Best Gun Shop

Mid America Arms

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Many young, single women buy handguns for self-defense at Mid America Arms, says co-owner Mark Campbell. "They don't feel intimidated here because it's bright and clean." That's true — although the shop also offers far more than wholesome good looks. Hunters can buy rifles and shotguns. Second Amendment enthusiasts can buy paramilitary firearms. There's also a range of ammo, holsters, targets and suppressors, not to mention a formidable collection of knives. Campbell says sales spiked last year in the wake of Ferguson and the murder of a Bosnian city resident. "We don't like people buying guns out of fear," he says, "but the reality is that it's impossible for the police, as good as they are, to protect every citizen." 8205 Gravois Road, Affton, 63123. 314-631-3130,
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