For everyone else, the auction house is a FFL dealer. All transfer paperwork is handled in house at the time of sale. GFL's skip the background check as usual. Bid, win, and pay for your new toy, and your done.
I watched the last auction from October (I think it was), and there was a large selection too. Though it was my first firearms auction, I was a little disappointed at the final prices the weapons went for, some of the new(er) firearms went for retail or close to it once you consider the auction fees. Some of the older ones that weren't exactly rare were pricey too. Hopefully this one will yield some better prices
When I go into a gun shop, what kind of guns are hanging on the walls? Lots of AR's and AK's. Paramilitary rifles. Modern hunting rifles with synthetic stocks and stainless steel barrels.
When I went to the pre-auction public viewing of these guns at the same auction house last time, there was only one AR and only a few AKs.
Most of the long guns were, frankly, rejects that just won't sell for a decent price at a gun store. They're the kind of guns you'd expect to find at a pawn shop. Month after month, year after year.
Obviously there were some exceptions. I saw a couple brand-new lever action Marlin rifles that I drooled over.
There was a stainless steel Rossi pump action .22 that I wanted. But most of the guns were too old to be desireable to me, not old enough or high quality enough to interest real collectors, and there was nothing special about them.
But obviously a lot of people dont think like I do, because for each one of these guns, SOMEBODY thought they were special and valuable and/or collectible, and they put down good money for 'em.
P.S. Their address may say "Jasper" but they're really closer to Tate, aren't they? They're a few miles south of Jasper on Old Hwy 5.