Over the last 12 or so months, many of you have come into the store and wanted to know what was going on with the ‘For Sale’ sign on the property. Most were concerned we were selling the company.

Jason Turcotte and Patrick St. Pierre of Tombstone Trading Company, Inc.

“We appreciate what he’s done for the country as a former United States’ Marine and what he will do as a police officer, serving his community in Ware.”

State Rep Donnie Berthiaume presents a certificate recognizing Tombstone Trading Company's 20th year in business.

April marks 20 years in business for Tombstone Trading Company, Inc. of Brookfield, Massachusetts.

Tombstone Trading Company became a retail firearm sales business in April of 2002, previously having run as a firearms training business. The shop has changed quite a bit over the past 20 years, evolving from the small room above the former Richard’s Furniture business Bourdeau ran for 34 years in Brookfield, Massachusetts to occupying more than 3500 square feet and stocking a large variety of new and used firearms as well as ammunition and accessories. Their roots as a training company is also still a big part of the business, having put thousands of students through their firearm safety classes, over the years.

Not THAT President. It’s me, Dave Bourdeau, President of Tombstone Trading Company, Inc. As I relax at home for the first time in over a week, I think of things that I should have said but have not.

First, I need to thank Jason Turcotte, our fearless leader (aka, Manager). Thinking back to when I graduated from Providence College, I took on my first management position, running the family business. Within six months, we were suffering through the oil embargo of 1973 and heading into deep recession. I remember my father, my mentor, telling me “Anyone can manage a business during good times, but only a true manager can shine when things are difficult and challenging.” Let’s just say that Jason has been our “beacon”!

Next, I want to recognize my wife, Nancy. She has come out of retirement to perform any and every task asked of her. This is no surprise to me. Nan is the love of my life, my partner and my best friend. She has had my back though good times and bad for over 45 years and has been irreplaceable for any success I have ever had.

Lastly, to our many customers, both old and new. Thank you so much for the support and cooperation during these difficult times. The three of us have handled hundreds of people in the shop and many more on the phone over the last ten days. My regret is that we have not been able to maintain the level of customer service we have always strived for. In an effort to make our inventory available to people, and to keep everyone as safe as possible, we have enacted some rather Draconian protocols. These are not intended to offend, but to handle numbers customers as safely as possible.

Out of literally hundreds of people, I can only think of a small handful that have taken exception to this process. “Incredible” is the only way to describe the cooperation and response we have received from you, our valued customers. Thank you so much!

Looking forward:

On Monday, March 23rd, Jason and I will be reviewing our inventory and checking on restocking possibilities.

On Tuesday morning the 24th, by 10:00am, Jason will announce on our website and related social media platforms how we will move forward in an effort to serve you.

Regards,
David P. Bourdeau
President
Tombstone Trading Company, Inc.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BROOKFIELD, MA, January 25, 2017

Tombstone Trading Company, Inc. is excited to announce the expansion of their 1 Main Street location in Brookfield, Massachusetts.

Long known as one of the premier gun shops in Massachusetts, the goal of the expansion is to increase not only the size of the retail sales floor but also to expand into additional product lines and services.

“When I came on-board with the company in August of 2016, one of my main responsibility was to grow the business. This expansion is not only a result of those efforts but also allows us to continue to head in a direction that provides our customers with a wide selection of both new and used firearms as well as a significant expansion of our accessory lines.” said Jason Turcotte, Shop Manager.

David Bourdeau, President of Tombstone Trading Company said “It has been an exciting time in our business over the last 12 months and we want to continue to position ourselves as one of the largest and friendliest gun shops in Massachusetts. This physical expansion is just one of our plans for 2017. Just wait until you see what’s coming!”

Remodeling will take 2-3 weeks and the business will be open during the majority of it. “We will be closed the week of January 29th, but that’s a week we would be closed anyways as we have back-to-back guns shows. When we have those back-to-back shows, we typically close for the week in-between. This gives us a great opportunity to get a lot of the noisy part of the remodel done while we’re closed.” Turcotte said.

