FFL Services

FFL Services


Please NOTE That by using our services you agree to our terms and policies.

(Increased Fees assessed, where noted, to offset increased expense resulting from Covid-19)  


Firearms Sales

Firearms Storage

FSC Test


Schedule of Fees 

Gun Store Etiquette 

Cobra Tactical is your Solution for any FFL Service

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4473 - A 6 page document for the acquisition of a firearm by an unlicensed person, entity, or agency. This is required by ATF to be filled out and signed by the Buyer on the day of the transaction ad must be re-signed on the day of pick up if that day is after the day of the purchase. Address must match the DROS.

Abandonment - Forfeiture of property. Property is considered abandoned and forfeited on the 91st day following any of the following:

  • Notice of Denial of DROS
  • Expired DROS
  • Email / telephone (Documented) call from Cobra Tactical notifying the Customer that the subject property needs to be picked up.
  • Notice of completion of Gunsmith Project.

See Storage Fees. Once property is considered abandoned, the title will vest with Cobra Tactical, unless a written contract is signed by both parties.

Ammunition Transfer - Based on SB1235 it is currently unlawful to transfer ammunition across California state lines without an FFL or special permit. As such you can no longer have ammunition delivered to you directly. You may however do one of the following:

  1. Have your ammunition delivered to Cobra Tactical for a nominal fee.
  2. Come into Cobra Tactical and get your ammunition from the source with no extra fees.
  3. Obtain your FFL through the ATF, + Obtain your California Firearms or ammunition dealer permit, then obtain your County Business Licence as Firearms and/or ammunition Dealer + Obtain your Certificate of Eligibility (COE). (Keep in mind this is what you have to do, not necessary what others are doing, reportedly through personal communication and based on research on Cal-guns). We are not lawyers nor your counselor. We strongly recommend seeking proper guidance from your lawyer or other knowledgeable party to make sure you follow necessary regulations. With a theoretical increase in FFL's in California, you may also be required to notify CA BOE of your new business entity and would be financially responsible for sales tax on your ammunition purchases. To read more about becoming an FFL or Ammunition Dealer in California you can read it straight at CADOJ by clicking here.

For ammunition purchases, Cobra Tactical is a For-Profit Corporation. Please understand that we have overhead and do charge nominal fees for processing 3rd party orders. We are required by the California Board of Equalization (BOE) to charge sales tax for orders run through our store. We make no money on this tax collection. All prices are cash discount prices.

Assault Weapon - Only California Defines these now. California law on firearms is constantly changing. Please click this link to learn more specifics on assault Weapons defined by California.

Assault Weapons Roster - Link

Assault Weapon as defined by Senate Bill 23 - Link

Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives -ATF - BATF - BATFE - This is the Federal Agency enforcing federal firearms laws. They also monitor and audit FFL's to verify compliance.  

California Department of Justice - CADOJ - This is the agency that processes the firearms purchase background checks. They also enforce California firearms laws. 

Concealed Weapons Permit - CCW, issued typically be the county or a law enforcement agency to retired authorized personnel.

Dealer Record of Sale - DROS, mandatory by the State of California as a prerequisite for purchasing a firearm. Once DROS is filled out, it is submitted to the Sate of California for their review. See 10 Day Waiting Period. After 10 days, typically the buyer passes and the firearm may be released to the buyer. Should DROS be delayed, CADOJ will notify the buyer and the FFL of the status. At which time the firearm may not be delivered until further notice. Cobra Tactical does not learn of the reason for delay. After 30 days if no decision is made by the CADOJ, the it is up to the discretion of the FFL to deliver or cancel the DROS. There is no refund.  If the DROS is Denied by CADOJ, it could because of an address issues, a name association or several other reasons, including buyer being a prohibited person. We suggest you seek out a meeting with CADOJ to learn more about the denial. Cobra Tactical doesn't learn why a DROS was denied.

