5/1/2012 8:10:00 PM 4,000-square-foot 'family friendly' gun store opens in Hagerstown
HAGERSTOWN - A retail gun store has opened in Hagerstown.
The new store, located at 10 Paul Foulke Parkway on U.S. 1 south of the Ind. 38 intersection, has been a "work in progress" for owner Brent Meadows since he bought the 4,000-square-foot building more than a year ago.
"We've created the kind of family friendly shopping environment that I always looked for," Meadows notes. "It's open and cheerful and we have a lounge area where customers can relax with a soda and discuss their firearms interests. While we offer more than 500 new and used firearms for hunting, sport, target and self defense, we also offer gunsmithing and engraving, custom knives, wildlife art, plus accessories and ammunition."
Meadows says he is a certified auctioneer and will appraise any firearm without charge.
"I have a dedicated and knowledgeable staff that's been with me through the long build out and licensing process, and they are the friendliest group of firearms experts you'll find anywhere," he said.
Meadows says his plans for the store include a firing range, with groundbreaking scheduled this fall and completion early in 2013. It will be a 100-yard range with instruction available.
Meadows explained the name of his new facility.
"The 'Big Daddy' is obvious because I am a large and friendly person, and 'The More' is because I will trade guns for just about anything, and also will pay cash for them. In these difficult economic times, I buy guns from law-abiding owners who are cash strapped and know that a rifle or shotgun or pistol is a valuable commodity."
Meadows grew up in the Greens Fork area, where he trapped and hunted as a youth. He is a nationally recognized safety consultant in emergency preparedness. He began his first gunshop in his parents' basement. Years later, he opened his second in the basement of his Hagerstown home; his third was when he took over the former Hagerstown License Branch space in the Hagerstown Museum.
"This is my fourth gunshop, the biggest and most ambitious, my dream gunshop ... and my last," Meadows said.