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Your leader in helping you get your FFL/SOT, be ATF compliant, and make money with guns.

Where are you at with your gun business?

Level 1

Need an FFL/SOT

Start here if you want to make money in the business of firearms (selling, making, importing/exporting) but you don’t have a Federal Firearms License (FFL) yet.

If you want to deal with NFA firearms (silencers, machine guns, etc.), you’ll use your FFL to become a Special Occupational Taxpayer (SOT).

Sound confusing and/or difficult? It’s not.  Our guides will walk you through the application and registration processes step-by-step, from start to finish.  Guidance choosing which type of FFL, setting up your business, completing the application packets (and getting them to the right places), and how to prepare for your ATF inspection. 

Level 2

ATF Compliance Help

Join here if you’ve got your FFL and want help with ATF compliance. 

Just got your FFL?  By getting our help now, you’ll have the tools to operate your FFL in compliance with the ATF, from day one.  

Already in business as an FFL and SOT?  It’s never too late to get help with your ATF compliance and State/Commerce compliance efforts.  

In trouble with the ATF?  Although our program will teach you what you need to know, you may need to contact us directly for legal support from a firearms attorney.

Level 3

Ready to Grow

You’ve already got your FFL, you are an SOT, you fully understand ATF compliance and you’re up to speed on firearm import/export rules.

What’s next?

It’s time to grow your business!

We offer the tools and knowledge you need including our recommendations for FFL software for electronic A&D bound book records, gun-friendly credit card processing, e-commerce/website support and more!

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Ryan Cleckner


Ryan Cleckner is an attorney specializing in firearms law, a best-selling author, firearms industry executive, university professor and, he’s a true gun-guy.

Ryan has represented hundreds of FFLs across the country – including the biggest manufacturers and distributors as well as the smallest gun-shops.  He also served as a special operations sniper team leader with the U.S. Army’s elite 1st Ranger Bn. (1/75) on multiple combat deployments and as a Vice President with Remington Outdoor Company.  He is currently the best-selling author of the Long Range Shooting Handbook, writes firearm related articles for major firearm publications and blogs and hosts two podcast about guns… LEARN MORE

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Our online guide teaches you everything you need to know to get your FFL the right way.  There are many questions and decisions you’ll have to make along the way – we’re here to walk you through them.

Become an SOT - COURSE

This online guide walks you through the process of becoming an SOT (Class 2 or 3) so that you can use your FFL to work with NFA firearms like silencers, machine guns and more.

ATF Compliance - COURSE

You’ve got your FFL and you’re an SOT – great!  Now the work starts for understanding, and complying with, the many rules and regulations.  This subscription-based program keeps you updated as needed when things change and new topics are continually added.

What our customers are saying:

This course not only covered rules of an FFL and how to obtain one but also other considerations I had not thought of such as establishing a business. The course was easy to follow and Ryan explains things in a way that makes the lesson easily understood. The attached videos are nice and re-enforces the written lesson. Besides learning how to obtain the FFL it also got me thinking of my business plan which made it easier for me to accomplish the varied tasks in establishing a FFL business. The only thing I would like to see is a printable format for the lessons for a quick future review of the topics.
Tony S.

Rocket FFL’s step by step approach to understanding and applying for your FFL is by far the best internet resource available. I wish I had discovered prior to completing my application. I had gone as far as to sit down with my local CLEO and we attempted to make sense of some of the paperwork together. Admittedly our Sheriff had not dealt with the paperwork personally either, so this was a learning experience for both of us. Ryan’s walk through approach is well thought out, has great attention to detail, covers topics regarding the laws and regulations (GCA, NFA), and answered all of the pertinent questions right up front. Once providing you with the necessary background he steps you through filling out the paperwork and even goes over how to mail it. If that wasn’t enough he provides the ATF forms online (keeping handwriting to a minimum), and has put together a full application kit complete with postage paid, addressed envelopes if you desire. Coupled with course work for SOT and ATF Compliance – Rocket FFL is going the extra mile to ensure your success as a Federal Firearms Licensee.
Christopher H.

I read the sample chapters on this course before purchasing it and I immediately saw that it contained the information that I needed. It clarifies and exemplifies stages of the whole process in a clear and consistent and reader friendly manner. Although the author mentions different parts of ATF regulations he makes everything easy to understand. This is by far the best resource I have seen on something that can be intimidating for many of us. The website runs as it should and the whole process is amazing. Thanks Ryan for all the valuable insight and for sharing your many years of experience!
Oscar D.

This was an awesome online tutorial, took a lot of the mystery out the process. I highly recommend this course if you’re planning to apply for an FFL.
Ken S.

Ryan covers a lot in a the course. The addition of the video’s help make things easier to understand. I would suggest the course to anyone thinking about getting an FFL.
Keith S.

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RocketFFL was started because there was a need for quality and accurate information about obtaining and running FFLs.