Firearms Safety Certificate - FSC, required for any purchase of firearm. The Following may be used in lieu of the FSC:

  • Hunting licence for long guns
  • CCW issued anywhere (must be current)
  • Active/Retired Law Enforcement ID
  • Active/Retired Military ID
  • COE - Associated with FFL

A prerequisite to taking the FSC exam, you must be 18 years of age and you must have valid and correct California Driver's License.

  • Q: What happens if you don't pass? A: You may retake the exam after 24 hours.
  • Q: Does Cobra Tactical provide the FSC Exam? A: Yes, Please click here to see our Fees.

The FSC Study guides can be found by clicking this link. You may find More information is available by clicking this link to CalDOJ FSC website.

Gun Store Etiquette 

Identification - ID, You must have a California State issued driver's License or ID Card and must not be federally restricted. You must also have an FSC or equivalent. Per Title 11, Division 5, Chapter 4, Evidence of Residency Documentation, a buyer of a pistol must have additional proof of address. Refer to the following:

The following definitions and requirements apply to documents intended to serve as evidence of residency for the acquisition of a handgun pursuant to Penal Code section 12071(b)(8)(C):

  • a.1. "Utility bill" means a statement of charges for providing direct service to the individual's residence by either a physical connection (i.e., hard wired telephone or cable connection, or a water or gas pipeline connection), or a telemetric connection (i.e., satellite television or radio broadcast service) to a non-mobile, fixed antenna reception device.
    • 2. The utility bill statement date must be within three months of the current date.
    • 3. The utility bill must bear on its face the individual's name and either of the following:
      • A. The individual's current residential address as declared on the Dealer's Record of Sale (DROS) form.
      • B. The individual's residential address as it appears on his or her California Driver License or California Identification Card, or change of address attachment thereto.
  • b.1. "Residential lease" means either of the following:
    • A. A signed and dated contract by which the individual (tenant) agrees to pay a specified monetary sum or provide other consideration for the right to occupy an abode for a specified period of time.
    • B. A signed and dated rental agreement by which the individual (tenant) agrees to pay a specified monetary sum or provide other consideration at fixed intervals for the right to occupy an abode.
      • 2. The residential lease must bear the individual's name and either of the following:
        • A. The individual's current residential address as declared on the Dealer's Record of Sale (DROS) form.
        • B. The individual's address as it appears on his or her California Driver License or California Identification Card, or change of address attachment thereto.
  • c.1. "Property deed" means either of the following:
    • A. A valid deed of trust for the individual's property of current residence that identifies the individual as a grantee of the trust.
    • B. A valid Certificate of Title issued by a licensed title insurance company that identifies the individual as a title holder to his or her property of current residence.
      • 2. The property deed must bear the individual's name and either of the following:
        • A. The individual's current residential address as declared on the Dealer's Record of Sale (DROS) form.
        • B. The individual's address as it appears on his or her California Driver License or California Identification Card, or change of address attachment thereto.
  • d. "Other evidence of residency as permitted by the Department of Justice" means either of the following:
    • 1. A current, government-issued (city, county, special district, state, or federal) license, permit, or registration, other than a California Driver License or California Identification Card, that has a specified expiration date or period of validity. The license, permit, or registration must bear the individual's name and either of the following:
      • A. The individual's current residential address as declared on the Dealer's Record of Sale (DROS) form.
      • B. The individual's address as it appears on his or her California Driver License or California Identification Card, or change of address attachment thereto.
    • 2. A valid peace officer credential issued by a California law enforcement agency to an active, reserve, or retired peace officer.

Note: Authority cited: Section 12071, Penal Code. Reference: Sections 12071 and 12072, Penal Code.

Large Capacity Magazine -California "High Cap's"

As an FFL, Cobra Tactical is authorized to deal in magazines with a capacity greater than 10 rounds. Law Enforcement and Military are authorized individuals and may purchase these Large Capacity Magazines for Duty Use. These magazines are also for sale out of state. To learn more, please click on this link to CA Laws section pertaining to Large Capacity Magazines.

