Is It Legal To Buy Guns Online?

Firearm Safety In Online Sales

Many times the question, “Is it safe and legal to buy guns online?” comes up surrounding online gun sales. That question can have many different answers, but when purchasing a firearm through SSL Firearms, buying a firearm is both safe and legal. SSL Firearms is a licensed FFL dealer that complies with all state and federal regulations both in handgun auctions and in the firearm transfer process. We are very adamant that all firearms that come to us are logged into our acquisition and disposition book and are only to be sold to buyers that are eligible to possess a firearm. Gun safety is one of our highest concerns. Read through the following replies to understand why the question “is it legal to buy guns online?” will always be YES with SSL.

Some of the popular questions that are asked when purchasing a firearm online are:

1.Can a gun be sent to my house? 

No, all firearms must be sent to a FFL (federal firearms license) dealer.

2.Do I need to have a background check

Yes, all firearms purchases require a federally mandated background check to be completed at the time the firearm is picked up

3.Can I have the background check done before buying a gun? 

No, the background check must be completed at the time the firearm is transferred from SSL Firearms to you.

4.Do I need to have a concealed carry permit?

No, you do not need a carry permit to buy a gun online.

5.Why does the firearm need to be shipped to a FFL? 

The Gun Control Act of 1968 outlined new rules for selling and transferring firearms. As a result, it is now federal law to have all firearms shipped to a FFL dealer so the person the firearm is being transferred to can fill out the proper paperwork and complete the required background check

Prior to bidding on any of our auctions, interested bidders are more than welcome to visit us and view the firearms in person. Many people will feel more comfortable with the bidding process when they are able to see in person what they are bidding on in one of our Michigan gun auctions. 

If you have questions about the firearms you are bidding on our staff is ready to answer any questions you might have. Click here to contact us today. Check out some of our other frequently asked questions, or proceed to the online auctions!

Strong. Durable. Dependable. Ruger.

Ruger New Model Single Six .22 cal Revolver Up for Auction

Known for being strong, durable, dependable and versatile, the Ruger New Model Single-Six single revolvers are the perfect small bore single-action revolver for pinking, small game hunting or serious competition.

One of the popular features of this gun is its transfer bar mechanism and loading gate interlock which provides an unparalleled measure of security against accidental discharge.

If you want a trouble free handgun right out of the gate, a popular single action revolver like the Ruger Single Six is a smart choice. One fun feature about this firearm is loading and unloading the firearm, as this firearm loads like an old cowboy guns in old western movies, taking you back to days of the past. The cylinder is freed by opening the loading gate. There is no need to half-cock the hammer to get the cylinder to spin. With the gate open insert one round and rotate the cylinder to the next chamber to repeat until you have six rounds loaded.

If this firearm sounds like something you would like to get your hands on, you’re in luck! Tuesday, August 6 we are selling a Ruger New Model Single Six .22 cal Revolver through an online auction.
For more information on this firearm, follow this link: Ruger New Model Single Six .22 cal Revolver 

Firearms Available For Purchase…Now!

Don't want to wait for an auction? Check out these firearms for direct sale online!

Along with monthly online auctions, SSL Firearms also offers “buy now” firearms for sale online. These firearms are brand new and are located at our Byron Center, Michigan Location.

Different than an auction, these firearms come with “buy it now” pricing, so you know how much you will be paying for it upfront. This is perfect for anyone wanting certainty in their purchase, or for those who just can’t wait to buy their firearm!

Just like any other firearm purchase through SSL Firearms, the following requirements will need to be followed:

1. 18 years of age or older;
2. Purchase permit or dealer’s license is not required;
3. Buyer will be required to pass a NIC background check (valid CPL holders are exempt from background check);
4. Muzzle loaders do not require background check.
5. If buyer lives outside of Michigan, we are required to ship to an FFL dealer in your state for pick up.

At this time, SSL Firearms currently has 11 different firearms available for purchase. If you are looking for something small, there is an option of a Ruger LCP .380 Auto Pistol. If you are looking for something with a little more power behind it, there is always the option of a Heritage Rough Rider .22LR Revolver.

All of the firearms for sale online in our “buy it now” category can be found on our website. We know you’ll find the perfect firearm to add to your collection! If you are looking for more information on direct sales, checkout this page on our website.

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The Importance of Gun Cleaning

Keeping your gun clean is a number one priority. A clean gun is a safe gun.

Every time you fire your gun, carbon, lead, copper, and plastic—if shooting shotgun—residue are left in the barrel, chamber and action. After many, many rounds, this residue can begin to build up.

