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Old February 27th, 2012, 08:10 AM   #1
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Friend wants to purchase firearm at Walmart

A friend of mine wants to purchase a Ruger Mini-14 ranch rifle at Walmart due to the following reasons:

1) He has $300 worth of gift cards that he can use towards the purchase.
2) Price is lower at Walmart than his local gun store.

I couldn't find any reason to dissuade him from doing so since he would be saving a lot of money just by using the gift cards. The only thing I can think of is the "ongoing" issues/comments posted on the internet regarding Walmart selling lower quality firearms than their similar counterparts being sold at gun specific stores.

I don't have any experience with Walmart firearms nor know anyone that has bought a firearm from them.
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Old February 27th, 2012, 08:17 AM   #2
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When I wanted a 10/22 I was recommended to Wally World by a bunch of members who will be by shortly I'm sure. Pretty painless purchase and a good price. Not sure that they sell enough guns for Ruger to actually manufacture a Walmart-only edition with different quality characteristics.

The only down side I've heard is that many stores record ammo purchases so that's kinda big brother but no issues with their arms. Volume usually means lower prices.


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Old February 27th, 2012, 08:25 AM   #3
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... by a bunch of members who will be by shortly I'm sure.
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Old February 27th, 2012, 08:28 AM   #4
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$300 off a mini-14........DUH
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Old February 27th, 2012, 08:17 AM   #5
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I bought a Mossberg 702 Plinkster from Walmart last year.

No problems with the purchase. Took a while to find a manager to sign off on the purchase and verify the paperwork was all in order, but nothing bad.
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Old February 27th, 2012, 08:29 AM   #6
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No problems with the purchase. Took a while to find a manager to sign off on the purchase and verify the paperwork was all in order, but nothing bad.
Yep. Got a cheap 870 from them once upon a time, and other than waiting for the managers to get over there, it was a smooth process.

Sometimes manufacturers will have Walmart models that are a little different than what you'd normally see. This isn't always a bad thing; Beretta used to have an inexpensive semi-auto shotgun there that people loved.
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Old February 27th, 2012, 08:18 AM   #7
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I can't see Ruger putting their reputation on the line to sell a lower grade gun to Walmart. Using the gift cards is like a $300 discount. I would go for it.
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Old February 27th, 2012, 08:18 AM   #8
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See my sig. The Wal Mart price is because when Wal Mart orders from a manufacturer they order thousands at a time. I have yet to get a dud from Wal Mart(exept for certain brands of bulk 22). about half of my firearms have come from Wal Mart or Dicks and many of my acessories come from Sportsmans Guide. There are times where you only get what you pay for but sometimes you can get an amazing value.
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Old February 27th, 2012, 08:21 AM   #9
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A buddy of mine recently bought a Mini 14 from Walmart. No issues what so ever with the rifle or the purchase process.
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Old February 27th, 2012, 08:23 AM   #10
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Walmart gets the same quality of firearms as everyone else from a manufacturer.


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Old February 27th, 2012, 09:14 AM   #11
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Walmart gets the same quality of firearms as everyone else from a manufacturer.
But, they DO have Walmart only models, at least in the Marlin model 60's anyway. They have been that way for a few years now, there are (were) certain stock configurations that were ONLY sold new at Walmart.
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Old February 27th, 2012, 01:22 PM   #12
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But, they DO have Walmart only models, at least in the Marlin model 60's anyway. They have been that way for a few years now, there are (were) certain stock configurations that were ONLY sold new at Walmart.
This is also correct for some Ruger.

I have a 10/22 with Mannlicher style laminate stock that was Walmart only.
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Old February 27th, 2012, 10:12 PM   #13
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Walmart gets the same quality of firearms as everyone else from a manufacturer.

Sort of. Sometimes they have cheaper versions only available there to keep the price point lower. Such as a Savage rimfire without scope bases to save $5-$10 on the price point, etc. There shouldn't be any difference in most models most likely though.

Walmart does have cheaper versions of electronics sometimes though. They might have a TV with model #5035H instead of 5035L like Newegg will have, because it has some cheaper components, or less inputs, etc. I would be more worried about buying electronics there than firearms. Although, supporting the local gunshops would be more important than supporting Walmart assuming the price is close to the same.

Obviously, the gift card doesn't HAVE to be spent on firearms if you wanted to spend it on staple products or a million other things.
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Old February 27th, 2012, 08:24 AM   #14
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I think La Plata has them in stock.
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Old February 27th, 2012, 08:50 AM   #15
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If you buy a gun from them, there better be no "we're really busy" delays relative to your BATF paperwork or you'll be screwed. Wally World held onto a paid-for Ruger M77 stainless in 30-06 for over three months in Westminster because they did not receive a "please proceed with transfer" message despite my weekly protests until I finally just got my money back in frustration and purchased the exact same gun from Dicks in Hagerstown three days later. The store manager apologized and said Walmart Company Policy requires that they wait for a "proceed with transfer" message instead of the lack of a "don't proceed" message like everyone else does from the supposed instant check system.


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Old February 27th, 2012, 08:57 AM   #16
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I say go for it. I bought a Remington 870 from them and haven't had any problems.
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Old February 27th, 2012, 09:26 AM   #17
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I've bought 3 guns from walmart...no issues. Go for it.


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Old February 27th, 2012, 09:31 AM   #18
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Alright gentlemen... I 'll let my buddy know to check the Ruger Mini-14 at Walmart.
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Old February 27th, 2012, 09:50 AM   #19
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i bought my first shotgun (870) from them around 1993...still shoots great! Most of the time you cant beat the prices they have on rifles and shotguns such as the 870 and remington 700's...I have a .270 Is a bad ass shooter for a "deer gun" from walmart.
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Old February 27th, 2012, 11:35 AM   #20
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I'm going to go against the grain here and say go to a local shop. For one, you will get far better service at a gun shop. Good luck getting good answers to any questions you have at Walmart, and don't even think of going back there if something should happen to break.

Two, I am a big fan of keeping money local when I can. I would rather buy from a local business man then feed the giant made in china corporation.

Three, I just don't like Walmart that much. Yes they are convenient and good for some things, but in general I'm not a fan of all their business practices. Or the cleanliness of their stores, or how some of their employees act and dress.


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