A friend of mine recommended Dwolla as a PayPal alternative. The transaction fees are ridiculously lower. Immediately, I wondered if I could use Dwolla with the occasional sales/purchases I make with Gunbroker. I shot off an email to Dwolla’s support address.

Paypal has a policy against transactions involving the legal sale of firearms or firearm accessories.

What is Dwolla’s policy regarding the legal sale of firearms?

They sent me a response that same day.


Dwolla does not prohibit or restrict firearms sales so long as the sale is lawful.

This would include making sure if you are shipping across state lines (at least for handguns) shipping to an FFL.

If you are meeting someone within the same state, making sure the person who is purchasing the gun is properly credentialed to purchase and possess a firearm.

The above text is more descriptive than your question asks- however, I thought I would provide a bit of background into firearm sales online.

All the best,

Dwolla Compliance


Dwolla Support (Send someone free money on us to get them started)

Looks like I’ll give them a try in the future.

h/t: PA Gun Blog

In the report recently released by the ATF addressing (and summarily dismissing) the public comments from last year, the ATF regards that Three-Gun competitions aren’t enough of a sport because of the wide difference between the number of hunters and three-gunners (disregarding the high likelihood of overlap between the two groups). Since 19,000 people is such a small number.

…[S]tatistics suggest that the United States Practical Shooting Association has
approximately 19,000 members who participate in “three gun” or similar competitions.
Conversely, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that in 2006, 10.7 million licensed
individuals participated in hunting within the U.S. Using this data, those participating in tactical
shooting comprised approximately .18% of those participating in hunting.

I mean, no activity should ever be considered a sport with such a small number of participants, especially when dwarfed by another sport; like, say, curling vs basketball. Only 16,000* people in the US actively participate in curling compared to nearly everyone in the US that ever attended a PE class.


*according to the US Curling Association (PDF warning, statistic on page 12)

Pardon me if I’m a bit slow on the news, but I’ve found a replacement for Google Shopping. Over the weekend this happened. My profanity level went up dramatically.

When I want some cheap plinking ammo, I don’t have a hard time finding a good deal. Gun-deals and AmmoEngine serve my purposes quite well. Defensive, hunting, or specialty ammo is quite a different story. Google Shopping formerly filled this quite well and saved me a significant amount of time and money.

Today, I switched to Bing for pretty much the first time – before, I had only ever used it by mistake. While searching for something random, I noticed price comparisons in the results like Google includes. Curious, I try searching for some Hornady V-max. Google turns up 0 (zero) results. Bing Shopping returns 6,380.

I’ve already left Google for search engine needs. If this isn’t resolved within the month, I’ll be transferring out of my gmail account (which will be a royal pain since I’ve had it for 7 or 8 years). If things continue longer than that, I may even stop using android.

As a stop-gap solution, I heartily recommend switching over to Bing Shopping. The site isn’t as good as Google used to be, and I’ll be keeping my eyes open for something better, but it’s better than nothing.