Originally Posted by orangello
A lot of people really prefer private sales, and not necessarily to skirt any legal limitations on their ability to purchase. Swapping firearms is big with the rednecks. I had to tell my nephews to stop telling me about all the firearms their friends have up for trade/sale. One was a Colt 1911a1 in the smaller frame size, last week; if it had been full-sized, i would be really broke right now.
I also have a few firearms bought for me as a kid, my first .22 rifle, my first .410 shotgun, my first .22 repeater, my first pistol, first snubby, etc.
I wonder if the trading thing is more a southern thing. You can;t hardly go to a hole on the wall restaurant or stock yard and not see gun and knife trading going on in plain view. I have to admit I can be found at places like this as well. I love trading things. A good pit of my collection was acquired this way and I have zero trouble buying form an FFL. Just bought a pistol the other day as a matter of fact. I just love seeing the stuff these old guys come up with.