I am in 100% agreement with The Gun Shots on this issue.
My pet peeve—besides not being greeted by the staff—is to walk into a poorly lit retail operation and realize the shelves haven’t been dusted since the end of the Bronze Age.
The local area gunshops in Indy are pretty dismal, actually. It’s one of the reasons why I actually prefer to pay the higher costs and go shopping at Gander Mountain, instead of one of the local joints. Despite the fact that the costs are higher, sometimes it’s worth it to go to Gander Mountain, because at least one of the employees will talk to me like I’m a customer.
Now, the guys that run Eagle Creek Range do have a gun shop which I haven’t been to because it’s out in Plainfield – which might as well be Egypt. I would imagine that if they run their shop like they run the range, I’d have a pretty good experience.
But here’s my “gunshop horror story”. If you’ve seen my picture, I have a youthful face. I look about 19-21 most of the time. When I go into a lot of gunshops, I get treated like a dumb kid 90% of the time. It’s really freakin’ annoying. For example, I was in a local establishment not too long ago, and they had a Steyr 1911. I WANT one of those, and have been interested in picking one up. They had one, it was in decent condition, and in my price range; when I asked about it they said “Why would someone your age want that? How about a Glock instead?” Needless to say, I left without spending a dime.