Houston >Sports & Recreation > Viking Archery Inc
9701 Honeywell St, Houston, TX | Directions 7707429.674839 -95.537054
Neighborhoods: Westside, Westwood
Lovely – Best fun I've had shooting. Owners were nice and patient.
Saturdays are a bit crowded, went on a Tuedsay, it was completely empty.
Best archery shop/range in Houston – I got hooked on archery in 2004 because I took my kids to Viking in Houston to shoot a cheesy Academy bow they received as a gift. I, myself, had no intention to shoot. The staff was great with my kids and they encouraged me to me try out several bows - by the end oft he afternoon I knew we'd be back - and not just for my kids enjoyment.
Eventually my whole family bought equipment - all of which we were able to try out to our heart's content BEFORE purchasing. I tend to shop stuff to death and Viking's prices were competitive with everything I could find in other shops or on the web (short of used equipment on EBAY). We started shooting regularly and started competing and have bought more equipment over the years.
Their bow techs are first class and have always put in whatever time and effort has been needed to get and keep our equipment in peak condition and tune - and they are happy to teach you everything you need to know in order to do it yourself if you choose.
The staff has also always been helpful and knowledgeable on improving archery skills. And though their primary business is bowhunting, those of us interested solely in target archery are just as at home there as the hunting crowd.
Kevin, Scott, Rick and the rest at the Houston Viking shop are the greatest.
Terrible Owner – I won't go into details about my 3 experiences with the owner, Tim, but all I can say is how the heck is this store still in business with such a rude and horrible people person. The store manager is great and very knowledgeable but because of Tim, I will NEVER send any business there. I'm an archery enthusiast and have dealt with most the archery stores in and around San Antonio. They don't get much worse than this. If you happen to go there and Tim is not there, you will have a great experience. For anyone that deals with this guy, WATCH OUT!!!!!
I was banned from the store – This story takes place 10 years ago, and if that guy Tim has left, then the store may be safe to go back to. At the age of 16 and my brother was 15 Tim kicked us both out of his store on a saturday with no explanation whatsoever. We tried to return another time with our mother and he kicked all three of us out of there, saying "Those boys know what they did". The day we were kicked out the owner's son helped my brother for free with a technical issue on his bow, and the owner was pissed that they were busy and his son was giving free help....that is all i can speculate. I was a 16 year old kid that was not going to stand up to a man who I had heard ran people out of the store at knifepoint. As long as he works there, or benefits from the store, they will not get a nickel of my business. All this happened despite the fact that my family spent about $1,500 at his store, and our close family friends that turned us on the store spent about $10,000 there between the 6 people in the family they had shooting bows there. People that have had positive experiences say what you will about them being great people, they were to me to once, but the minute you catch Tim on one of his bi-polar days he won't care how much money you have spent there. A sure way to get kicked out is to prove him wrong in his store i've heard, so anyone giving them a positive review. I implore you to prove Tim wrong on the most minor of things in his store....enjoy.
Ditto; great folks, great service – I was almost put off by some of the negative reviews here, but when I went to Viking, I was met with an enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff who were quite willing to spend a lot of time with my girlfriend and me. They walked us through the product selection process and gave her a free abbreviated lesson. They have a great indoor range at $5/hour. The trip to this store was a very pleasant experience and is bolstering her desire to learn about archery.
Don't bother – I recently purchased a mathews from another archery shop. when going into viking with my bow to shoot it, they started talking about how mathews bows are no good and that hoyts are better. Then I wanted to make sure my bow was tuned. the first thing they did was to say that my carbon express arrows were no good and they wanted me to shoot the brand they sold. I went ahead and bought some arrows from them and they would not tune. they told me to take it back where I bought it and have them fix it. I took it back to the Bow Zone and they informed me that the QAD rest likes the cock vane straight up and after one adjustment the bow was shooting great. Viking is close to me but they trash talk customers bows that dont come from them. This dosnt happen at the place I bought my bow.
Great Place – I was referred here by my uncle a couple of months ago. I could of been happier once I went into the place. As soon as I walked in, I was greeted by the staff. I had a problem with my bow, was shooting low, I took it to them, they balanced the bow and fixed the problem with no cost. I recently just bought a new bow and took it in there to get it setup and it was very quick and painless. They helped me sight it in and within an hour and a half I was walking out with my new setup and never happier.
Great folks, great service – I read the other ratings before making my first trip to Viking today and was skeptical due to the number of negative ratings. I received a couple of personal references from trusted sources hence the reason I gave them a shot. Giving online recommendations is not something I normally do however I spent a couple of hours with these folks, and found them to be extremely friendly and knowledgable. My sense is that the negative reviews are from people with hidden agendas (PETA for one) and I find this type of activity insulting enough to write a glowing review for Viking Archery.
Event though I'm an avid hunter, this was my second time to ever shoot a bow and they treated me with respect. I'm definately going back and will use Viking for all of my archery needs.
Expert archery sales and maintenance – The negative comments about Viking obviously come from recreational archers. Viking is tailored to the serious bowhunter, and everything in their shop is geared toward making you a better bowhunter.
They are the only people I let touch my bow...period.
This is not the place to go for any reason!!!!!! – I have shot a Mathews bow for many years and before that I had a Browning and a PSE and a Pearson. I have had many good bows and Mathews is a fine bow! But not according to the owner of Viking in SW Houston he told me that Viking bows were better and out performed Mathews he tried to tell my wife this she was wanting to buy me a new bow for a present that he would make me a custom bow that would not cost as much as a Mathews and the bow he made was better. So I called him and questioned him he was very RUDE and talked down to me as if I knew nothing about archery when I started asking knowledgeable questions he didn't want to talk to me anymore I had heard a lot of bad things about this man before I called and I found out it was all true. If you have had a bad encounter with this place don't let that turn you away from archery find another place to go to! There are a lot of good archery shops and a lot of good people running them this just ain't one of them! I don't know how they have stayed in business for so long. The owner sure doesn't care about his customer"s and the place is over priced too!!
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