Limit of Handgun Purchase (aka 30-Day Handgun Restriction) - Per AB202, enacted in 2000, Persons not exempt, are restricted to one handgun per 30 days. Please Read more about AB202 by clicking this link. If you attempt to purchase a 2nd handgun within 30 days or your last purchase, you will be denied and you purchase date will be moved up to your last attempt date. The buyer is entirely responsible for know 


  • COE holders associate with an FFL
  • Law Enforcement - state, county, and local only. Federal and Military are not exempt to the 30-Day Restriction.

Private Party Transfer - PPT is a transaction between two California resident parties of the exchange of one or more firearms. Both parties must be California residence with proper Identification documentation.   

Waiting Period - Pertaining to non-licensed sales, California has a waiting period of ten - 24-hour periods.


  • If you have your COE associated with an FFL you are exempt from the waiting period. you still must complete the DROS and 4473.
  • If you are law enforcement  (Pen. Code, § 32000, subd. (b)(4)) and have your Chief Law Enforcement (CLEO) Letter per the state of California. To learn More about LEO Exemptions click Here!


Firearms Sales - Law Enforcement Sales

Cobra Tactical offers firearms for sale to general population without an appointment during our normal business hours in our Valencia Store. What we lack in on-hand selection we make up in customer service and by being able to get you the right gun typically in just a few days. This of course is heavily dependent of the manufacturers availability. Cobra Tactical has eight main distributors and are also direct dealers with several manufacturers.

It should be understood that any firearms related transfer fees paid to Cobra Tactical, Inc are considered final and are non-refundable.

Cobra Tactical is a Law Enforcement Firearms Dealer, and offer firearms for sale that are generally restricted in California. Referred to as Off-Roster.

Our Blue Label and Guardian Programs include the following manufacturers:

  • Glock
  • Sig Sauer
  • Smith & Wesson
  • FN America
  • Beretta


  • Walther


Schedule of Fees - Fees are Cash Discounts

DROS - Dealer Record of Sale

Our Fees:

  • First firearm = $37.19
  • Additional long gun =$10.00
  • Additional handgun =$21.00 (Qualified recipients, (Pen. Code,  § 32000, subd. (b)(4))
  • Ammunition Sales may be $1.00 or $19.00 depending on client situation. In addition there may be no charge if combined with firearms sale.*

*California approval is solely dependent on their discretion. 

FFL to FFL Transfers

Cobra Tactical facilitates the transfer of firearms between another FFL and you. Please see our discounts. DROS Fees are additional.

Our Fees:

  • First time using Cobra Tactical and the first firearm = $100.00
  • Loyalty Discount of $15.00 for future FFL to FFL Transfers = $85.00/for first firearm.
  • Additional firearm(s) if on the same DROS and the same Shipment/Supplier/Packing Slip = $60.00
  • Additional firearm(s) if on different DROS = $85.00
  • Additional Firearm(s) from different Shipments/Suppliers/Packing Slips = 85.00
  • Additional Firearm(s) (See DROS)
  • Tax is Collected at rate of 9.5% where appropriate.

FSC Test (Covid-19 Fee assessed $25.00)

Our Fees:

  • Test = $25.00
  • 1st Retest = $0.00
  • Additional Retest = $25.00

Inter-familial - Non-FFL Transfers

Our Fees:

  • First firearm = $100.00 + DROS fees
  • Additional firearm(s) if on the same DROS and Shipment/Supplier/Packing Slip = $30.00
  • Additional firearm(s) if on different DROS = $100.00 + DROS fee
  • Additional Firearm(s) from different Shipments/Suppliers/Packing Slips = see above
  • More than 3 firearms - P.O.R.

Private Party Transfers - PPT (Covid-19 Fee assessed on PPT $17.81)

(Pen. Code, §§ 23690, 28055, 28225, 28230, 28300.)

Our Fees:

  • First Firearm = $47.19
  • Additional Firearm = $10.00 
  • Both parties must bring valid Drivers License, California ID Card, or DOD Id Card - must not be Federally restricted.
  • Buyer must have second form of address verification / identification for all pistols (and if Driver's License is incorrect.
  • Failure to present ALL necessary credentials will prevent process from beginning - No exceptions.
  • If you are doing more than three firearms on a PPT you must make an appointment. 

