How to Start a Gun Store

Have you always been fascinated with pistols guns and rifles gun? If so, you might want to consider opening a business that will allow you to sell guns. Starting a gun shop will be a very good business that you can venture on particularly if you have an interest and knowledge on guns.

Starting a gun shop can be a very good idea most especially if you have a natural interest in guns and ammunition. Remember to choose a good location for your gun store and to implement good marketing strategies.


Here is some information that you will be interested to learn if you want to know how to start a gun store:

What to Sell in Gun Store

If you are planning for opening a gun shop then the most important among all factors is the catalog, selecting best-selling guns in your locality will be a daunting task. You will have to make a survey on demanded guns before you start selling them, ask a few local army personnel, people keeping guns(for safety reasons), sheriffs to get an impression on best-selling guns. You can also ask few gun dealers for figuring out the most selling rifles/guns in your locality. You should add different gun services like gricing guns, selling used guns to your shop so that store will have some repeating customers and build trust over time.

Where to Open a Pistol Store

One of the most basic yet very important aspects that you have to consider if you are starting a rifle selling store is to look for the best and most appropriate location where you can open and establish a grice gun shop. It will help if you observe how successful gun dealers choose locations for their gun business. You will notice that gun shops are usually opened in locations where prospective customers can easily find the gun shop. Offering guns for sale in malls and similar commercial areas will be a good decision and this should be considered when you are making your gun store business plan. Nevertheless, it will be inevitable that it will be hard to find such good locations. It will therefore help if you also consider effective marketing strategies particularly if you fail to choose a good location for your gun store.

Marketing your Guns for Sale

As previously mentioned, it is sometimes difficult to find a good location where you can open your gun store. If you want to know how to open a gun maintenance store that can be successful despite getting a less desirable location, effective marketing must be considered. It will help if you advertise the products that you sell so prospective clients will hear and learn about your business. It will also be helpful if you can offer a variety of products that people have difficulty finding in other gun stores. Make sure that you sell the most basic guns and gun supplies such as colt gun, gun ammunition, hunting gun, Ruger gun, an airsoft gun. Offering a wide selection of gun products at a discounted cost can also help boost your business’ gun sales. Keep asking your customers for feedback so that you will come to know about their demands and your mistakes. Improvise your customer relations as you get some feedback and ask your customers for referrals. Try to give some incentives on referrals and convert your leads to make the maximum profit.


