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Old 01-20-2013, 6:02 PM
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Default old Stinger 22LR ammo from Gemco

I was going through some of my ammo and found a few boxes of this stuff.

Some folks will remember a department store named Gemco that went out of business in the mid eighties.

Its 50 rounds CCI Stinger 22lr for $1.89




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And 4% sales tax, if that...
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I've got some if those from Longs Drug Store. About the same year, now gone.
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I remember Gemco and remember the days of affordable ammo
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Here's more:



Yours must have been on sale, I paid 10 cents more at "Fed Mart" another relic of the past

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Here's current Stinger ammo from 1995

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I remember the Gemcos! I have an _old_ Tasco .22 rimfire scope bought from there.

Thx for sharing the pics!

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I remember them well. I bought my Rem Varmit 223 rifle with scope rings/reloading dies/brass/bullets for $225 and a Leupold 3X9X40 scope for $100 from them. I still have some primers with the $.89 price tag on them somewhere. Still have some 22 Stinger ammo also.
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Gemco wow! Wasn't old enough to buy ammo from them, but I'm sure I bugged my dad for a few GI Joe's while we were in there - there and Fedco, when we weren't at Zody's "Buck-o-Rama's".

Thanks for that!
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Awesome blast from the past. I remember both Reppas and Gemco for the all of my early firearms stuff.
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I have a red box of Federal Hi-Power that has a sticker on it from All American warehouses that's lists the price as $0.77. I paid $3 for at the Ventura gun show, the guy who I bought it from thinks he bought it in the 70's.
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thats cool man I love seeing oldschool stuff like this! rock on!
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I remember going through boxes and crates with my older brother during their going out of business sale at Gemco. It is now Target in Vallejo. I remember when Vallejo had a Sears & Roebucks and a Show Biz (Chuckie Cheese variant) back in the day. Oh the good ole' days. ....Ok now I feel really old.
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Gemco!
I was just a kid but my mom shopped there all the time. Certain things I remember her getting there was an RCA TV and VCR with a remote to operate both which at the time was not common. That VCR could do all kinds of editing. I was bummed when it died about 13 years later.

They also had the coolest cap guns. I don't remember the brand but they had plastic cap chains which were fed into magazines which fit into the weapon it came with. The handgun style even had a recoil and ejection. We had many many simulated wars/fights/etc since a lot of the kids in the neighborhood all had those capguns.

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bought my first bike from Gemco. Its been a Target since Gemco went out of business in Colma
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Bought my first rifle, a Ruger 10/22 for $50.00
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Hahahaha, I remember Gemco.

I remember getting chased out of there when I was about 12. My buddy and I would go into the stereo section. They had record player stereos there....with records on them so you could sample the sound. Once they had a Led Zepplin or Black Sabbath LP on one. So we would put the LP up high on the spindle....with the arm thingie across it......set the volume all the way up...and hit the switch and walk away. That gave you about 10 seconds head start before the LP would drop.......the needle would swing over, drop down on the LP and start playing. At full volume.

We thought it was the funniest thing ever. Of course you'd hear the needle scraaatch off about 10-15 seconds later after an employee had run over...about the 3 time they caught on to us and escorted us out.

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Waaay before my time lol
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Bought a 10/22 at Gemco in Signal Hill for $65. Still have it. Used to spend a lot of time at Andrews Sporting Goods which was down the street on Long Beach Blvd IIRC.
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In high school I was a cart boy at Gemco!
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I was going through some of my ammo and found a few boxes of this stuff.

Some folks will remember a department store named Gemco that went out of business in the mid eighties.

Its 50 rounds CCI Stinger 22lr for $1.89




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I remember that old department store from way back! Your ammo should be fine. Shoot it and relax.

