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Dick’s Pulls Guns Off More Shelves

Dick's Sporting Goods AR-15

In a-not-so-surprising move, Dick's is pulling all guns off the shelves of 125 stores. Starting in August, 2019, the sports store will begin taking guns off the shelves of those stores.

It's estimated that Dick's has somewhere between 700 and 850 stores (I'm getting mixed numbers in my research), so this seems as if it's the next step in a test to see how those stores fare without the boomsticks that so many of us have come to love.

It started back in 2018, when Dick's began to pull certain guns and accessories off the shelves of a handful of stores and changed internal policies concerning who they will and will not sell guns to after the Parkland shooting.

Dick's CEO Edward Stack is on record saying,

When we saw what happened in Parkland, we were so disturbed and upset. We love these kids and their rallying cry, ‘enough is enough.’ It got to us.

And then, in a more recent interview, Stack had this to say when talking about the decision to develop their policies about guns in a story we found from USA Today:

We talk about it internally and I often say: If we had a mulligan, we'd do it all over again

An initial test of removing guns from 10 stores has mixed results.

Daily Caller reports that since that time fiscal sales fell 3.1% which likely has them scrambling.

That's not the total story, however. While they were down 3.1% across the board, sales were up 2.2 percent in those 10 test stores where guns were removed from the shelves. It's possible that this is not an anti-gun movement (though I like to look at history as a teacher and they did ban the sales of AR-15s), but a last ditch attempt to not close their doors.

Guns do have very low margins. Still, the water is already muddied.

While I, personally, have never bought a gun from them, I can assume that many folks have. Also, I have bought ammo from them. In addition I've purchased soccer balls, weight training stuff, a treadmill, and tons of other junk … but no more.

This decision will likely hurt the sporting goods giant. I won't be spending another dime with them or any of their partners, confirming that my decision to drop them when they came out of the anti-gun closet over a year ago was a good idea.

After all, there are much, much better options out there when it comes to buying guns and ammo. Let's go over a few of these, shall we?

The first is a resource of ours– the Business Finder tool helps you find pro gun businesses in your area. It's interactive, but some areas have more than others. Something really cool, is that you can add your business to it or one you know of.

So, if you're looking for something particular or know of a certain store in your area, adding it will help other people in your area.

Palmetto State Armory is a great friend of ours. I personally own a few of their PSA kit guns that I built myself with minimal issues. Heck, we even just gave away a .300 BLK AR of theirs on our 300th Concealed Carry Podcast episode:

Brownells is a steady competitor in this space. They sell EVERYTHING gun related from strange parts to guns you may have never heard of, to ammo, to the guns themselves.

Some people who I've personally worked with is 1800 Guns and Ammo. I can't say much, but they were also just targeted by anti-gunners. I've bought stuff from these guys and they go above and beyond the scope to get you what you need, and have a surprisingly large inventory at or below standard pricing.

Finally, another company I have a great relationship with is Stag Arms. While they're primarily an AR-15 manufacturer, and nothing else, they make great AR-15s. Their prices are in line with other mid-tier manufacturers and I've never had an issue with one, nor has anyone I know had an issue with theirs.

In fact, if you're in the market for a left-handed AR-15, Stag is really the way to go.

There are tons of others. If I were to list them all out this article would never end. Suffice it to say that Dick's (as well as Field and Stream, owned by Dick's) made their bed and now must sleep in it. I won't be buying anything from them ever again. Will you?

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38 Responses to Dick’s Pulls Guns Off More Shelves

  1. samcolt March 13, 2019 at 3:45 pm #

    As if the AR ban wasn’t enough, this is definitely the final straw or could you say the nail in their coffin.
    I wouldn’t care how big their sales are, with free balloons & Bozo the clown handing out popcorn & gum balls. I wouldn’t even darken their doors.

  2. patriot56 March 13, 2019 at 5:58 pm #

    That’s OK let dicks do that I shop at Cabela’s It’s my favorite store anyhow??

    • PATRICK EALEM CPM March 15, 2019 at 1:04 am #

      Yes sir, and fortunately, I have never heard of “Dick’s” anyway. I always deal with Cabela’s or Nardis.

    • Greg McLaughlin March 15, 2019 at 8:05 am #

      Ditto on both points! Dick’s decision may go down in marketing dumb moves with “New Coke” & the “Edsel”!

  3. Steven March 14, 2019 at 7:35 am #

    Forget Dicks I do all my shopping on the net, these stores like Dicks are way overpriced, find firearms apps and get the good deals!!!!

