Originally Posted By absit:
I just want to make sure I get everything right. I need a faxed or hard copy of the FFL I'm sending the firearm to, correct?
A lot of dealers will NOT send a copy to a private citizen. What they'll do is give you their EZ Check number, and you can look on the ATF website to verify address, etc.ATF FFL EZ Check
I then need to get the shipping cost and add that to the fee, I then contact the seller with the final price and request whichever payment I prefer (a money order probably?).
If shipping was not included in the purchase price, then yes. It's always a good idea to check and make sure the buyer is aware that he/she will pay for shipping fees.
I then have the firearm and accessories (ammo, mags, etc) shipped to said FFL.
Some dealers will not accept firearms shipment from individuals. If the receiving FFL will not, you may have to ship through your local FFL.
Is that all? How do I verify a real FFL, given I've never seen one before?
It's a relatively simple process. The key to making it proceed as smoothly as possible is communication. Make sure both parties understand the terms of the trade/sale. It's also a good idea to keep in contact until both parties have their items, all questions or concerns have been addressed, and both parties are satisfied with their purchase/trade.
Good Luck, and Welcome!
ETA: Depending upon your location, different laws may apply to shipping a handgun. Some states require that handguns must be shipped FFL to FFL. Check with your local dealer or LEA.