GunFighter Paintball & Airsoft Pro Shop
In the Beginning:
What started as the dream of Woody, Mary, Jes and Ol'Dawg years earlier, GunFighter actually started taking shape in early 2004 and opened for business on July 1st, 2004. We started out in an old house that was turned into a retail shop on the edge of one of Mandeville's growing business districts. What seemed like a large store that we would never be able to fill, GunFighter started with only 1200 square feet of space. The first year was like a blur...quickly taking off and growing!
During our first year, GunFighter experienced growth as more and more players found us, but then came Hurricane Katrina. Given the location and the fact that all staff members were scattered to different areas of the south for several weeks, we wondered if we would ever get the store open again. However, GunFighter was one of the first business to re-open after the storm (within 3 weeks), and started immediately repairing paintball markers that had suffered damage from the storm.
We realized that no one would be able to afford the costs of getting their guns back up and running with everything that they had to go through trying to recover from the storm, so GunFighter repaired every gun that came to the store for free...more than 3000 from across Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi. By Christmas of 2005, we had just about every gun repaired and on the field again for our friends and customers. And that Christmas was the most intense we have ever seen! Many people decided to purchase new guns that year, and because of the lingering problems left by Katrina with getting products to the store, Woody & Jes spent many late nights at the UPS office sorting through boxes and boxes finding our shipments to make sure everyone got their presents when Santa arrived.
The Growing Years:
During 2007, we made some small renovations to the store giving us a little more room because our selection of paintball guns, gear and accessories was growing. Then in 2008, 600 additional square feet was added to the rear of the store to accommodate all the new stuff we were getting in.
In June 2009, GunFighter needed more room for the growing selection of paintball gear and accessories, so we started looking for a new location. That's when we came across a spot in the NorthLake Shopping Center right across the highway from our then current location. We looked at all the options, searched several new locations, but none was better than the location at the NorthLake Shopping Center. In July of 2009, GunFighter started renovations at the new location and on August 1st 2009 we opened a new GunFighter Pro Shop!
Our new store now has plenty of room for our ever growing selection, plenty of parking, convienent and more! The additional room also allowed GunFighter to expand into airsoft, becoming not only the largest Paintball Pro Shop in the region, but the best AirSoft Pro Shop as well.
This new store had an enormous 1600 sqft for all of the excellent guns, gear and accessories we had for our players. However, that only lasted 2 years as we continued to grow! As luck would have it...just when we were wondering if we could find any better location, a spot right next to the store opened up and GunFighter moved again, right next door into a 2500 sqft store that is now packed with all sorts of goodies for our players! GunFighter now has the largest selection of paintball and airsoft guns, gear and accessories on hand in the southern region.
Where we're going:
The future is bright for GunFighter Pro Shop and all of our customers, friends and players! With our continued growth, GunFighter is working on opening an online store (no launch time estimate yet) to better serve our players that are too far from our physical location to come in as often as they would like. We are always working on improving what we do, providing quality gear and having a great store for all of our friends, customers and players to come and relax, find great stuff and have a good time!
Jes and Woody hope to see you soon at the store or on the field playing! Remember- always play safe and have a great time!