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Old 10-21-2010, 04:31 PM
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hey all i have some info on ponderosa trading co. for those of you interested. i did some searching and found a # on google, called and spoke with William.
We talked for a good while and he is currently doing buisness but the store isnt open yet. he said the store will be open first part of november for sure.
He helped me find a pistol i had been looking for and he was definitely the cheapest in town, he ordered it for me. took a couple of days to get in which was quite fast.
Overall i'd say i'll be definitely calling him again as well as visiting when it opens, great service and very nice. Unlike sydneys where you know you're going to get ripped off by several hundreds of dollars or be talked to like you're an idiot.
so if you are looking for something definitely give him a call.
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Old 10-22-2010, 01:20 PM
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Just to clarify.....you ordered a gun & have already recieved it?

Not, ordered the gun and still waiting on it.????



I'm glad to hear the news that he's finally opening up, but it is sort of I'll believe it when I see it scenerio...at least for me.

I'm sure there was a ton of work going into his start-up and I look forward to his opening.

Is he still going to have the shooting range there ?
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Old 10-23-2010, 02:16 PM
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correct, i've already ordered and received it. yep range will still be there long guns and pistol.
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Talked to the fella today.

He said he'd be officially open for business next Monday.

He seemed super friendly and eager to do business. He was very much focused on having the lowest prices in the area.
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Talked to the fella today.

He said he'd be officially open for business next Monday.

He seemed super friendly and eager to do business. He was very much focused on having the lowest prices in the area.
Dub is that Monday Nov.8th? Where is the store gonna be?
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Old 11-02-2010, 11:39 AM
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According to Google Ponderosa Trading Company will be located south of McBean. Just south of the highway 56 and highway 23 intersection there is a Ponderosa Road or Lane off of Highway 56. That is where the store is located according to Google.
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According to Google Ponderosa Trading Company will be located south of McBean. Just south of the highway 56 and highway 23 intersection there is a Ponderosa Road or Lane off of Highway 56. That is where the store is located according to Google.
That meshes exactly with what the owner told me also.

He said to head out of town on HWY 56....enter into Burke County.....as soon as you pass the McBean (Mack-bean pronuciation for us locals) Mall put your turn signal on and look for Ponderosa Lane.

This being the McBean Mall:





This being Ponderosa Lane on your right:




I may swing buy there prior to an afternoon hunt next week....just depends on what I have going on.

There's not a thing in the world that I need or really want at this point...........well maybe the right .45-70.........yeah I'll swing by there.


I really hope he does well. He's advertised an outdoor 25 yd pistol and 100yd rifle ranges. That would be very nice. Fresh air and plenty of ammo for sale.



I'd call first before I drove out there. He wasn't firm on his normal operating hours. I hope he will zero in on firm hours. Folks will be miffed if they make that drive out there only to see a closed sign on the door.

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Old 11-02-2010, 11:36 PM
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I drive by it everyday (Ponderosa dr) GLAD TO HAVE ANOTHER DEALER IN TOWN! no offense Waldens.
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Keeping this bumped up so people will see it. Official opening is Nov 15th.
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Old 11-12-2010, 08:36 AM
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I thought he said the official opening was supposed to have been Nov. 9th?
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Old 11-15-2010, 07:05 AM
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yeah there was some issues with cabinets so opening "official opening" got postponed, however the doors were open
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Old 11-28-2010, 11:50 AM
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I went by Ponderosa early last week and wanted to update this thread.

You pull up there and park your truck.....but what you feel like you should be doing is tying up your horse. Place has a look and feel on the outside that takes you back to a wild west town.

When you walk inside you'll think that you've stepped back in time. Really cool feel to the place. Great display cabinets, gun rack, new wood floors. Ammo for days....easily seen from the customer's side of the counter. The place isn't huge, but perfectly sized, in my opinion. It's not a big store where you'll be lost and forgotten about. You'll be one-on-one with the owner. That's powerful stuff.

You can tell that he and his wife and father have really put a lot of work into the place. Really nice. You can see where they are still working on the finishing touches.

The day I went there he had three guys buying guns. All three of us were real particular in what we wanted. He got us all handled with great ease and efficiency. I don't know what deals the other guys struck but I can tell you that he was very, very fair with me.

His wife was there that day and she is just as cute as a button. Their dogs will make friends with you quickly, too. Really nice folks.

