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Welcome To Shooter's World

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hooter's World in Tampa, Fla., is
a 62,000-sq.-ft. facility, making it
one of the biggest gun stores in
America. Its impressive size, however,
hasn't diminished its gun-shop charm.
Owners Dr. Greg Henderson and Bing
Kearney wanted to create a gun store
with a deep inventory, a state-of-theart shooting range and professional
instruction, but they also wanted it to be
family-friendly, unlike the cold big-box
feel some stores have. By working with
gun manufacturers on displays and
more, they pulled it off. Shooter's World
jars loose memories of duck blinds and
grandfather's gun cabinet, but it is also
open and inviting with aisles of inventory, an onsite range with 27 pistol lanes
and seven 100-yd. indoor rifle lanes that
can handle up to a .50 BMG.
Shooters World has a training facility with experienced instructors. The
superstore has two retail departments
for every type of shooter in addition to an
extensive selection of firearms. Shooters
World offers the region's only lifetime
warranty program for all new and certified
pre-owned firearms. Its range provides
an assortment of gun rentals, and it offers
more than 30 NRA-certified courses,
including a Florida concealed-carry class,
basic-to-advanced classes and youth
classes, as well as couples and ladiesonly instruction. The classes, designed to
accommodate a wide variety of shooters,

are taught by trained, certified instructors
with an emphasis on creating an enjoyable learning environment.
In addition, it has implemented a comprehensive museum where visitors can
gain an understanding of the important
role firearms have played in securing the
freedoms we enjoy. Henderson says, "In
today's world of political correctness we
have seen many Americans lose sight of
the fact that our liberty was purchased
at a dear price. We built this museum
because we believe that Americans need
a refresher course on the fact that the
fundamental freedoms we enjoy were

sites you have the tools to locate hard-to-find used
guns and to possibly get deals. Though it should be
noted that even gunbroker.com is hard to categorize in this evolving marketplace, as it isn't just a gunauction site. It also offers hunting gear, collectibles
and other goods.
At press time gunbroker.com had many more
receiving FFLs listed than did NFDN, but the latter is a
young and growing company so that's to be expected.
There are, of course, other online players in the
market. Gunsamerica.com, for example, calls itself
the "Largest online gun classifieds since 1997." It says
it is dealing with so much change in the marketplace
that it placed a disclaimer on the website that reads,
"[P]lease don't be alarmed or get too miffed at us if
you see something you do not like or notice something
is not working properly. All you need to do is contact
customer service and let us know." That's a sign that a
company is trying to keep up with the competition in
an evolving marketplace-again, that's good for you.
A downside to buying used firearms from private
sellers, of course, is that some deals are too good to be
true. Online businesses that link buyers and private
Photo courtesy of Shooter's World

fought for and won by our Founding
Fathers with the understanding that
government is for the benefit of the individual, not the other way around. We also
believe that as the Second Amendment
goes, so goes the Bill of Rights and the
Constitution. You cannot selectively
delete portions of our Constitution for
political expediency. We are staunch supporters of the NRA's efforts to preserve the
inalienable rights enumerated within the
Constitution." Shooter's World is located
at 116 E. Fletcher Ave., Tampa, FL 33612;
(813) 381-1111; shootersworld.com.
-FRANK MINITER

sellers through an FFL mostly have good reputations
and tools for consumers to use to avoid being taken,
but you do have to be careful.
NFDN doesn't have that problem, as consumers
using nfdmall.com are actually buying new goods
from local gun shops or sporting goods stores. That's
not to say one buying option is better than the other,
but simply that there are more options than ever.
Speaking of choices, the brick-and-mortar stores
haven't been idle. There is a lot more to this story on
the changing marketplace of gun sales.

The Big-Store Expansion
At the end of 2013, Cabela's had 50 stores and
plans to open 13 more in 2014. Bass Pro Shops had
59 stores and plans to open about a half dozen more
in 2014. At press time Bass Pro's latest store opening
was a 104,000-sq.-ft. store in Round Rock, Texas-the
second fastest growing city in 2012, according to the
U.S. Census Bureau. This is Bass Pros' seventh store in
Texas. The company estimated that 116 million people
would visit its 77 stores (including Tracker Marine
Centers) across America and Canada in 2013-about
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