  4. Perry DuPre March 14, 2019 at 7:22 pm #

    Dicks is a joke! We have a store, you can go across the street & buy the same product 30-40% cheaper! I wont even waste my time in there anymore! If it doesnt involve a golf egg theu want nodda ta do with it! Hete we have a BPS and an Academy! Have little use for golf!

  5. Greg March 14, 2019 at 7:33 pm #

    It’s their business. It’s their right to decide what they will sell, and what they won’t sell. You have the right to do business with them or not. Quit your whining.

    • PATRICK EALEM CPM March 15, 2019 at 1:06 am #

      You are correct Greg, however we can also stand back and watch their demise.

  6. Dennis Sumner March 14, 2019 at 7:36 pm #

    When they have to start closing stores they’ll just blame it on Trump’s economic policies! Guess they showed us.?

  7. Douglas G. Darchuk March 14, 2019 at 7:39 pm #

    Business or politics just ask Kmart Dicks will fall slowly

  8. Norman March 14, 2019 at 7:42 pm #

    Never in a Dicks store again.

  9. Joel Braunstein March 14, 2019 at 7:43 pm #

    I stopped shopping at Dick’s after teir first bozo move. I know other people who have also stopped shopping at Dick’s and other anti gun/ NRA businesses like Delta. The best way to get our point across is to attack their income-boycott! There are many alternative businesses out there. Let’s give them our business!

  10. Joe Heefner March 14, 2019 at 7:58 pm #

    Well, I can’t bring a gun into or buy a gun from an NRA event, so not being able to buy a gun from Dick’s doesn’t bother me.

    • Brian March 15, 2019 at 6:13 am #

      That is an excellent point. But I stopped shopping at Dick’s years ago none the less.

  11. Steve T March 14, 2019 at 8:11 pm #

    I have never bought a gun from Dicks. The selection was poor and the prices were high. I did however used to buy ammo and other supplies including Golf and clothing and have not set foo t in their stores for over a year and never will again.

  12. Timothy Toroian March 14, 2019 at 8:14 pm #

    They’ve had stores in major metropolitan areas that haven’t sold guns for decades. They might get by, but Field and Stream without guns? RFC.

    • Wallygunz March 15, 2019 at 1:44 pm #

      Ive not been in a dicks flf 18mos.

      I hope the go broke, keep it g oing. Field n Stream too!

      Im fortunate to live in the state where BROWNELLS IS. THEYRE MY GO TO ANYWAY.

  13. Oren March 14, 2019 at 8:17 pm #

    No problem. I don’t shop Dick’s anyway. I have found their merchandise is mostly cheap foreign (China) made and the service in the stores is abysmal. They were in my “No Go” zone long ago.

  14. ken March 14, 2019 at 8:18 pm #

    who is dicks never herd of them

  15. Mikial March 14, 2019 at 8:25 pm #

    I read one article that said they were even pulling guns and hunting gear from some of their Field & Stream stores. That just doesn’t make any sense at all. But it doesn’t really matter, because this whole thing is nothing but damage control because the few gun owners who used to buy there aren’t shopping there anymore. Personally, I’ve never bought anything from Dick’s and have only been in one once for a quick loop that told me they are way overpriced and don’t really need any of my money. Better to shop at Sportsman’s Guide.

  16. glock19fan March 14, 2019 at 8:48 pm #

    As Will Rogers used to say, “Ifyou find yourself standing in a hole, quit digging!”

  17. Tim S March 14, 2019 at 9:21 pm #

    If you want to buy firearms or ammo, you can always go to Basspro or Cabelas, because they’re not Dicks

  18. Procius March 14, 2019 at 9:21 pm #

    This somewhat expected action by Stack shouldn’t bother the gun consumers that Dicks used to have because most of them have boycotted the Dicks stores since they first caved in and stopped the sales of the AR15. I know I used to shop there for convenience, certainly never for price, but haven’t been in one since they first pulled all their so called “Assault Rifles” off the shelves. Also would tend to want to purchase mt firearms from someone who is a little more knowledgeable about the product they sell. Imagine, someone of his superposed intelligence announcing to the whole country, that he is pulling an item (“Assault Rifles”) off the shelf, when in fact the company NEVER EVER carried such an item in the first place. Maybe the “ME TOO” crap started earlier than we thought

  19. Drew Dowdy March 14, 2019 at 9:27 pm #

    K mart here in Cookeville Tn. stopped selling guns and ammo. Shopping interest dropped drastically shortly after. Within a few short years their electronics dept. also closed. Eventually their sporting goods were off brand junk and the rest of their store followed suit. At that time mostly Mexicans would shop there. They went out of business February of last year.

