You have to download a client called Tor, which now has its own web browser, to get there. It is a service that bounces around your request through other Tor users around the world to completely randomize your IP address, making you completely anonymous. This is the only way to get to what is called the “deep web”, the hidden part of the internet that is vastly larger than the common internet we browse daily. The URL to the “Silk Road” is completely useless and does not work unless using the Tor client.
I did this the other day, which is actually very simple to do. I will probably never buy anything off of it, but it is surreal to see the things being sold on this black market version of Amazon. The site uses a currency called BitCoins, which is practically untraceable. You use other sites to exchange money for bitcoins, which leave no trace.
Kid you not, you can buy meth, DMT, heroin, or even some weed from the Netherlands or California. Maybe a automatic weapon if that’s what you desire.