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Lightspeed Retail logo
 
LightSpeed POS includes the specialization to fit the needs of gun and tactical gear retailers. This best-of-breed POS system includes special order management, multiple employee security levels and service management features.
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LightSpeed POS includes the specialization to fit the needs of gun and tactical gear retailers. This best-of-breed POS system includes special order management, multiple employee security levels and service management features.
 
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Revel is a cloud-based business platform that integrates operations and customer channels with point-of-sale (POS) functionality in a single dashboard. It is suitable for stores and restaurants of all sizes and provides users with... Read More
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Revel is a cloud-based business platform that integrates operations and customer channels with point-of-sale (POS) functionality in a single dashboard. It is suitable for stores and restaurants of all sizes and provides users with... Read More
 
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AIMsi is a point of sale application that we recommend to gunshops because of its inventory management, accounting and CRM functionality. Capable of processing layaways and special orders. Age-verification features included.
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AIMsi is a point of sale application that we recommend to gunshops because of its inventory management, accounting and CRM functionality. Capable of processing layaways and special orders. Age-verification features included.
 
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This POS application from Cam Commerce includes age-verification, multi-tender acceptance, customized staff security levels, service management, and special orders. Also includes integrated accounting and inventory management.
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This POS application from Cam Commerce includes age-verification, multi-tender acceptance, customized staff security levels, service management, and special orders. Also includes integrated accounting and inventory management.
 
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Two of the most important aspects of running a gun shop are compliance and security. NetSuite Multi-Channel Retail Management Suite can help users achieve these goals by streamlining inventory and accounting management.
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Two of the most important aspects of running a gun shop are compliance and security. NetSuite Multi-Channel Retail Management Suite can help users achieve these goals by streamlining inventory and accounting management.

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Rapid Gun Systems is a custom POS that can be deployed on-premise or accessed through the cloud. It's designed specifically to meet the needs of firearm retailers, with several features that help to ensure compliance while handling... Read More
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Rapid Gun Systems is a custom POS that can be deployed on-premise or accessed through the cloud. It's designed specifically to meet the needs of firearm retailers, with several features that help to ensure compliance while handling... Read More
 
Acme Point of Sale logo
 
Acme Point of Sale by Total BusinessWare is a comprehensive Point of Sale solution for companies of any size - it can be used effectively on-premise by a single store with a single user, all the way up to a larger establishment with... Read More
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Acme Point of Sale by Total BusinessWare is a comprehensive Point of Sale solution for companies of any size - it can be used effectively on-premise by a single store with a single user, all the way up to a larger establishment with... Read More
 
Celerant Command Retail logo
 
Command Retail is a high-end POS solution that is great for a number of specialty retail operations, from gift shops to gun shops. A great fit for chains that also need online e-commerce capability. System is deployed on premise.
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Command Retail is a high-end POS solution that is great for a number of specialty retail operations, from gift shops to gun shops. A great fit for chains that also need online e-commerce capability. System is deployed on premise.
 
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RetailPoint Point of Sale is a cloud-based retail management system that helps users manage the daily operations of a single store or multiple locations in real time. In addition to the standard platform, it can also be accessed on... Read More
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RetailPoint Point of Sale is a cloud-based retail management system that helps users manage the daily operations of a single store or multiple locations in real time. In addition to the standard platform, it can also be accessed on... Read More
 
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Retail Express delivers Retail operating software, providing growing retailers with the opportunity to have more centralized oversight of their operations. This cloud-based platform offers point of sale, inventory management, customer... Read More
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Retail Express delivers Retail operating software, providing growing retailers with the opportunity to have more centralized oversight of their operations. This cloud-based platform offers point of sale, inventory management, customer... Read More

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Visual Retail Plus includes POS, CRM, inventory management, and sales processing features for medium-sized retailers. Gun shop owners can use the inventory management, AR, and AP modules to increase sales and inventory accuracy.
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Visual Retail Plus includes POS, CRM, inventory management, and sales processing features for medium-sized retailers. Gun shop owners can use the inventory management, AR, and AP modules to increase sales and inventory accuracy.
 
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We like that S2K's POS software features a history recall that allows retailers to reconstruct inventory at the store level for any time period. Plus it offers features like warranty tracking and detailed sales reporting.
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We like that S2K's POS software features a history recall that allows retailers to reconstruct inventory at the store level for any time period. Plus it offers features like warranty tracking and detailed sales reporting.
 
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Acumen is a software solution designed for small, medium, and growing retailers. The fully integrated solution includes applications for Point of Sale, stock management, customer management, eCommerce and accounting, to name a few. Considered... Read More
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Acumen is a software solution designed for small, medium, and growing retailers. The fully integrated solution includes applications for Point of Sale, stock management, customer management, eCommerce and accounting, to name a few. Considered... Read More
 
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Pronto Xi by Pronto Software is a fully integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite that provides core applications, such as financial accounting and business intelligence, alongside sales and marketing modules, supply chain... Read More
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Pronto Xi by Pronto Software is a fully integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite that provides core applications, such as financial accounting and business intelligence, alongside sales and marketing modules, supply chain... Read More
 
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Oracle Financials ERP Cloud is a cloud-based, end-to-end business management solution designed for midsized to enterprise-level customers. It offers a suite of applications including material planning, financial accounting, and business... Read More
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Windward Software's Windward System Five helps small to midsized businesses gain control of their operations by providing a fully integrated point of sale and accounting package with real-time inventory management.  Windward System... Read More
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Microsoft Dynamics RMS is ideal for small-to-mid-sized retailers looking to streamline transaction processing. Flexible, customizable POS interface. Easily handles multiple payments, layaways, and back orders.
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This system includes the functionality that gun dealers need to operate their store, including customer management features, a fully-integrated POS application, and the ability to manage multiple types of special orders.
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This system includes the functionality that gun dealers need to operate their store, including customer management features, a fully-integrated POS application, and the ability to manage multiple types of special orders.
 
