At the NRA Annual Meetings, we (the other bloggers and myself) had the opportunity to sit down for a chat with Paul Helinski, the President/CEO of GunsAmerica.com.
Paul is originally an IT guy, having gotten into the online gun business back in the mid 90’s. One of the things that he spent a good chunk of time talking about was how important it is for us as shooters to support our stocking dealers, and the dangers to the industry inherent in “direct to consumer” sales without going through stocking dealers. The relevant audio section is about 7 minutes long, you can listen to it here.
Paul makes a couple of pretty good points, especially about how the number of stocking dealers has been on the steady decline in the past few years. Supporting the shooting sports doesn’t just mean sending your checks to NRA, it also means getting out there and patronizing shops and stores that cater directly to the shooting sports. I didn’t necessarily agree with everything that Paul said – but when it comes to supporting our sport by buying from local dealers, he and I are in 100% agreement on that issue.