F3's Jimmy Smith as a young lad, early in his career.

Yesterday I introduced you to Coye Knives as part of Small Business Saturday, part of my plot to introduce Kit Up readership to small LE- and veteran-owned or veteran-supporting business. Today I’ll ask you to take a look at F3 Tactical of Chantilly Virginia.

Located in the are of Route 50 and Highway 28 (Dulles Airport region), F3 Tactical is a family-owned affair whose ‘public face’ is US Army veteran Jimmy Smith. Jimmy spent 10 years in the Army and then Army Reserves , mostly as a grunt but also as an MP. His business partner is his sister; his brother-in-law is also a former grunt. His father is a veteran, his brother with the Regiment.

Interestingly, it took a while to pry all that out of him. He’s hesitant to talk about all the veterans involved in the business. “As a family and a business,” he eventually explained, “we don’t ever want to seem like we’re…capitalizing on our veteran status…don’t want to really say we’re vets and…be exploitive. It’s more of our focus to say were supportive of veterans.

F3 Tactical of Chantilly, VA.

Located relatively close to Quantico, Ft. Belvoir and Andrews AFB, F3 Tactical serves a large local LE community as well as military personnel, and Jimmy often makes trips to local installations to talk or show gear.  F3 Tactical is a brick and mortar store and is about 7 months old. They do not yet have a significant on-line presence with store. “We keep a lot of high end gear in stock,” Jimmy says, “and provide a place where you can put your hands on it, try it on, etc. We want our brick and mortar to be perfect before we go on line.” F3 carries a number of different brands, including Velocity Systems, Mayflower Research and Consulting, Blue Force Gear, etc. They often supply personnel who are prepping deploy and frequently take care of contractors who fly into Dulles, get kitted up and fly back out.

One of the difference between F3 Tactical and some other ‘supply depot’ type retail locations is their emphasis on training. “We are really…pushing the community to not just own firearms but to train with then,” Jimmy explains. “We’ll kit people out,we’ll point them in the direction of good instructors and good ranges…really help people get into the lifestyle. We want to promote good people doing good things with their weapon system and of course provide good gear.”

Among the training institutions they work with are Victory First (they sponsored the first class Matt and I have been writing about), Magpul Dynamics, Innovative Defensive Solutions, Practical Firearms Training and EAG Training. They’ve established a good relationship with those guys are able to tell customers, “We trust these guys,we’ve trained with them.”

“We’re pretty careful who we endorse,” says Jimmy, “but training is very important.”

If that’s not enough to warrant your attention and business, you should also keep an eye on their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/F3-Tactical-Inc/194913677278897) because they frequently sponsor veteran oriented events.

They also have a shop dog that comes to work every day, which automatically elevates them by like eleventeen percent or something.

F3 Tactical online at http://www.f3tactical.com/index.html.

F3 Tactical's hard working shop dog.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

John November 20, 2012 at 7:59 am

I love this store. Really couldn't get any better.

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straps November 20, 2012 at 8:08 am

Unsure if I'd waste less or spend more by having the "luxury" of seeing gear up close and personal…

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Matt November 20, 2012 at 8:29 am

This shop and the people responsible for it are amazing. Always willing to help out, great selection and prices. This is by far my favorite store.

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Anon November 20, 2012 at 10:07 am

Anyone mind telling what that tank is parked out in front?

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Kevin Foley November 20, 2012 at 10:36 am

Excellent service as well! Ordered a lot of stuff from this place and I am always 100% satisfied. Get the tomahawk :)

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Lance November 20, 2012 at 11:33 am

Looks fun to goto. Hows there prices on ARs and other firearms though? SO many inflate prices now days.

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Phong November 20, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Lance, They are not a Class 2 FFL dealer yet. but they do have complete upper receivers, for sale. LMT…Spikes Tactical…Daniel Defense are just of the few top brands.

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gunslinger6 November 20, 2012 at 12:14 pm

I will check them out online. Wish they had something like that down here in south Florida.

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Phong November 20, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Second to none! myself and some others call this our home base for our AR-15 needs and other tactical gear needs. Best customer service you will ever have. Jimmy and the "Chief" will go above and beyond to get you the right gear if they are out of stock on special order.

FYI: If you need to get your AR-15 installed on anything after a purchase at the store, Jimmy will have it serviced on the the spot free of charge and you get to have the picture of your AR on their Facebook page!!

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jayson spangler November 20, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Great service and Jimmy is outstanding! Don't sleep on this group great things to come.

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Evan Carson November 20, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Awesome people, awesome attitudes makes for pleasant visits and good company….AND obviously great gear.

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Doug November 20, 2012 at 5:33 pm

These guys not only know there stuff but are just good people. If you stop by make sure you take in your guns for show and tell!

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Go Navy! November 21, 2012 at 5:43 am

Wish you guys would have a store out in the midwest :) Looks like a great family store. Also good to see that they are not capitalizing their veteran status for their sales.

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Fred March 9, 2013 at 12:49 pm

the article does not do Jimmy justice. He is one of the most humble individuals as it relates to his service and love for his county. He goes the extra step to make sure you get what you need and want.

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