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Discussion in 'Heart of Dixie Glockers' started by evilghost, Jan 6, 2007.
Just go to Mark's in B'ham...
I stopped in there recently as I went into town to visit my brother in Roebuck. (I moved to Tennessee) I felt uncomfortable also by the atmosphere within the place.......If I were to take a wild guess,...It was not the owners son, the long haired guy. I would guess that I was the buzz cut quazi G I Joe military guy (possible L.E.), short stocky, with the arrogant attitude.....Am I right ?
But,....regardless of attitude,.....they have a Hell of a quality selection of weaponry.
Over the years I have bought maybe 10 pistols there. The service has declined and the prices used to be better. But for the most part they are still the most reasonable I have found. It's hit or miss for me with the cs.
I bought a couple of guns from SE last month. I had a Kimber Custom Stainless Target Series I that I wanted to trade for a Glock 34. The Kimber had been shot a good bit but was in good condition. Owner said he was not interested. Hmmmmm I just bought two guns from them the week before.
Went to Marks and swapped for a brand new G34 even. He did not have the Glock in stock. He ordered it for me. Came in 2 days later.
I've been a regular customer of the Gun Cellar in Hoover for many years. Nice bunch of folks to do business with.
The Chris guy is a Mtn Brook LE. He is not that bad of a guy once you get him past the typical macho LE stuff. He shares the same issues some LEs have - a little too much testosterone. I have found a great cure for that syndrome though. It has worked with the Hoover PD pretty well. My wife can out shoot every single member of the Hoover PD including SWAT. You can watch the testosterone drain from their bodies when they see her shoot.
The sad part is these guys never shoot in any matches. The ones that have usually wind up at the bottom. They also have a habit of shooting the hostage targets. It's like they belong to this macho club. Within this club they have convinced themselves they can shoot. When they step out of this club and compete with civilians that can shoot their ego gets bruised severely.
I trained a lot of LEs when we lived in Atlanta. I can honestly say I have only met two that I would trust in their shooting abilities to back me up. These two guys practiced a lot and shot the local matches.
People would be shocked if they knew how poorly most LEs shoot. I guess they think they will never have to use their weapon.
SE has always had the best prices in town on new stuff and very good prices on used things. The reason they have great prices on used stuff is they offer the worst/lowest trade-in credits. I don't think they do anything but mark up used guns 20% like everybody else in town. They by far have the worst customer service. The only one I will deal with is Mike, the owner, if he is not there I am walking out.
On the other hand, I won't pay 5-20% higher prices for any gun just to be treated a certain way or feel warm and fuzzy about my buying experience, but that is just me and my thick skinned bad attitude. I certainly know a lot of people who will have nothing to do with the place because of the help.
I will keep buying as long as they have the best prices because I simply don't care at all about the rest of it. That is how they stay in business and have the biggest inventory in town. Lots of people are willing to look past the poor ambiance of the place to get the best deal (unless you are trading).
Yes, I think Mike Davenport (SEG owner) has a BIG blind spot on this issue and both does not see the problem and discounts it in the moments he does. It costs him. There are hundreds who have made the same choice of not doing business with them.
If they got the right people, on friendly pills or something, they could certainly drain the swamp for some of the other gun shops and put them under, especially when it was combined with their price and selection, but it appears they never will...
I have used SEGuns before did not like there attitude.They where probly the rudist bunch of guys I have ever been around. So I tried Harrisons in Springville. ended up buying a S&W 500 4" for a better price without all the attitude. I will buy every gun from now on from Harrison Supply.
Sounds like a shop called 'Kevin's' in Tallahassee, FL and Thomasville, GA.
Two more cents
..I agree with you that SEG is lacking in the CS department. Actually, they are quite rude. I've bought guns from just about all over the greater B'ham area and they by far have the worst attitudes. My brother and I were shopping in there this past weekend and could hardly get anyone to talk to us or show us any thing and he had cash burning a hole in his pocket. Unfortunately, they do have the best selection of handguns and recreational long guns. So I usually muster up some patience and thick skin to go there and shop. Once I find something I like, I usually go to Marks Outdoors, Birmingham Pistol Parlor (Tarrant), or Gun Cellar (Hoover) to see if they have what I want at the right price. And if they dont, they usually will order them for you if youll put some money down. Just so happens, Marks had a G22 in the case and met SEGs price without argument (only a few dollars difference any way). We broke it in Sunday in the cold, wet weather. But the thought that I use SEG to pick out what I want (my brother on this occasion) and get it some place else, always gives me a warm feeling inside. Ill check out Harrison Supply next time I get a chance. I live in Trussville, so Im out that way a good bit. Thanks for the tip.
Yes, please try Harrisons Supply tell them that you want a gun. Ask for Mike or Zack they will get or order anything you need. Not only are they nice and courteos I will guarantee you will not find a friendlier place.
Traded with them for years. Spent thousands of dollars with them.
Usually treated me like crap. Purchased a 1000 dollar pistol a month ago and Mike the owner refused to ship it back to the factory because it was jamming after the break in period. He never looked at it but said it was fine and he would NOT ship it back. And this is with me paying shipping.
I told him I'd never trade with him again. He said fine.
The skinhead cop that works there is extremely arrogant. He has brought his young arrogant cop attitude with him to SE GUNS. He is mistaken that we are his subjects when we shop at SE GUNS.
Almost got into it with him one day because of his attitude.
I'm 56 years old and nice to everyone I meet. There's only one catch with that. I expect it back. I'm way to old to tolerate a child's attitude in the form of a midget cop. I mean the guy still has afterbirth behind his ears. Actually he probably has SGS Syndrome.
Take your hard earned dollars to a store that appreciates your business.