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Annandale, VA Shops?

Discussion in 'Glockers of the Old Dominion' started by Slinger646, Jan 24, 2007.

  1. Slinger646

    Slinger646 King of Sling

    Sep 5, 2004
    In the Mountains of VA
    Im going to be in Annandale for work tomorrow, any cool stores in the area. I really dont want to stray too far from Annandale....Thanks :beer:
  2. mouser

    mouser CLM

    Dec 29, 2004
    Alexandria, VA
    If you need any Korean groceries, you'll definitely be in the right place. :eat:
    Absolutely nothing for guns, ammo, etc.
    If you are coming in/leaving via I-66, there's the NRA museum just off an exit in Fairfax.

  3. Slinger646

    Slinger646 King of Sling

    Sep 5, 2004
    In the Mountains of VA
  4. I think you need to call ahead for the museum. You can't just drop in.

    +1 on the Korean shops and food in Annandale too.
  5. No need to call.

    From the NRA museum FAQ:

    No decent gun shops left in Annandale. There used to be a couple, but Dawson's moved to Woodbridge years ago and The Loading Bench shut down several years ago to.
  6. Powder Monkey

    Powder Monkey Bravo Zulu!

    Jan 18, 2004
    Whoa! That stirred some ancient memories for me. Most of my purchases were done at Dawson's back in the late 1960's. Ray Dawson I believe was the owner's name. Moved to Woodbridge, you say? I'll have drop in some weekend.
  7. Down off of route 1 North of Shooters Paradise.

    I would do my window shopping at Dawsons, then go around the corner to the Loading Bench and have Dale order it for me.

    I think I put at least one of Dale's kids through college.
  8. Ah, Dawsons...

    I remember there was an in-door range located under a deli, right next door to Dawsons.

    Doubt it is still there. Sure made eating at the deli interesting.


    I've been to the store in Woodbridge. Bought a P232 from them.
  9. That range shut down 3 or 4 years ago.

    I remember the old guy that ran the place, used to sit in the range, no hearing protection, while folks shot.
  10. Carlitos


    Dec 19, 2001
    Arlington, VA
    It was the LAST civilian range inside the beltway. Fewer ranges = less shooting and less skill w/ the guns that are owned by civilians.

    As bad as Annandale Small Arms was, I think it was a loss to our community when the owners got into a fight and the place shut down.

  11. If you define Civilian as non military or LEO there are at least 2 other ranges inside the beltway (one actually in DC), but they are not open to the public.

    They are on private school grounds.
  12. NoSuchStudios

    NoSuchStudios Squirrely Wrath

    Feb 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    Ah Annandale Small Arms. I miss those guys. Shot the first gun i ever purchased over there. The place was a hole but they were always friendly and easy going.

    Anyone know what ever happened to the likes of them? Real good folk, used to hang out for hours after i'd get out of work over at Actiondale Studios across the way.

    I can't think of anything worth going to over there except the comic book shop.