This fouling comes from the powder, wad, and bullets. Further, moisture from weather and sweat can cause corrosive rust to damage your gun’s metal parts. Fouling built up over time can impact a gun’s reliability. You’ll find that a dirty gun causes many malfunctions.

There are many different types of cleaning kits on the market, some that come higher recommended than others. Below is a list of the top 10 best gun cleaning kits. You may have your own favorite go-to cleaning kit that isn’t on our list. Regardless of the kit, we applaud you for keeping your gun clean!

The Best Handgun For Home Defense

We can't just pick one so we're giving you our Top 10!

Home defense is becoming seemly popular especially in residential areas. Home owners want to have the comfort and knowledge that they are safe when they are inside their home. A popular question from first time firearm purchasers are “what is the best handgun for home defense?”


When asking this question you may receive many different answers as everyone has their favorite firearm. We have done our research and below are the top 10 best handguns for home defense:

1.Taurus Raging Judge Magnum Revolver Find It Here

2. Smith & Wesson 629 in .44 Magnum Find It Here

3. Ruger GP100 Find It Here

4. Sig Sauer P226 MK-25

5. Glock 41 Gen4 Find It Here

6. Colt Close Quarter Battle Pistol (CQBP) Find It Here

7. Beretta M9A1 Find It Here

8. Glock 19 Click Here

9.  S&W Governor Click Here

10.  Ruger SP101 Click Here

  If you would like to be educated on any of these firearms our staff is more than happy to help! Contact us here with questions.  
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Sporting Goods & Police Seized Auction

Each month we host a Sporting Goods & Police Seized Online Firearm Auction. These auctions consist of new and used firearms, both modern & collectible. Within our auctions you can also find ammunition, reloading equipment, as well as brand new items from multiple sporting goods stores and personal collections.

All of the firearms that we sell are described with the upmost detail, as we fully inspect the items that we sell.

Our auctions sell with no minimums and no reserves and will sell to the highest bidder at the end of the auction.

Our next auction will take place on Tuesday, October 16 with bidding opening on Monday, October 15th.


New-Beretta ARX 100 5.56 Rifle   Winchester 64 Lever Action .32 W.S. Rifle

Buy Iconic Joe Louis Arena Seats!

Joe Louis Arena seatsPurchase your historic Joe Louis Arena seats TODAY! Detroit Fans have the opportunity to own a piece of history starting today!

Tuesday, May 1st:
Season Ticket holders get first opportunity to purchase seats.

Saturday, May 12th:
General Public gets to purchase remaining seats.

*All seats must be purchased through*
Seats will be sold in minimum sets of 2 or more – and will start at $150 per seat. Please check the website for pricing, availability and terms.

*Have questions? Contact Brennen Lubbers at 313.733.0304 or

Have you checked out mobile site recently?

We would like to encourage customers who downloaded the 1800lastbid app (from Apple or Google store) to check out our mobile site instead.  1800lastbid mobile app will be phased out and retired within the next 90 days.  The app will be removed from the Apple and Google stores. Retiring the app will not affect the full or mobile sites for is a complete listing of all upcoming auctions hosted on, Inc. (OAS) auction system.   The mobile site offers features and functions that are not available from the app such as account preferences, online payments, credit card management, etc. is still your one stop auction source. full & mobile site will continue to be supported and enhanced!


For quick access, add your favorite auction sites to the home screen of your device by following the steps below:


  1. Open Safari (default internet browser on Apple products)
  2. Launch website (such as,, etc.)
  3. Click the “share” button (on the bottom, just above the home button, square with up arrow)
  4. Scroll through options and select “Add to Home Screen”
  5. The icon will appear on devices home screen (it may not be on the first page, user may need to check other pages)



  1. Open Google Chrome (typical default browser on Android)
  2. Launch website (such as,, etc.)
  3. Click the “settings or overflow” option in upper right corner (represented by 3 dots or a gear, depending on version)
  4. Select Add to Home Screen


*Note:  there are many different versions of Android devices and alternate browsers installed.   Add to Home Screen option would be within the settings of the browser.

Nikki Lee Auction: Part 1

This first of three World Famous Nikki Lee Online Auctions will take place on Tuesday, September 19th. Part 1 will be open to the public, while parts 2 and 3 will only be available to Class III dealers, Legally Eligible Law Enforcement & Military Agencies.

All of the firearms within these auctions are located at our Byron Center, Michigan facility and will be available for viewing during normal posted business hours.