CMF Tactical Outfitters A.K.A. Center Mass Firearms

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This is an INACTIVE giveaway!

Before we get into the review…

On July 29th, 2010 I stopped by Center Mass Firearms for the first time ever.  My intention for that visit was to gather photo & video content and learn a bit about the store so I could post a write up about them on 702shooter.com.  Although the manager who spoke with me that day was very pleasant, the snide comments coming from the owner sitting behind the counter didn’t sit well with me.  Knowing that my review was going to be fairly negative, I was contemplating if I should even post it.  In the meantime, I edited the video and uploaded it to YouTube.  Within a couple of hours the video received several hateful responses about the shop, specifically the poor treatment people received directly from the owner.  This swayed my decision to not promote the shop and I eventually removed the video from YouTube.

I never stepped foot back in the store and I freely shared my experience with those who asked me about CMF.  A couple of years later they contacted me about getting a review posted as well as sponsoring this site.  I declined both and sent a detailed email as to why I wanted nothing to do with them.  Imagine my surprise when they never responded. icon wink CMF Tactical Outfitters A.K.A. Center Mass Firearms

Fast forward to November 1st, 2012…

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Previous sign not allowing open carry or loaded CCW

Rumors started circling about new ownership and management changes at Center Mass so I decided to stop by again and see if they were true.  The first thing I noticed is that the sign telling you that they did not allow open carry or loaded conceal carry had been removed.  As I entered the store, I saw some familiar faces I’ve gotten to know from other shops around town and this time, I was warmly greeted.  The discussion immediately turned to the change in ownership and it continued by acknowledging the past mistakes with emphasis on a commitment to changing the negative reputation the shop had earned over the last 12 years.

Over the next couple of months I continued to stop by and check the progress of the remodel and staff changes.  Eventually I received a call from Mike Heck who invited me to come out and see the final product.

IMG 0016 300x200 CMF Tactical Outfitters A.K.A. Center Mass FirearmsBesides the above mentioned changes in staff, the store itself has been drastically improved and the name has evolved into “CMF Tactical Outfitters”. What was once a somewhat crowded retail space has been changed so that the display cabinets now line the edges of the walls instead of jutting out into the middle of the store.  Fresh paint, better displays, & a comfy lounge area with a large TV make the place feel much more welcoming.  Not to mention the fridge full of complimentary Rock Star.  Will Smith (part of the new management team, not the rapper/actor), describes the store as being modeled after the typical surf/skate shops he visited as a teenager.  A relaxed and comfortable environment where customers can visit with staff and learn from those who build their own custom guns.

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IMG 0014 200x133 CMF Tactical Outfitters A.K.A. Center Mass FirearmsCenter Mass Firearms has long been “the spot” in the Las Vegas area where most people would go for their HK parts needs.  The majority of the local machine gun ranges use CMF to keep their HK’s running smoothly.  As  a full on HK distributor, CMF Tactical Outfitters has access to more HK products than any other place in town.  Plus, they can get things quicker than anybody else.  Their website is also well ranked in the search engines for Heckler & Koch online sales.

The decision was made to stick with offering higher end merchandise and focusing on quality rather than loading the store with less expensive products.  Some of the brands available here include: LWRC, Noveske, LMT, Geissele, VLTOR, Surefire, Sig Sauer, Troy, & Howard Leight.  At current time, the on-hand stock of all gun stores is depleted but CMF has managed to keep a small flow of higher end “black rifles” in stock.  Some are standard builds direct from the manufactures and others are pretty high end custom builds that the shop put together themselves.

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This 4,500 square foot gun shop includes 2,400 SF of retail space and the remaining area is divided up between offices, manufacturing, and their 4 lane indoor shooting range.  The 7 yard handgun only range was constructed by Shooting Ranges International and it can handle up to and including the mighty 500 Smith & Wesson Magnum. Gun rentals are available.

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If you’re like me and have avoided this store because of a previous experience, I encourage you to stop by and see the change in attitude for yourself.  This East side sister store of The Range 702 has worked hard to regain your business and in my honest opinion, they’ve accomplished that goal.

