Greg Standard, left, discusses shotgun reloading supplies with Darrel Langhoffer Wednesday at Standard’s new business, Kismet Reloading & Supply in Kismet. Standard and his wife, Chris, took their love of shooting sports and built their new business in Seward County’s second largest city, Kismet, population: 484. The shop will carry guns, ammo, reloading supplies and shooting accessories for the hunter or shooting enthusiast. Courtesy photo
By LARRY PHILLIPS
• Daily Leader
Where else but Western Kansas can a couple open a gun shop in a town of 484 people?
That’s exactly what Greg Standard and his wife, Chris, have done in the City of Kismet in northeast Seward County.
“It’s called Kismet Reloading & Supply,” Standard said. “We opened in mid-June, and it’s fairly well stocked now.”
The Standards are stocking various calibers and types of guns, ammunition, reloading supplies, gun cleaning kits, gun cases, hunting clothing, knives, dog supplies and all kinds of general shooting supplies and accessories.
The shop actually resulted because of a lack of room for the Standards’ longtime hobby.
“Shooting sports is just something I’ve always been interested in and have always enjoyed,” Standard said. “So it’s really just an extension of my hobby.
“I had so much stuff in my house, so this was a way to move some of that out so we’d have a little room at home,” he added with a laugh.
The new store was built next to Kismet’s Pavilion and across the street – Kismet’s Main Street – from its post office. Construction of the shop was assisted with help from local residents. Standard said it took 12 people to help place the large, bulletproof glass window in the front wall.
Though much of the shop has inventory, getting it totally stocked is an ongoing project.
“We’ll be getting our guns in during the first week of August,” Standard said. “Hand guns, long guns – new and used. We’ll try to keep 100 to 200 guns in stock, so if you’re in a tight spot to go on a hunting trip, you’ll probably be able to find something that will work.”
They plan on carrying firearms manufactured by CZ, Mossberg, Smith & Wesson, Savage, Remmington, Winchester, Henry and others. Gun scopes will also be available, either in stock or on order.
“Basically, we can get anything or order whatever someone wants,” he said. “We’ll try to keep guns stocked that are pretty common or popular in this area.”
For the time being, Greg and Chris, who live about two miles outside Kismet, are only opening the shop from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday evening and from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday afternoon. However, people can call (620) 655-5761 to set up an appointment to open the store.
Greg said they are also looking into selling hunting licenses and permits since major fall hunting seasons are approaching.
With a population of less than 500 people, Kismet might seem an unlikely place to open a new business.
“We’re just taking this a step at a time,” Standard said. “If we get to the point Chris and I can’t handle it, we’ll extend hours and hire people to work it.
“And,” he added. “Kismet is a great place to have a business.”