By: Shelly Robinson | Category: Retail | Issue: August 2009
Becky Medlock offers a big-city selection with hometown service at Medlock Firearms in Collinsville.
When Becky Medlock met a young sailor on leave in California in July, 1992, she had no idea it would lead to marriage, moving to Oklahoma and eventually starting a family business. “Jason and I met when he was serving in the Navy during the first Gulf War. He was stationed on the carrier Kittyhawk in San Diego, but his family is from Oklahoma and we came back here when he completed his tour of duty.”
Jason and Becky and their children Darion, 15, and Braden, 12, now make their home in Owasso. Jason, a native of Broken Arrow and a mechanic at American Airlines, has been a gun enthusiast for years, working as a private dealer from his home. The hobby grew into a business, and the Medlocks decided to open a store in order to provide a more professional atmosphere and offer their customers more inventory. Becky, a former human resources recruiter, became the store manager, and although she wasn’t all that familiar with guns initially, you would never know it now.
Jason and Becky opened Medlock Firearms in June of 2005. Located on scenic Main Street in Collinsville, the store’s exterior looks like many of the historic buildings, but step inside and the old structure has been transformed. Exposed red brick, rustic wood ceilings and barn tin on the walls give the store an outdoorsy feel while providing a cool retreat from the Oklahoma heat. It’s a fun place to go whether you are just browsing or ready to buy.
Jason and Becky are joined in the store by J.B. Coppedge of Claremore. In addition to his vast knowledge of handguns and rifles, J.B. is a Class 3 advisor and can help customers navigate through the sea of paperwork required to obtain guns, ammunition and accessories outside the normal range. “Anytime you want short rifles, silencers or other things like that, you have to jump through a lot of hoops. We know what’s involved, and we help our customers take the stress out of that process,” explains Coppedge.
In addition to their specialty items, Medlock Firearms offers a full line of guns including Glock, Kimber, Rock River, Sig Sauer, Springfield and Smith & Wesson, and J.B. says they have more guns in stock than anyone in the northeast Oklahoma area. “People shop around and then come here and are amazed at our selection and prices. We also have a large selection of tactical rifles in stock, which have become hard to find in the last several months.”
Becky explains that historically when a democrat is elected to the presidency, gun sales rise, and Medlock Firearms planned ahead to meet the demand. “People often become concerned that laws may change regarding gun ownership, and many have expressed to us that they want to purchase now, just in case. We have a lot of first-time buyers in the shop,” says Becky.
Medlock offers a variety of firearms classes: firearm safety training, concealed carry classes, and novice to marksmanship training. Becky said they have classes for first-time gun owners that start out with the very basics – how to hold the gun, how to load and unload it, and the basics of shooting. Private instruction is available from Brad Wells, an expert marksman with 13 years of military experience. “We can tailor the instruction to the customer’s needs – individual or group sessions, novice to expert. Plus, we have an onsite pistol range with day passes or memberships, depending on the customer’s preference.” Medlock Firearms also partners with the Tulsa Defensive Shooting Academy for rifle, tactical weaponry and self-defense classes.
Medlock Firearms is currently on summer hours, open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. And don’t forget to ask about their free extended warranty program. Medlock adds a one-year warranty on top of the warranty offered by the manufacturer, free of charge. “When you buy a new gun, it should work. Period,” says Becky. “We treat our customers the way we want to be treated; it all goes back to great service.”