Why are Rural King’s guns so cheap? That is the million-dollar question. I personally have purchased several guns from Rural King stores and in every case, the gun was cheaper than at my LGS. I will tell you that sometimes the process of ordering/waiting for your firearm to arrive, etc at your local Rural King store may not be worth the savings that you received on your firearm. Unfortunately, I have been frustrated on more than one occasion with the process of completing the paperwork and picking up my newly purchased firearm. I will also tell you that if Rural King has to order your firearm in from RK Guns, another warehouse or another Rural King store that you might be waiting anywhere from two days to 10 weeks to pick up your newly purchased firearm.
There has been some debate online about whether or not Rural King is selling a different model of the firearm than your LGS is selling. Based on the firearms that I have purchased and the many firearms that people across the country have purchased the answer is no, the guns are the same guns that you can and are purchasing at your LGS.
Rural King does have a few policies and procedures in place that may differ from your LGS. For instance, almost all of their firearms have trigger locks on them which will prevent you from dry firing your prospective purchase. It appears some stores will remove the trigger lock with most stores not allowing them to come off. I was able to inspect each of my firearm purchases after the firearm was received by Rural King just to make sure everything looked good and that the gun was the gun that I ordered, had the correct number of magazines, hard case, etc. Also, after you complete the purchase of your firearm and are all good to go you will get an escort to the front of the store where they will hand you your new firearm purchase.
Last but not least check with your LGS and see if they price match to Rural King’s pricing. Be prepared to have the Rural King ad in your hand or on your smart phone for proof that it is being sold at that price at Rural King. Almost on all occasions of asking for a price match my local gun store was able to price match or offer up free range time in addition to a discount to make up the difference in price from what Rural King was offering.
Would I recommend purchasing your next firearm from Rural King? Sure, go for it. Just make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to order/pick up and receive your firearm. Would I order a gun from Rural King if I was wanting to take that gun/firearm with me on an upcoming/planned vacation that was quickly approaching? My answer would be, probably not.. I would go to my LGS for that purchase.
Have you purchased a firearm from Rural King? If so, what was your experience?