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mattm0812 06-08-2012 03:42 AM

Sending guns to local shop when ordering online
Now I know the only way you can get rifles sent to your door is if you have your FFL or have a C&R for C&R types of guns. So when I go to order a rifle online, do I tell my local shop ahead of time that they will be expecting a delivery from so-and-so? Or is it a different routine. Any help is appreciated.

Axxe55 06-08-2012 03:44 AM

personally, if using a dealer with an FFL for and online sale and transfer, i would be arranging that prior to the purchase, not afterwards.

mattm0812 06-08-2012 03:57 AM

Well isn't my only other choice to have to buy that rifle at the shop if they even have it? And of course not requiring my own FFL

c3shooter 06-08-2012 10:04 AM

Matt- your receiving dealer will need to send the shipping dealer a copy of his FFL. Here is what I do- envelope, addressed to seller, stamped, copy of the completed auction, my money order, and take it UNSEALED to my dealer. Give him a sheet with name and address of seller, description of gun, my name and phone number.

HE adds a copy of his FFL to the envelope, seals, drops in mail. When gun arrives he has reminder from me, calls me.

So yes, you will need to have this arranged in advance.

If you look on auctionarms or gunbroker home page, they both have a "find a ffl" function. These are dealers withat signed up as willing to be a transfer dealer. Put in your zip, pulls up nearest dealers.

danf_fl 06-08-2012 11:11 AM

I have repeat transfers.
I get the fax number and fax a copy of my FFL to sender (customer mails if no fax number).

I insist that the customer's telephone number is on the shipping docs so I can call customer when it comes in.

Some of my best transfers have been when the customer emailed me the tracking number they obtained from seller.

Rarely does a firearm get delivered that I did not know was coming in.

mattm0812 06-08-2012 11:16 AM

Not saying I will, but I couldn't have one of y'all do it if you have your FFL instead of using my local shop?

danf_fl 06-08-2012 11:38 AM

If you are not across my state lines, yes.

(That's why we have them. C&R's cannot transfer non C&R firearms, though)

wjnfirearms 06-08-2012 12:08 PM

Your receiving FFL has to be in your home state. It's important to set this up in advance for two reasons. One, so the info can be exchanged between the shipping and receiving dealers, as has already been explained to you. Second, some dealers don't accept shipments not bought from them. Also, receiving fees vary from dealer to dealer. I keep mine fair. Some look to charge fees not so fair because they want to make more than they should and you didn't buy from them. It's a reality that I don't approve of personally, but it is the way it is. Nobody is going to receive a firearm bought elsewhere for free, unless maybe if the receiving dealer is a close personal friend or family member. Then, I'd have to wonder why you didn't buy through them.

Internet based sales have hurt many free standing dealers in many industries. Ours is no exception. People also have tended to shop online without checking out pricing at brick & mortar and home based dealers these days. One recent client of mine figured this out when he called me asking if I'd accept a Stag AR shipment from an internet site and then found out that I'm a factory direct Stag dealer.

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