Wife and I went in to the zoo for a few days. While at GNG, my wife decided to buy a shotgun for her brother, as he does a great deal of hunting for his mom to ensure she doesn't run out of food.
GNG is one of the very few firearms businesses that my wife will go into, and recommend to other women, because the salesmen have NEVER talked down to her, or in any way acted condescendingly to her because she's a woman.
While I was looking at all the toys, a very nice salesman (a black fellow), walked up to her and asked if she'd like to see anything in particular. She told him she'd been thinking of purchasing a shotgun for her bother. So he asked what type of shotty did he have, pump or auto...and so on...carefully determining her what she was thinking of buying and what brand and model. She settled on a Remington 870 12 ga. with the laminated stock for $359.00. She wanted to sleep on it and so we began walking out until I saw the group of Colt M4 copies leaning against the wall.
I had my wife hold a few, and pointed out to her they had the heavy barrel, and so were heavier, than the original A-1 Colt SP1's from the mid-70's to whenever they went to the heavier barrels. It was at this point a young fellow behind the counter asked loudly if I was talking about the 14.5" barreled carbines. I told him no, but the civilian 16.5" barreled version from the early 70's to 80's. He looked at me like I was nuts, then said again loudly, that he worked on guns all the time, and had never seen anything like what I was talking about....we just left while the helpful salesman looked apologetically at us.
We were going to go back the next day to pick up the Remmie, but I checked an online sales site for Alaska and found a Mossberg 835.
I have written a nice letter to the management of GNG describing the excellent experience my wife had. I really wish I could remember the black guys name, as identifying him as "the black guy" is kind of tacky, but seriously, I don't know his NAME. If you do go into GNG, bring the wife, this fellow is nice, skilled, and will probably be able to talk your wife into buying something for you.