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Thread: Is your local Cabelas like this?

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    Is your local Cabelas like this?

    I hope no other female, experienced shooter, has to go through this experience.

    “Today, I walked into Cabelas in Kalispell to look at a Sako S20 300 win mag that I’ve been thinking about purchasing. Upon handling it I noticed a few scratches on the bolt so before I invested $1600 I decided continue my shopping at near by stores and call around to Murdoch’s and Sportmans ski haus to see if they had that rifle in stock. No one did.

    So about an hour after I first went into Cabelas I went back in to make the purchase. I walked up to the gun counter (mind you I was a top firearms sales woman for Bass Pro) I told the kid I’d like to purchase a rifle.

    He asked which one, I said the Sako s20 300 win mag. His tone and demeanor changed. He said this guns for you? Yes. He said you shoot a 300 win mag? Yes ( I’ve shot Coastal black bear in Alaska, mountain lion, many deer and other big game. I come from a law enforcement-hunting guide family) The kid continued to pester me with the same questions asking why I needed a 300 win mag.

    Then he went into the back gun room and a couple minutes later him and another gentleman David came out to further question me if this gun was for me (a petite woman), what I was going to shoot with a 300 win mag. Literally the same questions over and over.

    At this point as a former Bass Pro Firearms sales associate I told them I did not appreciate being questioned in this manner. David told me he asks everyone all of these questions over and over ever time. I informed him I had never been questioned in this manner before when I purchased my shotgun or handgun from them. The conversation went on in a very demeaning way towards me until David told me to go stand by the ffl computer and took my license to another part of the store.

    At this point my infant was screaming on my hip while I was trying to make a final decision which scope I was going to invest in to mount on the Sako.

    Minutes later the Manager- Chad Kim came to tell me they could not sell me the rifle. His men thought my knowledge was too “Scripted”. I was absolutely appalled that they made the decision to deny me, a law abiding, never a parking ticket, previous firearm dealer, big game hunting young American female a high powered hunting rifle without even talking to me to understand I had just been in an hour earlier handling the firearm, done my research and am already very knowledgeable about all things guns, ammo and hunting.

    They made the assumption I feel because I was a woman, alone, dressed very nicely that I couldn’t possibly know enough about guns to be specific about the rifle I wanted. Infuriating and incredibly disappointing in the lack of personable customer service from the first 2 salesman who treated me like an idiot. Chad and I had a long talk which ended with me sobbing in tears with my baby on my hip screaming being kindly escorted out of Cabelas by Chad.

    Appalling, this is America and that was discrimination if I’ve ever seen it. First experience for me and I pray sharing this story will save another innocent woman from being demeaned and mistreated by what used to be a well respected outdoors retailer.”

    That’s absolutely disheartening, disgusting, outrageous, demeaning and discriminating!!! Shame on you Cabelas.
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    Hard to believe that a manager of a Cabela's in Montana could be that stupid. But, we are in the golden age of stupidity in America. Sad.

    That said, what was the source of this story? I looked up the store info and the Manager is listed as being a Jeff Friesen. Also no results of a web search for the incident.
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    Most of the people at my local Cabelas (Buda, TX) don’t know which end of the rifle to put against their shoulder! I’ve had many run-ins with them over the years and I only go there when I absolutely have to!
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    That sounds absolutely AWFUL. The only thing that comes to mind that could have been in play is that they were worried about a straw purchase or something. But, even then they could have been MUCH more tactful. You should take this to upper management and voice your concerns.

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    Because the story is in quotes I assume that @waksupi is repeating it. It does seem odd for a retailer to elect not to sell a rifle to a buyer, even a buyer with a baby.

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    Sad times we live in, sorry you had this problem. Corporate should be involved with this and heads should roll.

