Olathe man seeing high traffic on his new gun and ammo site - KCTV5 News

Olathe man’s ammo shortage solution proves profitable

Posted: Updated:
  • Olathe man’s ammo shortage solution proves profitableMore>>

  • Buy the bullet: Rush on ammo sales

    Buy the bullet: Rush on ammo sales

    Thursday, January 10 2013 10:14 AM EST2013-01-10 15:14:15 GMT
    With President Barack Obama promising gun law reforms, folks are heading to stores to stock up boxes of bullets and shotgun shells.Some stores are even limiting how many boxes of ammunition that customersMore >
    With President Barack Obama promising gun law reforms, folks are heading to stores to stock up boxes of bullets and shotgun shells.More >

Gun owners know bullets are getting harder and harder to buy, but a local man has come up with a solution that's blowing up in popularity.

It's a hobby that's getting more and more popular and, unfortunately for gun enthusiasts, more and more expensive. Prices of many common ammunition, like 9 mm and .22 long rifles, are through the roof and supply is so tight many stores can't keep enough inventory in stock.

Because of this, many shooters are turning to the internet to get what they need and now an Olathe, KS, native is turning good timing and hard work into a thriving business.

"At this point I am shocked with how much traffic and how many sales I'm making on GunCycle," Robert Ralph with guncycle.com said.

He launched the website from his home in Johnson County last month. It's similar to eBay in that Ralph facilitates auctions between buyers and sellers looking for guns, ammo and accessories.

"It bridges the gap between what's available locally and nationally," customer Joshua Parris said.

Parris uses the site to help him find supplies he can't find at his local gun shop. He's been shooting for years and said he's never had such a hard time tracking down what he needs.

"I've never seen it this tough for me personally," Parris said.

For those weary about guns falling into the wrong hands, Ralph said his site adds an extra layer of security. No gun is shipped directly to the buyer - instead it's sent to a local federal firearm licensee, someone certified to run the proper paperwork, before the sale is complete.

"A bad guy could place a bid and even pay for a gun, but they are never going to end up with a gun because of that final paperwork process," he said.

Ralph said he's heard some concerns from local gun shops that he might be eating into their business, but he said those who try out the site realize it's a good tool for them because it expands their marketplace and exposes them to all sorts of new customers.

Go to guncycle.com for more on Ralph's website.

Copyright 2013 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly
KCTV 5 News

Online Public File:

Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2018, KCTV; Kansas City, MO. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.