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Old 09-21-2010, 03:00 PM   #41
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I have not done a lot of business with Mikes but have bought a bow, a scope and a pistol there.
Every time, they have tried to fit the product with my needs and budget with out trying to over sell.
You may be able to beat their prices at the big box stores, and the big box stores will be fine just to buy guns and ammo from, but if you have a problem they are usless.
If we don't support the local businesses, they may not be there when we need them.
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Old 09-22-2010, 08:10 AM   #42
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i have been going in there since they were open. i have a beard shabby cloths people think im homeless, ive never had a problem, bought another pistol last wk, in and out in 30 min.my son in law marine goes in every time he visits always been nice, there was a mamanger 20 yrs ago that i had a priblem with, but hes long gone
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Old 09-22-2010, 08:40 AM   #43
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I know it has already been said but, I think what some of you need to realize is that this is a gun store, not wal-mart. These guys have penny-pinching "customers" come in everyday and waste two hours of their time asking questions about guns etc. , knowing full well that when they find out the info they need they are going to walk out the door and go to academy or wal-mart just to save $30.

You have to understand that when "they are ignoring you", they may have another customer hounding the hell out of them and they are running around trying to help them. Just because there is not someone by their side when you run into them doesn't mean they aren't helping someone.

The bottom line is that most of the guys in Mike's are as good of people as you will ever find and will help you in anyway possible. They also know about their products from first-hand experience. Be patient and when they are done helping the person in front of you, you will receive the same service.

As Sculls said, good luck getting Academy or Wal-mart to help you tune a bow, or better try walking in there with a gun that you need something done too and see what happens
but thats when you have to have enough sense to tell customer #2 that you are helping somebody else and to give them a min to finish with them and they can help you...i have been in there a few times when the employees outnumber customers and still couldnt get help
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Old 09-22-2010, 09:56 AM   #44
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I know it has already been said but, I think what some of you need to realize is that this is a gun store, not wal-mart. These guys have penny-pinching "customers" come in everyday and waste two hours of their time asking questions about guns etc. , knowing full well that when they find out the info they need they are going to walk out the door and go to academy or wal-mart just to save $30.

You have to understand that when "they are ignoring you", they may have another customer hounding the hell out of them and they are running around trying to help them. Just because there is not someone by their side when you run into them doesn't mean they aren't helping someone.

The bottom line is that most of the guys in Mike's are as good of people as you will ever find and will help you in anyway possible. They also know about their products from first-hand experience. Be patient and when they are done helping the person in front of you, you will receive the same service.

As Sculls said, good luck getting Academy or Wal-mart to help you tune a bow, or better try walking in there with a gun that you need something done too and see what happens

Oh and the Tikka at Mikes was 50 cheaper than at academy for the exact same model and caliber. Needless to say I will be shopping there again it was a good experience!
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well i was in the areas today and thought i would try this out so i could whine too. well ive been spraying white paint all day and have it on my hat in my hair and was sweaty, and as soon as i walked into mikes was greeted at the door from the person behind the register and when i made my way to the back the people were thick and still got a "can i help you look for something" and then a moment later a different person asked as well.... well i then ventured on my way to outkast and got the greeting from the large fella behind the counter and wonderd to the rear and was greeted again by a guy holding a box doin inventory or something and asked if he could help me find something...
so needless to say i have not one bad thing about either place other than i didnt find the 357 i wanted and walked away empty handed from both places.

maybe the bad treatment comes from humans haveing a fuc* you day that i have every other day and you just happend to get the ass end of their bad day.
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I have been treated like crap from several of their "know it all" employee's. I used to go in there all the time up until about a year ago. Most of the employee's are hard core "know it alls". They seem to know what you want even if you don't or want something different. I will never go in there again.

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Old 09-22-2010, 08:31 PM   #47
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Whoooo Man What a great thread!

I figure if I buy from you and Im the loser or I get the bad end of the deal later on, Im gonna have the right to talk about it publicly!

Mikes Gun Shop... Bought my very first Bow from them, a nice Browning X-cellerator Plus! This was back in like 86ish. I took it in several times to get strings and cables, sights and silencers... just the normal, I was just a kid still with my Dad but it always seemed like a chore for someone to assist if I was buying their products. I traded and bought a newer bow later, a Pearson Spoiler, weighed 17lbs and was all wheels. LOL I took it in for cables and you would have thought I brought in a Crippled giraffe, they went bizerk telling me what I needed and all this important stuff that I already knew because I had a P&Y buck on my wall. I didnt come for a class I came for products. Well I walked out after all the BS from Jim Adkinson. He apparently knew more than I did.

