Friday, August 3, 2012

Adventure Outdoors: The Greatest Store on Earth?

One of our friends was interested in purchasing a handgun and we tagged along for the trip to the store.   I had no idea where we were headed, but I was along for the ride.  I though we'd be headed to either a super small gun shop so the trip would be quick or we'd head out to Bass Pro and I'd have tons of stuff to keep myself entertained.  Alas, we ended up at Adventure Outdoors in Smyrna, GA.

Quite the statement... Greatest on Earth?
As soon as we pulled into the old grocery store parking lot we saw the new sign that was posted.  I had to take a picture as soon as I saw that they called themselves The Greatest Store on Earth.  I had no idea what to expect upon walking through the double doors.

Immediately to the right, and past the dinosaur, was the African Safari section.


I'm not sure I've ever seen that many stuffed animals outside of a museum.  As I said, the store is an old grocery store so you have a gauge of the size of the place.  Past the animals was the huge hunting and outdoor clothing section.


Did you know Under Armour had so many outdoor items?  I was shocked to see them there.  I am only used to seeing them in athletic stores.  Way to expand UA.  90% of the clothes are geared to hunting.  Unlike Bass Pro where you have a lot of equipment for outdoor fun, this store is focused mainly on hunting.  I didn't see a single tent display in the store.  I didn't take a picture of the gun selection, I thought that could seem a little suspicious, but go back to the grocery store in your head.  The gun section wrapped around 3 of the 4 walls of the building.  I've never seen a selection that large.  I say gun, but they had rifles, shotguns, handguns of all shapes and sizes, automatics and even a section of bow rifles.  Along with all of that came every accessory you could imagine.  To be honest, now I really want a new laser sight for my revolver.

The boys were busy looking at guns and helping our friend make a decision on how he was going to spend $300 so I walked around to see the rest of the store.  It's not nearly as exciting to me as a Bass Pro, but there was definitely things I've never seen before.  Check out the size of that safe!  There were plenty of other ones even bigger!


I could have easily fit inside that safe.  From what I was seeing, prices of the weapons were pretty good, at least the guys were comfortable buying from Adventure Outdoors and these guys love to do their price research.  (I can't even buy socks without Stephen wondering if I could find them cheaper somewhere else.)

The staff was extremely helpful while we were shopping and one even tried to talk me into a second handgun.  His exact quote, "You have the pretty that homeless guys want to get close to."  I'll take that as a compliment.  I think.  I ended up buying a range bag, eyes and ears for when we go the shooting range.  Note - not all ear protection works, go for the giant ear protection or the ones that go into your ears and expand.

We looked at a few safes for me for next to the bed, but we're going to do more research on them.  A gun safe isn't something we're willing to purchase based on price alone.  Is Adventure Outdoors the greatest store on Earth?  I don't think so.  If you're super into hunting, it might come close.  The checkout process alone, even for my non-weapon items took for.ev.er.  Huge negative for me.

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