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Old 01-14-2014, 02:20 PM   #11
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With the numbers of sales increasing, there is a way for everything.
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What people don't realize is it takes money to start a home FFL. Most distributors won't consider less than a $5,000 order. I had an FFL back in the 80's. But I could buy a case of SKS rifles for what would be considered scrap prices today. I could sell an SKS for $50 and make a profit on it. I didn't even bother with bolt action rifles. A guy that had more capital and a store could sell them a lot cheaper than I could buy them. Every hardware store in town had 55 gallon drums of picked over milsurp rifles. People expected to buy a rifle in excellent shape for the same price as scrap metal. At this time a Winchester model 70 could be purchased at any western auto for around $200. How much could I expect to get for a milsurp rifle?

We have the same thing going on today. Only the stakes are higher. If you don't have $50,000 to play with I would not get in the gun business. You either have to charge more than retail for your products or you have to sell a lot of guns to make it worthwhile. Most people who try to operate on a low budget end up selling 2 guns a week through davidsons to make $150. You have to have the guns in stock so people can handle them to sell a lot of guns.
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Old 01-20-2014, 04:14 PM   #14
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John Deer is right.

So how do we overcome this?

I'm in the process of getting my FFL. I don't expect to become a millionaire, just to supplement my income and provide a great service for my customers.

The list above is awesome. Definitely sticky worthy.

My question is, if you need to buy a few small items for your customer, how does he home FFL get a local supplier?

For example, if my customer is buying a AR-15, it would be great to have some 223 on hand, maybe a sling, or some reloading supplies.

I'm in the Dallas Fort Worth area, and the nearest wholesaler I can find is 1.5 hours away. That just killed any chance of shipping 1lb of powder because hazmat is over $25.
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Love this Post, thanks for the info. I am working on getting my FFL and selling out of the basement for a couple years. If all goes well I will get a store front.
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We have been in business for 3 years now. As a home based we started with about $500. We don't keep any inventory simply because we don't have 50k. I think Deere hit it on the head when he said. Selling two guns a week from xyz wholesale for $150 profit. Or doing a transfer for $20 on gun that was sold for $40 less then wholesale. It's all in your attitude that $20 or $75 is money you didn't start the day with. If you need some ammo or other items check out RSR and only order extras when someone else buys something that way someone else is paying the shipping. The biggest thing I have learned is never be afraid to ask. If they have a 5k buy in and you only need 1k ask. Most commission based sales staff will "make it work" to put a coupe more bucks on the paycheck.
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Hmm. I reached out to grabagun and they said they do not have any discounts for FFLs. Anybody get a different response?
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I have been tossing around the idea of building a few AR15s in my house. No milling or manufacturing. Just buying parts online and putting them together. I live in Ohio if that matters. Do I need any type of licensing? Is there a limit that I can build, or even sell? Any info would be great!

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