Ammunition Transfer

We are happy to help and provide this service! We do not have the manpower to call you for ammunition deliveries. Please track your packages and arrive in a timely manner to avoid paying fees or loosing your ammunition due to abandonment policies. By using our services for ammunition transfers you hereby agree to these terms herein. 

Our fees:

$25.00 per shipment, which is defined as a box with a shipping label on it. This also corresponds to less than 50lbs.

If you ship more than the 50lbs you should contact us at 661-257-1406 so we can work with you on pricing.

If your shipment requires a forklift there is a $100.00 handling fee.

  • CTI has no ability to control how much ammo you buy, how the point of origin packs your ammo, how many "boxes" they send.
  • We inspect your shipments to ensure there is no contraband.

We are willing to accept your ammunition from a third party on your behalf. Should ammunition arrive here on your behalf, regardless of reason, you hereby agree to our terms and conditions including paying for stated fees, unless otherwise agreed to in writing.

You MUST pick up your ammunition within 5 business days of ammunition delivery. Failure to pick up your ammunition by the 6th day, results in a minimum storage fee of $10.00/day. Should quantities of ammunition require a pallet, they will require a forklift or pallet jack to move and you will be charged $100.00 handling fee. 

Ammunition Transfer Abandonment. If you fail to pick up your ammunition by the 30th day, your ammunition will be abandoned and become the property of Cobra Tactical on the 31st Day.  There are no refunds

FFL Firearms Storage

Cobra Tactical is able to securely store your firearms for your convenience. Please see our fees below. You may come in with your firearms to discuss your options. We are happy to assist you. We require that all firearms be compliant with California and Federal Law. Should you purchase more than one firearm from a third party seller and you are only able to DROS one of these firearms, you would then be responsible for storage fees for the remaining firearms for the period of time they remain in our possession up to the date of the next DROS. 

Our Fees:

  • $1.00/day/gun for long term storage with contract. minimum of 30 days and with contract. Payment of 1st month is required upfront and is non-refundable for any reason.
  • $10.00/day for no contract storage including any firearm or other real-property stored at Cobra Tactical starting after 30 days of storage. (Eg. Jon had gunsmith work done on his Remington 870. Upon completion of the work, Cobra Tactical emailed and called Jon, notifying him that the work was done. Jon got busy and after 35 days entered Cobra Tactical to pick up the Remington 870. A fee of $150.00 on top of the Work Order would be incurred. See Abandonment.)

Storage Fees for out of contract items

While CTI understands returning the project to the Client in a timely manner is of extreme importance, gunsmith work, can often lead to unexpected delays. CTI makes every effort to complete projects in a timely manner.

Unless other written agreement is made and signed by both parties, the following is applicable.

Because CTI is a for-profit business, CTI cannot operate when a client does not pay their bill in a timely manner. Therefore, failure to pick up and pay for projects within 10 business days of documented Notice of Completion, Client shall incur a storage fee of $1.00/day starting at the end of the 10th business day. In addition, an email and a phone call shall be made reminding the Client of the situation. After 30 days of storage, the fee increases to $2.00/day until 60 days. At which time another email and phone call will be made and documented. On the 61st day until the 90th day the fee shall be $10.00/day. At which time another email and phone call will be made and documented. 

Undelivered DROS

The following may result in a firearm being ineligible for delivery to the intended buyer.

  • Failure to Pick up firearm(s) before DROS Expires - 30 - 24 hour period.
  • Denied DROS - for any reason.
  • Purchasing handgun within 30 - 24 hour period of previous handgun purchase. (for non-exempt buyers).

Please contact Cobra Tactical to discuss your situation. Please keep in mind that if a buyer is ultimately ineligible to take possession of the firearm , CA dictates that if the sellers wants the firearm back, they must perform a DROS to get it back. 


Cobra Tactical cannot accept transfers of "bullet button" firearms. 

If a firearm is registered to the state as an "Assault Weapon" they may not be transferred, unless they are transferred to an Assault Weapon Permit holder or sold out of state. 

