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.