Best way to buy a gun?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by LandMonster, Jul 21, 2013.

  1. LandMonster

    LandMonster New Member

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    I have purchased several guns over the years and I feel like I did fairly well in each transaction. It's time to buy a new handgun and I was looking in stores and online. I have no experience with gunbroker.com or gunsamerica.com and the online auctions. Are they worth it or should I stick with the LGS or private sales?

    I have bought from a gun show, LGS, cabella's, Dicks sporting, and private sale in the past.
     
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  2. 1411

    1411 New Member

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    I buy guns online frequently. Gun Broker, Guns America, Guns International, etc - you name it I've probably purchased a firearm from their website. I look for positive feedback from private sellers, a return period or inspection period, and pay with a cashiers check or money order. Don't be afraid to haggle a bit with private sellers.
     

  3. aandabooks

    aandabooks New Member

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    I like to support the local guys and I don't buy firearms without handling them first. I'll check online sites for going market value of used and add for FFL/shipping and go shopping at my several LGSs. For new guns I check what MSRP is and shop for the lowest price under that number.
     
  4. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    The value of buying them online can depend a lot on the dealers in your area and their willingness to accept and transfer the guns for you. What fees they charge can eat up any savings, and their distance and hours of operation can eat up any convenience.

    So, you need to ask around the local shops, and do some homework there as well.
     
  5. SigArmored

    SigArmored New Member

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    It's been my experience that sometimes you can take online prices and show proof to you're lgs and occasionally get a lower price than originally shown.This will depend on the lgs availability of the product and how long they've had it for.Worst case scenario is they tell you no.
     
  6. Fred_G

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    I prefer to shop locally or a FTF sale. But I have bought a few guns online. A couple of milsurps, and a shotgun online. Had no problems. A pawn shop down the road from where I work will do the FFL for $20, so it is worth it to shop around sometimes.

    As posted above, I have used internet prices to get a discount. I paid more for the gun at the LGS than I could have gotten it online, but I like to shop locally, and handle a gun before buying.
     
  7. LandMonster

    LandMonster New Member

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    I bought an ar lower online and there is a good lgs not too far who did the ffl for $30. Other shops wanted $75 and up! If they rape and pillage over a simple ffl what do you think they do for guns and ammo?

    I have been looking on Armslist and there seems to be some deals if you are willing to drive an hour.

    If anything, it sets a floor for the market for a particular gun.
     
  8. LandMonster

    LandMonster New Member

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    I would always prefer to shop locally, but I went into a LGS recently while at their range and inquired as to a trade. My Sig 1911 for a Dan Wesson 1911. They offered me $300 on my pistol even though I saw one in their case priced at $775. When I gave them the gun for a looking over by the boss they sneakily pulled the one in the case out before giving me their offer. No deal on the Dan Wesson. The whole thing did not sit well with me. Combined with a general "what do you want" attitude at a lot of LGSs I have no loyalty here locally.
     
  9. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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    I've done Gunbroker a couple times.

    IME, buying new was best, directly from

    a LGS. I've never been burned by Gunbroker

    materially,(DON'T TRUST AUTOBID) but in the

    instances where I've used them, I've been very

    nervous about things not working out well.

    So, in the peace of mind category, I feel that

    being able to physically handle what you are

    purchasing, and given the value of guns remains

    high, NIBs always seem to work best for me.
     
  10. DrumJunkie

    DrumJunkie New Member

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    Gunbroker is OK, gunsamerica you will pay too much most of the time..

    Also look at Buds Gun Shop. They have decent prices and customer service is good.

    Most important for me is to always try to spend my money locally before I look to the web. The more money we spend in our local economies the better. The web is an alluring option but I always check local first. I have found when I have cultivated a good relationship with a local shop I can often get them to order me something and it be at a great deal.
     
  11. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    If you do buy off one of the online sites, make sure you find a local FFL that is not going to charge you an arm and a leg to process the paperwork. I've heard stories of $40 transfer fees are not uncommon. That will eat up any savings from your online purchase in a hurry.

    I've found an FFL hear in town who will transfer for me for $10.
     
  12. DrumJunkie

    DrumJunkie New Member

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    This is a very important FIRST step when looking to buy online.
     
  13. gr8oldguy

    gr8oldguy New Member

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    By the time you figure in shipping and FFL transfer fees, my LGS is generally a cheaper way to go. good luck
     
  14. therewolf

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    IME, unless the unlikely situation exists that you will save more than

    100$, FFL fees, shipping, insurance, and taxes make up for the savings

    online. Sometimes you have to buy from a different than local source,

    if you're a fussy ***** like me, and you want specific firearms. Just

    know most of the online savings will be lost to "getting the gun in hand"

    fees.
     
  15. mdauben

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    It's important to factor this in. I've got a pretty good FLGS with prices close enough to online that its generally not worth ordering online for me.

    I've only ever bought two guns online and that was not to save money, but because the local shop didn't have them in stock and could not promise any sort of delivery time for them.
     
  16. orangello

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    I usually by at a LGS or at a gunshow, but my LGS guy has a standing offer that if I find something I want to buy online I should show him to see if he can get a better deal buying it as an FFL, otherwise he will transfer for about $20.
     
  17. LandMonster

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    Almost forgot about these guys. Prices seem pretty fair. They will ship to a local ffl?
     
  18. GeneralPatton

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    I've ordered from Classic Firearms, Grabagun, Gunbroker and never had any issues. I don't think I'd buy used like that though, only new. I have also found many of the LGS's have attitudes right now, still trying to get over the influx of folks who were a pain in the arse from the last few months. Just depends though really. When you add a $25 transfer and $25 shipping, you tend to loose most of the savings.
     
  19. Anna_Purna

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    And if you are unsure what FFL dealers in your area will do a transfer, a websight called GunGenie has already put a list on dealers in your area. Just fill out their little info on what type of gun you are looking for, and it will pull up a list of the dealers in your area that will do online purchases for you, and have their cost already added into the sale.
     
  20. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Home page of gunbroker.com has a "Find a FFL" button. Those are FFLs that registered with Gunbroker as being willing to receive a gun for transfer to a local resident. Put in your Zip, and they come up. Most show their fees. I HAVE seen some dealers that charge $100 for a transfer.