One of the joy-laden moments in an airgunner’s life is when that package arrives containing a new air rifle or air pistol. When a new airgun arrives at El Rancho Elliott, the moment is loaded with expectation. I think about the care that went into selecting the new airgun, and I hope that it will be as accurate and fun to shoot as I anticipated.
Airguns of Arizona knows about that; they know that opening the package of a newly delivered airgun is one of the critical moments in a series of critical moments that ultimately leads to a satisfied customer. As a person who has tested and reviewed airguns for a number of years, I have seen hundreds of airguns delivered here and some failures along the way – guns with stocks broken in half, parts snapped off, or components crushed.
Airguns of Arizona takes safe delivery of product so seriously that they “went to school” with UPS to develop a packaging system that most likely to result in the delivery of an airgun that is in perfect shape: double boxing every gun, wrapping smaller stuff in bubble wrap, and surrounding everything with packing peanuts. It is a system that is actually more effective than shipping an airgun in a hardshell case.
The person in charge of making sure your order goes out packed as safely as possible is Kevin Lamoureaux. In case the name sounds familiar, Kevin is the younger brother of Brad Lamoureaux, who also works at Airguns of Arizona.
Kevin has been working at AoA for just over a year. “For many years, I worked in the food and beverage industry and had a painting company, but I wanted a change of career. I met Robert Buchanan (president of AoA) through Boy Scouts, discovered AoA had a position open up, and he asked if I wanted to come to work.”
Lamoureaux adds, “I hadn’t been an airgunner previously, but I really enjoy shooting them, and it opened my eyes to a new world. I wasn’t aware of how popular airguns are becoming, and it’s a lot of fun because I am constantly learning.”
“I try to shoot as much as I can at work,” he says. “The shop also allows me to check out guns and bring them home. I have targets set up in my back yard so I can shoot there.”
Kevin Lamoureaux is also cross-trained in helping out on the phones at busy periods, and he works in the showroom on Saturdays. When he is not at work, he enjoys spending time with his 8-year-old daughter.
He adds, “This is a great company to work for, more like a family than a workplace. It has been a great experience so far. I am excited about the future and want to work for AoA for as long as I can.”
Til next time, aim true and shoot straight.
- Jock Elliott