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If you're referring to Buds Guns in Seveirville, TN, it is huge. Also has online sales.

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yes it is a large store with a 20 lane indoor range.  Rental counter.  Rifles allowed.  Clothing.  In other words, a big 'candy' store.

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3 hours ago, chances R said:

yes it is a large store with a 20 lane indoor range.  Rental counter.  Rifles allowed.  Clothing.  In other words, a big 'candy' store.

LOL, it's definitely that. Separate rooms ( sections ) for long guns & handguns, access. Kinda blew me away. Wasn't expecting that In spite of all that, they didn't have the pistol I was looking for. ( New model of PPS M2 Walther has come out with, with the RSMc red dot sight on it. )

Definitely worth a stop if you're in the area.

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If your going to hit Buds, you also need to hit Smoky Mtn knife works next door. Their ammo prices are a bit better on some types and I saw the same on their guns for some models.  The knife works has expanded their gun area enormously during the last 3 or 4 years.

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4 hours ago, xtriggerman said:

The knife works has expanded their gun area enormously during the last 3 or 4 years.

Because Bud's opened up right next to them. Lol

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Buds is a really nice store but I've never been able to get good service from the people working there. Not too friendly.

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4 hours ago, martin5 said:

Buds is a really nice store but I've never been able to get good service from the people working there. Not too friendly.

I noticed that too, had to wait quite a long time while the clerk spent some quality time with a friend of his. Only been in there the one time, maybe a bad day, maybe usual way of doing things, Doesn't make for a good 1st impression.

Next time I'm up there, I'll check out the Smoky Mtn Knife works as well.

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I've been in there several times and always get treated that way. Now I only go on when my friends want to stop by.

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Guess I have been lucky I have always had good service at Bud's. The clerks answer all my questions and don't rush me into a purchase. 

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While we are on the subject, We have a new gun shop here in Crossville in the old Dave's Pawn Shop store just south off exit 317 I-40.  The folks that own the Gun Shop & Trading Post in Livingston set up the second store in Crossville as "The Gun Shop". Their gun prices looked to be pretty reasonable. When it was Dave's, prices were ridiculous. There only like 3 or 4 miles off the exit..... worth a peek for sure.

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I've gotten some good deals at Bud's, but I've also gotten some good deals at SMKW, especially on ammunition.  You must do both, when you are there.  Both will be busy though.  

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5 hours ago, martin5 said:

Are they going to open the range back up?

I didn't think to ask about that. That would probably take some doing since it has a bad case of lead contamination from what I'v read. That's what got the place shut down n sold in the first place.

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I didn't know about that. I run a route in crossville every week. I talked to a state trooper and he told me he liked shooting there before they closed.

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19 hours ago, xtriggerman said:

I didn't think to ask about that. That would probably take some doing since it has a bad case of lead contamination from what I'v read. That's what got the place shut down n sold in the first place.

Don't want to Hijack the thread but yes, Michael and Anthony said they will re-open the range in the Spring after they get the contamination cleaned up and the new make-up air system installed.

Now back on the thread, I've seen the signs but have never been to Buds, it is a couple of hours up the road, are the prices/inventory worth the effort?

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It's a pretty nice store. The good thing is that if they don't have what your looking for they can get it from the main store. I overheard them tell a guy that if he found something on the website and bought  it he wouldn't to pay taxes on it.

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Also don’t forget J Floyd’s Just down the road on the left.  Sometimes better pricing....9mm Shield 269 now

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I drove by both Buds and J Floyds today. I didn't stop either. It's hard to stop. They keep me so busy on my route. As Hank Hill says , I'm pimpin out lady Propane all over this town.

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I like going into Buds to fondle all the exotic and expensive rifles I would otherwise never get to see up close!

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Another Buds nightmare. I actually had an employee ask me if I needed any help. I told him I was looking for a 380 and he pointed down the counter. He no longer offered any help. I stood down at the 380's for 20 minutes while same employee plus a few more walked by not offering service. I went to J.Floyds and was in and out in 10 minutes.

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