A new gun shop has opened in Venice, offering black rifles, hard-to-find tactical items and custom builds.
Quick Draw Quality Pawn, located at 201 Venice Bypass, is owned by Scott Quick, who ran a full-service gun shop in Sarasota.
The shop opened January 18, but will have a grand opening next month.
Its building had been a pawn shop for 15 years. Quick obtained the site after the previous owners moved out, and rehabbed the interior for six months.
According to Justin Fennell, a staffer in charge of Quick Draw’s PR, the shop will be specializing in custom builds, especially ARs, AKs, and Ruger 10-22s.
As of Tuesday, afternoon Fennell said the shop had about about 10 black rifles, and 10-12 bolt and lever-action guns and sporting shotguns.
“We’ve got handguns ranging from antiques to a HK Mark 23,” Fennell said.
The .45 acp SOCOM gun, he said, was from the first production run in 1996, and retails for around $2,400.
Fennell had some good news for gun owners, which matches national buying patterns.
“Guns are selling really, really well, and we’ve definitely noticed a trend – ups and downs,” he said. “Black guns – ARs and tactical stuff – we couldn’t keep them on the shelves a few months ago. Right now, however, prices are on the decline.”
Quick Draw has one AR for sale, and two held in pawn.
Ammunition comes and goes on a daily basis.
As of Tuesday, the shop has some .223 and .308. They were out of 7.62x39mm. They had a good amount of 9mm, .38 and .357, but were sold out of .45 acp.
“We haven’t been able to buy ammo from our distributors, so the way we get ammo is to buy if from our customers and sell it in the shop,” Fennell said.
More ammo, he said, is coming soon.
Quick Draw is a full-service pawn shop, he said, offering a 15 percent interest rate, which is lower than others in the area.
The shop has a good selection of AK mags, some AR mags and standard-capacity and extended pistol mags.
In July, they should receive federal approval to manufacture NFA and Class III arms.
“I hope we can jump into it this summer – cut down barrels, shorten some shotguns, make ‘master-key’ AR-shotgun combos,” Fennell said. “We will really tailor our designs to the needs
of local law enforcement and security teams. We want to provide them will full-auto, short-barrel rifles and short-barrel shotguns.”
These will not be a run-of-the-mill Class III offerings.
“We can be very creative, and we’ve got an artistic flair,” Fennell said. “We will distinguish ourselves from other Class III dealers.”
Quick Draw charges $20 for a firearms transfer, which is one of the cheapest rates in southwest Florida.
The gun shop will soon offer training in house, from CCW programs to advanced tactical classes.