About Tombstone Trading Company, Inc.

Tombstone Trading Company is located in the small central Massachusetts town of Brookfield. Located are just seven miles north of Exit 9 off the Mass Pike and Sturbridge, MA. Located right on Route 9, we are easy to get to from any part of the state.

Founded by David Bourdeau as a firearms training company in 1994, Tombstone Trading Company became a full line gun shop in 2002. Since then the business has established itself as the premier gun shop in Central Massachusetts. Carrying a wide selection of firearms from new and used handguns, shotguns and rifles to hard to find collectibles and militaria.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BROOKFIELD, MA, June 28, 2016 – Tombstone Trading Company, Inc., a leading Massachusetts firearms dealer in Massachusetts names Jason Turcotte for newly created Shop Manager position.

Beginning the week of July 24, 2016, Turcotte will begin assisting the company with day-to-day operations management, inventory levels and sales growth. Turcotte brings a strong customer service focus with him, having served as a Sales Manager for the Grossman’s Lumber home improvement chain before its closure in the late 1990’s. Turcotte also brings extensive management experience having held the position of Director of Technical Support for a national public-safety software company.

“One of the first things I wanted to do right away was increase the amount of hours that the shop is open.” said Turcotte, and in discussions with company president, David Bourdeau, they have set that plan in motion. Beginning the same week as Turcotte joining the company, the already busy gun shop will expand its hours and be open 5 days a week, up from 4. New hours will be Tuesday – Friday from 11:00am – 7:00pm, Saturdays from 10:00am – 4:00pm with the shop being closed on Sunday and Monday. This is not only an additional day but also more hours per day than the shop had previously been open, increasing the total hours to 38, up from 27.

Company president, David Bourdeau, said “Having Jason on board with us is going to do some great things for the business. He brings a skill set that will truly complement the demands of our customers and the busy firearms industry.”

About Tombstone Trading Company, Inc.

Tombstone Trading Company is located in the small central Massachusetts town of Brookfield. Located are just seven miles north of Exit 9 off the Mass Pike and Sturbridge, MA. Located right on Route 9, we are easy to get to from any part of the state.

Started as a firearms training company in 1994, Tombstone Trading Company became a full line gun shop in 2002. Since then the business has established itself as the premier gun shop in Central Massachusetts. Carrying a wide selection of firearms from new and used handguns, shotguns and rifles to hard to find collectibles and militaria.

Like most gun shops and gun owners in Massachusetts, we were surprised to hear that Attorney General, Maura Healy, made a unilateral decision to re-interpret the 22 year old Massachusetts Assault Weapon Ban, particularly the definition of what a “copy” or “duplicate” of those weapons are.

This directive came with no notice and, according to our sources in the Mass Legislature, no consultation with the Representatives that create the laws of the Commonwealth. A complete end-run around the system.

In an article published in the Springfield Republican and shown on the MassLive.com website, Tombstone Trading Company owner David Bourdeau said “The conversation’s premature until we get a notice and see how it’s written by the state.”

We have spent the better part of this morning reviewing the directive by the Attorney General and believe we have an understanding of what semi-automatic rifles and shotguns we can and cannot sell, from this date forward. We are working diligently to get those items in stock and suggest you follow us on our Facebook page for the latest “up to the minute” updates.

Action Needed By All Firearm Owners

This is a time for all firearm owners to band together and take action. Even if you don’t feel that there is a need for an “assault rifle”, this is only the first step they will likely take in an attempt to ban all semi-automatic rifles and shotguns.

You need to take the time to contact your State Representative as well as the Governor’s Office. You can find a list of State Representatives on the Mass Legislature website, which we’ve linked below.

Members of the House of Representatives

Write, call and email your Representative and the Governor today to help preserve your 2nd Amendment rights and get this overreaching directive eliminated.