American Pawn Shop A great place to find that new or pre-owned item you've been looking for! Tue, 08 Aug 2017 23:01:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 American Pawn Shop 32 32 DoD Releases Plan to Allow Personnel to Carry Firearms on Base Tue, 22 Nov 2016 19:38:31 +0000 The Department of Defense released its plan to allow military personnel to carry firearms while on base. These previously “gun free zones,” left members of the military vulnerable. Looks like a step in the right direction.

Commanders, O-5 and above, “may grant permission to DoD personnel requesting to carry a privately owned firearm (concealed or open carry) on DoD property for a personal protection purpose not related to performance of an official duty or status,” the document states.

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How to Get a Georgia Concealed Weapons License Tue, 22 Nov 2016 15:23:41 +0000 Applying for a Firearms License

County probate courts issue firearms licenses to state residents 21 and older.

What You Should Know:

When you arrive at probate court, you’ll need an official form of identification, your payment and a self-addressed, stamped envelope (if you would like them to mail your license to you). Submit your application at the court along with your fingerprints. Within 5 days, a county probate judge will request a criminal history records check and a background check on you. About 30 days later, law enforcement will finish its background check and determine whether you can receive a license.
County probate judges may restrict state residents with criminal records from getting licenses. Read more about these restrictions.
If you’ve been in a mental hospital or drug treatment center within the last 5 years, you must ask that your county probate court judge approve your license application. The judge will seek a recommendation from the superintendent of your hospital or treatment center, and then determine whether it’s safe for you to carry a gun.


How much does a license cost?
While $75 is an average fee for licensing and fingerprinting, costs vary by county. Contact your local probate court for details.

How long is my license valid, and when should I submit my license renewal?
Licenses are valid for 5 years. At least 2 months before your license expires, you should go to court to apply for renewal.

What states does Georgia share firearms license reciprocity with?
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming all recognize Georgia-issued firearms licenses. You should acquaint yourself with firearms restrictions in those states when possible.

This information was prepared as a public service of the State of Georgia to provide general information, not to advise on any specific legal problem. It is not, and cannot be construed to be, legal advice.

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How to Buy a Gun Tue, 22 Nov 2016 14:56:11 +0000 Upon selecting the firearm you wish to purchase, you will be required to fill out a Firearms Transaction Record, commonly known as a Form 4473.  Along with this form, you will need to bring a hard copy of your driver’s license to confirm your identity.  For rifle or shotgun purchases, the buyer must be at least 18 years old.  To purchase a handgun, you must be at least 21 years old.  Once you have completed your section of the Form 4473, the sales associate will complete the rest and call the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to see whether or not the purchaser is eligible to own a firearm.  Once the check has been completed, you will get one of three answers: Yes, No, or wait a few days before the transaction can be completed.  Hopefully, being the outstanding and law-abiding citizen that you are, you will be able to take your new gun home with you the same day and begin enjoying your new status as a gun owner!

Here is a video showing how simple the process is for a law abiding citizen to purchase a firearm.


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How to Buy a Suppressor Tue, 22 Nov 2016 02:24:10 +0000 -Originally published by Tom McHale at Outdoor Hub

As I write this, 39 of the 50 states allow us regular civilian citizens to purchase and use suppressors. The confusion stems from the fact that silencers are restricted under the National Firearms Act (NFA). That means that you can’t just walk into a store and buy one, you have to go through a few extra steps. The process may sound complicated, but once you wrap your brain around the basic concept, it’s fairly easy. The good news is that your local silencer dealer knows the process inside out and will walk you through it. By the way, the process is mostly identical for other NFA items like short-barreled rifles (SBRs).

Let’s take a look at the legal requirements, then we’ll drill down into the two basic ways you can legally buy your own suppressors. I’ve pulled the legal ownership requirements from information available from the American Suppressor Association. They’re your go-to resource for the latest info on silencer ownership. There you’ll also find current information about which states offer legal ownership.

