How to get to the Perry Gun Range

How to get to the Three Mile Creek Range in Perry, Utah

- posted by Rose Marion

We LOVE the Perry Three Mile Creek Shooting Sports Range!

It’s awesome being able to visit such a high-quality outdoor gun range, practically in our back yard.

The Three Mile Creek range features targets for handguns (bring your own for a fun time!), 50 yard targets, and long-range targets out to 1000 yards.

We get people asking us all the time, how do you get to the Perry gun range?

Well we could tell ya…. but why don’t we just show you?

How to get to the Three Mile Creek Gun Range:

The Three Mile Creek Gun Range is on the west side of I-15, just north of the Port of Entry. Take I-15 to exit 357 (Willard), turn east toward the mountains, and then turn left onto Highway 89.

  • From Highway 89, turn west onto 3000 S (marked with Perry City offices sign).
  • Travel down to the stop sign at 1200 W by the Perry City offices, and take a right.
  • Take the first left onto 2950 S (by the church). Take this road over the train tracks and under the overpass.
  • Turn left after the overpass, onto I-15 Frontage Road.
  • Take a right at the Three Mile Creek Range sign…. and you’re here!

“The gun range is a little out of the box, but we hope it’ll reach a lot of family and individuals, and help the sport of shooting.” – Perry mayor Karen Cronin

We really owe Perry City and the Rangemasters a huge THANK YOU for allowing us to host our annual Range Day event at the Perry Range. Thank you!Smith & Edwards Range Day is June 12, 2015!

Watch our Springfield Dueling Tree from a GoPro!

Springfield Dueling Tree Competition – GoPro Video

- posted by Rose Marion

Mike Vause challenged me to a duel the other day….

He’d already bought the ammo, so I said OK!

We went to the Perry Three Mile Creek Range and squared off at the dueling tree.

(You’ll get to try your marksmanship skills at the Dueling Tree on Range Day!)

Watch the Competition from a First-Person Perspective

I didn’t know Mike would show up wearing a GoPro… you’ve got to take a look at it from his perspective!

About the Dueling Tree

The dueling tree’s designed for two shooters to swing the targets to the other side. If you’ve hit all of yours, your opponent can swing them back to you!

(We would have started out with equal gongs on a side… but we didn’t bring our waders)

Best of all, the Dueling Tree’s made out of good steel so it’s not just restricted to rimfire. Wahooo!

What we Shot

Both of us shot Springfield guns. I gotta tell you, I love these guns – I’m 5’2 with not a lot of grip strength, and I can rack the slide very easily. I also like the grip safety, it makes sure I’ve got a good proper grip on the gun and makes me feel more secure on it.

I shot the Springfield XDM 9mm in 5.25. Mike shot the Springfield XDM 45 in 4.5 with TFX TrueGlo Night Sights.

Your Turn!

Come try your hand at the dueling tree on Range Day, June 12th 2015, at the Perry Range. See you then!

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Smith & Edwards Range Day is June 12, 2015!

Range Day 2015 is just a month away…

- posted by Mike Vause

I am EXCITED! See how excited I am in this video and the HUGE range of calibers available for you to shoot:

Thanks to our sponsors! Thanks to them, we will have a gun on every lane of the Perry City Three Mile Creek Range. We’ll have a dueling tree and I’ll tell you about a little COMPETITION we’ll have going when we get closer to the event.

How does it work at Range Day? Buy an ammo punch-pass for $20. (Available week of May 18) Then, shoot any caliber you like!

This event will run 11-7pm on Friday, June 12th. We’ll have the entire range to ourselves, with support from the Three Mile Creek rangemasters.

Calibers to shoot at Range Day

We’ll have 22s for you to shoot, on up to a 338 Lapua

Our 2015 Sponsors: Browning – Charter Arms – Colt – Crimson Trace – CZ USA – Desert Tactical – Heckler & Koch – HS Precision – Law – Savage Arms – Sig Sauer – Smith & Wesson – Springfield Armory – Tactical Solutions – Uberti

Plus the Northern Wasatch chapter of The Well Armed Woman will provide refreshments.

Be sure you’re on our email list to get all the details! Visit & bookmark the Official Range Day 2015 page for more videos & details as we get closer to the event.

