Best way to sell/trade a handgun?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by cecasejr, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. cecasejr

    cecasejr New Member

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    This is my second post and it is another question.

    I made the mistake of buying too soon for my wife. As I posted in another post, I bought my wife a Taurus PT22 .22LR for her carry gun. This was the only pistol she could load (pop up barrel) as she is not strong enough to pull the slide back to chamber the first round.... The PT22 has had many misfires using CCI Mini Mag Hallow Points, and the fact that I like center fire better than rimfire makes me want to get her a different carry pistol. Anyway, we bought hers and my pistol at Academy Sports and they do not take returns of any kind.

    After further research, I see that Beretta makes a pop up type barrel in a .32 Cal. I like the fact that it is a centerfire, small size, and slightly stronger for her protection. The pistol is Beretta Tomcat .32

    What is the best way to trade the Taurus PT22 in on the Beretta? Is it better to sell it outright? I would rather do everything through a dealer if possible so I will not have any liability issues. I am really not very knowledgeable on the best way to go about this.

    I appreciate any and all help. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. dks7895

    dks7895 New Member

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    You won't get much on a trade, and you should disclose the misfires to any potential buyer. I would just keep it and send it back to Taurus to repair under warranty. The 32 is not much better than 22 for personal defense. If she can't operate an auto, maybe look at a 38 revolver like the Ruger LCR.
     

  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    You can (a) return pistol to Taurus for service, (B) find a dealer that will take it in trade, (c) sell it yourself, or (D) have a dealer sell it on consignment for you.

    If you sell to a dealer, expect 50% of retail value. In Tennessee, private sales are legal, but understand why you may want to avoid hassle.

    Most people CAN learn to rack slide on pistol- it is not brute strength, but may require practice.

    Would seriously suggest your wife look at something like a J framed S&W in .38 Special/ 357. A double action revolver is much simpler to use, fewer steps to getting one to fire in a hurry, etc.
     
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  4. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    My wife has small hands and fingers and can actually use both right & left trigger fingers to fire her J Frame. Y'all need to at least demo a J frame or a Ruger LCR. Either of these are great "purse" guns and both are very user friendly.
     
  5. mritim

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  6. Paladin201

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    Nice article, but Ms. Jackson makes some erroneous assumptions. Yes, proper technique matters and using the correct technique will make racking the slide of a gun easier, for anyone. But some women just don't have the strength. Saying any woman can rack any gun if they use the proper technique is like saying any woman can bench press 500 lbs if they do it the right way. Any mechanical system that requires lifting weight, or pulling against a spring load requires a certain amount of energy to overcome it, no matter what technique they use. If you've ever racked the slide on a Kahr CM9, you'll know what I'm talking about. Much of the CM9's relatively light recoil comes from a massive two stage recoil spring. I'm a 6 foot 250 lb guy and its hard for me to operate. My wife can't do it. Period. Even with Ms. Jackson's technique.
     
  7. nccinstaller

    nccinstaller New Member

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    I agree some pistols just have a very heavy slide pull some women and elderly people just will not be able to i feel a revolver is a great option for them
     
  8. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Careful, sonny- or I'll whack you with my walker! SmileyWhack.gif


    :D
     
  9. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    I've actually got a lead on a springfield armory 1911 for a pretty good price, because the elderly gent that owns it just can't pull the slide. It was given to him by his son as a gift, and it was actually his son's suggestion that he sell it, and the price to sell it for.

    I'm gonna try to catch up with the guy before I take the plunge at a gun store.

    And c3, I'm sure your not that geezerly. :) Wait, was that you I saw riding 30 miles with the left blinker on?
     
  10. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    c3 has the easiest and most cash wise answer with "have a dealer sell it on consignment for you".
    I to would highly recommend a S&W j-frame or Ruger LCR. Most women I have taught have leaned toward revolvers.
     
  11. utf59

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    I read your other post, so I won't recommend a revolver.

    I would recommend renting or borrowing several guns for her to try. For one thing, the slide on a "broken-in" gun might be a little easier to manipulate. Recoil springs do soften (a little). And slide rails do smooth out (a little). So a gun with some rounds through it might work better for her. Plus, you might find one she can manipulate whether it's new or not.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbayNc6D9HY"]Here's a video[/ame] of the technique others have mentioned. The lady in the video is pretty small.

    Regarding the .22, I'd hang onto it if possible. A .22 is a good thing to have in your collection. It makes for cheap practice. You can send it back to Taurus to clear up the malfunction problems.

    If you do sell it, you'll lose money trading or selling through a dealer. Most states don't have registration, so legal liability for selling a gun to an individual probably isn't an issue. But it's also understandable that you might not want to sell a gun to a stranger out of a personal sense of responsibility. You might want to look at the Buy/Sell/Trade forum on this site, or find a firearms forum that is specific to your area. Once you "get to know" people on any forum, you might not have the same qualms about selling to them.

    Good luck, and be sure to post a range report about your wife's new gun! :D
     
  12. Paladin201

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    Good video. And generally good advice. But I notice she's using a full size 1911, with lots of a big, fat frame, and lots of surface area to grab on to. When I see her repeat that demo with a Kahr CM9, I'll buy it.
     
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  13. waggonermatt

    waggonermatt New Member

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    Arms list or gunbroker.
     
  14. wjnfirearms

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    Before you decide to do whatever with the .22, I'd send it back to Taurus. Sounds like there is something that needs fixed regardless.

    Unfortunately, you've been told pretty much the truth about the way things are. Trade ins just don't bring what one would expect for most guns. With the still strong market, you'd think otherwise, but it just isn't so. I've heard more than one horror story about someone buying a particular gun and having buyer's remorse, trading it in and taking a bath in the process. The best way to sell one is by private party or consignment. I offer to do that for people just because I hate to see someone lose so much for no good reason, at least IMHO. I'm in the process of doing just this right now for someone with a side by side 12 gauge.