This is a very professional outfit. This place isn't just a "fly by night" backyard shop, but the realization of a family's vision as to what a gun shop should be....heck, what they were in the old days.

I'll be back, again and again. Fortunately (or possibly unfortnately ) the place is less than 10 min drive from my hunting club.

I told my best hunting buddy about this spot and he went there and bought the single biggest baddest firebreathing revolver I've ever seen. I couldn't believe it. It's one sweet S&W 500 Performance Center gun. 1 of 1,000. Bad gun...very bad.

My gun should be in next week and I'll be getting together with him for deer rifle for my son. He had a Ruger Compact in there that looks perfect.

Professionalism, customer care, excellent pricing and a friendly handshake after the sale. Folks, it just doesn't get any better than this.

I hope folks will get in their trucks, cars or even horses and head out there. I hope it's like the Field of Dreams scenerio, "Build it and they will come". If the folks in this area don't support this place is 'cause they just don't know about it.

I've found a new spot.
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Same with Dub. Went in a few weeks back. Asked about a gun and the owner went to the back brought out a box still sealed just to show my wife and myself. Alot to say about someone who will work to just show you something because he's passionate about it and not just to try to make the sale. I'll be back a few times, I'm sure my wife won't be too gungho until I pick up the 9mm she was looking at.

And ammo, you can't find a better price. They are beating Academy, Walden's and Dick's by more than just a few bucks. Great place to do business with. Can't wait to go back.
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From what I was told he has been buying up ammo for the last couple/3 yrs (and I know he bought 10 boatloads of stuff from the going out of business auction at sportman link)
so he prob has a good supply with prices based on what it was when he bought it.....I would go grab up what I could from him now and stock up....The prices will go up when he has to re-stock the ammo/guns/etc...
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Hey guys, thanks for the comments and support. One thing to clarify, bigmarty, the prices won't go up when I restock. The .380 ammo I have now cost me $29.90 a box when I bought it last year but I'm selling it for about $10 a box less than what I paid for it to be competitive with the market. I will ALWAYS have the best prices, the largest handgun ammo selection and the largest stock in the CSRA or I'll close up shop trying. I'm still building rifle and shotgun inventory so it will be a few weeks before I have it where I want it. Then I'll start working on powder and primers for the reloaders. I HATE not having what people want and at the best price. It's a personal thing for me. It's about meeting the customers need. I love it when someone asks for an oddball ammo just wishing you had it only to find out that this lil' bitty joint does.

Hang in with me and we'll make this the best kept secret in town, or maybe not a secret.

Aside from trying to have the best selection at the lowest everyday price, what amazes me are the horror stories people tell me they have experienced at other shops around town. The fact that they feel like they are doing you a favor by waiting on you. I consider it a pleasure to give you the "hook up" when it comes to guns and ammo. Thanks again for all of the support! The Ponderosa
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Old 12-11-2010, 05:10 AM
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Great to hear about the powder and primers and awesome experiences at your place.

I've most definetely found a new spot.

I wish you the best!
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I've seen the County, the phone number, the street... but not the town. I may need to drop by one day... if I'm near. Need a town to plug in the GPS.

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I see that it may be Waynesboro, GA ... right?
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Correct, plug in 316 Ponderosa Road, Waynesboro, GA 30830.
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Old 12-17-2010, 03:16 AM
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Signed up here just to say this: I have been looking into buying a Glock 26 for two months now and have approached several of the stores (Waldens, Academy, ETC) to get prices. Today, I purchased my Glock 26 from Ponderosa Trading company.

I'm not going to drag this out, but everything about my experience was awesome. William (the owner) gave me a fair price for a new G26, a fair trade in value for a pistol I traded in (Taurus 24/7) and even entertained my questions about AR15's and Shotguns.

I can honestly say, I will be doing all of my firearm related purchases with The Ponderosa Trading Company. Can't wait for them to open the shooting range!

Me and my Glock 26 are very happy together and had a great day of shooting!

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Old 12-17-2010, 07:31 PM
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Good post, Oh Killer of Bambi. Good luck with the pocket monster. I know it will be a reliable weapon.

You statements exactly mirror my two purchases with William and those of a few of my buddies, too.

It sure is a refreshing change having a spot like this in the CSRA....long overdue.

My only regret is not spending more time hanging out there...it seems that I was either coming home from work or rushing to get in / leave my deer stands. I need to make a stop sometime when there is some time to kill.

