View Full Version : basic C&R questions

December 29, 2008, 11:20 PM
heard you can buy for cheap with a C&R but was told you need to be 21 to do so. This true?

December 30, 2008, 01:03 AM

Buy cheap. Must be 21 to enter.

Both of these statements are.... TRUE.



December 30, 2008, 11:17 AM
You can buy guns that are over 50 years old, or are on the C&R list for cheap, usually. Whether the guns are cheap or not depends on whether the guns have much collector interest. For example, you can't get near a Luger in decent condition for much less than $1000. Russian Nagant revolvers, on the other hand, you can still get for $150 or less. Anything you buy on a C&R license you can have shipped directly to your house (unless you live in Cal, NJ and a couple of other socialist republics) which is definitely a plus. Also, there are many companies like Midway, Brownell's, etc. that will give you a discount on stuff if you send them a copy of your C&R. They are definitely worthwhile to have.

Here are a few of my favorite sources for C&R guns:


December 30, 2008, 11:54 AM
yeah i was just looking to see a way to get the 70 dollar mosins and 100 dollar mausers i hear of, there usually way more expensive on the racks. i really like milsurps. when im 21 ill probably get a nagant revolver and a webley to accompany a mosin and enfield, and who knows maybe even a russian tokarev

December 31, 2008, 12:11 PM
and i was wodering, if you get it shipped sirectly to house, how can you check rifles condition?

December 31, 2008, 05:13 PM
With the conditions, you're pretty much trusting what the distributor says. You learn that some of them are more accurate with grading than others.

As for saving money, the main way you do that is with the firearms that are still in good supply. For example, stuff like Mosins will be fairly inexpensive, since the dealers won't get them any cheaper than you can, and you won't be paying their markups. On items which are really only found from individual sellers (there aren't large stocks being imported, you just found one offered for sale), you aren't likely to save a massive amount, but you can cut out the whole middleman.

December 31, 2008, 08:25 PM
too bad i still have to be 21, mosins are about 150 around me, and i dont want the supplies of tt33s drying up

December 31, 2008, 10:18 PM
If you're in CA you can't obtain C&R pistols via mail.

January 1, 2009, 04:52 PM
The most use I have found for my C&R is the discount from Midway and Grafs. Especially when it comes to reloading supplies, it is a major plus. Obviously it saves on having to pay $15-25 for gun transfers through an FFL (on C&R guns), but unless you are actually buying lots and lots of guns, I'm not sure it's that big a deal. I think I have probably bought 6 guns with my C&R and 3 of them are 1940 and 1950 era .22's. Alot of FFL-01's don't want to deal with C&R's and often refuse to sell anything directly to a C&R, even if the BATFE says they can or the item is clearly older than 50 years. In that case, you still need to go through your own FFL-01.

January 5, 2009, 12:19 PM
North Carolina requires pistol purchase permits (unless you have a CCW).
If I got a C&R how would ordering pistols work? I'm about to get my CCW, would I just order the pistol like a rifle and that's it?

January 5, 2009, 12:27 PM
I had posted this when you last asked questions about this. Have you tried talking to your local CLEO if you still have doubts? But yes, ordering a handgun is the same process as a rifle, send FFL and payment, that's it.


January 5, 2009, 01:15 PM
That holds for most states, that is, you do not need a background check, waiting period or other local pistol permit to but a C&R pistol (assuming you have a C&R FFL03). But a few states do explicitly prohibit this and even more dealers are unwilling to sell pistols to C&R guys. It's mostly their fear of liability and general lack of knowledge about the law and it can be a pain.