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Bought my first rifle, a Ruger 10/22 for $50.00

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I bought my wedding ring at Gemco when they were going out of business. That was nearly 28 years ago.
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Hahaha! I was in middle school around the Gemco days. I remember going every Friday with my mom. She would grocery shop while I roamed the toy section.
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Gemco, Fedco, Fed Mart....how about does anybody remember "Jetco" the discount furniture store ?
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i miss those days......
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Havent heard "Gemco" mentioned for a LONG time. It reminds me of two things; elementary school and my first computer, a Commodore 64.

I did a ammo inventory recently and came across a brick of .22 Rem. with a Big 5 sale price tag of $9.99.
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i bought my first Mossy 500
there..

even went to the front to cash.

never knew why they closed.

property remained vacant for years.
then they built a high school on the land.

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I remember as a kid when my local Gemco went out of business. They had all ammo on sale for 30-50% off. My dad took me down and we bought all the 12 and 20 gauge they had.

I still have some of it left.

Today that place is a Best Buy.

Ironic that I didn't even know what a computer was at that time.
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I remember Gemco fondly. They had everything a kid could want in Simi Valley in the late 70s and early 80s. Food, stereo stuff, firearms and household goods.

I bought my first gun, a Ruger 10/22 at the local Gemco. I think I was 19 then and I'm 50 now and the Ruger still shoots well, but I have had to replace a couple of springs over the years

There's a Vons in that building today, two face lifts later, and I still shop there occasionally.
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WOW, Gemco...that brings back old memories. The one here in Riverside turned into Target. I used to love to walk through the little sporting goods section, stare at the fishing and shooting stuff back before I ever even held a BB gun.
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I remember Gemco fondly. They had everything a kid could want in Simi Valley in the late 70s and early 80s. Food, stereo stuff, firearms and household goods.
Yep, it seems like I spent half my young life in the Simi store.
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Yup! I remember Fedco too. My parents bought me flannel shirts there when I was a kid.
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Yup! I remember Fedco too. My parents bought me flannel shirts there when I was a kid.
I remember Fedco well. We always went to one near our house in San Diego. We went there one Sunday after church in about 1962 (I was 12 years old) and I bought my Marlin Golden 39A for $54.00 using silver dollars my Dad had paid me over the years for stuff for him. I had been saving for that rifle forever! My dad was as proud of it as I was for being able to encourage me to save for it. I still have it in my safe and use it from time to time 50 years later.

We used to buy TONS of ammo from FedMart, Gemco and ALL the hardware stores in those days. Even some of the drug stores had .22 ammo.
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Zodies? Anyone Remember Zodies? Anyway, Id save the ammo in the cases and condition it is just as a coversation piece...In fact if ya want to sell it, Let me know.
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Zodies? Anyone Remember Zodies? Anyway, Id save the ammo in the cases and condition it is just as a coversation piece...In fact if ya want to sell it, Let me know.
Bought my first gun at Zody's - still got it. Bought a shotgun from Montgomery Ward - still got it. Miss the days of department stores offering everything under the sun. One stop shopping that now takes an entire mall to cover.
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I have been waiting for someone to mention:

White Front

Some of the Gemco's took over the White Front locations
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Gemco, Fedco, Fed Mart....how about does anybody remember "Jetco" the discount furniture store ?
Add to thread jack: Okay what about White Front? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Front

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I remember Fedco well. We always went to one near our house in San Diego. We went there one Sunday after church in about 1962 (I was 12 years old) and I bought my Marlin Golden 39A for $54.00 using silver dollars my Dad had paid me over the years for stuff for him. I had been saving for that rifle forever! My dad was as proud of it as I was for being able to encourage me to save for it. I still have it in my safe and use it from time to time 50 years later.

We used to buy TONS of ammo from FedMart, Gemco and ALL the hardware stores in those days. Even some of the drug stores had .22 ammo.
Remember also Unimart and the Western Auto stores. What about a pair of Levis for $ 6.98 at Walker Scotts department store. From Thrifty's, you could get a single scoop ice cream cone for 5 cents, a double was a dime, and a triple was a whopping 15 cents. Oh yeah, I still have some of those old school CCI stingers in original boxes.

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