""Ade's Gun Shop"" was sold! The bottom line IT $UCK$! I cannot begin to tell you the heartbreak that I felt when I found out that this was happening. My statement of ""IT $UCK$ NOW"" is due entirely to the changes that have occurred since the new owners (an overweight fuzz ball, with a ditz of a wife, and a gunsmith w/ a questionable knowledge) took over. The ""trio"" (I describe as a potbellied wookie, ""Cher"", and Kim Jong Ill-Orbison) started coming around in the latter part of 08. I did not realize that the change over was going to happen around Feb/Mar 09. But the deal breaker for me was watching Ade - an honest, professional, and good nature guy get treated like just a lackey by these people. Ade does come in as an ""employee"" of sorts - making sure that things get documented and the store's transfer to these d0uche bags gets completed correctly (that's my guess). What is truly sad is seeing how the atmosphere has changed. You are no longer welcomed in that ""familiar"" (Cheers - everyone knows your name kinda way). There is a small inner-circle of people that the new owners cater to, and these people are usually the HUGE spenders.
I can say that the new owners have very little in way of honesty & integrity. It's a wonder WHY w/ more people behind the counter now-why service is so slow and unprofessional. There shouldn't be any excuses for a line now - because there are more people behind the counter! But here's the thing, prior to the transfer, Ade never tried to ""sell"" someone anything. He would talk to you about the item(s) and leave you to decide on your own accord-like a kid in a candy store.
The ""fuzz-ball"" owner tried to sell (con) me a ""new"" item for an AR type rifle that was just shipped in for the store (no taxes and free installation) if I picked it up right there & then. No taxes tells me the thing was consignment from a ppt. Not only that, inspecting the item showed wear and tear on the hex heads and some of the rail slots. That was never Ade's style.
Ade ran his store in a very honest, God-fearing/loving Christian manner. I can't get the feeling that the place has turned into a ""wh0re house"" with his name over the top. Make no mistake, this is NOT the Ade's Gun Store that made a legacy for itself up until the beginning of 2009. . The new owner lauds himself as a former ""operator"" or a person who worked w/ the military in Colorado. Whatever! Ade is and will always be a friend, a gentleman, and a consummate professional in my book. Which speaks volumes over the noisy blathering of the new owner's blow-hard attitude. His wife, who also is behind the counter has the knack for looking and sounding like she's misplaced...like she should be running a salon instead. The gunsmith who at times dresses like a cross between Kim Jong Ill and Roy Orbison has the personality of a tack-don't bother with tech questions, he's out to make you feel stupid regarding any questions. Which is very much the OPPOSITE of the original Ade's-where the only stupid question was""where do you point the barrel end of the gun?"" Andrew (big bald, young guy) and the babyface high school looking kid are original Ade-hires. They are still cool, just don't try to chat them up when the trio of owners are around. You'll get them in trouble! Andrew and the kid are pretty good at making sure that you get what you need in the small window when the ""salon owner"" or the ""pot-bellied wookie"" aren't up front (which isn't often). The bottom line is this: ""Ade's Gun Shop"" used to be an awesome place. Now, as a result of the new ownership, the place has become just another Fowler's/Stockade - a place where you feel like you're getting ripped off - or a Turner's where no one really knows what's going on, and they try to convince you otherwise with a lot of B*LL $#!T. Ade should have taken his name off of the store! Ade you are a friend, but this was a bad decision.
Pros: Still carry overpriced AR products
Cons: NEW OVER PRICED CON JOB/BAD SERVICE