The People of the Gun have been bemoaning the lack of a large scale, professional online marketplace for firearms and gear. We’ve been clamoring for someone to step in and fill an obvious void in the marketplace, thanks to so many retail outlets and financial institutions who’ve made it difficult or impossible for retailers and consumers to do business.
Of course, such a marketplace, if it is to be effective, is by no means easy or inexpensive to create. You have to have some online retail and distribution experience, have significant financial backing, and, above all, believe in the Second Amendment and support free and fair commerce. There just aren’t a whole lot of organizations that check off of those boxes.
NationalGunTrader.com aims to be the first.
I use several different online marketplaces regularly. I’ve had good experiences, and very bad experiences. I’ve had guns that never arrived at my FFL, sellers disappear, people who never arrived to buy, the wrong guns delivered to my FFL, and every other problem imaginable. I’ve also spent way too much time finding, or not finding, what I was looking for.
NationalGunTrader.com seeks to change that by providing the first multi-merchant platform in the industry. The goal is to allow multiple direct-to-consumer businesses to sell and advertise their brand on one large platform. NationalGunTrader.com provides a marketplace-based community that connects consumers with firearm and other outdoor retailers, merchants, distributors and Federal Firearm Licensees.
NationalGunTrader.com has a launch date of New Year’s Day, 2019, but you can take a look at their website and see some of the vendors they have already.
If you’re a vendor, you can find out more and start the on-boarding process by visiting https://onboard.nationalguntrader.com
From the look of their site, it’s impressive. Vendors are able to set up vendor-specific URLs and import videos on their products. There will also be a review and comment section for customer input.
“We wanted to build a platform that is user friendly and familiar to prospective buyers and businesses while also being innovative and unique. NationalGunTrader.com is a place where sportsmen, shooters and gun enthusiasts can interact and transact with companies who support hunting, recreational shooting and the Second Amendment. Unlike other platforms in our space, our users can rest assured that the rug will never be slipped out from under them by arbitrary or politically motivated product bans.” said Bill Voss, President and CEO of NationalGunTrader.com.
There’s more than one bottom line for this business. Beyond just filling the gap in the market, they’re using a portion of the proceeds from NationalGunTrader.com to help several non-profit organizations. Those current beneficiaries include: The Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, the Congressional Sportsmen Foundation, Delta Waterfowl Foundation, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Project ChildSafe, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
We’ve been looking for something like this for a long time. I’ve known the guys who started this and have hunted with them in the past. They’re hard-core patriots, avid hunters and Second Amendment advocates. They’ve already been successful in other online retail businesses, and NationalGunTrader.com is bringing some of that same enthusiastic but seasoned team together here.
These may just be the people to make this whole thing work. My hat’s off to them, and I look forward to their great success.