My next gun from him is gonna be a deer rifle for my son....I've just got to zero in on a model and caliber (.243 vs. 7mm08).

I was in there Thursday morning and he said he has powder n' primers coming soon.....sweet!

The shooting range will be a welcome addition. Save you a trip down Hwy23 to Yuchi's range (very restricted hours).
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Old 12-17-2010, 08:54 PM
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Thanks for the kind words. I can honestly say We have the lowest price on Glocks...................... PERIOD. I cannot print the prices or advertise them on my radio ads as it would violate Glocks minimum advertised pricing policy. If you want to find out you can see for yourself or give us a call. We now have powder!!!!!!! You won't find it cheaper and there are no hazmat fees here. Most brands are around $20 per pound. Have a safe and happy holiday season and come see us for the best prices in town with old fashioned customer service.
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Just wanted to say I visited ponderosa today and wanted to mirror what everyone else has said. The thing that caught my eye the most is the powder price, they significantly beat any where else in the area. If they hold at this price he will definitely have my business.
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What's the hours on the place? I need to swing by one day.
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Dropped in today while my wife and I were out riding the Wing. Great people and fair prices. Good prices on powder.
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I loved the place when I went thursday. Great people and great prices.
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What's the hours on the place? I need to swing by one day.
9-5 weekdays, I believe. It's in this thread somewhere.

Excellent new business.
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Anybody know when the firing lanes will be ready / are they ready now?

Also - What firearm brands to they carry? Sounds like they are willing to order whatever you want, but what do they stock?
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Try giving them a call. I'm sure your qustions will be answeredl
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only place around where I have been able to find kel tecs in store

great selection for a small shop...

cheap to expensive

tactical to practical

good pricing as well
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Been in there twice, did not leave empty handed either time. Great prices, great to work with. Love used stuff, and love it even more when they offer up prices that you just can't walk away from.
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Bump again for these guys. They hooked me up on a heck of a deal on an ar today. Great people to deal with!
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Co-worker bought a Taurus 380 there yesterday.
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Bumping the thread! Bought a used H&R Pardner 12guage today! 2nd purchase and still the best place to buy firearms near me!

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Sweet looking scattergun, Ikillbambis.


I have a weakness for matte black guns!!!

No matter how much they wear, they just keep on looking better 'n better.



I thouroughly agree with you on Ponderosa. William and his folks there are great people to deal with and the only local place I ever go. It is the coolest gunshop the CSRA has ever had.

I wish him the best. He's a gustsy guy, too. The economy that he was faced with in opening a new business....a gun business....after two of the CSRA's established gunshops folded.......very gutsy. He had a vision, though. Made a place that isn't just a run of the mill strip shopping center locale, but actually built something out of block, wood, sweat. Built an inventory when other places were getting scared of carrying any inventory and thus had to order everything (personally, I've never mind waiting....if I know what I want). Ponderosa has something for you in there...or at least enough to make decisions on exactly what you want....this finish or that, this barrel length or that, etc.


Gutsy move that has paid off. Really nice spot.

I'm heading out there Saturday to look around. I've narrowed down what I want for my next gun.
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Glad to know they are now open. I will make it out there tomorrow for sure. Someone mentioned Sydneys....Now there is one place where retail plus 50% is the norm!
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I'll never darken Sydney's door again.

Never.






That is all.....carry on.
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Sweet looking scattergun, Ikillbambis.


I have a weakness for matte black guns!!!

No matter how much they wear, they just keep on looking better 'n better.



I thouroughly agree with you on Ponderosa. William and his folks there are great people to deal with and the only local place I ever go. It is the coolest gunshop the CSRA has ever had.

I wish him the best. He's a gustsy guy, too. The economy that he was faced with in opening a new business....a gun business....after two of the CSRA's established gunshops folded.......very gutsy. He had a vision, though. Made a place that isn't just a run of the mill strip shopping center locale, but actually built something out of block, wood, sweat. Built an inventory when other places were getting scared of carrying any inventory and thus had to order everything (personally, I've never mind waiting....if I know what I want). Ponderosa has something for you in there...or at least enough to make decisions on exactly what you want....this finish or that, this barrel length or that, etc.


Gutsy move that has paid off. Really nice spot.

I'm heading out there Saturday to look around. I've narrowed down what I want for my next gun.



UPDATE -FRIDAY: Well it's a day later and I'm a couple of dollars shorter. Ole William has done it again....he helped put a big ole grin on my ugly mug. He & his great folks there helped me add a quality piece to the collection today.

