We have made it easier to track firearms being repaired that need to be sent out to a supplier/manufacturer. The key is to set up at least two statuses in the Work Order module. You can do so by going under Work Orders > ... > Manage Statuses:
The first status you should set up is to track items that are being sent out. Make sure to check the box: Send to Supplier.
When you change the status of a work order to this status, you will see a drop-down box to select the supplier (or add a new one by clicking the button). Once you select the supplier and hit Save, if the item under repair is a firearm the system will dispose the firearm for you to the supplier that you selected.
The second status you should set up is a status to track when the item is returned from the supplier. When you change a work order to this status it will acquire the firearm back from the supplier and create the new acquisition record in the bound book.
You can also send out multiple items for repair to the same supplier in one step.