The Home-Based FFL Series Update

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It’s a pleasure to see such interest in the Home-Based FFL series. It’s expanded far past what I originally intended into a continuing saga showcasing my personal trials and tribulations.

Further, the reader mail has been avaricious for additional content, which we will keep coming in additional installments.

Below is the list of installments so far. Further, to ease navigation, we have also added the “Home-Based FFL” tag to all the articles so it’s easy to find them if you jumped in to the series later.

The TFB staff and I thank you for your readership. It’s a personal honor that so many find my experiences valuable and I hope that some can learn from them and carry the torch with their own FFLs.


Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry in weapon design, operations, and sales. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs. He loves tinkering, gunsmithing, NFA, and MSRs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com


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  • Zach Chance

    Thanks for the update! This is perfect for navigating the series

  • nova3930

    Appreciate it very much. The more I read of this, the more I think I might go down this path. Making a little $ on the side doing something I enjoy would be nice…

  • FarmerB

    Huh? Part six link points to part five.

  • Realist

    My FFL (and Gunsmith) is a retired IBM Fellow…great guy and is a fountain of knowledge. Looking at his (retirement) setup, I hope do half as well in my golden years.

    This article is definitely food for thought…

  • Will P.

    I really keep looking into this more and more I do a little gunsmith and duracoating work(local only atm) out of my house on the side and just lost out on a possible duracoating contract with another smith because I didn’t have an FFL so I could ship guns back and forth. Keep them coming though! I have been reading every one so far!

  • Steve

    The link for part 2 links to an admin edit page.

  • AlDeLarge

    The link to part 2 is to edit the page.
    The link to 4.5 goes to 4.
    The link to 6 goes to 5.

  • dshield55

    Nathan S has the world’s worst linking skills.

  • TR

    i have really enjoyed following this journey. i didn’t note any info about insurance issues. i know our homeowners policy specifically excludes responsibility or liability for any claim caused through conducting ‘business’ at our home property. did you have to change carriers, or add coverage’s that provided protection for you? if yes, can you give us a ballpark cost on this please.