Go Back   Maryland Shooters > Maryland Regional Discussions > Central Maryland

Notices


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old November 8th, 2007, 11:39 PM #1
MrWhiteRabbit's Avatar
MrWhiteRabbit MrWhiteRabbit is offline
Firefighter Gone Awry
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 1,111
MrWhiteRabbit MrWhiteRabbit is offline
Firefighter Gone Awry
MrWhiteRabbit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 1,111
Glen Burnie's Gun Shops

Personal experience, bias, opinions, and a shameless plug follow. These are not the opinions of the forum, but meant to spark conversation and serve as a reference point and directions for other buyers in the central MD area.

-----

After reading in another thread about all the gun shops on the Rt 2 corridor, I decided to see what's out there. Since the girlfriend and I both had short days today, we drove through Glen Burnie to see what's available. Here's a short synopsis of what we found.

Headed southbound from 695 onto Rt 2, just as 2 and 3 split, Bart's Sports World (6814 Ritchie Hwy) is the first building in the median area. They were pretty busy (~4 guys behind the counter, one on the showroom floor, and ~8 customers). They have a surprisingly large selection of O/U and side-by-side shotguns, they have several dozen handguns under glass and a healthy supply of rifles, too. Some new, some used. I'd never seen or handled an FN FS2000 before (same unique FN style, but chambered in .223, and safe for lefties to use!), but they were able to speak intelligently about it.

A bit further south from Bart's is A&D Pawn (706 Crain Hwy). Again, a pleasant experience with talkative and knowledgable staff. Obviously salesmen, but they weren't pushy at all - just ready to put a gun in your hands and tell you all the wonderful things about it. There were a few other shoppers in the store, about an even mix of one customer for each of the three guys that I saw behind the counters.

Continuing south from A&D is Otto's Police Supply (514 Crain Hwy), or so I'm led to believe. I couldn't find it. The 514 building is actually a series of buildings off of the main drag and I didn't see anything to indicate which was Otto's. While cruising the road that connects all the 514 buildings, I asked one guy where Otto's was and he didn't know, but suggested "further back" and when I get to the end without seeing it, I ask another fellow who suggests "first building back up at Crain, but be careful stepping over the homeless guys." So I went back up to that first building, stepped over a homeless guy (carefully!) and still didn't find it.

Continuing south, and a right turn later - Arundel Firearm and Pawn (7427 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd) was my best experience of the day. (Well, best firearm-related experience, that is!) Once you find the correct door into the place, there's about a 70/30 mix of firearms to other, more typical, pawn shop stuff. The man who greeted us was friendly and chatty, and after a few minutes of telling him about MDShooters, he pointed out that they have plenty of other weapons in the back if I had something in mind. "What do you have for someone interested in making some long-range shots... maybe in a .50?" I asked, expecting to be scoffed at, or given the typical "Barrett's the only one that can do that" line since I can't imagine a pawn shop gets many of those in. I was wrong. He brought out a true beast of a rifle (McMillan bolt action) and was able to discuss its details as if he'd built it himself. I'm going to start calling this place Mecca.

Back down Crain for a bit, then right on Quarterfield is Scott's Gunsmithing at the corner of Quarterfield and Thelma (231 Thelma Ave.) It was another pleasant experience, but a small shop. I gathered that they do more gunsmithing than selling (good name for the company, then, eh?) but they have a few dozen rifles on the back wall and a good handful under glass, too. Most of what I saw were show pieces (paired and sequentially numbered third-generation Colts - a 1972 Colt 1911 commemorating the end of WWII hostilities in Europe, etc) but they were helpful with honest answers to a few newbie questions that I threw their way. I got the warm fuzzies when I saw the owner was carrying (but not concealing well at all) but then again, it's a gun shop, it's to be expected. A small shop, we were the only patrons I saw at the time, but they had some good, straightforward answers.

Accurate Pawn (from Hwy 100, turn north on 1 and it's on your right near Duckett's Rd.) probably had the best deals on firearms but I didn't get very good service while there (or see many firearms). Two salespeople (one newbie, one probable owner) were working, but the more senior salesperson was busy showing the newbie how to unpack boxes and display items while simultaneously getting ready for a large show this weekend and trying to answer our questions. Between all the tasks he was trying to accomplish, and add us to the mix ... we got the short end of his attention. Short answers, a little bit of sales pitch (November's sale is on Kimber and some other manufacturer that slips my mind at the moment - just $50 over their price) but I didn't see more than a dozen handguns in the shop. He pointed at a couple rifle cases that had been sold as an example of the rifles he usually carries but most of his inventory had already been boxed up for the show. I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt that he was busy with a new salesperson, it was ~30 minutes before closing, and he's got a big show this weekend ... so he's allowed being a little short on chattiness with two customers coming in just to ask questions.

