Ok, I've had this pipe dream for ten years or so to open my own small business in the fashion of a police supply store. I recently found out the one local to me (Lafayette Guns and Gear) has gone out of business. The next closest one is Ray O'herron's in Danville, Illinois. I've found their customer service to be mostly crap, although they recently appeased me on a small issue, but it was the result of poor customer service in the first place. Anyway, I work with a special deputy who owns a lot of real-estate. He's a retired guy and does transports for us in his free time. He offered to rent me a downtown storefront/corner place for a pretty good price. It's not a huge place, but there is plenty of room for a uniform show room, duty gear section, large firearms counter, and I could probably stock and sell some emergency warning equipment. It's street parking but there is a pay lot nearby, but still not the best parking. I suck at math and am not real good at book keeping, so I'd probably hire that out. I'd have to hire a seamstress (My mother most likely) and I'd probably have to hire one or two part time helpers. Not sure I could give up my full-time job until it took off, if it took off. So what do you guys think? How does one go about getting a business loan, FFL, contracts with the big names like Glock, Winchester, Federal, Blackinton, Danner, Safariland, etc. Anyone run a business like this before? I would stay in law enforcement, but if this is successful, I'd get off the full time gig and stick with this.