How to Know if an Online Firearm Dealer is a Scam

How to Know if an Online Firearm Dealer is a Scam

It’s no surprise that we need to take a few minutes to talk about the various scams that are out in the internet realm and the firearm industry is no different. We have been contacted by several of our buyers that there are multiple websites taking our information and scamming people into buying from their websites.

First, we want our buyers to know that we do not give out any bidder or buyer identification or information. That information is carefully secured in our database, we do not sell that information and would not sell that information to another party. Second, even though we do not sell that information, unfortunately, there are scammers out there that will copy, and replicate based off other legitimate companies and websites, which we are seeing a large uptick in these types of scams.

Here is an example from one of our customers who brought this scam alert to our attention and one of several red flags that this “firearm dealer” was not legit ( They only accepted payment via cash-app or Zelle. BIG RED FLAG! As we are creating this blog, we have noticed that this website is no longer active, thankfully, but who knows how much money they have scammed people out of. created a great article with tips on how to know if the firearm dealer you are buying from is legit or if it’s a scam. Please keep in mind these are only a few red flags, we know there are more and that is why it’s important to do your own research when purchasing anything online. Here is the link to the article from, we think it gives a good idea of what to look out for and some other websites that have been reported as “Scam Alerts” in the Firearm Industry.

Direct Link to Ammo Land Article:

Here is a statement from the owners on this matter:

“SSL Firearms is not affiliated with any other dealers or Federal Firearm Licensees and will only sell firearms and firearm related equipment from our secure location in Byron Center, MI. We encourage customers to call or email us directly if you see our name listed on any other “dealer” websites so we can continue reporting any fraudulent websites to the FTC / law enforcement. We will never ask customers to pay for items using zelle, cash-app, venmo, paypal or any other mobile payment services. We also want to make it clear that these fraudulent websites are not using any private information, but simply using our name, address, and other information listed publicly on our website to appear credible.” – Austin Miedema

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The Best Handgun For Home Defense

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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. Making sure to have a self defense weapon on hand is more important than ever – especially depending on where you live. City and suburb dwellers will likely be protecting themselves against intruders and robbers. If you’re in the country, you may be defending your property and family against wild animals, not just burglars.

The most popular self-defense guns you will find are handguns – hence why we wrote this article about the best handgun for home defense. Not only are the effective, they are easy to handle and easy to safely hide away. When picking out the handgun you want to use for self defense there are a few things that you need to consider:

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First things first you want to be comfortable using the gun you will be protecting your home with. As with any gun, it should feel good in your hand and be easy to shoot. If there are multiple people who will likely be using the gun (say you and your spouse) you will want to make sure that all parties feel comfortable shooting the gun. 


Practice makes perfect! If you have a specified gun for home defense, you likely aren’t shooting with it regularly. Make sure to take it out to a range and practice shooting with it. If you aren’t used to handling it, you won’t feel confident in your aim should you have to use it in self defense – which is not something you want to feel when threatened. Again, make sure that anyone who might handle the gun takes the time to practice as well. You want to make sure that everyone is confident in their shooting abilities. 

Regular Maintenance

Make sure that you are performing regular maintenance on your self defense gun. Just because you don’t regularly use it doesn’t mean that you can assume that it is in perfect working condition. In the same way you should regularly practice shooting, you should regularly schedule maintenance checkups so that you know that your gun will work when you need it.

Safe Storage

Safely storing a self defense weapon is imperative – especially considering you will likely keep the gun loaded. You will want to make sure that you store it somewhere that you can quickly get to in the event of an intruder, such as in your bedside table. As always you will want to have the safety on and do everything possible to secure the gun. If you have children in your home, make sure that your storage location is out of reach and secured to prevent them from accidentally handling the weapon. While you want the gun to be easily accessible to you, you must make sure that safety is a top priority when working with a self defense gun. 

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

We hope that this guide has helped you determine what gun will work best for your home. 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. If you’re interested in purchasing any of these firearms, check out our upcoming auctions here.

Original Post 7/9/19 Revised 1/20/20

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Is It Legal To Buy Guns Online?

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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.

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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. If you are interested in selling your firearms with  us, we would love to talk with you about holding an online firearms auction! As we are a FFL dealer, you can be sure that your sale with be completly safe and legal. Contact us today to learn more about selling with us.
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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!

