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Old Today, 09:33 AM #11
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If you think of a trip to BPS as a trip to Home Despot on a Saturday morning, you will have real expectations. It's just another big box store. Nothing more.
As far as sales go, they usually code off the last two digits on the price tag(.97, xxx.99, xxx.95, etc). I usually assume the item I have in mind will NOT qualify. That's just my luck.

If it is personalized service you seek at BPS, go in there any week day between opening and 2pm. You will have all the time and space you demand.

I don't go often, maybe once every couple years. I hate crowds. When I do go, it's during a week day.

Remember, it is merely one more big box store.
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I didn’t know that red tags denote unadvertised specials. I’m not a Bass Pro fan, and don’t get in there much, but when there I’ll have to pay more attention.

Thanks for the education!
It's kind of random and the firearm in question may or may not be what you want. I picked up a Thompson/Center Icon several years ago for a REALLY good deal (a very underrated rifle IMHO). But how many guys here like Thompson Center?
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Never bought a gun there but they do have some nice rifles. Bergara BMP, Bergara Premier LRP, Tikka Tac1, and a few more I have yet to find anywhere else. All in one place. If I were in the market for one of these I’d give em some consideration.
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I wanted to buy a new marlin 1895 45-70 and did not mind getting a remlin, but I wanted to cycle the action before buying. None of my normal gun stores stocked these, and there were no gun shows I could make it to for a few months. I stopped by BassPro in Arundel Mills one day after work for archery supplies and they had 3 1895s in stock. I got a ticket, waited my turn, they took it off the shelf, let me hold it, but the action was quick tied shut, and they refused to take it off. I said, "I will buy this right now if you let me cycle it a few times to make sure it isnt defective which is a known issue with this brand". Apparently store or company policy prevents them removing the quick tie in the store. So I left without the gun. I do not think I have ever bought a non special order or gunbroker gun without cycling it a few times. That is one of the key advantages of a brick and mortar store. I got a pretty much new JM marlin at a gun show a few months later, could not be happier.
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I wanted to buy a new marlin 1895 45-70 and did not mind getting a remlin, but I wanted to cycle the action before buying. None of my normal gun stores stocked these, and there were no gun shows I could make it to for a few months. I stopped by BassPro in Arundel Mills one day after work for archery supplies and they had 3 1895s in stock. I got a ticket, waited my turn, they took it off the shelf, let me hold it, but the action was quick tied shut, and they refused to take it off. I said, "I will buy this right now if you let me cycle it a few times to make sure it isnt defective which is a known issue with this brand". Apparently store or company policy prevents them removing the quick tie in the store. So I left without the gun. I do not think I have ever bought a non special order or gunbroker gun without cycling it a few times. That is one of the key advantages of a brick and mortar store. I got a pretty much new JM marlin at a gun show a few months later, could not be happier.
With few exceptions, yes. I am fine if you want to block/tie off trigger, action, whatever on display, but in general I want to feel the trigger break and run the action a few times before I am willing to commit on any gun.

Also why I know of one or two dealers at some of the guns shows I will never buy from as they don’t allow you to do that. Period. No exceptions. Sorry, especially on a used gun, not going to happen without me fully inspecting it. I get why it’s too hard to take one to the range before committing to buy the gun in question, but you wouldn’t buy a car without test driving it a little.

I’d make an exception for something where that isn’t an issue, like buying a receiver. Or something on deep sale and with a warranty I know the company will stand behind (why I got the Rascal without trying it at all).
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A Bass Pro in Tennessee had an indoor pistol range and lots of pistols for sale! That was nice to see even though I could not use it since they had no rentals or buy the handguns since I did not have a TN drivers licensee!(
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the action was quick tied shut, and they refused to take it off ...
I tried out three shotguns at BP and fortunately I was able to open and close over an under, and shoulder them. But yeah - you can't try the trigger and that could be a deal breaker if you need to try it out. Good point.
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