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Old 01-25-2013, 7:40 PM
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Yup I remember Western Auto Parts. My dad bought me my first bicycle from them. It was an Evil Knievel bike with big knobby tires.

Rode it home across Trask Ave in Westminster. I was a big deal in the hood back then

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Bought my first rifle from Gemco right before they closed down. Those were the days.
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Wow...Gemco brings back memories. Wasn't old enough to buy ammo, but I always remember going to their candy counter and buying Swedish Fish.
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Zodies? Anyone Remember Zodies?
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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.
I think I know exactly which cap guns you're fondly remembering, and they're still being manufactured in Italy. If you're inclined to download the .pdf catalog, I'm positive you'll recognize some old favorites around pages 11-13. Happy nostalgia!

http://www.edisongiocattoli.it/
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I think I know exactly which cap guns you're fondly remembering, and they're still being manufactured in Italy. If you're inclined to download the .pdf catalog, I'm positive you'll recognize some old favorites around pages 11-13. Happy nostalgia!

http://www.edisongiocattoli.it/
I remember those. I had the Jaguarmatic and my brother had the Uzimatic.
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Bunch of "Old Farts"; me included, in this forum.

I remember all those store and more. We've already mentioned Gemco, Fed-Mart and Zody's.

What about White Front and Value Fair?
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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.
You're just a kid.

My first computer was a Timex Sinclair 1000. It used a regular cassette player to store data on.

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My first computer was a Timex Sinclair 1000. It used a regular cassette player to store data on.

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Commodore 64... Dang you guys were made of money cause all I could afford on my paper route paying job was a Commodore Vic-20. It recorded data on a cassette too.



and the mighty data recorder (cassette tape)
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bought my first bike from Gemco. Its been a Target since Gemco went out of business in Colma
I was gonna ask if anyone remembered what was there before Gemco. But, it's already been mentioned below.

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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
I think I might still have a White Front employee neck tie somewhere.
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Remember Gemco and CCI Stingers well. You brought back some mighty fine memories of being and teenager and shooting .22's with my friends.
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I don't remember when sears stopped selling guns, but I remember my dad buying a pump action shotgun there about 1969 along with several bricks of Sears 22 lr. I found some that ammo and shot it about 10 years ago. Wished I would of kept it for memory sakes.
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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
Sounds like a supremacist militia group.

I barely remember Gemco, but I do remember Zody's, K-Mart, and doing grocery shopping at Hughes supermarket. This was in the early 80's in SFV. The mall was a rare treat.
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I think I know exactly which cap guns you're fondly remembering, and they're still being manufactured in Italy. If you're inclined to download the .pdf catalog, I'm positive you'll recognize some old favorites around pages 11-13. Happy nostalgia!

http://www.edisongiocattoli.it/
Looks like the ones. Good times.

LOL they have a "UN" model. So much focus on the wild west of the USA/North America and you can't even get these "toys" here.
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Wow, I loved Gemco as a kid. Anyone remember another store from that era called "Best?"
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Gemco was owned by Lucky's - I remember going thru a gate inside the store to get to the grocery store side. We mostly went to the one in Cupertino.
Back at that time, my father was the VP of Personnel (before they called that HR) for Lucky's. They also owned Kragen's and a couple of other things at the time.
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Wow, I loved Gemco as a kid. Anyone remember another store from that era called "Best?"
I remember 'Best', with the big red letters. I remember waiting for that catalog to come in the mail, looking through it and then realizing that we couldn't afford anything in it - them and 'Service Merchandise'.
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Wasn't there a Gemco at the corner of McHenry and Sylvan in Modesto during the seventies. Bought a Crossman 760 there for 19.99. If you remember that, can you remember the store named Beno's a little farther down on McHenry. Bought a Ruger 10/22 deluxe there for 117.00 and a Ruger M77 7mm mag for 249.99I still have the scar over my eyebrow from the Tasco scope I put on that 7mm. After 1 shot and 3 stiches I traded that bad boy for a dirtbike. Ah the good old days.
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Yep, Best. They had a funky ordering system where you had to go through their catalog, even right there in the store. I think they had some catridge firearms on display, then may have gone to air guns only.
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Wow, I loved Gemco as a kid. Anyone remember another store from that era called "Best?"
Wasn't Best that place which had one of everything on the floor, you chose what you wanted, paid, and then went to the "Pick up" area where they pulled your order from the back stock? That was kind of strange.

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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.
Agreed! And now you can't find everything even in the whole damn mall. Bought my Mossberg 500 from KMart when they still sold guns in their Republik of Kalifornia stores. I think that it was only around $100, and the only reason we bought it was because my grandfather-in-law gave us 4 crates of shotgun shells!

And since some have been speaking of Fedco: Do you remember how sad it was to see the La Cienaga store being looted and burned during the L.A. riots?

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I fell in love with the "Squires Bingham" 22lr copy of the AR 15 at Gemco in Ventura...long ago...
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Found these going through dad's gun case. SEARS22LR! They have to be from late 60's-early 70's.

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Gemco owned by Lucky Food Stores was a victim of the hostile takeovers of the 80's. That's when they through out the rules and regs on that kind of stuff. Many got rich at the top but the consumer got the Kirkland Polish!

I've got some old Fed Spitfires in those orange rounds, some Rem Vipers, and a box of Peters if you'll pardon the expression!
The Spitfires had that truncated cone that gave my 1022 and it's various mags fits!

These old ammos and their boxes are always fun to see again.
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yep! I remember Gemco in Granada Hills. We used to collect the carts in the parking lot and bring them in the store and they would give you a ticket for each cart you brought in. Once a month they would raffle off a 10-speed bike..........I remember my buddy jimmy winning one, I was not so lucky. I also remember checking all the fishing gear and who could forget checking out all the CB radios!!

Anybody remember Builder's Emporium. I had to use a push mower and remember drooling over a new power mower that I never got. As soon as I moved out my Dad bought one!
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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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At Gemco ,Fountain Valley CA, My Mom and Dad bought me a Remington 550 for Christmas 1970. If you took in your fishing reel they would let you spool it with line for free, Parents were food shoping. I still have the 550 , It works better if you just load 10 at a time. Now it is a Sams Club.I miss Gemco Fedco and Fedmart.
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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 still got two boxes of Federal High Power 12 ga #2 lead from Gemco Nov 13, 1986. That was my goose and turkey load back then. It was $9.27 a box. I write the dates on my ammo so I know which ones to rotate.
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A good friend of mine retreved the shoping carts ,1 bike raffle per cart , Mom and dad helped . Won the bike , Hard work and no hand outs. Gemco FV CA.
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Anybody remember Builder's Emporium. I had to use a push mower and remember drooling over a new power mower that I never got. As soon as I moved out my Dad bought one!
I remember Builders Emporium, but maybe not so fondly. I recall that they never had what one really needed for a project, but they typically had what could be used to "Rube Goldberg" a similar result.

Always led to an adventure, however!
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Gemco was pretty cool... and BIG R. I think I saw my first AR-15 in BIG R.
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Damn!
Those were really cool - I wanted one.

I had a TI-99 4/a with a cable controlled data cassette recorder to save my Basic programs (way before my Atari 1040ST, C128, and 486DX33 with a Pro Audio Spectrum SOUND CARD). Wow memories. Kids these days are LUCKY - tech wise anyway.
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