Emphasis On Safety

I met with Larry Barnet from Larry’s Pistol & Pawn with locations in Madison and Huntsville, Ala., to see if the experiences at his range were matching ours, and to learn about his innovative concepts for safety education. Barnet confirmed retailers are experiencing the same trends: Increases in diverse demographics, the desire to learn firearm safety and the propellant of fear for personal security being the primary motivator. His store has initiated some very creative programs to meet the new demand.

First, Larry’s had ammunition in stock. Barnet said he treats ammunition as a commodity, no different than soybeans. He was a supply sergeant in the Army, and goes by the mantra, “Get it when you can.”