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jwarren116
03-30-2010, 12:29 PM
I have tomorrow off and decided I better break in the new C&R. Thinking I might make a trip to Nevada to browse the local gun shops for some fun C&R rifles. I'm looking for some suggested stops (In the Reno area)! With the research I've done, it looks like Silver State Arms in Reno is a must. They seem to have a wide selection on their website and they're centrally located. Any other suggested stops?

And other than my C&R and a CA Drivers License, do I need anything? Am I going to get grief from gun stores over being from California? Being able to go to another state, buy a C&R gun and walk out the door with it just seems too good to be true!!!

On a side note, any suggested areas to go shoot my new purchases in the Reno area? I tend to have trouble refraining from immediately shooting the new purchases...

Argonaut
03-30-2010, 6:01 PM
Silver State is not the shop it once was. As I remember, the long time owner that built the great inventory sold the business and the new guy sold off a LOT of inventory to pay for the shop. Go and see what he has today but it is not what it used to be. Last time I was there, I saw a lot of modern commemorative type stuff and a few overpriced C&R type stuff.

emcon5
03-30-2010, 6:25 PM
Some discussion here: http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=223799

dfletcher
03-30-2010, 6:46 PM
The Reno Gun Show is in about two weeks, might be better to go then if it's a long drive.

2Cute2Shoot
03-30-2010, 7:10 PM
I have tomorrow off and decided I better break in the new C&R. Thinking I might make a trip to Nevada to browse the local gun shops for some fun C&R rifles. I'm looking for some suggested stops (In the Reno area)! With the research I've done, it looks like Silver State Arms in Reno is a must. They seem to have a wide selection on their website and they're centrally located. Any other suggested stops?

And other than my C&R and a CA Drivers License, do I need anything? Am I going to get grief from gun stores over being from California? Being able to go to another state, buy a C&R gun and walk out the door with it just seems too good to be true!!!

On a side note, any suggested areas to go shoot my new purchases in the Reno area? I tend to have trouble refraining from immediately shooting the new purchases...

I JWarren. I'm in Reno right now!! We're going to some gun shops tomorrow - we might even go to Silver State Arms too - but probably early in the morning. We shot outside Sacramento today, and tomorrow, my uncle is taking us somewhere in the desert to a place that's supposed to be really beautiful. Sacramento was kind of warm, but then it started raining and it got REALLY cold in Reno, so bring your jacket! Maybe I'll bump into you :)

I hope it doesn't rain again tomorrow. If it does, my aunts and girl cousins are going to just want to stay here and GAMBLE :mad: I don't want to be the only girl shooting so it better get sunny!!

TRICKSTER
03-30-2010, 11:51 PM
Check out the used guns at Cabelas. Sometimes they have some good deals and they are CA. and C&R friendly.

Argonaut
03-31-2010, 9:02 AM
In these internet days it is hard to find great deals. Everyone knows (or thinks he knows) what things are worth. Many guns have over rated conditions or have been touched up and are not the pristine piece that the seller thinks. I like Cabelas too, but get a listing of everything that they have for sale in all there stores every morning here on the internet. Metro Pawn doesn't have a huge inventory but the guys seem to share my taste in fine guns, frequently have good stuff. Guys here use C&R as a euphemism for "old Military". I prefer fine old sporting arms. I bought a Merkel, an engraved Steyr and a left handed Hiem for reasonable prices at Metro. All shop inventories reflect the taste of the owners. I get along just fine with the shops that don't like black guns that so many guys here complain about and was in Irvington (Black gun shop) in the south bay the other day....they had no idea what they were talking about with sporting arms. There are some great gun collections in Nevada. The old 49'r/Peppermill casino (can't remember the new name) in Sparks has some wonderful stuff on display as does Sam's town out towards Henderson near las Vegas. The big Reno collector Gun Show has been great through the years but there are some smaller ones that are more pedestrian.

vf111
03-31-2010, 10:31 AM
Check out the used guns at Cabelas. Sometimes they have some good deals and they are CA. and C&R friendly.

