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Wade's Guns in Bellevue WA / GunBroker.com

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by John Gault, Nov 8, 2010.

  1. John Gault

    John Gault clackamas county Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Anybody have any personal experiance with these guys?

    Looking at an Auction deal they have online. Never dealt with either the Auction House or the Seller. Any feedback is good feedback.

    THX
     
  2. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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    Moved to General firearms discussions
     
  3. waltermitty

    waltermitty seattle Active Member

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    they're 'aw-ite'. local boy doing well. started with a hole in the wall within the
    bowels of a strip mall. kind of like SurplusAmmo, ie relatively inexpensive, high
    volume, get people moving in and out. no frills, minimum accouterments in terms
    of furnishings.

    over the years, Wade seemed to parlay his love for firearms and decent deals
    into what it is now. his own building, an indoor shooting range in the outskirts
    of Bellevue and deep in the heart of microsoft territory and Patty Murray blue
    King County.

    if you shop hard, you can usually find better deals. but Wades has held up
    surprisingly well over the years and into a decently sized Class 2 dealer,
    on-site gunsmith.

    I've only purchased one item from them in recent years. dont think you'll
    encounter a 'steal' for a firearm but it'll be somewhat competitive.

    i've not compared his in-store prices with those on gunbroker though
     
  4. rodell

    rodell Newcastle, WA Active Member

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    I find their prices high and their transfer fees untenable. I do shoot at their range from time to time.

    The guys behind the counter are mixed in knowledge and bullsh*t quotient. I wouldn't have any qualms about buying from them if they had what I wanted at a price I wanted to pay.
     
  5. wrangler100

    wrangler100 NBK, Bangor, WA Member

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    I agree with Rodell- they are over priced, but I'd buy from them if they had something I wanted for the price I wanted to pay. Some salesmen must've come from a used car lot, others are pleasant and knowledgeable.
     
  6. 8ball

    8ball WA Quit talkin' and start chalking!

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    Wades has always been good to me. They have a great range of guns and accessories. I've heard others complain about the service but never had a problem myself.

    And Bellevue is hardly liberal blue Seattle. The Democrats have never been able to win the 8th in Congress.
     
  7. oasis618

    oasis618 Tacoma, Wa Active Member

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    Prices are waaay too Bellevue for guns that can be bought in Yelm. If you know what I mean...
     
  8. John Gault

    John Gault clackamas county Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Thanks for all the input guys. How about the GunBroker.com Auction Site. Anybody have any dealing with this? The guys in Bellevue have something that I want and has to be purchased thru the Auction site and transfered thru FFL here locally in Oregon. I wouldn't do it if it could be found locally but it can't be found.
     
  9. vico512

    vico512 Seattle area Member

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    Now that West Coast Armory is moving much of their operation from Issaquah to their new Bellevue location, I'm hoping that the competition between two stores/ranges in the same 'hood will result in even better deals. WCA's range is much nicer, IMHO.

    Time will tell...
     
  10. nwg19

    nwg19 Auburn WA. Member

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    To the OP, gunbroker is a standup spot to buy a gun, so if it's what you want and the only place you've found it, go for it. Wade's is reputable and so is gunbroker!
     
  11. SonicBlue03

    SonicBlue03 Snohomish Well-Known Member

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    Pretty much my experience with them the times I've gone in there.
     
  12. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    Just make sure you do your due diligence when purchasing from a seller on Gunbroker, ie check the quality and quantity of the Feedback the seller has received, stuff like that. I've bough $5 through $1,000 items on Gunbroker and everything has worked out well for me so far.

    Keith
     
  13. WCTLEGUNSMITH

    WCTLEGUNSMITH Bellevue, WA USA New Member

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    give WCA a call on what your looking for. if they don't have it, they can get it quick.:thumbup: they are also on GB
     
  14. WA_SIG

    WA_SIG Greater Seattle New Member

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    To the OP: I'm a customer of Wade's because of the convenience of the range and their normally good selection of guns in stock. I have a "regular" salesman I deal with and order through when necessary. I have found their pricing to be on the medium to high side but they have often matched or beat pricing when I was ready to place an order or buy from stock. Like any other specialty business, if you get to know the people behind the counter, you can usually do OK. Another place to check out is Cabela's in Lacey. I've had good results there as well.
     
  15. jbuck

    jbuck PNW Member

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    I have had OK to poor service from them. And now I only buy class 3 items from them. I have purchased firearms from them before, but only on something that I had to have and couldn't find anywhere else. They are overpriced and some of the guys behind the counter can be real a-holes, while others are decent.

    Most recently I tried to order a AR from them for along with a mount for my SWR Trident. I was in there for over an hour, standing by while they called SWR and CMMG to make sure the rifle and adaptor was in stock. They confirmed that they were so I paid in full and they said it would take 3 to 5 days. I made several calls trying to figure out what was going on. Finally eight weeks later my rifle showed up and they called. I went in there and found out they didn't charge me enough and wanted another $200.

    I would understand that if they underpriced the rifle to begin with but they didn't. It was priced right in line with what a RRA list's for.

    YMMV.
    Get it in writing and walk away if they reach for the vasline.
     
  16. John Gault

    John Gault clackamas county Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Thanks again guys for all the replys. 3 days left on the auction. Time will tell.
     
  17. waltermitty

    waltermitty seattle Active Member

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    omg, did Bellevue capitulate and allow them to sell firearms?
     
  18. vico512

    vico512 Seattle area Member

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    All you can carry...! Isn't Wade's in Bellevue?
     
  19. BoydK

    BoydK Wa New Member

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    Boy, I wish that were true.
    Find Your Legislator
    Click the radio button for "Cong" and you get Dave Reichert but he's only 1/3 of the team. -Boyd (your Wa-08 Election Volunteer Coordinator for NRA)
     
  20. ak56

    ak56 Carnation, Wa Active Member

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    To the best of my knowledge, they only have the range, pro shop and wholesale divisions in Bellevue. Bellevue isn't allowing them to have any retail business because the area is not zoned for retail.

    I'lll stop in the Issaquah store one of these days and see if there has been any change to that plan.