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I heard that Sunset closed their doors today. Can anyone confirm this? Permanent or temporary?

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Dean is a great guy and always provided great service while suporting the clay target sports. Closures by these distributors was evident when manufacturers were unable to meet demand and made the decision to eliminate the distributors and deal directly with major retailers to strengthen their bottom lines. Another example of manufacturers screwing the end user of their products and puts further stress on gun clubs to survive.
 

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Got this yesterday. They were my go-to Distributor. A sad day indeed.

To all our customers,

As I’m sure you’re all aware, the shooting world is undergoing dramatic changes. Some, not all, of the manufacturers have chosen to not supply distribution and instead are selling their products to consumers directly. Sunset Distributors, LTD cannot source enough products to stay in operation. We have made the difficult decision to close our business once inventory is depleted. This applies to Sunset Distributors, LTD only. Sunset Law Enforcement and Sunset Brokerage, Inc will remain in operation. Sunset Brokerage, Inc will still be open for semi-load shipments of White Flyer Targets. Thank you for your business and loyalty throughout the years, it has been a good 42 years.
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Our club has scheduled one day shoots. Two day shoots are history. Mostly due to labor and lack of ammo. Our leagues are in jeopardy next season because of ammo shortage. High School league had the new kids scramble for their own ammo for the fall season. As you can see, we will miss Dean and Sunset Distributors. Manufactures direct sales will not supply demand and may kill gun clubs. A real shame.
 

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Beikirch's in E. Rochester closed several yrs. ago. They were one of the biggest distributors of Loading components on the east coast. Then Jerry's Sport Center and their other dist. closed. AmChar wholesale is still open but they stopped selling shotgun reloading components in Rochester NY before Beikirchs closed.
 

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If we can't get ammo what good will a truckload of targets be??????? When\if manufactures eliminate one step (wholesalers) in the chain it has to taken up somewhere\somehow, That's a of of warehouse space lost, I don't think the manufactures can react quickly enough to get products to retailers without some type of storage for things (inventory) made\run only once or twice a year.
Ammo cos. would have to produce like White Flyer & other target cos. only one thing (product) sold as produced directly to the buyer by the truckload. What a nightmare that would be. The supply system for shooting sports (as well as others) needs some sort cushion i.e. someone with warehouse & money to buy & store goods then piecemeal them out to consumers as needed.

This dilemma needs somebody a better brain than mine. Looks like the socialists thought this one out well in advance, just pay everyone to stay home then pretty soon we will all be at their mercy. No food--fuel--defense and they have got what they want.
 

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I'm not ready to quit trapshooting just yet. I will wait and see how it all plays out. Really hated to see Dean and Mike close the doors but I understand completely.
 

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if I understand correctly Winchester has changed their sales force and now we seem to be losing distributors so are the manufacturers going to continue shipping directly to the Walmart distribution centers and start shipping direct to other stores and gun clubs.
 

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I just spoke to Dean. He said he has had orders in with every shell manufacturer for close to a year and has received none. Dean tells it the way it is and is always fun to chat with.

He said it was a great run. Dean gave his staff 6 weeks notice that he was going to have to shut the doors on this section of their business.

We appreciate Dean and Mike and wish them the very best going forward.

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I placed a order with Dean years ago when they had something I was looking for. I remember he was located in Iowa and it was 8 to 12 years ago. Talked to Dean he was a really nice guy on the phone and got me my product out right away. Sorry crap like this has to happen to decent people. Just a new way of doing business I guess, starve out the competition and rape people for the product they are looking to have. Maybe this is what is being taught in liberal universities. Sad,
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Sunset supported our target, ammo and reloading for years at Naperville... nice folks. Sorry to hear this.

This production dysfunction will take some time to realign... just in time manufacturing bit everyone in the ass and this is just one piece of the collateral damage.
 

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This is a real shame. I see the price of everything going up. With this kind of sales network going on the days of saving money reloading are over. The distributors are the ones that helped keep everyone shooting.
 
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