Assisting gunowners

Alliance business owner provides answers to most-asked questions

Jason Burtz, owner of Burtzland Outfitters in Alliance, offers the most inexpensive firearm transfers around $15. Burtz said he can take care of customers who need guns shipped in or out and can take care of all the paperwork. He is pictured making an adjustment to the rear sight of a Henry 45 lever action rifle, which is not an exact copy of the old Henry rifle, Burtz said. (Salem News photo by Larry Shields)

ALLIANCE — According to Jason Burtz, sighting in a handgun begins with a target that can be as close as 15 feet to get the shots where they’re needed.

Rear sights on many handguns and most rifles are adjustable.

If a weapon is shooting low, you need an adjustment to correct that, and if a gun doesn’t have adjustable sights, he can get them.

Burtz is in his ninth year of owning Burtzland Outfitters located at 2330 S. Mahoning Ave. The company sells new and used handguns, rifles and gun accessories, holds concealed carry classes, offers an expanded shooting range and sells muzzle-loader and black powder supplies.

The store has a unique 1880s Western-theme that provides “good ole fashioned respect for our customers … we offer a wide range of firearms, ammunition, hunting and camping,” he said.

Burtz is a federally-licensed firearms dealer and knows his business.

A gun shooting low left has to be brought up and to the right and adjustment screws on the rear sight, for up and down and left and right, come into play.

But some guns don’t have a windage adjustment (left and right), he noted, but once the adjustment is made, it can be test fired at a target.

You can zero in at 15 feet if you want it sighted in for 50 feet, he said, “or for a further distance, you’re still better off at 15 feet.”

He said zeroing in the front sight is exactly the opposite of the rear sight.

“To bring the shot up, move it down.”

Once a gun with iron sights is zeroed in it should stay that way unless it gets dropped or bumped, he said, adding that rifles, shotguns and anything with adjustable sights are zeroed in pretty much the same way.

“Scoped guns need to be tested to make sure the scope is still in adjustment,” he said.

But Burtz said that by far the most asked question, and misconception, is how to register a gun in Ohio.

Ohio has no registration but Burtz wrote a lengthy piece regarding buying from a dealer and person-to-person selling. There is a difference.

He said there is no such thing like transferring a gun with a title, as with a vehicle in Ohio. There is no law preventing a person from selling or giving a firearm to anyone “unless you know they aren’t allowed to own a firearm.”

He strongly recommends that when selling a firearm you obtain as much information about the buyer as possible.

“It’s not required by law,” he said, “but it’s the wisest move to cover yourself from liability later on.”

Besides a name, address and phone number, he recommends obtaining a driver’s license number to show you confirmed their identity, and a signature.

“If they won’t give you this information,” he said emphatically, “don’t sell the gun.”

Also, the gun information, model, serial number and even pictures, all what he calls “extremely important information,” need to be recorded so that law enforcement and insurance companies can use it if the weapon is stolen or otherwise lost.

Anyone with questions, Burtz will be happy to provide answers and provide assistance at 330-821-8866.

Burtzland Outfitters advertises itself as “Great Guns for the Good Guys” and has concealed carry classes for $75 that includes lunch, pop, range, loaner pistol if needed, sheriff’s application with picture, class materials, eye and ear protection if needed, and much more.

Classes are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.

“Classes are kept small,” he said.

There is also an outdoor shooting range, open during regular business hours for pistols, rifles and shotguns. There are three separate shooting areas and pistol and rifle rentals are available for $5 each.

Burtzland Outfitters also offers layaways; buy, sell, trade; and online gun purchase transfer services for a low fee. Burtz noted the fee on transfers, where a gun is purchased online or in another location and is shipped to a nearby licensed dealer to complete the background check paperwork, is nominal. He said where other dealers charge $50 and more to transfer the sale, Burtzland will do it for $15. “We get a lot of transfers for guns from online sales,” he said, “a few a day.”

For customers who need repairs or work done on their weapons, Burtzland has a number of gunsmiths.

For more information, visit www.henryburtz.com, see Burtzland Outfitters on Facebook, or call 330-821-8866.


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