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    Honey Creek Tackle, Bargersville, INDIANA

    I have bought several guns from them and they have always given a very good price. Great customer service.


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    My opinion unfortunately differs. Specific employees are unhelpful, and I can overlook that, because anyplace can have individual variation in people. But there is a general unwillingness to let you look at collectible guns, especially when it's a consignment. I understand not wanting to get guns "handled up" if it isn't owned by the shop. But on multiple occasions, I have been rebuffed when I asked to look at a Winchester long gun they had on the wall behind the counter. They have the standard gun shop postage-stamp sized yellow tags on them with small lettering, and in some cases you cannot even tell what it is from a distance. I know you can't judge books by their cover, but I'm past the half-century mark in age and have purchased 3 guns from them, and would like to think I present a trustworthy appearance. When I ask to see a firearm, usually something in the $1,000~$1,500 range, I frequently get someone 10~15 years younger than me treating me like I'm a 20 year-old and wearing holey-jeans and a "who farted" T-shirt.

    Me: "Would you mind if I take a closer look at that rifle?"

    HCT: "We're not really supposed to get those down for people unless they're interested in buying it. Are you interested in buying it?"

    Me: "Well, it's kinda hard to tell if I can't see it..."

    Some variation of this exchange happened to me two different times more than a year apart, and in one encounter, the kid-employee involved looked so young, I would bet he was not out of high school.

    The last straw was when I was in the market for a centerfire bolt rifle and waited 5~10 minutes for an employee to finish shooting the breeze with someone who wasn't buying anything. I finally began to step around the edge of the counter so I could see the miniscule writing on some of the tags more clearly (Pro Tip: when some of your customers finally reach the age where they have significant money to spend on guns, they might have difficulty seeing tiny tags), the guy finally acknowledged my presence and said "Hey buddy, I really can't have you back there, is there something I can help you with?" Well, there "was," but I was already on my way out by that time. I told him I would not bother him with my presence anymore. I purchased that rifle elsewhere.

    There are other excellent gun shops where the gun counter isn't too preoccupied with talking about fishing to help customers. I have 10 gun shops on my radar in the Indy area: Beech Grove, Elmore's, Outdoorsman 135, Indy Trading Post, US Defense Solutions, Bradis, Plainfield Shooting Supplies, Premier Arms in Brownsburg, and Indiana Gun Club, in addition to Honey Creek Tackle. Honey Creek is the only one I have ever had a negative experience with in 17 years living in Indianapolis.

    Maybe I'm too picky, but there are a lot of options, and I am done being treated like a leper by Honey Creek Tackle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Twangbanger View Post
    My opinion unfortunately differs. Specific employees are unhelpful, and I can overlook that, because anyplace can have individual variation in people. But there is a general unwillingness to let you look at collectible guns, especially when it's a consignment. I understand not wanting to get guns "handled up" if it isn't owned by the shop. But on multiple occasions, I have been rebuffed when I asked to look at a Winchester long gun they had on the wall behind the counter. They have the standard gun shop postage-stamp sized yellow tags on them with small lettering, and in some cases you cannot even tell what it is from a distance. I know you can't judge books by their cover, but I'm past the half-century mark in age and have purchased 3 guns from them, and would like to think I present a trustworthy appearance. When I ask to see a firearm, usually something in the $1,000~$1,500 range, I frequently get someone 10~15 years younger than me treating me like I'm a 20 year-old and wearing holey-jeans and a "who farted" T-shirt.

    Me: "Would you mind if I take a closer look at that rifle?"

    HCT: "We're not really supposed to get those down for people unless they're interested in buying it. Are you interested in buying it?"

    Me: "Well, it's kinda hard to tell if I can't see it..."

    Some variation of this exchange happened to me two different times more than a year apart, and in one encounter, the kid-employee involved looked so young, I would bet he was not out of high school.

    The last straw was when I was in the market for a centerfire bolt rifle and waited 5~10 minutes for an employee to finish shooting the breeze with someone who wasn't buying anything. I finally began to step around the edge of the counter so I could see the miniscule writing on some of the tags more clearly (Pro Tip: when some of your customers finally reach the age where they have significant money to spend on guns, they might have difficulty seeing tiny tags), the guy finally acknowledged my presence and said "Hey buddy, I really can't have you back there, is there something I can help you with?" Well, there "was," but I was already on my way out by that time. I told him I would not bother him with my presence anymore. I purchased that rifle elsewhere.

    There are other excellent gun shops where the gun counter isn't too preoccupied with talking about fishing to help customers. I have 10 gun shops on my radar in the Indy area: Beech Grove, Elmore's, Outdoorsman 135, Indy Trading Post, US Defense Solutions, Bradis, Plainfield Shooting Supplies, Premier Arms in Brownsburg, and Indiana Gun Club, in addition to Honey Creek Tackle. Honey Creek is the only one I have ever had a negative experience with in 17 years living in Indianapolis.

    Maybe I'm too picky, but there are a lot of options, and I am done being treated like a leper by Honey Creek Tackle.
    My experience has been mediocre. One old fart there is just a shade too cocky and obnoxious, but mostly the service I've rcvd has been satisfactory. They are convenient to my travel pattern and I'll probably use them again.
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    I don't have any issues with the staff just the prices
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    The last time I was in looking at there guns they were priced the same as Gander.

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    I've never had anything other than a pleasant experience. I've bought a few things but I've never been told I couldn't handle a gun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itchytriggerfinger View Post
    I've never had anything other than a pleasant experience. I've bought a few things but I've never been told I couldn't handle a gun.
    I would agree with the above. Like any vendor I visit, I have an idea what I want and what I am willing to spend. I have purchased there and felt like I found a good value. I appreciate the fact they are there as an option on the area for me.

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