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Trip to range starts at Acme Guns & Gear
Wilson County NewsJuly 23, 2014 4,250 views 3 comments
Now that the summer is here, things are supposed to slow down a bit for me. Unfortunately, that never seems to be the case anymore. Still, one activity I make an effort to do a bit more often during the summer is shooting.
When I set a time to go shooting, one of the first things I do is look over the firearms and equipment I intend to take. Then, I take a quick inventory of the ammunition I have on hand for that caliber. And if your ammo cans look anything like mine these days, they are nowhere near as full as you would like.
Stores like Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops, and Academy are always on the list of places to replenish the ammo supplies, but buying from them means a trip into San Antonio, or up to Buda. Walmart has some ammo on hand, but my luck generally means the shelves are devoid of the ammo calibers I need.
To keep me from extra driving, and/or near certain heartache, I now make a trip over to Acme Guns and Gear ahead of most shooting sessions. The shop is on my way home from work, conveniently located in the Plaza Shopping Center in Floresville.
Those who have been by the shop to visit with owner Fred Ohnesorge understand that he is a great source and friend to the local hunters and recreational shooters. He keeps a great supply of ammunition on hand at all times, and is willing to track down specific ammo when possible. Thanks for the CCI Stingers, Fred.
Visiting Acme is about more than just buying ammo, though. If you need a new gun, he likely either has, or can order, whatever you’re after. With somewhere between 125 and 150 firearms on hand at any given time, Fred has the most popular handguns from Glock, Springfield, HK, Ruger, Smith & Wesson, and others. His long guns include everything from the venerable Ruger 10/22 with a beautiful laminated stock to a Mossberg 500 shotgun with the very cool “Watch Dog” camo pattern. There are often used firearms for sale, too, though they do turn over quickly.
“I sell them nearly as fast as I get them in,” he said.
On the other side of the shop hang a variety of accessories. AR replacement and upgrade parts, including everything from springs and trigger guards to hand guards, stocks, light mounts, and more are readily available from manufacturers such as Magpul, CAA, and Ergo. Acme also stocks standard 30-round magazines, as well as smaller 10-round magazines that help when shooting off the bench, or while using a bipod.
There is also a selection of optics, including rings and bases to mount them to your favorite rifle. If you need a tactical vest, sling, or shotgun bandolier, Acme has that too. Concealed carry continues to be on the rise, and Acme also has a great representation of holsters, including a fine selection of leather offerings from Galco. Need ear protection, shooting glasses, or targets? Check, check, and check.
After a day on the range, your firearms will need some careful cleaning, and Acme also has a selection of cleaning brushes, rods, swabs, patches, and solvents.
Fred is quite knowledgeable about the industry, and welcomes folks to just stop in and look around. He doesn’t want his customers to feel intimidated, and never pressures anyone to buy. He is even planning a free informational handgun class for ladies to be held in late July or early August.
“Some people don’t really know the differences between revolvers and semi-automatics,” Fred said. “We just want to educate people. I’d like to encourage ladies to come to the class, and maybe have some of their questions answered.”
Fred is easy to work with and even offers layaway. He welcomes calls and emails with questions, or to confirm if something is in stock before making the drive. His shop also offers gunsmithing and concealed carry classes.
“Things have been good, and I thank the customers and the community for that,” he said. “The business community and everyone here is very supportive.”
So with my .22 Stingers in hand, and a couple of guns added to my wish list, I’m off to do a little plinking. I hope all my fellow shooters are able to sling a little lead soon, and remember to drop in on Fred when you have a chance.
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