There is no deal at the goose…

So, unless you have your head under a rock, you probably know big box sporting goods dealer Gander Mountain is on the ropes and on Friday announced a liquidation sale at all of their stores.

How many stores?

This many (126):

So I visited my local Gander to see if there were, in fact, any deals to be had.

While the apparel, fishing, and camping gear was marked down 10-30 percent, there was no mark down on their already high (close to if not exceeding MSRP) prices on new guns and ammo.

Talk about a bummer.

Speaking to the gun guys in the back, I was told that sometime next week after inventory they may start marking down guns and ammo. I would imagine a big FFL would come in and offer one price for the whole lot across 126 stores, which, if you imagine there are a good 500~ or so guns at each location, would be on the order of 60,000~ guns, which is likely the purpose of the very specific gun and ammo inventory and no mark down. Of course, that is just my speculation, and if I see/hear otherwise, I will pass it on.

In the meantime, it is not hard to see why they went belly up by perusing their used gun section.

They had a Yugo SKS for $499, a sporterized (!) Enfield .303 for $399, a VZ 52– with the really bad Century black paint coating they used to cover up just how bad the wood was on import — for $599, and a rack of Swiss K31s with dark bores for $499. Friggen yikes.

Sorry in advance for the crappy phone pics.

I bought several K31s for $149 when they were first imported. $499 is pretty high on these and they have several.

These weren’t even a deal a decade ago, at any price

Monte Carlo sporter stock….$399. Come on

In the end, I feel bad for Gander’s workforce. Their company let them down with a bad model and really could have done better, especially with the unprecedented gun sales of the past eight years.

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Let me introduce myself. I am a bit of a conflict junkie. I am fascinated by war and warfare, assassination, personal protection and weaponry ranging from spud guns and flame throwers to thermonuclear bombs and Soviet-trained Ebola monkeys. In short, if it’s violent or a tool to create violence it is kind of my thing. I have written a few thousand articles on the dry encyclopedia side for such websites as GUNS.com, Univesity of Guns, Outdoor Hub, History Times, Big Game Hunter, Glock Forum, Firearms Talk.com, and Combat Forums; as well as for print publications like England Expects, and Strike First Strike Fast. Several magazines such as Sea Classics, Military Historian and Collector, Mississippi Sportsman and Warship International have carried my pieces. Additionally I am on staff as a naval consultant and writer for Eye Spy Intelligence Magazine. Currently I am working on several book projects including an alternative history novel about the US-German War of 1916, and a biography of Southern gadfly and soldier of fortune Bennett Doty. My first novel, about the coming zombie apocalypse was released in 2012 by Necro Publications and can be found at Amazon.com as was the prequel, Chimera-44. I am currently working on book two of that series: "Pirates of the Zombie Coast." In my day job I am a contractor for the US federal government in what could best be described as the ‘Force Protection’ field. In this I am an NRA-certified firearms, and less-than-lethal combat instructor.

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