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Old 07-22-2013, 12:44 PM   #11
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If you do buy off one of the online sites, make sure you find a local FFL that is not going to charge you an arm and a leg to process the paperwork. I've heard stories of $40 transfer fees are not uncommon. That will eat up any savings from your online purchase in a hurry.

I've found an FFL hear in town who will transfer for me for $10.
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If you do buy off one of the online sites, make sure you find a local FFL that is not going to charge you an arm and a leg to process the paperwork. I've heard stories of $40 transfer fees are not uncommon. That will eat up any savings from your online purchase in a hurry.

I've found an FFL hear in town who will transfer for me for $10.
This is a very important FIRST step when looking to buy online.
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By the time you figure in shipping and FFL transfer fees, my LGS is generally a cheaper way to go. good luck
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If you do buy off one of the online sites, make sure you find a local FFL that is not going to charge you an arm and a leg to process the paperwork. I've heard stories of $40 transfer fees are not uncommon. That will eat up any savings from your online purchase in a hurry.

I've found an FFL hear in town who will transfer for me for $10.
IME, unless the unlikely situation exists that you will save more than

100$, FFL fees, shipping, insurance, and taxes make up for the savings

online. Sometimes you have to buy from a different than local source,

if you're a fussy prick like me, and you want specific firearms. Just

know most of the online savings will be lost to "getting the gun in hand"

fees.
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By the time you figure in shipping and FFL transfer fees, my LGS is generally a cheaper way to go. good luck
It's important to factor this in. I've got a pretty good FLGS with prices close enough to online that its generally not worth ordering online for me.

I've only ever bought two guns online and that was not to save money, but because the local shop didn't have them in stock and could not promise any sort of delivery time for them.
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I usually by at a LGS or at a gunshow, but my LGS guy has a standing offer that if I find something I want to buy online I should show him to see if he can get a better deal buying it as an FFL, otherwise he will transfer for about $20.
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Also look at [URL="http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/index.php"
Buds Gun Shop[/URL]. They have decent prices and customer service is good.
Almost forgot about these guys. Prices seem pretty fair. They will ship to a local ffl?
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I've ordered from Classic Firearms, Grabagun, Gunbroker and never had any issues. I don't think I'd buy used like that though, only new. I have also found many of the LGS's have attitudes right now, still trying to get over the influx of folks who were a pain in the arse from the last few months. Just depends though really. When you add a $25 transfer and $25 shipping, you tend to loose most of the savings.
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And if you are unsure what FFL dealers in your area will do a transfer, a websight called GunGenie has already put a list on dealers in your area. Just fill out their little info on what type of gun you are looking for, and it will pull up a list of the dealers in your area that will do online purchases for you, and have their cost already added into the sale.
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Home page of gunbroker.com has a "Find a FFL" button. Those are FFLs that registered with Gunbroker as being willing to receive a gun for transfer to a local resident. Put in your Zip, and they come up. Most show their fees. I HAVE seen some dealers that charge $100 for a transfer.
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