By Travis Sloat
For Jake Wall, the love affair with all things military-related started at a young age, when his mother used to take him to an Army Surplus store for being well behaved.
“I can’t even remember when I became so fascinated with guns,” Wall said. “My grandpa was a State Trooper, and when I was a kid all I wanted to do was strap on a toy gun and go play.”
Wall co-owns The Gun Bunker, a gun and collectible shop in downtown Fort Gibson on Lee Street. The shop specializes in the sale of guns, ammo, and collectible memorabilia that serve both practical and nostalgic purposes.
The Gun Bunker’s other owner is Paul Clancy, who takes care of the military collectibles side of the business.
The store is meticulously neat for all that it holds, and everything is displayed in a fashion that encourages the eyes to observe. The story of how Wall came to be in the building is interesting as well.
“This is Bud Huggins’ building,” Wall said. “He used to cut my hair when I was a kid. When I came looking for a shop, this was available, and he started renting it to me.”
David McMillan, a regular customer at The Gun Bunker, said the thing that keeps him going back is Wall’s outstanding attention to customer service.
“They treat everyone very fairly,” McMillan said. “If they don’t have it on hand, they’ll track it down for you. I’ve been real pleased with them.”
In addition to selling a myriad of guns and supplies at the shop, Wall and Clancy also take their wares to the many gun shows around the area. Wall said he tries not to let that affect their stock though.
“I try to bring in at least 15 new items a week,” he said. “To use a metaphor, I’d rather keep the bases loaded than hit that one home run. I price my items very fairly; I’ve had a lot of people tell me that. Other chain stores are nice places, but I don’t have their electric bill, so I can lower my prices some.”
The Gun Bunker also offers consignment for those who are looking to sell their guns or memorabilia. McMillan said he’d had good experiences with that as well.
“I’ve probably taken three or four guns over there,” he said. “He’s always gotten them sold quickly. It’s a very convenient store.”
The Gun Bunker is open from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. They also offer appointments, and can be reached at (918) 441-2633.
Wall said this has always been a dream of his, but one day he might like to go a bit higher.
“You know that question where they ask you if you have a million dollars what you would do?” asks Wall. “Well, I always said I’d like to open up a museum. What I’m doing now is close to that, so I’m happy.”
By Travis Sloat
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