This place is pretty cool! First impressions:
- Way bigger than I was expecting when I walked in the door. Currently it must be the biggest sporting goods type store that we have in the Triangle. Much bigger than Gander Mountain.
- Small parking lot for such a big store.
- Not nearly as many guns as Gander Mountain. Not even close. Seriously, not even close.
- Bass Pro does carry reloading supplies, but that section of the store is already pretty picked over. Looks like once things calm down they will have a good selection of powder, primers, cases, projectiles, and presses. I didn’t see any Dillon stuff, but they do carry MEC, Hornady, RCBS, and Lee presses and dies.
- Merle Haggard was playing overhead when I walked in. That’s good.
- Good selection of flashlights with demo models that you can play with. Lots of Streamlight stuff, and the run of the mill offerings from the usual brands.
- They carry CCW badges in the holster section. Really?
- Holster selection was about what I expected, with one surprise: Safariland 3-Gun gear. They had Safariland ELS belts, ELS attachments, shell caddies, mag pouches, holsters, etc. Good stuff, I was surprised to see it there.
- Tons of clothing, boats, fishing accessories, camping stuff, grills, and more stuff that I probably missed.
- This guy was welcoming, offering a nice handshake as I walked past the aquarium:
Bottom Line: Bass Pro isn’t a gun store. It’s a pretty awesome do-it-all outdoor store that also sells some guns.