Click here to see the fun we had at last year’s Range Day…
Families at Range Day

Camping Checklist

Scout Camp, Fishing & Camping Checklist

- posted by Rose Marion

It’s the right time of year for fishing, hiking, and camping. This time of year, we get a lot of people coming in and asking, “What gear do I need for…”

Whether you’re hiking, camping, fishing, or even sending your Cub Scout off to camp for a couple days, this checklist has everything you need to make it a great adventure here in Utah or in the mountains or lakes of our neighboring states.

If you’re camping or hiking, or sending a Scout to camp, here’s what you need:
Camping Checklist
If you’re sending a scout, remember his uniform, too!

For fishing:
Fishing Checklist
Enjoy!

Click here to download a printable PDF of both lists.

Did you have fun? Make sure and send us pictures for the Bragging Board!

These lists were made after we had lots of families looking for a Scout camp checklist for their boys about to go to camp. We find them useful as a camping checklist so we’re sure we’ve got the car packed with all the gear we need. These also work great for packing your gear even for a fishing getaway on a Friday afternoon!
Check out our Camping and Hiking gear - click here!

Families at Range Day

Range Day was a Blast!

- posted by Rose Marion

Smith and Edwards Range Day 2014 at the Three Mile Creek Range in Perry, UtahWow… if you came to the Perry City Range on Friday, June 13th, you had an amazing start to Father’s Day weekend!

The Three Mile Creek Gun Range hosted about 250 people on Range Day, from people who came with their families to shoot, to Smith & Edwards staff, and even Karen Cronin, Perry City mayor.

Mayor Karen Cronin at Range Day 2014 in Perry, Utah

Perry Mayor Karen Cronin with Head Rangemaster Eric Halter (L) and Sporting Goods manager Mike Vause (R) from Smith & Edwards at the Three Mile Creek Range in Perry, Utah

Perry’s Three Mile Creek Range was Amazing!

Karen Cronin, Mayor of Perry City, said that Range Day was “extremely successful!” “We owe a big thank you to Smith & Edwards and to all the employees that made it happen.”

Range Day was “the first big event that we’ve partnered with private industry on so it was pretty exciting from the get go,” Karen said. “What was really neat was the opportunities it gave the public to try out different guns, try out the gun range, and I hope it was helpful for Smith and Edwards to get the public exposed to the guns they carry.”

“Now that Smith and Edwards has taken the first step, maybe different businesses will try it out and give shooters the experience of trying out their equipment at our Range.”

Mayor Karen was happy to see the different families that came to see the Range and try out the guns and equipment at the range. “It was way cool,” she said, to see kids with their parents in a “safe, controlled environment with the rangemasters there.”

Head Rangemaster Eric Halter said the Range Day was a “smashing success.” He said the goals of the Perry City Range are to introduce youth to shooting sports, and to host competitions and matches – and Range Day demonstrated that the Three Mile Creek Range is the perfect spot for that. Also a Smith & Edwards employee, Eric said he was thrilled to see shooters of all ages at the event, from families and novices to experienced shooters. Youth shooting at Range Day

Mike Vause, Sporting Goods buyer at Smith & Edwards, organized Range Day with the help of Perry City and Three Mile Creek Gun Range representatives, as well as manufacturers. “People had no idea that the event was going to have such support from manufacturers.” Representatives from Springfield Armory, Browning, Crimson Trace, Desert Tech, NEMO, Spirit Ammunition, and Taylor Targets were there to support the event all day that Friday at the range.

About half the people Mike talked to had never realized that there was such a great gun range this close – a great gun range in Utah, right here in our back yard.

All 20 lanes at the Three Mile Creek Range had a gun to try out, and each lane had a Rangemaster, manufacturer’s representative, or a Smith & Edwards employee to load the ammunition, help spot the targets, and if needed, guide the shooter on the gun they were trying.

We were happy to help guide novice shooters and families who were teaching their kids how to shoot!

Assisting at Range DayBoy shooting at Perry City RangeRifle shooting at Perry Range DayShooting a handgun at Range Day in Perry

Concrete shooting bench at Perry City RangeEach lane has a concrete bench in great condition, and the Three Mile Creek Range features targets out to 500 yards. The plan is to have 1000 yard targets in the future!

The Range has 2 big sets of bleachers for families to watch the shoot. The parking lot is nice and had enough spots for us at Range Day. Plus, there’s a speaker system so it was clear when shooting stopped for us to repaint targets.

The Perry shooting range is a great place to teach your kids to shoot, and target practice. It’s a perfect spot for shooters of all ages.

