Toggle menu
Shop all Gun Deals on Shop Now

There are many benefits of purchasing firearms online, for example: the selection of firearms to choose from is virtually endless and consumers can easily shop around for the best prices available. Plus, the process for buying firearms online is fast and simple.
The only difficult part about purchasing guns online is figuring out which firearm is right for you, if you donäó»t already know, especially if you are a first time gun buyer. However, once you know the gun you want, the ordering and pick-up parts of the online gun buying process are straightforward.

Weäó»ve come up with 5 easy steps for how you can find the perfect firearm for you and your shooting purpose online, and how you can successfully order it today.

Step 1: Determine The Purpose of Your Firearm

To find the perfect gun for you and your shooting purpose(s), the overall goal is to limit the countless options of firearms available to you to just 1 or a few guns.

The first step to do this requires you to ask yourself: äóìwhat do I intend to do with this gun?äó

Do you want a gun for self-defense, competition shooting, recreation, or hunting?

After you identify your specific intentions for the firearm, you need to consider the following:

Œ‡ Your experience with shooting

Œ‡ Your stature and the size of your hands

Œ‡ How often you plan to dedicate to shooting practice and training

Œ‡ How much recoil you can tolerate

Œ‡ Other people will have access to this firearm

You should make a list of all the requirements you have for the firearm you want. Then, you should prioritize the list.

Step 2: Prioritize Your Requirements for Your Firearm

Other people will be able to suggest firearms for you to buy, but what it comes down to at the end of the day is you buying guns you are comfortable operating and acquiring guns that are capable of accomplishing what you want. The guns you buy are specific to you. Thatäó»s why we suggest making a list of what you want from your gun(s) and then prioritizing whatäó»s really important to you.

If you are a first-time gun buyer or you have never shot a gun before, then we strongly recommend visiting a local shooting range and trying different firearms that are relevant to your shooting application. By doing this, you can see which guns feel good for you to shoot and how much recoil you can handle. You can also speak with people who are more experienced with guns and they might be able to provide you with further advice.

What to Consider if Youäó»re Buying For Self-Defense

The first thing to determine if you are buying a firearm for self-defense is whether the firearm is intended for home-defense or concealed carry.

For either application, itäó»s important to purchase a gun you are comfortable shooting; therefore, you should consider the size of the gun, its caliber and recoil, shooting accuracy, and how the gun operates. For self-defense purposes, comfort and quick operation should be top requirements when deciding what gun to buy. If ever in an emergency situation, you need to be able to load the gun fast if necessary and shoot it with ease and accuracy.

Keep in mind it is more difficult to control smaller handguns compared to larger handguns with the same caliber, but larger handguns are tougher to conceal than smaller handguns. If you are a first-time gun buyer or inexperienced shooter, then larger handguns are recommended for home-defense purposes.

What to Consider if Youäó»re Buying For Hunting

For hunting, it all comes down to what you want to hunt: birds, deer, squirrels, etc. The type of gun you buy should definitely reflect the game you want to hunt. Then, you can look further into other requirements, such as: price, gun features, accuracy, etc.

What to Consider if Youäó»re Buying For Recreation

One requirement for firearms used for recreational shooting is inexpensive ammunition. If you plan on visiting the range regularly and blowing through dozens or hundreds of rounds of ammo any given day, then you donäó»t want to spend a ton of money on ammunition. Furthermore, you should consider the size of the gun, caliber, accuracy, and price.

Step 3: Choose Your Firearm and Order Online

Once you pinpoint the intended purpose of your firearm and the requirements most important to you, then itäó»s time to choose your gun. As said before, we highly suggest trying the gun you think you want before you secure the purchase; however, when you do decide what gun you want, then you can find the gun online and submit an order.

Step 4: Find an FFL Dealer Near You

Guns you buy online cannot be shipped to your house. Firearms purchased online must be sent to a Federal Firearms Licensed (FFL) dealer. So, when you place an order for firearms online, you will be required to choose a FFL dealer near you for where you want to pick up your order.

Many online gun retailers allow users to search for FFL dealers by zip code. For the FFL dealer you choose, an updated FFL must be on file with the online gun seller. You will be able to see if there is a FFL on file already or not. If not, then a copy of a current FFL must be sent to the seller before orders can be sent to the dealer.

Step 5: Pick Up Your Gun

Once a current FFL is on file for the FFL dealer you choose, your gun will be sent to the FFL dealer. You are responsible for ensuring the firearms you purchase are legal in your state. Different laws apply to gun dealers depending on the state they are located. For example, some states have waiting periods in place for certain firearms.

When you pick up your gun at your FFL dealer, you will be subject to a background check and you will be required to fill out necessary paperwork. Some dealers do charge a transfer fee. You can find this out before placing an online order by asking FFL dealers if they charge transfer fees for online orders.

Find Your Perfect Gun on DEGUNS.NET

Visit today to view our entire selection of firearms, ammunition, and accessories. Call us at 402-875-6500 or fill out our online contact form if you would like to learn more about specific firearms or how to complete the online gun buying process.