Gander Mountain May Have Found a Suitor in Sportsman’s Warehouse

Sportsman's Warehouse

Sportsman’s Warehouse is currently in private discussions about purchasing upwards of 80% of Gander Mountain‘s stores. It is undecided whether the Gander Mountain stores would then be re-branded as Sportsman’s Warehouse locations or remain the same. If Sportsman’s Warehouse were to acquire Gander Mountain at a reasonable price this could be a very valuable acquisition.

Sportsman’s Warehouse is based out of Utah with most of their stores blanketing western states (80 Stores – 22 States). Gander Mountain, on the other hand, has a strong presence throughout much of the Midwest and Atlantic regions (160 Stores – 27 States). This would more evenly establish Sportsman’s Warehouse’s coverage of the United States regardless of their branding choice.

Gander Mountain is wading through its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings with a tentative auction date still set for the end of April or early May. Gander Mountain has previously stated that there are multiple “interested parties” in purchasing them, but Sportsman’s Warehouse is the only company to exhibit public interest.

If this purchase by Sportsman’s Warehouse were to go through, it could save a lot of Gander Mountain stores and keep hundreds of people employed. If the sale does not go through there are still 32 stores scheduled to close their doors by mid-July throughout 26 states.

With estimates of Gander Mountain‘s assets and debts being between $500 Million and $1 Billion (that is one hell of a range) it will be a fairly messy ordeal ironing out the details if an acquisition is to occur.

The outdoors, fitness and anything related to firearms are my passions. I am a S&W Armorer, Glock Armorer, reloader and am coping with an addiction to classic S&W and Colt revolvers (by buying more revolvers). I’ve been a guest writer for Sierra Bullets and love long walks to the gun range.


  • ostiariusalpha

    Well, this sounds like good news. The SW people seem to be able to run a business profitably, hopefully they don’t boat-anchor themselves with too many underperforming stores.

    • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

      Its not usually the store that is the problem. Its the people that run it. If you put someone competent in charge it should be fine and Sportsmans seems to run a pretty stable business.

      Its like the old bear analogy. In a crowded market you dont have to outrun the bear. You just have to outrun your competition and any company with competent management and competitive product can do that just fine.

  • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

    Sounds pretty cool to me. As far as big box stores go, my experience with Sportsmans Warehouse has been quite good. I have yet to find a place in my town where the average price of guns is cheaper.

    But I already have a Sportsmans Warehouse in my town and have never even seen a Gander Mountain store so I wouldnt be very affected.

    • Jeff Smith

      I came to make the same comment. Sportsman’s Warehouse seems to be pretty good – good prices and a good selection. It’s generally my go-to for ammo.

      The closest Gander Mountain to me is 100 miles away and I’ve only been in once. I didn’t think it was anything worth visiting again. Maybe Sportsman’s Warehouse can change that.

    • Marcus D.

      Pretty much the same here, but with quibbles. For one, firearms prices do not appear in the local ad or on the national website, meaning you have to go to the store to see what they have and determine its price. Second, you cannot order firearms, so if they are out of the model you want, you have to wait to see if it comes back in stock. Also, even when they carry a particular manufacturer, and presumably have access to a wholesaler, you can’t necessarily get the particular model you want. And around here, they don’t carry black rifles any more, and their stock on accessories for such rifles is slim pickings indeed. That said, their prices are hard to beat, even when compared to internet sales; when one adds shipping, and the FFL fee (which for all of the LGS is $75), the cost savings vanish. “Just what you see, pal.”

      • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

        Wow $75 would be unacceptable where I live. Average is $25 and the place I go does $15 transfers. Are you in a state where the process is more involved?

        • Marcus D.

          The $75 is for guns they do not sell. It is usually $25 for the transfer if they are the seller (plus $25 for the Dealer Record Of Sale documentation that goes to the State of California plus sales tax). Since they are not making any money off the gun, they want to be paid for the hassle of receiving it, putting in their book, running the paperwork, and then holding the gun for 10 days as required by California law. It is also a small town. Sportsman’s won’t do any transfers for guns they do not sell.
          I’ve gone to a table top FFL who lives around the corner, as he charges only $25 for a transfer, that way I can get the gun I want, not just the one someone has in the store. I’ve gotten some pretty good deals that way.

  • Sportsman’s Warehouse and Jaxx Outdoor (which is colorado only afaict) are two of my favorite outdoor stores. I’d love to see either/both come to more states/my state.

  • Hoplopfheil

    Sounds fine. My experience with Sportsman’s has been good, aside from that time they told my buddy he could buy .308 Winchester for his SKS if he didn’t want to use the corrosive Russian 7.62.

    • Twilight sparkle

      That’s not the companies fault, that’s the fault of the manager for hiring people that learned everything they know about firearms off of future weapons.

      • Hoplopfheil

        Or Far Cry 2.

  • pcnotpc

    That’s funny. Our two Sportsman’s Warehouse stores closed about six or seven years ago. One of those locations was made into a Gander Mountain.

  • thedonn007

    I hope that they can come to an agreement. I have not shopped at a Gander Mountain in years due to their ridiculously high prices om firearms, but I would hate to see people lose their jobs.