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[Positive] Delaware Valley Sports Center
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Over the weekend I went to Classic Pistol in Southampton to transfer a handgun to my friend and use their range. A white elderly gentleman (had to be the oldest guy I ever saw working there) who I never saw working there before said they weren't doing transfers because NICs was too busy and it could take hours. I called up Delaware Valley Sports Center and they told me to come right in. My friend and I walk into Delaware Valley Sports Center and 15 minutes later my friend walks out with my handgun now legally being the property of his. It was my first time in there and everybody seemed very friendly and the shop was very clean. Selection was mediocre, but considering the times we are in right now, I think it is kind of understandable. Their prices were a little high, but again for the times we are in, they are somewhat understandable. Their prices were better than Classic Pistol, and I plan on returning to try out their range soon. The only downside is you have to buy their ammo if you plan on shooting .223, 7.62x39, and/or .308, and you have to be a member to shoot shotguns there (buckshot only).

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Philadelphia Patriot;63851 Wrote:Over the weekend I went to Classic Pistol in Southampton to transfer a handgun to my friend and use their range. A white elderly gentleman (had to be the oldest guy I ever saw working there) who I never saw working there before said they weren't doing transfers because NICs was too busy and it could take hours. I called up Delaware Valley Sports Center and they told me to come right in. My friend and I walk into Delaware Valley Sports Center and 15 minutes later my friend walks out with my handgun now legally being the property of his. It was my first time in there and everybody seemed very friendly and the shop was very clean. Selection was mediocre, but considering the times we are in right now, I think it is kind of understandable. Their prices were a little high, but again for the times we are in, they are somewhat understandable. Their prices were better than Classic Pistol, and I plan on returning to try out their range soon. The only downside is you have to buy their ammo if you plan on shooting .223, 7.62x39, and/or .308, and you have to be a member to shoot shotguns there (buckshot only).

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I do my transfers at Lock's up in Mayfair (Frankford and Unruh). And I usually celebrate my transfer at the Grey Lodge (Frankford and Harbison). "Scoats" is the bar owner there at the Grey Lodge. Smashing food.

And if you buy a gun at Lock's you get a free range-pass to DVSC. They're hooked-up with each other.


FFL transfers are all handled by Mrs. Lock who has been at the store for the past 54 years.



BTW I have my eye on one of the 10GA shotguns they got behind the cash register. Don't buy one. It's mine when I get my tax refund Big Grin
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For some reason almost every range in Philadelphia is members-only shotguns and in some of them, members-only long guns. I guess they want more "stable" members bringing in all their heavy equipment and the transient shooters to stick with their pistols and revolvers b/c they aren't dragging in 80lbs worth of crap in and out of the lanes.

8th and Ellsworth (Philadelphia Gun & Archery) is where I go now and I am going to try out the guys who took over the old Colisimo's that's across from the Gun Permit Unit. I've heard nothing but good things about the new owners over at the gun range across from the GPU.


The craziest range I've ever heard about is Firing Line. Think that's the only place you can shoot .50 cal while smoking a stogie like you're some Colombian warlord. Nutty. I'm not fond of Double Tap. I walked out after a dude in a hoodie was sweeping and would not set his damn gun down after he was done done with his mag.
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I've never been to Double Tap, but I have looked into them. When I was at DVSC I asked them if they had a gunsmith, and he told me they did not, but to go down to Lock's because they had a really good one working there. I was surprised by his statement because very rarely do gun shops refer you to other gun shops for business. When I am at Classic Pistol to use their range, I always tell my friend(s) Tanner's has better prices, but I say it low enough so the employees don't hear me. I ordered a 1911 from Bud's Gun Shop and had it shipped to Tanner's for the transfer. If I had to do it all over again, then I would have had it sent to DVSC. In the future I'll pay the extra $10 for the transfer at DVSC since they seem like good guys, and they are A LOT closer to me than Tanners. ....nothing against Tanners, they are by far my favorite gun shop in the area.
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I bought a firearm online recently and had it shipped to DVSC. The transaction was very smooth, the staff were friendly, and the transfer was only $35 which is cheap in my area. If I order any more firearms online, I will continue having them shipped there for the transfer.
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My husband just had two guns transferred FTF for $30 each at Classic Pistol last week and it was quick and easy. But they did tell him that if the transfer website (or whatever its called) is down, that they can't do it at that time.

We thought about switching to Delaware Valley because their membership is cheaper for the range, but we ended up just staying with Classic Pistol for another year because we're used to it.

I like Tanner's best too. Classic pistol is a good place though. And they aren't always more expensive...we have bought several of our guns at Tanner's....my LC9 was cheaper at Tanner's than Classic Pistol, but the LCP I bought at Tanner's was actually a few bucks cheaper at CP, I found out after the fact, at that time.

I'll be interested to hear your review of the DV range, maybe for next year. We have no complaints about the Classic Pistol range (except price) so we didn't want to switch and then regret it. But I'm all for saving money next year if the range there is good.
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60 bucks is pretty steep. This was at one time? Or like one on Monday and one on Thursday?

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I've used the range at DVSC once in the past. No complaints.
MikeP, just an old guy that smells of garlic.
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Armor Snail;92124 Wrote:60 bucks is pretty steep. This was at one time? Or like one on Monday and one on Thursday?

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Yeah, it was $30 each gun, at one time, for members....$40 for non members per gun.
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Crikey! Robber Barons.

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