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Interview With Oscar Broca Of Republic Arsenal

oscarInterviewI know it’s been a couple years, but it seems like only yesterday when I walked by a couple tables at the Lewisville show and talked to the nicest couple about at Glock 17.  I purchase a lot of handguns.  Some of them make it past the 750 or so round-count evaluation and enter into my personal defensive collection.  Others just get a detailed evaluation and then I sell them.  My preferred vendor has historically been Republic Arsenal and a lot of other people seem to think the same way based on RA’s growth.

I recently had an opportunity to sit down and talk with Oscar Broca at the April Market Hall gun show.  Here’s what he had to say.

TGR: Republic Arsenal seems to have grown almost exponentially over the last year or so. What are some of the factors you attribute to this growth?

RA: Customer service, fair pricing and the ability to locate unique and hard to find items.

TGR: So, if hard-to-find items are a specialty, you must get a lot of special requests. How does that work?

RA: There are customers that seek difficult to find items that are not stocked in our regular inventory. Our website has an online form for customers looking for particular items. They can fill it out and we review the item(s) working it into our item request to distributors/sources. Can’t promise but we try. If we can obtain the item we contact the customer, they pay for the item and pick it up at the shop or gun show.

Customers can also check out live inventory on our website. This is directly linked to the warehouse. Firearms purchased on line can be shipped to any FFL dealer in the country or local customers can arrange to pick up at our shop. Accessories ordered online will be dropped shipped directly to the customer’s address.

TGR: I see more and more women attending gun shows and more women interested in personal defense every day. How many Republic Arsenal buyers at a typical gun show are women or first-time firearm purchasers?

RA: 35% are women buyers and the percentage is increasing

TGR: While we’re on the topic of sales breakdowns, how do sales break down for conceal-carry firearms vs. long guns?

RA: 80/20 – we sell more handguns overall

TGR: It seems like every time I walk by the Republic Arsenal tables at a show, Oscar or one of the employees is in a deep discussion with a prospective customer. Do you spend a lot of time educating people during the sales process or is it purely sales?

RA: It’s about 50/50 – we try to educate and answer customers’ concerns and/or questions. Although we’d love to sell them a firearm, we also feel it’s important they make the right purchase.

TGR: I also see Oscar and his crew testing a lot of firearms at Eagle Gun Range. Is this just for fun or do you test a lot of the products before they end up on a table?

RA: We do frequent the range. We feel it’s important to offer first hand information pertaining to firearm performance, ease of operation and accuracy, etc.

TGR: What are some of the factors you recommend people consider when purchasing a conceal-carry firearm?

RA: Feel, brand, caliber and ease of operation

TGR: So, would you like to recommend some conceal-carry models for the readers?

RA: It’s very subjective; however, popular models for women are the Walther PK380, Sig Sauer 238 and 938 because of the ease of chambering rounds. Popular models trending for men include the Ruger LCP, Sig Sauer 938, Shield 9mm & 40SW and XDS models. Bottom line is you’ve got to like the way it feels in your hand.

TGR: I don’t know how many people have seen it, but the new website looks really nice. How are online sales?

RA: Steady and growing. We’re reaching out to offer customers a larger selection of firearms and accessories directly linked to our warehouse with product available for in-store pickup 1-3 business days for handguns and 1-5 business days for long guns. Customer is contacted when the item arrives for pick up. Accessories and ammunition are shipped directly to the customer. Don’t forget to check out our “In Store Specials” tab. These items are available for immediate purchase in which the customer can pay on line and call to make arrangements to pick up at the shop.

TGR: As we’re sitting here at the show, we’re just surrounded by tables. I’ve seen Republic Arsenal grow from two tables to ten tables in some gun shows. Will you continue this trend?

RA: We continue to participate in the Gun Shows and have now expanded to work multiple shows where it fits in our schedule. We are currently hiring looking to expand our Republic Arsenal team. If you are interested in working weekends then give us a call!

TGR: Well, I suppose the next question on everyone’s mind is what’s next for Republic Arsenal?

RA: We’ve added a showroom for customer convenience. Store hours are Mon. – Wed. 10am -4pm and Thurs. 12 – 6pm. Come check us out. We’re open for business!

TGR: Okay, then, what’s the address?

RA: 320 Texas 121 #206, Coppell, TX 75019 (469) 766-8510

Q.: And, finally, when something goes bump in the night, what does Oscar Broca reach for?

RA: My conceal carry is a Sig Sauer 238 and I’ll reach for the Colt 1911 at home

TGR:  Thanks a lot for your time, Oscar. Please visit the Republic Arsenal web site or arrange a time to drop by the showroom if you would like more information.

And, thanks for spending part of your day at Texas Gun Show Review.

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Posted by on April 16, 2014 in Vendor Reviews

 

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Dallas Market Hall Gun Show April 12, 2014

This is a brief review of the Market Hall Gun Show on April 12, 2014, sponsored by Dallas Arms Collectors Association.  An unexpected traffic delay due to construction on I-35 caused me to arrive about ten minutes after opening, so I do not have pictures of the opening line.  I walked up to the entrance just before 9:20AM and I was able to pay and walk right in.

My initial impression of opening traffic was lukewarm at best.  I immediately went into the north hall to check vendor participation since this entire hall was nearly empty at the last show.  This was supposedly the ‘big gun and knife show’ so I was pleased to see the north hall occupied with substantially more tables than the prior show.  The custom knife makers were largely grouped at the east end and there was an area setup for classes and demonstrations.

I had about an hour of meeting time planned with sponsors and a couple other vendors, so I did not have time to compile a vendor list.  I’ll try to do that at the next MH show.

