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Where to Buy

There are a lot of people and places you can get your guns from some legal some not.  I make the assumption in this chapter that the survivor is going to be a reasonably ethical person who is rational and dealing with folks in good faith - even when the transaction itself may be illegal.  Be warned that not everything in this chapter is legal or safe.  It is however, reality.

Regardless of how you shop, this chapter will have some value of you ready it through.

This is where you get wise to the business side of arms transactions.  Know this information and you will not look stupid.  In fact, you will probably see opportunities for bargains that you would not have otherwise recognized.  You will also gain access to goods that would probably not normally be available to you. 

It is not necessary to read each section in exact order, but it helps. 

For related information on determining and negotiating prices with various types of sellers, see the section on market factors by clicking here. 

Retail Establishments:

These are basically stores markets and shops of one kind or another.  All of them are  regulated by law in almost every state and country.  They sell both new and used guns and equipment that is available on the commercial market. 

Survival Outfitter Small town general store Home based gun dealer Factory outlet
Catalog   Internet want ads Black Market (Europe)
Pawn Shop Gun shop Internet Auctions Military PX
Large Chain Store Sporting goods store Internet retailer Gun Show

Private Sellers:

Guns and gear are available to you through several different kinds of private sellers.  I cannot possibly detail the ins and outs of every kind of private transaction, but this section will get you familiar with the most common and useful.

Private Collector Semi-professional dealer
Another survivalist Probate seller

Other sources:

Government auctions, probate sales and gun shows can make guns and gear available to you - so can some old fashioned networking with various contacts.

Government auction Law enforcement agency supplier
Law enforcement agency Armed organizations

Illicit sellers:

People will be willing to break laws to sell as long as people are willing to break laws to buy - as long as there is enough profit to justify the risk.  Here are some of the more common illicit sellers of guns and gear.

Smugglers Thieves
Contraband dealers Clandestine manufacturers

Manufacturing:

It is currently legal to manufacture several types of firearms for personal use.  It is also feasible to obtain the proper permits to enter into the firearm manufacturing business at modest cost.  This has been increasingly popular among NFA weapon enthusiasts and collectors who wish to enjoy legal machineguns and other highly restricted weapons.  For the rest of the people, the manufacturing methods are identical.   In many cases, this involves the simple assembly of a parts kit onto a store bought receiver.   More involved projects will involve machine tools, welding and sometimes even metal casting.  Note that until these pages and mini-webs are complete, they will only contain information on the use and maintenance of these firearms.  For more information on the legality of building your own firearms, I have compiled a page with research and links which you may access by clicking HERE.  

Building AR15 and M16 type guns The Uzi
Building the Mac 10 and similar guns The AK 47 and similar rifles
Sten Gun, a favorite of underground armorers Belt fed firepower
The Thompson Black powder guns
RPD Light machinegun DP light machinegun
1911 type pistols The Cobray .410 pistol and derivatives
The MK 1 Underground submachinegun The Czech Scorpion
The FN FAL and clones Bolt action rifles
Improvised firearms, from zips to pipes Big boys toys - .50 caliber rifles

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