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?