Largest East Coast Firearms inventory on display

One of the few remaining boxes of .45 ACP ammunition left in the store. The firearm/ ammunition scare has hit the store hard, a clear indication being that the store was almost out of .22 LR the day the author visited.

One of the few remaining boxes of .45 ACP ammunition left in the store. The firearm/ ammunition scare has hit the store hard, a clear indication being that the store was almost out of .22 LR the day the author visited.

Located just east of Interstate 95 near the small community of Jamesville, NC along Federal Highway 64 is an unassuming gun store by the name of “Mackey’s Landing Firearms”. Typical firearms store, one might say. Stocked with rifles, pistols, shotguns, muzzleloaders, and ammunition? Why of course. Only difference is that the on display inventory tallies up to ten thousand firearms. Self proclaimed by Mackey’s and verified by the National Rifle Association, Mackey’s Landing Firearms has the largest on display inventory of firearms on the east coast. There are other gun stores that have more firearms but Mackey’s has the most on display to the general public with 21,000 square feet. It is a privately owned business, and has been in operation for over 10 years. Selling both used and NIB firearms, the store has a huge variety of all types of firearms. On the day that the author visited, the store had three NIB Springfield Armory Range Officer 1911s in a single display case. An entire wall section was filled with nothing but Ruger No.1 rifles in different calibers and stock variations. AR15s were almost all sold out except for a few here and there among the rifle section.

Appearing more akin to a warehouse than a commercial store, Mackey’s is divided into three large display rooms with a cash register and counter room connecting all. Each room is dedicated to various categories of firearms i.e pistols in the display cases, traditional shotguns in one room and modern hunting shotguns in another, and so forth. The long guns are set in wooden racks with a lockable bar through the trigger guards. This allows customers to get a close up study of the firearm without it having to be behind a counter and out of reach for theft. Among being a gun shop, Mackey’s also incorporates a gun smith on site and holds Concealed Carry class’s on a regular basis. A unique difference about the shop is that all prices are out the door. The price tag on the firearm is the price a customer will pay exactly. This is comforting in a state like North Carolina where some of the state taxes can be as high as 10 percent of the firearm price.

One of the few remaining boxes of .45 ACP ammunition left in the store. The firearm/ ammunition scare has hit the store hard, a clear indication being that the store was almost out of .22 LR the day the author visited.

One of the few remaining boxes of .45 ACP ammunition left in the store. The firearm/ ammunition scare has hit the store hard, a clear indication being that the store was almost out of .22 LR the day the author visited.

Carved stock on a Ruger 10/22. Such custom work is not usually done on a common .22 rifle but the variety is found at Mackey’s. Above this rifle was a another 10/22 with a full length Mannlicher stock.

Carved stock on a Ruger 10/22. Such custom work is not usually done on a common .22 rifle but the variety is found at Mackey’s. Above this rifle was a another 10/22 with a full length Mannlicher stock.

The Ruger No.1 single shot rifle section. Each rifle was a different caliber with the exception of some. Next to this wall were also some Dakota Arms single shot rifles. Where are the old Remington rolling blocks, Winchester Low Walls and High Walls? In the rare firearms section.

The Ruger No.1 single shot rifle section. Each rifle was a different caliber with the exception of some. Next to this wall were also some Dakota Arms single shot rifles. Where are the old Remington rolling blocks, Winchester Low Walls and High Walls? In the rare firearms section.

The entrance to Mackey’s and the parking lot. Very unassuming, one would think it’s just another commercial warehouse on the side of the highway

The entrance to Mackey’s and the parking lot. Very unassuming, one would think it’s just another commercial warehouse on the side of the highway

An assortment of revolvers and single shot handguns ranging from rare to reproductions. The blue tags represent NIB firearms while the yellow tags represent pre-owned.

An assortment of revolvers and single shot handguns ranging from rare to reproductions. The blue tags represent NIB firearms while the yellow tags represent pre-owned.

The modern day sporting shotgun section. These are mostly pump action and semi automatic shotguns. The single shot, doubles and Over and Unders are by the handgun display cases. Notice how the racks display as much of the firearm as possible and making it accessible to the customer but are also quite secure.

The modern day sporting shotgun section. These are mostly pump action and semi automatic shotguns. The single shot, doubles and Over and Unders are by the handgun display cases. Notice how the racks display as much of the firearm as possible and making it accessible to the customer but are also quite secure.

The extremely rare and high quality firearms are kept under lock and key in the glass display cases that the handguns are in.

The extremely rare and high quality firearms are kept under lock and key in the glass display cases that the handguns are in.

 

Mackey’s Landing Firearms
30757 HWY 64
Jamesville, NC 27846
(252) 793-4040

http://mackeyslanding.com/




Miles Vining

Prior Infantry Marine and currently studying at Indiana University. Avid shooter and hunter, you’ll find me most at home picking apart an interesting rifle or pistol. When not receiving horrible results at Steel Challenge competitions I’m busy learning Pashtu, cycling long distance, and getting outdrunk by the English. Feel free to contact me at [email protected]


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  • http://twitter.com/zerg539 Michael Bergeron

    I don’t know I’m going to need an official count before I put it above Adventure outdoors in their new(ish) location turning a supermarket into a gun store and lining the walls 4-5 deep plus pistol cases in front of that is a lot of firearms, over 10,000 when fully stocked, of course right now they might only have a couple of thousand or hundred given they are the gun store for Atlanta but fully stocked they probably can eek out the win.

  • LouB

    Oh fun my wife will love this on our antiquing tour!

  • http://www.facebook.com/JOHNmorselowe John Lowe

    $56 for a box of .45!?!?!?

    • Kyle

      10mm is 40 dollars for 50 rounds at some places.

  • Jack

    I wish more stores put that much thought into their displays, or heck even their over all business. Some much of the world today is a copy of a copy. Its nice to see someone break out of the mold and address actual customer need/want while advancing their own goals, security and sales.

    As for prices. Well you have to figure markup anywhere from 25-100% to keep stuff on the shelf. After all think about all the years he had to carry stacks of ammo that nobody bought, that’s money/loan/interest out of pocket everyday that an items sits.

    I’d love to just go through some place like that for hours looking at old stuff.

    • Andy Hewitt

      I’ve been there a few times and it is an awesome gun shop. I have never had enough time to just stroll through as slowly as I’d have liked.