The idea behind Gearfire originated from the owner of an FFL Dealer’s desperation to operate a retail gun store more efficiently and successfully, and from the vision to show more products and attract more customers online. The owner envisioned an online presence that could expand the store’s audience nationwide. The result was a website that grew quickly in popularity, but limited in product selection. How could he fill the store’s “virtual shelves” without spending a lot of money? Solution: develop technology to seamlessly live-stream product directly from partnered Distributor warehouses carrying hundreds of millions of dollars of product. This idea alone is not groundbreaking—there are several competitors that already populate their online stores with inventory from one or two major Distributors. But how does a small local business compete with industry giants like CheaperThanDirt.com and Budsguns.com? Or make it affordable and easy-to-use for other FFL Dealers nationwide? With a goal and vision in mind, the FFL Dealer partnered with a developer and programmer and set the plans in motion. The integration and streaming of Distributor inventory processes with the leveraging of the FFL Dealer URLs was creative and effective. Finally, in March 2012, this vision and technology united and led to the creation of Gearfire. Gearfire now offers FFL Dealers all across the country a professional and affordable—yet robust—eCommerce platform. This allows them to offer their local clientele a way to browse hundreds of millions of dollars in inventory and buy it direct. Now, almost five years later, Gearfire counts over 2000 FFL Dealers in the network we continue to grow.
Gearfire is a leading provider of eCommerce products and services for the firearm industry in the United States. Our solutions create an internet-based marketplace that captivates a new generation of customers accustomed to shop online. Gearfire offers powerful and comprehensive digital tools for Manufacturers, Distributors and Retailers alike, providing consumers with the largest selection of firearms and firearms accessories available.
JW has over 20 years of experience as a recognized entrepreneur, creating value by identifying struggling companies with tremendous growth potential and making them successful through his dynamic leadership and the integration of technology. He has over 10 years of experience in the Shooting Sports Industry where he established strong relationships with top executive leadership in all segments of the market including Manufacturing, Distributing and Large Independent Retailers. In December of 2017 JW purchased controlling interest of Gearfire with the vision of building Gearfire into a best in class Technology and Financial Services company with a niche focus in the Shooting Sports Industry. In May 2018 he began implementing his strategy by acquiring Retail Technology Group (RTG), diversifying Gearfire into the Point of Sale sector of the Shooting Sports Industry with its best in class Axis Software. Not slowing down, Gearfire finished 2018 by launching Gearfire Payments which has quickly grown into the largest credit card processing company specifically dedicated to the Shooting Sports Industry. Further, in the first quarter of 2019 Gearfire & RTG created RetailBI, a retail business analytics platform powered by Axis, Gearfire eComm and our Industry Leading Retail Partners. In August 2019 Gearfire was excited to announce the opening of its 3rd location, a new 6,200 sqft building in Louisville, KY
Chad Seaverns is one of the original employees and now serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Gearfire. He is responsible for the day-to-day leadership and general management of the company. Under his management, Gearfire consistently achieves year-over-year growth, expanding its customer base by 50 percent or more each year. Mr. Seavern’s influence extends throughout all areas of the organization including strategic planning, corporate management, product development, technology deployment and customer operations. Mr. Seaverns earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Prior to joining Gearfire, he worked in real estate. Then, in 2002 he was bit by the entrepreneurial bug and founded what would eventually become the country’s largest independent video disc repair operation. He currently lives in Arizona with his wife and two rambunctious children.