FFL Transfer $$$$


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birdv
February 19, 2007, 09:43 PM
FFL Transfer $$$$
I understand that Gun Stores are in the business of making money. However at what point do you feel PAIN when transferring a firearm?

At what point would you consider getting your FFL?

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fog
February 19, 2007, 09:45 PM
i posted this under the transfer thread first

ok so i read this whole thread and here is my 2 cents worth
i live in a very small town in the midwest
i got tired of getting treated like crap at the big town gun shop and how they knew more than i did and they knew what i wanted better than i did
so......
i got my OWN FFL !!
i started my own little part time gun shop no inventory of guns but i do carry some ammo and cleaning supplies and i do take a trade every now and again
my best customers are guys who dont want to go to the big city to get stuff
i usually try and get a group order to gether so we all can save on shipping

by the way i charge $25 over actual cost as my profit per gun(gun shipping & tax)
i charge $25 for transfers too. it costs here in illinois $2 a background check
so now i am making enough money selling and transfering guns to support my gun buying
just a different angle for some of you

benelli12
February 19, 2007, 09:53 PM
i got tired of getting treated like crap at the big town gun shop and how they knew more than i did and they knew what i wanted better than i did

I know EXACTLY how you feel. When I first started purchasing handguns I would go into the shop knowing EXACTLY what I wanted, and I would leave confused, and without a new gun.:fire:

I would then go home, get on the computer, and research the suggestions they made.

I now know to go on my own instinks when purchasing a weapon I am confident I want, and never turn back.;)

hotpig
February 19, 2007, 09:55 PM
I'm in the same area as fog and have my FFL for the same reaon. In our area 25.00 is the high side. I would not try to get more than that.

thumper723
February 19, 2007, 09:55 PM
I will pay up to $25. I realize that if they are busy, it is time they could be spending helping other customers.

However, I am a gauranteed $25 for their time for a transfer.

That being said, I get mine done right now for $10, which is nice.

10 Ring Tao
February 19, 2007, 10:00 PM
I feel fortunate to have a good home based guy a few minutes away who does them for $15, in addition to high quality AK builds.

I'm also jealous of the guys getting them for $10.

thexrayboy
February 19, 2007, 10:00 PM
I understand a FFL needs to make a living. I know some that do it flat rate.
I also know of some that do it by percent. A 25$ fee for transferring a $135 CZ is a bit much. Makes the deal not such a deal. And a percentage transfer can also sour the deal. Some have asked for 10%, thats a good deal when transferring a Mosin but would really suck for say a $2400 Serbu. But it's a free market economy. I shop around and try to get the best deal if I have to.

BlkHawk73
February 19, 2007, 10:04 PM
For me I guess it would dependon the firearm being transferred. usually I'll pay 10% of the cost so it's not too bad. I can see it could get expensive though.

illini52
February 19, 2007, 10:25 PM
$30 is the most i'll do.


You in East Central IL fog?

hotpig
February 19, 2007, 10:27 PM
I think he is west central. I'm right on the west central/SW line.

vis--vis
February 19, 2007, 10:37 PM
$25 is the most I will do. Anymore and a customer has been lost.

Neo-Luddite
February 19, 2007, 10:41 PM
25.00 is more than fair for a straigtforward deal.

BTW--why does it seem that there are so many people from Illinois (myself included) on THR?
Any insights?

hotpig
February 19, 2007, 10:54 PM
We are the fifth largest state by population and 25 by size.

Neo-Luddite
February 19, 2007, 11:02 PM
I didn't realize in terms of population. We have more gun nuts than one might think for all the onerous media and politics in this state.

hotpig
February 19, 2007, 11:12 PM
How long do you think beforethe last line in this paragraph gets removed.

(iii) transfers on the grounds of a gun show.


http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocTypeID=HB&DocNum=758&GAID=9&SessionID=51&LegID=28058

SoCalShooter
February 19, 2007, 11:12 PM
I do not understand why it should cost so much to simply move some paperwork and do a simple transfer.

SSN Vet
February 19, 2007, 11:15 PM
I was paying $25 and driving 25 min. but found a local guy through the directory on Gun Broker and now I only pay $10 and go a block out of my way on the ride home for work.

:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

hotpig
February 19, 2007, 11:15 PM
If all I had to do is move some paperwork without paying a fee or risk of fines or incarceration if something is not right. I would do it for free.

MudPuppy
February 20, 2007, 12:08 AM
I miss the $5 guy. Please come home!

wooderson
February 20, 2007, 12:55 AM
$25, if for no other reason than there are more than a dozen FFLs within 30mins of my house, not counting pawn shops.

That's what my friendly dealer would charge me, but so far he's managed to order anything I want for less than the Internet cost+shipping+transfer. Works out well for both of us.

hexidismal
February 20, 2007, 01:00 AM
I voted for "no more than 25" as that would be my preference. Unfortunately the only game in town here is $40 transfers, and an FFL that's awfully picky about what he transfers even for that. ( I.E. If he can get it and sell it from his shop, he won't do the transfer ). I'd love to say he lost me as a customer , but it's him or Gander Mtn., and that's all the choices I've got unless I want to make a ridiculous # of trips back and forth to somewhere further (with New York policies on buying and picking up and such )

Roccobro
February 20, 2007, 01:21 AM
I voted $50, because it costs that much already IF you can find an FFL to do a transfer around here (places like Turners most of the time won't do an out of state transfer either). DROS is $35 already on top of that. :mad:

Justin

jayhway
February 20, 2007, 01:51 AM
I pay $55 for transfers and this includes the $35 DROS fee in CA. So I guess I'm only paying a $20 transfer fee.

waterhouse
February 20, 2007, 02:54 AM
I miss the $5 guy. Please come home!

I'm trying to get back that way some time in May probably. It is fun work down here but very stressful.

It's good to be missed.

GreenFurniture
February 20, 2007, 06:41 AM
When all the gunshops have shut down because they can't afford to keep the doors open any more I wonder how many gun owners will quietly be happy.

gabeusmc
February 20, 2007, 07:58 AM
I get mine transfered for free. I live in Phx, Az and I have a local FFL that does them for me. I have been in Iraq for the last 5 months and have had my Benelli and my 1911 sent to him and got them given to me for FREE :neener: :evil: :p . He does this for me because of the the military and because I have a CCW.

Ala Dan
February 20, 2007, 08:22 AM
Amen To My Brother In Arms - Green Furniture ;)

Essex County
February 20, 2007, 01:00 PM
15 bucks in my neighborhood and no hassle whatsoever. My dealers understand that they aren't able to meet all needs.......Essex

Eyesac
February 20, 2007, 01:59 PM
I don't mind paying $40 (every shop here in Reno charges 40), after all it's not like I'm giving that to the Government or anything, it's going to a local gun shop owner. Almost makes me feel good...

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