Mobile >Sports & Recreation > Mobile Shooting Ctr
9170 Airport Blvd, Mobile, AL | Directions 3660830.672872 -88.258640
Mon. - Sat. 10am - 6pm;Sun. CLOSED
IN RESPONSE TO DANIEL G.
First of all, when you purchased this gun, you were able to handle it and inspect it. If you were going to do this much research, you should've done it before making a purchase. NOT AFTERWARDS! and the definition of a new gun is 'one that is not previously owned or fired!' What did you expect for them to do??? Give you a refund and be stuck with a big financial loss?? Because their NEW gun would then have to be sold at a lower value because it is classified as a USED GUN, all because you purchased it and then decided to go home and scower the internet looking for something that you did not like about the gun you just purchased!! It was not advertised as being the latest or greatest model so they did not mislead you. When the gun manufacturers build the guns they don't overnight them to Mobile Shooting Center! This gun could've sat in a distributors warehouse for two years and then been sold to Mobile Shooting Center. Or it could've just been sitting on the shelf for a little while. Either way, by definition this was a new gun. It is a shame that people like you try to ruin a local business's reputation when the family that owns it has worked so hard to build it and would be willing to bend over backwards to make sure that all of their customers are treated fairly. And sure you can go out on the internet and buy things cheaper and you'll (sometimes) get what you order and lord help you if you need service after the sale! People do not understand that internet businesses do not have the overhead and expenses of a store front or employees to provide you with customer service. They did not manufacture the gun and did everything they could do to satisfy you by offering to return it to the manufacturer to have the changes made like you wanted. I have been a LOYAL customer to Mobile Shooting Center for years and always will be! They are upfront, honest and knowledgeable and they will take care of you better than anyone else in town. The owners (Mike and Cindy) are some of the most honest and hard working people you will ever meet. People please don't be fooled by this person's ignorant review!!!
BUYER BEWARE WHEN BUYING FROM MOBILE SHOOTING CENTER.
I purchased a gun from Ryne at Mobile Shooting Center in Mobile, AL on 1-3-12. He was an excellent salesman and very helpful. They are located close to my house and have a decent selection and I knew which gun I wanted.
However, I will NEVER purchase anything from them ever again and here is why:
I purchased a Walther PPS 9mm at full retail $649.00 and chose Mobile Shooting Center because they are a local business, have a convenient location (for me), and I could handle the gun I wanted in person. I paid $150.00 more for my PPS instead of ordering online (budsgunshopdotcom) and having to wait. I was told by Ryne that the gun was new. It would be too late when I discovered this was not true. The gun was test fired 2-15-10, almost two years ago. It was significantly older then a "new" gun.
As a novice making my first gun purchase, I had no idea that the gun I was buying was far from brand new and I had no idea I couldn't trust Mobile Shooting Center. I also did not know that since my "new" gun was manufactured Walther had began manufacturing the PPS with a slide lock tab that is imperative in its correct (non-failure prone) operation as a concealed carry weapon. The gun I purchased from Mobile Shooting Center has an obsolete slide lock and is known to fail (waltherforumsdotcom). I purchased the gun for the sole purpose of protection and need it to function perfectly in the event of a life threatening situation. Unfortunately my "new" gun's serial number and my detailed inspection revealed it did not possess the new slide lock tab. I discovered all of this 5 hours after purchasing my gun and called Mobile Shooting Center minutes after they opened the next morning. I spoke to a young lady (not Ashley but a younger girl) who was very quick to tell me in no way can I return the gun for a different gun or anything of that nature as my gun was now considered "used" after I "walked out the door with it". She said that if I needed the gun mailed to Smith & Wesson for any work done to it (retro fit for the slide lock tab) that they would mail the gun for me but there was nothing else she could do for me. She was very clear, quick, and to the point and offered no further customer service (speak with a manager or owner, etc.).
It gets worse for me though. After more research I discovered Smith & Wesson requires the slide lock spring to fail (break) or suffer inoperable malfunction BEFORE they will retro fit it with a new one as it is officially not a recall, but rather a "known issue". The slide lock is going to fail/malfunction I am just not going to know when. Once it fails, I can call Smith & Wesson, have them mail me a shipping label, ship the gun, pay for the part, pay for the labor to install it (as it may be out of warranty due to it's age--it's already 2 years old) and wait 3 weeks to a few months (I am not exaggerating) for its return. This is IF Smith & Wesson does not decide to re-install another old inventory slide lock spring (they are trying to use old inventory before installing the new slide lock tab).
As it is now, I cannot depend on my "new" Walther PPS 9 mm as a primary concealed carry weapon. It simply may not function as intended.
I gave Mobile Shooting Center $759.98 for my gun ($649.00+48.68 tax), three boxes of 9 mm ammo, and a 9mm cleaning kit. I intended to purchase a new Glock 17, 19, or 22 for home (not CCW) this week (1-9-12) from them, as well as future guns, ammo, and accessories. I will be purchasing elsewhere from now on and intend to tell as many potential customers my experience with Mobile Shooting Center. I should have done more extensive research but I failed. It cost me time and money, but I hope my experience will help educate others so they can make wise gun purchases. Sorry for the ridiculously long, detailed rant! And thanks for reading!
Great Store – Very helpful people. Layaway is nice too, the 60 day period is nice to have for making payments. Also helps you afford a more expensive firearm paying over time. Big selection of pistols and rifles. Prices are very competitive also. If you are thinking about shopping at academy sports dont do it without looking here first.
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