Wal-Mart Selling AR-15s

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Arfcom users report seeing Bushmaster carbines and Remington R-15 rifles on sale at Wal-Mart. On one hand it seems significant that the world’s largest retailer is selling The Black Rifle, but on the other hand they are the last retailer I look at for firearm industry trends.

Wal-Mart ceased firearms sales in 2006 but earlier this year reintroduced them to about 2000 of their stores.

[ Many thanks to jdun1911 for emailing me the link. ]

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  • Shootin’ Buddy

    Wal-Mart did not cease all firearms sales in 2006 but rather limited the number of stores selling firearms. The Super Wal-Marts in the city in which I reside (medium-sized Midwestern city) never stopped selling guns (rifles and shotguns, no pistols) and ammunition. They were both short of ammo during the Great Ammo Shortage of 2009 but Wal-Mart’s competitors, Rural King, Meijer, inter alia, did have ammo.

  • Billy Bones

    This only makes sense… The AR platform is the modern era Win. 94

  • Lych muhcak

    My Walmart has always sold guns but the most tacticool gun they have at mine is a wal-mart only stripped down mini-14 for 599.

    • Komrad

      That’s a pretty good price for a new Mini.

  • atm

    Just confirming Shootin’ Buddy’s post – local Tennessee Wal Marts have never stopped selling guns.

  • ICELANDMARC

    Wal-Mart, under the influence of an Al Gore acolyte, reduced firearms sales in 2006 in stores which abutted urban areas. Many rural Wal-Marts, especially in the south, continued to sell firearms and ammunition. Wal-Mart is slowly re-introducing some firearms to the previously restricted areas now that it’s upper management has changed.

  • T.G.

    They are also selling 420 rnd Ammo cans of Federal XM855LC, 62gr FMJ Ball on stripper clips for $149.00 + tax. SKU: 2946556318

  • 543

    I’m going the second all the previews posters none of the Wall-Marts in my area stopped selling guns. Although the stores in my area are pretty much only selling hunting rifles and shotguns and the occasional Mini-14, all have a pretty descent selection on lower cost ammo. I have yet to see AR-15′s being sold but my area has plenty of great price competitive gun dealers for all my firearms needs and there is always the internet and a local FFL1 transfer if I can’t find it locally.

  • Alan

    Given Wal-Mart’s love of Chinese products and political clout, their next step is to lift the Norinco import ban.

  • JT

    Would be nice if more walmarts sold guns. I’ve haven’t seen a Walmart that sold guns in years. Even rural to semi-rural areas in the Northeast. At least they’re better than the Sports Authority. They lost their spine completely when it came to firearms. They don’t even sell ammo despite somehow claiming to be an “authority” on “sports”

  • Mr. Fahrenheit

    San Antonio, Waco, and Dallas area Walmarts all had rifles and shotguns for as long as I can remember going back to 1994 – when I first moved to TX from NJ.

  • Lance

    You’ll find this easy in the American South BUT most other Walmarts will not sell them. Fear over law suits and anti-gun jerks from the BIG CITY would make them stick to hunting rifle only.

  • JamesD

    A Wal-Marts in the Nebraska panhandle dropped guns but just across the boarder in Colorado and Wyoming the Wal-Marts still have them.

  • chris

    They never stopped selling rifles in rural Oregon.

  • El Duderino

    No thanks. I buy ammo there, but no guns. If you buy one, they escort you out like some kind of invalid. You get the feeling that the corporate policy is, “Yes we sell guns, but we don’t have to like it.”

    • J.T.

      Cabela’s does that too. At least they did the one (and only) time I bought a rifle there.

      • Mark

        The military PX/BX system escorts you out as well. It took longer to get one of the managers out of their “meeting” to escort me to the door than it took to examine my new pistol, fill the paperwork out, and make the payment. At least I was able to kill the time talking guns with a real gun guy working the counter that day instead of the ladies lingerie guy that fills in there now and then! (Yea, guy – actually he fills in everywhere)

        When we did walk out, all the manager wanted to do was get back to work. It was quick, and painless. And TAX-FREE!

      • JamesD

        Cabelas still walks guns out for you.

        They used to walk gun powder and primers to the cash registers but now they let you carry them and have some powder out from behind the gun counter.

