Antique gun payments

Antique gun payments

GunTab now specifically supports antique guns. If you're buying or selling antique guns online, GunTab has you covered.

What is an antique gun?

Antique guns come in a variety of types, including:

  • Matchlock
  • Flintlock
  • Percussion cap
  • Muzzleloader (also known as "black powder")

Basically, an antique gun is anything with "fixed" ammunition and a design that was in manufacture before 1899. That means a modern replica of one of those designs is still classified as an antique.

Federal law defines an "antique firearm" as:

Any firearm not designed or redesigned for using rim fire or conventional center fire ignition with fixed ammunition and manufactured in or before 1898 (including any matchlock, flintlock, percussion cap, or similar type of ignition system or replica thereof, whether actually manufactured before or after the year 1898) and also any firearm using fixed ammunition manufactured in or before 1898, for which ammunition is no longer manufactured in the United States and is not readily available in the ordinary channels of commercial trade. 27 CFR § 479.11

Did GunTab support antique guns before?

Yes, technically GunTab supported antique guns before this change. However, users would either classify it as a firearm that requires transfer through an FFL, or as "parts and accessories". Neither option was ideal, because neither option was really accurate.

Why did GunTab introduce support for antique guns?

We already knew we wanted to more clearly support antique guns. In other words, it was on our "feature roadmap". But there are lots of things on our feature roadmap. The challenge is deciding what order to build them. That's where feedback helps.

A while ago, GunTab received some feedback from a seller named Jim:

If a guy sells a pre-1899 piece, it doesn’t require an FFL transfer. Same with muzzleloaders. You don’t have a selection for that. You really should.

We love getting feedback like this, because it helps us decide what to build next. Based on this feedback from Jim, we decided to add this feature in our next sprint.

What does an antique gun transaction look like in GunTab?

Now it's easy to clearly state you're doing an antique gun transaction. There's an "Antique gun" option in the list of merchandise types:

You simply select that option when you are sending a payment offer/request. Then GunTab will provide appropriate guidance for these non-regulated transactions.

Why use GunTab for antique gun transactions online?

Online transactions for antique guns suffer from the same concerns as any other online transaction. Can the buyer trust that the seller will deliver what was promised? Can the seller trust the buyer won't issue a chargeback? And if there's enough mutual trust to proceed, what's the best way to handle payment?

All payment platforms prohibit guns, including antique guns. That means the safest, easiest way to pay for antique guns online is using GunTab. That's especially true for private party sales, because GunTab is the only way the buyer can pay by credit card.


If you buy or sell antique guns online, GunTab is the only completely safe and easy way to handle your payments. It's free to open an account, try it now!