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    My wife- petite little thing marathoner very fit, carries and shoots a .357 a Ruger SP101. When ever it’s discussed or she’s buying ammo- some idiot sales clerk or some dork at the range will
    Say something “you shoot .357?” “Is it loaded with 38’s” “can you handle.357?” “Are you sure you want 357?” On and on sure she trains with 38 and plinks with wadd cutter loads- cost mostly but of course they are more pleasant to shoot for an extended session.
    In fact she can and does handle .357 well, so does our 17 year old daughter, my wife did not come from a hunting family - two uncles that may go to deer camp get drunk and shoot a deer if all the stars align every few years. But she did read some Ruark as a girl and took use enough gun to heart.
    The thing she really can’t stand is at the range especially indoors - every Joe Tom and Brian want to give her a few pointers or show her “how to shoot” . Her respite usually- front sight, front sight , firm grip, trigger control , all shots inside 8.5x11, like the upper thoracic cavity of a man!
    She’s married to a firearms instructor, she’s sat through a dozen of my classes and watched 100s on video . Shot several guns years ago when we moved in together picked a few she liked, took my cpl class- played and carried those few until the clear winner emerged, sold the others and bought lots of defensive ammo. Came to her conclusions of what works for her and fits the mission like any other rational human would do.
    If she was ever treated this way at a gun counter I’d have it all over YouTube so fast and before the view counter got to 50 on the phone with a civil rights lawyer- here in MI we have a fantastic one - Mr Steve Letho cause the best way to stamp out this ignorance legally is make it cost them a lot of money.

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    I was in the Cabela's in Wichita yesterday, that place has changed a lot for the worse since the Bass Pro take over. They don't sell used guns anymore which was 99% of why I ever went in there.

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    It isn't Cabelas any more. Hasn't been since they sold.
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    most of the individuals that I have had some contact with know very little about firearms much less who can really handle one.
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    Now if they refused to bake her a cake for her same sex marriage she would have a lawsuit. But seriously, like said above, most clerks at big box stores don’t know what end of a gun goes bang. A manager should be trained better and be able to access the situation without slandering a customer or falling for a straw sale. I just am not sure that the story is all true, but in 2021 nothing would surprise me.

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    There is a large Cabelas store in Post Falls, Idaho that used to sell used firearms. Last couple of times I was in that store, there were no used firearms on display. At the time I thought that they just didn't have any because of all the panic buying of guns and components. This post makes me think that they have had a policy change. Anyone know for sure?
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    I don't care much for Bass Pro at all. The only reason I go there at all is they are about the only place that used to have powder and primers.

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    Wow, I'm speechless. I suggest just shop online and you'd probably save a few bucks doing it. I understand a lot of people are cautious about purchasing sight unseen but at least you won't be subjected to such behavior.

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    Also another good reason to patronize a local gun shop.

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    Man,Those 2 behind the counter makes me shudder to think non-discriminating Liberals have taken over at Cabelas?

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    is it just me or do any others think this might deserve a trip to a powerful sue lawyers office and before long you might be owning some of those bush planes hanging in the stores and a few overgrown fish tanks and empty the pockets a bit from the bass pro empire.
    just plain wrong how you were treated.

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    Sounds about right for cabelas I'm near the gainesville location and they act like they are doing you a favor just to acknowledge your presents let alone wait on you. I spent 3 hours on the road round trip to buy a antique 1894 marlin rifle from the short pump location only to have the butt hole library manager Mr. chandler sell it out from under me when I went to get a case for it. He knew I was purchasing it I told him to start the paper work I've got to get a carrying case for it. When I came back with the case and asked for the paper work I was told "tough luck bub somebody beat you to it". When I complained to the supposed store manager about his behavior and what he had done she didn't want to hear it and didn't give a you know what. The general attitude I have experienced since the buy out has been don't bother me leave your money on the counter and get out. I used to enjoy driving up to the hamburg pa. location a couple of times a year but its just as bad as gainesvile and short pump.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawlerbrook View Post
    Also another good reason to patronize a local gun shop.
    Amen.

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    This is very disheartening of true. I was just in the cabelas in Buda and the outpost in Waco not much on the shelves and I’ve never dealt with the gun counter folks I would hope that they wouldn’t treat my wife that way. Especially since I have expressed a want for a 300WM as of late. But most of our purchasing is through and old vg6 member owned LGS in a small town right down the road that always has good prices.
    I feel if a woman knows what she wants in a firearm and doesn’t honestly seem winked by all means MAKE THE SALE.

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