Gander Mountain's Used Guns


January 15, 2007, 04:11 PM
I'm considering buying a used pistol from Gander Mountain and I was just curious as to whether or not anyone has any experience with them in regards to used guns. I noticed they have a little sign that says they've been looked at by a gunsmith... but after talking to the guy there he made it sound like the gunsmith pretty much just makes sure the things fire. Does anyone have any good or bad experience with them? Also, i'm relatively new to the whole pistol thing and was wondering if anyone could give me tips as to what to look for in general when looking for used guns, particularly if you can't fire them in advance. Thanks in advance

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January 15, 2007, 04:46 PM
Ganders gun seem to be in pretty good condition. A gunsmith looks at them but does not fire them or detail strip them. They field strip them a look for major issues. If they don't see anything into the case they go.

What type of pistol are you looking at? Revolver or semi auto?

Here is a pretty good write up that should help you. Good luck

January 15, 2007, 05:10 PM
Right now i'm looking at an autopistol a bersa thunder (because its pretty inexpensive). Though if i found a used SP101 i'd buy it in a heartbeat.

Anna's Dad
January 15, 2007, 05:52 PM
Gander's prices on used guns (at least here) are really high.

January 15, 2007, 06:22 PM
I bought a used beretta from gander mtn last year, first trip to the range, it broke. GM sent it back to beretta for me. Two weeks later, second trip to the range, it broke.
GM cheerfully refunded 100% of my money, their service was just fine.

January 15, 2007, 08:54 PM
I have bought several used handguns at Gander Mt. and am very pleased with them. They don't stock any junk at my local store. I have found their prices to vary quite a bit, I have bought what I believe are 'steals' over the last few years. One was about $75 to $100 under Gunbroker average prices.

The gunsmith is on-site and he is experienced and involved with local shooting groups.

He's done work on a gun for me and it was completed in a timely, quality and fairly priced way.

Gander Mt. has a service contract that you can buy with the used gun. It cost $19.95. It is good for any repairs up to one year after the manufacture warranty runs out, IIRC.

If you have a lifetime warranty, that means that they will fix it forever. Plus you get a free gun cleaning anytime during the first year. Here's a link:

I always buy this thing. $20 is cheap insurance and hey, they charge $50 for a cleaning normally, so it's deal on both ends IMO.

And no, I don't work for Gander Mt. ;)

January 15, 2007, 10:14 PM
wow thanks for that info fun2shoot, that pretty much sold me. Are you sure you don't work for them?:)

January 16, 2007, 12:55 AM
I picked up an older 70-series Colt 1911 at one of the local GM's a few years back. It was used but looked pristine. Went from the store to the range. Failed to extract every single time. Found there was no tension on the extractor at all. Back to the store and the gunsmith was super nice and had it up and running in probably 15 minutes at no charge. Sales service at my local GM's has been spotty at times, but the smith service has been excellent especially on their used firearms.

January 16, 2007, 04:53 PM
I've bought a couple of used guns at Gander Mountain, and have traded in several others. Funny thing is I have never seen any of the ones I've traded in (and they were all good pieces) back in the cabinet. I've wondered if they ship them around to other stores for some reason or other, or maybe the ones I traded, just sold fast.

Their prices do seem to vary a lot. For example I paid $250.00 for a VERY good Smith & Wesson 39-2. I thought that was a steal, because the ones I'd seen in other stores were around $400.00. On the other hand, they had a Ruger MK II, NRA commerative 22 in the case (used) for $599.00. :what:
I had just purchased one just like it at the same store a few months before, NIB for $219.00.

January 16, 2007, 07:18 PM
I've had good luck with Gander Mountain used guns. If you buy a good brand of firearm it doesn't matter at what store you purchase it.

Go ahead and buy the Bersa.

January 16, 2007, 09:32 PM
I've had nothing but good experiences at GM. I've bought a used CZ 40-P, a LNIB Walther P99, and a brand new Beretta 9000s.

I was told at my local store that the gunsmith field strips, cleans, and fires (not necessarily in that order...) each used/traded firearm to check serviceability.

To date, I've not had a single problem with any of the firearms I've bought from them...but I've sold 2/3 of the above!