I bought a bow off Archerytalk.com another Pearson bow, killed some nannys and now shoot a Pearson Z-34 which I bought off eBay. I dotn like paying retail! I havent had much gun dealings with them, bought a Browning Abolt, some shells and a scope. But the overall atmosphere when you arrive is just piss poor. I know they sell alot but I havent been back in those doors in over 6 years. I will order online from Zeke in Colorado who likes to compliment me, or the items Im looking at. I dont care for negativity when Im shopping spending my dollars.

I do not send anyone to Mikes. But thats my opinion and preference!
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Whoooo Man What a great thread!

I figure if I buy from you and Im the loser or I get the bad end of the deal later on, Im gonna have the right to talk about it publicly!

Mikes Gun Shop... Bought my very first Bow from them, a nice Browning X-cellerator Plus! This was back in like 86ish. I took it in several times to get strings and cables, sights and silencers... just the normal, I was just a kid still with my Dad but it always seemed like a chore for someone to assist if I was buying their products. I traded and bought a newer bow later, a Pearson Spoiler, weighed 17lbs and was all wheels. LOL I took it in for cables and you would have thought I brought in a Crippled giraffe, they went bizerk telling me what I needed and all this important stuff that I already knew because I had a P&Y buck on my wall. I didnt come for a class I came for products. Well I walked out after all the BS from Jim Adkinson. He apparently knew more than I did.

I bought a bow off Archerytalk.com another Pearson bow, killed some nannys and now shoot a Pearson Z-34 which I bought off eBay. I dotn like paying retail! I havent had much gun dealings with them, bought a Browning Abolt, some shells and a scope. But the overall atmosphere when you arrive is just piss poor. I know they sell alot but I havent been back in those doors in over 6 years. I will order online from Zeke in Colorado who likes to compliment me, or the items Im looking at. I dont care for negativity when Im shopping spending my dollars.

I do not send anyone to Mikes. But thats my opinion and preference!
Well I guess had you gotten your panties out of a wad and gone back in to see if anything had changed, you would have found out that Jim is no longer employed at Mikes.

I will go ahead and say that I am calling BS on all of you who say you have had a bad experience in their archery dept. the last couple of years (since Jim is gone) Pat knows his stuff and always goes above and beyond to make sure customers are happy
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I for one have never delt with their archery dept. I have had dealings with some of the people that have worked in their archery dept throughout the years. This,as well as their other employee's. Especially the one that is "certified"(HUH ??) to teach the concealed carry course. This baffoon tells all his class members you should NEVER carry a Glock with a round chambered because it is extremely UNSAFE.

I find most of the employee's arrogant,opinionated,know it all'ish,and have seen them berate a female customer because of their choice in a handgun,and basically have found them the most disrespectful of any gunshop that I have ever been it. They are pretty much equal with Mike's in Jay.

Not to mention that they have an employee that has some real honesty problems.

Again,these are my opinions which I believe that I am entitled to. Same as you are yours. You,sir can call BS all you want. That is your opinion also. ----SAWMAN
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I didn't have a user name here until today but a friend of mine showed me this thread yesterday and I just gotta comment on this one. This thread is pathetic and sad. I have worked and managed retail for over 20 years in stores from less than a million in annual sales to stores that gross over 50 million a year so I have a pretty good idea and understanding of what actually goes on and what these "complaints" are typically about. Usually it is much to do about nothing.

But I have a couple of questions to ask you guys.

How many of you have actually taken the time to approach the manager and let him know what your "horrible" experience is/was when it actually happened and with who? If not how do you expect the manager to deal with the problem and improve your shopping experience? I am sure that there are some of you here that run your own businesses, charters, what ever or at least aspire to. As a business owner/manager how would you feel if you had one of your regular customers approach you about a thread like this on a local forum when you haven't had any, or very minimal, legitimate complaints brought to your attention?

Or are you all content with acting like little 3rd grade children bitching on a nameless and faceless forum about something that happened 6 years ago, 16 years ago, etc...




I don't visit Mikes every week but I visit often enough to have an opinion about them and can honestly say I have never been treated remotely close to what the "horror" stories portray.

There have been some "grumpy know it all" people that have worked there in the past but they haven't been there for years. All of the guys there now are always respectful and polite and to be honest I usually get asked to be helped several times when I visit the store. The ladies at the front always say hi when I open the door.


