Best Places to Buy Guns Online [2018]: Trusted & Best Prices

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.

Brownells: The Big Store


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.

Buds Gun Shop: The Pure 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.

Gunbroker: The Auction Route


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.

Armslist: The Face to Face


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.

Rainier Arms: The 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.

Rifle Gear: The 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 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.

Euro Optic: The Sniper’s Paradise


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.

Do Not Recommend List

Based on my personal experiences, I will no longer buy from them nor recommend these vendors:

Sportsman’s Guide (as of November 2017)

Decent when there’s no hiccup.  But customer service has been a nightmare to deal with my last order.

CA buyers beware since they do charge CA sales tax, but do not state it on the receipt and the % might not match your area…so your LGS may have to collect an additional tax.  Also will not provide additional proof of collected taxes or state reseller’s license.  Reps were unhelpful and one was even straight up rude.


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?

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Primary Arms. Best kept secret on line


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


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…


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


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.


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?


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


Buds is one of the most expensive online gun shops


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