to get into an argument about "how bad" WalMart is and their "putting the little guy out of business" tactics. I see no problems with WalMart at all. But, I won't do it.

The original poster asked a question and we should stick to it. Ordering a special order gun from Walmart is a breeze. Just do this:

1) Walk up to the sporting goods counter and wait 1/2 hour for someone to show up.
2) Ask for the catalog for special order guns. If the guy/gal is clueless, ask to see someone that knows. You may be told that that person will be back in an hour or maybe will be on duty tomorrow. Come back at that time. If the person who shows up actually knows something, skip to number 4 below.
3) Go to the counter at the requested time and wait an hour for someone to show up.
4) Finally talk to the guy about the special order catalog. He'll bring out a catalog and you can peruse the offerings and find the gun you want.
5) Ask for a pencil or pen and put a tick mark next to the item you want. That way he/she can easily put the RIGHT numbers on the special order form.
6) They will call the supplier and find out if the gun is available.
7) In a week to ten days you'll receive your gun.
8) Inspect it VERY well before taking delivery. Make sure to look at the caliber and configuration to make sure it is what you want.
9) There are no returns on firearms so make SURE it is what you ordered.
10) Go home and enjoy your new gun. There is nothing wrong with the guns that WalMart sells and they often sell them at a lower price than mom and pop places.

My local dealer also does not take returns and will not help you deal with a manufacturer of a gun if there is a problem, so, to me, aside from wanting to help a mom and pop place, they really don't have ANYTHING on WalMart for service. Yes, they are somewhat more knowledgeable, but they also charge an extra 4% for credit card transactions which puts their prices more in line with other dealers than what it appears when you are just "browsing."

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