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Acme Guns and Gear caters to self-defense needs

Acme Guns and Gear caters to self-defense needs
Fred and Elizabeth Ohnesorge

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Wilson County News
October 31, 2012
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FLORESVILLE -- In the world of firearms, models geared specifically toward home- and self-defense are dominating sales -- and they have for several years now. The number of rifle, shotgun, and handgun options has never been greater, and buyers are sure to find something they like within any budget.

When it comes time to purchase a firearm, consumers have a number of available retail options, ranging from gun shows and big-box stores to local shops and online retailers. Now, folks in and around Wilson County have another option available to them, as Acme Guns and Gear officially opened its doors Oct. 16.

Located at 540 10th St. (U.S. 181) in Floresville’s Plaza Shopping Center, Acme Guns and Gear stocks a broad assortment of firearms, ammunition, and accessories. While geared toward the self-defense market, Acme also caters to the needs of other shooters, hunters, and firearms enthusiasts.


When people think about self-defense weapons, handguns are often the first thing to come to mind. Whether you prefer the firepower and capacity of a semiautomatic pistol, or the simplicity of a basic double-action revolver, Acme Guns has you covered. Shop owner Fred Ohnesorge, who went to school here and whose family has spent the better part of a half-decade in the area, brings more than 25 years of pawn and firearms sales experience to his local business, and was sure to stock the “latest and greatest” when it came to his handgun lineup.

“We want to have the neat and innovative products,” he said. “We don’t want to be the place that always has to order everything, though. We want to stock what our customers use and need.”

In the display cabinet, customers will find pistols and revolvers from many of the industry’s top manufactures. Pistols from Glock, Springfield, Ruger, Kahr, and Kel-Tec are readily available for purchase. For those who prefer revolvers, the Ruger LCR and Taurus Judge are two extremely popular choices in self-defense. For those unfamiliar with the Judge, it’s a six-shot revolver that fires .45 Long Colt ammo, as well as .410 bore shotgun shells.

Long guns

And if you prefer to fire your shotgun shells out of an actual shotgun, Acme has you covered there, too. From semiautomatic and pump shotguns to break-open single shots and double barrels, Fred has a variety of shotguns from which to choose, with prices starting at less than $200.

Thanks in part to the advancement in bullet technology, many people are now choosing to use rifles for home defense. AR-style rifles are one of the hottest trends in firearms, and Acme Guns and Gear is stocking some of the best in the business by way of Colt and Stag Arms.

The odds are that Acme Guns and Gear has what you want in stock, but if it doesn’t, Fred says to just ask him about it, as special orders can be made.

Ammo galore

Guns are tools, and unless you swing it like a club, a firearm is fairly ineffective as a means of self-defense without ammunition. For that reason, Acme Guns and Gear houses an impressive selection of ammo, including everything from .22 Long Rifle to .50 A.E. In stock are a variety of ammunition styles from basic target rounds to specially designed hunting and self-defense loads. From pistols and rifles to shotguns, Acme has pretty much every ammo option a person needs. And, while most shooters in the area would expect to pay a premium for such variety and convenience, customers will be pleasantly surprised to find prices at, or near, those offered from big-box retailers.


Gun owners know you often need a number of accessories to keep yourself and your firearms in proper working order, and that’s why Acme stocks a variety of gear from cases and cleaning supplies to eye and ear protection for shooters.

For shooters who like to go beyond the basics, Acme also stocks a variety of tactical accessories, including lights, stocks, shotgun magazine tube extensions, holsters, and even a purse designed specifically for concealed carry. In the world of personal defense, it’s always a good idea to have spare ammunition on hand, and Acme stocks a variety of pistol and rifle magazines. Members of the law-enforcement community will also appreciate the handcuffs and SERPA retention holsters available at the shop.

Acme offers 60- and 90-day layaway options, and Fred points out that now is a great time to layaway firearms for Christmas. Acme also buys and sells used guns from its customers.

“Even if they don’t buy a new one from us, we will still buy theirs,” Fred said.

Customer feedback

“We are a new business and we want to be reactive,” he added. “We want to react to our customer feedback and focus on their needs.

“If someone wants to know if we have something, I want them to call or email me,” he said. “I know it’s frustrating to drive to the store and find out they don’t have what you need.”

And for the folks who prefer less-than-lethal options in self-defense, Acme also stocks an assortment of pepper sprays and stun guns.

Fred and his wife, Elizabeth, said they are happy to be part of the local business community, and are thankful to the people of Wilson County and the surrounding area for the great response they have received.

“We are very appreciative,” he said. “We received tremendous support from local businesses, and we want to tell them thank you.”

In addition to his focus on growing Acme Guns and Gear, Fred will also continue to handle the gold-buying portion of the couple’s other business, Acme Gold Buyers. Meanwhile, Elizabeth will be overseeing the jewelry sales department, all located inside the same shop. So whether you need a new rifle, shotgun, or handgun, or maybe just want a new ring or necklace, consider visiting Acme before making your next purchase.

Acme Guns and Gear is located at 540 10th St., Ste. 130, a few doors down from Tractor Supply in Floresville. Business hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

For more information, call 830-393-4433 or email acmegunsngear@gmail.com.

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