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RAPID Gun Systems is an on-premise and accessible through cloud Point-of-Sale solution for gun stores. It caters to firearm retailers and helps them manage compliance and gun store management process. It is suitable for both new and... Read more
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LS Retail is a retail management system consisting of point of sale (POS) and enterprise resource planning (ERP). Key features include inventory management, customer management, retail accounting, e-commerce, warehouse management and... Read more
iVend Retail is an omnichannel retail management solution that helps businesses manage various aspects of a brick and mortar retail shop and e-commerce store. It covers from point-of-sale (POS) to back office to head office operations.... Read more
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ACCEO Retail-1 is a complete omnichannel software suite designed and developed for today’s modern retailer. Users can seamlessly manage and control all aspects of their omnichannel retail business with a single software system that... Read more
Trident 1 FFL Software is a cloud-based solution designed to help arms and ammunition businesses manage payments, billing, e-commerce, shooting ranges, repairing, compliance and more. The platform comes with a training management system,... Read more
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PayPal is a digital payment platform that enables businesses and individuals to pay and accept payments through an online portal without revealing any financial details. The solution is suitable for businesses of all sizes. PayPal... Read more
Square Point of Sale is a mobile POS system available for iOS and Android devices. Key capabilities of the Square POS system include online payment processing, sales reports, inventory tracking, digital receipts, Square marketing campaigns,... Read more
Stripe is a cloud-based solution that offers a varied set of unified APIs and tools that enable businesses to manage and accept payments online. Stripe handles key payment functions, such as subscriptions, storing cards and direct... Read more
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Fishbowl Inventory works with Intuit’s QuickBooks to provide inventory, accounting, and warehouse management within a point of sale application. The system requires an Internet connection and can run on any operating system. Read more
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?
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.
- 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.
- 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.