There's no question: using PayPal for gun-related transactions is a mistake. Every time you try it, you risk getting banned by PayPal or scammed by the seller.
PayPal prohibits firearm-related transactions. Even if you pay for purchase protection, you can't use it because PayPal doesn't protect "items that violate our policies". And it gets worse. If PayPal catches you violating policy, they will ban you permanently. They may also also ban your immediate family members. They will also seize your funds for at least 180 days. They may even charge you damages of $2,500 per transaction. As if this punishment wasn't bad enough, it actually increases your risk of getting scammed.
Scammers know you don't want to get banned from PayPal. When you pay a scammer through PayPal, you give them extra leverage over you. You empower them to threaten you with a PayPal ban, simply by reporting your policy violation to PayPal. After all, scammers don't care about their own PayPal accounts. A good scammer has dozens of them, each under a different fake identity. Your PayPal account is under your real identity. You have much more to lose.
In short, using PayPal for firearm-related transactions is dangerous. In fact, it's foolish - because you have a better option.
GunTab is better than PayPal. It's not just firearm-friendly, it's built specifically for firearm-related transactions. It doesn't sometimes partially protect you, it always provides the full protection of escrow. It comes with FFL search, shipment tracking, and more - all built in. And it costs 2.9%, less than PayPal. So why use PayPal?
GunTab is the one and only firearm transaction platform, and has been since 2015. It's free to open an account. Try it now.