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Old April 13, 2012, 09:17 PM   #1
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Boy, am I mad.

I just left academy sports; while there, I looked at a sig. There was a hellish storm going on outside, and nobody in the store, but the child behind the counter allowed me to wander around looking at the pistols and ignored me while he dusted the daisys.

He eventually walked past, and I grabbed him by the collar and expressed interest in the sig. He handed it to me, I cleared it and removed the magazine, then politely asked him to take out the trigger lock.

"would you mind taking out the trigger lock now?"

He said that they won't remove the trigger locks unless I am going to buy it.


You must be joking. I already have no opportunity to test fire, and have no recourse if it is broken, and can't even pick it up for 2 weeks. I'm supposed to buy this SOB without even knowing if my finger can fit through the guard, or if I can reach safety and other controls conveneintly? I can't hold it in my hand, and see if it points naturally, or if it gives a good sight picture?


I set the thing down and left, asked for a manager when I got to the front, and told them to pound sand when 3 minutes later I was still waiting.

"I'll just take this up with corporate."

So, now, I'm going to write an email to their offices suggesting several things.

First, do not put children behind the gun counter.
Set absolute and clear rules, and don't let some child refuse to allow a complete inspection of a handgun when that is not the policy of the store.
firearms and ammunition are a huge source of revenue, and this child lost them all possibiilty of making a $500 sale, as well as any hope of ammunition or follow up accessories.

The implication is that I am untrustworthy or stupid, and so forth. I'm 50, have LE training, I have fired more ammo than they have in their warehouse over my lifetime, and am a former nra instructor. I'm respectable looking and I was the only person in a 50 foot radius, and there were 3 employees within range of my voice. This sort of nonsense is unacceptable at any store, but I certainly expected better from them.
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Old April 13, 2012, 10:22 PM   #2
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My local Academy has a couple real gun guys and a mix of typical retail clerks.

I think the gun guys are more comfortable removing the trigger lock to let you really check it out.

Too bad you had such an experience as Academy has some good prices.

Maybe try again during different hours to catch a different employee? I certainly agree you shouldn't have to do that, but it may work.
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Old April 13, 2012, 10:50 PM   #3
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I hope the tantrum has had a pacifying effect...
You're from BATFE? Come right in! I use all your fine products!
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