  • Be at least 21 years of age to purchase a suppressor from a dealer.
  • Be at least 18 years of age to purchase a suppressor from an individual on a Form 4 to Form 4 transfer (contingent on state laws).
  • Be at least 18 years of age to possess a suppressor as a beneficiary of a trust or as a member of a corporation (contingent on state laws).
  • Be a resident of the United States.
  • Be legally eligible to purchase a firearm.
  • Pass a BATFE background check.
  • Pay a one-time $200 Transfer Tax.
  • Reside in one of the 39 states that currently allows civilian ownership of suppressors.

Assuming you meet the federal legal requirements, and live in one of the eligible 39 states, there are two approaches to buying silencers. You can purchase them as an individual or you can form a legal entity called a trust, and have the trust purchase the suppressor for you and other trust members.suprressor

Individual purchase

The advantage to buying as an individual is that you don’t have to complete any legal shenanigans before placing your order. You walk into a store and start the process, which we’ll detail in a minute. The downside is that you, and only you, can possess and use the silencer. If you “transfer” it to someone else, the other party has to go through the same paperwork rigamarole that you did to acquire it in the first place. The law is a bit gray as to the legality of going to the range with a friend or family member and allowing them to use the device in your presence. Technically, this could be considered a transfer, but to my knowledge, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) is not looking to prosecute this type of use case. But don’t take my word for it, they can do what they want.

Here are the steps to buying as an individual:

  1. Find a silencer you like at your local Class III dealer. You’ll most likely have to pay for it in advance, or at least leave a deposit, even though you won’t be able to take possession of it right away. Financial terms may vary.
  2. The dealer will help you complete an ATF Form 4 with the model and serial number of your suppressor. You’ll need two copies of this application.
  3. You will need to get (and some dealers may do this) two passport photos.
  4. Next, you’ll need to get fingerprint cards. Many local police departments will do this, but call first to be sure. I actually got mine done once at the county jail booking facility. I was only there for the fingerprints, really.
  5. Attach a check or money order made out to BATFE in the amount of $200.
  6. You will then need to obtain a signature on your application forms from the local chief law enforcement official. Some officials do this and some don’t, so ask your local dealer how to best complete this step—they’ll know the local politics.
  7. Mail all of this to BATFE.
  8. If not already in stock, the suppressor arrives at your dealer and they hold it until BATFE approval is complete.
  9. BATFE will return to your dealer one of your Form 4 copies complete with a nifty green tax stamp affixed. It’s a really attractive and colorful stamp. It should be, as it just cost you $200.
  10. You take possession of the silencer.

Once you have your tax stamp document, scan or copy it and save the original in a very safe place. Always keep a copy of your tax stamp form with your suppressor. You need to be able to produce that on demand by Uncle BATFE.

Creating an NFA trust

This sounds complicated, but American entrepreneurs have made the process surprisingly easy. You shouldn’t even have to find your own lawyer. There are services online that have done the homework and are able to quickly produce a trust for you that’s legal in all suppressor-eligible states. After all, a trust is not a physical thing, it’s a pile of paper that defines a legal entity. In the case of an NFA trust, an entity is created (a little like a partnership or company) that buys and maintains ownership of the NFA items or suppressors, in this case. The trust designates trustees, who are authorized users of the trust assets (again, suppressors in this case).

There are a couple of big advantages to creating a trust. You only have to do it one time and the trust can own many NFA assets like silencers and SBRs. You can easily add and remove trustees from the trust, provided the trustees all meet the federal legal requirements. If a trustee dies, the silencers are still owned by the trust and a new trustee can be named. In the case of individual ownership, the suppressors would have the be transferred to someone else with the entire tax stamp process for individuals. The biggest benefit to the trust, as of this writing, is that each trustee does not need to submit photographs, fingerprints, or a signed approval from the local law enforcement official. Trustees must be able to pass background checks and when a trustee goes to pick up the silencer, the dealer is supposed to run a background check at that time.

There are a number of companies that offer trust-creation services online. I got mine through and the process couldn’t have been easier. Recently, SilencerCo launched its own trust service called EasyTrust. For $129.99 you’re good to go. $100 to $200 seems to be the going rate for getting a trust set up but remember, you only need to do that once.