Bleachers and Main Booth at Perry Range

 

Smith & Edwards’ Range Day was the first major event held at the Perry shooting range. We’re excited to see what more comes to Perry’s Three Mile Creek Gun Range in the future!

What Happened at the Gun Range on Range Day

There were challenges:

Justin nailed a 500 yard target on his first shot!

Justin won this awesome hat from Desert Tech! He was the first to shoot a target at 500 yards on his first shot using the 308. Way to go Justin!!

There were giveaways:

We gave away 5 buckets of Remington 22s at the Range, and we had lots of other giveaways: 9mm and 45 ACP ammo from Spirit Ammunition, a TruGlo SCP TAC 30mm Scope, and a TruGlo 5 MOA Reticle.

Springfield Armory even gave us an XD-S pistol to give away in support of Range Day! Here’s the lucky fella –

Springfield Armory XDS winner with Smith and EdwardsWe had a lot of help….

There were representatives from Springfield Armory, Browning, Spirit Ammunition, Desert Tech, Taylor Targets, Crimson Trace, and Nemo.

Crimson Trace demonstration

Trying out the Crimson Trace on the first lane – see the green dot?

NEMO at Range Day

Checking out what NEMO brought to Range Day

Nemo GunsNemo gun

Blaine from Springfield Armory assisting

Blaine from Springfield Armory assisting

Spirit Ammunition at Range Day

Bob with Spirit Ammunition, a Utah ammunition manufacturer, came out to show what ammo of his we stock at Smith & Edwards!

Browning at Smith and Edwards Range Day

Our Browning rep helped man a lane for Range Day

Browning rifles on display at Range Day

Browning rifles on display

And of course, there was food!

Mike and Eric ready to pass out pizza at Range Day

Lunch is ready!

What shooters thought of Range Day

We asked Connor Squires what he liked about Range Day:

The shooting. I love to shoot.

We asked Connor what handguns were his favorite. He said “All of the 9’s.” Rifles? “The 22s and the 223s. I loved them all.”Kenny Jensen said Great day, can't wait for the next one on Facebook about Range Day at the Perry shooting range!
Brett Farrin said:

Where else can you take your 15 year old son and introduce him to some of the best guns on the market in a safe and healthy environment. We had a blast. Thank you Smith and Edwards for putting this together. We will definitely be supporting the 2nd annual Range Day!

I am not sure how it would work but a shotgun trap shoot would have been fun. There are a couple of shot guns I would have liked to pulled the trigger on.

I really like the Springfield XD 40. It is on my wish list. It was so fun to be able to put some bullets through these guns.

The HMR .17 was a lot of fun. It is not something I would have purchased but having shot it, it was one of our favorites. We also shot the 5.62 from Springfield. Now that I could own.

 

Perry City Range

About the Three Mile Creek Range

Construction of the Three Mile Creek Range began in 2012 and it now features 20 lanes and targets at 50, 100, 150, and 200 yards… and more expansion is planned, including an archery range, law enforcement training center, and 1000 yard targets.

If you’re looking for a Utah shooting range to call home, we highly recommend the Three Mile Creek Range!

The Perry Three Mile Creek Range offers day passes and year passes. The Range is open to all shooters Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00-5:00pm except the first Saturday of the month, closed for maintenance.

The Perry gun range is located just north of the weigh station/point of entry west of I-15. Simply take 2950 S and head west under the I-15 overpass, then follow the road south. Take the first right and you’re there – here’s a link to the range on Google Maps.

Mayor Karen Cronin tells us that through the summer, Perry is working to get the training facility at the Three Mile Creek Range operational. The Range is going to take the inside of the training facility and refurbish it to make it more conducive to do training like hunter’s safety for 30-50 people at a time. This includes an indoor classroom where groups could even do Powerpoint presentations for the class to bring the education portion of the sport to the Range, as well as a kitchenette for groups to host parties at the Range.

There may even be clay pigeon shooting at the Perry range in the future!

Here’s what Mayor Karen Cronin said about the Perry Three Mile Creek Range:

Some people put in swimming pools, some people put in skate parks, we have to make a decision if there’s something we want to sponsor. The gun range is a little out of the box, but we hope it’ll reach a lot of family and individuals, and help the sport of shooting.

Check out the Range on Perry City’s website here!

What do you think… Should we do it again?

