Ruger has gotten away from the "tank" manufacturing philosophy. These are slim and trim, look good, shoot better, and if they get off their duff and go after LE sales, will give Glock a run for their money.
As has been said, firearm MUST be shipped to FFL. I have been "rezoned" wholesale only. I can no longer make a retail sale or routine transfer. I am one of the last kitchen table dealers, and reside in a large Southern Metropolitan area.
In spite of restraint of trade issues, I am determined to stay in compliance of Metro, County, State, and Federal Law. The fact that they are often in conflict does not make this easy. Last go-around, the Feds wanted paperwork from Metro that does not exist, citing a law that is not on the books.
Buy guns from me for a few dollars over cost until some bureaucrat comes up with an excuse to put me out of business.
I would buy more guns over the mail, and this one is no exception, but dealers don't want to take new guns in over the mail. Thats the problem I usually have, and the problem with being a wholesale dealer. If a local guy can get it from Ruger or whoever, they usually won't take a new one from another dealer. I can understand where they are coming from, they want to make money too. I am the only one who encounters this?