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Was sad to see that Great Northern Guns is going away. First bought guns and ammo there as a teenager in the 70's. That was a mandatory stop on my occasional trip down from Fairbanks to buy black powder. Are there going to be any retailers in Alaska selling real black powder with them gone?
 

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Same here my must go to store in Anchorage for 25 years.
coming from Fairbanks…..,,,dropped a few dimes their over the years.
 

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My experiences at great northern guns were pretty meh. Customer service was worse than a bush service and their prices were higher than they should have been.
 

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I have a can of can of Goex Fg (1 pound) that I don't need. I purchase it from GNG a few years ago but never used it. If someone wants it shoot me a reasonable, pre-ridiculous price ammo, primers, etc offer and it is yours. Not looking to pad my 401K account. I am in Anchorage.
 

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My experiences at great northern guns were pretty meh. Customer service was worse than a bush service and their prices were higher than they should have been.

I didn't care for the place myself. One time I was in there and wanting to possibly do a trade, the guy treated me like sh*t. I tried being patient, but finally had enough, gave the guy a few words, and walked out. With me went about a half dozen other guys after they experienced what went on. Just so happened the owner was walking in at the time we all were leaving. When he asked what was going on I just pointed to the guy that I had dealt with and said...."Ask that guy." and went on my way.
 

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I didn't care for the place myself. One time I was in there and wanting to possibly do a trade, the guy treated me like sh*t. I tried being patient, but finally had enough, gave the guy a few words, and walked out. With me went about a half dozen other guys after they experienced what went on. Just so happened the owner was walking in at the time we all were leaving. When he asked what was going on I just pointed to the guy that I had dealt with and said...."Ask that guy." and went on my way.

That attitude seems to be endemic of a lot of gun shops. I guess they must just get sick of people. The kids at the Sportsman's know about 1/2 of what they think they know but at least they are pleasant and willing as long as you're buying a new.
 

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I didn't care for the place myself. One time I was in there and wanting to possibly do a trade, the guy treated me like sh*t. I tried being patient, but finally had enough, gave the guy a few words, and walked out. With me went about a half dozen other guys after they experienced what went on. Just so happened the owner was walking in at the time we all were leaving. When he asked what was going on I just pointed to the guy that I had dealt with and said...."Ask that guy." and went on my way.
That is super unfortunate for both you and them, always a pain when customer service is thrown out the window. GNG was one of the only places I went where they didn’t treat me like an idiot because I’m not an expert.

I don’t know a whole lot about firearms, but I’m not clueless. I kept going back because of that.
 

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Well, GNG was in business for 55 years, started in the 60's in Mountain View, they must have pleased most customers. They would still be in business but for the Zoning regulations.
 

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I haven't been in Fairbanks since 2001, but if Down Under Guns is still in business, do they carry the Holy Black? Just curious...

When I was in the state, I thought about checking with some of the blasting companies if they would bring up a 25 pound box of black powder in one of their shipments. Something to think about.

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I haven't been in Fairbanks since 2001, but if Down Under Guns is still in business, do they carry the Holy Black? Just curious...

When I was in the state, I thought about checking with some of the blasting companies if they would bring up a 25 pound box of black powder in one of their shipments. Something to think about.

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Down Under shuttered soon after the damned box stores invaded.
 

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I haven't been in Fairbanks since 2001, but if Down Under Guns is still in business, do they carry the Holy Black? Just curious...

When I was in the state, I thought about checking with some of the blasting companies if they would bring up a 25 pound box of black powder in one of their shipments. Something to think about.

~Hawk~
There's a newer gun store in town called "Iron and Wood." They carry cool stuff including some muzzleloaders. I was hoping they'd carry black powder but apparently the demand is far too small to warrant the hassle involved with shipping and storing it. The Midnight Sun Muzzleloaders used to do group orders of black powder for members but, as far as I know, that club is no longer active.
 

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Down Under shuttered soon after the damned box stores invaded.
Which box stores? The last time I was in Fairbanks (2001) there were a bunch of them already. And back in the 1960s - mid 70s there were Sears and JC Penney who carried guns. Down Under opened in the mid 1970s, and Frontier Sporting Goods was a staple for everything for hunting so they didn't get enough competition to put them out of business.

Not picking an argument. I'm just really curious which box stores closed Down Under.
 

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Which box stores? The last time I was in Fairbanks (2001) there were a bunch of them already. And back in the 1960s - mid 70s there were Sears and JC Penney who carried guns. Down Under opened in the mid 1970s, and Frontier Sporting Goods was a staple for everything for hunting so they didn't get enough competition to put them out of business.

Not picking an argument. I'm just really curious which box stores closed Down Under.
We got Sportsman's Warehouse and Walmart. There was a Sports Authority who also sold guns (gone now) Frontier Outfitters is still in business. I was surprised that Down Under couldn't stay in business. Iron & Wood seems to be doing okay. Great Northern Guns in Anchorage filled a similar niche in Anchorage and survived a much greater onslaught of big box stores. Of course the Anchorage area has a much larger customer base. Just speculation on my part. I know nothing of their actual finances.
 

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Which box stores? The last time I was in Fairbanks (2001) there were a bunch of them already. And back in the 1960s - mid 70s there were Sears and JC Penney who carried guns. Down Under opened in the mid 1970s, and Frontier Sporting Goods was a staple for everything for hunting so they didn't get enough competition to put them out of business.

Not picking an argument. I'm just really curious which box stores closed Down Under.
We lost the battle against Walmart and they opened in about 2004, if memory serves. Then Sportsmans Warehouse in '05. Fred Meyers sold firearms/ammunition also, and they opened their new West store. Frontier had the diversification of the hardware store going for them, and they expanded upstairs and became Frontier after Ben Franklin left. Fur/Fin/Feathers was a couple doors down in the mall. Don't recall exactly when they closed, but it was in that same general era.

For the record: I didn't say what caused Down Under to close (I can't speak for them). I just noted that they closed shortly after the box stores showed up. I can say that in general, the box stores were bad for many local businesses, everything from sporting goods, to groceries, to book stores closed. The town is the worse for it.

*I had forgotten about Sports Authority; didn't realize or remember that they sold firearms. Save for Sportsman's I've never set foot in any of those *******es. Sportsmans was only under duress, due to no other option.
 
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