rotor wrote:The Academy policy of not allowing one to check the trigger is a real turn-off to purchasing from them. You can't check the gun and you can't return it. Unless there is a great financial deal I won't buy a gun at Academy.
I have only ever purchased one handgun from Academy - a XDM-45 Compact 3.8 ......because they had it for $40 less than Bass Pro. This was a few years ago, so I don't remember if they had the trigger policy back then or not. But, I had previously had avery good experience with Springfield's customer services (a busted hammer on a M1A after 90-100 rounds of commercial match ammo), so I didn't really worry about it. I have
bought a shotgun there - a Yldiz 20 gauge O/U for my wife - and as I recall at that
time, they actually did let me try the trigger, since I was buying, not just shopping. But that must have been 6 or 7 years ago.
But given their current policy, I most likely wouldn't buy a handgun from them, UNLESS it was a pistol brand with a fairly spotless reputation for reliability......e.g. Glocks, or maybe Glocks. Taurus just isn't on that list for me (see cmgee67's previous thread about Taurus)......probably not ever, regardless of vendor.
But I don't worry about it most of the time. I buy most
of my retail firearms these days through an FFL for whom I barter website work in exchange for firearms. It's all done legal-like at both ends, 4473 and everything, but I pay in work instead of cash. My FFL will
let me handle and dry-fire the gun before taking delivery.