Here are some of the best gun shops in California.
When the time comes to purchase a firearm, where you choose to buy your guns can mean the difference between a lifetime of enjoyment or endless heartache.
Purchasing a firearm should not be a decision that is made lightly. Guns have the potential to be passed down within your family and can accumulate great sentimental value.
Finding the right gun shop can be a tough task, especially in California.
Here are the three best gun shops in California where you can count on buying quality items at competitive prices with ease.
1. Reed's Indoor Range - Santa Clara
Serving the Bay Area since 1948, Reed's has a large selection of firearms for hunting, recreational, and personal defense applications. I have purchased many guns from Reed's and I am always impressed with their ability to sell me a quality item for a competitive price.
They have a large selection of ARs and even have an area dedicated to the sale of 1911s. Reed's is also home to one of the Bay Area's largest indoor shooting ranges, which is the only indoor range in the Bay Area that allows you to shoot birdshot, a nice feature for those of us that use shotguns for home defense.
Once you make a purchase, they give you a free one-hour free use of their range. Their staff is knowledgeable and always willing to answer any of your questions. Reed's also offers training classes for beginners to advanced shooters for a variety of firearms and applications. They also host Hunter Safety Course classes. To visit their website, go here.
2. Fowler Gun Room - Orange
Founded in 1958 by renowned historical arms and memorabilia collector Sam Fowler, Fowler Gun Room has the largest and most diverse selection of guns in California that I have had the pleasure of seeing. They carry all major brands and also boast a wide selection of ARs.
They also have a rotating inventory of historical and collectible firearms that are hard to come by. They have a wide selection of hard to find ammo, reloading and black powder supplies. They have a wide variety of used firearms as well.
They offer reloading classes for those who are interested in reloading their own ammunition. Their staff is very knowledgeable in everything gun related. To visit their website, go here.
3. California Shooting Sports - Modesto
Relatively new to the gun retailer market, California Shooting Sports offers a comparatively small selection of firearms and gear, however, their customer service is unrivaled. They are home to Modesto's only indoor shooting range. Their staff is easy to work with and will do their best to answer any questions you may have.
Everything from their range to their storefront is always clean and organized. They even allow you to use their range all day instead of by the hour, which is a great perk when shooting a new gun for the first time.
They offer a good selection of accessories, such as holsters, magazines, and cases that you can choose from. To visit their website, go here.
It is important to note that I have personally visited or conducted business at these shops. I did not feel it was appropriate to review a shop I had never been to.
If you have comments, criticisms, or would like to recommend a shop in California that was not mentioned, please share them in the comments section below.