Due to scammers discovering our site, only registered members can now use our classifieds

Unfortunately the scammers have found our website and began posting garbage. I guess we can chalk it up to popularity.

Three posts this morning were posted by a non-member that were obviously scams. If you saw the three Glock posts, two from different people in a different location with the same telephone number and stupid low prices, that was them. I’ve deleted the three posts and restricted the post ad form to registered members. Leave your comments and suggestions about the decision below.

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Member Only Poll: Should we allow out of state gun owners to join Montana Gun Trader?

More and more often we are getting out of state gun owners who attempt to join Montana Gun Trader. I have thus far denied them.

Should we allow out of state gun owners to join?

This is a members only poll. Please login if you haven’t already in order to vote. Take the poll and leave your comments below. Donate to help fund this made in Montana site.


Should Montana Gun Trader allow out of state members to join?
  • No 65%, 39 votes
    39 votes 65%
    39 votes - 65% of all votes
  • Yes 35%, 21 vote
    21 vote 35%
    21 vote - 35% of all votes
Total Votes: 60
Only registered users can vote. Login to vote.

NOTE! If a decision about allowing out of state members is to be made, it will require at least half of the current membership base to vote YES above in this members only poll. There are currently over 2000 members. View the Total Votes so far above.

What are Featured Ads? How do they help me sell faster? How do they help fund the site?

Featured Ads at Montana Gun Trader are optional when posting. Featured Ads get better exposure and help fund this free website. Featured Ads are highlighted in gray with red letters and stick to the top of all listings chronologically on the Classifieds Page. Prices for Montana Gun Trader Featured Ads are lower then even the basic posting cost for all of the Montana news media classifieds sites.

Featured Ads also appear below every ad and below the Home Page content. Of course sales boil down to what people are looking for. But when photos are added to catch visitor attention, featured ads typically receive five times the traffic as regular ads! Click Post Ad and select the option you want. Complete the transaction through PayPal using an account or by credit card. Don’t have anything to sell but still want to help fund the site? Buy ammo from sponsors at Top Ammunition Sites or visit the Donate Page to send money by credit card or Paypal account.

Admin Blocked from Facebook again…

The enemies of personal firearms freedom have struck us a temporary blow.  Help fight back by sharing!
Facebook blocked again

The primary promoter of this locally owned & operated firearms friendly website, is blocked from Facebook yet again.

As much as I’d love completely to abandon that mess, it has become a necessary evil for promotional purposes. When we get to 10,000 members, we might be able to say our farewells. But until then, Share the hell out of it and tell at least six of your friends. And get a bumper sticker for your rigs to help plug the site!

As many of you may be aware, this website was created shortly after Facebook decided against your personal use of their website to buy, sell and trade firearms. I was blocked from Facebook the first time initially for 24 hours because someone took offense to a post dated LONG BEFORE their new policy was mandated, for a private gun for sale LINK FROM ANOTHER SITE, not even posted directly at Facebook.

Before Facebook began there anti-gun direction, I personally pumped thousands of links from various websites I’ve developed over the years automatically into their system. Thousands of posts dated BEFORE their changes were literally impossible for me to remove to become compliant with their new nonsense.

The second time was for exactly the same thing. But that time for seven days. I did attempt to remove posts. Facebook does not give page admins the ability to delete thousands of posts. You have to un-publish the page or manually try to delete each post. I sent a request and did not get a reply. It is still this way. It is absolutely ridiculous in my opinion. But hey, its their billion dollar network, they can do whatever they want.

I’m grounded this time for sharing a screenshot of a nasty message that a visitor sent to a Facebook page I help administer. It was not directive or identifiable, just an example of what some people message to a page, that particular page with over 50,000 likes and 100+ subscribers and growing fast. It was simply posted as an example of the type of messages a page gets when they post something opposed to someone elses political opinion. I even removed her name and her foul language from the image so it was not identifiable.

I’m unable to do my weekly updates at the Montana Gun Trader Facebook Page for almost one month. This will put a dent in our ability to let people know they have another option. YOU can help by sharing the heck out of it!

Common Sense Considerations For Safe, Private, Legal Firearms Transactions Without More Gun Control!

Bad guys don’t, and will never follow the rules. Isn’t that common sense most of us can agree with?

The knee jerk, default gun control reactions after mass shootings have never, and will never change.

