Re: When Buying a Rilfe Online
If it comes under federal law or state law as a firearm, it usually must be shipped directly to an FFL holder. Most charge $20 to $30 to receive and do paperwork. You make arrangements with the shop ahead of time to receive it. The shop I deal with faxes a copy of the signed ffl to the seller as proof of the ffl to receive it. The seller ships it after payment giving me a tracking number and when it arrives at my local shop, I already know.
I usually send postal money orders, because some sellers don't like the cut paypal takes.
As far as security for the transaction, there are some safeguards, but nothing is fool proof. Some on line auction will try to protect buyers and sellers. Others do very little. I'm not sure what paypal will do if the goods aren't shipped or are damaged in transit.
I have purchased several muzzleloaders on line and never a problem, BUT, I don't buy from anyone who has a selling history of less than 10 transactions or bad feed back. Most sellers have been great and prompt to deal with, which in itself is pleasantly surprising in this day and age.
As for postal money orders, if there is a problem, and you need proof that the money order has been cashed, I understand the post office has some wild expensive fee for providing a copy of the cashed money order. (Like $40) I never checked into getting a money order from another outfit, like Western Union, or some of the others. You may even want to check into a cashiers check from your bank. Some banks provide them for free for account holders.
Some sellers in an over abundance of caution require all guns of any kind to be shipped to an FFL holder. Some states require even muzzleloaders to be shipped to a license holder.
Then there is the wierdness of some carriers. Some post office clerks go nuts if it is a firearm. Some will lie and say it can't be shipped. I never had a problem with the post office here.
If it is a post 1898 cartridge gun and the seller isn't asking for an FFL to ship it to, I'd be very wary.