A minor handgun dilemma

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by aandabooks, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. aandabooks

    aandabooks New Member

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    So I was trying to decide on a .40 handgun a while ago. I had a poll on here about it. In the meantime, I bought a RIA .45 at a gun show. Good shooting gun and I really like the 1911. Here's the dilemma:

    I got a call from a buddy that has a buddy that needed some money for Christmas. My buddy is not into guns but his buddy wanted to sell one to put some presents under the tree. So I give the guy $400 for an unfired new in box S&W M&P .40 w/3 boxes of ammo. Just like it came from the gun shop. Now after shooting the .45 I realize I don't really need the .40 and would rather have a 9mm for the ammo cost.

    I mentioned to a co-worker that I might be getting rid of this gun. He has a Sigma .40 and wanted to see if I would trade with him for his gun plus cash. His Sigma is worth about $250-275 trade in to my dealer. He would make up the rest in cash.

    I was all set to do this but now I think that I've already got the gun paid for. If I trade with my co-worker and then go trade with my dealer, I'm just going to end up spending even more money. I like the feel of the S&W and if it weren't for the RIA, I would probably just keep it.

    What would you all do? Keep a great deal on the S&W and invest in ammo or make the trades to help out a co-worker and get into a 9mm?
     
  2. Birddogyz

    Birddogyz Member Lifetime Supporter

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    To many hand guns a dilemma? Keep the M&P and pick up a good 9MM and complete the trifecta of 3 great calibers. That's what I would do, just don't tell the wife.:D
     

  3. Chainfire

    Chainfire Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The only gun deals I have ever regretted was ones where a firearm passed from my ownership to someone elses.
     
  4. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    Ok,

    If I was going to trade my M&P 40 off it would be for something other than a Sigma 9mm. If you are like me if you get boot for the trade you will spend the money "Like Gone" And when you do get ready to trade or sell the Sigma 9mm in the future you are going to take a bath on that one! If the M&P 40 is like new and or in great shape you should have no problem getting a better 9mm if you want one. If nothing else the guy who is badly wanting to trade for a larger caliber as the 40, if you know what I mean. That is just my opinion on the trade deal!

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  5. aandabooks

    aandabooks New Member

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    My co-worker has a Sigma .40. He would give me the gun and $150. I would then go to my gun store and look into a 9mm with the first $400 covered by the Sigma and $150. I would still be putting the original $400 back into a gun.

    Basically I wouldn't me making anything off the M&P but would be helping out a co-worker by getting him into a better gun.
     
  6. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    I'd rather have an M&P than a Sigma +$150, regardless of caliber. If you want to switch calibers, the best option will probably be to post a "WTT" (willing to trade) add on a local trading board.

    BTW- Getting $250-275 trade-in from a dealer on a Sigma seems pretty steep, as they're easy enough to find brand new for under $300.
     
  7. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 New Member

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    keep the .40. tax time is just around the corner... go buy a ruger sr9 or sr9c and have three great hanguns
     
  8. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

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    I would definately NOT trade for the sigma. The M&P is 100x better gun then that sigma. You would be getting screwed,even with the extra money.
     
  9. aandabooks

    aandabooks New Member

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    Something is not coming across right here.

    I have no interest in keeping the Sigma. My dealer has given me a commitment that he will give me $250 in trade on the Sigma. I have bought multiple guns from him in the past. We have also done business on a couple of gun stands in the past.

    I have $400 in the M&P. I would be getting out of it at no profit but would be helping a co-worker into a much better gun.

    With the cost of .45, I was looking at 9mm as a caliber that I could target shoot with for a lot longer than the .45. Say a couple hundred rounds of 9mm followed by 50 .45s. I can get the 9mm for $10 per 50 for Federal Champion rounds at a Wal-Mart by me. The .40 is $18 per 50.
     
  10. eborden1122

    eborden1122 Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I gotcha bro. I dont want to come off as an a$$ since I dont know you well enough yet. But I have traded a few guns before. If you want the 9mm(I agree by the way) then you are going to have to leave your co-worker out of this one. I know you want to help him out but you will get more for your pistol you have now in trade then you would with the sigma plus $150 cash. If I were you I would go trade your 40 in and plop down a little more money and get a good 9mm. I did almost the exact same thing yesterday but I traded in a 1911 .45 for a 9mm. I have 1911's coming out of my wazoo and I really wanted this 9mm. So I got a great deal and have the pistol I have been wanting. Or if it makes you feel better then take your co-worker with you to your gun dealer and have him work his own deal. I dont like gun deals between friends or co-workers because if something goes wrong with gun then you may have some hard feelings, warranted or not.
    Good luck man in whatever you decide.
     
  11. Junior966

    Junior966 New Member

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    I have a Sig P220 and yes .45's aren't the cheapest to shoot but I love .45's . Nothing wrong with adding another gun into the mix by any means but I just got a .22 conversion kit for my 220 so It's a cheap way to spend a day at the range while keeping the same feel and trigger of my go to weapon. Don't know if its a option for you but just a thought.
     
  12. orangello

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    My first thought is "Why not tell the buddy to trade his smegma in on something he likes better or sell it to some sap, so he can buy your .40 outright"? I wouldn't get into a double trade situation completely for somebody else's benefit; you would be going to a LOT of hassle and risking paying more for the 9mm you want to trade-in on than you could get on a cash-in-hand price. If duder has promised a fat trade-in value, he may be prepping for the old used car dealer gimmick with fat trade-ins being absorbed by equally fat sales prices.

    I haven't seen you state what the dealer would offer as a trade-in on the M&P? That is a factor that should also be considered.
     
  13. jamesb

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    Double post.
     
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  14. jamesb

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    This. If the dealer is willing to give you $250 for a Sigma then the trade offer by them has to be over $400 on the M&P right.

    Why not just sell the M&P privately to get a M&P 9. New M&P full size 9mm are $469 here.

    I traded a Glock 19 + $100 for my two tone full size M&P 9 w/ Apex trigger/sear and range kit. I love it!
     
  15. Byron0022

    Byron0022 New Member

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    I agree, if he is going to throw money on top of the Sigma, he can do so himself at the gunstore. Politely decline. I hear nothing but good things about M&Ps, Ill have one by the end of the year.
     
  16. 007BondJamesBond007

    007BondJamesBond007 New Member

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    Keep the M & P. It is a far more superior gun then the Sigma. I would keep the M & P as a spare gun if you have to send the 45 in for repair. M & P has a better trigger then the Sigma. You can always get a 9mm later. I you keep your eyes open you could find great deals on one.
     
  17. utf59

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    I don't know what it takes to sell a gun wherever you live. Here in Florida, you can sell to individuals without involving the government or someone with an FFL. If that's also the case where you live, you would probably make out better financially to sell the M&P to an individual buyer. You might even find a good trade for/toward the 9mm you want. Look for a local gun forum or buy/sell/trade website and list it there. Or if your favorite range has a newsletter, there might be a B/S/T section there. If you don't mind involving an FFL, there's the B/S/T section here, and there's always gunbroker.

    If you can't do that in your state, or if you prefer the quick-and-easy trade to your local gun shop, by all means do the trade with your coworker. You'll be helping a buddy and supporting your LGS.

    Just make sure that one day you aren't going to wish you had kept the M&P and saved up for the 9mm to boot. :D
     
  18. gollygee

    gollygee New Member

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    Seems the only way any trade is a good deal is if you are happy with the results. If there is a chance you'll regret getting rid of the .40S&W, then it'll come down to how much you want to help your buddy.