October Member Spotlight - Ann Arbor Arms
Ann Arbor Arms (A3) is a family owned business that was created out of the enthusiasm and passion for shooting sports, coupled with the love and concern for protection and wellbeing of friends and family.
Although Ann Arbor Arms retail focus is far removed from the industries which my wife, Holli, and I have focused on in our careers, the core of the store and its mission is at the heart of what we have always followed and believed: Have access to high quality products for the everyday person to ensure the safety and security of their family and friends.
Our times living and raising a family in south Florida led to the attention to preparation and protection as we repeatedly prepared for hurricane season and the challenges it brings to that region. Following the tragic events of Sept. 11th, as I was separated from family while on business in the Northeast, it became glaringly obvious that our family had to have a plan for such unseen events, and that God forbid something happen tragic again, the US infrastructure and our dependence on technology could become crippling and disallow our continued sense of security.
Once moving to Michigan we finally found a place, unexpectedly, that offered a sense of community and excellent friends with shared values we had not readily felt in other locations. However, access to defense and preparedness supplies cannot be easily found, and those other places we went locally often lacked in what we felt was a comfortable environment, a welcoming place to discuss common concerns without feeling like being viewed as “alarmists”, or failed to provide access to high quality products we could touch, feel and ask questions about with a live person. While I and other avid shooters may know what I’m looking for, or a law enforcement officer knows what they need, we also wanted to establish a place for those who don’t know, but can be comfortable in asking someone just like them…the average citizen. Women who want to learn more about personal defense (lethal and non-lethal), families who want to prepare but have no idea where to start, or the person that wants to just get a little more “serious” about their preparedness and personal defense options.
Whether it’s a global financial crisis, solar flares, the end of the Mayan calendar, earthquake fault lines, a global pandemic, tsunamis, hurricanes, tornados, or zombies, A-Z, we want to offer you and your family the best products to help your chances of survival. Or, if you’re just worried about raising crime rates, losing power during an average snowstorm, driving into a ditch and having to walk home, or gearing up for an average outdoor adventure we want to help provide the best products to help you protect yourself and your family from harm. Education is the best way to ensure a prepared society, so A3 also offers a wide variety for courses, from basic gun information to emergency medical care.
We look forward to serving you and providing the best customer service possible, and if there is something you feel you need to protect or prepare that we don’t have, let us know and we will try and find it for you. No one can ever anticipate all needs alone, some come on in to Ann Arbor Arms and let’s help prepare together.
Bill and Holli Pinon