Hunters Boost Local Gun Shops The Day Before Opening Day

By: Anthony Sabella Email
By: Anthony Sabella Email



The big day is almost here for Dan Ankney, but before he heads out into the woods looking for his prize, Ankney brought his gun to Mid-Michigan Guns and Gear in Bath to make sure everything was in working condition.

"We had the opportunity to work on it, clean it, and finish up on the fine tuning," he said.

Ankney isn't the only one. Nichols has owned Mid-Michigan Guns and Gear for eight years and he says this day is always the busiest for gun work and gear sales.

"It's been chaotic, hectic. A lot of last-minute people showing up, wanting repairs and scopes mounted," he said.

Like Nichols' store, Total Firearms in Mason saw plenty of foot traffic, Thursday, but not for an actual gun.

"Ammunition. Making sure they have a doe tag, that combo license in their pocket," said Michael Love, who works at Total Firearms. "Orange hats, vests, gutting gloves, knives."

But, what if it's not in stock? It's an issue Nichols has faced all year, after the gun control debate saw many snatching up whatever equipment they could, fearing for their Second Amendment rights. Nichols says he's never seen so many back-ordered products and it's affecting business.

"Can't pick up the phone and order stuff because the distributors don't have anything to sell us," said Nichols. "Therefore, we don't have anything to sell customers."

Luckily for him, Opening Day has brought in plenty of hunters, like Ankney, looking for that last-minute tune-up.

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