I am not that intimately familiar with the gun buying process, but one can just walk into your local ATF office and ask for help? Never heard of a Federal Gov Agency being that accommodating on a personal basis!
I haven't actually walked in to my local office, but I have called them on a few occasions as I hold an 03 FFL and they are indeed accommodating and helpful. I would recommend calling them up and talking to them at the very least. It would certainly be in your best interests to be able to make purchases in local stores, if you so desire.
I wouldn't be put off by the technicalities- if it's legal you have the perfect right to do what you want. And if that means being able to walk into a gun store and buy whatever suits you, I think you should make that happen. But that's just me.