8 Best Online Gun Stores [2019]: New & Used

Your local gun shop (LGS) not cutting it with their selection or price?

Try buying your guns online instead!

Buying Online
Buying Online

And remember…it’s not like it will ship directly to your house with no background check.  You’ll have to ship to your local shop/dealer with an FFL (Federal Firearms License) and follow the normal procedure for your city/state.

More questions on HOW and WHY to buy online?  Check out our guide.

Instead…we’re going to cover WHERE to buy your guns online.  There’s a bunch and here’s our list that we’ve bought from personally and have been treated right!

We’re going to break them down in categories so you can pick the perfect one for you…from big outdoors retailers to auctions, pure online stores, face-to-face listings, and where to find the more “interesting” guns.

Best Online Gun Stores

1. Brownells: The Big Store

Brownells
Brownells

Brownells is my go-to for firearm accessories and specific tools.  But it’s also one of my favorites for actual firearms.  They have almost all of the popular handguns and rifles in stock and ready to go.

Since they are such a big store, you get the peace of mind that you won’t get ripped off and that if there’s anything wrong they’ll take care of it.

Chances are someone already bought from Brownells and had the gun shipped to your receiving FFL…so you don’t have to bother with the extra paperwork.  Check their buying online guide.

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2. Buds Gun Shop:  Pure Online Gun Store

Buds Gun Shop
Buds Gun Shop

Buds will always come up when you search where to buy guns online.  And for good reason.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find better prices since they likely have insane volume.

If you’re looking for a popular handgun, rifle, or shotgun…Buds will likely have it.  AND will probably ship it for free.

3. Gunbroker: Auction Route

Gunbroker
Gunbroker

If you’re looking for a screaming deal or something rarer…you’ll have to go the auction route.  And Gunbroker is the biggest one out there.

Since it’s an auction you’ll be dealing with individual sellers.  I would recommend going with a well-rated one since they’ve gotten it all figured out.

You’ll likely have to pay for shipping and also some sellers won’t accept credit cards (or will charge 3%).  Plus you’ll probably have to send in your FFL information since the chances are slim that the specific seller has sent a gun to your specific FFL.

4. Armslist: Face to Face

Armslist
Armslist

Ah…the world of private firearms transfers.

Armslist is where people post of their wares and you message to meet them up and complete the transaction.

Check out our guide to staying safe and getting a good deal if you’re unfamiliar.

5. Rainier Arms: Cutting Edge

Rainier Arms
Rainier Arms

Want the highest-end tricked-out pistol, rifle, or shotgun?

Or how about some NFA items like silencers and SBRs (short-barreled rifles)?

Check out Rainier Arms.

They’ve got a stellar reputation in the business and I’ve personally visited their shop and warehouse.  They’ve got their system down and will take care of you.

6. Rifle Gear: Local Favorite

Rifle Gear
Rifle Gear

If you’re in Southern California (and now Texas), you’ve probably stopped by Rifle Gear’s sweet store.  But their online gun store also boasts some of the best selections of handguns and long guns I’ve seen.

As an added bonus for California folks…they have an easy to use “CA Legal” search function for figure out which handguns are roster friendly and which rifles are assault weapon compliant.

7. Euro Optic: Sniper’s Paradise

EuroOptic
EuroOptic

I’ve already written about Euro Optic as the best place to get high-end scopes.  But their selection of rarer guns, especially in the precision rifle department, is also impressive.  If Desert Tech and Accuracy International are in your sights…go with Euro Optic.

I especially like that you can call in and ask questions and someone knowledgeable will answer.  This is an outfit run by people who love what they sell.

8. Guns.com: Trusted Used Guns

Guns.com
Guns.com

One of the best places for news and reviews…Guns.com recently stepped into the world of used gun sales.

And we’ve got to say…the prices are pretty good.

Plus you’ve got the peace of mind with a large company that has its own appraisal and inspection team.

We put in an order ourselves and documented the whole process in our review here.

Beretta from Guns.com
Beretta from Guns.com

Conclusion

If your local gun store isn’t up to the task or you want to try and save some dough…buying a gun online is the way to go.

How did we do on our list of the best places?  Any that you think we should have put up instead?  Check out our guide to the Best Places to Buy Ammo Online.

59 Leave a Reply

  • Darren NG

    Who had use the cyeleeholster? they give me a code. But i don't know the quality.

    2 weeks ago
  • Robert

    Can I put a Different frame on a barrel like a Glock 19 9mm frame to ah hipoint c9 9mmbarrel?

    3 weeks ago
    • David, PPT Editor

      Generally, no. There are some limited exceptions like converting some 40S&W Glocks to 9mm, but that situation is rare and I've never heard of one being able to do so cross-brand

      3 weeks ago
  • Dan T

    For antique and collector firearms Rock Island Auction Company.

