I didn’t have a camera and I didn’t have much time to linger, but I spent a few minutes in redneck heaven last week. And yes, despite my profession and demeanor I do have an incipient streak of redneckism: it manifests itself in beer drinking, camping, shooting, and by almost swooning with delight when I walked into the Ranch & Home store in Kennewick, Washington.
(Can rednecks swoon with delight? Maybe I should say ‘passing out from sheer amazement’ instead.)
Ranch & Home is like a Home Depot for farmers, and it’s mostly full of hardware and equipment and shit that I’d think was really cool and useful if I made my living from a few hundred acres of plants and/or animals. But I’m a suburban lawyer, and things like irrigation pumps and backhoe augers aren’t too useful in my line of work.
But what drew me there was the huge section devoted to guns; the photo above only shows about a third of their rifle and shotgun selection, and none of the literally hundreds of pistols in stock.
In addition to standard Wal-Mart fare from Marlin and Remington, Ranch & Home carries a ton of exotic and expensive firearms. I drooled at a whole rack of huge-ass sniper rifles in .50 BMG and .338 Lapua, including a Barrett and a semi-auto Noreen ‘Bad News’ .338. If my car were a little nicer I could have traded it straight across and walked home with the Bad News.
Unfortunately my home was 200 miles away, and however ‘bad’ the Noreen’s ‘news’ might be, it would be an ESPN Commemorative Superbowl Edition compared to the news my wife would give me if I traded my car for a rifle. Any rifle.
I saw a vertical Rotisserie rack of top-shelf tactical rifles by FNH, LWRC, Noveske and Knight’s Armament. If your lottery investments have recently paid off, the priciest one was the $15,000 LWRC R.E.P.R. package. Another dozen or so high-grade sniper rifles (Steyr, FN, Remington MSR, Savage) rotated in their own drool-proof display case, just down the aisle from literally pallets full of bulk pistol and rifle ammunition.
We don’t do many store reviews here at TTAG, and I didn’t spend enough time there to call this a real ‘review’ anyway, but I hope to get back there someday with more time to kill and a few more dollars to spend. Their huge selection and friendly service (a clerk spent five minutes helping me look for scope covers, for Pete’s sake) makes this is a truly special place for gun guys.
If you’re ever in central Washington State you owe it to yourself to check it out.
Ranch & Home
845 N. Columbia Center Blvd.
Kennewick, WA 99336
1 (509) 737-1996