If a transaction is transferring more than three (3) please contact the store to schedule an appointment.

Gun Store Etiquette 

We politely ask that you respect our rules. We have been doing this for a while and have learned what makes a safe and inviting environment...and what does not.

Firearms handling Safety - We know that you are super proficient with firearms. So let's all remember at least the following: Treat Never Keep Keep - 

  • Treat every firearm as if it were loaded
  • Never Point your firearm at anything you don not wish to destroy
  • Keep the finger straight and off the trigger until you are ready to engage
  • Keep firearm on safe until you intend to fire (if it has one) 

(replace firearm with Weapon if you wish).

We know that you are visiting Cobra Tactical to check out some cool firearms. And we really appreciate yur business. And we know that you want to feel the trigger pull and check out the sights and the natural aiming balance and weight of the firearm you are thinking of buying. After all that's why we are here. So we simply ask that you let us know what you are doing when we hand you the firearm. For example you should always ask if you can pull the trigger before pulling the trigger. Its a respect thing. So here is a list for you: 

  • When entering a gun store, be polite. Maybe introduce your self. We like to know who we are working with.
  • Remember safety is first but kindness beget kindness. 
    • If you are rude, mean, impatient, or show signs of being unstable - remember that your FFL has the right and obligation to not deliver a gun to someone who shows these characteristics.
  • If bringing a gun in for repair or for any reason like a PPT, let the gun store know. We prefer that you have the gun in a case and that you place the case on the counter when it is your turn, or if there is a line simply asks us as we can hold the firearms behind the counter so you don's have to hold it.
  • All firearms should be unloaded when entering our facility. Lets emphasize and clarify some specifics of what we mean:
    • The firearm should be in a case. If however you do not have a case, you should come in first without the firearm to let us know you will be bringing it in. 
    • Bringing in a firearm for repair and the customer is familiar with firearms, the firearm should be inspected and made unloaded before entering the store.
    • Bringing in a firearm for any reason but the customer is unfamiliar with firearms. STOP!!! DO NOT ATTEMPT TO UNLOAD THE FIREARM!! Then Please call us at 661-257-1406 and we can assist you.
    • You are CCW holder and don't touch your concealed gun while in our facility. This is acceptable.
    • You are a Police Officer (or licensed to carry) and don't touch your concealed or open carry firearm. This is acceptable.
    • You are known to Cobra Tactical staff as an established customer and are carrying your firearm legally. This is acceptable.
    • You are carrying legally or illegally and you decide to draw your firearm for ANY reason without ASKING PERMISSION of a staff member! You will be initially considered a threat with a loaded weapon. We will respond to the threat as you expect. With hostility. So Please don't do that.
    • Upon asking a staff member permission to draw you firearm, please understand you may be told no. We have seen a few guns. If you wish for us to check out your firearm unload it in your own home or business. 
    • Ask yourself "Is it really necessary to draw my firearm right now?"
    • If you are bringing in a firearm that has a live round stuck in it. Call first. Let us know some specifics. Gun type. Caliber. Condition (eg. I fired and nothing happened and now it won't extract). While maintaining a safe muzzle direction - Take the bolt out if possible. Remove ammunition feeding devise, ammunition, magazine, etc. Engage the Safety if possible.  
  • Follow the Staff Members Lead. You can always ask us a question if you are unsure.
  • The safety place to point a firearm in our facility changes and we will let you know. Never aim or shoulder a gun unless you ask and get permission from a staff member. 
  • Never Cover a customer - it make everyone nervous. 
  • Respect the firearm - Any firearm should be treated as if you cannot afford it. Small margins shrink even more when a customer damages a firearm. Would you pay full asking price that had been damaged by another shopper? I don't think so.
  • Do not spin the cylinder of a revolver. Do not cause a drag mark on the cylinder. Do not dry fire any revolver - its out policy.
  • Look at one firearm at a time.
  • When our staff hands you a firearm, check to make sure it is unloaded.
  • Do a little cursory homework - There is no excuse for not knowing the difference between a revolver and a semi-auto. or an AK-47 and AR-15. We can fill in some if not most of the specifics. This will hold a conversation a little longer if you have at least a little idea of why you drove to our facility.
  • Knowing about the firearm you are purchasing or interested in makes the process smoother.
  • Window shopping? browsing? killing time? Margins are low in a gun store. Killing time and hanging out when not buying anything kills guns stores. Here is an idea: kill some time by writing a great review for your favorite guns store. Here is another: Do some research on a product you want your gun store to carry and next time you are in bring them some information on it and talk for about 5 minutes. You will be mush better respected that the person hanging out.
  • If we are busy and you ask to see a restricted firearm - those firearms  reserved for law enforcement you may be denied. Don't be insulted. It's business. Come back on a slower day and you will be allowed to check out.  If you choose to be rude, then the answer will likely still be no. 
  • Be prepared. Forgetting your paperwork is kinda of a big deal. Without it we cannot facilitate the transfer. 
  • Haggling can be okay but remember that the cost of living and running a gun store in California is much higher than in just about anywhere.  So get the deals on the web or come in to see us. We do our best and we appreciate the business but remember this is not like buying tennis shoes or a kayak. We have narrow margins and steep overhead. You want to keep us around don't you?
  • Don't talk about anything illegal. EVER!!! Seriously don't do it. It's not cute. Imagine for a second that buying a gun has everything to do with being law abiding and having integrity. Now you want to start telling your gun store staff about how you are going to drive across the state lines to get that ammunition?  So here's the thing. We have to earn money to feed our kids. We did everything legal to get our FFL and to run our business. Please be respectful of that and remember:
    • Cobra Tactical's policy is to understand that ever person walking into our store is a cop trying to arrest us. 
    • We have cops in our store every day several times a day.

