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It’s officially becoming a trend. First Springfield Armory announced that they wouldn’t do business with the assiduously anti-gun rights Dick’s Sporting Goods or their Field & Stream subsidiary. Now, MKS Supply has also decided that they won’t sell their Hi-Point, or Inland Manufacturing branded firearms to the two retailers either. Any bets as to who jumps on the bandwagon next?

Here’s their press release . . .

MKS Supply, LLC, exclusive marketer for American-made Hi-Point Firearms and Inland Manufacturing, values the customers that it proudly serves and the God-given freedoms that they enjoy. Because the right to keep and bear arms was recognized by our founding fathers to be a fundamental right, they ensured its protection under the Second Amendment. Just as we show our commitment to our customers by standing behind our products, we believe it is equally important to show our commitment to our customers by standing behind their Second Amendment rights.

In recent months, Dick’s Sporting Goods and its subsidiary, Field & Stream, have shown themselves, in our opinion, to be no friend of Americans’ Second Amendment. We believe that refusing to sell long guns to adults under age 21, while many young adults in our military are not similarly restricted, is wrong. We believe that villainizing modern sporting rifles in response to pressure from uninformed, anti-gun voices is wrong. We believe that hiring lobbyists to oppose American citizens’ freedoms secured by the Second Amendment is wrong. Dick’s Sporting Goods and Field & Stream, in purportedly doing all of these things, have demonstrated that they do not share our values.

MKS Supply, Hi-Point Firearms and Inland Manufacturing are standing by the American people by refusing any further sales to Dick’s Sporting Goods & Field & Stream. We are proud of our products, we are proud of our customers, and we are especially proud of the freedoms secured by our great U.S. Constitution. We are committed to all three.

Charles Brown
President, MKS Supply, LLC


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        • I know Gaston Glock hated selling guns to civilians. In fact he said he didn’t want to sell guns to civilians at all. As a white European male he didn’t believe civilians should have hand guns at all.

          Its interesting how the Hi Point company, that so many people disrespect, is way ahead of the more expensive high brow gun companies, in displaying a sense of morality. Morality has very little to do with sex. Unfortunately most of three L’s, Libertarians, Liberals, and the Left, don’t understand this.

          There is such a thing as Moral Capitalism. I wish more in the gun business could practice this, like Hi Point.

          The Eastern Outdoor Show in Pennsylvania when out of business when its British owners failed to understand the american gun culture, and banned AR15s from the show. Gun makers pulled out as well as non gun companies. And the British owners went out of business.

        • Chris, as a libertarian, nothing you said is correct. At all. Firstly, morality and sex, to libertarians, are completely separate issues, so literally the exact opposite of what you said. Second, morality is totally subjective and relative. Libertarians hold true to the non-aggression principle; we have no place to tell you what is moral or not so long as your actions do not harm or impose on the liberty of others. For all we care, you could be having sex with three women, five guys, and eight transsexuals. As long as it’s consensual, go nuts, we could care less. Educate yourself, you need to. Badly.

        • Another gun troll elitist heard from. I often grab my 995TS carbine for range fun over my ARs. Just got the 10mm. Eager to try.

  1. Virtue signaling by the pantywaists is as insincere as it gets, but….

    What is the point of these three companies saying they will not offer to Dick’s Sports those items Dick’s doesn’t want to sell? Is virtue signaling by POTG somehow superior?

      • “Dicks’ is still selling guns and ammo, just not AR’s and not to people under 21.”

        So far.

        The Dick’s in my burg (double entente intentional) do not carry arms or ammunition; guns, donchano?

        • Most of the Dick’s here in CA only sell clothes and balls. I’m not sure why anyone would bother going into one. We have a lot of sports stores here that sell balls and clothes……they all die off sooner or later (Sports Authority).

          Field & Stream would be different, but I do not know of any in Northern CA….

