Skip to comments.Buying Ammo at Dick's Sporting Goods
Posted on 10/02/2012 12:37:39 PM PDT by pabianice
Today I went shopping at BJs and then visited a newly opened Dick's Sporting Goods store in the same mall.
Big store, but the shooting cubicle is hidden in the back of the store between fishing stuff and camping equipment. Had to search. They had a fair stock of long guns -- no evil handguns, of course. I asked to see the prices on .22 LR and was pleased to find that they carry the Remington .22 LR copper-covered rounds in the 525 round box for $10.98. The rest of the .22 ammo was expensive, however: 100 rounds for $21.95.
However, they make buying ammo there as inconvenient as possible. After you show your LTC, when you select ammo, it has to be hand-carried by the gun salesman all the way back to the front of the store because, as he explained, "The police have a fit if we let the customer touch the box before he checks-out of the store." I guess the police live in terror of the customer opening the box and then assaulting customers by throwing .22 rounds at them.
At the cash register, I again had to show my LTC. The clerk then copied my DOB, address, my LTC number, and my credit card number into a separate file -- something not required by state law and in fact may be prohibited.
I won't be returning to Dick's to buy anything from a "sports" seller that is clearly afraid of firearms. I'd rather pay more and have less of a hassle.
Dick’s is just what the name says it is.
I absolutely do not like Dick’s in the Austin Tx area.
sounds like a regional thing. when i purchased 20 boxes of .223 tula last week they were out on the shelf and i put them in my little basket and carried them up to the register. did not have to show ID and the only thing the girl at the register asked for was if i had their reward club card.
They used to be very anti EBR but recently have opened up and started carrying brands like troy and viking tactics.
Are you 'allowed' to buy from the internet?
Much better deals to be had.
Wally World San Antonio....walk in, tell the person behind the sporting goods counter what you want, it is rung up and bagged and out you go. Shotgun shells are on a shelf outside of the counter so they are grab and go. YMMV.
Dicks is less dick-like elsewhere. The one in Westminster, MD will let buy handgun ammo off the shelf, no clerk involved. But the one in Fairfax, VA (just a mile from NRA HQ) used to keep all handgun ammo (including .22 LR) locked behind the counter.
But buying a gun at any Dicks is a chinese fire drill involving multiple sales reps, a manager and red tape. It's worth paying a few extra dollars elsewhere to avoid the hassle.
I never buy guns or ammo in general sporting goods shops. I deal strictly with gun shops for my firearms and accesories. Gander Mountain expected me to buy Remington Golden Saber 9mm 147 grs. for (brace yourself) $39 per box of 25. Buh-bye, Gander.
I do and I can’t.
Dick’s is next to BJ’s. LOL.
When at home I go to the local WalMart. Buy it right there with a credit card; it’s bagged and I continue shopping. This is in WA a real real real blue state.
I used all of my available credits at Dick's, mostly for premium .223 and .308 ammo. Didn't have to sign any lists or have my D.L. number recorded, as recently as ten months ago or so. I was disappointed when the recycling system was changed - I had a good thing going. I was even hauling home the heavy cardboard from my office warehouse to pump up my points. :-)
Shotgun shells, 30-30 and 30-06 on the shelves at my WV Wally-World. Pay cash and you are out the door.
But .22LR-L-S you have to show a DL to purchase...reason being you must be 18 as they can be used in handguns.
He probably isn't. If you check any mail order house's shipping rules, you will always see MA several times in the list of restricted destinations. From my personal experience, neither Gallery of Guns nor Cheaper Than Dirt will sell handguns to customers in Maryland. GunBroker and Gns America are a crapshoot. Some (maybe most) dealers won't sell handguns to bidders in MD-I've had my bids pulled. Long guns are somewhat easier. Ammo is usually OK. But I suspect that MA is worse than MD.
PS, the DL is scanned at the register.
Must be a local issue, the one near me doesn’t do any of that stuff.
heck they make me carry it to the cash register and even make me pay for it. you’re right, they are evil
That’s what you get when living in a Commie State.
What’s a LTC? That isn’t the way Dick’s operates in VA
This is in Mass.? Doesn’t surprise me. Friend went in a gunshop in Mass. and said the owner was nasty and would not let him so much as touch a rifle on display without seeing his permit first.