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He went on to explain how he reloads his own ammo and doesnt measure or way any powder charges. I really hope he does not lead any of his customers who are new to reloading in the wrong direction. This kind of thing could lead to severe injury or even death. I hope this was just my experience.
Did he explain this to you personally or did you start listening in the middle of someone elses conversation and possible mishear something? I reload my own ammo and don't know of any one that does that is stupid enough to practice this or advise this. Though if you use a powder thrower you do not have to measure anything once you have your load metering properly. Pull a lever and dump the powder into the case with out measuring again. Is it possible this is what you heard? Could he have been reloading handgun ammo and using an automatic press like a Dillon?



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I went there for one of their special sales, ya know the ones where they include a advertising supplement to the PNJ. In the ad they had a sale on target 9mm ammo. I drove from Gulf Breeze on the Monday after the ad came out on Sun. When I went to purchase the ammo the were limiting purchases to 1 box! OK, the ad did say that "quantities may be limited", but c'mon, 1 box!
My family has bought more than enough ammo from Mikes and the only time I can remember them limiting ammo to a single box was during the "Obama craze" when people were buying it by the truck load and you couldn't find it any where and if you did you were paying 3 times as much for it just because they had it. That was two years ago and since the ammo scare has gone away I haven't seen any limits on ammo.


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I don't remember the first one, but the second was about 10 yrs ago... I was in the store with $1500 cash to buy a safe. I was talking to a guy about them and he took a phone call... I left after about a minute and haven't been back...
Heaven forbid someone answer the phone while they are ringing off the hook. Catch 22 for a store. I bet you'd be the type to still be bitching if you were on the other end of the phone waiting to ask them if they had a safe in stock and no one answered it because they were too busy helping real customers in the store with money in their hand instead of telephone shopppers.


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Wow,

THis is timely. I was actually planning to stop in there this week.

Life is too short to put up with the kind of garbage i am reading about on this thread.

Thanks for taking the time to post, and saving me a trip.
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Never been there never even seen the place. But I won't go there now.
That's too bad because they aren't nearly as bad as what is indicated here.


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About 5 or 6 years ago I went there to buy some hiking boots for Colorado, it was not busy and neither the man or lady working there would wait on me. Lady told me to go see the guy in archery, went over there and he straight up ignored me.
I don't know about the guy in archery but I bet the lady up front isn't suppose to leave the cash register unattended. Pretty common policy for a cashier. Many cashiers have lost their jobs because they leave a register full of cash unattended to help a customer.


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Anyone have the owner's email? He should be notified of a thread like this, and hopefully can improve his store.
What should have happened is that legitimate complaints be brought to the managers attention as they happen instead of this kind of crap of several years later on a fishing forum. And I'm not talking about letting a sales person do his job and answer a phone.


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I've only had one bad experience at Mikes and never at Scotts. I mentioned it the next time I went back in there and was apoligized too and never had a bad experience again.
See guys, this is good communication between the customer and store/manager and it helps assure the customer gets good service and the store gets return business. Imagine that.


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Fast forward 5 years and I went back to Mike's thinking that maybe things have changed around there. This time I'm in the market for an AR-15. Walked up to the counter and ask the young man what he has in the way of .223. He gives me a damn sale paper showing a S&W for $699 with a mail in rebate and then walks away. He looked mighty pissed that I was wasting his time. I just muttered some expletives and walked out again.
Did he look busy doing something like possibly helping another customer or sitting there picking his nose waiting on you to show up? I find it very hard to believe that you walked right up to the counter to a waiting sales man and asked about .223's and this sales man simply hands you a flyer and walked away. I'm sorry but you're full of crap.


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.....they went bizerk telling me what I needed and all this important stuff that I already knew because I had a P&Y buck on my wall. I didnt come for a class I came for products. Well I walked out after all the BS from Jim Adkinson. He apparently knew more than I did.
So what you are saying is that you went in there for "products" and Jim Adkinson goes "berzerk" telling you about products that you need and offers some additional advice and you're bitching about it??? But you already knew everything because you have a P&Y buck on your wall??? You sound like one of the people this thread is about.


Any way, communication goes both ways. Retail people are human too and have moods just like all of you. I imagine that every single one of you that posted a "horror" story about Mikes has treated a retail employee in a disrespectful way on occasion or two. People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. None of us are perfect as is clearly demonstrated by many of the posters here.

SAWMAN, you complain enough about Mikes to have your own "Real Housewives of Pensacola" reality show.
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