Something old, something new: Patak-Phillips Fine Arms gun shop opens in Shell Knob
May 17, 2017
For Jerry Patak, guns are not just a business, they are a passion. Patak recently opened Patak-Phillps Fine Guns in Shell Knob, and business has been ‘booming’ at the small shop.
The shop boasts handguns and long guns of all kinds, but just as much of a draw to the shop is Patak’s interest in guns and dedication to researching the history of each one that comes through his shop, even if it’s not one he’s going to sell.
Patak’s background led to a perfect harmony of experiences and interests to make him a gun expert. His undergraduate degree was in history and anthropology, and then he had 25 years in the United States Army before retiring. He said, “I’d never handled a firearm until the Army, and it became an interest. It’s really fun.”
He added, “I love historical research. I ask people if they want to know about the history because they just want to know or for a value or because they want to sell it. A lot of people just really want to know.”
Patak moved to Shell Knob from Kansas City. After 25 years in military service, he settled in Kansas City where Patak was the gun library manager for Cabela’s there for two years. Eventually, Patak decided to pursue early retirement and move to his vacation home in Shell Knob.
After he settled into retirement, Patak decided to open up the shop in the Bridgeway Plaza. When asked why he decided to leave retirement behind to open the shop, Patak laughed and said, “I got bored.
“But also, I wanted to be able to interact in the community more.”
He added, “There are really nice people here.”
Inside the shop are guns of all kinds as well as ammunition. The prime location makes it an ideal spot to stop in and inquire about firearms in the cases and long gun displays.
New, used, antique and collectible pieces are available at Patak-Phillips, and you can buy outright as well as trade and sell your weapons. Thanks to Patak’s interest and research, customers can be assured they’ll receive a reasonable offer on what they bring in the shop.
“I like to make enough money to keep the lights on, but I try to offer someone a fair price on anything they bring to me,” Patak said. On top of that, he wants people to have a good experience and come back.
While he worked in Kansas City, he said he learned that southwest Missouri is an ideal place to purchase firearms. “I used to get all of my good guns down here when I sold guns in Kansas City. It’s a great place.”
For Missouri residents, both hand guns and long guns are available same day upon passing a background check.
Patak-Phillips Fire Arms is located at 24879 Highway 39 in Shell Knob. The shop hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The shop can be reached at (417) 858-1120.