Should Smith & Edwards collaborate with sponsors & Perry City again to bring back Range Day next year? Let us know in the comments below!

Thanks!

Thank YOU for coming and participating!
Thanks to Mayor Karen Cronin and the many people at Perry City and Three Mile Creek Range to help us put on the 2014 Smith & Edwards Range Day Event!
Thanks to our sponsors Springfield Armory, Crimson Trace, Tru Glo Optics, Nemo Firearms, Desert Tech, Taylor Targets, Browning, and Spirit Ammunition, for the prizes and time you donated to this event!
All of you helped us give our customers a fun event – THANK YOU!

Range Day Doctor's Note

Your Range Day Doctor’s Note

- posted by Rose Marion

OK, so you turned in your request for time off last week so you could have alllll of Friday off this week to come shoot our guns and ammo.

And what did your boss say? That you needed a DOCTOR’S NOTE?

That’s some nerve. But don’t worry, Range Day mastermind Mike Vause is all about making you happy. He’s got you covered.

Range Day Doctor's Note
Click here to print it out and get your day off.

Get your Ammo Passes so you can come Shoot our Guns & Ammo this Friday….
Smith and Edwards Range Day sponsored by Springfield Armory

Smith and Edwards Range Day Request for Time Off

Your Range Day Time Off Request

- posted by Rose Marion

So…. I know you’re totally PUMPED for Smith & Edwards’ Range Day.

But you might be thinking:

Maaan, it’s on a Friday. I could make the afternoon, but I really want to take the morning off work.

or:

How am I going to get my boss to sign off on this?

Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with this 100% legit Time Off Request form:

Smith and Edwards Range Day Request for Time Off

Click here to print it, fill it out, and hand it to your boss. See you at the Range!
Smith and Edwards Range Day sponsored by Springfield Armory

Glock 42 in 380

Gun Review: Glock 42 .380

- posted by Mike Vause

Some say, “hideable handguns aren’t fun to shoot.”

There certainly has been a trend to buying small concealable pistols and revolvers. Many new shooters are inclined to buy the smallest size, but may not take into account ease of operation and recoil control.

Small guns can sometimes have the opposite of bold, high visibility sights; they can also produce more recoil than we expect. I personally like mid to larger handguns for that reason.

The American Public has, for the last few years, been buying a huge number of 380 ACP pistols. Some have loved their purchases, but I have personally seen a good number gravitate back to a larger pistol or even give up on the perfect pocket gun quest.

I vowed that I did not need another caliber to support; nor did I want a pistol that was not easy to shoot and find the target. I have struggled to find something small enough for everyday carry that would give me the accuracy standard I need.

I’ll tell you what I think is a little bit of a funny story.

Glock 45 or 42?

At the 2014 S.H.O.T. Show – the big kickoff for the gun industry’s new products – Glock introduced two new pistols. The model 41, a big long barrel target 45ACP with a new thinner slide, and the model 42 a very small pistol in 380 ACP were introduced.

Glock 42 - image courtesy of Glock

My friend Scott was very impressed by the 380 subcompact gun and vowed to buy the first one that came into Smith & Edwards. I gravitated to the bigger 45 and made the same vow. Well, not too long after that, we received one of each at the store. Scott kept his promise and bought it that day.

Range Day with the Glock 42

I decided to go to the range that day with a couple of pistols that I had been shooting for some time. Scott offered to let me “break-in” his new acquisition; how could I say no? He even bought a box of ammo and said, “Shoot 10 of these and tell me how you like it!”

It was like Christmas all over again. I hurried off and was soon ready for the test.

Right off, I shot two 5 shot groups at about 10 yards. The little Glock 42 was smooth and the groups were tighter than I thought possible from a gun this small. The sights were easy to pick up and the recoil was minimal with no abrasion or discomfort.

I went on to shooting my bigger guns. They were ok, but I thought, Man, I think the little Glock is way easier to shoot acceptable groups. I know that I was only supposed to put 10 rounds down range with the free ammo, but I couldn’t stop. I shot 10 more rounds and was amazed by how the little gun handled.

This happened a couple more times and when I looked down, the box was very near empty. I was convinced that I had to have a Glock 42.

I returned the gun to my friend, and bought one for myself (I did buy him another box of ammo to remain friends).

Glock 42 in 380

The Results

I have included some average 5 shot 10 yard groups. These were shot off hand with no support. The target dot is 1.5″ in diameter. I also have included an amazing 5 shot group that I would be proud of with any pistol.

