Range and Gun Store Startup

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    Senior Member Array INTJ's Avatar
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    Hey, thanks!!! Please continue giving me your thoughts/ideas. Here is the list so far. Current gun store owners/employees (limatunes ) are encouraged to contribute.
    • XD's, M&P's, 1911's, popular snubbies.
    • Holsters.
    • Belts
    • Cater to Concealed Carry folks
    • Gunsmith services
    • Make the place bright and inviting.
    • Selection of products
    • Bulk target ammo.
    • Cleaning products
    • Hogue grips
    • Snap-caps
    • Flashlights
    • Targets
    • Ear/Eye protection
    • Brand merchandise (Glock, Sig, etc..)
    • Speed loaders.
    • Assortment of basic gunsmith tools.
    • Consignment sales
    • Security-Safes/lockboxes
    • Training
    • FREE range time for in store firearm purchases
    • Computer stocking/sale system
    • Getting a good rep with a distributor is a must
    • Special orders
    (Pete: We are looking at sites in the Montgomery county Clarksville/Ft. Campbell area and are taking a lot of ideas from the business model that Guns and Leather in Greenbrier has.)
    "Beware of the man who only owns one gun. He probably knows how to use it."

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    Senior Member Array rabywk's Avatar
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    Depending on size and setup of range. I would throw out the idea of having a weekly/monthly tactical competition night.

    If you are catering to the CCW crowd you will get even more business if they can come in and shoot at an organized event once a month. Plus I have always seen that CCW folks are always willing to spend more money then those who just hunt or shoot on occasion.

    We have an indoor range that will setup different course layouts and will run everyone through twice. Add up all points and offer bragging rights as the prize. It costs $10 to shoot for the night, but when you have 20 or 30 people there that are not complaining about having to wait for an open lane, the discounted rate is worth it.

    ONE BIG THING!!!!! LET THE CUSTOMERS TAKE THERE BRASS HOME WITH THEM. This seems to be a big thing in a lot of areas. There are many ranges that want to keep the brass. You WILL loose customers if you do this.
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    --- Some of the friendliest people I have ever talked to are gun owners and shooters and according to the gun activists we are the mass murders and felons of the nation???

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    Well,the others can recommend stock, but from my experience with Nashville area shops- have a smith who knows his stuff. If they are still working, at least two gun-monkeys in the area should only be trusted with SuperSoaker repairs. Maybe.

    Good luck!

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