Hello intertubes! My name is Dan, and my Ork and I have a great idea we want you to help us with...
We made a video in case you don't like to read, watch it above, or read below. Heck you can even do both if you have the attention span.
Currently there is still an ongoing ammo shortage in the US retail chain, and the hobby of reloading is enjoying record popularity. Quite simply the U.S. shooting community has had to start rolling their own in order to get in any moderate level of practice.
Red Ork Boolits is our start up company that will produce cast lead boolits for the U.S. reloading market with the superb J&M HI-TEK coating instead of the traditional wax lube ring. This coating gives better lubricating properties and MUCH less smoke than traditional lead bullets placing them in the realm of copper plated bullets in cleanliness while still retaining the accuracy of a lead boolit and at a cost that splits the difference. Of course being Orkish made we will be making our boolits in red. Cause every Ork knows 'Redder iz Better'. Also my big buddy is of the very rare red skinned varietal of Ork.
Boolit is not just poor Orkish spelling. A bullet (as a reloading component, not complete ammunition) is a copper jacketed or plated projectile from a big factory pumped out by a multimillion dollar corporation. In internet reloading forum speak boolit denotes a lovingly crafted projectile poured in small shops and basements by artisans (or in this case a mostly domesticated Ork).
Who am I? you ask:
- I am a career chef who also happens to be a competition shooter, certified handgun instructor, and reloader.
- I have been taking small business classes and entrepreneurial mentoring to make sure I can do this thing right and avoid the biggest pitfalls that most new start-ups experience. I think I must have revised my business plan about 537 times as I keep learning, and will continue to do so but feel confident I am ready to get things moving.
- Let's face it, no one ever makes it big working for others as a 'middle manager' in the corporate world (and I'm too brutally honest to make it to top management). Also a small start up is not something you want to quit your "day job" and lose all your benefits for right away. As the company grows, well let's see what the future holds for the Fat Chef and the Big Ork...
So are you pulling out your wallet yet? I got a hungry Ork to feed...
What We Need & What You Get
So what exactly does it take to start a business selling your own boolits?
- Licensing and fees. Starting with the county business license and zoning board nazis, continuing to the FL state enviromental agency and toxic waste regulations (lead remember), all the way up to an FBI background check, federal ATF licensing and interview, even registering as an arms maker with the US State Dept. Can you say VERY highly regulated business area? And of course all those agencies want a fee, so we're talking a few $k just to get the business up and square. This is why you cannot just bootstrap a business having anything to do with firearms or ammunition/component manufacturing; you just can't start this business on the really small scale.
- Machines. The heart of this business is high volume bullet casting and sizing machines. The more we spend on bigger and badder machines the more volume we can do per hour in the shop. The stated goal for this drive is for the minimum machines to make all of the above worth while. Additional funding above our goal will let us go from the Chevy machines to the Cadillac(s).
- Lead. Specifically a 92%/6%/2% alloy of lead, antimony, and tin which is best suited for handgun boolits. The more we can buy at a time the better price we can get from the foundries. Think convenience store vs big warehouse club store. Also lead is our primary inventory item, so bigger purchases (especially our first order) will be HUGE for the business cash flow.
- Start up costs: From insurance, to domain names, to lease and deposit, all the way down to the work tables and gloves.
- Time: I have been researching and pursuing and refining this idea since the holidays, I cannot even count the hours of classes, reading, meeting with entrepreneur coaches, even bouncing ideas off friends, etc that have already gone into laying the foundation for this company. All those licenses mentioned above, will take at best 4-6 weeks and maybe up to 12.
- Blood, sweat, and brains. No tears allowed. From a good business plan and some small business training down to the ability to do physical labor for long hours in an efficient manor there is just no substitute for having the brains, brawn, and work ethic needed to be successful. We plan to succeed.
What can you get from us?
- Swag: stickers, mesh bags for brass, etc.
Shipping: Shipping for Boolits is $8 for 500 boolits and $14 for 1000-3000 and is only available to USA. Shipping for all other swag is free in teh USA and $5 international.
Quite simply Orks name almost every durned thing. So rather than me
listening to my big buddy calling the machines names like "Bertha" and
"The Burn Maker" and our products things like "skinny gamer boolits" and
"fat chef boolits" I convinced him to let me sell off the naming rights to help get the company started.
Because them not being named just won't be an option. The Red Ork
however insisted on final veto power over any names he finds offensive
(don't ask me what offends an ork), unfunny, or lacking in sufficient
gravitas or scariness. Also he wants me to mention these perks are not for sale to anyone having elven heritage (it's a thing with them). Up for grabs will be naming rights to all three
of the boolit types listed for preorder, the casting machine, an oven,
and a sizing machine. Naming privileges go up in price per item and will be your choice of what to name based on what is left by previous buyers. Credit will be given on website to those who named the products, and machines will get a nameplate made with credit to the naming person.
Red Ork Boolits will happen, it will be a thing. I am committed to making it a reality. I am asking for help to get it off the ground without taking on large personal debt, but I am willing to go that route if it comes to it. However you can help me start this enterprise sooner and without having to pay high interest.
- The reloading industry is still booming. Even if factory ammo started filling the shelves tomorrow the record numbers of reloaders now out there won't just go back to shooting only factory ammo. They have already invested time and money to learn and buy the gear to make their own.
- While powder and primers are the major clog in the ammo chain there is still high demand for boolits. Some makes and models of casting machines have a 2 year wait-list to purchase.
Other Ways You Can Help
Want to help, but are flat broke? Been there plenty of times so I understand, I have seen a number of crowdfund projects I would have loved to kicked in on but couldn't for whatever reason. You can spread the word though, shout it loud from the rooftops (the digital ones at least, don't go getting yourself a noise complaint from your neighbors) and share the link to this page with every single person you have ever met.
Also as mentioned this will happen one way or another even if I have to take on an unsecured loan, so you can support me at no cost to you by visiting either of my other sites and shopping through my Amazon links and/or clicking through any other ads.www.hypochondriacmd.com