How to Buy a Gun Online

In this article, we’re going to tackle one of the most common questions we are asked (especially by folks who may be new to firearms): “How do I buy a gun online?” Purchasing a gun online is really, very easy. We have sold thousands online since creating ORDER ONLINE, ANYTIME – SHOP FROM THOUSANDS OF FIREARMS Get your next gun right here. We’ll ship it for free to your nearest FFL store. has made shopping for firearms more convenient by offering a selection of guns available for purchase online. While only applicable for new firearms, buying a gun online is simple. Select the firearm you want and Cabela’s will ship it to your nearest FFL retail store for pickup. Possession is only transferred in-person after all applicable government requirements—including background checks—are fulfilled. Check your applicable federal, state and local laws before attempting to acquire a firearm. Buy your next handgun, shotgun or rifle online at There are only three simple steps Find the gun you want You pay us directly for the firearm. Choose your FFL dealer (Federal Firearms License): We cannot ship a gun direct to you, we do ship to the local FFL dealer of your choice. Any legitimate gun store or gun dealer has an FFL license; pawn shops and collectors may also have them. Pick up your gun: Inspect your gun before accepting the transfer. Upon inspection of your gun if you find any defects leave the gun at the dealer and alert us right away. We will have it picked up for free and offer you an exchange or refund at no cost.

Here is how to arrange a shipment and transfer:

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  1. Find a licensed FFL dealer in your area. (Click HERE for FFL dealers already on file)
  2. Contact the dealer and let them know you would like to receive a firearm for transfer from
  3. Be sure to ask about their FFL transfer fee, commonly around $25 – $50 but varies by state.
  4. If you agree to their fee, arrange the transfer with your FFL dealer. (We do not arrange the transfer)
  5. Provide your dealer with our mailing address or toll free fax number where they can send a copy of their FFL.(if not already on file)
  6. Once you have selected an FFL for your transfer, please indicate the dealers name (name on the FFL) on your order so we know where to ship your firearm.


To Speed Up Your Order:

  • If choosing an FFL dealer not already on file, please type the dealers name in the COMMENTS section of your order.
  • Please include your ORDER NUMBER on any correspondence you or your FFL may send us.

It is best to locate a FFL dealer to transfer your gun before you place your order. However, you can place your order first and then provide us with your FFL dealer info before we ship. We will hold your order for about 7 business days to give you time to locate a dealer and arrange a transfer.

If you have questions or concerns please CONTACT US or log-in to the web site to access Live Chat. We will be happy to address your concerns.


Once the firearm is ready to be picked up at your FFL, Please INSPECT THE FIREARM THOROUGHLY to make sure it is exactly what you ordered and that there are no defects with the firearm. If there are any problems whatsoever, DO NOT ACCEPT THE TRANSFER !! We will gladly have the firearm picked up and returned to us at our expense and provide you with your choice of a replacement or full refund.


Once you accept the transfer, the gun is considered used and must be returned directly to the manufacturer for warranty repair or replacement. Any returns to AFTER accepting the transfer from your dealer you MAY be charged a restocking fee

Buds “Range Preferred Dealers” and “Preferred Dealers” are listed in blue and green, respectively, and have agreed to accept all incoming ATF approved transfers of firearms purchased on When choosing a Range Preferred or Preferred Dealer from our list, you will not need to contact the dealer to arrange a firearm transfer. The transfer service and rate has been pre-approved for all Bud’s customers. However, completion and approval of ATF Form 4473 will still be required to take possession of any new or used firearm from your local dealer.

Our list of FFL’s reflect only those we have already received from the dealers. If you do not see your local FFL dealer listed, we have either not received a copy of the FFL, or we have not yet processed the FFL. If you feel that your local FFL dealer should appear on this list, please first verify with your dealer that the FFL was actually sent to us via fax or email, and then contact us here.

This list was developed as a convenient way for our customers to see what local FFL dealers, including local Preferred Dealers, we already have on file. This list is updated each day, and throughout the day. You may also use a local dealer that is not already on our list, however we will require a current copy of your dealer’s FFL faxed to us

FFL dealers please include all of the following information when sending or updating your license. Name, phone number, email address, transfer fee and hours of operation.

Although firearm transfer fees will vary greatly by region and dealer, average transfer fees range from $25 to $50 dollars. Unless you are using a Bud’s Preferred Dealer with published transfer rates, you will need to contact your local dealer to arrange the transfer and verify their rates.

Buds DOES NOT guarantee accuracy of information for non preferred dealers. Additional costs may apply to orders that experience shipping issues related to non preferred dealers.

In some cases, we may choose not to ship guns to certain dealers. Though they may still appear on our list, these dealers are flagged and include comments indicating they are not to be used for transfers.

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