They are headquartered here in Pittsburgh, and anyone who has ever had business dealings with them agrees, they certainly live up to their name.
Yup. Simply foolishness, though. I knew the laws in VA so I pressed the manager at Dicks pretty hard about the “behind the counter” policy. He finally admitted that it was merely an optional store policy and not required by the law, but that he enforced it for “safety’s sake.” The conversation went downhill from there.
I checked out the one in Albuquerque. There’s nothing they have I can’t get easier and cheaper elsewhere.
Regardless of the process, the Remington bulk stuff is crap.
I’ve had about 1/12 of the rounds misfire.
Federal works GREAT.
I try and buy my range ammo at Wallmart. It’s cheap if you can find it in stock. The Walmarts around here now actually limit purchases. These days the first TWO customers to the desk after the shipment arrives clean the store out of .45, .38, .357 and .40.
They always have plenty of .22 it seems.
Wal-Mart hands me my box of Federal 525 .22LR and I walk to the cashier to check out without a problem.
Federal works GREAT.
I originally bought a Remington 597 and a box of Remington Cyclone .22lr. I ran six magazine's-worth (10-round magazine) through it with six failures-to-fire. 10%. Not acceptable. I traded the 597 toward a new Ruger 10/22 and bought some Federal ammo. Went to an Appleseed event and went through an entire 550-round box of Federal with two f-t-f. I've since put nearly another box of Federal through the 10/22 and have yet to experience another f-t-f. That means two out of nearly 1,100 rounds. Good stuff, indeed.
I'm not sure if it was the Remington 597 itself or the Cyclone ammo, but after seeing several recalls of Remington ammo and some remington firearms in Guns & Ammo and other places, I'm glad I got rid of the 597 and switched to Federal.
I bought a bunch of federal 22LR jacketed hollow point from wally world.
Put it all on a company gift card, no questions asked.
You said: “The clerk then copied my DOB, address, my LTC number, and my credit card number into a separate file”; that’s patently ridiculous! Here in Texas, at the Academy Stores, the ammo isn’t even behind a counter anymore.
Have you considered online purchases?
In Oregon you just buy it. And WTF is a LTC?
I am always puzzled why any conservative would live in MA. You might as well live in Cuba or North Korea. My philosophy in buying ammo is that I will use it to save the lives of my family or to defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. Which is why I never buy garbage such as Wolf, Tula or Privi. And I always buy by the case and online.
I have always found Dick’s to be, well, dicks.
Haven’t been in one in three years.
I’ll guess license to carry.
In Matthews, NC there is a big sign at a shopping center that reads: Old Navy
“Have you considered online purchases?”
Online ammo purchases are not allowed in the People’s Republic of Massachusetts.
The second amendment is my license to carry.
Massachusetts sucks for gun owners. How about next time you find yourself in Vermont or New Hampshire, just buy a bunch of ammo for cash.
My rights are God-given.
I work in a small store that sells hunting/fishing licenses. One day someone was trying to explain what the different stickers mean.
She said “this one says you can carry a gun during hunting season”.
I looked at her and said “the constitution says I can carry a gun anytime”.
She was not amused.
What is an “LTC?” I only went to one of those places once. It looked too fruity.
I'll bet this is done to prevent "shrinkage" (theft), not to please any pigs.
Same with my Walmart. All types of ammo are behind glass. I tell the clerk what I want (last purchase was 30-30, 9mm, .45, 38 spl. = $200 in ammo). I pay for it. They bag it up. I put it in the cart, find my wife, and continue shopping. No problem. I’ve never been to Dick’s, but I’ve heard about it. They have one in Orlando, I think. I make a drive down to my area Bass Pro Shop every couple of months to check out the specials and occasionally buy a nice gun. Never had any issues. Even at BPS I can buy anything, then keep on shopping.
anyone ever have a walmart dick sports chain store, ask for and record your id in order to buy?
Yeah, for the .22 rounds, not for the others I mentioned.
The Walmart in my city is well stocked and very inexpensive.
Get all my ammo there. Mostly 12ga for trap shooting.
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