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jay_cue 06-01-2021 11:42 AM

Gunfighter closing down retail store
 
Unfortunately due to CA red tape and a crappy landlord, GFT will be closing their retail store.

https://gunfightertactical.com/gunfi...tW_LjU8ATHA0js

rice_man 06-01-2021 11:59 AM

Oh No - this makes me very sad.

Meety Peety 06-01-2021 2:09 PM

Major bummer. Sad to see such a great shop shutting down, but it sounds like they are pretty content with re-focusing their energy into the other business, so at least there is a positive outcome there.

neuromorph 06-01-2021 2:43 PM

went by today, and 3 of the 5 storefronts were closed. I have to believe the owner of the lot wants everyone out so they can sell it to developer.

waygeekierthanu 06-01-2021 3:23 PM

We hate to see another FFL close in CA. Lease non-renewals are awful. We do still off AR Pistols at least, so there's still availability even if we are a little drive

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Crazydave 06-01-2021 3:27 PM

speaking of which..... what FFL's in San Diego accept online Ammo Order deliveries and do ammo Transfers?

LoadedM333 06-01-2021 5:11 PM

Wow, this certainly sucks. Always like Gunfighter Tactical.


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Mtndewking 06-01-2021 6:20 PM

I second crazydaves comment.

what FFL's in San Diego accept online Ammo Order deliveries and do ammo Transfers?

Gunfighter was so awesome at this.

Sir Toast 06-01-2021 6:45 PM

GFT was the bomb. They'll re-open somewhere else. I used to go to them when they had the crappiest location off of Miramar and then moved to their current store.

Those guys are way too good to just close shop due to a crappy landlord.

CAL.BAR 06-01-2021 6:51 PM

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Originally Posted by neuromorph (Post 25822366)
went by today, and 3 of the 5 storefronts were closed. I have to believe the owner of the lot wants everyone out so they can sell it to developer.

"free enterpise" is concerned ONLY with making the most money. Period. If they can make more by selling it to a developer - they will. And probably should.

L84CABO 06-01-2021 7:13 PM

Ahhh dammit! That sucks! Man this town is hurting for quality gun shops and GFT was the very best. They will be sorely missed.

Godspeed on the smithing and Cerekoting shop!

Bete Noire 06-01-2021 7:23 PM

I thought you could only store guns if you have an FFL. Would they still be able to take in guns for smithing and cerakote if they forfeit their FFL license?


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therealnickb 06-01-2021 7:28 PM

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Originally Posted by CAL.BAR (Post 25823084)
"free enterpise" is concerned ONLY with making the most money. Period. If they can make more by selling it to a developer - they will. And probably should.

You confuse free enterprise, sole proprietor, and public corporations.

I and many people I know ran/run very successful profitable businesses for decades. While the bottom line was necessary to continue operations, it was hardly our main focus let alone the only one.

mr goodguy 06-01-2021 7:33 PM

Wow.sad to hear this:( the best gun store in San Diego as far as I’m concerned. Thankful to all of you guys!

Chokoloso 06-01-2021 8:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sir Toast (Post 25823060)
GFT was the bomb. They'll re-open somewhere else. I used to go to them when they had the crappiest location off of Miramar and then moved to their current store.

Those guys are way too good to just close shop due to a crappy landlord.

Read the link. At least for the time being they have zero plans to reopen as an ffl anywhere. Really sad, I have a few AR pistols from them and always had guns transferred there. They will be missed

kennymallory1 06-01-2021 9:32 PM

So sad...that is my spot for all things firearms. Ive watched my kids grow up playing in the play area while I dropped off or picked up an new project or did a transfer/bought something sweet on consignment. Those guys will bounce back. The last year an a half were hard on them for sure so it would be a challenge.


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Oldboyjun 06-01-2021 10:59 PM

It felt like a punch in the gut when I saw their post on Facebook this morning. :( Such a big loss for the 2A community in San Diego. They did so many great things: AR pistol and black rifle builds, free ammo transfers, fast and efficient PPT's, training classes, the legal battles in conjunction with SDCGO and FPC, etc. They were also the first shop in SD - and maybe all of California - to sell standard capacity magazines when Freedom Week kicked off! Man, this really sucks.

I really hope they will reconsider and reopen again in the future. Maybe they can open a retail space in a more "gun-friendly" part of town, perhaps East County? I'm glad the gunsmithing and cerakote side of the house will continue, but it just isn't the same without the shop.

Ora Serrata 06-01-2021 11:04 PM

GFT was my go-to for PPTs in SD. This truly sucks m!

Ora Serrata 06-01-2021 11:05 PM

GFT was my go-to for PPTs in SD. This truly sucks!

gorillafingaz 06-02-2021 12:01 AM

To add insult to injury, the landlord would rather have a pot shop in their place...gotta love that the stuff isn't legal (federally).