Their prices do indeed vary quite a bit...For the most part they are about $50 higher than they 'should' be. BUT, you can find decent deals if you look often enough. The main reason for the variability of prices is that the valuation is determined by whoever it is who's working the counter at that time. If an eyeball jumps a line in their Shooters Bible and they pay someone too much, they'll keep that resulting price with the firearm.

Ohen Cepel
January 16, 2007, 09:37 PM
They seem to be a bit high to me. However, if they have what you like and their service is good then go for it.

January 17, 2007, 03:38 AM
The used prices are too high in every Gander Mountain I have been in. The used guns are usually in good shape but they sell for only slightly lower than their new gun prices.

January 17, 2007, 06:42 AM
It has got to be hit or miss with used guns. My son got a great deal on a GP100 at GM. My son-in-law does better, but he works at one. I've never seen anything that excited me.

January 17, 2007, 07:03 AM
Gander adds in an extended warranty. It's not optional but if there's a problem it covers you.

I bought a P-1 from them and even with all that it was comparable to what I saw online. Add in the S&H and FFL fee and I broke even *and* I got to look at the pistols and pick the best they had. Oddly enough Gander is the only dealer in my area that had P-1's.

January 17, 2007, 10:00 AM
I definately think the used guns at the local GM in my area are rather inflated. Plus it seems like all they ever have are a bunch of Glocks all in chambered .40 S&W, which leads me to believe they were once police guns and potentially used pretty hard.

If I were you I'd check out a gun show first before buying used from GM. It has been my experience that gun shows sometimes have NEW guns for similar or the same price as what Gander Mountain wants for a used model.

January 17, 2007, 04:23 PM
I frequent the local GM because it's a mile from my office. I like to see what they put out in the used sections and have purchased at least 3 used guns from them.

I've developed good relationships with the guys that work in the department and have found that 90% of the used guns come from pawn shops and are purchased in bulk quantities by GM corporate. GM marks them up a set percentage from the price they paid.

Unfortunately, a lot of guns slip through the cracks and they over pay for them, so that means a high price at the counter. My GM has a S&W airweight .38 Bodyguard right now, used, behind the counter for $499! I pointed out to them that new ones regularly sell in the $350 range and when they pulled it up on the computer they found that they had been charged $375 for the gun by the pawn shop.

Also, don't be afraid to ask for a better price, they can come down on them.

I've purchased some great used guns from them at great prices and seen plenty of dogs. Not much different than buying used guns anywhere just need to know what you're looking at.

Recent used scores at GM:

Mid 1930's Colt Police Positive Target .22 in nice condition - $215
Mid 1960's S&W Model 19 in pristine 98%+ condition - $249

January 18, 2007, 11:39 AM
My closest Gander is waaaay too high for "previously owned shootin' irons".

But the real "kicker" for me was when the guy behind the counter insisted that a Century "M1 Garand" for $750 {Tagged as a Springfield WWII era rifle}was a good deal "...Because Century is a division of Springfield Armory." Also tried to tell me that International Harvester & H&R never made M1's. I pulled the op-rod to open the action, and it came loose from the bolt. Then guy starts loudly demanding that I buy that [ahem] "rifle" because I broke it.

January 18, 2007, 11:57 AM
I have not had good experience with the sales staff @ any Gander Mountain I have been in. The staff are generaly under paid college kids with the Idea that working for GM made them Experts with firearms.
From a price stand point you would think that everything in the firearms Department is "Collector Grade" and "One of a Kind". Ruger Mini 14's beat to heck and ragged selling for about $50.00 less than new. FM-95 HP's priced like real Browning Hi-Powers the list goes on and on.
There are deals to be had but the thing to do is cruise them persistently and when you do see a good deal grab it.

January 18, 2007, 01:30 PM
I'm one of the underpaid college kids who works in the gun department at Gander Mountain. While I don't consider myself an expert, I do consider myself quite knowledgeable about firearms and ammunition. I'm new to THR and I think it's ammusing to see all the discussion about the pricing and service at the chain stores like GM, Cabella's, etc. I'm not trying to advertise for GM. I don't care if they make more money. I don't see an extra dime from increased profits. I just think it's important to point out that each store is different and run by different managers and associates. They may not all be as passionate about the shooting sports as I am. Be careful when buying any used gun and do research before making a purchase. Check the Blue Book value. See what it's going for on and Ask if they can negotiate on the price. Have the gunsmith look at it again while you're there and ask him any questions you may have. Used guns come with a warranty so if you do buy one, take it out and shoot it right away to make sure it functions properly. The warrenty does not cover poor aim. :neener: If a new gun is only $50 more than the used one, buy the new one. Used gun prices are determined by cost (what the store paid for the gun) and if you find a great deal, it means someone probably got slightly screwed when they sold it. Good luck, Mike.

