We didn’t set out to be the Pacific Northwest’s destination for the best gun safes and vaults. The store came from our founder, David Ballestrasse’s, passion for pre-1900 Winchesters.
In the early 1980s, David’s firearm collection outgrew his storage space. He needed a bigger, sturdier gun safe to house his collection. But what he found was neither the service nor selection he expected.
In 1986, David decided if he wanted better service and selection, he was going to have to make it happen. So he did. He placed a few safes in the corner of his sign shop — located on the very same property in Enumclaw where his grandfather has raised his family and built his American dream in the early 1900s.
By today’s standards, the initial shop wasn’t much. But it was the best local selection at the time. Additionally, David had the expertise and means to deliver and install safes. Over the years, this combination of service and quality has turned our family’s side hustle into a locally-owned and operated superstore.