I am looking at trying to open/start a gun shop when I retire from the Army in a few years. Would like to put it in the Vancouver/Washougal area since that is pretty much home for us. So what I am looking for is information/opinions on this. I know assembly, maintenance and repair of military weapons quite well.... civilian/sporting weapons not quite as well. So my question(s) are this: 1.) I want to get to the point where I can manufacture my own AR platform weapons for sale... how much of a demand is there for that style weapon in the PNW? 2.) How is the gun market in general in the Vancouver area? Is there alot of competition? 3.) I train ALOT of people in my current job on weapons handling, safety and marksmanship... is there much of a market for training of that kind in the Vancouver area? 4.) What kind of training/schooling does the public consider standard/necessary/required for a reputable gun shop owner/operator to have? I suppose I should stop with the questions there before other ones get spawned and this thing goes spinning out of controll. Any and all answers will be MUCH appriciated and if you have any questions of me dont hesitate to ask! Thanks, -Troy- P.S. I should have been more specific: 4.) what training do I need to get that the public (you folks) consider standard/necessary/required for a reputable gun manufacturer/dealer shop owner/operator to have? 15 year Army Special Operations Vereran, still on Active Duty untill retirement A little about myself: I grew up near Scotts Mills Oregon and joined the Army in '97 where I served at Fort Bragg NC for over 14 years. I was with the 82nd Airborne Division as an Infantryman from '97 to '01 and then went over to the "Dark Side", U.S. Army Special Forces Command where I still serve as a Special Forces Weapons Sergeant. I married my wife Debbie, a native of Washougal Washington, in '98. She is a WONDERFULL woman who has survived my countless Peace Time and Combat deployments (which are still ongoing) all over the world supporting me without complaint. We have been blessed with 3 beautifull daughters ages from 3, 7 and 11 years old. I am currently stationed in NW Florida and am looking forward to retirement in 5 years and coming HOME to Washington State. I tell ya, the South is nice and all (the people are friendly enough, in their own way) but there's nothing like the Pacific North West!!!