        • @Kevin: Mine in Far Northern California (i.e., north of Sac) sells rifles, shotguns, ammo, a few optics, and a few knives. No handguns at all. Not much selection, but then, I only go past their (usually unmanned) gun counter when I go to buy special pink tennis balls once a year or so. I did get a reasonable deal on Remington Goldens that I hadn’t seen on a shelf in 8 or 9 years (which are my Savage’s preferred round) and an inexpensive Kershaw.

      • Dicks hired a lobbying company to go on to Capitol Hill and lobby for more gun control! This is why multiple manufacturers are cutting them off! It isn’t about if it’s AR’s or all guns, this is about companies who stand for the 2A and people’s rights!

    • They’re refusing to supply items Dick’s does sell. Dick’s still sells firearms. This is not virtue signalling, it’s cutting off relations with a former retail partner over that retailer’s behavior.

      • “…it’s cutting off relations with a former retail partner over that retailer’s behavior.”

        Isn’t that what virtue-signaling is all about? Showing one as superior standards than those considered “other”? Considered “other” because words or actions do not meet approval of the signalers?

        • Fighting Dick’s virtue signaling with their own virtue signaling? I think I am okay with that.

        • @Sam I Am: It’s not “virtue signalling,” it’s denying a rabidly anti-gun person profits he can plow into the effort to further restrict the Second Amendment. Why give the anti-gunners more rope they can use to hang us?

        • Companies drop distributors all the time; without fanfare. Is not making a public statement “signaling”? Intended to pronounce, “See, we are good guys, not just a business.” If we don’t want business taking a stance against 2A, are we not compromised by wanting businesses to take a political stance for @A?

    • They are going to cut into Dick’s bottom line by simply eliminating product lines that Dick’s can sell.

      A store without goods isn’t much of a store. And stores rely on people walking in and buying more than what they intended to purchase. If there are no guns in Dick’s, those interested in purchasing guns won’t be setting foot in the store. That will reduce those incidental purchases.

      I think we’ll need some bigger names to step in before this really takes off.

      I would assume local gun shops are salivating at these developments, but I’m ok with that. I’d rather these companies that hate freedom lose as much business as possible, even if it costs me a bit more. Although driving down the number of general goods retailers that sell guns may reduce access (whether physical or just visual) to firearms for those like myself, who grew up fascinated by the gun rack, and naturally went there in any store my parents took me to. And it gives the anti-freedom folks their safe space.

      • Am just thinking that a business decision to stop placing product with a retailer would be based on data, such as poor sales of an item, or series of items. As in, “We don’t sell enough of XYZ to make a profit, so we stop losing money in ABC market/outlet.” Announcing a “business decision” is based on unapproved corporate behavior seems less like business, and more like simple politics. But hey, it is their businesses.

        • Politics is business, when a business is using politics to attack your livelihood. Dick’s didn’t just make some internal policy decisions, they went so far as to hire lobbyists to promote gun control legislation. At that point money in their pocket is actively endangering the future of your business. Any transactions that you make that benefit them are harming you. It’s best to cut off relations and mutually beneficial relationships.

        • I, for one, will not be shopping there ever again. It seems that many others here are of the same option. If your customers are not going to buy from a particular retailer, then it makes sense to not place your product there.

    • Using the liberals tactics against them is A OK in my book. We’re not going to win this war by dying on a hill of moral Puritanism. The goal is to win. You can go play with dicks all you want if you love them so much.

  2. Hi-Point and Inland Manufacturing have product Dick (Field & Stream) do want to sell, like hand guns, carbines, etc.

    Now we need Kimber, Sig, S&W, Mossberg, etc to discontinue their sales relationship with Dick’s too.

    Looks to me like Dick’s dun fucked up.

    • Nothing about Dick’s Sports move against MSR tells me they intend to retain the firearms LOB in the future. Their recent announcement “smells” like they are moving full anti-gun (although it may be that Dick’s only wants to cater to “hunters” who like bolt action rifles and top-break shotguns – guns for the serious gentleman).