One more thing. As the trust owns the assets, the trust needs to pay for them. The proper way to do this is to set up a checking account in the name of the trust. There are ways to transfer assets paid for individually into the trust, but you’ll need to consult your trust provider about that.

Once you’ve set up your trust, follow these steps:

  1. Bring your trust paperwork to your local Class III dealer.
  2. Bring a check from your trust checking account for $200 made out to BATFE.
  3. Choose your silencer, preferably several! You’ll need $200 for each one. Thank Uncle Sam for that.
  4. The dealer will help you complete a Form 4 with the model and serial number of your suppressor.
  5. The dealer submits your paperwork and payment to BATFE.
  6. If not already in stock, the suppressor arrives at your dealer and they hold it until BATFE approval is complete.
  7. BATFE will return to your dealer one of your Form 4 copies complete with a nifty green tax stamp affixed.
  8. You take possession of the silencer.

As with the individual purchase option, you must have your tax form present with the suppressor itself. It’s also a good idea to keep a copy of the important pages of your trust in your shooting bag also so you can prove you are a trustee of the trust named on the Form 4.

See? It’s not so bad. They key thing to remember is that your dealer has a vested interest in making this process easy for you. That way they can sell more silencers.

Do you live in one of the 11 “no silencers” states? If so, get busy and start hounding your state congress critters. Shooting suppressed is not only safer for all involved, it’s polite.

Footnote: you may have noticed that I’ve used the words silencer and suppressor interchangeably. That was on purpose, as both words are technically correct. Back in 1908, Hiram Percy Maxim patented the first silencer and named it The Maxim Silencer. It didn’t “silence” anything back then either, but that’s the correct name for the technology. Since that time, companies have adopted the word suppressor, but many also use the original name of silencer, too. You are correct calling it either.

Tom McHale is the author of the Insanely Practical Guides book series that guides new and experienced shooters alike in a fun, approachable, and practical way. His books are available in print and eBook format on Amazon.

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HOW TO DECIDE ON A HANDGUN Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:57:44 +0000 By Jeff Levant, The Shooting Channel

When faced with the challenge of choosing their very first handgun, new shooters are often overwhelmed by the numerous choices and decisions they have to make. I’d like to use this blog post to help give new buyers a step by step process to choose the right gun for their needs. I also want to give them an idea of some of the pitfalls and errors that novices tend to encounter when looking for their first handgun.

Step One: Evaluate Intended Use

The first step in any purchase is determining if you even need a handgun or would your intended uses for the firearm be better served with a rifle or shotgun. Many first time buyers are looking for a gun to simply use for self-defense in and around their own home. In this instance I advise everyone to look at purchasing a basic shotgun or modern sporting rifle. These firearms provide a great amount of protection for the money and require a lower level of training to become proficient at typical home defense distances. That being said, long arms are more difficult to conceal, store, and secure around the home than most handguns.

Step Two: Set a Budget

So you’ve determined that you need a handgun and your intended use is for shooting on the range and keeping at home for personal protection. The next biggest decision you have to make is deciding on a budget. There are currently handguns on the market to accommodate all income levels, from inexpensive Hi-Point handguns for $150, to custom competition guns costing several thousands of dollars. You’re the only person who can determine what your budget is, however we have all heard the axiom that “you get what you pay for,” and that is as true with firearms as with anything else in life. That is the reason I recommend that new buyers set their handgun budget in the $400 to $800 range if their finances allow. The reason I start so high and set such a wide range is that within this price point it is easy to purchase a handgun with proven reliability, that is ergonomically well designed, and that has an excellent warranty from a well-known manufacturer.

Step Three: New or Used?

The next consideration is whether to purchase a new or used handgun. This is almost entirely a personal decision and will be dictated by your usual buying habits. However, you will be able to greatly extend your budget by shopping the used handgun market vs. purchasing the same gun new. Many used handguns can be found for 25% to even 50% off of their normal retail price. Shopping for a used gun can allow you to purchase a much better quality handgun for the money. If you have ever purchased a used car you may be thinking that buying a used gun could be a bad idea. While it’s true that there is the possibility of purchasing a problematic used gun, it’s important to remember that if you stay within the pricing guideline I spoke about you’ll be getting a gun from a reliable manufacturer. Most major firearms manufacturers offer a lifetime warranty on the guns they sell, and the warranty is usually on the gun, not the purchaser, so it is usually transferred to anyone else purchasing the gun.