  • Todd S

    I wonder if they will sell firearms in bulk at Sam’s Club? :)

    • JamesD

      Yes, I’d like a case of AR’s, and a barrel of .223 ammo please! While your getting that out of the back I’ll just go pick up some tarps, some rope, a pack of duct tape, a guide to the capitol building, and some Jack Daniels.

      • JamesD

        That was a joke for those of you that are humor impaired.

  • clayton

    I have bought a shotgun from walmart, because it was the only place with what I wanted in my price range, but I doubt I would buy there again unless it was such a staggering price difference. You get no customer service from walmart like you would a gun shop on a purchase. Just my .02.

  • Jack

    Just to throw in my two cents, I live in NE PA and our Walmarts never stopped selling guns. I agree, a small gun shop will give much better customer service. Walmart treats guns like any other large item in their store. They will walk you out whether you’re buying a gun or a bed or lawn furniture. And if something goes wrong with it, call the manufacturer.
    BTW, did you know that Walmart will order guns for you? A least mine will. They have a catalog behind the counter, and they’ll anything as long as it’s in there.

  • Bob Z Moose

    Meh? Never really cared much for the gun department at Wal-Mart. It’s mostly youth rifles and 20 gauges (at least in the Wal-Marts I frequent). Guys and gals that work the counters tend to be really nice, but not really gun people. Overall, I would rather go to the local gun shop to talk guns, get their opinions (as fellow gun nuts), and support local businesses than go to Wal-Mart.

    Just to throw in, they never stopped selling guns at most Valley of the Sun area Wal-Marts in Arizona, nor in the Northern Arizona area ones.

  • CUrob

    I second the other posters from the south… my south carolina stores never stopped selling, however they did build SEVERAL new stores without gun sales (ammo only) and have come around and retrofitted them. (Thanks to customer feedback, so i heard).

    I have never seen a pistol (less co2 ones) for sale at a walmart, nor have i seen the AR’s either (hope too though). There are some really good gun and ammo deals in their catalog, you just have to ask for them to look it up since they are unadvertised. Pretty good prices on Henry’s if i remember right.

    • robin

      wallmart is selling bushmaster ar’s in november they are slated to start selling pistols here in wa. state

  • robin

    Also they/ Wallmart is selling Federal 62 grain green tip 556 450 rounds for 150 dollars rounds. Someone back in Arkansas grew a set of anti gun control balls in order to gain sales. But thats fine with me.

  • bubba huotep

    I buys machine guns and shiistuf at motherfuggin wallmart aii da timee

    • gunner

      Wally World donates to Mayors Against Illegal Guns (look it up). I refuse to support their playing both ends against the middle.

  • SixShooter

    If you have a problem with wal-mart sellin firearms(of any size)….Don’t Shop There.
    Problem solved

  • Robert Walmart

    I work at a Walmart here in Kentucky and we never stopped selling firearms. We’ve been doing a good business with the AR’s. We sell the Bushmasters and Sigs here. I am sorry we have to escort you out the door with your firearm purchase, but in today’s “sue happy” society, we have to protect ourselves from litigation. Just a bit of trivia, the only Walmarts where you can buy handguns are in Alaska.

  • Gabriel

    I work at a Wal-mart in Nevada and ALL our Sporting Goods Associates are shooters / hunters. IF you don’t know guns you don’t get picked to work in Sporting Goods here (common sense)..we would lose allot of money hiring knuckleheads because Men, Women and Children all shoot here and know their guns. I build my own ARs…so please don’t sell ALL of us short.

  • mark

    I wouldn’t know because I never shop at Walmart. If I did ever decided to go into one, I’d never ever buy a gun from them.

  • ant mich

    Wal-mart means all brass, all cheap. Atleast they dont sell steal case ,foriegn ammo in the Texas stores i shop. fed.30.06 only 13.49, 9mm fed only 9.69, 45 acp fed only 14.00, fed 223 100 pack only 39.99. The list goes on. Texas they dont have a good selection on firearms but everyone gets the cheap brass ammo there. For the prepers they got the Fed 22LR 550 packs for 15.00.. If your going to the range they wont break you. On the ARs, im wondering what the total sales might have been in 2011 nationwide. Im thinking it was a good year for the black rifle. I think im going to assemble a slidefire lower for when the SHTF. God bless and support the NRA.