      • If they’re going to cater to the “serious gentleman” trade they need to seriously up they’re game, Mossberg 500’s, Remington 870 Express and Henry single shots aren’t going to cut it. Fausti, Beretta, and Purdy are out of their league

    • I agree, let them sell basket balls and under armour apparel and lets see how long they last. They have been steadily dying off since around 2014, and I think this Anti-gun stunt will help to end them.

    • Dick’s doesn’t sell handguns and I don’t know if they ever did. If they did, though, they’d be the most expensive Hi Points known to man.

  3. Like ANYTHING Springfield says means a damn thing any more… They’re only looking to do some kind of band-aid damage control. Nothing else has changed.

    • So what if it is just PR and damage control? They screwed up, they admitted it, now they are trying to make amends. Isn’t that what any smart person would do?

    • You must have missed the article reviewing all of the pro 2A ACTIONS that Springfield Armory has taken since last May. It’s not just words. Just words would be “We disagree with how Dick’s is handling the 2nd Amendment issues it is dealing with.” ACTIONS are cutting off ties to sell their handguns and rifles in the stores, as SA was the first to announce.

  4. This could be a good time for Sam’s & Costco to get into the Online Firearms business. Their members would eat this up!

      • Sam’s is Wal-Mart owned…would be great if they did bulk ammo at least. Maybe just a few calibers… .22…9mm…40…45
        Even if it was in a limited number of stores, it would be great.

        • I’d become a member if I would buy bulk ammo cheaper than online. I figure I consume about $4000-5000 of ammunition a year shooting and stockpiling so the business is not insignificant.

  5. I would think Dicks would have thought rwice about entering this debate. These are tough times for “brick & mortar” stores. As we recently saw, Gander Mtn bit the dust, and others must be looking at ways to trim costs and hold sales. I may start watching these stores stock prices.

  6. Cool…a Hipoint 10mm carbine is on a list of guns I “may” get. I’m not paying what I see them going for. Dick’s sux.

    • Ha! I had to scroll through a lot of comments to find one hinting that the writer might actually buy a Hi-point – whether due to their business decision or not.
      I find myself wondering if a .45 Hi-point could (or should) be in my future… if nothing else it might serve as an emergency “loaner gun” for a friend or neighbor during hurricane blackouts or other similar situations.

      • I don’t own one and they are butt ugly but I do know guys who own Hi-Point firearms and they say they are the most reliable guns they have. They are used as truck guns and tackle box guns so they get banged around a lot and do not have a pampered gun life. So, as the old adage goes, I guess beauty IS in the eye of the beholder.

  7. When Remington, Winchester, Ruger, Henry, and Mossberg stop selling them bolt action rifles and shotguns, that’ll get my attention.

    Until then, the companies that have stopped doing business with them probably don’t amount to much of their overall revenue anyway.

    • Once upon a time, I was in sales, national accounts and the like. Got downsized and moved on. I do however, remember this; As little as a 3% shift downward in sales gets the attention of shareholders. Negative attention. Do firearms and ammunition sales make up 3% of Dick’s/Field and Stream Sales? Dunno. We gotta start somewhere.

    • And the counterpoint to your statement is that Dicks hasn’t sold any msr’s since sandyhook & field&stream probably sold like two. Dicks is destroying all four msr’s in current inventory & getting lots of press about it.

      I’m proud of high point for standing up & hopefully they garner like 35 undeserved minutes of fame for the stand they’ve taken.

  8. So they’ll be left as a giant nylon clothing store that also sells the stuff Walmart sells in their sports aisle?
    Way to make your dying brick and mortar die even faster.

  9. All gun and ammo makers need to curtail all sales to this company…let them get by on other sales…
    their prices are not that great anyway…

  10. I will say with Dicks going anti “assault weapon” it’s funny that Hi-Point pulled out. Hell the majority of the weapons they produce are designed to not be assault weapons even in really terrible places like MA and CA.

  11. My next gun will be another Hi-Point. Excellent customer service, good quality, low price, and now great morals! What’s not to love?