Terms of Service

These Terms of Service govern CTI and services provided.

  1. All NFA riles apply. (See CFR Title 27 and Gun Control Act 1968).
  2. All requests must be compliant of Sec.922(r) and any applicable local laws.
  3. To the maximum extent permitted by law,  CTI and its subsidiaries, affiliates, licensors, directors, officers, distributors, dealers, employees, and or suppliers are not liable for any indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages (including, but not limited to, damages for loss of business, loss of profits or investment, or the like), whether based on breach of contract, breach of warranty, tort (including negligence), product liability or otherwise, even if CTI or its representatives have been advised of the possibility of such damages, and even if a remedy set forth herein is found to have failed its essential purpose. In those states not allowed limitations and/or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages, the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. The limitation of damages set forth above is a fundamental element of the basis of a bargain between CTI and Client. CTI would not be able to provide the Service to you without such limitations.
  4. CTI reserves the right, without prior notice, to change any information or terms relating to the Service.
  5. CTI reserves the right to deny the Service to anyone for any reason whatsoever, in its sole discretion. CTI may refuse to repair and/or modify a firearm for any reason or no reason at all.
  6. CTI must receive payment for the completed portion of the order before CTI returns any project, alternatively and in CTI’s sole discretion, before shipping your products to you. If you are notified of a deficiency in payment and you do not correct the deficiency within thirty (30) days, CTI reserves the right to sell your project / firearm(s) and/or accessories to recover its service costs.
  7. It is Client’s responsibility to ensure that project / firearms are not damaged during transit. CTI accepts no liability whatsoever for any items damaged either through delivery to CTI from Client, or sent back to Client by CTI. CTI will not insure, nor will it accept liability for, any damage to any part including firearms occurring through transit. Any insurance, as well as the mode of shipment, are Clients responsibility. Insurance claims must be filed directly with the insurance provider.
  8. CTI reserves sole and exclusive discretion in arranging the manner of return shipping to you. Occasionally CTI may decide to return your firearms to you in multiple shipments. This occasionally is called for when a Client’s order arrives in multiple shipments or is extremely large and should be split up for practicality of shipping. Other reasons may dictate split shipments. Client must pay all expenses associated with such shipping before your project is returned to Client.
  9. It is Client’s responsibility, to arrange, in advance, a licensed Federal Firearms Dealer to provide the final transfer as required.