Bakersfield About Us
In 1993, Matt and Dana Janes took 6 cases of ammunition, reinvested it and never looked back. What started in a small storefront in Bakersfield, CA, has grown to be one of the largest independently owned firearms chain in the western United States. This company began with the Janes’ love of the outdoors and a personal passion with the shooting sports. That passion is still at the center of all we do.
After opening our first location in Bakersfield, CA, Matt and Dana felt the call of the “Free State” of Arizona. They opened our location in Tucson, AZ in 2006 in the old Bob Jensen’s building, which had been a firearms store since the ’60’s. While preserving the Old Pueblo vibe and the legacy of the location, our store has grown to be its own “must shop” location in Tucson.
Now that we had the chain in motion, so to speak, it was not long before we opened our next location in Palm Desert, CA, in 2013, filling the void the outdoor community had been missing. The location boasts a state of the art indoor shooting range, right off of I-10, which is a great luxury to escape sand, wind storms and 120 degree summer temperatures!
Finally, in 2014, the Janes’ had an opportunity to come back home and open a fourth location in the growing west side of Bakersfield, CA. While this location is the smallest in the company, it has an indoor shooting range and is bursting at the seams with an extensive inventory for our clientele.
Four locations that are unique to the area they service, yet surrounding our clients with the things we love. Whether you hunt or shoot, we have the right gear and expertise to help you have a better experience. It is our goal to provide great customer service, selection and even better prices to our community, because it is that community that helped us get to where we are today.
Chris is currently the General Manager at our Mohawk location. He is very well-rounded in his experience as an outdoorsman. Chris grew up hunting hogs in Glenville, CA, as well as freshwater fishing up and down the Western United States. His love for camping began at a young age in the Boy Scouts of America program and continues to this day. These days, if he’s not out camping, fishing or hunting, you may catch him out shooting anything from cowboy action rifles to AK’s or M1A’s. Come on by and pick his brain when considering your next purchase!
Jack joined the team at our Mohawk St. location in 2018 and was recently promoted as our Assistant Manager. Jack grew up hunting with his grandfather and has enjoyed hunting deer and pig. He has also enjoyed camping and fishing since he was a child, including his time in Boy Scouts of America, to later guiding backpacking trips in the Sierra Mountains. As an avid outdoorsman, Jack is thrilled to work in our industry and takes every opportunity for training with firearms and archery. To him, our clients “are the heart and soul of our company. Interactions with them are the best part of [my] day.” See Jack the next time you need to outfit your next hunt or if you need help with your next firearm purchase or training!
Alex started working at our Second Amendment Sports, Inc. – Mohawk location in late 2007. Alex has hunted both small and upland game and is an avid fisherman. He also greatly enjoys target shooting and was originally trained by his father and grandfather, who were both on the U.S. Army Rifle and Pistol team. Since then, he has advanced his formal training with our own SAS training division, taking any course available. It is not a fluke that Alex’s last name is “Bowman,” as he is and has been the Archery Tech for our Bakersfield locations. If your bow needs tuning or new strings, accessories installed or arrow fletched, he is the one you want to see!
Amanda Krieger- A&D DH
Amanda became part of the SAS family in March 2016 and put her 16 years of detailed office work to use in our Acquisitions and Dispositions department (DROS, to you and me). These days, you can find her running the department. She was raised around firearms with her family and was taught to shoot by her father. Like many of us, she developed her love of shooting, camping and fishing while she was young, with her family and is happy to pass that on to her own young ones.
Matt Janes – Owner
“I grew up getting to run around at the edge of town when I was young and got to taste the freedom of riding my bicycle with my rifle or shotgun on the handlebars. When I got introduced to handguns and center fire rifles when I got older, that just opened up a whole new door to me. I don’t mind punching paper but my passion is hunting with firearms. I even took up a bow just so I could hunt elk more often. Working in the industry just increases my passion and desire to share what I love with others and educate them about their sacred civil liberties involving firearms ownership. I love God and my family. And hopefully I have the chance to share something of myself with you some day!”
Josh Beck – Corporate Purchasing Manager
Josh Beck began with Second Amendment Sports in 2003, as the archery tech and buyer for one of our locations in Bakersfield, CA. He not only moved up in the company, working in almost every department, but he was integral in our first expansion; opening the Tucson, AZ location. He now manages the purchasing and receiving of the entire company. But the mountains do call, as they have his entire life. Josh grew up hunting anything from mule and coues deer, elk, bear and other predators, as well as quail and duck. He is both an experienced rifle and archery hunter. He is also an avid fisherman, and lately has become more intrigued with bass specifically. He began shooting at 8 years old, with his first firearm: a Ruger 10/22, and has expanded his knowledge both in courses offered by the SAS training division, as well as self-taught long range shooting. An active outdoorsman, Josh has camped his entire life, and has backpacked in the Sierras on many fishing and mountaineering treks. We have had him a long time and we hope to have him a long time to come! As long as it isn’t hunting season!
Keith Foster – District Manager
Keith came to Second Amendment Sports, Inc. in the year 2000, bringing with him a vast knowledge of edged tools and martial arts. In addition to training in the knife business, he has studied arts in Kenjitsu, Iaijitsu, Tantojitsu, Kali-silat, western fencing, Shotokan and western boxing. After joining the SAS team, he expanded his knowledge in firearm skills through advanced levels of both handgun and long gun training, and hunting both small and big game. These days, you may see Keith at any one of our locations, as he is currently our District Manager, ensuring quality customer service and compliancy with the federal and state entities that govern our industry.
Becky Foster – A&D District Manager
Becky brought her infectious positive personality to Second Amendment Sports, Inc. in 2006. She has worked various positions in the company, learning and developing our operational procedures along the way. You may see her at any of our locations from California to Arizona, as she is currently our District Manager of our Acquisitions and Dispositions of firearms department. Her main goal is to provide quality customer service while staying compliant and jumping through all the hoops the federal and state governments present to our industry. Becky has taken advantage of the extensive courses offered by our training division and is proficient in both handgun and long gun defensive skills. She has also developed an interest in shooting crossbows; “everyone needs to be ready for the zombie apocalypse, right?”