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Online Firearm Purchase Tips

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So, you have found an awesome deal on a firearm online, but not sure how to go about ordering one? 

 A couple of steps to insure a smooth and happy transaction: 

 1. Do a price comparison on a site like , Make sure to factor in shipping charges in the final price comparison. Also, search the brand you are interested in for forums. You will find great tips and feedback on the firearm and places to get them cheap. Example: 

 2. Your firearm must ship to a FFL(Federal Firearms License) Dealer. Call around your area to find out what the local dealers charge to do the firearms transfer for you. Some dealers charge anywhere from $20 to $50 dollars. An easy way to find your local dealers is this FFL search tool. 

 3. If the gun you are ordering is coming from outside your state, your local dealer is NOT supposed to collect the tax. Make sure you ask about tax collecting when calling around for transfer prices. 

 4. Many manufacturers have rebates that local and online stores do not list. Always check your gun brand's website. You may find a rebate to sweeten your deal. A couple examples are: , , etc. 

 5. If you are an active or retired law enforcement officer or military there are often further discounts or rebates for you. Example 

Purchasing local? Ask about the LEO or military discount. If you can provide an I.D. the local shop can give you the discount. They are reimbursed by the manufacturer. One last thing. A couple of online places to check for the model you are comparing are and . They have great prices and customer feedback. LEO or military? Check here for some great prices
akaricke posted Feb 02, 2012

If I missed anything let me know :D

akaricke (rep: 161k) posted Feb 02, 2012


Is this meant to be on the pages section of dp?

TOTOOO (rep: 50.8k) posted Feb 02, 2012


i've tried finding guns on gunbroker and on budsguns online but the ffl fees here in california are $60 to $125, which really sucks. is there a place to find cheap used guns other than the sites i mentioned? Are you tips regarding only new guns or do you have a spot for used guns?

tekman2500 (rep: 1.4k) posted Feb 02, 2012


@TOTOOO yes. I think I clicked on the wrong link. How do I start a page?
I will copy and paste this there.
Thank You,

akaricke (rep: 161k) posted Feb 03, 2012


@tekman Ouch at the FFL fees you have.
If you do find a used gun locally their is no FLL needed for a "person to person" sale. Check with your local or state laws about the possibility of having to register your firearm.
I know a few friends that have bought used guns locally and got really good deals. You can check the classified section of your newspaper. Here locally we have a forum called which actually has quite a lot of firearms show up there.

akaricke (rep: 161k) posted Feb 03, 2012


Larrys pistol and pawn. Google it for some great deals.

Acidbaby (rep: 7k) posted Feb 03, 2012



akaricke (rep: 161k) posted May 30, 2012


Nice page. Never bought anything online besides ammo. Looked at auction sites, but like ebay you almost spend retail price for a used gun. Gun shows in my area aren't very useful...mainly vendors selling at retail. May be an alternative.

Thanks for the info.

nthsll (rep: 12.5k) posted Jun 01, 2012