So I walk into Academy......

Discussion in 'Handguns' started by ebk06, Jul 23, 2009.

  1. ebk06

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    cause I was down the road eating dinner so I figured I'd see if they had any ammo. While im waiting for the only kid working the counter to make his way to me I hear him discussing handguns with a potential new handgun owner. Of course Glock was mentioned by the would be purchaser and I hear the young salesman say.......and I quote "Glocks are cheap, plastic guns. I'd stay away from them. The triggers dont feel good, the slides are hard to pull back and the only safety they have is on the trigger....not very safe if you ask me. We have a lot of guns in that price that are way better than Glock" :hammerhead: He then proceeds to pull out a PX4 and tries to sells the guy solely on how the interchangable grip is the best thing since sliced bread.

    Not that theres anything wrong with the Beretta, I personally like them, but this whole conversation almost killed me. My fiancee has a Glock and I do like it, even though they are ugly, but Im no fanboy. In fact I shoot a Kimber. But to hear this kid bash Glock like they are chopped liver got under my skin. I'm not the kind to butt into peoples conversations but I came close to telling the purchaser to go to the local gun shop and ask them what they thought about Glocks but I didn't.

    By the time my fiancee found me I was in the gun case section and proceeded to tell her what I just heard. She flipped out and wanted to go talk to the guy and tell him a couple not so nice things. :lolz:
    Anyways thats my pointless handgun story of the month and one reason why my fiancee kicks ass!! :fighting0002:
     


  2. Shorts

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    lol I've heard many a dumb thing come out of of Academy gun counter employee. It is hard to mind your own business. Especially when it involves educating a new gun owner. We're a community that can't afford to let stupidity be the reason we go downhill.
     
  3. Texas1911

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    I personally think they should seek out a bit more informed employees.
     
  4. Texas Solo

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    FWIW....

    I work the gun counter at an Academy. I have 30+ years experience in the field. I've owned and shot just about anything you can think of.

    ON the Glock issue, I PERSONALLY like them, and feel very comfortable carrying one. I think they're one of the safest guns to carry....because I know how they work! I have taken all the time necessary to explain all 3 safeties, and explain how the double action only trigger system works.
    Armed with that knowledge, we can move on to other weapons with different operating systems and make an informed comparasion. I have had countless customers thank me for the "education". Some bought Glock, some did not. I don't care, as long as they understand what their getting and how to safely use it.

    My point is that Academy is a mass merchandiser. They watch their payroll and can't afford to hire "gun professionals". If they did, prices would rival the pro shops. Academy generally has the best gun prices around.

    Don't throw the baby out with the bath water. I've had idiots try to help me at Lowes, and Best Buy. But I don't think that all their employess are idiots...just the one I got at that store during that visit.

    On another note,,,,did you get your CHL yet Shorts?
     
  5. ebk06

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    I didnt write this up to knock Academy or its entire staff, sorry if it sounds that way. Ive had a few salesman there be very helpful. I was simply trying to tell a story about my experience today and the craziness I heard.

    I do agree and know Academy cant hire gun professionals to work gun section. But I do believe people that work their tend to have a passion for that particular hobby and should at least educate themselves on what they are selling. Especially selling a product thats potentially deadly.....like a gun.

    We dont live in a pefect world though so Im stuck complaining about it lol. I do realize Im no expert in everything and "you get what you give". So im sure I've said some really stupid things and someone somewhere is writing on a forum about it lol.
     
  6. Texas1911

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    I don't think anyone is making a broad statement like that, just that this particular individual seems to have slipped through.

    I can agree, at $8 - 10 / hr. you aren't going to attract the cream of the crop. I and Sig_Fiend should be more than aware of that since we are right there with you, LOL.

    I know I've rubbed some people the wrong way at work. Everyone has their own little ideology on what makes X gun perfect, and why Z gun is inferior.
     
  7. Texas Solo

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    I absolutely agree! At my location, where the boss is also an avid hunter and shooter, people are taught to ask someone if they don't know. NEVER feed a line of BS to a customer. I do acknowledge though that my store is not typical, sad as that is.

    I can agree, at $8 - 10 / hr. you aren't going to attract the cream of the crop.

    You're on spot with that! I'm retired, so I can afford to do this for fun...and the employee discount. I 've also never had a problem getting ammo :happy0001:
     
  8. Scott_F

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    Imagine that... a gun store employee imposing his own opinions and prejudices to a customer. Happens all day long, all over the country.

    I hate to say it, but you have to take the opinion of all sales folks with a grain of salt.
     
  9. Texas Solo

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    Maybe you should read my post again.

    "Armed with that knowledge, we can move on to other weapons with different operating systems and make an informed comparison. I have had countless customers thank me for the "education". Some bought Glock, some did not. I don't care, as long as they understand what their getting and how to safely use it."

    I guess I should have mentioned that I also own XD's, M&P's, and Kimbers.
    It's not a prejudice to be able to explain to a customer how the different systems work. It's a service.
     
  10. Texas42

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    So your the reason that i can never find what I want at Academy. :332:
     

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