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Old 01-02-2014, 02:56 PM   #11
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Firstly thank you JW for serving our country! I hope you succeed in your indevors! One thing I noticed in my state is that almost none of the shops in my area offer gunsmithing anymore I think thats a bad idea! One shop I like offers gunsmithing and sometimes classes that show you how to break your rifle down clean it and rebuild it there was a AK class just recently thought this was a good idea to get people into your shop! Lots of newbies bought AR's and didnt know the first thing about them even I'm still learning building mine from scratch! If more people understand their firearms the country would be a safer place!

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If in your shoes I would definitely expand into carrying kit for first responders too from uniforms and duty equipment and everything in between and get some contracts to supply stuff to local departments. Save up some money and get an 09 FFL and a FEL so you can sell flashbangs and other special equipment because there is some real $$ in those(IIRC a case of 12 bangers goes for over a grand) as far as I know in Texas only one other store sells that stuff and they are GT distributers 10 years ago when I got out of the military they were a nice size shop now they are huge and making tons of money selling exclusively to first responders. Also start writing your business plan now it is a huge undertaking, but necessary for securing a business loan.

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I see. I'm sure there are some out there that haven't fallen to the liberal trap.

That's pretty sickening to me, honestly. Cutting funding for an industry which had as much to do with Sandy Hook as the moon did, IMO.



Thank you, good advice. It won't be strictly firearms. I will sell ammo, holsters, CCW classes, lights, lasers, and other such related items.

My idea for the store is for it to be strictly for defensive firearms and things related. For example, no hunting or competition guns. I know this will limit my market slightly but honestly that's what I know the best. And I feel like I would be able to sell it better.

Maybe in the future, when/if I expand, I'll venture into other areas of the firearms world.
If you limit your selection to tactical and your moving to texas which has one of the longest deer seasons and one of the best run hunting programs with hogs going wild you may have some difficulties.

Like it or not hunting products outsell tactical and ccw stuff everyday all day.
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I agree with Jon on that I would not limit myself to a certain type of firearm you never want to limit your market (Wish my mom would have listened to me about this when she named her lil restaurant/tea shop The Ladies Corner she might still be in business). I would definitely carry hunting firearms and would even grab a few C & R items to draw collectors in. I mean you could grab a few Mosins and Mausers and turn them for an easy profit. Stock a few savages, remingtons etc.... bolt actions maybe some deer feeders and trail cams and you just expanded your market. There is plenty of room for expansion down here

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Thank you all for the continued advice everyone. I had assumed this thread to be dead and gone. I was pleasantly surprised to see an update for it.

I still want to open a gun store eventually, although it will probably be several years after I get out. And it will more than likely be in NC.

I have been continuously thinking about it and you're all right. Limiting my business to defensive firearms and equipment wouldn't be the best move. I'll just have to keep learning about everything.

Thanks again everyone!

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Now, I will be stationed in San Diego soon
Update to this for those interested: I have new orders to NC. I am currently in Texas but will be back in N. Carolina within the next few months.
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use your VA small business load if it is still availible, Obama probably cut that to.

And I would consider moving out of you state for any chance at all in a gun store.

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use your VA small business load if it is still availible, Obama probably cut that to.

And I would consider moving out of you state for any chance at all in a gun store.
I'm not in Kalifornia anymore. NC will be my "forever" (whatever that entails) home. Or were you talking about NC?
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Well NC will offer more choices the cali thats for sure sight see aroubd the town visit different shops won't help you if 100 stores cater to hunting! Got a friend (currently serving or not) that shares the same passion for firearms might help with the capital needed to get a "store front" inventory, licensing etc...

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I would certainly market heavily to women. My main LGS does this to great success. It's also nice to see eye candy in there shopping for weapons and ammo. They do a $50 CC class at the shop and then help them select hardware from the showroom. Also, a few of us regulars do marketing for them for free and receive better prices. Service determines where I buy, in addition to price of course.

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