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Yes, it was, because it was likely one of the first shops in new england that didn't sell stuff for rape prices... they used to sell loaves of XM193 for like $125.00 back in the day not that long ago.... plus, at one time, they had eeeeeeeverything. Even cases of bullets were reasonable.It was a great place in its day.
I haven't been in years but basically went right until the point where Ralph sold out a few years ago or whatever. Then suddenly bunch of people started telling me it started to suck badly so I never bothered going back. One of my friends dad used to go up once a month for reloading stuff and even that started to peter out... ghost town i guess.I havent been there in nearly 10 years so I never had the displeasure of seeing its downfall. I guess I'm lucky.
Shooters also stocks a good amount of plated projectiles for reloading. Last time I went to Riley's back in the summer they had very little in the way of reloading supplies.....went up the road to shooters stocked up on everything. I tried going to Riley's first......but I can't support you with a purchase if you just don't have what I need.I never bothered to go there as everyone on here has been saying it was a waste of time. We have a "What in THE HELL happened to Riley's?" thread for goodness sakes. I will say I primarily shop online but Shooter's had very competitive powder pricing the last time I was in there.
Beat you by a yearI bought my first gun there 38 years ago, a Ruger Speed 6,
When did gunstores start keeping 4473's? 1986 or somewhere around there? They must have a warehouse somewhere just stuffed with paperwork...maybe the old indoor range behind the store?Note.....with the closing of Riley's it means that every single 4473 for that place gets sent to ATF for them to "maintain"
Thats a lot of purchases......
Winner winner chicken dinnerI think you only have to keep 4473s for twenty years. Question is, did they systematically get rid of them when they hit their 20th birthday (so to speak) as some dealers do?
You still get that same experience at Pete's Gun & Tackle in Hudson, though it hasn't had the trademark "old gun shop smell" since they fixed the roof a few years back.The Riley's I grew up on LOOKED like a gun shop, FELT like a gun shop, Hell, it even SMELLED like a gun shop.