  • Toni Lao said on March 20, 2009
    How much would be the estimated amount to start this kind of business? And also the ROI? how long?
  • shane said on March 30, 2009
    uhh will this apply in the uk?? and how much will this cost
  • manuel l.coleman jr said on May 4, 2009
    are their grants for minority owners starting a sporting goods store selling guns, bow&arrows, crossbows, hunting equipments, etc.
  • oliver l. crewe lll said on December 25, 2009
    looking to start a gun shop. selling new and used guns along with ammo and accessories. the shop would be out of my garage, and my address is in remsen, ny 13438
  • Conner C. Kriegel said on February 8, 2010
    ive been in love with guns for as long as I can remember, however I am a little too young to have my own store. I am just getting an idea on how much it would be to start .
  • harsha said on July 30, 2010
    hello i wana start up the arms n ammunition production in india.. please help me what all i keep in mind and what research i should undergo?? please
  • Rick Petrie said on December 12, 2010
    I am thinking about opening a Gun store in Hamelton co Ind 46074 area code. any advice
  • Matt said on January 14, 2011
    I am former military and looking to start a gun store in Maryland. I'd like it to be small be well rounded from handguns, to assault and long rifles, to shotguns, ammo, accessories, and even military surplus supplies. Any suggestions on how to go about this as far as different vendors/suppliers to purchase from for new and used guns? and what would be an approximate start up and how long till I see a return?
  • Daniel Haywood said on January 29, 2011
    I have a few locations that are willing to back me on this venture. Its about to happen, I have to go big or go home! I hope everyone takes interest in the new gun shop and range that will open in Winder, GA! TARGET CORPS will be the next gun shop and range to make the big screen! Be looking for it to come, and be looking for the deals that you have been waiting for! From the top of the line customer service, to the top of the line personnel know how. We are going to be THE PLACE TO BUY A GUN!Bring your offers, as the prices are not set until you work them.....
  • Hamid Altaf Afridi said on March 20, 2011
    hello, i want to start hunting and sporting arms business in pakistan. please i need your help for making a business plan. give me all details about finance, marketing and other activities. thank you
  • ruben das said on July 18, 2011
    plz. tell me about starting a business of arms and ammu in assam.
  • Elmer Chavez said on August 19, 2011
    I am interested having a gun store in my home in Philippines I have a vacant area in my house, street side I want to know how much money start that kind of business or if they have company that give consignment products.
  • realido bonjoc said on September 26, 2011
    I want to have a gun store business here philippines i am a registered criminologist and have knowledge in guns and ammunition and have a strong passion with guns, can you tell me how much the capital amount in starting this business or if there a company willing to offer franchise or consignments here in the philippines, i have a place in a market area of my town good for business.
  • merlyn Manos said on October 8, 2011
    i am interested to put up a gun store in my place in Iligan city Philippines, i want to know how to start and where to process all the documents, thank you
  • Norman lope said on November 15, 2011
    am interested to put up a gun store in my place in cebu city Philippines, i want to know how to start and where to process all the documents, thank you.How much would be the estimated amount to start this kind of business? And the ROI also?
  • Josh Brown said on January 17, 2012
    I am looking to start a gun store/gun range in Enid, OK. I am looking for any assistance with getting started. Any assistance that can be given as far as financials or otherwise would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.
  • Cas Prather said on January 18, 2012
    My husband is looking to open a gun shop in Madison, NE... are there any grants out there to help with starting this business?
  • johns gun shack said on April 23, 2012
    i am in the process of opening a gun store in kewanna ind. what are the best grants or small business loans to get and how do i apply and how much is a good start up amount
  • Chumeica Paden said on May 4, 2012
    I am looking to open a gun shop In Oklahoma I am wondering the same things a lot of others have asked as well like vendors or suppliers and a good start up amount and also is there any grants that I as a women looking to start a business... and how would I apply for them if there are any !
  • Larry Reigel said on May 9, 2012
    I am ready to retire from the Fire Department and I need help to open a gun shop, are there Grants and or loan interest loans. 714-357-6339
  • Tyson Turley said on May 16, 2012
    Reno NV: I just got my ffl and people keep telling me to just take it slow, dont jump right into it. My first plan is to get my gunsmith diploma and then start kicking it into 5th gear on getting a store front. I believe they are right when they say take it slow but i dont want to miss out on the obama gun sale serge. even if there is even a whiff of him getting reelected gun sales will skyrocket. what do some of you seasoned business people say? thank you.
  • girlie saranillo said on June 15, 2012
    I want to be a licensed gun dealer here in our municipality as i find this business interesting but then my problem is the licensing of being a full pledge gun dealer. How much will this cost so I can start right away after processing the requirements....Thanks and more power......