At the end of the day, I'm looking forward to spending my money at Arundel Firearm and Pawn. Most of the places I went to were courteous, knowledgeable, and helpful (except Otto's that I couldn't find and Accurate Pawn who was just too busy while I was there). I'm glad we still have these kind of mom-and-pops kind of pawn shops and gun stores. You wouldn't get this kind of attention and customer service from some big box store.
MrWhiteRabbit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 8th, 2007, 11:52 PM #2
h2u's Avatar
h2u h2u is online now
Village Idiot
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: South County
Posts: 5,641
h2u h2u is online now
Village Idiot
h2u's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: South County
Posts: 5,641
Good informative post.
I've only been to Bart's (didn't like) and A&D (love them and have purchased a few pistols over the years- but not in the last six or seven-glad to see they still treat people well).
I will visit the others as I get a chance.
h2u is online now   Reply With Quote
Old November 8th, 2007, 11:59 PM #3
MrWhiteRabbit's Avatar
MrWhiteRabbit MrWhiteRabbit is offline
Firefighter Gone Awry
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 1,111
MrWhiteRabbit MrWhiteRabbit is offline
Firefighter Gone Awry
MrWhiteRabbit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 1,111
My experience with A&D went something like this:

(we were approached by two salesmen): "Can we help you find something?"
Me: "We're mostly looking, might have some questions in a bit."
(second salesman, speaking to my girlfriend): "We've got a lot of jewelry on the other side."
Girlfriend: "No, thanks, I'm here for the guns, too."
Salesman: "Oh, well we have some great home-defense weapons..."
Girlfriend: "That's nice, may I see that short AR over there?"

They pulled it out, showed her some of the basics, and everyone was happy.

That's my kinda girl and my kinda shop.
MrWhiteRabbit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 9th, 2007, 06:25 AM #4
Norton's Avatar
Norton Norton is offline



NRA Endowment Member
Rifleman
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Annapolis
Posts: 74,070
Images: 6
Norton Norton is offline



NRA Endowment Member
Rifleman
Norton's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Annapolis
Posts: 74,070
Images: 6
Pretty fair assessment of the shops. Between Spot77 and I, I think we've done at least one major purchase from each of those shops except Otto's

The guys at Arundel must have like the fact that you brought your girlfrined with you, because they are usually a little reserved with new folks. Once I got to talking politics with the guy last year we developed a great rapport and they were very supportive of our information distirbution efforts.

Otto's is for lack of a better term a boutique shop. Of course, being more easy to find would help him to expand the business should he choose to do so.

If I were looking for a high end trap gun, Bart's would be the first place I'd go without a doubt. Jack is a serious trap competitor and would be able to pick out a gun for you that would fit perfectly.

Scott is the man, as are his employees. I know that they are planning on expanding their retail operation, but they are swamped with smithing work right now. The retail prices are a tad on the high side there, but I figure Scott has done enough little freebie work on my guns when I've jacked something up that I'd still be ahead if I got something else from him.
Norton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 9th, 2007, 08:03 AM #5
coinboy's Avatar
coinboy coinboy is offline
Yeah, Sweet Lemonade.
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Howard County
Posts: 3,551
Images: 5
coinboy coinboy is offline
Yeah, Sweet Lemonade.
coinboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Howard County
Posts: 3,551
Images: 5
Everyone forgets to mention Select Fire over near the Glen Burnie Mall. Small firearms selection, but at least you can shoot your guns there (pistols, shotguns w/ slugs only, rifles with pistol calibers, machine guns with pistol calibers) If you don't own a machine gun you can rent one of theirs!! I know they have a Tommy Gun and an MP5 for rent. There are more to rent but I don't remember what they were. I think it was around $50 for 3 mags depending on the gun. Sure the guys usually have a holier-than-thou attitude, but at least you can pop a few caps in the range!
coinboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 9th, 2007, 08:18 AM #6
Redneck's Avatar
Redneck Redneck is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Sparrows Point
Posts: 7,563
Images: 17
Redneck Redneck is offline
Senior Member
Redneck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Sparrows Point
Posts: 7,563
Images: 17
Dont know if this was said or not, but Otto is a LEO. I called him before about some things and his shop hours are all over the place.
Redneck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 9th, 2007, 08:25 AM #7
Spot77's Avatar
Spot77 Spot77 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Anne Arundel County
Posts: 12,044
Spot77 Spot77 is offline
Senior Member
Spot77's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Anne Arundel County
Posts: 12,044
Quote:
Originally Posted by coinboy View Post
Everyone forgets to mention Select Fire over near the Glen Burnie Mall. Small firearms selection, but at least you can shoot your guns there (pistols, shotguns w/ slugs only, rifles with pistol calibers, machine guns with pistol calibers) If you don't own a machine gun you can rent one of theirs!! I know they have a Tommy Gun and an MP5 for rent. There are more to rent but I don't remember what they were. I think it was around $50 for 3 mags depending on the gun. Sure the guys usually have a holier-than-thou attitude, but at least you can pop a few caps in the range!
I've rented the mp5 there a couple of times.

