A visit to Buds Gunshop

    As part of my road trip to Louisiana, I also stopped by Lexington, Kentucky. There I bought a pistol but in the conversation with the seller, he pointed out that Bud’s Gunshop is located in Lexington. So of course I had to pay them a visit. Buds Gunshop is a little notorious on the internet, some loving it, and some hating it because of bad transactions. Either way you look at it, the shop does have a good presence online that not many other individual shops have. The website lists over a million customers since 2003 as per their customer counter. So here’s a little preview of the physical location!

    The shop itself is pretty big on the inside, with lots of room not just for the firearms and supplies but also for general browsing and moving around. Sometimes gunshops are in small buildings and it’s annoying just getting to places you want to go. As a comparison, the shop occupies a little less space than the Knob Creek gun shop if any reader has been there. It appears that there is a larger warehouse portion of the shop where the shooting range and online stocks are kept.

    I walked out with a cleaning kit, but I was also interested in 9mm snap caps they had on sale. One of the store reps checked in the back and said they didn’t have any, but just as I was leaving the building, he ran up to me with their last set he had scrounged out of a box. Good customer service indeed!

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    The indoor range entrance area. I think it was about 15 dollars to use the range, and you have to sign a waiver.

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    The second of two indoor ranges, pretty well built up with all the wood! This one has steel targets in the background, the one range has paper target trolley’s set up. I’m curious as to how much more lead and steel particle problems they deal with because of the increase in metal fragments.

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    A view from one corner of the store. Each little stand is organized by type, magazines, cleaning gear, bags, etc.

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    Such as this one, just for Smith & Wesson accessories!

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    And racks of glory indeed! Prices are before State tax is added. This can be somewhat discouraging when browsing, especially because Kentucky State Tax is something like 7 percent. So looking at a USP going on sale for 800 dollars will be more like 850 dollars after tax. There’s a shop in North Carolina that includes the state tax on the price tag, which makes buying a little bit easier because the total price on the tag is exactly what you’re paying, no more.

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    And a glorious scope case!

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    All of these are brand new and organized by caliber. There is a separate section for used firearms.

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    A view from the front of the store as you walk in. The corner over by Buds Police Supply is for Mil/LE, veterans, and first responders only.

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    A bulldog .45-70 at the very front of the store. Display purposes only, it isn’t for sale.

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    They gave me this free sticker! Yay! A free sticker to go on my computer.

    Miles

    Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia.

    Please feel free to get in touch with me about something I can add to a post, an error I’ve made, or if you just want to talk guns. I can be reached at [email protected]


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