Onto the giveaway details!  With the current shortage of ammunition, we thought it would be cool to offer up 500 rounds of 5.56 to a lucky subscriber. This drawing will take place on June 22nd, 2013. Enter by posting a QUALIFYING comment below. There is a reason I always link to the Giveaway Rules so I suggest you review them prior to entering.

2140 S. Boulder Hwy.
Henderson, NV 89002
Phone: (702) 558-7890
www.CenterMassFirearms.com
Monday – Saturday
10:00am – 6:00pm

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heofon May 2, 2013 at 8:56 am

Beautiful store. I will definitely check it out if I’m ever in the area. I don’t know if I would shop at a sgun store that didn’t allow legal gun carry in the store as long as the state allowed it, of course. It tells me they don’t share my views of the second amendment.

islandcreationlv May 2, 2013 at 10:41 am

So after reading your whole article and looking at all the pics looks like a nice place. I would definitely check it out. I never heard of that place but they look like they have a lot of stock. I wonder if the prices are any good? Good article keep it up!

islandcreationlv May 2, 2013 at 10:43 am

What is up with the sign before hand? So you couldn’t go in with your firearm?

702Shooter May 2, 2013 at 2:56 pm

“The first thing I noticed is that the sign telling you that they did not allow open carry or loaded conceal carry had been removed. “

SRT4Freak May 2, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Good looking store. Definitely a place i would like to check out if I’m ever in the area.

seattlebound2020 May 2, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Good to know the store is under new management. I went there years ago and recieved the same negative treatment and haven’t been back. I will be stopping by and checking out the remodel.

I12RIDE May 4, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Well I was in the area and stopped in to see how things were. This is after promising myself that I would never step back in that place again. I was greated as I entered the store, ok so far, and was given a chance to look arround then asked if they help me with anything, i stated that i was just checking things out and was told that if there was anything that i would like to see or needed any help that they were there. Over heard one employee talking to a customer and he was great no bs just good info and when he did not have the answer there was no bs or lie he asked a fellow employee for the answer and did not sweet doing so. I hole that Center Mass can get over the dammage caused by prior owners or management and suceed they have a up hill battle but seam to be on the right track. Great experience this time and I will be back.

mselvage May 4, 2013 at 7:31 pm

I’ll be in next week, looks like a nice place (hope I can find it).

troylee500 May 5, 2013 at 11:14 am

We have shopped several gun stores in the Las Vegas/Henderson area. With this store included we have been treated poorly. When we visited the store in past history the same attitude was portrayed. We decided to not shop this store again. We then turned to a very few select dealers due to their honesty, service, and commitment to prices. The design of the new store looks more organized and is nice that they have an area to try out new guns. My spouse too was a surfer growing up and agrees that the store has a more welcoming feeling. We have a mass amount of guns however ammo is hard to find. The prices on ammo have been ridiculous. We will stop by and see the store soon and decide if we can add this location to our collection of ammo/gun dealers. I think it is great that someone took over the store and truly cared about customer service. That is a rarity in Las Vegas. Keep up the good work and we will see you soon.

Fastrat May 5, 2013 at 3:11 pm

I’ve been wanting an MP5 for a loooonnngggg time now….but have avoided this place due to the word on the street about it….I may have to stop by now that it’s in the hands of some friendlier types….

SideForce May 5, 2013 at 8:53 pm

I recall the 2010 times. Sad that it was like that, but it was typical of many LV gun stores. I am delighted to learn of a turn in the trend, where a focus on customer service and a well designed retail space will replace the grumpy fella behind the counter, the know it all talking down to you, and the mindless array of products laid out in a maze.

Based on this recent review, I’ll gladly give CMF a visit. Thanks for the update on the change.

Alsatian May 7, 2013 at 7:41 pm

I would indeed be sweet and advantageous to win some 5.56. I can’t even find any .243 Winchester at a decent price. If I win this ammo I guess I’ll just have to buy an ar-15 to go along with it.