We will never stop someone who is inclined to do harm to others for personal, political or ideological reasons.

These obviously disturbed individuals spend enormous amounts of time and energy to evade detection and extensively plan these events prior to doing them. To think otherwise is ignorant and dangerous to all of us. They will find items and tools they need legally, illegally and even build weapons of destruction, regardless of laws or regulations in order to meet their needs.

They are intent on performing an illegal act. The idea that they’ll not continue with their plans because of laws that might get in their way is simply ridiculous. We might even say we should be less concerned with their choice of a firearm for destructive purposes when we imagine the possibility that they may have used explosives.

Responsible gun sellers, buyers and traders can easily take steps to help ensure a safe and legal, private firearms transaction. This can easily be done without need for further gun control. Montana does not require gun registration and we intend to help keep it that way.

You are 100% responsible for your for safe, private, legal firearms transactions:

Age: Is the buyer old enough to own this type of firearm?

Citizenship: Are they a US Citizen?

Residency: Are they a Montana Resident?

Felony: Have you checked the CONWEB to ensure they do not have a felony?

Stolen: Have you verified the gun has not been reported stolen?

Identification: Do they have a valid Montana ID or a Concealed Weapons Permit?

Verification: Have you physically verified the ID or CCW and is it current & valid?

Face to face: Are you performing the transaction face to face?

Is the location you are doing the transaction safe?

5 Tips for Buying a Firearm from a Private Seller

Brian T. Phaber, Yahoo Contributor Network ~ May 12, 2011

Not all firearms transactions go through licensed dealers or stores. Individuals can buy, sell, and trade firearms whenever they want to. For these transactions, a state usually has some laws or regulations in place, but they don’t hamper private transactions involving firearms. Buying from a private seller can save you some money or get you a nice weapon that you wouldn’t be able to find at dealers. Here are some tips for getting through the whole process unscathed.

Always test the firearm out before purchasing it.

Obviously, some people selling their firearms might try to pull a fast on on you by selling you a non-working firearm. It’s important that all guns are tested out before they are purchased. You don’t want to end up finding out after-the-fact that you bought a dud of a firearm. Therefore, you should walk away from a seller who won’t allow you to test the weapon or let you watch them test it. Testing these firearms will save you the hassle of getting tricked into buying a faulty firearm.

Check all local, state, and federal requirements for private firearms transactions.

Many states require that all handgun transactions be reported to the department of justice (DOJ) for that state. Typically, long gun transactions don’t need to be reported. If you are buying a gun from a private seller, then you have to check with all applicable laws on the matter. Doing so will protect you from any legal problems that can stem from failure to adhere to all laws involving the transaction. Fortunately, you usually won’t have to do anything more than report a change in ownership – if you even do need to.

Make sure the gun still has its serial number.

Virtually all handguns and long guns come with a manufacturer’s serial number. These numbers are recorded when the gun is first bought from a dealer so that the police and government agencies know who to tie a firearm to. With that in mind, you should always make sure that the weapon you want to buy still has a serial number on it. You should be a little wary if the number is filed off or doesn’t exist. In the end, you definitely don’t want to find out that you bought a stolen firearm.

Inspect the gun yourself or get it inspected.

When you go to buy a gun from someone, you should take a few minutes to inspect it yourself. In some cases, you can get the weapon inspected by a dealer or handler. You want to make sure that all parts are intact. Also, you might want the firearm to have its original parts. Checking to see that everything is all right with the gun will save you the trouble later on. Testing the weapon is necessary but won’t allow you to catch some of the other possible issues with the weapon.

Make sure that you can legally buy a firearm!

Fortunately, most people won’t have to think twice about their eligibility for gun purchasing and ownership. You should make sure that you are eligible for gun ownership in your state if you have any second thoughts about it though. For instance, someone who spent time in jail or dealt with the law as a child might want to check with their local police department or scour the Internet for answers. Small things can bar a person from gun ownership if they have had run-ins with the law, so it’s always smart to make sure that you can legally buy the gun that you want.

Good luck with all private firearms purchases!

Dealing with a personal seller to buy a firearm isn’t that difficult. For the most part, you just need to protect yourself from getting scammed or breaking the law by not reporting the transaction when necessary. You can get some pretty great deals and find some amazing firearms by going through a private seller. In the end, you shouldn’t worry about anything going wrong, but you should never be careless about buying something from someone else.