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FFL Transfers!!??

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So I've been contemplating the idea of building a few AR's for myslef, since I don't own a single one. Since the ban has expired, and I can get what I want for a decent price, I figured I'd give it a whirl...along with a lot of encouragement from Max.

I apologize for such a long rant, but here we go!
To make a long story short, I have recently moved to a new area, Atlanta, and am no longer able to deal with the dealer that I used before I moved. My previous dealer charged me $15 a transfer. I never ordered more than one at at time, so I don't know if he would've given me a discount on mulitiple transfers in one delivery...such as a couple of AR lowers.I went ahead and gave the local dealers a call to get their prices. First was $25 a transfer with no quantity discount. Second was $35 with no quantity discount. At this point, I just decided that it would almost be worth it for me to have them sent to my old dealer, and when I go back to visit family pick them up. But, this is really a PITA to do over a couple of lowers.

Why do dealers charge so much to "fill out the paperwork" to make a legitimate transfer? Or rather, why do they have to charge so much? I understand that they are invovled legally, have rent to pay, etc, etc. But why so much?

Is there anything else involved in a transfer from the distributor to my dealer other than him logging it into his books? How long does this actually take?..How many forms?

What is the average price in your state? The state of Georgia?

Do your local dealers give you a volume discount?

I'm by no means trying to step on anyone's toes here, I just have asked myself the question over and over again, and then just submit to forgetting about it instead of getting pissed off. Can someone help me feel a little better about paying $25-$35 per lower?
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MBadboyz, thanks for the info on the dealer. I will have to give him a call and see what he has in. I would love to get together and shoot, and or, build. I have been reading your posts on your new bending jig. Would love to see how it operates. I have one of 555th's.

TCPP, I appreciate the insight on what actually goes on for a transfer. There seems to be quite a bit more involved than what I thought. I never imagined that the prices might be high to discourage people from having guns transferred in. It is direct competition with them. Might as well keep the price up so that if you are losing sales to competition, at least you make a little to offset the loss of the sale.

I never thought of gunbroker. Can individuals legally run an FFL business out of their household? I heard that years back they let this fly a lot more. But, I thought they really pushed for a "storefront" now adays.
Dirtalert said:
Here's another referral if you want:

Chris Stephens
Gold Art, Inc. d/b/a Mr Pawn
4230-10 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lilburn, GA 30047
phone: 770-923-5329
fax: 770-923-7296

Chris is listed on Gunbroker. He charges 10 to 15 per transfer. They're good guys.

I've used Phil at the Gun Shop in Norcross too. If you don't smoke be advised to bring your own oxygen. Nice people as well.

Thanks so much for the connection. I WILL definitely check these guys out! Glad to hear there are some dealers up here that are reasonable.

I want to hear some more about this "part time" from home FFL business. Anyone have any more details that they'd like to divulge on how these work? How prevalent are these types of dealers? I've never known of or heard of anyone doing this?
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