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Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by mobilegunslinger, May 6, 2013.
look at reply number 13
Doubt anybody would be willing to pay $40/gun. I know I wouldn't. Maybe $5/gun. I hate cleaning, but I'm still a cheap bastard.
This this out:
At $40/gun it better be striped, cleaned, lube'd (my choice), and reassembled 100% right in under 2 minutes.
Yea, I'd walk on by at that price and probably any other too, somethings are just best done in person.
I am just a lone opinion and by no means am trying to spoil your American Dream..... but there is no way in hell I would pay $40 for someone in a trailer to clean one weapon. It wouldn't matter if you had a ultrasonic cleaner or whatever in there.
On top of that you're business plan is to make people wait at the range - with no weapon - after they just spent a bunch of money (depending) - when they are trying to go home.
You asked for thoughts. I would use the money and do something different. Like offer CHL courses or open a kitchen table internet gun store or something.
I just don't know anyone who would pay any money to have some stranger clean weapons that wasn't a licensed gunsmith, or at the very least well known in that gun community.
The odds of a business allowing you to piggyback off of their customers and other business investments is close to zero.
Well, it really depends,...........would you have free beef jerky or Hooter girls washing cars too?
Best just to get well known at the ranges as a place to take your gun to get cleaned. Drop off some cards, get to know the owners. How many ranges already offer basic gunsmithing at the range?
I clean guns for my friends. Its $25 for up to 4 guns of any type per cleaning and I go to their home and do it while we put on a movie or chat. I think it would be better to stock up on parts for common guns and run a gun-smith service out of that trailer. Now THAT would work great. I'm shooting, my gun acts up-I can go a few feet away and have you take a look at it, fix it on spot, and order any parts right there. As far as the range goes-I bet if you knocked out whatever qualifications you need and gave the range a 10% cut of your labor profits-they would be ok with it.
Sent while trying to concentrate on 6 things at once.
When I worked at a range, we had a surprising amount of people wanting us to clean their guns, typically a few a week.
It was usually guys with brand new ar15s that were having issued and we'd ask the 'did you clean/lube it?' and the response was always, 'it's brand new'.
I'd agree with the comment about a range letting you do this in their parking lot/area, I think that might be long odds.
There are people out there wanting someone else to clean their guns, question is, will they pay any decent money for it.