Milford, MI (PressExposure) March 19, 2012 -- Plans are under way to bring a gun shop to the Village of Milford.
Milford resident Ed Swadish is partnering with Steve Porter, owner of Lock, Stock and Barrel in Oscoda, for the new venture - Huron Valley Guns - to be located in the Farmer Jack plaza at Milford Road and GM Road. Details with the building site and licensing must still be worked out, but the store is expected to open in May.
Porter, Swadish said, has "an extensive knowledge in guns," which will be a big help to customers whether they are collectors of vintage firearms, hunters, target shooters, competitive shooters or are seeking a handgun for protection. "Porter literally knows every gun from 1860 on," said Swadish, a self-described avid gun collector and shooter. "I haven't run into a gun he doesn't know."
Swadish, owner of Discount Paper in Novi, said Milford offers a prime spot for the store. "There's no place (nearby) to go for targets, ammunition," he said. "And we will have all different types of guns, from the .22 you buy for a cub scout to the guy who wants to buy his kid his first squirrel rifle."
He said he also chose to set up the store near his hometown because of his love for community "and all the great people."
Huron Valley Guns will be a family-oriented place, he added, and will also carry a large selection of books and magazines on shooting, military history and aviation.
Porter said he and Swadish became acquainted through his business in Oscoda, and Swadish has a summer home near Porter's.
There's been an uptick in the demand for firearms over the last few years, Porter said, which he partially attributes to the poor economy and people's concerns with protecting themselves and their property. Some 30 percent of his customers in the past four years were first-time gun buyers, he said.
Porter will close Lock, Stock and Barrel as he moves operations south to Milford, ending a 17-year run. He said he's familiar with plenty of folks from the Huron Valley and surrounding community because they have cottages near his store, currently located along US-23.
"We're going to be one-stop shopping," he said. "We'll have a mix of just about everything for all different realms of shooting."