Traffic remained pretty light throughout the day – I talked with several vendors that complained of ‘a slow day.’  I was also at the show on Sunday for a joint promotion with Shotgun Blasters.  Traffic is usually light at MH on Sunday and 4/13 was no exception.

Here is a list of what caught my eye at the show, organized by firearm model.  As always, unless otherwise stated, all prices are for NIB models and reflect a discount for cash transactions.

The new 2014 firearm prices list has also been updated in case you are tracking prices and release of firearms announced at the 2014 SHOT Show.

Barrett

82-A1 Kit – $8999

Beretta

CX4 carbine – $699
92 FX Compact INOX – $645, $679

Bushmaster

Carbon-15 pistol – $675

Colt

LE 6920 – $929, $1009
LE 901 .308 w/22LR kit – $2199

Diamondback

DB9 FS – $389
DB-15 – $899

DPMS

Oracle .308 – $999
Sportacle .308 – $849

FNH

Five-Seven BLK – $1399
Five-Seven FDE – $1295, $1299, $1399
FNX 45 Tactical – $998
FNX 45 Tactical FDE – $1029, $1199, $1299
SCAR 16S FDE – $2319, $2399, $2422
SCAR 17S – $2499
SCAR 17S FDE – $2699, $2899
FN-15 carbine – $998
PS-90 w/optic – $1399

Glock

G42 – $479, $489, $490, $499
G30S – $549 (3), $599
G20 SF – $539, $545, $560
G20C (gen 3) – $593
G41 – $629
G35 (gen 4) – $625, $635 (2)
G20 (gen 4) – $639, $649
G29 (gen 3) – $545, $649
G29 SF – $545
G17 (gen 4) 25th anniversary edition – $998
G17L – $1199

H&K

MP5-SD .22LR – $499
Tactical .45 FDE $1199, OD/G – $1199, w/night sights – $1199
7.62 LRP-A1 (Long Range Package) – $6895

IWI

Tavor – $1599, $1699
Tavor FDE – $1695, $1699 (2), $1999

Just Right Carbines

JRC .45 – $699

Kel Tec

KSG – $1000, $1099, FDE $1199

Kriss

Vector carbine – $1695

LMT

LMT 308 MWSE – $2499
LMT Slick 16 5.56 – $2029

LWRC

Razorback 6.68 – $2986

Magnum Research

Desert Eagle .50AE Israeli Edition – $1428

Mossberg

MMR w/rail – $639

Rossi

Circuit Judge – $569

Ruger

SR-45 bitone – $399
Blackhawk .357 (USED) – $569
SR 556 – $1499
Redhawk KRH-44 7″ – $749
GP 100 4″ $569
SRH 7.5″ – $720, $799 (2)
SRH Alaskan – $799 (2)

Sig Sauer

P238 DES – $575
P320 9mm – $579, $899
P227 w/night sights – $1199
P228 .357 Sig – $949
P556 w/arm brace – $1159, no brace $1249
PM400 w/brace – $1049, FDE w/brace – $1149
P516 7″ w/brace – $1499
P516 10″ w/brace – $1349
P226 Tac Pac $939
P226 MK 25 – $819, $849, $929
P227 – $799, $819, $859
P227 Carry – $799
P227 SAS Carry $899
P227 Equinox $979
M11 A1 – $899, $915, FDE $969
M400 – $949
M400 Hunter – $899, FDE $949
516 Patrol FDE $1349, $1499, $1599
716 Patrol $1699, $1799, FDE $1799
P553 (9″ 5.56) – $3399
1911 Spartan – $989, $1139
1911 Tac Ops w/night sights – $869
1911 Zombie Edition – $949
P716 12″ w/brace $1649
X-Five – $1399
P250 9mm – $499

Smith and Wesson

M&P Shield 9mm – $399 (2)
M&P 15 w/quad rail – $999
M&P 15 ORC – $879
M&P 15 MOE FDE – $1013
M&P 15 Sport- $599
M&P Shield .40 – $369, $389
M&P 15 (entry-level) $749
M&P 10 – $1350, MOE – $1395
M&P .40 Viking Tactics – $699
686 (.357) $749
686 5″ 7-shot w/fluted bbl – $759
Performance Center 625 (.45) – $929
Performance Center 627 8-shot $1479
500 8 3/8″ – $1049, $1149
S00 10.5″ – $1379
500 4″ – $1179

Springfield

XD-S 4″ 9mm $495, $499 (3), $515, $519 (2), bitone $549
1911 Tactical Operator – $1467

SRM Arms

1212 (12 ga) – $2199

S.W.A.T. (complete AR’s build with their lowers)

AR-15 $995
SF-15 (bronze) $989

Taurus

9mm carbine – $699

UTS

UTS-15 w/optic – $1175
UTS-15 w/optic and custom paint job (marine) – $1550

Walther

PPQ M2 – $530
PPQ M2 5″ – $659
P99 A5 $539

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Posted by on April 14, 2014 in Show Reviews

 

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Say Hello At Market Hall On Sunday

Just a quick post to let everyone know that in addition to reviewing Market Hall on Saturday, I will be working with Pat Harrington (a TGR Sponsor) behind the tables all day Sunday.  We’ll be doing some joint promotion, so if you are in the area, then drop by SHOTGUN BLASTERS, say hello, and let’s talk awesome shotguns.

I will be showing off The Predator (custom Mossberg 500) build and would enjoy an opportunity to meet and talk with readers.

Thanks and have a great weekend!

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2014 in Show News

 

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