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Old 05-23-2010, 11:56 PM   #1
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I S&W have been looking for a summer carry pistol. Recently a guy at the range said he has a S&W 638-3 airwieght LINB that he wants to sell for $400. He said he bought it as a light carry pistol but prefered his .380 better. I haven't seen the pistol yet, price seems fair. What do you guys think of the pistol? Anyone have one/shot one?

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You can get a brand new 638 at Bud's for around $440. I'd say used should be lower than $400.

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I would try to talk him lower. I have picked up airweights in the last couple years for about $325.

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Anything under $400 is acceptable. $400 is borderline. . .

Remember that buying from Bud's you'll have tax and transfer fees in addition to the price of gun. That'll probably end up about $500 total.

If it's truly LNIB I would definitely consider his offer, especially the lack of paper trail. . .

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Thanks Guys,
I spoke to the guy on the phone asking if he would take less but he's firm on the price. He had said he bought it new but likes his .380 better, I assumed that he had shot it (I know would have), he told me it has not been shot, I don't see unfired or fired a little being a big difference but I understand why he's holding tight to his price. He did offer to throw in a box of PD ammo and a IWB holster.

Still would like to hear more from those that own one/shot one

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Shot one that a friend owned a few years ago, shot just like any other j frame ive had the liberty to fondle... But its ugly as ****!

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I haven't shot that exact model, but have shot many, many Smith and Wesson's, including some from their "Airweight" line as well as plenty of J-frames. Never shot one that wasn't flat out sweet.

You can't go wrong with a Smith.

I wouldn't lose any sleep over buying it @ $400. At least he's throwing in a holster. As I posted earlier, you're still saving the tax and transfer.

Give it a good inspection and if it truly is LNIB, GET IT!

That's just my opinion though. . .

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A good deal is when both buyer and seller walk away happy.

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I have an Airweight that I occasionally carry in an ankle holster as a BUG--nice pistol, shoots as accurately as I can with such a small sight radius--I think the gun, ammo, holster is a pretty good deal.

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Anything under $400 is acceptable. $400 is borderline. . .

Remember that buying from Bud's you'll have tax and transfer fees
I have bought 3 guns and lots of accessories at Buds and Never paid taxes, I did pay transfer fees on the guns though... but never taxes
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