April 10, 2008

Memphis Gun Shop Opens With a Bange Under New Ownership

With a name seemingly made for the business, it still took a little convincing for Ray Bange and his wife Margaret to decide on purchasing a gun shop.

The couple, who called Pennsylvania home until last year, is not total strangers to the area. Margarets parents moved to Scotland County in 1974. Norman and Ella Zimmerman resided here for more than 20 years before passing away. It was at that time that Ray and Margaret began visiting the area more frequently.

There were 10 siblings, but four of us went together in a partnership and purchased the family farm, which we still operate as a beef cattle operation, Ray said.

While the farm brought them to Scotland County on business, it also was a vacation spot particularly during hunting season.

That was when we first met Joe and Gerry Rossi, Ray said. We started coming into the gun shop a lot, and that was when Joe first mentioned he was considering selling the business. He kept talking to me about buying it, and finally we just decided to do it. We have really enjoyed the community and are happy to now call it home.

Up until the move Ray had been in the logging industry out East for the past 28 years.

The transaction officially took place on January 1, 2008 when Rossi Gun Shop became Bange Gun Shop.

New owners Ray and Margaret Bange plan to maintain a similar operation but have already expanded offerings for trapping as well as archery.

A special grand opening was celebrated April 4th and 5th. Door prizes were given away hourly with grand prizes award daily. Mitch Williams and Timothy Fox were the lucky youth winners, taking home new B-B guns. Winners in the adult grand prize drawings were Stephen Good and Gail Dowell. Both received a free Jakehouse turkey hunting blind.

The couple has plenty of help to run the store. Their daughter Yvonne Brown will manage the store with help from her husband and sons.

The store maintains a Federal Firearms License (FFL) that allows the sale of guns. They also offer a full line of ammunition and a wide variety of hunting accessories.

The inventory also includes a limited edition wildlife artwork line as well as numerous locally made gift items.

The store will also soon be offering Missouri Department of Conservation hunting and fishing licenses.

Store hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m; Friday from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information contact 660-465-8538.

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