I was wondering if any other of you FFLs have taken notice of this issue with the distributors over the last couple of years. I have aligned myself with a number of distributors over time and not just for the sake of price, but just to be able to get what clients have wanted which is still way too often an effort in futility. Distributor inventory is pathetic, especially on the more popular guns. It seems that they have quantities of guns in stock and when they are gone, they stay gone. For example, none of my outlets have any S&W Bodyguard 380s and haven't for quite some time. Back in early 2010, I had a client that wanted a Walther PPK and had cash in hand. They were out of stock everywhere I tried to get one. All the reps said that they were on order but have heard nothing. I finally called S&W (they handle Walther in this country) and asked why this is. I basically received no logical answer. This has happened on too many potential sales for a number of guns from a bunch of manufacturers and is getting old real fast. I know Colt has a policy of "You'll see one when you see one, if you see one" and got pretty much this response from two factory reps I spoke to, one on the phone and another in person at last year's NRA conference. I understand that distributors may be keeping inventory lower for cost saving measures, but the issue really seems to be with the manufacturers, not the distributors. One thing they appear to be doing is to be shipping out orders to the largest distributors that give the largest quantity orders, not the smaller ones or the ones that order less guns at any given time. The jobbers are hesitant to bash the manufacturers when you ask why, but this is what the inferrence seems to be and what I gleaned from my call to S&W about the Walther. The only brand that I really understand the jobbers not having is Sig. A number of them have dropped Sig because of their internal policy of tracking sales on a retailer level and when they see one that is selling a good amount of their guns, they contact them directly and offer to go factory direct. That has pissed off a bunch of the jobbers and they have dropped carrying Sig as a result. I got this first hand, so I know it's true. Out of the 12 distributors on my list, only 2 carry Sig Sauer now. It's getting real difficult for us small fish to deliver if we cannot get what the clients want because we cannot align with the biggest jobbers due to their dealer sales policies. It's really getting quite frustrating.