702Shooter May 7, 2013 at 8:16 pm

Or, you could save it in case you win the AR15 pistol I’m about to review and giveaway… :)

Artista_co May 11, 2013 at 7:52 am

As a Colorado resident I wish we had a range and store like this near me. the nearest is 1 1/2 hours away. I look forward to visiting the store when I do get to Vegas. It sounds like it carries the product(s) I am interested in.

crsmithart May 11, 2013 at 12:53 pm

I live in rural Texas and though I have a place to shoot on my farm, it would be nice to have a store/range like this local to me … The ammo would come in very handy for hog hunting

SpockNard May 12, 2013 at 2:38 pm

I like to shoot in NW Arizona, and think I’ll plan a trip up to the store for Ammo sometime. Thanks!

meleniumx May 15, 2013 at 9:30 am

Nice store but not in my neighborhood.

.357sig May 15, 2013 at 11:06 am

So after reading your article I have decided to check out the store in a few weeks when I have more spare time. I have visited many LGS in Las Vegas and yet have not found on that has a staff that is easy to talk to and to deal with. Most of the time when I ask questions or take my time I sense an attitude of impatience. I like to price out my options, I like to hold some different guns before buying one, there is no need to rush me or roll your eyes at me, it just makes me want to leave and never come back. Customer service to me is a number one priority because if a store provides good customer service then I am more likely to buy there than anywhere else.

So thank you for the article, I will definitely check them out.
Also thank you for this opportunity for this generous giveaway, my ar-15 is hungry

mperkins37 May 16, 2013 at 4:00 am

Ill be sure to check em out next time I get to vegas.

VegasExec May 19, 2013 at 12:45 pm

I finally stopped in this last week. It’s a bit of a drive, but I had business in the area so it worked out. Fairly decent selection of handguns in the cases close to going market prices. Some lower, some on par and some higher. Even had some long guns up on the wall. Gun inventory on display and for sale in a gun store… whouldathunk?

Mountain of pmags in the case for sale as well as an ample supply of 5.56. 2 brands. Picked up a box of xtac for $16.16 out the door. (20 round box.) So, including tax that is $0.81/round. There were well over 400 boxes between the two brands.

Service was good. I was greeted when I came and as I made my way from case to case, display to display was asked by other employees if I needed help. Chatted up the staff about guns and ammo and the fact that I had read a review on this website.

If they were in my backyard, like NFA, I’d shop them.

jadda7480 May 19, 2013 at 7:38 pm

great giveaway. I’ve been here and the people who work here are very knowledge. highly recommended for people to stop by

Frank May 20, 2013 at 7:15 am

very impressive store, friendly staff, all very knowledgeable and helpful. I have to say i will be returning. I also would to say “thank you” for the fantastic givaway opportunity.

jamully3 May 20, 2013 at 3:10 pm

If I’m ever in the area, I definitely want to check out the store so I can form my own opinion. We have a couple of gun stores down here in Georgia that aren’t very people oriented either. I don’t see how they stay in business.

teamdobbs May 20, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Looks like a sweet store, more shops should look this professional! Will have to stop by on my next Vegas trip. Glad you were able to report on a “good” turnaround from a previously negative shop.

malot1 May 21, 2013 at 12:14 am

From the sounds of it looks like a cool shop. Like the idea of a lounge area to be able to sit and bullshit. Don’t get to Vegas often but will make this shop a must see. Thanks for the info.

pbarnes May 21, 2013 at 12:19 pm

after reading your article regarding the store and changes made it was outstanding that someone took charge and actually made it friendly toward gun owner’s by removing the former owner/ supervisor who by his action’s toward people was a dick, removing a sign that has no business in a gun store prohibiting concealed carry. i don’t know the person responsible for the changes personally but his ideas of having a place for customer’s to relax while exchanging ideas about firarms with the techs. on duty is cutting edge this person will take this store to the next level making it one of the best and biggest stores in nevada. if the people who own this store weather it be a single person or a corporation will listen to the person responsible for the changes to this store they will go far in this business that’s what alot of people have failed to do in this business is keep it friendly toward customers where people can relax and talk about firearms/products, most just have a few display cases and treat their customers just like a transaction that needs to be completed as soon as possible answering any questions as quick as they can making the customer feel like their rushing them out the door. the changes you have made and the atmosphere that you’ve provided to your customers in your store will ensure your success in this business because you have remembered to treat your customers like someone rather than another transaction.

god bless phillip barnes us. army retired

blue1 May 21, 2013 at 7:55 pm

I am glad to hear about the change. It was a bad place to go to before. The owner insulted everybody.
Jim Muir usa (ret)

demory11 May 22, 2013 at 1:34 pm

It’s been awhile since I/ve been to Vegas but I’m planning a visit in the near future and though the casinos are okay the gun shops seem to be better. This looks like a winner.