Really? When I was at Cabela's in Reno about two years ago I asked about this very thing and the guy behind the counter said no, they would not accept my C&R. Too bad as they had a real nice 1903 at a pretty good price. But if they've changed, that's good news.

jwarren116
03-31-2010, 8:08 PM
I made my trip to Reno, barely. I drove 3 1/2 hours to get just past Auburn and see the signs for chain controls (chains don't fit on my car). After a few loud and angry comments I decided to pay a visit to one of the gun shops in Auburn. Nothing caught my eye. I was set on some C&R stuff... Discouraged, I checked road conditions and sure enough, Donner pass is free of controls! I drove like crazy to get past the chain control point to make sure they didn't change their minds. So, two hours behind schedule I made it to Reno.

First stop: Sportsman's Warehouse. Awesome place, but they didn't even know what C&R was. All the employees were quite friendly and helpful otherwise.

Second stop: Silver State Arms. They had some fun 50BMG stuff, but staff wasn't very friendly. I asked about C&R and they said they wouldn't sell any of the C&R handguns as C&R because they weren't sure about their "C&R status" (despite the fact that a Savage 1907 is clearly C&R).

Third stop: Gun Trader. And I quote, "I don't keep up with the C&R laws here in NV. Why should I?" They didn't want anything to do with my CA DL and my piece of paper from the ATF.

Fourth stop: Bizarre Guns. Cool shop, friendly staff, but nothing in terms of C&R.

Fifth stop: Metropawn. Only thing C&R was a 1903 for $1000.

Sixth and Final stop: Cabela's. All I can say is heaven. Not only do they have RV and Bus parking, but they have a "child care" section and a restaurant. Had I not been on a time crunch, I would have spent more time outside of the firearms section. The used gun section was decent enough. They had a few almost interesting pieces, but surprisingly, most of the C&R handguns didn't have matching numbers, or they had some sort of serious defect. They did have a pretty nice Mauser HSc for $350 that was Army marked. They had a number of nice Colts that were definitely out of my price range, but nothing out of the ordinary. They did have an interesting FN 7.65 that I liked, but none of the parts matched, and the fit wasn't great quality.

Overall it was an interesting trip, but somewhat of a let-down. I left empty handed. Again, Reno kept up the reputation of the city of broken dreams. I supposed next time I need to try Oregon or J&G in AZ...

PS--Down the road I'd like to put together a post that C&R holders can review so they know what gun stores tend to carry C&R stuff, and which don't. And also note which store is non C&R friendly. :)

jwarren116
03-31-2010, 8:18 PM
PS--Is there an actual list of C&R firearms? All the links I've found on the web link to an ATF page that was taken down. Was it moved somewhere top secret or something?

TRICKSTER
04-01-2010, 1:09 AM
PS--Is there an actual list of C&R firearms? All the links I've found on the web link to an ATF page that was taken down. Was it moved somewhere top secret or something?

http://www.atf.gov/publications/firearms/curios-relics/

TUGBOATGUNGUY
04-01-2010, 2:35 AM
OK..here's some advice: Check out the thrifty nickle newspaper, it's a free "WANT ADS" paper. The deals are fantastic. When I was 16 I used to go to flea market in Sparks and buy pistols for 20-$50. Another good thing to keep in mind is outlying areas like fallon and carson city and the best place to go shooting is a place on the way to carson called :THE PITS: man, I've seen it all go down there and the've shot a lot of B sci-fi movies there too. Another thought, place your own ad in the thrifty nickle because you will get some amazing deals offered to you by the recently destroyed at the 21 table crowd. Never ran into any trouble.

Interloper
04-01-2010, 9:22 AM
PS--Is there an actual list of C&R firearms? All the links I've found on the web link to an ATF page that was taken down. Was it moved somewhere top secret or something?

Don't sweat the "List". It mostly enumerates curios, not relics. Any firearm fifty years and one day old is C&R.