Gun safety is a top priority for us here at SSL Firearms. Regardless if you are looking to sell a gun collection or want to buy a firearm in one of our online gun auctions, you will want to be sure that you clean it and perform general maintenance. Of course, safety is also a concern when deciding how you would like to sell your guns. Selling firearms online is a fantastic way to get a great price for your items. As and FFL dealer, you can be sure that your sale will be completely safe and legal with SSL Firearms. Contact us if you are interested in selling one or multiple guns and firearms in one of our online auctions!

Sporting Goods & Police Seized Auction

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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.

Online auctions are a great opportunity for you to pick up some fantastic pieces of equipment to use at the range or in season. Due to the fact that we conduct auctions, the starting bids for most of our items are low, giving you as a bidder the chance to pay exactly what you want for your items. 

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

Interested in selling off some your own firearms? Regardless if you are a private individual looking to sell of a single gun, or a police station wanting to liquidate seized firearms, we will be able to help! Auctions are a fantastic way to sell guns and firearms. Besides the fact that bidding tends to push the price of the gun up past what you would receive in a normal sale, they are also easy for you as the seller! There are a lot of laws and regulations surrounding the sale of guns and firearms, but when you sell with us you can be sure that everything will be handled properly. As a FFL dealer, we are authorized to conduct transfers and know the Federal and State laws like the back of our hand. Please contact us if you are interested in selling with us! 

Interested in buying? Click the button below to go to our upcoming auctions:

Buy Iconic Joe Louis Arena Seats!

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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

We love selling special items like this in our online auctions. From selling fan favorites and pieces of history, winning lottery tickets and private islands, it’s so fun to sell out of the ordinary items. Do you have any items you would like to sell? Consider auctioning them off with us! Our auctions have a pool of loyal bidders who are more than ready to bid on your items. Auctions can often bring you better sale prices than you would get in a more traditional sale as well, since bidders will go back and forth, pushing up the price of your item. It is amazing to see what an auction can do for your sale!

Looking to buy? You’ve come to the right place! We have a wide variety of different items that you can puchase across our many auction sites. If you’re looking for repossessed vehicle or other autos, check out If you have your eye out for heavy equipment, browse through the auctions on And of course, we have our gun and firearms auctions on our site. Contact us if you have any questions about buying or selling with us!

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: Apple
  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.

Interested in selling a firearm with us? We would love to make your sale the best that it can be! Here at SSL Firearms we specialize in online gun auctions. Selling firearms online is a fantastic way for you to quickly sell your gun for a great price! Our online firearms auctions present your firearms to a wide range of bidders who can’t wait to bid on your guns. Plus, as a FFL dealer we are able to ensure that your sale is legal. Gun safety is of the upmost importance to us, so you can be sure that we will do all we can to make sure that your auction is safe. Contact us here if you have any questions about selling firearms online with us. Click the button below to see what your online firearms auction could look like!

Colt Collector Estate Sale (Part 4)

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Colt Collector Estate Sale (Part 4)

Tuesday, September 26 we will be selling a private collection of Colt Firearms via a one day online auction. This auction will feature 30 firearms featuring rare high end Colt, Smith & Wesson and other firearms to the highest bidder!

Looking to expand your collection? This is the perfect auction for you! The fourth part of this auction brings some incredibly well kept firearms. These aren’t your typical used firearms for sale! If you are looking for a good handgun for home defense, many of the guns in this auction will fit your needs. 

If you are interested in bidding on one of the guns in this auction, click the button below:

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SSL Firearms specializes in online firearms auctions. Selling firearms online in an auction allows you to reach a wide audience quickly. Not only that, but the competitive nature of an auction drives up the price of your items, often bringing you a higher final price than you would receive in a traditional sale. As a federal firearms license dealer, we can assure you that your sale will be completely legal and that we will be able to conduct the firearm transfer.

What is a FFL dealer you might ask? FFL stands for Federal Firearms License, meaning we have been cleared by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to buy and sell guns and firearms legally. We treat gun safety with the highest priority, and will do everything we can to make sure that you are comfortable participating in our auctions. If you have further questions about SSL Firearms, please contact us here.

If you have a similar Colt Collection – or gun collection in general – that you are looking to sell, please get in touch with us! We would love to help make your online gun auction the best that it can be!