ACalli2 May 28, 2013 at 10:29 am

I have a friend who recently retired from Caesar’s Palace where he worked as a dealer for many years. Lived on Casco Way as I remember. Visiting was enjoyable except for my first experience after landing and temp. was 107 deg!!! Whoa!! Ohio seemed much more like where I’d like to be, but–Chuck has lots of nice things to say about y’all and we intend to visit for a few days soon and hope to meet with all you and go thru that super looking store. You have to be proud of all this as it sure doesn’t look anything like ones I’ve been in from Carolinas to Michigan. Some are just a hole in the wall with signs and arrows pointing to ‘restrooms’. Very little inventory and depend on ‘trade-ins’ as a means of staying alive. Don’t get me wrong here. There are some very nice establishments, but, take your time while looking. Hope to see ya soon!!
jim

death2twinkys May 28, 2013 at 4:49 pm

I am honestly glad to see a company pull its respective head from their fourth point and realize that their customers aren’t doing them a favor.

NFoley May 31, 2013 at 11:18 pm

One of the better shops in the Vegas area in my opinion. It’s refreshing to see more shops like this. Theyve got my business and will for the foreseeable future.

NORDIC454 June 4, 2013 at 10:59 am

I live literally less than a mile away from CMF and would very rarely go into the shop, because of the exact reasons you stated in your review. I would travel farther away to get my parts, ammo etc.. I recently went in after the signs changed, and the stated new management and ownership. I was plesantly surprised with the changes in decor and staff. good job guys!

suprmario_44 June 4, 2013 at 1:12 pm

I had heard similar stories about CMF and have avoided the store since it originally opened. At the end of last year a manager of mine recommended the store and I told him the rumors I had heard. He said the store was different but I was still reluctant to head out to BFE to see if it was true. About a month ago and after 3 days of calling around trying to find a shop that would assemble 2 AR uppers and hearing the ridiculous turn over times and costs involved, I thought I would have to wait until the end of all the madness to get them assembled. I called CMF and they quoted the lowest for both. I immediately took over all the parts, the store was clean and has an openness that makes you not feel overwhelmed like in other stores. Zino said that he would get the upper together in about a week and he would let me know if he had any issues. Like with all things, there were some issues with the parts I had brought but the staff quickly offered solutions and got the uppers but together. Both uppers fire without issue and I couldn’t be happier with the results and service. Zino & Ryan gave great personal service and the rest of the staff is friendly while you browse. I will definitely be doing the bulk of my purchases from CMF. Plus while others were charging $18.99 for PMC X-Tac, CMF was charging $14.99. This is a shop that is tailored for the practical shooter and I appreciate that they don’t want to adopt a “Beverly Hills Gun Club persona”!

AUBURN44 June 5, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Would like to have a shop like this around us in Birmingham, AL. Unfortunately I have bad experiences with all local shops at one time or another. Thanks for the write up.

cjanik June 5, 2013 at 10:19 pm

Glad to see another good gun store in town! I usually shop by word of mouth, from what I’m hearing ill definitely put this store in my radar when I’m out looking to buy.

A no guns allowed sign in a gun store is an oxymoron, glad to see its not a policy anymore! Thanks

Alpha One Tactical June 6, 2013 at 11:30 pm

I am not close enough to shop here in person but will definitely check them out online. It is always nice to see a story like this when a business gets turned around by new owner’s or management and gets their act together and starts treating customers the way WE DESERVE TO BE TREATED AND APPRECIATED!! I too am a small business owner and try my best to treat EVERY customer like they are the best customer I have whether they are buying or just looking because this is the way I want to be treated when I am TRYING to spend my hard earned cash with them. I swear I AM AMAZED EVERYDAY at the businesses that are so successful…AND SO INDEPENDENT that they could care less about their customers or whether they ever come back or not. It makes me wonder how they get to be so successful by treating their customers this way! Thumbs up to you CMF and best wishes to your business! And thanks 702Shooter for another great review!

