I had to send the saddest email since getting my FFL 10 years ago. This email was to announce to our customers that we are closing the business. I sent a similar one a month ago to my LE customers and I literally broke down and cried when I hit send.
Since I was a kid, I wanted to be a gun dealer. I do Cyber Security for my day job and I am so into guns that my nickname in the community became Arms (mostly because no one wanted to say Arms Dealer or AD anymore - Earlier nicknames I was given).
Here is the email that I sent out. I have removed my affiliate links in respect to the forum:
Over the past year, we have had problems with a few new customers. These problem customers have caused my family and I discomfort about living in our house while continuing the business.
I am sad to announce that we are closing the business. On December 1st, I will be contacting the ATF and begin the process of turning my license in and closing the business.
Thank you for your business over the years. It has been nice to serve all of you, as well as, get to know you personally.
I do have one favor to ask though. We have decided to keep the Blog and video channels open. All of the firearm transfer fees that you have been paying have been going to this site which provides free instruction on disassembly and reassembly of firearms. I would like to ask for you to help me keep this content flowing and free. The favor that I am asking is easier than doing a 4473.
We have affiliate relationships with several online stores including Amazon, Brownells, Palmetto State Armory, Sportsman’s Guide and more. To help out with the content, would you mind going to www.trb.fyi first and then clicking on the affiliate banners on the right side of the page before you shop? This will cost you nothing more than what you were already going to spend and the site gets a small percentage of what you spend to keep content flowing.
I am pretty open about the finances of the page and you can see how much it costs to provide the free content here https://trb.fyi/financials/.
For your convenience, I have listed a couple of our most popular affiliate links below. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated by me and anyone looking to work on their own firearm since the content is free. Also if you could spread the word, that would be greatly appreciated too.
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You can see our full catalog of articles and videos on our website www.trb.fyi.
For those of you who are interested in how we came up with the name The Rogue Banshee, it is a combination of names from two of our dogs. Banshee passed away several years ago while Rogue is one of our current dogs.
I wish each of you the best and hope our paths cross again in the future.
Soon I expect that I will be stripped of my coveted FFL tag on the forum. But don’t fear… I will still be producing content.