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There's something else taking place in the
center of the market, without which this
article would have a hole: Some regional
stores are growing even as they keep their
local appeal.
Gat Guns in Dundee, Ill., located
about an hour and half west of Chicago,
has expanded several times since opening
in . It now has  shooting positions.
Owner Greg Torino says, "We're excited
and are big supporters of the . We're
the th state to win our right to carry
concealed. This is a boon to freedom and
to our bottom line."
Randy Potter, Gat Guns' store manager,
says, "Ten years ago we had two women
working behind the counter. We now have
nine. We have women-only classes taught
by a lady who is an International Practical
Shooting Confederation shooter. We've
also opened up our aisles, added more
lights, put in granite counter tops and
more. We're catering more and more to
suburban moms and dads. We now rent
 firearm types and have instructors
available for anyone who needs them.
"Over the last few decades our consumers have changed and we've changed with
them," says Potter. "I just sold an - to
a guy who has hunted all his life but now
wants a rifle for home-defense. We used to
get mostly hunters. Now we also get a lot of
women and young men who want to shoot
recreationally and to defend themselves."
Another must-visit regional store is
Bill's Gun Shop and Range, which has
two locations in Minnesota (Robbinsdale
and Circle Pines) and one in Hudson,
Wis.-each has  range lanes and rents
guns. Owner John Monson says, "Guns
are still selling, but sales have eased off
a bit. For a while it was challenging just
to keep guns and ammo in stock. We ran
out of ammo twice-I nearly had a stroke!
We're fully stocked now. We have ranges
at all our stores, host a ladies night every
Wednesday and cherish our customers
here in Minnesota and Wisconsin. I could
sell more guns and certainly more ammo
online, but I don't want to do that. I serve
the customers who come to our stores."
Other regional gun stores are also
earning their customers. In Ashland, Va.,

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