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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
So I'm wanting to order a few more stripped lowers from Essential Arms. I called my local gun shop that I've used twice here in Terre Haute to see what they would charge me for transferring multiple lowers. He told me that they do not transfer in New lowers. He went on with something about only being able to make a profit off of old lowers that are transferred. Does this make any sense to anyone? I've used them to transfer 2 of my pistols. Although I eventually got both pistols, I can't say that both transfers went flawlessly. I think I'm just going to drop them completely for future business. Has anyone heard of this and could explain it better than he could? Now it looks like I might have to drive 45 minutes to the next nearest FFL. The money I'll be spending in gas just to get there will likely match my FFL fees.
 
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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
well i dont see the difference if they charge a flat fee for transfers the profit margin should be the same
 
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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
well i dont see the difference if they charge a flat fee for transfers the profit margin should be the same
yea, you would think so.....


That's why I think I'm going to drop them. They have seemed to be a little sketchy at times and I'm not sure they've always been honest with me.

Anyone else that might be able to shine a light? Anyone know a good, honest FFL in the Terre Haute area?
 
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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Sounds like he's buying wholesale and selling to you retail and his margin is not sufficient to justify the transfer.

Most dealers will transfer a gun from another FFL for about $25. You order the gun or part from a supplier and it's delivered to the FFL who transfers the item to you -- for $25. That's his fee. That's what he gets paid for expediting the transfer. The charge for the NICS is over and above the transfer fee.

I can't believe there's only one FFL in your town. Have you looked in your phone book for "gunsmiths" ??? They're FFL and typically transfer parts from other FFL's.

Your other option is to do the transfers online and drive to the FFL when the stuff arrives and you need to pick it up/pay. FFL can do a NICS for you from email data you supply. You can sign the Form 4473 and provide ID when you pick up the parts.
 
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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
Yep, total BS, probably mad that you aren't buying guns from them.
I don't know how they can be. It is just a little hole in the wall place with literally less then 10 guns in the shop. I have no idea how they have stayed in business all these years.

My next option is Plainfield Shooting Supply in Plainfield or Popguns in Indy. Both are at least 45 minutes from here.
 
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Discussion Starter · #9 ·
I think I have found another FFL.

FAVRE'S GUN SHOP
520 N. 42nd St.
Terre Haute, In. 47803
812-235-0198

I looked it up on Google Maps. I think I've driven by it before. If it is the place I'm thinking of, then he might run this out of his garage or his house. If this is the case, does anyone have any opinions on this? I actually found him from www.ar15sales.com from their registered FFL list. I don't know how old the list is though. I haven't had the chance to call them yet. I'll try to do so today if it isn't too late.
 
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Discussion Starter · #10 ·
alot of the private stores here in town absolutely refuse to do transfers.

I know two of them that refuse to do them outright. They say that if you want something they don't have in the store, they'll have to order it for you, and you'll pay THEIR price for it.

I say ta hell with 'em!
 
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Discussion Starter · #12 ·
He is denying you your 2A rights.
Only in so much that he's supporting the system that's trampling them to start with...

Yeah, I'd take my business else where. Hopefully the one you found will be your new best friend!
 
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Discussion Starter · #13 ·
This is why I'm glad my mailman at home is also my FFL guy.

Takes him awhile to get stuff sent . . . but the price is right (hey, it helps to have been on the guys route for almost 22 years!). He's doing the transfer on the Glock I won.
 
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Discussion Starter · #14 ·
I just got 2 EA lowers form the gun shop for the flat rate of $30 and they will do as many as you for the $30 as long as they some together
 
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Discussion Starter · #15 ·
I was just as a local gun shop today and if I bought one from somewhere else and had it shipped there it was $30, if I had them order them it was only 7 bucks for a back ground check.
 
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Discussion Starter · #16 ·
I was just as a local gun shop today and if I bought one from somewhere else and had it shipped there it was $30, if I had them order them it was only 7 bucks for a back ground check.
They charge you for a background check?

If they use NICS it doesn't cost them anything. Most states also do no charge...

Sounds like you are getting screwed out of $7 for a simple phone call.
 
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Discussion Starter · #17 ·
that sucks man. I dont know why gun shop owners try and screw with you like that. I had the shop owner by my house tell me that it would cost atleast $4000 grand to get me a preban ar15.. I went home and looked on gunbroker and found like 7 for under 1500.

What a tool.. I'd rather drive another 20 minutes and go to an honest shop that's not trying to rip me off.
 
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Discussion Starter · #18 ·
I've come to notice that more and more people that sell guns for a living are dicks. There seems to be a higher percentage than average. That's why when you find a good guy you give him all your business.
I can understand that they need to make money to stay open, but being rude is going to cost them. If I were to get off my as and work on getting a FFL I would ask people that are doing FFL transfers through me to next time ask me what kind of price I can get for them on said item, because most of the time, I bet the dealer could match the price and make more than the transfer fee.
 
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Discussion Starter · #20 ·
Try to find a Pawnshop that will do it. They are normally cheaper.

CLIPS - N - GRIPS

Licensed FFL Dealer

Company: CLIPS - N - GRIPS
Name: BOB DAURIA
Address: 11437 EAST U.S. HIGHWAY 40
City: TERRE HAUTE, IN 47803
Phone Number: 8128771068
Fax Number: 8128771068
Email Address: [email protected]
Transfer Fee: 25
Discount: 10
Notes: west central indiana dealer in business 13 years. nra instructors
 
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