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Champion Arms

Discussion in 'Washington Reviews' started by Northwest Firearms, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. Northwest Firearms

    Northwest Firearms Pacific Northwest Site Maintenance

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  2. RICKGO1

    RICKGO1 SPANAWAY WA Member

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    Work never compleated on time.
     
  3. doubleactiononly

    doubleactiononly Seattle Member

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    I come here mainly for the range - it is one of the few 25yd ranges in the area. It's also heated so you won't freeze in the winter. The target hangers are rail-mounted for stability, but it's hit or miss whether the motor will crap out. I don't know what the deal is, it just seems like it's rare to get a lane with a motor that "just works". A lot of the time, they kind of slow down as you're sending it down, and I've had a few that just jumped the rail and stopped working for the day. Other than that the range is pretty clean and well-maintained.

    Rental selection is so-so.. Not as wide a selection as other area ranges, but they have most of the popular handguns as well as a few carbines.

    Range rules are typical - no steel/aluminum cased ammo, no rapid fire and no drawing from holster. No extra fee for using your own ammo in case you were wondering
     
  4. Kanewpadle

    Kanewpadle Washington Member

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    Good place to shoot. Gunsmithing is about average depending on who's doing it. Prices a little high but seem to be coming down.

    But they need to quit talking bad about other gunshops when customers are standing at the counter.
     
  5. Gunnut56

    Gunnut56 SE Seattle area New Member

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    Wow! I was in there today and I thought they were great. One of the person's I talked to said he was the ex Head Gunsmith for Detonics when they were based out of the Seattle area. I asked what he thought about the Detonics USA (Georgia) and he said they were a much better firearm.

    I found them to be no BS and very helpful. BTW they had multiple Ruger LCP's and LCR's.

    My first opinion only.
     
  6. smurf hunter

    smurf hunter Auburn, WA Active Member

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    Decent range, respectful staff. Helpful to newbies. It's between work and home, so I'm glad it's available for sighting in weapons, testing out different ammo, etc.
     
  7. Ethereal

    Ethereal Kent, WA Member

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    I gotta admit, they've made small improvements to their staff, but their prices are terrible. Flat out terrible, and the selection likewise. If they didn't make anything off the casual suckers that don't know anywhere else to go they'd be out of business. I hate to rate this as the worst shop to go to next to Discount Gun Sales but at least these guys have a range on site...:(
     
  8. wiresparker

    wiresparker puyallup valley New Member

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    I shoot plates there and the range staff treat us very well.
    Come down Thursday 6PM and join us.
    sparks
     
  9. B-Towner

    B-Towner Western Washington Member

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    I use the range weekly. I find the range staff friendly (they'll greet customers first) and those in the gun shop helpful. Prices in the gun shop aren't the lowest around, but, in all, I like this place.
     
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    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    When he was in Fife,I witnessed a guy yelling at him because he had had his gun for a month and nothing was done yet.
    I heard tell some very bad stories about the owner to which I can't confirm.
     
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    Kanewpadle Washington Member

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    A LOT had changed since then. Go in and see for yourself.
     
  12. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    I hope so.It wasn't a good thing going on in Fife.
    True or not the stories were rampant about the store.

    Happy if he's doing good business up there.

    Oh and that's over a hundred mile drive just to see?

    I'll try to remember next time I go to the west sound.
     
  13. Dake

    Dake Oak Harbor, WA New Member

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    Had a fantastic buying experience from this shop. They were nice, friendly, and very patient while I handled and asked questions about a decent number of their pistols. Definitely plan to stop here first next time I'm in the market for a brand new firearm.
     
  14. lesscubes

    lesscubes Burien Member

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    Nice shop, I haven't purchased a firearm there but have accessories and ammo. Friendly service in the shop and the range. Good selection. Prices a little steep on some things but not as bad as some other local shops.

    Decent selection of rentals at the range, though sometimes you'll pull one and find it doesn't want to run. Sometimes the target tracks fail and you'll have to switch lanes. Now they are allowing .223 in the range but only their frangible ammo.

    My big gripe is their awful parking lot.
     
  15. 206thsense

    206thsense Seattle, WA, USA Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Anybody visited recently? A couple of buddies of mine said they're worth a visit and things are better, but I haven't been there yet myself.
     
  16. Jammer Six

    Jammer Six North Greenlake, Seattle New Member

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    Haven't been there in a couple years.

    What I like about Champion is that they'll let me teach private lessons, what I didn't like about them was that it always seems dark in the range. I like lots of light, but it could be me.
     
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    206thsense Seattle, WA, USA Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Thanks for the update. Maybe I'll grab a buddy and go check them out next week... the range happens to be located inbetween my commute from home-to-work, so I was considering it as an option.
     
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    m1gunr Tacoma Member

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    Many of you may have seen the Video on King 5, news. We at Champion Arms want to let you know that the range and all classes will continue as normal. The store will be under new ownership operating as Champion Arms, LLC in the same Kent location. Contrary to the way the King 5 broadcast might lead viewers to believe, Champion Arms had administrative problems with paperwork and was not alleged to have sold firearms to criminals or inappropriate persons.

    The range and classes, all memberships and passes are still being honored.



    An update for this thread as well - New management took over in Oct 2011. The parking lot still sucks but we do have extra space in the lot north of the building. Peter Dunn (Detonics Fame) is the current gunsmith. The target trollys have been updated as well as a change in counter personnel. A lot of changes have taken place in the last year, many for the better.

    -M1Gunr (Bill) current General Manager.
     
  19. 206thsense

    206thsense Seattle, WA, USA Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Thanks for the update, Bill.
     
  20. Jammer Six

    Jammer Six North Greenlake, Seattle New Member

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    What did the video show?