RocketFFL provides step-by-step online guides to help you get your Federal Firearms License (FFL) and become a Special Occupational Taxpayer (SOT) (Class 2 Manufacturer or Class 3 Dealer).  Our guides are delivered through a best-in-class online classroom that allows you to track your progress and save your spot to come back and finish later.  Each chapter and lesson is designed to teach the information in a digestible format that doesn’t overwhelm you – and, there are videos to help along the way!

Some guides merely repeat information they’ve found online to help you get an FFL.  Our proven system doesn’t just help you get your license, it also educates you!  The RocketFFL program is so much more! . . . LEARN MORE

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How do I get an FFL?

Honestly, it’s not that hard.  You can fill out the application (ATF Form 7), gather all the required information (fingerprints, photos, business info), and send it off to the ATF on your own.  If that’s not the worst sales-pitch ever, I don’t know what is!

RocketFFL is here to make sure that you get it done right including making the right choices for the many that you’ll have to make throughout the process.  We simply want to help you get your FFL up and running quickly and efficiently! 

How much does an FFL cost?

It depends.  The cost of an FFL can range anywhere from $30-$3,000 every three years.  The two most common types of FFLs are a Type 1 Dealer/Gunsmith and a Type 7 Manufacturer.  The Type 1 costs $200 for the first 3 years and $90 for renewals.  The Type 7 costs $150 for the first three years and $200 for renewal.  

Learn more about FFL Costs.

Why should I use RocketFFL?

This one’s easy.

RocketFFL is the best, and easiest to use, guide available and it is the ONLY service created by an actual firearms attorney!  Anybody can tell you what to do to apply for an FFL – heck, you can even get one on your own (see the FAQ above “How do I get an FFL?”).  But, if you’re going to get help to make sure you do it the right way, why wouldn’t you get advice about what the law requires from an actual attorney?  After all, if you’e looking for medical advice, do you ask someone who’s been to a doctor, or do you ask the doctor?

RocketFFL uses a professional system to manage your enrollment in various guides and/or courses on firearm compliance.  This unique system breaks down the information into manageable topics and has many videos to help you along the way.  And once you’re up and running, you can train yourself and your employees in many firearms compliance topics.

Ryan Cleckner, the lawyer behind RocketFFL, is a true gun-guy with actual firearm industry experience who knows how to teach!

He knows guns.  Ryan’s a former special operations sniper (1/75 Ranger) with multiple combat deployments, he’s been a sniper expert on the History channel, has numerous YouTube shooting videos with over 1 million views (one you’ve got to see to believe), and he’s a regular contributor to firearms magazines and blogs.

He has actual industry experience.  Ryan managed federal government relations for the firearm industry’s trade association (NSSF), he’s been a voting board member of the nation’s firearm/ammunition standards group (SAAMI), he was a Vice President in charge of firearm compliance for the largest firearms manufacturer in the country, he’s managed 24 FFLs at once, and he’s a full-time firearms attorney currently representing over 600 FFLs.

He knows how to teach.  Ryan is a professional educator, the best-selling author of the Long Range Shooting Handbook, and most of his popular YouTube videos are thanks to his ability to break down seemingly complex topics in a way that anyone can understand.  Ryan was previously a sniper instructor and has taught for years at the college/university level.  He currently teaches Constitutional Law courses for the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Learn more about RocketFFL and Ryan Cleckner

Which type of FFL should I get?

It depends on what you want to do.  There are 9 types of FFLs which range from collecting only and dealing/gunsmithing up to manufacturing and importing.

Learn more about FFL Types.

How much does RocketFFL cost?

RocketFFL offers two guides to get you up and running in the firearms industry: a guide to Get Your FFL and a guide to Become an SOT (class 3).  Together, these guides are $59.90.

RocketFFL also has a firearms compliance program.  These courses range from $9.95 to train your employees, up to $49.95 to educate yourself in topics such as ATF Compliance, Export Compliance and more!

Here’s the best way to break down the math.  Pay $49.95 to get your FFL the right way, or do it yourself, or worse waste money on another service and pay thousands later for my help as a firearms attorney to get you out of trouble.

Can I get an FFL at my home?

Yes – you don’t even need to own your home!  Our guides walk you through this entire process.  If your zoning allows for a business, you don’t live too close to a school, and there aren’t any other restrictions on businesses/firearms where you live (e.g. Home Owner’s Association, city laws, etc.)  then you can run an FFL out of your home!

Does having a home-based FFL give the ATF the right to come into my house whenever they want?

NO!  The ATF, by law, only has the right to inspect your licensed premises if they have a search warrant in connection with a crime or once every 12 months for a compliance inspection (as you’ll soon find out, it’s rare to have them show up more than once every 3 years).

Also, the ATF can only inspect the area you designate for your FFL.  So, if you run the FFL out of your garage and you never store your business’s firearms or records in your bedroom, then the ATF has no right to go in your bedroom during a compliance inspection.