    • sy

      although I am sure you are aware of this now…walmart in texas is selling Russian and Serbian manufactured ammo…tula and ppu (tula being the only steel case ammo of the two)

  • KPD702

    I am no firearms expert, but I am a Police Officer, Firearms Instructor and I work at a local gun store on the weekends selling handguns, rifles and shotguns. I have never purchased a firearm at Wal-Mart and I don’t expect to in the future. I refuse to buy my steaks from the local hardware store, I will not purchase shoes from the local auto parts store and I refuse to buy my guns from the 21 year old kid who works for minimum wage at the local Wal-Mart.

    • SpecialK

      Your loss – buying a commodity item at a commodity price is a great idea.

      In truth, how much do they need to know to sell a shotgun like an 870, an 11-87, an 835 (or 935) to somebody who knows what they want?

    • Scott

      Given the beginning of your statement, you sound like an elitist that wouldn’t dare own a $150 guns either. Not everyone can afford the prices found in gun shops these days, but they still have the legal right to own a firearm. Get over your snobbishness – people will shop at Wal-Mart with or without you.

      As you claim to be a Police Officer, I’d wonder how unbiased you can be with those you come into contact with in the line of duty. You know, the “Wal-Mart” kind of folks, especially if they are carrying (shudder) a cheap firearm.

      If you had any real knowledge of how Wal-Mart’s employees are, you’d realize that the guy working in the gun department probably knows more than you. The fellow at our store is 67 years old and has held more guns than you’ve ever seen, and can answer any question you have for him. Granted, not everyone will be as knowledgeable, but I’ve met more self-proclaimed know-it-alls who knew very little in a gun shops than at Wal-Marts. They don’t have the excuses to be so ignorant either, do they?

      So the net of it is you’re the guy who is willing to pay too much for things – American-made products – just because your nose can’t be lowered enough to fit through the door of a Wal-Mart.

  • cracker jack

    most of these comments are lies because I bought a 4-10/.22 from walmart and it works fine walmarts guns are ausome

  • Ronin

    A must read for everyone here

    Wal-Mart Expands Gun Sales, Still in Bed with MAIG
    Posted on April 28, 2011 by Robert Farago

    http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2011/04/robert-farago/question-of-the-day-would-you-buy-a-gun-from-wal-mart/

    “The world’s largest retailer stopped selling hunting rifles and bullets at all but a third of its U.S. stores five years ago, citing diminishing sales,” The Wall Street Journal reports. “It is now restoring them to hundreds of locations, bringing the total to nearly half of its more than 3,600 U.S. namesake stores, as part of a larger push to restore ‘heritage categories’ of merchandise such as fishing rods and bolts of sewing fabric that it removed in an attempt to go upscale that backfired.” Bolt action rifles next to bolts of material? OK, fine, but—”[firearms sales] growth has been mainly in handguns, which Wal-Mart won’t carry.” The article then quotes the Violence Policy Center study claiming U.S. firearms ownership is at a historic low. Which shows the VPC’s smarts and the media’s stupidity. And here’s the kicker . . .

    It voluntarily agreed to adopt stricter gun sales policies in 2008 as part of a pact with Mayors Against Illegal Guns [MAIG], a group co-founded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

    Wal-Mart caved to MAIG on April 14, 2008, agreeing to follow the gun grabbers’ sub-group’s “10-point Voluntary Code.” Which is:

    1.Videotaping the Point of Sale for All Firearms Transactions. Participating retailers will videotape the point-of-sale of all firearms transactions and maintain videos for 6 months to deter illegal purchases and monitor employees.
    2.Computerized Crime Gun Trace Log and Alert System. Mayors Against Illegal Guns will develop a computerized system that participating retailers will implement over time to log crime gun traces relating to the retailer. Once the program is in place, if a customer who has a prior trace at that retailer attempts to purchase a firearm, the sale will be electronically flagged. The retailer would have discretion to proceed with the sale or stop the sale.
    3.Purchaser Declaration. For sales flagged by the trace alert system, participating retailers will ask purchasers to fill out a declaration indicating that they meet the legal requirement to purchase the firearm.
    4.Deterring Fake IDs. Participating retailers will only accept valid federal- or state-issued picture IDs as primary identification. Retailers will utilize additional ID checking mechanisms.
    5.Consistent Visible Signage. Participating retailers will post signage created by the Responsible Firearms Retailer Partnership to alert customers of their legal responsibilities at the point-of-sale.
    6.Employee Background Checks. Participating retailers will conduct criminal background checks for all employees selling or handling firearms.
    7.Employee Responsibility Training. Participating retailers will participate in an employee responsibility training program focused on deterring illegal purchasers. The Responsible Firearms Retailer Partnership will create an online training system based on Wal-Mart’s training program.
    8.Inventory Checking. Participating retailers will conduct daily and quarterly audits. Guidelines will be based on Wal-Mart’s existing audit procedures.
    9.No Sales Without Background Check Results.Participating retailers would prohibit sales based on “default proceeds,” which are permitted by law when the background check has not returned a result within 3 days.
    10.Securing Firearms. Participating retailers will maintain firearms kept in customer accessible areas in locked cases or locked to racks.
    MAIG’s Responsible Firearms Retailer Partnership was a damp squib. No signage, no online training system, no website, not even a Facebook page! Ah, but does Wal-Mart videotape your gun purchase? That they do. Do they destroy the video? That we don’t know.

