I hold a 03 license and sometimes will run into a seller who won't ship to me typically because of ignorance, but sometimes because of fear. When that happens I usually choose to give my money to someone else.
One place you can look is Simpson Ltd. in Galesburg, IL. I've bought a lot of guns from them over the years and have never been disappointed.I recently decided that I need to add an original 1873 Springfield trapdoor rifle (2 band musket) to my eclectic herd.
Thanks for reminding me to check them. I have bought two Colt 2nd gen percussion's from Simpson's in the past, but had forgotten to look at their inventory for trapdoors. Unfortunately, in just checking they have some very nice 1884's, but only two 1873's--both beaters.One place you can look is Simpson Ltd. in Galesburg, IL. I've bought a lot of guns from them over the years and have never been disappointed.
I mentioned buying two Colt 2nd gen percussion revolvers from Simpsons LTD in post #23. The first was maybe 3 years ago. I had purchased two different models at that same time and they shipped both to my door. Their listing said the they had to go through an FFL because of some Illinois state law that does not recognize a modern muzzle loader as an antique. However, when I called them to order, they told me it that was a mistake and that they would not have to go to a local FFL.
Consequently, they were shipped to my door. Unfortunately, I had to return one since it was locked up from the go. It was NIB and had never been cocked. They were great about the return, sent me a prepaid return label and credited my card immediately.
Then, a year later, I was still short one model to make a set of all the standard 2nd gen black powder models, and Simpson's had the right one for the right price. This time when I called they informed me that I had to have it sent to a local FFL. I asked them if Illinois law changed since I had bought the previous pistol and the guy told me it had not, but that they had misinterpreted the confusing state law the time before and had been informed since of their error.
My FFL was a bit confused about it too, until I told her about the Illinois state law. Of course she didn't care since it was an quick $30 for her. I guess the $30 was a cheap price to pay for all of the criminal activity it eliminates. I know it certainly made me less of a criminal. :bang_wall: