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dawson's is on route 1 in woodbridge. if you don't mind driving through some rough areas to get there, its a good place to go. its in what used to be a friendlys restaurant. big place, good selection, and the guys i've talked to know what they're talking about, which is refreshing at times. ammo selection is good, stocking things like 303 brit and 7.5 swiss, which i couldn't find at gander mountain, blue ridge, NRA, or dick's.
Yes, Dawsons is small but the people there are very good and friendly.
Dawson's is ok in my book. It almost seems like it depends on the mood of the staff? or maybe you just need to be a regular. Most of the time ive been in there the staff didnt really seem interested in what i was looking for
That was pretty much my experience also. They're very pricey on handguns, shotgun prices are reasonable. When I go by there I usually buy a little something - reloading supplies or cleaning supplies. But if I'm buying a gun it's VA Arms or Trader Jerry at a show.
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I live less then 5 mintues from Dawson's and I haven't been in there for over 5 years. The last time I was there I was looking for a 22 for my wife and they gave me the impression that it was a bother to wait on me.
yeah, apparently you must be one of the "guys" since i had to sit around for 30 minutes before anybody would give me any help at all (they helped 2-3 other guys before they would finally ask if i needed help, while a different guy that came in after me they would show him whatever he wanted to see.) ill take my business elsewhere from now on, im all about supporting the local gun shop but ill make the extra drive to support different one.
Got a brand new Leupold VX-II scope mounted and bore-sighted to a Ruger M77 Mark II by some guy there 3 years ago. He was a young looking doofus guy. Took it to the range and noticed that my scope was bouncing around inside the front sight ring. I was more than furious. I took it back and an older gentleman asked who handled it, he asked if it was a "young guy", I told him it was and he didn't seem surprised. Seems to me if you have someone you don't trust enough to mount scopes he shouldn't be mounting scopes. He re mounted it and I left. They have a great selection of ammo, but their prices are a little too steep on their firearms, and I would never have any other work done by them. Otherwise they have a great store with a great selection in hunting/fishing equipment.
Dawson's is an odd duck.
I have yet to not find a wierd batch of ammo for any of my older guns that I shoot there. Handgun Prices are the highest I have seen in NOVA, rifle prices seem "ok". Transfer Fee of 65 dollars is also high.
However, when I was looking for a pound of W231 powder, they had it. When I needed 7.5 Swiss hunting ammo, they had it.
When I needed 9MM Largo ammo, they had it.
I go to them when I can't find it elsewhere. I agree though that their prices are too high in general.
I've been to Dawson's many times, I would just love to buy a handgun from there but as stated before the prices are too high. I want to buy there because the staff has been outstanding to me and I believe that if you give me good customer service then I can give you my business. I also believe in NOT over paying by up to $200 for a handgun. everytime I go there I stay much longer than planned because I end up in conversation with the staff, I think thguys there that chat with mr are top notch. No pressure to buy, just good down to earth folk.
I went there for the first time this past weekend. Very friendly staff and they were busy. I ended up buying a hand gun and am now still waiting. Max I've ever waited was 4 hours for my background check im now going on 3 days. When i call to inquire about it, they seem pissed. -Which im sure im not the only one calling.
They do seem to have a nice little store, and stall seems knowledgable and helpful.
They're my reloading supply store. I'm heading there after work to pick up some more powder and primers. They charge full retail on all of their firearms.
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