Do Pawn Shops Buy Ammo or Bullets – ANSWERED!

Brian McCracken


When it comes to all of the different things that pawn shops buy, there is almost always something unique that impresses even me from time to time.
That having been said, if you are looking to sell some ammunition and curious to know if pawn shops will buy ammo, well, I can tell you that you aren’t alone in that curiosity.
In fact, more often than not people are curious to know whether or not a pawn shop will buy something hunting related like ammo and the truth of the matter is that there is no one, easy universal answer that will satisfy all audiences across the county.
When it comes to hunting supplies, you will find that pawn shops in more rural areas are going to be much more open and welcoming to the idea of taking it in for a sale or a loan.
That having been said, it really only applies if the pawn shop in question already deals with things like firearms because if they don’t take or sell guns then they probably won’t have much need to take in ammo when you really think about it.
It’s not that there’s anything wrong with the idea of pawning ammo or selling it to a pawn shop, it’s just a matter of determining what their business is all about and how well ammo fits into that picture.
That having been said, there are some things about selling ammo or taking ammo into a pawn shop that you should at least think about first.
There are some pawn shops that will be happy to buy your ammo but you should always call head first to find out which pawn shops in your area buy it.
Pawning Ammo 101
As previously discussed, not all pawn shops are going to want to deal with ammo and not all of them are even going to be very happy to see it come into their stores to begin with.
To some pawn brokers, anything having to do with guns is a big no-no and that’s something that you really should be aware of and sensitive to before heading down to your local pawn shop with crates full of bullets.
What you really should do is try to call around to the pawn shop in your area to determine just who and who doesn’t deal with something like ammo before you start carting it around your state looking for a pawn shop to buy it.
How To Find A Pawn Shop That Takes Ammo
In order to find a pawn broker that works with this sort of thing, the easiest way to go about it is to just head over to and search the phrase “Local Pawn Shops.”
Google will return a list of results to you of the pawn shops in your area along with their phone numbers. In fact, if you are doing this from your smart phone you can usually call right from the search results page itself.
When you call, just ask the pawn broker if they deal with ammunition and if they would be willing to take it in for a loan or a sale. See what they say.
TIP: Keep calling until you find more than one pawn broker who will take ammo. That way you might be able to comparison shop them for the best price.
How To Pawn Ammo
Now once you’ve found a pawn shop that is willing to accept the ammo in on a trade, sale or as collateral on a loan it’s probably your best bet to not drag it right into their pawn shop right off the bat.
Some pawn shops might have a special process for handling live ammunition and just in case that’s is what is going on with the pawn broker you’ve gone to it’s best to walk into the pawn shop empty handed at first and ask them how they would prefer you bring in the ammo.
Just be respectful of the fact that there are certain state and local laws that may govern how pawn shops have to work with this sort of item. It will go a long ways in the eyes of the pawn broker if you are alert and aware that they may have procedures in place for their safety and the safety of the rest of their customers.
Ammo Pricing
Now, when it comes to pricing, you’re pretty much going to be at the mercy of the pawn shop here I’m sorry to say. That’s not to say that they won’t give you a perfectly fair price because I’m sure that they will but just that you may not have a whole lot of other options to sell your ammo other than the pawn shop.
In these cases, it’s acceptable to try to work in a little deal of edge but don’t go overboard. The chances are that the pawn shop knows how competitive the local ammo buying market is and if they are the only game in town then they are going to know when to call a bluff as well.