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I recently received a M&P from Bud's Gun Shop and I thought I'd post my experience for reference to others considering the same. Bud's web store and process is OK but it is different than other stores I have done business with.



To avoid a wait due to distributor issues I called Bud's and verified that the model was in stock. I spoke to Brandon who verified that he had plenty of guns available. The next day I ordered my pistol via the website. I placed the order late on a Friday. I got an email from their system immediately titled "Order Process" which was basically a receipt. At this time in the Buds web store the order was marked Pending. This made sense because the physical store was closed and no one was likely to see my order until Monday morning. On Tuesday afternoon I checked on the order in the web store and it was still Pending. I called Buds to make sure everything was OK and Brandon confirmed that the order was fine and it was in the queue. He said I would get an email when it went to the shipping folks and another when it went out the door. Sure enough on Thursday morning I got an email titled "Order Update" that updated my order status to "Shipping". Then on Friday around noon I got another "Order Update" email with a status of "Shipped". Buds uses USPS for pistol shipments and quotes 2-4 days for delivery. For those that care my card was charged on the day of the order vs. the day of shipment.



My pistol was transfered to Jim Pruett's Guns and Ammo in Houston, TX and it arrived on Monday afternoon (only 2 days). Joy Pruett at Pruett's Guns and Ammo was very nice and the process was quick and easy. If you are in Houston then keep them in mind. The store is nice too.



http://www.jimpruett.net/



Another thread said something about Bud's shipping orders on Friday so this may be something to think about if you are in a hurry. My experience was basically 5 business days from order to pickup at the local FFL.
 

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mine took a little longer, i sent a money order because i didnt want to pay the 3% transaction fee for using a CC..
 

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I told the FFL dealer in advance.



The FFL called me as soon as it arrived and I confirmed when I could come by to pick it up during that call. I don't want to drive out there and then be told that the person handling transfers wasn't available.
 

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I really wanted to take advantage of Bud's low prices. So I called to set up a purchase, the gentleman said "we do not ship to New York City" I said, may I ask why, he said that was the owners choice. So I asked why would the owner not want make a legal sale to a law abiding licensed citizen of NYC, he said, a dealer made a legal sale to a guy from NYC, the gun was stolen and used in a homicide, the victims family sued the dealer. Wow the legal system is really out of wack, but that could happen anywhere in the US. Another smackdown for NYC, I could have saved $200 dammmmmmm.
 

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Post edited/deleted. They answered my email after all...guess I was just being too impatient since there was no response within 72 hours, as is typical with most merchants, and I suppose my post reflected some of that frustration and probably unfairly characterized the situation.
 

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Mine came in Friday. My order went in on the 13th for $369.
The price went up to $447 the next day. That was the 9mm with no lock. The9mm with no MS or lock hasn't been $369 for a couple of weeks. You can still get the .40s for $369 and the 10r 9mm. I had zero problems with them. They answered all my questions over the phone, but you are right it took them a forever with the emails. I got one answered after I already received my M&P.


Will would use them again, but if I need questions answered I'll call.



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Check this out man, I was goin to buy the .40 with night sighst for 499, next day i went to order they raised to 522$... still worth the 23$ for night sights IMO since most places are selling STD sights for 550$..
 

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I've found that too many folks rely on email. If you want an answer quickly then a phone call will usually produce better results.
 

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I ordered last Thurs, (they used my CC until my certified check arrived) sent my certified check later that afternoon, and the gun was shipped out on the 20th. I hope to get it Fri. or Sat. I didn't want to pay the 3% either. Hope they didn't use the card as well!

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