Wysiwyg101 June 9, 2013 at 10:21 pm

While I don’t live in Vegas, I do travel there on a rare occasion. The next time I’m there I’ll stop in and see what’s what. Thanks for a great article. And a great giveaway. Y’all take care and stay safe and shoot straight.

CroftonBilly June 10, 2013 at 7:19 am

Thanks 702Shooter for the chance at the ammo giveaway. Lord knows we could all use it.
Also thanks for the writeup on CMF Tactical Outfitters. I’ll have to visit their shop next time I’m in the Vegas area. I wish a successful business to Will and the new staff/management there. It’s great to have a shop focused on welcoming all level of customers. That’s cool little range too! Cheers!

Jrlobo June 10, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Seems like there is at least one CMF store (previous incarnation that is) in every locale. One in the city of Frederick, MD, is run by an arrogant owner whose prices suggest he has a monopoly on guns for sale and is most unfriendly to new customers (sound familiar?). Lately he has been getting much needed competition, but he still is just as arrogant as ever. The way you treated the original CMF is the way to go. Thanks for making me feel I’m in good company!

fortbuilder June 11, 2013 at 2:28 am

I don’t shoot this caliber personally, but I have many friends that do. Just as I’m always looking for ammo so are they. Any opportunity to help them out is welcome.
I don’t make it to Vegas often, Actually the last time I was there was last November. However, my next visit will definitely include visiting CMF Tactical Outfitters.

lvdiver June 11, 2013 at 10:21 pm

Went to this store one time before the change of ownership and after seeing the no loaded guns (including CCW) sign I thought this is the last time I come here! I live about 1/2 mile from the store.
I have been to the store at least 7 times since the change and used the range twice. These guys want your business and act like it. My nephew, my son, and a friend all bought hand guns here and they gave us all free range use cards.
Any gun store that says no loaded guns for CCW will not see me buying at their store, glad to see they changed that or they would have lost the sale of the guns above!
Thanks guys! Like the store now and the changes for the better!

CubexDE June 13, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Glad they now allow OC in their store. That is a deal breaker for me when choosing where to spend my money.

Dennis Stepanich June 14, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Here in Colorado ammo is very hard to come by I have take days off just to stand in line even getting in early to be the first in line only to find three differnt stores didnt get any .556 or .223 please give a old guy from Colorado a shot (or 500) thanks

greenelantern June 15, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Could always use more ammo for tyranny and zombie apocalypse.

Hal June 16, 2013 at 9:55 pm

500 rounds of ammo for my AR is exactly what I need. Every local store in my area has been cleaned out of ammo. It looks like CMF Tactical Outfitters has definitely turned itself around. I plan to be in Vegas for a conference in July and will check out the store.

webgun June 18, 2013 at 6:36 pm

I never have enough ammo. wow

Hjelle88 June 19, 2013 at 9:00 am

Man, I wish I had a store like that around my area. Not only for the content, but also for the service & atmosphere. I hate walking into almost all of the gun shops/sporting goods stores around here and being treated like a stranger.

MickeyEyez June 20, 2013 at 1:14 am

Once again Californians will have to make the long commute. Looks nice. Will have to drop by on the next Vegas outing.

mperkins37 June 21, 2013 at 4:58 am

Hey I Just received my new Sterling Arsenal .458 SOCOM Upper, Anybody have a line on some ammo?

budgetman June 22, 2013 at 11:36 am

I just got my first pistol. I brought my friend along to help me out. I’ve only been to the range once, but I think I caught the bug.

Cameano June 24, 2013 at 6:49 pm

I’d like to give a big thank you to CMF Tactical and 702Shooter.com for giving me this opportunity to replenish my meager ammunition stock during this shortage. I’ve been holding back from shooting my AR the past few months, but now I’m set for a few range trips. I’m looking forward to doing more business in the future with CMF Tactical. The shop is definitely improved over the old one. Thanks again!

702Shooter June 26, 2013 at 8:45 am

Congrats on your win!

dcrazy March 21, 2014 at 7:46 pm

its awesome some one would have a give away like this. Not often you see that but it is generous for that a thinks. I never win but win or not thanks for the opportunity.

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