    3 months ago
  • Rob

    Gunbroker is a scam. No customer support. You can email them which they will ignore. Transactions are not backed at all! A simple search, and read of their reviews will show you. The BBB gives them a very poor rating. Total scam....you've been warned....lol

    5 months ago
  • Brad Prose

    Sportsmans Guide is always one of if not the cheapest, especially if you are a club member - the customer service complaint is anecdotal.

    8 months ago
  • Rick

    classicfirearms.com is my favorite!

    1 year ago
  • Mark

    My FFL charges $25.00 any more is robbery. FFLs are trying to stop people from buying online because of the loss of business. I say get with the paln or shutdown. 100 $25 transfers is still $2500 and it's all profit in many states.

    1 year ago
    • Tommy

      I'm new to guns and made my first online purchase(Palmetto State PSAK 47) a couple of weeks ago. Everything went smooth until I picked it up and discovered the $50.00 fee my FFL charged. Needless to say, I will be looking for a new FFL when I can't support my local gun shop.

      2 months ago
    • Richard A Berry

      Am looking for a new FFL guy he was 25 now 35 which is BS.

      9 months ago
    • James

      Like Mike said, you could always get your own FFL. Sell a couple Glocks to people you know, and it pays for itself. Also, I've found that many shops are willing to work with you on the price - the last two guns I've bought, I brought an ad from the cheapest website I could find, talked to my gun guy behind the counter, and he matched online price plus FFL fee, so I spent what I would have spent, AND got to walk out with my hardware the same day. The shop's cost is probably higher than the website's cost, so they might not be able to beat the amazing deals, but there's no need to pay sticker most of the time.

      10 months ago
    • Mike T.

      You should just get your own FFL then you don't have to pay any transfer fees! It's easy and hardly cost anything!

      1 year ago
  • Mark

    Try buyyourgunsonline.com. Friendly service and fast delivery. Some of their prices are better than the big online gun shops. Also have instant discounts once your order is put in your cart. Well over 50,000 items to choose from. Was pleasantly suprised

    1 year ago
  • Tom

    Try gun.deals Compare every ones prices and shipping charges (gun.deals was formerly slick guns)

    1 year ago
  • Erik

    Gunbuyer.com

    1 year ago
  • Scott

    Primary Arms. Best kept secret on line

    1 year ago
    • jp64

      Their 1-6 ACSS Scope is a fantastic buy for the money

      9 months ago
  • lamont

    I’m looking for a Glock 20 fde do anybody know where I can order one from I been lookin for 5 weeks now

    1 year ago
  • James

    Ok, let's get this straight. make SURE you are aware that FFL fees can range from $50.00 to $INSANE. Even if you save some serious dough on a gun, the FFL fees plus the DROS can wipe that savings right off your face. ALWAYS do a spreadsheet for real time comparisons and you may be surprised that even a higher price at your LGS can be LESS than bringing in a gun from out of state, etc. Just Saying...

    1 year ago
    • John

      Most of the time that's incorrect. Online 90% of the time has the better deal just have to look around

      1 year ago
    • Gerald

      My FFL has charged $15. for years, and has no plans on raising that. Do your research..

      1 year ago
      • Robert Gaffney

        It's $50 and up everywhere I've ever lived.

        1 year ago
      • David

        FFL fees are regional and vary widely. Near me, the cheapest option is $45 with the average being $60 and the high end at $100. James mentioned a DROS also, DROS is a California only document so I assume they are in California - like I am, so his statement is likely completely correct for his region. In the Northern part of the state, it isn't uncommon to see FFLs charge $120-150 for a transfer.

        1 year ago
        • John

          Then shame on them for doing that that is complete BS. My FFL charges $20 that is insane to do that to customers

          1 year ago
  • Mike

    I have been trying to buy a Smith & Wesson model 10 from Robertson's Trading Post but the guy I ve been dealing with online is no very courteous. What every happened to treating your customers like you appreciate their businesses?

    1 year ago
  • Troy.

    Something to note about buds. You mentioned likely insane volume, Buds does not touch the vast majority of guns, they sell and ship directly from distribution. Which is why they can charge literally $10 over cost compared to what a regular local gun store can buy them for. Which is also why local gun stores generally charge more for transfers from Buds. Buds is helping put the little guy out of business

    1 year ago
    • Bud

      Buds is one of the most expensive online gun shops

      1 year ago
      • Block

        If you check often, Bud's usually has very good prices on most guns.

        1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

      Thanks for that input!

