Couple weeks ago I started checking on the 'net for Federal Small Rifle Match AR primers to stoke my new Winnie brass with. Grafs was out, and every place that had them would not ship to Alaska. This leaves (a large nationwide seller of sporting goods) in Anchorage, they WILL ship to the Bush. I called them the guy said he had many cases of them, and had already shipped that morning, eleven (11) cases out to some guy in a village. I made sure I said "okay, we are talking about Federal Small Rifle Match A-R (I am spelling out the "A" and "R"), primers for the AR-15, not regular match primers", to which the fellow enthusiastically told me he knew what I was talking about. I felt I could wait a week or so to see if any would come in at Grafs.
Couple days ago I checked Grafs again and found no Federal Small Rifle Match AR primers in stock. Called (a large nationwide seller of sporting goods) in Anchorage and guy said he had lots, still. Okay.
Yesterday I decided to order a case of 5k and I specifically stated "Federal Small Rifle Match A-R primers", and reiterated these are the special primers for the AR, guy told me he had them, said "ok I'll go get them off the shelf and get this going". Called back a few minutes later to say he had 3 boxes of 1k, not a whole case like he thought, but he might locate some more, could I wait a couple hours as he had just been called to a managers meeting"? I said "sure". Hour and a half later he calls to tell me "I've located another two boxes of those Federal primers, they were hiding behind some other brand of primer." I again asked him if the order would now total "5k Federal Small Rifle Match A-R (I am spelling out the "A" and "R" primers")? He said "yes". So I gave my CC number.
Today they are up at the airport. I go get them and come home to find......they are Federal Small Rifle Match primers. Plain jane, not the AR primers with the harder cup to prevent slam-fires. FECES! Also, the guy DID NOT find "two boxes", he found an additional 20 boxes of 100, which would be fine, but he charged $4.79 per hundred rather than $4.29 per hundred which is what they cost in the big box.
So now I am sitting on 5k primers I am wary of using. How much did this cost? With the additional box of CCI Large Rifle Benchrest primers for my .223 WSSM: $381.70 total.
So wrong primers and overcharged $10.00 too.
What do I do?
If I raise a giant stink, I could, all by myself, help the management at (a large nationwide seller of sporting goods) decide to stop shipping to the Bush which would be a disaster. But I cannot send them back as I am not certificated for HAZMAT.
Your opinions welcome. I know I am going to own them now, but what should I do/say/how far to push it?
WOW! Called the manager at the place and explained the above. He immediately told me he'd refund my money, and I could do with the primers as I wished. He also told me he'd do his best to get the special AR primers in for me. Talk about instant customer satisfaction. I was blown away.
I told him to hold off, I had posted this on a couple AR-15 websites and wanted to know about the slam-fire probability, if it is real, or remote. Note that I always use a K&N priming tool to set my primers at a 0.002-0.003" crush and they are below the case head in pockets I have reamed/uniformed. I have never had a slam fire with the FN-FAL, and so am wondering if I am worrying too much?