They even broke out the Tactical Bacon which I understand is quite a tasty product. I had to decline, I fear, as I'm trying to shave off some poundage. Appreciated the offer, though.




Place is addictive. Gotta.....try.......to.......resist the urge..........nah....I'll go whenever I can afford the cover charge.




UPDATE-SUNDAY

I was out at The Ponderosa on Friday afternoon....saw a beauty in there that I couldn't pass on. It was exactly what I wanted for a carry gun.

Anyway, while there I ordered an SA Range Officer. I asked for one with the SN# prefix "NM" denoting USA final assembly, fitting, etc. May not make a hill of beans difference but it's how I wanted it.

I'm convinced it's exactly the 1911 I've been wanting for my next one: no front cocking serrations, clean look, adj. sights, match grade barrel 'n bushing, slick trigger, single safety lever, forged carbon steel frame & slide, etc.

William said he was unsure the delivery dates as SA stuff can be slow/hard to get quickly. "No rush, no worries", I told him as I had plenty other projects to tinker with.



Ran some other errands while I was out and the wife and I go out for happy hour at our local spot.

I get home and check my voicemail and there is one from Mr. William, the owner of The Ponderosa. I could only laugh when I heard it. He said that within an hour or so of me leaving the store Friday afternoon, an overdue shipment from SA arrived. On it was a single RO.

I get there Saturday morning and he's got the RO stashed. I open up the box and sure enough, there is one heavily oiled RO with the "NM" prefix I'd asked for. Slide fit was very tight and the trigger was sublime.

I love the sights, too. They may be a bit more than you'd want for CCW but my needs were for target use. I love the serrations on them....no glare, fast aquisition. I'm thinking of having the SACS add a gold bead to the front serrate the back of the slide as well as checker the front strap.



It was meant to be, I suppose.






She's now locked away in my safe....waiting to be broken down and cleaned, relubed and taken out for some shooting.





We were joking while filling out the paperwork...where else in the world can you go and order a specific model with a specific SN# request and the gun arrive an hour later?????????


Once again, the Ponderosa comes through bigtime.



My son went with me Saturday and on the way home he was grumbling about there not being any good BBQ joints near there.....I started to take him to Sconyer's, but I want to disapoint him. Gotta get the boy some ribs today before he trys to up and whup me.

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Went by there Saturday with my Son. While we didn't leave with a gun, we did however leave with some bacon...really! This shop is going to be "the" go to shop in the Augusta/Waynesboro/Sylvania general area. Nice people, racks, counters etc stocked full of about any type firearm you could possibly want. Looks like I have to go back out there and pick up some rifle the owners wife showed my son (12)...he thought it was cool, his birthday is coming up, whats another 500 eh?

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Old 05-13-2011, 06:57 AM
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My next purchase is going to be a WASR 10 AK47 Variant, I know they don't carry them but I am confident they will order one for me! Cannot wait!
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After reading all of the good things about this new shop, I decided to visit them this afternoon.

All of the accolades posted by the previous posters are correct. William, Walt, and Tonnia are exceptionally nice people and willing to assist you in any way possible. They are all about "customer service" and it shows from the comments of other buyers that were frequenting their shop today too. I looked over several items and asked a lot of questions as well. They answered all of them in a very friendly manner. They also had a nice selection of used guns as well. Their prices were very good. I did a little building up of inventory on certain types of ammo and they ordered some ammo for me that they didn't currently have. They were eager to become your supplier and it showed from the very minute of entering their shop.

Craig, I also tasted some of that bacon and it was delicious. I had never seen bacon packaged in a can before but it tasted fresh just like you just cooked it. I think that it would taste great on a blt sandwich too.

I just wanted to pass along my comments about such a friendly place. I hope that others will visit them and experience this whole new concept in customer satisfaction (which is sadly lacking in several other gun shops around this area). You will be glad that you did.

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I was there for a few hours this Saturday.....I was waiting on some co-workers to show up to help them look for some carry pistols. Well when they got there Ponderosa hooked them up with a pair of Ruger .380's

I probly saw 8 guns go out the door. Sadly none went to my house this time.

Theres always next time
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Is this thing on? Heh. It's been a long two years and I just wanted to say that I've made Ponderisa Trading my go to gun store. My latest purchase is this WASR 10, the team is still going strong there and I know I spotted a few more things I wouldn't mind leaving with today!

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