Outlaw Man
January 18, 2007, 05:51 PM
I don't know if they still do, but ours actually did fire the guns once. They may not do it anymore.

They won't give you much for a used gun so I know they're making a significant profit. I don't know if you'll have any luck, but see if you can negotiate with them on the price of the gun you want. They have a lot of room, IME. YMMV

January 18, 2007, 06:15 PM
I've bought two guns at the local GM. One new Marlin .22LR, and it was the best price in town. And the other one I bought used; Benelli Nova for $200. I've since put about 500 rounds through the Nova without a problem :)

January 18, 2007, 06:59 PM
GM marks them up a set percentage from the price they paid.

My GM has a S&W airweight .38 Bodyguard right now, used, behind the counter for $499! I pointed out to them that new ones regularly sell in the $350 range and when they pulled it up on the computer they found that they had been charged $375 for the gun by the pawn shop.

A $125 markup on a gun they purchased for $375 is a little out of line, if you ask me. If that is their standard percentage markup(33%), I can understand all of the complaints of outrageous pricing on used items.

January 18, 2007, 08:33 PM
before I bought my M&P I went to Gander and found a pristine used Glock 19, not a scratch on it

I wasn't willing to pay new price for it, but it was marked at $449 and I figured it had a little room. It had the 10 round mags but another next to it also had the new hi capacity mags, so I asked if they would switch them for a customer... possibly was the answer. I asked the sales guy (young guy (my age), very nice kid though) what they could sell it for, and he said that they really didn't negotiate any on them. When I commented that a new one could be had for $475 pretty easily, he said he knew that, but they would sell it for $449 used to someone eventually. :p

At the same time, they had a few CPO Sigs for very reasonable prices, looking brand new. I'm sure it is just a big crap shoot. :cool:

January 18, 2007, 11:31 PM
82MAGNUM, well said.

January 18, 2007, 11:40 PM
My GM has a S&W airweight .38 Bodyguard right now, used, behind the counter for $499! I pointed out to them that new ones regularly sell in the $350 range and when they pulled it up on the computer they found that they had been charged $375 for the gun by the pawn shop.
For a big company they don't seem to be up on things. I bought a S&W M638 (the .38 Airweight Bodyguard you mentioned above) from Cabela's NIB for $379. The 2006 S&W Catalog has them for $480 list and the current price on the S&W web site is $498. How can GM even try to sell a USED M638 for $499?? What a joke!

January 19, 2007, 01:55 PM
Normally GM will give your 70% of blue book value on a gun you bring to them, depending on condition. If the buyer (GM) doesn't read the correct price and overpays for the gun, they must then mark it up to cover cost and keep margins. They don't price their used guns based on anything else.

ie - just saw a NAA Black Widow 22 mag for $159.95 at GM, new on gunbroker etc they're around $250 or so... it's all based on how much they paid for the gun.

:scrutiny: just keep an eye out, although the local one here is having a 40% off sale on guns this weekend, or so I hear.

January 19, 2007, 05:09 PM
The one by me actually has that sale going on to, and there were a ton of rifles and shotguns and a few pistols on a series of tables right in the hunting section. Strangely enough a lot of the guns looked very beat up. I mean i know they're used but some looked as if they actually were rusting and such. That being said i saw they still had the Bersa for 160... but for some reason i couldn't bring myself to buy it or rather put it on layaway. I don't know why that is but i think i might just save up for a gun i'm more interested in, because truthfully i don't think i'm very interested in a .380 in spite of the fact that i'm sure it would be adequate at a range i would use it for CCW and i've read nothing but nice things about these guns. Bah maybe i'll go up there later and get it...

