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Fri, April 19

Williams: Dave Mazy says he knows where I live

I adopted an adage a long time ago as part of my plan for a long, healthy life. Simply stated, that adage reads, “Never piss off the owner of a gun shop.” That thought occurs to me every time I enter Mazy’s Gun and Cigar Shop.

Long about 1990, Dave and Jan Mazy began a driving tour of the Western states. They had decided to leave Southern California and wanted a peaceful place to raise a family. As the story goes, they were passing through downtown Chino Valley and were stopped in traffic – a herd of cattle on the road. Within a few months they found a home and moved into town. And Dave opened Mazy’s Gun and Cigars on W. Road Three North. He wasn’t new to the business even then since he’d been a Smith & Wesson distributor and had owned a couple of gun shops in California.

I learned from an undisclosed source that one of Dave’s earlier product lines in the gun shop was his very own line of hand-made wooden bowls, boxes and such. He even rented out video movies way back then.

He doesn’t sell bowls anymore. Or rent movies. The only things he has in the shop now are handguns, long rifles, shooting accessories, hunting supplies, emergency food storage products and a wide range of gunsmithing services. And custom gun-building. And weapons restoration. And 37,481 boxes of all kinds of ammunition. And knives. And smoking pipes. And pipe tobacco. And a humidor full of cigars. I even found a 1.2-ounce package of venison seasoned with sea salt and pepper. It’s gluten-free and grass-fed. What a timely find – my home pantry was completely bare of portable venison pouches!

I found other interesting things high up on the wall. There’s an official Iraqi captain’s military uniform. I checked to make sure no one was inside. There’s even a Joe Biden shotgun special up there. Ask about that the next time you’re in.

Dave’s daughter, Jennifer, who knows weaponry inside and out, tells me she used to do her homework in the corner of the shop as a fourth-grade student while her dad armed the local population with guns, movies, wood bowls, etc. The first buck that Jennifer shot (at the age of 11) used to be on the wall, next to the rest of the mounted gentry. But it’s gone now. Reminiscing, Dave and Jennifer recalled the litter delivered years ago behind the main display case by their Springer spaniel. And one failed burglary attempt. Other than that, it’s been business as usual as it can be here in Chino Valley.

The sales staff consisting of Dave, Jennifer and Jim focuses on helping customers pick the right weapon for their individual use. Jennifer pointed out that in addition to being expert in the entire line of shooting products, she particularly likes to answer questions from and to assist female customers with purchases.

Dave, his shop and his family have been an active part of the community over the years. The business recently made a sizable donation of food to the animal shelter, has supported numerous local school programs, and in collaboration with a couple of other businesses, has purchased hard armor for the police department.

I guess that’s about it except to say that if you’re in the market for a Tapco Pin Retainer Plate or an AK74 Muzzle Break or Pistol Grip T-Nut, a Tripper Double Hook or a Midwest Industries Quad Rail Forend, Dave’s your man. Please don’t call me.

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