Family Armory Transfer Fees

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Fee Transfer Fee Description
$40 ea. “Walk-in” customers or Daily Members. (Effective July 1, 2021)
$30 One-time USPS retrieval if applicable.
$25 ea. Monthly Members
$20 ea. Annual Members
$0 ea. Firearms Purchased through OTactical.


USPS does not deliver to our physical address. Please remind your seller to send all purchases to Family Armory using FedEx, UPS, or DHL. If your seller disregards our warning and uses the post office, a Family Armory employee must drive out to the post office in order to collect your package and this service will incur an additional fee.


If your FBI background check results in a NICS DENY concerning a firearm that your purchased elsewhere and had shipped to us for final transfer, Family Armory will not hold your firearm in our vault. Please make arrangements with the seller to return your firearm. For the best possible experience, Family Armory recommends that you obtain your Texas License to Carry a Firearm.


In order to acquire a handgun or lower receiver, you must be at least 21 years of age and must posses a valid, non-expired, government issued identification such as a Texas DL, Texas ID, or Texas LTC. In order to acquire a long gun, you must be at least 18 years of age, possess a valid, non-expired, government issued identification from your state of residence AND the firearm must be legal for you to acquire in your original state of residence. For example, if you’re in Texas but want to use your Colorado driver’s license at our store, then the firearm you acquire in Texas must meet the legal restrictions of Colorado.




When a customer requests an “inbound transfer” to Family Armory, it means that the customer has purchased a firearm (or multiple firearms) elsewhere and wants their purchase(s) shipped to Family Armory. Family Armory would then “receive” the transfer(s), log the firearm(s), process the required federal paperwork, and ensure that the buyer meets federal and state requirements before releasing the firearm to the person who bought the firearm(s) online.


  • Ensure that you meet all federal and state requirements for your purchase.
    • The one doing the purchasing online must be the exact same individual who comes to our store to pickup the firearms. Shippers will include the name and the phone number of the buyer with the firearm(s) and that person must be the same person who fills out the federal paperwork. No exceptions as we will not help facilitate a straw purchase! We must send the firearms back to the original seller if there is a difference between the buyer and the one picking up the firearm(s)!
    • Texas residency is proven with a valid non-expired government issued identification, such as a Texas ID, Texas DL, or Texas LTC. Age requirement to receive handguns, lower receivers, and pistol-grip shotguns is 21+. 18+ year old individuals qualify for long gun transfers. See ATF requirements.
    • Ensure that the firearm you are purchasing is legal to own in your state of residence. For example, if you have a Colorado Driver’s License but intend to pickup your rifle in Texas, you cannot pick-up an AR Rifle that includes a 30-Round Magazine. Why? Because Colorado has its own laws! If you have a Colorado ID, you must have purchased either an AR rifle without a magazine or with a magazine that has a 10-Round capacity. Magazine restrictions differ from state to state. Please read this article.
  • Purchase your firearm online.
  • Communicate with the seller that you desire for your purchase to be sent to Family Armory.
    • Send a message to the seller asking them to read Family Armory’s Transfer Information.
    • Make sure that the seller will ship using either FedEx or UPS for shipping to avoid the USPS acquisition fee. If your firearm arrives USPS, Family Armory assumes that you gave the seller permission to send it that way. We are not responsible for how others send packages to us!
      • Note: On Family Armory’s FFL, we have it written that all shipments to Family Armory be made using UPS or FedEx. If using UPS or FedEx is not feasible, then the seller should contact the buyer to arrange a different FFL for transfer. Family Armory discourages using USPS.
  • The seller will contact Family Armory through email and we will exchange FFL information with the seller.
    • Family Armory accepts transfers from other FFLs only – not from private citizens without a FFL. We cannot verify a photocopied driver’s license against the real person! Using FFLs to send ALL firearms helps to reduce or eliminate the sale of stolen guns on discount sale or cheap gun sale or auctioning websites!
    • The seller will provide your contact information (name, phone #, email) to Family Armory.
  • We will contact you, the customer, after we receive and process the transfer.
    • Please allow 2 business days for us to process your transfer.
      • Note: Just because you receive a shipping notification that your transfer has been delivered does not mean that your transfer is ready to pick up!!! In addition to multiple transfers, we receive daily replenishment inventory that also has to be checked in. Please be patient. We will contact you when your firearm is ready to be picked up.
  • Come to Family Armory to do the Federal 4473 paperwork.
    • Bring valid, non-expired, and government issued identification that has your picture and your current residence address.
    • The information you enter on the 4473 is taken as “gospel.”
    • The ATF has published a blank 4473 online for your inspection. Any questions you have about the form is answered on the form.
    • We cannot accept government issued IDs that list a PO Box for the address for residency requirements. The 4473 says so. If your ID lists a PO Box, you will need to bring another government-issued document stating your physical residency address.
    • The individual listed as the buyer must be the same person filling out the Federal 4473 paperwork in order to prevent a straw purchase.
    • No one else can use their money to help pay for firearm purchases. Read the explanatory material for Question 21.a on the 4473.




