I joined a public safety shooting range. Next time I go, I plan to talk to the range officers about the Firearms SE site.

If each person who has committed to this so far can get 5 more people to commit, will that be enough to bring this site to Beta?

What about Gun Stores? Will they be open to helping to promote this site?

Proposal: Firearms

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I'm guessing the general problem with this will be that a Firearms Q&A site might provide an alternative to talking to a gunsmith / salesman. As such, by promoting a site like this (especially in their own store), they might be preventing people from coming in with questions, which could have lead to a sale. Given, a question asked on the site might get an answer which leads to a sale at the store, but these are all hard to quantify.

My best guess for this is that this will depend upon the owner of the store / range. Some might be open to promoting a Q&A site, whereas others may not be. The only real way to know is to ask.

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I think if those owners/operators of the store also joined the proposal and could showcase their expertise, it could create a positive feedback loop for their own business - have a link on their company website, for example, with their Firearms.SE flair :)

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    Exactly how it should be – DForck42 Aug 8 '11 at 17:53
  • The key is that directly advertising their commercial ventures violates the SE rules as I read them. I think your technique is a wise one that would give the professional a voice without becoming a shill for their services. – drj Oct 30 '11 at 6:30

Surf shops like surf Q&A sites, so the same would apply to firearms. It could draw people to their store.

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