TRICKSTER
04-01-2010, 7:50 PM
Don't sweat the "List". It mostly enumerates curios, not relics. Any firearm fifty years and one day old is C&R.
If your shopping out of state, the list is a must. There are lots of C&R's that are not 50+ years old that you can purchase once you cross the state line.

dfletcher
04-01-2010, 8:47 PM
I made my trip to Reno, barely. I drove 3 1/2 hours to get just past Auburn and see the signs for chain controls (chains don't fit on my car). After a few loud and angry comments I decided to pay a visit to one of the gun shops in Auburn. Nothing caught my eye. I was set on some C&R stuff... Discouraged, I checked road conditions and sure enough, Donner pass is free of controls! I drove like crazy to get past the chain control point to make sure they didn't change their minds. So, two hours behind schedule I made it to Reno.

First stop: Sportsman's Warehouse. Awesome place, but they didn't even know what C&R was. All the employees were quite friendly and helpful otherwise.

Second stop: Silver State Arms. They had some fun 50BMG stuff, but staff wasn't very friendly. I asked about C&R and they said they wouldn't sell any of the C&R handguns as C&R because they weren't sure about their "C&R status" (despite the fact that a Savage 1907 is clearly C&R).

Third stop: Gun Trader. And I quote, "I don't keep up with the C&R laws here in NV. Why should I?" They didn't want anything to do with my CA DL and my piece of paper from the ATF.

Fourth stop: Bizarre Guns. Cool shop, friendly staff, but nothing in terms of C&R.

Fifth stop: Metropawn. Only thing C&R was a 1903 for $1000.

Sixth and Final stop: Cabela's. All I can say is heaven. Not only do they have RV and Bus parking, but they have a "child care" section and a restaurant. Had I not been on a time crunch, I would have spent more time outside of the firearms section. The used gun section was decent enough. They had a few almost interesting pieces, but surprisingly, most of the C&R handguns didn't have matching numbers, or they had some sort of serious defect. They did have a pretty nice Mauser HSc for $350 that was Army marked. They had a number of nice Colts that were definitely out of my price range, but nothing out of the ordinary. They did have an interesting FN 7.65 that I liked, but none of the parts matched, and the fit wasn't great quality.

Overall it was an interesting trip, but somewhat of a let-down. I left empty handed. Again, Reno kept up the reputation of the city of broken dreams. I supposed next time I need to try Oregon or J&G in AZ...

PS--Down the road I'd like to put together a post that C&R holders can review so they know what gun stores tend to carry C&R stuff, and which don't. And also note which store is non C&R friendly. :)

Next time drive through Reno to Sparks - it's only another 10 minutes - and go to Schiels. You could put Cabelas inside Schiels and their entire 2nd floor is guns & gun stuff.

Interloper
04-03-2010, 8:57 PM
Next time drive through Reno to Sparks - it's only another 10 minutes - and go to Schiels. You could put Cabelas inside Schiels and their entire 2nd floor is guns & gun stuff.

Scheel's won't do C&R sales. I already asked. :mad:

Quinc
10-13-2010, 9:56 AM
Sorry to bump such an old thread but the Reno gun show is coming up! My question is if anyone has gotten any grief trying to leave the show with a C&R license CA DL and C&R firearm? I went to my first one last year and didn't buy a gun but noticed that people with firearms where being stopped at the exit.

jl1252
10-13-2010, 11:18 AM
Really? When I was at Cabela's in Reno about two years ago I asked about this very thing and the guy behind the counter said no, they would not accept my C&R. Too bad as they had a real nice 1903 at a pretty good price. But if they've changed, that's good news.

They are very CA/C&R friendly. I walked out of there a couple of months ago with two 91/30's and an M44 for $323...Don't ask the guys behind the counter in the regular gun sales area. Talk to Gary in the Gun Library, he was very knowledgeable and easy to deal with and I was in and out in 20 minutes with my pruchases.

jl1252

Mssr. Eleganté
10-13-2010, 11:51 AM
Sorry to bump such an old thread but the Reno gun show is coming up! My question is if anyone has gotten any grief trying to leave the show with a C&R license CA DL and C&R firearm? I went to my first one last year and didn't buy a gun but noticed that people with firearms where being stopped at the exit.

I never got any grief and never heard of any other Californians getting any. It's been a while since I bought a gun at the Big Reno Show, but if I recall correctly the seller fills out a little tag that matches the hang tag on the gun and gives it to the buyer to prove he didn't just snatch the gun off a table. They check these tags when you walk out the door with a gun.