      1 year ago
  • John G. Reynolds

    Just remember, for new guns, if you are in California, a lot of the gun shops that you WILL have to have the gun shipped to will charge you over $100 interstate transfer fee as well as CA State tax in addition to the DROS. Some stores do not do this if you buy the gun through Gallery of Guns. Some stores are nice and charge less for this action. Be sure to shop around. Regardless, the transfer fee can really cut into savings of out-of-state purchases. Also remember that in California, if the handgun is new, it must be on the CA DOJ Roster. That means no brand new Glock Gen 4 or 5, for example, unless you are an LEO. If you are an LEO or If you don't live in California, don't worry about this and consider yourself lucky.

    1 year ago
    • L. Elliott

      I paid PSA $17.00 for shipping and a $25.00 FFL transfer fee, Gallery of Guns builds in $100.00 for the transferring FFL. It also helps to pay for their lifetime REPLACEMENT warranty.

      1 year ago
      • CCD

        I will never buy from PSA again. One month wait time for supposedly in stock. Not honest.

        1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

      Thanks for the CA insight John!

      1 year ago
  • Grady

    U 4got Grabagun.com . I've been doing business with them for a few years now with never an issue. Online, by phone,or in person the staff is always very friendly and helpful.

    1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

      Thanks Grady! Another vote for Grabagun.

      1 year ago
      • Gerald

        grabagun has great prices, but if you live in Texas, you will also have to pay tax.

        1 year ago
  • Mick

    I think RKGUNS is definitely worth a look. They aren't so big that they'll have everything but they offer some really good prices on firearms, IMHO.

    1 year ago
  • Wzrd

    I agree with the commenter who mentioned PSA. I’ll add Prepper Gun Shop. They’re in one of the Dakotas. I’ve ordered firearms from them twice. Great prices, will allow you to make an offer & negotiate. I’ve also bought from Glockmeister, Joe Bob Outfitters, & AVGuns/Gunpoint out of FL. Never had a bad experience so I guess I’ve been lucky. But I try to deal with established companies & avoid the auction/classifieds type sites. Definitely recommend researching any seller prior to pulling the trigger.

    1 year ago
  • Sean F.Alexander

    Meant Brownells

    1 year ago
  • Sean F.Alexander

    Browned or Gunbroker would be the best choice in my opinion..Good article☺

    1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

      Thanks Sean!

      1 year ago
  • L. Elliott

    I bought a Glock 32 from Palmetto State Armory as it seemed to be the only store that had one in the USA. I assigned it to a local LGS who proceeded to tell me "we could have gotten it for you!" and I said "No you couldn't have and besides if I went that route, you'd have tried to sell me something I didn't want out of your stock which I can buy anywhere, That's why I chose this route.". Palmetto State Armory deserves mention and they have the 'build your own' AR biz down pat too!

    1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

      Thanks!

      1 year ago
  • Robert

    Here are a few I have used that you missed. cdnnsports.com grabagun.com classicfirearms.com aimsurplus.com jsesurplus.com sgammo.com -- for ammo and mags

    1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

      Thanks Robert!

      1 year ago
  • Monte Walsh

    Darn, I thought maybe you would include some of those places I hear about in the lib media ( mail order machine guns with no background checks...sarcasm button off). Seriously tho, I’ve had good service from Sportsman’s Guide and Cheaper than Dirt. Great article as usual.

    1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

      Thanks Monte!

      1 year ago
  • Louie

    Sportsman's Guide, MidwayUSA, Grabagun hell there are a lot of places to buy guns that are reputable and trustworthy. I've never had a bad experience.

    1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

      Thanks Louie! Looks like another vote for Grabagun.

      1 year ago
  • Clau de

    Gunsbuyer.com is my to go online store, they are usually cheaper with free shipping.

    1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

      Haven't heard of that one yet!

      1 year ago
  • Dave

    I like Midway, possibly more than Brownell's. They ship cheap and fast. Maybe they don't have the depth of available items that Brownell's has, but what they do have usually has good prices.

    1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

      Thanks Dave! I haven't ordered a firearm from Midway before...but love how they carry some small stuff I can't find on Brownells.

      1 year ago
  • Chip L

    Sportsman's Guide and Sportsman's Outdoor Super Store (Goggle 'em) both have excellent prices and the Guide has free shipping and a 4-pay plan if you are a member.

    1 year ago
    • WilG

      The best part of Sportsman's Guide for me is that I live 5 miles away from them and I can go to their store and order almost anything from the catalog and have it handed to me in a matter of minutes. I've been shopping there for 30 plus years.

      1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

      Yup, I've used SG but they collect CA tax on their end which messes up my FFL since the % they collect is different from my area. Trying to get help from the customer service has been not fun.

      1 year ago
  • Bryan W

    Thoughts on GrabAGun.com? I've ordered from them successfully twice in five years, but have also read horror stories. Curious for anyone that has a higher volume of purchases from them than I do.

    2 years ago
    • Eric Hung

      Hi Bryan, I haven't used them but have heard of good things. One thing they've got going is their layaway program.

      2 years ago
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