Steps Four & Five: Size and Caliber

All of the previous questions we asked and answered were probably the easiest to answer. These next two questions are where it gets difficult to give a clear and definitive answer as to which is the best choice. Now we need to decide which caliber to shoot, and what size gun we want to shoot. These two options will be determined by your intended use for the gun. For the purposes of this article, we will assume you are purchasing a gun for defensive purposes, either to carry, or to keep at home for protection. When it comes to ease of shooting, while ergonomics can play a part, the two biggest factors are gun size and caliber. A full size duty style gun chambered in a lower powered caliber will be a very enjoyable and easy to shoot firearm, while a compact pistol chambered in a large caliber will be unpleasant to fire for any length of time. So at one end of the scale is comfortable to hold and easy to shoot and at the other end is comfortable to carry and easy to conceal. If you do not intend to carry your firearm on your person on a regular basis, you would be best served by a full sized, high capacity handgun. This will be a comfortable gun to shoot, and will usually allow for a high ammunition capacity. If you are looking for a gun to carry concealed on a regular basis, you would be better served choosing a compact and lightweight gun. Just keep in mind that your compact gun will have more perceived recoil, will usually have a reduced ammunition capacity, and will usually have less gun to hold on to. If you are looking for a multi-purpose gun, there are plenty of guns out there that try to strike a good balance between the two opposite ends of the scale.

Choosing the right caliber is probably one of the most debated topics in the firearms field, and there are varied opinions and almost all of them have some merit. So here is mine. For the purposes of this article we will only consider the .380acp caliber and higher. I know that there are plenty of guns chambered in smaller calibers and plenty of people have a valid reason to choose them, but the guns are usually chambered in smaller calibers for very specific purposes and do not relate to this article about choosing a first handgun. Recent FBI Protocol testing would suggest that if you are using modern defensive ammunition chambered in .380 or higher you should be well armed to meet most threats encountered by your average self-defense shooter. Going back to when we talked about handgun size and perceived recoil, the same holds true when we talk about caliber. When comparing two handguns of similar size and weight, the one chambered in the larger caliber will have more felt recoil than one chambered for a smaller, lighter caliber. In addition, the handgun chambered in the larger caliber will normally have a lower capacity than the one chambered in a smaller caliber. We can draw several conclusions from these simple facts.

Handguns chambered in larger calibers provide more stopping power than ones chambered in lighter calibers, but are slower shooting due to higher felt recoil, and have a reduced capacity for possible follow up shots.
Handguns chambered in smaller calibers allow for fast multiple shots, provide a higher capacity for those multiple shots, but may not end conflicts as quickly with a single shot.
In my opinion, new shooters need every advantage they can get, which means they should be looking for low recoil, high capacity, easy shooting handguns. As a shooter trains and improves their skill level, they can look to shooting larger caliber firearms.

Step Six: How Does it Feel?

We’ve talked about the following topics: Use, Budget, New vs. Used, Size, and Caliber. All of these are very important considerations, but probably the most important one is Feel. How does the firearm feel in your hands? There’s no right or wrong answer to this, and there’s really no advice I can give you to figure this part out. The best thing to do is to head to your local, well stocked firearms dealer; find a patient salesman. Put as many guns as possible into your hand and when you find the right one, you’ll just know it. Try to find a gun that has the controls within easy reach. You don’t want to have to change your grip on the gun too much in order to reach the safety, the slide stop lever, or the magazine release. Aside from those considerations, find something that sits comfortably in your hand and provides for a natural point of aim when shooting.

There you have it. Six basic things to consider when purchasing your first handgun. I get to see a lot of new shooters coming into the range after having made a quick purchase of a firearm, only to regret that choice shortly after shooting it for the first time. If you follow these basic steps, you are very likely to wind up with a firearm that you enjoy shooting and will give you many years of service.

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