  20. James K. Sovel March 14, 2019 at 9:33 pm #

    The only reason I shop Dicks since the ar ban in there stores was to buy shoes(tennis, football cleats and basketball) for my grandson who is 14 and wares a size 15. They are the only one here that carry his size. With the total ban of guns I have had it I will order his shoes online and deal with returns if they don’t fit.

  21. Granny March 14, 2019 at 10:08 pm #

    That has NOTHING to do with retailers who change horses in mid stream. NRA events are heavily regulated. Of course you can’t carry. That has NOTHING to do with this discussion.

  22. Bill March 14, 2019 at 10:20 pm #

    I’m curious, and that’s all. I wonder if removing guns from shelves has anything to do with the fact that the major decision maker at Dick’s, the CEO, is a woman. Like I said, I’m curious, not sexist. I don’t mind the fact that Dicks has a female CEO. Anyone who is qualified for the job should have the potential for running the Corp. but I do wonder if this trial would even have seen the light of day if the CEO were a man. I just don’t hear many men making decisions based on the fact that someone else used a gun to do evil things. Once again, friends and foes, guns are not the problem and removing all you can find from the culture will never stop criminals from getting them and using them to commit crimes. On the other hand, law abiding citizens are not going to commit crimes with a million guns at hand.

    So, my view is that this trial at Dicks is an ill conceived, emotionally charged but uninformed decision on the parts of people who fear the left and don’t have the courage to do right.

  23. Gary March 14, 2019 at 11:59 pm #

    If they think it’ll make a difference, it won’t I personally don’t think they sold that many weapons anyway, you couldn’t put one on layaway, I tried they said they didn’t do that.Prices were higher unless you hit a sale.

  24. PATRICK EALEM CPM March 15, 2019 at 1:11 am #

    Well, there is always “The New Green Take Your Weapons” deal that includes your house, car, kids, grandchildren, and the truck that you use to bring food to the community. Those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it.

  25. Dootman March 15, 2019 at 4:36 am #

    Just another handful of individuals [big wigs, ceo’s] caving into the anti-gun crowd thinking it will do them good. Believe me it will not. Dick’s will either have to wake up and smell the coffee, or begin closing stores in a few years. How many criminals go to Dick’s to buy guns to commit mass shootings with?

  26. Erci March 15, 2019 at 4:41 am #

    I stopped shopping at Dick’s when they first announced the removal of firearms. Now our entire family over a three statewide area are doing the same and we’re talking to friends about boycotting this despicable outlet…

  27. Kelly March 15, 2019 at 5:32 am #

    No Dick’s or their partners for me. Even stopped drinking from my Yeti cup…things just don’t taste quite right anymore.

  28. ROD KLOMP March 15, 2019 at 7:36 am #

    Their gun prices have been inflated for a couple years now, no one seems to be buying and for good reason after they took all the AR’s out of their stores the prices went up by $40 to over $ 100.00, on every gun in their store, shooters here in Oregon have no respect for them and are smarter than to over pay for what they can buy down the street for much less…

  29. Steven March 15, 2019 at 8:01 am #

    They have an article in this site about good apps on the net to buy firearms try them!

  30. Al March 15, 2019 at 9:20 am #

    I have never gone into Dicks since they changed their policy last year. I had previously shopped there often for other sporting goods as well. When I see a sign that says “no firearms permitted” I consider it as saying “only criminals are allowed to bring in firearms” . That kind of explains the entire firearms issue.

  31. Rick March 15, 2019 at 9:46 am #

    Funny thing that Dick’s started out in Binghamton, NY with two stores. They made their money from firearms, ammo, reloading and trapping and fishing supplies. My father knew the original owners well and often dealt with them as an FFL dealer himself. I’m sure they are flipping in their graves as the next generation has turned to the pansy sports apparel business. Hopefully they will also see how cruel and brutal fishing is and deal only in cheap Chinese apparel. Haven’t been in there in years and won’t go again, plus I inform everyone I can about their idiocy. If everyone refused to support the wacked liberal ways, and remove themselves from not only stores, but also living and contributing taxes to locales and states, they would definitely feel the punch. It is time for action people…AND, that isn’t sometimes easy on the short-term.

  32. David Rampa March 15, 2019 at 9:46 am #

    Levi Strauss is next. They are anti gun/NRA. I am done buying their products.

  33. willis owen March 19, 2019 at 12:17 pm #

    I will not shop at Dicks and haven’t for years…to liberal of views,misguided for sure,out of business soon i’m sure ..

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