My friend had to run up some miles on his car to reset the ODBII system after a battery change to pass inspection, so we were looking for a place to go to put about 50 miles on the car. We decided to take a ride out to Long Island Ammo in East Northport. I see it mentioned on the site, but have never been there. I needed some hardware store items also, so it was a useful trip. I got to meet Alan, Kim, and junior. They are the nicest folks you could meet in a LGS. We got nothing but friendly treatment from the time we walked in, until the time we left. It was certainly a welcomed change from the uncalled-for attitude you get when entering some of the gun shops here on Long Island for the first time. They acted like they were genuinely happy that we chose their store to go to. What a breath of fresh air.
Alan gave us a brief history of the historic 1800's era building, and its connection with the, at one time, end of the rail line. Their location is literally right next to the Northport LIRR station. You could just walk to the end of the platform and you are at the store. We heard the history of the area, and how it was all farms back then. The building is like a museum exhibit, with creaky wooden floors and exposed rough-hewn beams that were carved by hand over a century ago. The tin ceiling in the hardware store area reminded me of my old precinct built around 1918, just without the bullet holes we had in our ceiling.
We chatted about hardware, guns, local history, beer brewing, and more guns. It was an interesting hour spent there. The place is cozy, but between the shooting supplies, brewing supplies, and huge selection of hardware items, you could really wander around there and lose track of time. They had a few nice used Model 10 revolvers in the case, probably former cop guns. We discussed an old black powder Colt Navy my friend inherited from his dad when he died. It will be the topic of a later thread here since he is looking for information regarding it.
It was nice seeing a family working together and treating strangers like they were old customers. I will surely go back there, especially since my friend has a couple more old cars that just got new batteries, and now need inspection also. That will be our destination again.
PS - On the way home, we found a great Japanese restaurant/lounge on Jericho tpke, Miko or something, that had excellent hibachi steak and shrimp. I am not big on that stuff, but it is the most delicious hibachi that i ever tried. if they were near me, i would eat there every week. Great rice, delicious steak, and big tasty shrimp. Writing this now, i wish i grabbed an order to go. i surely recommend a visit there if out that way. I figured since i gave my little LIF trip advisor report, i might as well throw that part of the night in also.