    Last year, TTAG called the Mayor’s office last year and asked his PR guy if Wal-Mart contributed financially to MAIG or the otherwise failed Partnership. After repeated phone calls and online embarrassment, we finally got a response. “No.” Wal-Mart never returned our calls or emails.

  • charles

    Nice to see ar 15,s in walmart stores.The love for ar”s is so great. However ,I have to say with so much opposition to the right to purchase those type of firearms,I am quite surprised to see them there.

  • Wzrd1

    Funny, here in Delaware County, PA, WallyMart has put forth zero firearms for sale since they opened *ANY* branch, 20+ years ago.
    Their ammunition selection is largely nothing, only the most super popular on the seventh moon of Stupidia or something, as 30-30 ammunition is scarce, 30-06 is scarce, .308 is scarce, pretty much random calibers and types of ammunition are available.
    My 30-30, .32 Winchester, .308, 30-06, 45-70 would all rust in this climate, were I stupid enough to restrict myself to department stores.
    I’ll not even go INTO K-mart, with their non-extant firearms selection.
    When one considers BOTH companies performance in my county, they are beyond suppressive of our second amendment.
    Don’t really care, as THEY refuse to make money, there are thousands who DO want to make money legally, they’ll get my business.
    Considering their stocking habits on cookware, another passion of mine, they both end up with me only looking at them at season clearance sales or store closing sales.

    I only find it interesting that in the very small region that our constitution was framed and created, our first AND second amendments are now debated as being optional. Where a militia no longer is what it spent 300+ years as, but some mythical governmental thing of federal nature.
    Not the male 15-59, save those who were experienced militia members, who would be retained in their dotage.
    Nope, today, “We The People” are corporations and the wealthiest. We’re in the same class as sewage compost, both in regard for our vote and our intelligence.

    • Kenneth

      I’m from poughkeepsie, ny–K-mart brought in ATF, before sears & k-mart merged, and toke all the firearms out-and havent sold anything since-cant even order shells or parts in the store.

  • sy

    whether intentional or not…it seemed most walmarts that quit selling firearms seemed to be more urban while the “country cousins” still sold firearms.also walmart DOES in fact sell handguns….but only at stores in Alaska. as a walmart associate that works in sporting goods(with guns) we have consistently done a brisk business in both ammo and firearm sales.we have large upticks in sales prior too and during hunting seasons,prior and post election sales were great and now,sadly after the tragedy in Connecticut,we are selling guns as well as,AR’s like crazy.not because people are gonna go postal …but because “we better get it now before they outlaw these too.” granted I live and work in the great state of Texas and some might have an argument for higher gun sales for that reason…but I know we cant be that different from a lot of places around the country.we consistently have warehouse outs on many types of ammo and when we do get it in ,,,it is usually sold out within several hours…even .22 caliber ammo!!

  • Dutch

    I just bought a Windham Weaponry AR-15 on 12-18-12 for $799 at Walmart! It’s a great semi-auto Rifle and the folks at Walmart were fantastic. Walmart is now fully automated regarding the NICS check and everything is done via the internet. Great experience, Walmart rocks and Dick’s Sporting Goods sucks!!!

  • Kenneth

    today with all the idots and a-holes with guns- what do you expect. A teen kills kids with his mothers weapons- I mean come on, people- we need gun laws, but not limits on ammo or what we can buy- AR-15 or m-16 isnt an assault weapon