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Business Control OneStep is a comprehensive POS system designed for retailers in the guns and tactical gear industry. It supports ATF compliance features, POS security levels, inventory tracking and customer purchase histories.
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Business Control OneStep is a comprehensive POS system designed for retailers in the guns and tactical gear industry. It supports ATF compliance features, POS security levels, inventory tracking and customer purchase histories.
 
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With robust inventory and supply chain management features, JDA is an ideal POS system for guns and tactical gear retailers. Designed for large retailers, this system is available as either an on-premise or web-based solution.
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Buyer's Guide

by Justin Guinn,
Market Research Associate
Last Updated: May 26, 2017


The ultimate issue for a gun shop owner is security; the penultimate issue is compliance. Gun shops are heavily regulated at the federal, state and local levels, and costs for noncompliance are high. Much of the inventory has serial numbers which must be tracked under penalty of law.

We’ve created this guide to help gun shop owners understand the gun retail software market. You can use this guide to learn about different product features and benefits and then make an informed purchase decision.

Below are the topics we'll cover in this guide:

What Is Gun and Tactical Shop Software?
Common Features of Gun and Tactical Shop Software
Expected Benefits of Gun and Tactical Shop Software

What Is Gun and Tactical Shop Software?

Gun and tactical gear shop software helps businesses manage their day-to-day operations. Business functions include point of sale (POS) transactions, customer relationship management (CRM) and inventory management. In addition, gun shop owners must carefully track which items are ordered, received into inventory and sold. They are required to document and report lost, stolen and destroyed firearms. Customers are subject to background checks, which must also be documented. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has specific requirements for gun shop software, which include having a compliant backup system.

The other components: an accounting system, accounts receivable, accounts payable, general ledger and payroll, are more or less standard. However, it is very important that gun shops maintain accurate records on their vendors and purchases.

Common Features of Gun and Tactical Shop Software

While evaluating systems, gun and tactical gear shop owners should consider the following functions to meet their unique requirements:

Federal Firearms Transaction Record (ATF 4473) ATF Form 4473 must be completed when a firearm is sold over the counter or through the mail. The system should collect the information about the customer and provide the necessary form with an option to file it electronically.
National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) The system should support running NICS checks through the appropriate state point of contact (POC) or through the FBI in states without a POC.
National Firearms Act (NFA) forms The system should track which inventory items are subject to NFA reporting. For those items, it should complete the correct NFA forms when title is transferred.
ID scanning The system should scan and retain ID information for customers. The POS should scan IDs and verify that the format of the ID is correct. It is impractical to validate the IDs against government databases.
ATF-compliant serial number tracking Since 2008, the ATF allows the “bound book” list of firearm serial numbers to be maintained electronically. The system should maintain an ATF-compliant serial number list.
Lost or stolen firearm form The system must handle lost or stolen firearms. The inventory value must be decreased. The system must also complete the correct notification forms and update the electronic bound book.
Destroyed firearm form Similarly, the system must handle destroyed firearms. The inventory value must be decreased. The system must also complete the correct notification forms and update the electronic bound book.
Work orders Many gun shops offer special services. Examples include repairs, bluing and engraving. The system needs to track the work orders, post deposits and notify the customer when the work is complete.
Special orders The system should handle special orders. It should track deposits, integrate with order entry to place orders and notify the customer when the order is received.
Security camera interface The POS system should integrate with the security camera system. A link to the video of each transaction should be stored with the transaction in the POS.
State and local forms Compliance regulations vary from state to state and sometimes even within a state. The system must prepare all state and local forms as required.
Integrated backup system The ATF has requirements for gun shop software. One is that the software must include an integrated backup system. Advanced systems will have a copy on premise and an additional copy stored in the cloud.
Ammunition database Firearms have different options for ammunition. Some ammunition is more strictly regulated than others. The system should provide a list of options on hand and available for special order while enforcing policy and legal requirements.
Tax calculations Some firearms are taxed differently than others. The system should correctly calculate the taxes and prepare tax filing information as required.

Expected Benefits of Gun and Tactical Shop Software

Operating a gun shop is not easy, as there are many regulations and requirements that must be fulfilled. A retail POS software system helps users manage the documentation work for a gun and firearms retail business.

Below are some of the benefits of using POS software in a gun and tactical gear shop:

  • ATF compliance management. On April 29, 2016, the ATF released the ATF 2016-1 compliance norms. Under the new regulations, gun and tactical gear retailers need to record both manufacturer and importer information while making any transaction. Since this is a regulatory requirement, many vendors have started offering ATF compliance management in their solutions. With this functionality, users can autofill some fields in their ATF form, thereby making the process easier for owners and customers.
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  • Repair and service requests. There are many challenges in providing repair and support services in the gun retail business. Users must create service requests, track resources and manage the complete invoicing. POS software helps users record customer repair requests, assign them to resources and then delegate them to people. POS software also allows users to create purchase orders for spare parts that are needed for repairs.
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  • Inventory management. Managing inventory is always a hassle—ask any business. Since there are concerns around safety with guns and tactical gear, discrepancies can lead to legal troubles. So, it’s essential for gun shop retailers to have a system in place that accurately tracks their inventory.

    POS software allows users to track the status of their inventory in real time, from dispatch to the point of sale. Some products on the market allow users to create purchase orders based on stock levels and demand of products.

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