FFL dealers

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by sbitter, Jun 10, 2012.

  1. sbitter

    sbitter New Member

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    I have been curious about this for years. How much cheaper do FFL dealers get guns for. Im just curious.what it costs them to get a pistol. Like if it cost me 800 how much does it probably cost them?
     
  2. jordan89

    jordan89 New Member

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    My LGS has told me that they make between 50-100 off of each new gun.
     

  3. Durangokid

    Durangokid New Member

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    They make very little on new guns. Most of them mark up 10 to 15%. The Big stores go for volume. They do well on ammo and shooting items. The used gun market is very profitable for many outlets.:)
     
  4. sbitter

    sbitter New Member

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    That's really interesting so it really isn't each sell but the volume they sell. Hmmm very interesting that's good to know, thanks for the responses
     
  5. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Depends on the dealer- and the volume THEY have with THEIR distributors. And to some extent, WHICH gun. Used or new? Cheap gun, pricy gun. Gun-of-the-week, or a slow moving classic that may sit in the rack for 9 months?
     
  6. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    In most cases if it is a gun at a mass merchant then you can buy it for the same or lower price as the FFL dealer.
     
  7. taosgunguy

    taosgunguy New Member

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    I'm a small FFL with six distributor accounts, make between $40 and $90 per gun depending on selling price. I do the transfer as a part of that, so this ain't no big profit business for the little guy. I also have ordered guns from Buds for customers when I couldn't find them anywhere else and just took a $30 transfer fee.
     
  8. gollygee

    gollygee New Member

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    My LGS, when I order through Davidson's makes about 15% + freight. He makes more than that on guns he has in inventory.

    Some manufacturers and/or distributors may give discounts based on order size or maybe on annual $$$ volume. I know that Kimber & STI have a minimum first order amount in order to become a "dealer". I would assume other manufactures do the same. So, a small FFL is at a real disadvantage since he's probably buying through a distributor or a dealer.
     
  9. silverado113

    silverado113 New Member

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    A few manufacturers allow us small guys to buy direct but it isn't that much of a discount either.
     
  10. regload

    regload Member

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    I guess none of the FFL's are willing to come clean.
    My late father had a FFL, and the price to him was 60% of list. That was the max he had to pay. Sometimes he got 50% off list.
     
  11. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    "I guess none of the FFL's are willing to come clean.
    My late father had a FFL, and the price to him was 60% of list. That was the max he had to pay. Sometimes he got 50% off list. "
    I was manager of a store that did about a million gross a year and I wish I would have knew your father. I don't think we made 50% on any sporting goods.
     
  12. silverado113

    silverado113 New Member

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    I make 10% over Cost! WalMart doesn't get 50% off, nice try!
     
  13. sbitter

    sbitter New Member

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    Very interesting thanks for all the feed back :)