Glock 42 Range Test ResultsI am sure many could out-shoot this pistol if we went to the 25 yard line. I am not saying that this is a target gun. I am saying that I have not been able to shoot a gun this small anywhere close to as well as this little Glock. The controls and trigger pull are just like their bigger guns; so if you shoot a Glock well, you will really appreciate the model 42. Come on, give the 380 a chance.

Glock 42 - image courtesy of Glock

Glock 42 Specs:

Caliber: .380 auto
Capacity: 6 rounds
Barrel length: 3.25″
Overall length: 5.94″
Width: 0.94″
Height: 4.13″
Length between sights: 4.92″
Weight, unloaded: 13.76oz
Trigger pull: ~5.5lb
Trigger travel: ~0.49″
Barrel rifling: Right hand, hexagonal
Length of Twist: 9.84″
Click here to see the Glock 42 or come visit it in-store at Smith & Edwards Gun Counter.

Note from Rose: Mike was generous enough to let me shoot his Glock 42 at the Perry range. This is a really nice gun and a great option for concealed carry. I liked the trigger pull, the size and grip were perfect, and I liked the fact that it stays open after you fire the last round. The sights make this handgun a lot better to aim than your typical .380 concealed carry, and it doesn’t kick like a Ruger LCP or others. Thanks, Mike!

Like the review? Should we do more of these? Leave a comment (or come into the store) & let us know!

About our people

Mike Vause, Smith and Edwards

Mike Vause is the Sporting Goods manager at Smith & Edwards. He’s been here over 20 years. When he’s not in the store, he’s probably hiking, camping, or testing the latest handgun or rifle.

Have questions about guns, hunting gear, or reloading equipment? Call the store at 801-731-1120 and ask Sporting Goods, we’ll be happy to help you get the gear you need.

San Rafael Swell, Utah - Mike Vause, Smith and Edwards

The Gear You Need for a Weekend Getaway

- posted by Mike Vause

The spring is the perfect time to plan your hiking and camping, and you couldn’t ask for a better location than Utah. Take a week to enjoy the natural surroundings in comfort. Or, take off on a Friday afternoon and get away for a weekend with the family on your favorite hiking trails.

Utah Hiking and Camping Spots

Utah is rich with outdoor hiking opportunities.

I love the Uinta mountains.
View from the Uinta Mountains - Mike Vause, Smith and Edwards

The Desert Canyons of San Rafael Swell are also a good hike.
San Rafael Swell, Utah - Mike Vause, Smith and Edwards
San Rafael Swell, Utah - Mike Vause, Smith and Edwards
San Rafael Swell, Utah - Mike Vause, Smith and Edwards
Even our own humble Ben Lomond peak.

Peak of Ben Lomond - Mike Vause, Smith and Edwards

My nephew on the peak of Ben Lomond. Over his right shoulder you can see Willard Bay.

Climb a peak! It will change how you look at things.

We have beautiful peaks in Utah. I like the view from Lewis Peak on the other side of the divide.
Lewis Peak, Utah - Mike Vause, Smith and Edwards

Utah’s tallest is Kings Peak – that’s an amazing summit right there.

For camping, I like the Logan Canyon area. There are still some fun spots at North Fork.

I love being in the Uinta mountains – there are many fun places up there you can hike to.

The Uintas - Mike Vause, Smith and Edwards

Now is the time to prepare a great backpack trip or day hike. Be ready now so you can grab your gear and go when the weather is right.

Capitol Reef, Utah - Mike Vause, Smith and Edwards

Capitol Reef National Park

Utah Hiking Gear & Camping Picks

Kelty day packs lasted my kids from 2nd grade through to my 20-year-old on his mission in the islands of the Pacific.

When you’re looking for hiking packs, you can’t go wrong with one from Mountainsmith, Kelty, or Jansport.

Hiking packs by Jansport, Mountainsmith, and Kelty at Smith and Edwards

These hiking packs will hold all your gear comfortably – and you won’t lose sight of your family in these bright colors, either.

Rather than trying to haul in your own water, you’ll want a water purification system: either a pump or a gravity system.

Some good purifying pump systems are the Katadyn Hiker, and the MSR Miniworks Ex Microfilter.
Water purification systems are important for hiking and camping!

Water Purification pumps are great – but gravity-style purification rocks.