  12. No Hi Point probably won’t hurt Dickless very much, but still, Hi Point is pretty cool, they make firearms us po folks can afford and they know that and support us, “we’d like to have a gun too.” people’s. Granted they look like something off of a sci-fi movie and are top heavy, but they damn sure do work.

  13. We need more than firearms manufacturers to pull out. Let’s see the those that make decoy’s, calls, firearm cleaning products, camo, gun cases, holsters and all ammo manufacturers drop them, also.

  14. Hahaha! Plus Million thumbs for Hi-point…and one of THEIR 10mm carbines! Dick’s= Still a bunch of Dick—heads……

  15. I could see Ruger giving them a big FU next. They offer enough good products that it would really hurt the little bit of firearms business they still have.

    • Ruger already released a statement in the wake of the Springfield announcement, claiming that they make no direct sales to retailers and that they have no control over who their distributors sell to.

      In other words, Ruger’s not joining us in this fight.
      While their excuses may give off a bit of the odor of suspicion, I don’t have the info to dispute them.

      • Ruger has, for decades, used a system that they only supply distributors that they have agreed to supply; because of this they have no direct influence on whom their distributors sell to.

  16. oh man that is awesome. the lowest end pistol makers are even ditching them. funny that a Dick’s just opened in North Little Rock somewhere. I saw a sign saying “dick’s now open”, i didn’t bother to find out where it even was.

    The thing about it is, I don’t even hate them now for the 21 age thing, that’s their store they can do what they want. But then they started lobbying, that’s crossing the line in a big way and i hope they go down in flames for it.

  17. Their right to not sell guns, my right to not spend my money in their stores! WTG Hi Point! I own several and will buy more!

  18. I don’t see Dick’s as being based around firearms since they cater more to sports but their Field and Stream stores have probably 1/8th of the store or more devoted to firearms and accessories. There is now a whole rack of home defense shotguns instead of MSR’s. The entire Palmetto small parts shelf is filled with a handful of Plano rifle cases. If that all went away due to manufacturers giving them the finger I don’t think F&S would be able to stay open for very long.

    It wouldn’t surprise me to see Hornady tell them to piss off. They told NY police/gov employees to after all.

  19. Get this in Tallahassee Dick’s has a restaurant in front oh it named BJ’s. How funny is that. Went into Dick’s once. I was underwhelmed. Drop your subscription to Field and Stream and do no business with either.

    • I don’t believe Field and Stream Mag is related to the store of the same name.

      Never did like Dicks and won’t be there again. I will have to at least look at a High Point carbine now. The company definitely gets a +1 for having the balls to drop Dicks. The pistol is too ugly for even a mother to love.

    • In a South Jersey shopping center the Dick’s is by BJ’s Wholesale Club. It’s know locally as “Porno Corner.”

    • F&S mag not related to the Dick’s spin off ‘Field & Stream 1871’; I think the magazine should sue Ed ‘Dick Head’ Stack for defamation.

  20. I dont care what anyone says… I will still shop at Dicks… and if they have something cheaper, you know what I will do? I will take note of it and go to academy… because they price match…

    Thanks Dicks… for being dicks.

  21. Meh. When companies like Ruger, Mossberg, Browning, Henry and Vista (Stevens, Savage and ALL of there ammo brands) stop selling selling to Dick’s it’s just posturing. No loss of revenue for anyone. None of the companies that cut ties sell much of anything through Dick’s. Hit them with the market they actually sell guns in: hunting rifles and things not semi-automatic.

  22. An email I sent in response to a F&S internet ad: I am sorry to say that I can not any longer shop at Dick’s/Field&Stream 1871 because of Ed Stack’s attack on the 2nd Amendment. Used to work for Dick’s and own a lot of their stock, so this decision helps to further the negative effect on the plummeting stock price. I also really liked the F&S 1871 stores, but Academy is going to eat your lunch along with Rural King. I look for you to be in same sinking ship as K Mart & Sears. Truly a shame.


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