What company do most FFL's buy guns from?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by bluesea112, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. bluesea112

    bluesea112 Active Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    West, TX
    I have been considering sending in an application to be an FFL, and I was wondering if there is a particular company that most FFL's order guns from?

    Is there a distributor that carries firearms from all of the manufacturers, or does one distributor carry Browning, and another distributor carry Remington?

    I would appreciate any information you can offer, even if you don't have all the answers.

  2. Double D

    Double D Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    North Florida
    There are numerous distributors out there that carry a little of everything. You have davidsons, jerrys, lipseys, chatanooga shooting, amchar wholesale just to name a few. Nobody carrys everything and many items are "allocated" meaning when they come in, their best customers get the items. I have had this discussion before and I promise you that what I say is the truth. I would not bother with an FFL unless you have deep pockets.

    I have been selling guns for 2 yrs and I highly doubt I will renew my FFL when it comes due. Unless you have a specialty nitch or can carry alot of accessories, there just isnt any profit in the gun business. The competition is stiff and the big boys run the show.

  3. CB350

    CB350 New Member

    Jan 1, 2009
    Have you thought about getting a C&R license?
  4. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    a C&R doesnt cover the things Charles is into..;)
  5. H-D

    H-D Active Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    a ffl is a huge hassle I have been getting my stuff from a local dealer he sells to me for 10 percent over cost or 20 bucks whichever is higher
  6. bluesea112

    bluesea112 Active Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    West, TX
    Josh is right. Besides, I already have a store and collect sales tax. I agree that dealing with the comptroller is a pain in the rear, but that is a hassle I already have.
  7. bluesea112

    bluesea112 Active Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    West, TX
    BTW, thanks for the names of those distributors DoubleD.
  8. goofy

    goofy Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2011
    Blueseal112 Keep in mind you will have to have insurance(and it is not cheep) and a store front for some of the wholesalers and the ATF will want you to have a secure shop (bars,alarm,so on).I have a shop and i do not sell enough guns to live on, my gunsmithing is what keeps me paying the bills.ATF is cracking down on the basement FFL holders (those that are in it just to get there guns at bottem prices).Add in advertising, stocking and you have a big investment with a very slow pay back.......GOOFY
  9. HunterAlpha1

    HunterAlpha1 Former Guest

    Aug 8, 2011
    Yorktown, VA
    God willing, someday soon we won't need FFLs to have whatever weapons we want:patriotic::ya::dancingdots::AR15firing:
  10. ozo

    ozo Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Nashville TN
    Even when a distributor has a gun that you call for in stock,
    especially if it's a hot item, your chances of getting one
    is very slim.....unless you are a high volume customer.
    They will simply tell you they don't have it, but will let you know
    as soon as they do. When they get their 'sweet' customers fulfilled
    they will allow you to get yours.
  11. ozo

    ozo Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Nashville TN
    Some of you know my son and his wife
    own a gun store in GA......
    I buy from them and they don't make squat for profit.
    Used gun sales and repair keep them in business.
    Ask Dan, when you try to compete with Bud's and the
    big guys like Gander, Dick's, Academy, and the likes,
    you have to sell boucoup new guns to pay just the
    light bill. Add in the hassles from BATF, perfectly kept books,
    and simply the crap that you have to wade through to
    own a small business today.........:bleh::bleh::bleh:
    Been there......
    I cut da grass........:D:cool:
  12. ozo

    ozo Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Nashville TN
    Charles, I hope you get an FFL and do well !
    Kick ass Brother.
    [didn't mean to lead the thread elsewhere.......
    just some thoughts for others who might read it]
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