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How Local Gun Purchases Can Be Facilitated Using the Internet

June 27, 2013 Leave a comment

If you are turning to the Internet for your next gun purchase, it may be because you are hoping for a better deal than you can get locally or maybe you’re simply looking to buy a rare, hard-to-find gun.

Clearly explained by author Duncan Mackie in his article “Buying Guns Online” at, obtaining a firearm online isn’t that difficult-

“To buy a gun online, set up an account at the site of your choice, either a sales or an auction site, then find a gun you want. If you have questions about the gun, you will have an opportunity to contact the seller, usually by email or telephone. Photos and descriptions of the gun offered for sImageale in both auctions and classified ads almost always accompany the item auction or sales notice online, along with information about the seller, including location, contact information, and their sales history. Some sites have levels of seller memberships, which can be useful in gauging the reliability of a seller. Use the contact information to ask questions of the seller.

(Read more about Duncan’s advice on using the Net to buy handguns here)

The trouble with buying a used gun online is you aren’t able to actually handle it before it arrives.

Similar to buying a car without a test drive, this could turn out great but it could also lead to disappointment and hassles with returns.

Thousands of guns are sold online every day with few complications. However, these online gun listings can prove valuable to those searching for a specific firearm, but are unwilling to go all the way and make an online purchase.

These gun-for-sale websites have the ability to connect people who live close to one another, but would never have done business otherwise.

It’s quite possible that someone in your town is advertising the exact gun you are in search of. The problem is, you and the seller don’t know each other. Maybe you find a gun online that you like. You ask the seller a few questions and end up talking to them on the phone where you discover they are in the next town over.

This is the perfect opportunity for the buyer and seller to meet face to face. If the seller is able to sell their gun privately, they don’t have to pay the website a percentage fee and they may be willing to negotiate a little if the buyer pays in cash.

As a side note, beware of shady deals where you show up with the cash and are robbed at gunpoint. While rare, this does happen sometimes so it’s best to keep your wits about you and bring someone else along for backup.

On a final note, there is a relatively recent development for people searching for guns online called “Facebook Classified Groups”. These are groups started with the purpose of helping people buy and sell amongst themselves and in most cases, everything under the sun including guns are advertised for sale.

With all of this in mind, it is still best to choose wisely and get the kind of handgun you want. Do your research, do all you can to make sure the firearm is exactly what you want, and stay safe.


Pocket Holsters: What’s a Good Choice for You?

June 6, 2013 Leave a comment

In the business world, it is often required that one wear a business suit or some form of formal attire to the workplace, but for one with a concealed carry permit, a hip holster may not be the most practical manner of carrying a gun. Some people prefer to carry their guns in pocket holsters and after reading reviews of quite a few happy customers, one company’s prodImageuct continued to stand out –  DeSantis pocket holsters .

They have a variety of styles to choose from, but the difference between DeSantis and other pocket holsters are the “nubs” on them. They look like half circles and the exterior of the holster itself is “sticky” so that it stays securely in your pocket, even when you pull your gun out. Their web site offers a search feature that will find the right pocket holster for the gun you carry.

Two of the more popular pockets holsters are the DeSantis Nemesis and DeSantis Super Fly.

Both are small, and barely visible when they’re in your pocket. And they’re inexpensive at just under $25.

These pocket holsters fit well in jeans, shorts, dress pants, etc.  They also have adjustable straps, which help conceal your firearm better than other pocket holsters.

If you wear suits for business, think about getting one that can be tailored. This way, you can have your tailor make accommodations for the pocket holster. If you don’t feel comfortable bringing your pocket holster with you for the fitting, place your hand in the pocket you want the holster to fit in as a fist and in the four o’clock position. This should approximate the size of your pocket holster so that the tailor can adjust accordingly.

If you insist on buying off the rack, make sure you do have your pocket holster with you so that when you go into the fitting room, you can place it in the pocket and make sure it fits well. You may end up having to go up a pant size, but with a belt you shouldn’t have a problem.

Once you get home with your brand new suit, it’s time to stand in front of a mirror and see how the pocket holster looks. If there is too much of a bulge, you need to try a smaller gun in the holster.

Now practice drawing your gun from the pocket holster. It may feel odd with the stickiness of the DeSantis pocket holster in your pocket just sitting there, but once you’ve drawn your firearm several times, you should get used to it.

Jason Hanson gives useful advice in his article “The Businessman’s Guide to Concealed Carry” on

“In short, when you reach into your pocket the hand needs to be relatively flat. Once in the pocket, get a firm grip on the gun, pull straight up, and then rotate the gun toward the target and drive it out. If you can’t get a firm grip on the gun, or the holster comes out with the gun, then you need to experiment with other pocket holsters. What matters is that the next time you walk out of your house dressed in a suit, there’s a gun on you somewhere. After all, that might be the day the gun saves your life or the life of a family member. (Read more about Hanson’s  pocket holster experience here).”

The DeSantis holster is guaranteed to make sure your weapon stays where it should be at all times. With the proper fittings in order, the pocket holster is a simple and practical alternative to carrying your gun safely and discreetly so that no one at work or on the road will know.