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Carolina Gunrunners Grand Opening

After the C&E gun show today, we headed over to Carolina Gunrunners for their Grand Opening celebration.

These guys continue to amaze me with their willingness to take feedback, and carry the items that their customers want. They have been soliciting feedback from area shooters on local shooting web forums, and shooters were telling them that they wanted a shop that carried reloading supplies. CGR wasn’t originally planning to carry reloading supplies, but they took the feedback, and placed an order to have the things that their customers wanted. In order to get them on the sales floor they had to raid their office for bookshelves to merchandise the supplies on. Awesome.

They had pizza, and pop, brownies, and other goodies for their grand opening, and they were definitely bringing in the people. I thought the shop was busy during their soft opening, and it was, quite literally, standing room only today.

I browsed the firearm selection a little more today than I did during their soft opening, and I was very pleased with what I saw. Lots of Glocks,(including a Gen4 G34 which I have been eyeballing…) M&P’s, Sigs, and some CZ’s. The main wall of long guns was stocked with sporting guns, bolt action hunting rifles, camo’d shotguns, etc. I didn’t look very closely at these, as I haven’t been a serious hunter in about a decade, but the selection looked well stocked with quality firearms.

My favorite part of Carolina Gunrunners, is what I would like to call [insert evil laugh here] “Evil Black Rifle Corner”. Evil Black Rifle Corner is stocked with tons of AR-15’s, everything form CORE-15 rifles, to POF, to LMT, and I think I saw a couple Daniel Defense rifles as well.The display cases were loaded with goods from Trijicon, EOTech, Nikon, Vltor, LMT, PWS lower receivers, Spyderco knives, and more.

The other side of the “Evil Black Rifle Corner” is stocked with some very nice tactical shotguns. I know I saw an FN SLP, but I didn’t get close enough to identify the rest.

After browsing for a bit, we decided to head over to River Pub, located in the same shopping center as Carolina Gunrunners. I would highly recommend making a trip here for lunch when visiting Carolina Gunrunners as well. I recommend the club sandwich, as mine was phenomenal.

Ok, back to Carolina Gunrunners. After eating lunch, we went back to CGR, and I spoke with Jim, one of the owners. Jim made it very clear that he wanted to start Carolina Gunrunners to be a steward to the 2nd Amendment. He talked about how he feels very strongly about supporting the rights of citizens, and he wanted to have a business where someone who knows nothing about guns, would feel comfortable walking into, and asking questions. 


CGR also now has a classroom, where they will be offering firearm instruction classes, including the North Carolina CCW course.

Lastly, and I’m not sure if this is intentional or not, but CGR carries a lot of products from NC based companies. G-code Holsters, Viking Tactics, Inter Ordinance rifles, etc. Supporting the local economy is something that we should all be doing, and I believe that supporting local businesses, starts with local businesses carrying local products.

I don’t want this to sound like I’m a shill for CGR, as I am not. I have no connection to the store, but I call it like I see it, and these guys are, as far as I can tell, doing everything right. Gun owners in Raleigh have been asking for a gun store like this for years, and we finally have a store that is willing to listen to customers, and carry products that we want, at reasonable prices, so I will support them and sing their praises for that reason.

Nice job guys. A+.

About Lucas

Editor/Head Honcho at Triangle Tactical. Lucas is a life long shooter and outdoorsman, avid concealed carrier and competitive shooter, and a lover of pork fat.

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