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Well as a home based FFL sometimes it was a little hard to find distributors or manufacturers that would work with me when I first started. I noticed more and more people asking about home based FFL so I put together my little list of those that will work with home based FFLs. Some have a minimum dollar amount for your first order but most do not.

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Armalite www.armalite.com
Brownells www.brownells.com
Chattanooga Shooting Supply www.chattanoogashooting.com
Davidson's www.davidsonsinc.com
Green Supply www.greensupply.com
Interstate Arms Corps www.interstatearms.com
Lipseys www.lipseys.com
MGE Wholesale www.mgewholesale.com
New Frontier Armory www.newfrontierarmory.com
Olympic Arms www.olyarms.com
Palmetto State Armory www.palmettostatarmory.com
Rock River Arms www.rockriverarms.com
RSR Group www.rsrgroup.com
Shooting Sports Wholesale www.sswllc.com
Southern Ohio Group www.southernohiogun.com
Spikes Tactical www.spikestactical.com
Stag Arms www.stagarms.com
Williams Shooting Supply www.willshoot.com
Zanders www.gzanders.com
Graf and Sons www.grafs.com
DPMS www.dpmsinc.com
Noveske www.noveskerifleworks.com
Daniel Defense www.danieldefense.com
Yankee Hill Machine www.yhm.net
OMB Guns www.ombguns.com
Independent Sports Supply www.independentsportssupply.com
LM Burney Distributors www.lmburney.com
Tactical Gear Distributors www.tacticalgeardistributors.com
Gun Accessory Supply www.gunaccessorysupply.com
 

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You have a store front so you can do more like
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There are some more but I can't think of them off the top of my head since I don't deal with them.
 

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Didn't know about centerfire thanks. Any idea where I could pick up a mil surplus M1 Carbine for a good price? I have a client looking for one.
 

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Try Jay's in Pensacola. They are Class III and have several stores.
850-434-5556.

I believe I saw one there.
 

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saputoarms here's a thread I posted awhile back.
 

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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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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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Build some rifles

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!:confused:

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