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Pvt. Panda
01-15-2006, 11:47 PM
Hey everyone.

Although I've been coming to the site for quite a while, this is my first post.
I became fascinated with the 5.7 when I first played Rainbow Six 3. The more I learned about it, the more I realized that I had to get one, and so I did. Picked up an IOM back when I found out that they released to the public, even though I wasn't 21. So I put it on layaway, and waited till I could legally pick it up. Since working on getting the rest of the Rainbow Six armory...

Well, my question is about buying firearms online/ads. I've been looking into a Desert Eagle, and most gun shops in my area start the price at $1500 for the flat black finish. Black chrome, the finish I want, will up the cost another $350. I see ads in Shotgun News from a Pawnshop in Dallas that offers them at $1099 in black chrome. My question is in regards to what steps or procedures are involved in this type of transaction. I realize that firearms must be shipped to a FFL holder, such as a pawn shop or gun shop. Are there fees I should expect from them for facilitating the sale?

From my time spent on this site I know that you all will definitely be able to help me out.

01-16-2006, 02:51 AM
welcome to the site!

from my experience, the ffl charges you a fee to run the background check and transfer the firearm to you, etc. here in kali, we also pay a fee for the ffl to register the sale with the state, but not sure what it's like for other states.

Pvt. Panda
01-16-2006, 03:29 PM
Thanks rips.

I'm a Texan and have never really dealt with purchases besides FTF. I want to get a feel for online sales, since I think that that is the only way I'll be able to get my hands on an F2000.

BTW, about how much does the registration fee run you?

01-16-2006, 03:45 PM
Panda if the gun you want, and you are both in Texas just go and do a face to face deal with the shop. The only time you would need to ship the firearm FFL to FFL is if it is coming in from out of State(Handguns). Rifles and shotguns unless the State has a law against it, may be sent from a private person in another State to the FFL of your choice in your State. Fees for this service vary from dealer to dealer and go from $25 to $75 depending on the dealer, shipping charges are extra. Some dealers will not do a transfer for you from another dealer as they see it as loosing a sale that they could have made.

01-16-2006, 07:54 PM
oh, right...good catch, btown!

so the ffl xfer costs in kali can run from either $15-100, depending on how big of an azz the ffl is. the state registration fee here is $25.

Pvt. Panda
01-17-2006, 12:03 AM
I was hoping that it would be a bit more simple than that.
The drive from the Texas valley to Dallas isn't exactly a short one. That least it will give me a chance to visit Dallas...

Thanks for all the help guys.

01-18-2006, 01:56 PM
Take the drive and take a look at the gun for yourself. You may not like it in person, who knows. I take buying guns like buying cars, you HAVE TO SEE IT IN PERSON.

01-18-2006, 03:17 PM
+1 to tqtran.

i might add that if you can, rent the dang thing (or find a friend w/one) and shoot a couple of mags. that will make all the difference. in my experience, i loved the feel of the hk uspc over the sig, but after shooting, my mind was changed. then again, i bought my usg b/c of this forum and a friend's suggestion. :D

Pvt. Panda
01-19-2006, 01:06 AM
I've been wanting to try rent firearms to test them first, but I never found a place that offers that option. Then again, I haven't really gone to all the shooting ranges in my area...

I guess that's something to look forward to...

01-19-2006, 02:09 AM
try calling around. google search should turn up some links and ranges that rent guns.

01-19-2006, 08:22 PM
Pvt. Panda,
Here are the procedures for purchasing a gun from out of state:
1) go to www.gunsamerica.com and at the top they have a "transfer dealers" button, which you click on and they ask for your TELEPHONE area code. This will bring up a list of dealers in your area that will make firearms transfers for you. It lists them and some have the price they charge, and some want you to call for prices. The thing is that they will have to send a copy of their FFL to the selling dealer in order to make the transfer. That is why there are charges at both ends of the deal.
2) Call the dealer selling the gun, find out how much he charges for a transfer, and if the price is right, give him whatever information necessary to begin the purchase. You will then send him the money (for the gun) + transfer fees, and once he receives that, he will ship the gun to your FFL gun dealer.
3) Once the gun arrives at your hometown gunshop, they will actually make the transfer to you doing the call for the background check and all.
4) Pay their fee's and the gun is yours

Hope this helps

Pvt. Panda
01-20-2006, 02:35 AM
Thanks, that does help a lot.

Now that I am getting closer to finishing school, I plan on having more time for shooting, especially now that ammo for the 5.7 is becoming available. Shooting on a fixed budget really makes a person sad...