January 19, 2007, 09:39 PM
haha ok that all being said, i just got back from putting money down on the bersa. I can't wait until i get it now.

January 19, 2007, 10:11 PM
I bought a Taurus PT111 Titanium LNIB for $190.00, and a Springfield Armory WWII LNIB for $300.00. Both of them I thought were deals.
I saw a super clean XD9SC for $300. When I went back 15 minutes later to put money on it and the price had risen $75. Seems that someone priced it wrong.
On the other hand they had a Marlin 39 with a replacement forend that looked like a beaver had gnawed on it for $400.
It seems sometimes mistakes are made, there, like everywhere else. Sometimes in their favor and sometimes in "ours"

December 7, 2007, 01:57 AM
Do you guys by chance know Gander mountains fee for FFL transfers on handguns?


December 7, 2007, 07:06 AM
Check around, Try The local Gander Mountain here has crazy prices on used and new guns as well. used Glocks for 550.00-650.00. Usually for their used gun prices I can buy the same new elsewhere.

December 7, 2007, 07:45 AM
It is the only place I know where you can buy a used gun and get a 1 year warranty.

December 7, 2007, 07:47 AM
Hey Mike:

I know this is an old thread, but I also know you're still interested in getting a pistol sometime soon. So, as long as the thread has already been reactivated, I'll respond. The Gander Mountain in Pontiac or Waterford (whichever is right by the OCSD) has some "issues" I won't buy from them.

They lied to me about the proposed selling price of a pistol that they were buying from me. They used that same lie to drive downward, how much they would pay me for my used pistol. I walked in a few days later to follow-up and see the selling the end, they sold the used pistol for only about $20.00 less than a new one. :scrutiny: Go figure.

I also bought a used Rem 870 from them and it was defective. While they did fix it, they raised a fit about having to do so. Well, in the end, I decided I really do not want to do business with them.

Your best prices in our area is Guns Galore, Fenton, MI. Their prices on pistols average about $50.00 less than Gander Mountain, about $100.00 less than Double Action, and close to $150.00 less than Target Sports.

Good luck,


December 7, 2007, 08:05 AM
For the fun of it I carried my Kimber 9mm 1911 in to see what they would pay for it...It had about 2 mags run thru it...they offered $450.00 lol :fire:

December 7, 2007, 09:04 AM
It is the only place I know where you can buy a used gun and get a 1 year warranty.

If you buy a used S&W, Taurus, or hell, quite a number of name brands, you get a lifetime warranty from the manufacturer. Who needs a warranty from an overpriced store with an unknown quality gunsmith when the manufacturer warranty is included for the life of the product?

December 7, 2007, 12:39 PM
I picked up a SIG P6/P225 police trade in for $300.00+t. Action is like new, slight holster wear (but I don't care, cause thats what I do to it). Works/shoots/runs perfectly. I can't complain. You just have to be choosy about what you look for. The inventory of used stuff changes constantly, so you just have to keep an eye out.

December 7, 2007, 01:46 PM
Bersa has a lifetime warranty. go ahead and get it. on the 1 in 1000 chance it doesn't work, they'll take care of you.

December 7, 2007, 02:30 PM
For the fun of it I carried my Kimber 9mm 1911 in to see what they would pay for it...It had about 2 mags run thru it...they offered $450.00 lol
Is it just a basic blued Pro Carry II, or another model? Does it have any other optional features such as night sights? A basic Pro Carry II in 9mm has a suggested retail of $868, and generally sells new for about $800.

Considering what dealer cost probably is, $450 is a pretty reasonable offer.

December 7, 2007, 05:09 PM
I picked up 2 N-frames there. the 1st one was a 90%+ 28-2 for $250. the second was a 95% 6" model 27 for $390. I REALLY like gander:)

December 7, 2007, 05:18 PM
asknight...aren't those lifetime warranty's only good to the original purchasers?

December 7, 2007, 07:41 PM
Good question.

December 8, 2007, 02:33 PM
Haha thanks Doc. I definitely know that GM is way overpriced now, they're trying to sell Colt 1991's for 1000! This thread makes me think that I should get a inexpensive gun for now while i'm saving up for a Colt, and the bersa still looks good to me :D

December 8, 2007, 03:44 PM
asknight...aren't those lifetime warranty's only good to the original purchasers?