The first experience was ....um...interesting. Years ago, Norton gave me a gift certificate to Select Fire to shoot the mp5. So my wife and I went in there one afternoon/evening and told the fella working about it. He was nice, and we went through the paperwork crap real fast. I said, "we'll need some instruction; we're not gun owners (I wasn't at the time) and I've certainly never shot anything like this before." He looked at me with a friendly face and said, "sure....Just stand with your feet square to the target and shoot it on semiauto until you get used to it."


Yeah...I was looking more for mag release, how to chamber the gun....where the safety was.....newbie kinda' things.

I smiled and said thanks and walked onto the range and figured ut out.

That was the best service I ever had in there, and that's not saying much. It gets far worse with subsequent visits.

Anyway....

Otto's is in the first building as you pull into the business complex. Look for the vans and the building door that say,"Whatta Blast" (a painting and powerwashing company.) Use that door and walk upstairs. Otto's has odd hours....I've posted them here before but I'm too lazy to look up the info now
Spot77 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 9th, 2007, 08:34 AM #8
Norton's Avatar
Norton Norton is offline



NRA Endowment Member
Rifleman
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Annapolis
Posts: 74,070
Images: 6
Norton Norton is offline



NRA Endowment Member
Rifleman
Norton's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Annapolis
Posts: 74,070
Images: 6
Quote:
Originally Posted by coinboy View Post
Everyone forgets to mention Select Fire over near the Glen Burnie Mall. Small firearms selection, but at least you can shoot your guns there (pistols, shotguns w/ slugs only, rifles with pistol calibers, machine guns with pistol calibers) If you don't own a machine gun you can rent one of theirs!! I know they have a Tommy Gun and an MP5 for rent. There are more to rent but I don't remember what they were. I think it was around $50 for 3 mags depending on the gun. Sure the guys usually have a holier-than-thou attitude, but at least you can pop a few caps in the range!
My momma told me that if I can't say something nice about someone that I shouldn't say anything so I won't comment on Select Fire.

I will say, however, that I've dealt with every other shop in AA County with the exception of Otto's (because of his weird hours) and have good things to say about all of the others.
Norton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 9th, 2007, 10:05 AM #9
E.Shell's Avatar
E.Shell E.Shell is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Point to Point
Posts: 5,726
E.Shell E.Shell is offline
Senior Member
E.Shell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Point to Point
Posts: 5,726
I used to deal with Bart's a LOT, but will NOT go in there again. I'm not going to say anything not nice, but will state a few facts. They charge $50 for any transfer, plus any MSP fees, and do not send out 77Rs in a timely manner (waiting until they get a few). My last (ever) transfer with them sat in back for a week while they denied having received it until confronted with shipper tracking info, then it took almost two weeks to get the 77R back, which, contrary to the safeguards built into the law, MUST take place before they'll let one have their property.

I did transfer a suppressor there **once**, but my momma wouldn't want me talking about Select Fire either.

I've been using Clayton Otto for my transfers, and he IS a good guy, but his shop hours are definitely a little odd. He has been open pretty regularly on Saturday afternoons, and whenever I have had a transfer with him, he has called me and arranged to meet me at the shop ASAP. He has been working on getting retired from the sheriff's dept and will be open much more when that occurs. Clayton's shop is on the second floor, and accessed by a ground-level door in the first building off Crain Hwy. His fee was very cheap, but, IIRC, he's recently gone up (too). He is also a C-III dealer with a few items in stock and my C-III of choice for my next device.

A&D has always been a positive experience, but, my own expectation of saving big money by going to a pawn shop must have been unreasonable and they were as much as anyone on new stuff. I bought a .17 Remington there a few years ago and they were good to deal with then.

Arundel Pawn? I guess I'll need to give Phil Griffith another chance, been years since I've dealt with him . . .

Clyde's in Landsdown is another local shop, but I would define them more as a hunting/fishing store than a place to buy black rifles. . .

I haven't been to Scott's since he just got started and had less stuff on his shelves than I did (not as bad as it might sound) and sharing space with that weenie of a 'taxidermist' (sorry Ma), Glen Jenkins. As close as it is and with all the positive comments I see lately, I really should stop in there.
__________________
The beatings will continue until morale improves.

"None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free" - J. W. Von Goethe
E.Shell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 9th, 2007, 03:08 PM #10
Spot77's Avatar
Spot77 Spot77 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Anne Arundel County
Posts: 12,044
Spot77 Spot77 is offline
Senior Member
Spot77's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Anne Arundel County
Posts: 12,044
Wow Ed....I had forgotten about the taxidermist being there...I remember seeing all of the leftovers piled up out back behind the building.

And I too forget about Clyde's a lot.....They're pretty far from where I live now, soit's rare that I'm in that area. They usually have some handguns in there too. I think they might be a Kimber dealer??

During this year's legislative session they were very receptive to the anti-awb literature I took by and they kept it right on the front counter for all to see and take. Good people, and I like finding some old obsolete fishing lures in there every once in a while.
Spot77 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

  Home Page > Forum List > Maryland Regional Discussions > Central Maryland


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:48 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
2017, Congregate Media, LP Privacy Policy Terms of Service