2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Review: Norton Sporting Goods, Waldo, Ohio

I have been putting off writing this little review for a few weeks for no particular reason, so I decided to crank it out tonight and let it post tomorrow afternoon to get it off of my "to do" list for the blog.

Nestled along State Route 23 in Ohio where the great flat glacial plains of North-Central and Western Ohio begin is the village of Waldo. Waldo is a sleepy little town of a little over 300 inhabitants existing where SR 23 intersects with SR 98 in Marion County. It's claim to fame in and around these parts is the home made bologna and bologna sandwiches that can be found in the few dining spots to be found in town, most notably, the G&R Tavern. It also sits aside of the Delaware State Park system and close to the state firearm range I often shoot at during the Spring to Fall. In what I would call the "Southern Suburb" of the town you will find a little bait shop and gun store called Norton Sporting Goods.

Most people know Norton Sporting goods as "that store up by the range that you buy your range pass at". This is largely true. Being the closest business that sells state hunting, fishing and range liceneses many people do stop here to buy that range pass and maybe some targets, ammo or other items that they may have forgotten at home. But the store is much more than that. In addition to the gun store they also have a rather larger bait and tackle shop in the same building as well. But fishing isn't really my thing, I'll leave that to my friend Brandon over at his site Ohio Game Fishing. For me, I am all about the things that go BOOM!

Question.... what do fishing stories, hunting stories and military stories all have in common?

Answer...They start with either "This is no shit...." or "Once upon a time...."

The firearm side of the store, lots to see for a place its size.

And the other side for you anglers out there..

The gun store itself is rather "old timey" in its feel with the exterior, wood floors, pictures of hunters will their kills on the wall and such. They have a good selection of targets and target stands (one even locally made by a craftsman in the area) as well as magazines, holsters, cleaning supplies and all the other accessories that go along with using a firearm. They have the normal assortment of pistols and long arms from names such as Glock, Smith & Wesson, Ruger and the like. Matter of fact, this is the store that my friend Rhonda got her SR9 at that I reviewed last year. In addition to the "usual suspects" in this regard the store also seems to carry a few "eclectic" varieties of firearms that you don't really expect to find in a gun store like it. An example would be the Draco AK pistol, which sells out fast online and is not available in the larger gun store that I normally frequent in Columbus. They had one. Not only did they have one but it was on a display pedestal on the counter for anyone to meat paw. That is something you DO NOT find at that larger gun store in Columbus I frequent. This attitude of openness permeates the store as many items that are normally behind the counter at other shops are within easy grasp here. They even have a rack of long guns right their on the floor to include all types of rifles and shotguns that you can pick up and examine. That to me is like being a kid in a candy store. That is where I found my CAI CETME rifle that followed me home one day.

I don't exactly know what this is...but I kind of dig it....

Speaking of that transaction, when I got the CETME I had actually gone to that location to trade my G26 (loved it but its intended role was taken over by my LC9) for a Springfield 1911 "Tactical model" with someone. The deal was a bust as the pistol was not what I expected so I sauntered inside the store to look around, that's when I found the CETME. The price was more than I had on hand with me so the G26 came into play as a trade. Let me just say this, after dealing with trade in values at other stores James made me a trade in offer on it that not only met, but exceeded my expectations. Of course the Glock was pretty cherry and had some upgrades, but still compared to the paltry sum normally offered by other places I was very pleased. James wasn't the only one who gave great customer service to me there either. All of the guys there seem to be really friendly and helpful and will go out of their way to answer your questions and show you what you want to see. Again, an attitude that I am not necessarily used to seeing in a gun shop in Central Ohio.
Firearms right out in the open to handle and examine...hope to see this at a gun store in Columbus? You'd have better odds on Terrelle Pryor being reinstated as a Buckeye or "Hail To The Victors" being played on the radio....

Overall, I was very happy with my experience at Norton Sporting Goods and would (and probably will at some point in the future) do business with them again. Friendly staff, welcoming atmosphere, a state range a few minutes away and arguably the world's best bologna sandwich right down the road, what's not to like? It may be out of the way for many of us in Central Ohio, but if you happen to be driving on SR23 in Marion County and get a hankerin' for a slab of bologna and some hands on gun shopping, its worth your time to stop by.

Tell them Huey sent you...I doubt that they will remember me, but what the hell!


Hoosier Jeff said...

Geez Huey, you should visit some stores in the Hoosier state. We have floor racks like that all over the place up here, I just thought it was a gun store thing.

Huey said...

well bud, the store I most frequently go to in Columbus is one the largest dealers in the nation, unfortunately they also happen to be in a part of Cbus that is also one are you might be most likely to NEED one of their items if you know what I mean. With this in mind they obviously do not leave anything on the floor that could present a problem.

I should also point out, becasue I did poo-poo on them a bit in the articl, I am sure part of the attitidue I do get from some of the salesmen there is due to their constant stream of customers and how wearing on their patience it must be at time.

Much love to the Hoosier state BTW, had a great time in Nashville (IN) and Indy the other week.