Corbin Dallas 06-02-2021 9:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by neuromorph (Post 25822366)
went by today, and 3 of the 5 storefronts were closed. I have to believe the owner of the lot wants everyone out so they can sell it to developer.

This was my thought as well. That's a prime piece of land and I bet in this market, the owner just wants to sell the entire property or redevelop it for a client who will pay millions each year.

I'm very sad to hear this news. I wish all of them the best - Ryan, Lee, Morgan and all the staff who were so professional in a tough industry.

Supersapper 06-02-2021 3:01 PM

I too am saddened, although the last information I had from Ryan was that he and the partner weren't sure how it was going to play out. I guess now I know. Ryan really wanted to keep it going, even though he moved to TN recently. I wish him the best.

I loved that they treated everyone the same...police and non-police. Everyone got the same treatment.

Helmut 06-02-2021 8:01 PM

Been using GFT when they were Wiser Owl. Sad to see them go.

mtenenhaus 06-02-2021 8:09 PM

Very sad day for us.....Ryan always went out of the way to take great care of us.

AGGRO 06-02-2021 8:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sir Toast (Post 25823060)
GFT was the bomb. They'll re-open somewhere else. I used to go to them when they had the crappiest location off of Miramar and then moved to their current store.

Those guys are way too good to just close shop due to a crappy landlord.

I hope they reopen. Best people I have dealt with in a local gun store.

mjv 06-05-2021 11:36 AM

On a side note, GFT closing leaves a huge opening for one of the existing stores to fill a huge void. If they came close to how well GFT treated their customers their business would boom due to all the people looking for a new store.

TKM 06-05-2021 11:48 AM

The only way Gunfighter could have been a better gun store was a liquor license.

They are in it, and have always been in it, for the love of the sport.

I've been looking to get an old Ruger MK refinished. They will be my go-to from now on.


Doom on the landlord for this carp.

d33pt 06-05-2021 11:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mjv (Post 25834708)
On a side note, GFT closing leaves a huge opening for one of the existing stores to fill a huge void. If they came close to how well GFT treated their customers their business would boom due to all the people looking for a new store.

GFT is going to release a list of stores they recommend. AO Sword was one they mentioned. I'll have to take a look. But you are absolutely right. I am a one gun store kinda guy, and will travel if they treat me right. Ryan from GFT knew me by name and always made it as easy as possible for me to shop there.

TKM 06-05-2021 3:00 PM

I made an emergency Heineken/pizza delivery.



Tried to spend money but there's almost nothing there.... bummer.

SanDiego619 06-05-2021 10:41 PM

Dang.

Father Ted 06-06-2021 7:29 PM

Sad to hear this. Ryan and Lee always treated me so great. I wish them luck going forward.

SoCalZen 06-11-2021 8:58 AM

Gunfighter closing down retail store
 
Just saw the post of FB.this bites. Just want to say thanks to Ryan & Lee for all their service to the 2A community and you will be missed! Only place I went & trusted.

Now whos going to pick up the ball? Can anyone else provide the amazing customer service and prices of GFT?!? Doubt it but well see I guess.

Good luck to you guys and thanks again for all the hard work!


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BucDan 06-11-2021 1:46 PM

Any shops decent for ammo transfers, PPTs, gun transfers?

Before GFT, it was parallax tactical for me, but even they went down hill.

D16er 07-01-2021 1:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BucDan (Post 25854232)
Any shops decent for ammo transfers, PPTs, gun transfers?

Before GFT, it was parallax tactical for me, but even they went down hill.


I have the same question 🙋🏻*♂️

SDBlaster 07-01-2021 3:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by L84CABO (Post 25823154)
Ahhh dammit! That sucks! Man this town is hurting for quality gun shops and GFT was the very best. They will be sorely missed.

Godspeed on the smithing and Cerekoting shop!

their gunsmith and cerekoting is still around; new shop a few minutes away

SDBlaster 07-01-2021 3:35 PM

Gunfighter tactical is now Gunfighter customs ; at least the custom parts, no gun sales I don't think? ; new shop is down the street as of Monday

BEE 07-01-2021 5:42 PM

So which San Diego FFL will hold the championship belt now?

SoCalZen 07-01-2021 6:07 PM

Honey Badger still around? Any others?


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BEE 07-01-2021 7:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SoCalZen (Post 25919007)
Honey Badger still around?

Honey Badger Firearms is still around. They sell firearms & accessories as well as perform gunsmith services, but don't facilitate firearms transfers in store at the moment because of legal troubles.

TKM 07-01-2021 7:56 PM

Honey Badger pushes their transfers to Gusslers in Santee.

Good guy, home operation with specific hours so check first.


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