The irony is clear to gun owners as the Champaign Surplus store, built on selling military surplus gear for decades starting shortly after World War II, is now posted “NO GUNS”.
Inside Champaign Surplus is an anti-tank rifle, something like a Solothurn or Lahti. A cool conversation piece, to say the least.
Not sure if it’s still there as it’s been a couple of years since I’ve shopped there as the surplus stuff has been concentrated to a closet-sized part of the store and the racks which once held military surplus clothes and outerwear now are displaying high-end “outdoor” wear.
ALICE packs and Army tents have been replaced with exotic backpacks costing several Benjamins and $1000 tents. Jungle boots have been replaced with yuppy boots costing as much as a Glock.
It looks as though Champaign Surplus, built on a foundation of gun owners and others seeking military surplus gear and clothing, intends to move forward from here on out without most of their gun owner customers.
Decisions have consequences. It’s not like gun owners don’t have alternatives to shopping Champaign Surplus’ now-posted risky retail store.
Gander Mountain has opened in recent days in a much more trafficked retail area just a couple of miles away, gun owners can buy that high-end outdoor apparel from a retailer that welcomes gun owners and card-carrying good guys.
We’ll let you know when the going out of business sale commences at Champaign Surplus.
For those on Facebook, here is their Facebook page. Feel free to write a review. They can’t remove a review unless you’re defamatory or profane.