Doors will open at 9 a.m. Monday, at Neosho’s newest guns and ammo dealer and a grand, grand opening celebration is planned for Saturday, Nov. 8, at Ozark Ordnance, 19730 Missouri Hwy. 59.

Doors will open at 9 a.m. Monday, at Neosho’s newest guns and ammo dealer and a grand, grand opening celebration is planned for Saturday, Nov. 8, at Ozark Ordnance, 19730 Missouri Hwy. 59.

“We’re carrying GLOCK, Smith & Wesson, Mossberg, we’re carrying Colts, Berettas, Bushmaster, Ruger, pretty much if it’s out there we’ve got it,” said Tom Abbett, sales and marketing director.  

Abbett said Ozark Ordnance specializes in concealed carry, including guns, equipment, holsters, apparel and especially training.

“We will have conceal carry classes that people can register for and we’ll schedule those,” he said. “We have four certified instructors on staff.”

Abbett said customized orders are also a specialty.

“We’ll be doing custom builds, custom grips,” he said. “We’ll provide custom service, one-on-one. We have a couture line of guns for women, they’re painted, they have Louis Vuitton grips, they have coach grips: Pinks, purples. It’s a whole separate line strictly for women shooters.”

Abbett explained Ozark Ordnance is an ammunition manufacturer and they determined to open a retail outlet upon moving into their new location near the Hugh Robinson Memorial Airport, in the old Jespersen Manufacturing building.  

He said the company manufactures ammunition for the military, law enforcement nationwide and sells its ‘300 Blackout’ specific round retail.

“According to the Army, it’s the most highly effective combat round they have in their arsenal up to 350 meters,” he said.

Abbett said Ozark Ordnance has been supplying ammo to law enforcement and the military for about 18 months. He noted they are a start-up company that began in an old, converted barn on the owner’s property about three miles outside of Neosho.

“Demand quickly outgrew the production capability that we had so we bought the old Jespersen building,” he said. “It’s just laid out perfectly, we have our own 100 yard testing rifle range out back that we do our own testing and our own ballistics and videos. So we test fire our ammunition, pretty much on a daily basis.”

Abbett continued.

“We’re always working up new rounds that we can produce and we will move into the more common stuff that will fit in the AR rifle — the .223s, .308s; pistol ammunition — 9 mm, .45, .40 Smith & Wesson, is part of the game plan,” he said. “But right now we’re producing 12,000 to 15,000  rounds of that ‘300 Blackout’ specific round daily; and we’re shipping it as fast as we can make it.”

Abbett said the Four States is a great shooting and hunting supported area, with wild hogs within a 30-mile radius . Many deer hunters in the area and indicated the ‘300 Blackout’ works well for both.

“We build three or four different versions of that ‘300 Blackout’ round,” he said. “A sub-sonic round that works well for SWAT teams and drug eradication teams. We also make an expanding hunting round that works great for hogs and deer hunting.”

Abbett reported growth of the guns and ammo industry is exploding.

“I hate to get too political about it, but, (President) Barak Obama has been the best gun salesman that the industry could ever ask for,” he said. “And it really started capitalizing in 2009 is when it really started taking off. Then after the Sandy Hook tragedy in 2012, it just turned the industry upside down in January of 2013.”

Abbett said ammunition has been hard to find on the market and added that it is a daily scramble for the manufacturer to keep the required amounts of bullets, powder, primers and the cases on hand to keep their production machines operating.

He said he had to chase down the UPS truck last week to get 20 pounds of powder because otherwise, they would have had to shut down production until the truck arrived.

Abbett said the shortfall of available ammunition is the current state of the industry.

“We’re trying to stabilize that as much as possible, buying as much as we can to keep our prices down,” he said. “We do sell the cheapest form of that particular round in the country, that we produce. It’s considered a boutique round, but it’s gaining in popularity. It fits right in between the .223s that are very popular in the AR style platform and this will shoot in an AR platform gun with just a barrel change – so you don’t have to change guns, just change the barrel. The .308 caliber, which is the .30 caliber bullet, sits on top of a .223 case, so we have the versatility of a .223, but the velocity and the knock-down power of a .308.”

He said the store will hold a soft opening Monday and then he invites the public to their grand opening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

“We’re going to have gun give aways ever hour from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.” Abbett said. “GLOCK pistols being given away, Ruger LC9s with lasers given away, all conceal carry stuff. We’re even giving away an AR15, and ammunition give aways throughout the day. Doing live radio remotes, KZRG will be there from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.”

He said Black Rain Ordnance, a Neosho manufacturer of high-end AR style platform rifles will be on hand with their Hummer and guns on display, with experts from their manufacturing facility to explain their high-end products.

Beginning Monday, Abbett said Ozark Ordnance will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and on from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

“We’re just happy to be in the area,” he said. “Locally supported, we try to buy as much stuff locally as we can from various suppliers from here in Missouri or Arkansas. We’re proud supporters of the Second Amendment and want to help everybody exercise their right.”