When a customer wants to do an “outbound transfer” from Family Armory, it means that the customer wants their firearm shipped from Family Armory to a different FFL. Before any outbound transfer can begin, Family Armory must have the chosen destination FFL on file. It is the customer’s responsibility to place the receiving FFL in contact with Family Armory in order for us to exchange license information.


Note: The firearm that you are sending must be legal in the state where the firearm will be sent. (For example, some states or jurisdictions do not allow firearms with a magazine capacity exceeding 10 rounds. This means that Family Armory cannot ship an AR rifle with a 30-round magazine to Colorado; Family Armory cannot send a pistol with a 17-Round magazine to Colorado for example.) Family Armory cannot send a firearm to another state when that firearm violates that particular state’s law.

  • Contact Family Armory beforehand to provide the email address of the destination or receiving FFL. Family Armory transfers firearms to those individuals or businesses in possession of a valid FFL. We do not and cannot ship firearms to private citizens without them having a FFL.
    • Family Armory and the receiving FFL will need to exchange licenses prior to shipment.
  • Bring your boxed firearm(s) to our store in an appropriate UNSEALED shipping container.
    • Do not expect us to have empty shipping boxes on site as we have limited space.
    • We need to record the firearm serial #, the caliber, the barrel length, type of firearm, manufacturer, manufacturer part #, and UPC.
    • You need to bring your valid non-expired government issued identification with you.
    • Family Armory is not responsible for damage resulting from shipping.
  • Pay the associated fee(s):
    • Transfer fee(s) on a per-firearm basis.
    • Shipping fee(s).
  • We will send an email to both you and the receiving FFL with tracking numbers provided to us by either FedEx or UPS.
  • We reserve the right to adjust shipping fees in light of the container size and shipping weight, e.g., it will cost more to ship a 100# firearm than it will to ship a 5# firearm. It costs more to send firearms in a large shipping box than in a smaller shipping box.
  • Ammo cannot be shipped in same container as firearms.

Please note that sending a firearm from Texas to California has unique complications because not all firearms that are legal to own in Texas are legal to own in California. You must consult with the receiving California FFL first in order to determine if your Texas firearm is also legal to own in California BEFORE you involve us to send your firearm to California on your behalf.




We run background checks on buyers to help facilitate the transfer of firearms between private citizens.


  • Both buyer and seller come to Family Armory, each possessing valid, non-expired government issued IDs.
  • Buyer and seller let staff know that they wish to conduct a private firearm transfer.
  • We conduct a background check on the buyer BEFORE the seller transfers the firearm into Family Armory’s Federal bound book.
  • After Family Armory gets a “proceed” response from the FBI, we transfer the firearm from the seller into Family Armory’s Federal bound book.
  • The buyer pays the transfer fee per firearm based on their membership level.
  • Family Armory transfers the firearm to the buyer.
  • Family Armory keeps a copy of the 4473 in our files per Federal Law. Copies of the 4473, with signatures, can be provided to both buyer and seller.
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Using Family Armory’s FFL to help facilitate a private transfer between private citizens ensures that the buyer is legal to own and possess firearms in Texas.