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Old 01-23-2021, 10:21 PM
Bigman46 Bigman46 is offline
 
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Default Appointment for the 30th.

Just out of curiosity, what's it like going to the north store now? I have a afternoon appointment on the 30th and was wondering what the new process is like. I.E. how many people are aloud in at one time, if you buying multiple guns where do you set one of the ones you pick while you keep looking? This is my first time going a buying in person so I'm super excited and don't wanna mess up the flow.
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Old 01-24-2021, 07:45 AM
Ratmotortom Ratmotortom is offline
 
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They will check you in and let you know when you can enter the store. You can then shop with your mask and the gloves they provide. You put your selections at the counter while you continue to shop. The store is not really much bigger than a large living room and the process is quite simple. Hopefully Bob is at the window and he is good for helping a newbie select a rifle. Just enjoy the day. Make sure you have your paperwork and credentials ready.
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Old 01-24-2021, 08:59 AM
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Thanks for the advice!
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Old 01-24-2021, 06:39 PM
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Just out of curiosity, what's it like going to the north store now? I have a afternoon appointment on the 30th and was wondering what the new process is like. I.E. how many people are aloud in at one time, if you buying multiple guns where do you set one of the ones you pick while you keep looking? This is my first time going a buying in person so I'm super excited and don't wanna mess up the flow.
You will be anxious and nervous about the time limit and the other customers grabbing at rifles, but the staff does their very best to make you feel like you aren't being rushed, and they will gleefully and enthusiastically analyze your choice and answer any and all questions. As stated above, put your potential picks on the counter and they will give you a red tag to write your name on the rifle. On occasion in the past, the staff has limited the number of rifles you can set aside before choosing.

Set a goal for yourself. ie correct barrel/receiver, WW2, post war SA, HRA, IHC, 60's rebuild, USGI wood, original finish etc etc. but remain flexible to choose the best rifle you can. Remember the limit is 2 Garands at the store.

READ THE BLUE TAGS. They will give you an immediate snapshot of the rifle you are looking at including TE/ME, serial number and barrel type and date. Bring a throat and/or Muzzle gauge if you have one as the readings are not always accurate on the tags( a 2+ throat could be very close to 2 or it could be 2.75 or more...) Bring a bore light too. If you want to prioritize nice and correct walnut stocks, always look for the single and crisp circled proof P's on the front of the grip when looking down at the rows of Garands.

ALWAYS check muzzle crown condition for dings and dents and wear. Muzzle should be crisp and sharp and ideally should be flawless or near flawless. Always check the metal under the woodline for rust and heavy pitting.

Don't second guess yourself AND If you are in serious doubt between two superior condition garands, for god's sake buy them both. The hit you take in your wallet will be nothing compared to the somber regret afterwards if you decide to only choose one of them.

Buy ammo if available. (Things are only going to get worse from now on)

Write a store report to let others share in your excitement and experience. Write a range report as soon as you get to shoot it(them)

Good luck
Tony

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Old 01-24-2021, 07:57 PM
Desymond3 Desymond3 is offline
 
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I'm headed up on the 11th for my first trip to the store. Thanks for the detailed post Tony, that's very helpful.
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Old 01-24-2021, 08:12 PM
Jpolham1 Jpolham1 is online now
 
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I’ve got an appointment for the 30th too! Getting excited now. I’m hoping they have some 1903’s but it’s been zero stock at the south store for a few months so it’s not looking good. Will be excited to pick out my two new garands anyways.
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Old 01-25-2021, 07:37 AM
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On occasion in the past, the staff has limited the number of rifles you can set aside before choosing.
Ah, remember the bad old days, when in the south store there were certain individuals who would literally stack rifles in the corner so they could go over them all at their leisure?
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Old 02-05-2021, 03:03 PM
Sawraihchra Sawraihchra is online now
 
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Ah, remember the bad old days, when in the south store there were certain individuals who would literally stack rifles in the corner so they could go over them all at their leisure?

I found many a nice rifle stacked in the corner of the stores. Some of the best I have purchased. I was always thankful for those unknown individuals who took the time to set them aside. After all it was he who got it to the counter first that won the day.
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Old 02-07-2021, 02:58 PM
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I found many a nice rifle stacked in the corner of the stores. Some of the best I have purchased. I was always thankful for those unknown individuals who took the time to set them aside. After all it was he who got it to the counter first that won the day.
Haha that's hilarious. Suprised fights didn't break out.

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Old 02-07-2021, 08:02 PM
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I was there when that was happening. Guy who stacked about 10 rifles in the corner was crying to the staff that someone took his rifles. Staff simply told him until the rifle is behind the counter, its for sale. He wasn't to happy. Another goody was the one guy looking for rifles in the middle of the rack isle while his two partners took up positions at either end blocking access to said rifles....Most people were wise and just pushed thru to the grumbling blockers...

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