Contact the seller via email or directly calling. If they are selling on ShootersXchange.com, we havre spoken to them and verfied they are a legitimate FFL dealer.
The seller will answer your questions about availability, sales
terms, condition etc, and you can make your decision regarding the
purchase of the firearm.
Be sure to find a FFL holding transfer agent prior to commiting to
a purchase. Find and contact a FFL holding transfer agent through
the FFL transfer agent links below.
Make payment and delivery arrangements with the seller. Be
sure the shipment is insured.
The seller will ship the firearm or other item to your FFL holder
or to you, as appropriate by law. If a firearm was purchased, sellers
typically allow at least a three-day inspection period to begin when
you receive the firearm. Be sure to discuss the details with
Upon receipt, inspect your new purchase.
Now go have fun and be safe.
Searching - Finding the Firearm You Want... You can browse our most popular categories from the links on
the home page, or use the Shooters Search Engine to get more specific.
The Shooters Search Engine is a powerful search tool allowing you to
specify search criteria such as Type (Rifle, Shotgun, etc.), Manufacturer,
Model, Action-Type, key description words & phrases such as model
number, caliber, barrel length, etc.. Shooters
Search enables you to narrow the search to a very specific list of guns. You
typically don't need to make a choice in all the possible fields, but we do
give you all of them to use as you wish. Start a general search,
then narrow it down as your needs dictate. The more categories
you choose, the narrower your search results will become. We
ask sellers to list these details which means a little more work for
them, but much easier searching for you. If it is listed,
you can find it.
Determining Firearm Condition If the Seller is being vague or doing a poor job of describing the
condition of the firearm to you, or you don't really understand what they
are saying, you are likely setting yourself up for disappointment upon receipt
of your new purchase. Lack of understanding the condition of what one is buying
is the biggest reason for dissatisfaction, by far, of any purchase made through
a listing if any kind, when one hasn't seen the item first hand. Our
goal here, is to virtually eliminate that possibility from the outcome. If
you are already a seasoned expert at this, that's great but keep reading. If
not, do just a little homework and you will be much happier in the long run,
(and it's easier than you think).
Even though some equate it to a dark, secretive process only accomplished
by those with years of experience, grading the condition of firearms
isn't all that difficult with a little education and the right information. There
are different methodologies for grading and assessing firearms, but we
think the best is the Percentage Grading System, with a little modification.
The Percentage Grading System applies a percentage grade to the gun
based on how far it has degraded from brand new, in the box, fresh from
the manufacturer condition.
The modification to the Percentage Grading System we would suggest is,
instead of applying a single percentage grade to the entire gun, we would
break it down into parts. Let's take for example, a Parker shotgun.
You could have barrels with 95% original bluing and mirror bores, a stock
with 75% original finish, good wood with a few very small dings on the
forearm but a chipped butt plate, a very tight action with crisp engraving
and clean screw heads but only 20% of the original case coloring left. That
tells me much more than just calling it a 80% gun, if it even qualifies
for that overall. What we are trying to do is get the same mental
image of the firearm we would have if we were holding it in our hands. By
both Seller and Buyer using this method of firearm grading, combined
with the high-resolution photo display capability available on ShootersXchange.com,
(especially the huge 800 by 600 pixel size), we can almost put that gun
right in your hands.
FFL Transfer Agent
Locating a FFL Transfer Agent can be approached a couple of ways. There
are a several databases out there that have FFL holders who have signed up
with one list or another. We'll provide the links to two or three. I'm
sure you will ask "Aren't those your competitor's websites?" Well,
yes and no. Yes they do have firearms for sale, but in a very different
way than we do. We've tried to buy firearms on auction format sites before
and, while it works well for some things, it felt more like playing a game
than a serious means of purchasing a gun. I'm sure there are some of
you that think it is big fun and that's fine. We just don't share that
view when it comes to serious firearms purchases, (and they are all serious
You can also approach your local gun shop about shipping or receiving
a firearm for you.
Check FFL #
Before you decide on a FFL holder to use, you should always check the validity
of their FFL or Federal Firearms License. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco
and Firearms (BATF) provides a great link into their computer for this. It
only takes a few seconds to check. Remember, YOU are responsible obeying
the law and this means using a valid FFL holder to ship or receive your firearms
when required by law. Go
to FFL EZ Check