  • Rodia Santiago said on August 4, 2012
    I'm planning to open a gun store business, and how much the estimated amount of capital to start this kind of business? And how long is the ROI?
  • Jeff dill said on August 30, 2012
    I have a small gunstore and have done well with used and a some new. Just finished purchasing a new location on the highway and planning the operation greatly. With recent a questions I now have over 400 arms mostly used. My question, how do I determine what new lines and the respective models to carry nonoperational. I am a glock and ruger dealer. I do sell a lot of the LCPs and not much in the glock line. We also have a selection of hunting rifles and high end trap guns. Locate innDeland fla. any suggestions. I have a retired deputy that works for me with some gun experience. Going to place a help wanted ad for a full time hound energetic person with firearm sales experience to work full time in gunstore . Your suggestions? Best regards, Jeff dill. 386-804-4762
  • huzefa said on October 24, 2012
    i want to sell my arms and ammunition business with transfer of licensee everything, lock-stock-barell. 35yrs old good will. as i have no hair and i'm 65yrs old. expecting 3.5cr
  • Amanda said on January 17, 2013
    Would like to open up my own shop after having worked in one. Would like to open up in Missouri with new and used guns, Ammo,gunsmith and a shooting range as well having seen how many people don't have a place to shoot. The location would be right near a highway. Thanks for the help
  • Brian said on March 23, 2013
  • Singh said on April 1, 2013
    I want to add gun and ammo store in my supermarket in east texas. Need help. Thanks.
  • kingsley del mundo said on April 2, 2013
    hi i'm interested to put up a gun store in antipolo rizal ,philippines. what is the requirements and how much is the start up capital can you please help me
  • Jeff said on May 29, 2013
    Oak Ridge Tn. 37830. I would like to open a gun store/accessories shop and hunting supplies i.e. compound bows and arrows broad heads. I would also like to have a small firing range and an area where customers can try out hunting bows. Knoxville is the closest larger city and the city I live in has no sporting goods stores except the Wal-Mart and Kmart. Knoxville is around 30 miles away. I would like to cater to high end products as well as equipment for beginners. What kind of start up money are we talking about?
  • Arvin Gonzales said on October 17, 2013
    Good day! I am interested in putting up a gun store in the philippines, I love guns and loves to teach people on how to be a responsible gun owner. I've seen quite a number of dealers in Manila however i'm located in a province where gun stores are rare. My problem is I don't know where to start or who to contact so that I can get the best deal to start my own gun store. Your assistance would be highly appreciated thank you and looking forward in hearing from you. By the way the gun vault where all dealers get their new guns for their clients is located inside the police camp I just don't know how to contact the manufacturers so that I can start my own business.
  • Darien said on July 29, 2014
    how much is it to start and how long would it take?
  • nikhil sangwan said on March 31, 2015
    what amount will be needed to start this business..
  • Suzi Kirschner said on June 23, 2015
    Hello: I live in Florida, Manatee County and want to open a gun business. Can you please tell me how to go about it. I know you need to do background checks, how do you do that and what other requirements do you have to do? Once you sell a gun, where do you send the name, address and serial number? Any information you can give me is much appreciated.
  • micheal padelli said on May 19, 2016
    Farmington CT 06032, my father and myself are looking to open a shop and range. We are looking for any type of help. Finances are the biggest thing holding us back at the moment. If anyone can give us info on where we can get help, that would be great!
  • NEWBERRY AMMO DUMP beginner adviser said on May 25, 2017
    I owned a small "Gun Shop" in Cali some years ago, I found at that time the largest expense was of course the inventory cost. I got what I could afford and grew from there, do search out your suppliers really search them out before you buy. It may be cheaper to drive 3 hours to pick-up your order than to have it delivered. (Or maybe you just don't have that cash for delivery) The bulk of your profits will come from the "odds & ins" cleaning stuffs, targets, reload equipt & etc. Be sure you have your State papers in order, your County papers in order and double check with your local Government also, everyone will be trying to get their share of the money you "don't" Your greatest asset is you, be positive and don't sweat the loops you have to jump through, the end results will awe you. Stay above the Law and Law Enforcement will stay with you, when you are open you will want officers coming through your shop/store from time to time. (It deters most thieves)... GO FOR IT!!!!!

    Gun Shop Owner

  • Mpitizeli Fena said on June 2, 2017
    I want to start a Gun Shop and i have trained to handle and use guns. Now i want to train others and sell arms and ammunition.
  • sniper said on July 13, 2017
    hi good day!! i am interested to have own gun store. can you give me an idea how much is the capital? thanks!!
  • Efren Fernandez said on April 1, 2022
    How much would be the estimated amount to start this kind of business? And also the ROI? how long?


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