I love the Katadyne Base Camp system, where you draw a huge bag through the water, hang it up in camp, and then release water from it as you need it. And because of the gravity, you don’t need to pump it. MSR makes their own Autoflow Gravity Micro Filter which is the same concept. It’s a bit faster than the Base Camp, but it clogs easier. You can field clean the MSR filter easily by running water through the other direction. The Katadyne Base Camp uses the same filters as other Katadyne systems.

A lot of these purification systems have adapters that go right on your Nalgene bottle, reducing spillage.

Waterproof boots are a must! Danner and Merrell are good waterproof brands, and Merino wool or polypropylene blend socks complete the package.

Here are a couple good shoes: Danner 453 GTX in brown, and Merrell Moab Gore-Tex Mid with Vibram soles.

Merrell and Danner hiking boots and Merino wool socks at Smith & Edwards

Merrell or Danner hiking boots and Merino wool socks will keep your feet dry on a Utah hike.

Don’t forget your hat and sunscreen!

Staying overnight? Think about a Slumberjack sleeping bag. There are a lot of options out there, I like Slumberjack and Kelty.

Kelty and Slumberjack sleeping bags at Smith & Edwards

Kelty and Slumberjack sleeping bags

Always take a pad; good rest is important. These inflatable pads are by ThermaRest, and we have several online you can check out.
Thermarest sleeping bag pads at Smith & Edwards

I have a Kelty tent with 15 years of use, and we sell other great brands as well.

Kelty and Mountainsmith Tents at Smith and Edwards

The Kelty Grand Mesa and Mountainsmith Morrison 2-Person 3-Season tents are great for camping in Utah.


Click here to see tents online, and we have even more in-store.

Hike with Your Kids

Get your kids out; give them a love of the outdoors when they are young, and they will carry your heavy stuff when you are older. Trust me, it works.
Hiking with the kids - Mike Vause, Smith and Edwards
You’ll get something started that they won’t be able to put down.
My kids hiking a trail - Mike Vause, Smith and Edwards

What are your favorite hiking and camping spots? Leave a comment and let us know!

About our people

Mike Vause, Smith and Edwards

Mike Vause is the Sporting Goods manager at Smith & Edwards. He’s been here over 20 years. When he’s not in the store, he’s probably hiking, camping, or testing the latest handgun or rifle.

Have Camping or Hiking questions? Call the store at 801-731-1120 and ask Sporting Goods, we’ll be happy to help you get the gear you need.

Check out our Camping and Hiking gear - click here!

Handgun up for auction at Smith & Edwards

4 Reasons You Can’t Miss the Smith & Edwards Gun Auction

- posted by Rose Marion

2018 Gun Auction date announced – CLICK HERE!

Smith & Edwards' Annual Gun AuctionOk, here’s the deal. ’round here you’ll find yourself a livestock auction, and a lot of folks are familiar with eBay auctions. But where else in our neck of the woods are you going to find a Gun Auction?

Smith and Edwards’ Gun Auction was in its 30th year here in Farr West on Feb. 1st from noon to 2pm and it was sure a good time. Lots of happy people and families spending a Saturday afternoon together and getting to see 70 nice guns going to good homes.

If you’ve never been to a Gun Auction at Smith & Edwards, you HAVE to come next year. It’s the entire reason folks give each other money at Christmas! (well, part of the reason) You won’t be disappointed. Here are 3 solid reasons to come next year and bring your family with you:

1. You’ll have an Awesome Time

It’s exciting to be there with 200 other people all who are familiar with guns and shooting. You could make new friends here at the gun auction, chat up some seasoned hunters for their favorite ranges or hunting spots, or just watch the crowd as the auction takes off. If you’re into guns and don’t have a lot of people everyday to talk to about your hobby, this is a great place to meet new people who get it.

The Smith & Edwards Gun Auction is a fun time for the whole familyAnd there’s even more to see at the Gun Auction than great people. Have a tasty hot dog at our Country Boy Deli right by the auction stage:

Country Boy Deli - Smith and Edwards Gun Auction

And because you’ll want to get here early, we’ve always got friends of Smith & Edwards that come to keep you entertained til the Auction starts.

This year we were lucky to have 3 guests here before the auction: The Eagle was at the front doors giving away prizes and keeping things hopping with great music.

The Eagle radio station at Smith and Edwards for the Gun Auction

The Zone
was back in Sporting Goods, filling folks in at home on auction details.

