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Old February 27th, 2012, 09:10 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, 09:17 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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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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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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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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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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Walmart gets the same quality of firearms as everyone else from a manufacturer.
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I think La Plata has them in stock.
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... by a bunch of members who will be by shortly I'm sure.
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$300 off a mini-14........DUH
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