Pamela D. Young
Owner, Alamo Sporting Arms, LLC
Photography by David Teran
What sets Alamo Sporting Arms apart from other gun stores?
Alamo Sporting Arms isn’t a gun shop, it’s a destination. Our philosophy is to make each customer feel like a friend by approaching sales and service with a down to earth connection. My husband Mike is one of a few gunsmiths in the country certified to work on all the exclusive brands we carry. Krieghoff, Blaser, Bosis and Piotti.
To what do you attribute your success as a woman working in a traditionally male-dominated field?
My passion for shooting sports is motivation to continue to educate myself in the firearms industry. This knowledge and tenacity has in turn, earned respect from my male counterparts.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
A: I have a deep appreciation for our customers. I love visiting with our existing customers and meeting prospective clients; it is thrilling to anticipate who we might work with next. I also find gratitude in matching the right firearm to the right individual.
What career path led you to where you are today?
I met my husband by accident, literally and figuratively. Mike was involved in a car accident, and I worked for the law office that represented him. At the time, Mike worked as a gunsmith for Krieghoff and coincidently my previous boss was a Krieghoff owners. They would discuss guns and shooting sports which piqued my interest in shotguns and Mike. The rest is history!
What is the best advice you ever received?
The Golden Rule. Treat everyone the way you want to be treated.
What do you do to relax outside of work?
Baking and felling trees. I make a mean macaron and my buddies at Blackboard BBQ in Sisterdale say my pretzels and bagels are the “bomb”. In the cooler months, I love to cut down those pesky, water thirsty mountain cedars. For Christmas in 2020, I received a chainsaw AND a 8 QT Kitchen-aid mixer!
Who has influenced you the most in your life or career?
There are a few special people that have had a great influence in my life. My grandmother, is the strongest person I’ve ever known and I think of her often. Mike’s father “PapPap”, who bestowed upon him a great love of the outdoors, including shotgunning, hunting and fishing. He was more of a father to me than my own. Most importantly, my soulmate Mike, who is always there for me through thick and thin.
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