Tips and Hints

I’ve been hearing a LOT of folks recently stating that they want to purchase a firearm, but that they don’t want to register it.

Actually, I’ve heard it often enough that I wanted to “arm” you with the proper tools to educate you on what happens when you buy a gun from Fighting Sheep Dog.

According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), the only firearms which need to be registered are:

  •  Machine guns;
  • The frames or receivers of machine guns;
  • Any combination of parts designed and intended for use in converting weapons into machine guns;
  • Any part designed and intended solely and exclusively for converting a weapon into a machine gun;
  • Any combination of parts from which a machine gun can be assembled if the parts are in the possession or under the control of a person;
  • Silencers and any part designed and intended for fabricating a silencer;
  • Short-barreled rifles;
  • Short-barreled shotguns;
  • Destructive devices; and,
  • “Any other weapon.”

A few examples of destructive devices are:

  • Molotov cocktails;
  • Anti-tank guns (over caliber .50);
  • Bazookas; and,
  • Mortars.

A few examples of “any other weapon” are:

  • H&R Handyguns;
  • Ithaca Auto-Burglar guns;
  • Cane guns; and,
  • Gadget-type firearms and “pen” guns which fire a projectile by the action of an explosive.

So you see – if you buy a Taurus “Slim” 9mm (we have 2 in stock)- you aren’t REGISTERING the pistol. In fact, the only reason the serial number is even used in the background check is to verify that the gun isn’t stolen before you buy it!

Buying a firearm doesn’t have to be a scary process.

If you’d like, check out our Step-By-Step Guide to Purchasing a Firearm. It’ll answer a lot of questions regarding the proper identification you need to bring, what happens during each step of the gun-buying process, and more.

Don’t want to read the Guide? Call us at the shop at 865-730-0585!

We’re more than happy to answer any and all questions you’ve got on finding the firearm that’s right for YOU (whether it’s for home defense, concealed carry, or if it’s your VERY FIRST gun and you don’t know what to buy). TRUST ME – there’s no silly question. We want to know what’s on your mind in order to help you purchase a gun you’re EXCITED about – not one you’re scared to shoot because it’s either too big, too heavy, or doesn’t fit what you’re looking for!

We’re excited to work with you and look forward to hearing from you soon!

Just Announced! Bring in a new, unwrapped toy for our Toys for Tots drive between now and Saturday, December 15th and receive your choice of either a FREE professional cleaning (a $65 value) OR a FREE firearms transfer with EACH TOY – NO LIMIT. So, you want 10 guns cleaned for FREE? Bring in 10 toys. You want 5 guns repaired at half off each gun? Bring in 5 toys. (Don’t be a cheap-ass and bring in Matchbox cars, either. Bring in something the kids WANT to receive.)

As a proud Marine Corps family, we’ve always supported Toys for Tots every year. During his time in the Marine Corps, John was able to participate in the program and deliver the toys to children. It had a profound impact on him. Also, because the Toys for Tots program does not accept money, is volunteer-only and only takes toys, you don’t see the same level of fraud that you would in other charities.

No expiration date, no limit on the number of certificates. GIVE a toy and help brighten the Christmas of a needy child and RECEIVE a pretty great gift in return! Giving and receiving – a win-win for everyone!