Gun buying online

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by mahall, May 24, 2013.

  1. mahall

    mahall New Member

    Anyone ever bought a gun online through sites like!! Like to hear experiences and suggestions. Thanks
  2. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

    You betcha! I have used GB twice, was very satisfied both times. Just read the seller reviews, ratings and number of transactions completed.

    Shop, browse, shop, research prices, before you buy. Pick a maximum you are willing to pay, if you don't win the bid, don't worry about it. Just keep shopping.

  3. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

    I bought a gun off about a week ago. I already have the gun (though, the place I bought it from was only 140 miles away. That's probably why I got it so fast)

    Its simple. you can set a bid limit so you don't have to sit there and constantly watch the auction, or you can actively watch the auction. On many of the auctions there is a 10 minute rule though. This means that if anyone bids in the last 10 minutes of the auction, 10 more minutes is added to the time. I haven't had to deal with this yet though. The gun I bought wasn't in high demand, so less people were looking at it.
  4. TruggieTex

    TruggieTex New Member

    My experience as well. A couple of purchases and a few dozen bids. GB is a good reference as well.
  5. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

    As with any other on-line auction site. Buyer beware!

    But almost all dealings with those who transfer through me have had good results.
  6. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

    Yes, GunAuction and Gunbroker- more than 30.

    Here are the keys. First look at the feedback score for the seller. If the seller has a hundred or more happy customers, why do you think YOU would not be happy? Lousy feedback? Walk away.

    READ the auction. Including terms, like SHIPPING COSTS. "Buyer pays actual shipping". Yeah, Right See you later, don't call me, I'll call you.

    LOOK at the pictures. One lousy out of focus dark pic? Thanx. Sportmans supply (Grant, up in Butler PA) on GunAuction and Locustfork (Lady gun dealer down South) on Gunbroker have both been doing this a long time, take great pictures.

    ASK questions- ONLY if they are not answered in the auction posting. If they say they do not sell to your state, pass. Be polite.

    I have had ONE bad experience- buying ammo some years ago. Major delay in shipping, had a come to jesus discussion with seller, got my ammo (couple of cases of 8mm Mauser)

    On gunauction, there is a 3 day no firing right of return for any reason (on guns only) YOU will pay return shipping.

    When setting how much you are willing to bid, do not forget to include cost of shipping AND fee that YOUR FFL will charge you to receive the gun.

    Both sites can be a lot of fun for a C&R FFL holder- makes it very easy to shop for C&R firearms- where finding them at a local gun shop is hit and miss.
  7. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

    Unless it is "included" I prefer paying actual shipping usually for big items. Sellers let you know how much it is in advance, that you can check, which is usually better then them guessing and charging the highest fee IMO.

    Last thing I bought (not a modern arm on an auction) I sent the seller a filled-out FedEx Ground shipping label with my own account number on it -- "buyer" really pays actual shipping cost and, in my case, a discounted one to boot.
  8. PanBaccha

    PanBaccha New Member

    Contemplated it but item was gone next day. However, did buy online from
  9. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

    What Hock is describing is REAL actual shipping. The pitfall is the seller who, rather than telling you $25, $35, etc, says he will charge "actual shipping costs". Which he may mean will include cost of box, driving it to the PO or UPS hub, etc etc etc. If I know what the cost is, I can take that into consideration when bidding.

    Saw one high dollar gun that the seller wanted $390 in shipping. Wondered if he was getting the gun its own seat on the airplane.
  10. F4U

    F4U Well-Known Member Supporter

    I actually saw that happen one time. Back in the mid 80s I worked for a machine tool supplier. I forget the details of why now, clearly it was an emergency but the manufacturer in Detroit took the small box of tooling to the airport, bought a ticket, put the box on the plane, and one of our guys met the plane and took the tooling to the customer in NE Ohio. From order to delivery in about 3 hours. Damned expensive though.
  11. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

    No problems here. I would certainly use it again.
  12. pagj17

    pagj17 New Member

    Damn... now I'm contemplating buying a mosin carbine.
  13. beaglesam

    beaglesam Active Member

    I have bid on many times. I have only won one auction though. Transaction was very easy.
  14. Jagermeister

    Jagermeister New Member

    Germany has an auction site for guns too. I can not think of the name. I am not into buying used guns. Sometimes you can get a great bargain. My friends use the site. Saved quite a bit of money with scopes and drilllings. Of course you need your WBK (weapons permit card) and a competition or hunting license. You need to also complete the weapons transfer paperwork. Easier with rifles, not as easy for handguns. Patience and crossing your ts and dotting your Is is the rule of the day (or months).
  15. rhyno13

    rhyno13 New Member

    I have used gunbroker and buds gun shop. Both were trouble free experiences.