The Zone at Smith and Edwards Gun Auction

1280 The Zone interviewing Mike Vause, Sporting Goods manager, just before the Gun Auction started.

And Mark Malan crooned to the crowd on his guitar before the auction started.

Mark Malan at the Smith and Edwards gun auction

2. Great Deals & FREE Guns

You know, the #1 reason we do the Gun Auction is to make you happy. Yeah, you! Our customers love the gun auction because we have great guns at GREAT prices.

Lots of the guns start at just $100 or $200 – and these are guns we keep on the shelf with $700 – $2000 price tags all year!

Nice camo gun with scope - Smith and Edwards Gun Auction

Mike Casey talks up this nice camo gun with a scope

And you can inspect the guns before the show, too, and get a good look at what you’re bidding on.

Handgun up for auction at Smith & Edwards

One fellow even came up to me and asked if we made any money on this event or if it’s a wash. Well, I can’t rightly answer that, but let me tell you, there are a LOT of folks who made out real well Saturday!

And how about those free guns?

That’s right! How would it feel to beat all the other fellas out to win the bid on a gun you really wanted… and then get told that you got it for FREE?

Pretty amazing, right? It could happen at the Smith & Edwards Gun Auction!

Not to mention the fun freebies Mike Casey threw out to the crowd: t-shirts, hats, wristbands, and to some, even .22 shells!

“Who drove the furthest to get here? Anyone from Idaho, Wyoming?” Mike asked (a few folks raised their hands.) “Ok, driving 300 miles gets you free ammo!”

Then a fellow pipes up from the crowd: “I’m from Farr West! I’ve driven a mile to here 300 times!” Ok, you can have a freebie too.

Journey handing out freebies at Smith & Edwards

Journey making sure everyone gets a freebie and a copy of the guns up for auction

3. Mystery Safe

It’s the big attraction: The mystery safe! This year Jackie Allred was the lucky winner. And being a lady, she got a $500 Smith & Edwards Gift Certificate as a bonus!

Jackie Allred, 2014 Smith and Edwards Gun Safe Winner

Jackie Allred, winner of the 2014 Smith and Edwards Gun Safe, and her crew, pose with the safe and Mike Vause.

Here’s a partial list of what was in that big ol’ safe:

  • Top-of-the-line Superior safe that we sell for $1799 – retails for over $2,000.00
  • “Winchester 1894″ rifle with a 26” barrel, built in 1902, 38-55 caliber – all original
  • 1400 rounds of .22 long round copper-coated rifle shells (WOW!)
  • Smith & Wesson M&P .22 Pistol
  • Leuopold’s top-of-the-line Gold Ring Spotting Scope, retails at $1199.00
  • Burris Fullfield 14×42 rifle scope, retails at $259.00
  • Nikon Rangefinder Realtree, retails at $469.99
  • Leupold Olympic 12×50 pair of binoculars
  • Browning T-Bolt .22 17 HMR, retails at $650.00
  • Ruger 10 .22 Laminated Stock, stainless steel version
  • Benelli Super Black Eagle Limited with wood stock, retails at $2499.00

Wow! Nice win, Jackie!

4. Auctioneer Mike Montgomery

And while those are the top 3 reasons…. we think Mike Montgomery is a reason in and of himself! He’s been heading up our auction for just about as long as we can remember – he’s a real staple of the annual Gun Auction.

Mike Montgomery at the Smith and Edwards Gun AuctionI don’t know how he keeps his patter going as he’s watching in the crowd for bids! Luckily this year he had help from 4 spotters. He’s just incredible!

Mike Montgomery auctioneering the Smith & Edwards Gun Auction

The 3 Mikes: Mike Montgomery auctioneering, Mike Casey talking up the guns, and Mike Vause being Vanna White.

Well, I hope you’re convinced that you’ll need to come to our 31st Gun Auction next January in 2015. We can’t wait to have you back! In the meantime, make sure to check out guns at Smith & Edwards online and in-store.

From a crazy idea Mike Casey had standing on a soapbox back on Washington Boulevard back 30 years ago to the big auction we hosted today… thanks for a great 3 decades Ogden!

Are you looking forward to the Gun Auction next year? Leave us a comment and let us know what you’d like to win! And would you share this post with one of your friends who’s never come? They’ve GOT to make it out to our Gun Auction!