Powder/Primers now kept behind the counter?

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by garydude, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. garydude

    garydude Member

    I went in to my local sportmans warehouse and they had removed all of their powders and primers from the floor. I asked a salesman and he said that they put them in the back room at the request of the local fire chief.

    Anyone else seen this happen?
  2. gvw3

    gvw3 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Oct 16, 2011
    Chicago IL Area
    My gunshop also did this...

  3. north tex

    north tex Active Member

    Jan 30, 2011
    Leonard, Tx
    I was at Cabellas last week and all their primers are behind the gun counter. It was a royal PIA to have to stand and wait for the gun sales men to get to you. They weren't in any hurry either with several people waiting. One guy was practically giving shooting lessons to two customers looking at a 1911. I wasn't impressed.
  4. Deacon_Man

    Deacon_Man Active Member

    Feb 23, 2010
    Weatherford Texas
    I went to Cabelas for a lot of supplies ($385.00) last monday. The powder and primers are kept in the store room out of sight.

    RAJBCPA Active Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    yeh, my guy had to move his powder to the wall that did not face the parking lot. only 100 pounds can be in inventory at any one time.... the wooden box cabinet is locked with a padlock...

    this was done after a fire department inspection...
  6. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2012
    pawn shops have em behind counter.. probably a theft issue.

    gander has powder in a cabnet.. but unlocked.. and primers on the shelf.. not that they have any.. :)
  7. aa1911

    aa1911 Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    My LGS has all powder and primers out in the middle of the main room on shelving. Not sure why putting them behind a counter makes them suddenly safer?

    I guess it keeps people from messing with em, some folks like to open things. I certainly don't want to buy a brick of primers that's been ripped or abused...

    I especially hate it when ammo is put behind the counter; how the hell am I supposed to browse when I can't even read what caliber it is, much less what flavor of bullet...
  8. stev32k

    stev32k Well-Known Member

    Oct 19, 2012
    Mobile, AL
    The only LGS that carries primers and powder around here that I know of keeps them out of sight in a locked room behind the main showroom. If you went in there the first time you would not know they sell powder or primers.
  9. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2012
    and more annoying is when you know more about the product than the seller.

    I shoot lots of weird stuff.

    458 winmag / lott, 416 rigby 375 H&H and other odd stuff... obsolete calibers..

    and most of the time you have to explain the designation to them several times before getting anything other than a blank look
  10. aa1911

    aa1911 Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    I was at a gunshop in Tacoma years ago and there was a little chickie working the counter. I had just bought my .458 win mag rifle and asked if they had any ammo so that I could price it.

    After looking (starting at the .22 caliber stuff all the way to the left) she deducted that they did not have any and then asked me: "We've got 444 ammo, is that close enough?"

    Oh my God, you've got to be kidding me...
  11. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2012
    yep.. I've been offered 450 many times when asking for 458 :)
  12. medalguy

    medalguy Member

    Feb 20, 2009
    New Mexico
    Look at it from the shop's point of view. Curious customer picks up a can of Unique and opens it to look inside, puts it back on the shelf. Would you buy an open can of powder?
  13. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    My LGS started keeping the primers under the cash register counter and behind the pistol counter. He did have them on a shelf right at the entrance/exit door. I figured that it was to keep the theft of them down.
  14. steve4102

    steve4102 Former Guest

    Jan 27, 2006
    All well and good, but that has nothing to do with the Fire Marshall.
  15. aa1911

    aa1911 Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    I doubt many folks who would be intersted in powder would be dumb enough to open a canister in a gun shop. But then again, half of the US also voted for Obama, so who knows? I would bet that Obama voters are rare occurances in gun shops though. (I hope)

    It's not really a big deal IMO, if you know primers, you know what you want and just ask for it. there's really not that many options in reality. 5 sizes, only a handful of flavors.
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