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I've never looked much into buying guns online before but it seems like you can get some pretty good deals on auction sites like Gunbroker.com.

So from those who have done it before, how does it work? :dunno: Who and when do you pay? How do you coordinate with a local FFL? ETC.
 

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You win an auction and pay. Then you have to arrange with a local transfer dealer to accept the shipment (for which they charge a fee) and do a background check. You give the local dealer the contact info for the seller, and they send a copy of their FFL. The seller then ships to the local FFL, you go in, pay the fees, get the IBC and take the gun home. Some FFLs won't accept shipments from private individuals, some do. Some states require guns to be sent from FFLs, some don't. You have to ask the transfer dealer what their policy is.

I know Gallenson's, FBMG, and Doug's all will do transfers for varying fees.
 

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I have made a few gun purchases on the internet and have found it to be a good way to buy guns.

A couple things you need to be concerned about:

1. Buyer beware. Unless it is a brand new gun/product, you have to fully trust the person selling it. You do not have the opportunity to look at or handle the product.
2. Shipping. The cost of shipping has gone through the roof. Keep this in mind when you make your purchase and found out how much the seller is going to charge.
3. FFL fees. Contact your local gun dealer and make sure they will do the transfer and for how much before purchasing or bidding.

I have had a couple minor issues but overall it was very well worth it. Brand new guns are not usually priced that great and if you shop around locally you can usually get a better deal. All the guns I have purchased were used.
 

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Good advice by the other posters.

I will always ask to see a specific picture of the gun. Usually, I ask for a pic of the feed ramp/breech or barrel. Any legit seller can and will do this promptly. This ensures the seller actually HAS that gun. Sellers are also rated, so look for A+ sellers.

Also, ask pertinent questions about the gun, ie: age, round count, reliablbilty, etc, if not already advertised. The responses by the seller will also help you decide if a level of trust is there.

Some great deals can be had, but there are always those looking to take someone for a ride or un-load a lemmon. Buying guns from makers that offer transferable lifetime warrantees on thier products is also a plus.

Good luck~
 
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