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fazi firearms - plum/monroeville/saltzburg rd
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I found this shop accidentally today while playing on google maps. the lady and I decided to stop by after finishing up a late breakfast at denny's.

first impression:
the place looked small from the outside and once inside it shrank even more. the selection was limited to a few rifle/shotgun cabinets (3 or 4) and two glass cases of pistols. the owner was behind the counter and was friendly. he offered us help the second we walked in.

we walked around for a while and looked at every single gun and accessory he had for sale. he had a few motorcycles behind caution tape. he had a lot of safari/hunting memoribilia on the walls.

the prices ranged from average asking to a little above expected purchase price, so markups weren't too bad.

he appeared to sell a customer singles of certain bullets. they may have been custom loads. that intrigued me.

a family walked in and he greeted them, offered us help once again, and when we declined he went onto helping them. having taken a good look around,we excused ourselves and left.

my takeaway:
the owner seemed knowledgable and polite. he is the type of guy I would not be afraid of asking for help. his selection was limited, but when I go to order my next firearm, I'll probably go to him. I haven't 'clicked' with a pittsburgh shop since the guys at bravermans shrugged us off at a show. if you're looking for an ebr, go elsewhere. it doesn't seem like that kind of shop.
Stirpot
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I have lived in the area for almost 20 years and the first time I stopped there was about a month or two ago. (I rarely drive that road)

You described it to a "T".

I was surprised at how little merchandise was there. I bought a box of ammo to "support the little guy".
It cost $25 and I found the same ammo at Copes for $10. There's only so far I am willing to go to support the little guy. Like you said - if you want to order a gun, it's a place I'd check out, but otherwise, I doubt I'll find a reason to stop in again.
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Emptymag;86085 Wrote:I bought a box of ammo to "support the little guy".
It cost $25 and I found the same ammo at Copes for $10.

i didn't see anything on his ammo rack that'd work in any of my toys other than 38spcl, so i didn't bother asking about ammo prices. were they all that high?
Stirpot
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panopticonisi;86217 Wrote:
Emptymag;86085 Wrote:I bought a box of ammo to "support the little guy".
It cost $25 and I found the same ammo at Copes for $10.

i didn't see anything on his ammo rack that'd work in any of my toys other than 38spcl, so i didn't bother asking about ammo prices. were they all that high?

I dunno - with the ammo all up on a shelf on a wall behind the counter, I couldn't make out any of the prices and had to ask what the price was on everything. (which gets annoying)
I figured I'd stop and see what they had in stock. Being the timing was "post-school shooting", I didn't expect to find much, but I was pretty surprised by the limited selection - period.

I figured I'd grab a box of 9mm HP and he had 4, or 5 types. I think the old HydraShoks were less, but I got a box of Remingtom Golden Sabers - and not the +P which were $26. I hadn't priced them before, so I didn't realize that was a bit high.

Like you said, he was friendly, and all, but it's certainly not what I think of when I think of a "gun shop".
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