Best Sporting Goods Store

Bob Ward & Sons


If you grew up in Missoula, it’s possible Bob Ward & Sons was a big part of your youth. You might have gotten your first pair of winter boots there, signed up for your first fishing and hunting licenses and picked out your first sleeping bag for family backpacking in the mountains. When you were old enough you probably went there to buy your first tent and a Coleman stove (which you still have because they never die). And with every purchase you went on to achieve some new outdoor milestone, which is one reason the store has continued to be a hometown favorite. As in previous years, Bob Ward & Sons also received the honor of Best Store for Guns. Mark Anderson, director of operations, says that win is partly due to reliability. “We work hard to have relevant, exciting and trending inventory at the best prices,” he says. “And we have knowledgable and pleasant staff.” After 98 years, the area’s oldest and largest sporting goods store still has our back—like family, only much less annoying. Bob Ward & Sons • 3015 Paxson St • 728-3220 •

Finalists, Best Sporting Goods Store

2. REI • 3275 N. Reserve St • 541-1938 •

3. The Trail Head • 221 E. Front St • 543-6966 •

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