Absolutely not. At least in the case of Smith & Wesson, Taurus, and Sig. Those are the only warranties I've had to make a claim on and those companies handled it as if I'd just bought the weapon. I understand that Ruger, Remington, and many other reputable manufacturers are honoring a lifetime of the weapon warranty, even Hi-Point.

December 8, 2007, 06:35 PM
For the fun of it I carried my Kimber 9mm 1911 in to see what they would pay for it...It had about 2 mags run thru it...they offered $450.00 lol

When you go to trade in/sell a gun, and for all they knew that's what you wanted to do, You want to SELL the gun. They don't necessarly WANT to buy it. You asked what it was worth to them. They told you. <shrug> I probably wouldn't have offered you that much.

Fat Boy
December 8, 2007, 07:51 PM
The GM here in Wichita seems to have recently increased their prices on used firearms. However, their staff is courteous, friendly, and generally knowledgeable. As far as gunsmith's; I think their staff 'smith's are pretty competent, and willing to answer questions, and provide guidance. I will buy from them anytime I can.

December 8, 2007, 08:00 PM
I saw a ruger p95 at gander it looked brand new but it said it was used. It had to be the best condition I have ever seen a used ruger in. Anyway, it was $299 and I was considering buying it. I don't know if that was a good price....should I have gotten it?

December 8, 2007, 08:33 PM
Anthony, its not an excellent price by any means. A quick search on gunbroker showed a few NIB P95's for around 300, or exactly 300. If its in good condition though and you want it, you can always justify it by saying its a good price to anyone who asks though :D Also see if they'll lower the price, the worst they can say is no.

December 8, 2007, 09:30 PM
I am not old enough to buy a handgun yet :)
but i did buy a used mossberg 500 at gander mountain. It was in very good condition. no rust or corrosion although it was a synthetic/ parkerized deer gun. The gun did need a little cleaning because it had a little powder residue in the barrel an on the inside top of the reciever but overall a great gun at about $100 under factory price.

December 9, 2007, 09:54 AM
Guns Galore in Fenton is very good on price and selection. They seem to believe that the purpose of a retail establishment is to move merchandise and they price it accordingly. Another good place in SE Mich is Michigun in St Clair Shores, they primarily carry the higher end pistols, but their used prices are very reasonable.

December 9, 2007, 09:12 PM
Gander Mountain is way over priced here. Sportsmans Warehouse is much cheaper and thier people know what they are talking about

pete f
December 10, 2007, 02:25 AM
except none of the sports man warehouses around here carry or deal in used guns, only new.

The Mayor
December 10, 2007, 08:47 PM
+1 on Guns Galore, I drive 160mi round trip to shop there.
I got a perfect SA TRP in SS for $825, I called Springfield to ask about warranties on used guns, they said it would not be covered but they would work with me in the event of an issue, which there was none.

At Cabelas I picked up an old HK P7 PSP for market price, what I liked about that buy was that they gave me 30 days to decide if I wanted to keep it.

I didn't even know Gander sold used guns, I will check it out.

Finally, there is a new Sportsmans Warehouse in Allen Park, small selection, fair but not great prices, and no used guns. But its only been open about 3 weeks.

December 11, 2007, 09:19 AM
I called Springfield to ask about warranties on used guns, they said it would not be covered but they would work with me in the event of an issue, which there was none.

Unless Springfield has changed their policy since, I was told by them that the warranty was for the life of the pistol. Providing it was a lifetime warranted pistol when sold new. Apparently they originally didn't offer a lifetime warranty.

Flame Red
December 11, 2007, 02:53 PM
Normally GM will give your 70% of blue book value on a gun you bring to them, depending on condition.

Wow! Compared to the other stores around here that is a most generous trade in policy. I cannot tell you the horror stories I personally have experienced and seen at the local shops. You come in with a $1K gun and the shop offers you $100 for it and gives you the third degree that they gave you so much for it. Then the resell it and list it for $1200.

Next time I'll try them and see what they offer.

December 11, 2007, 03:22 PM
Yeah i think they're a good place to sell guns, but the formula they use to price new and used one's generally makes them overpriced.

December 18, 2007, 04:02 PM
My aunt bought a Taurus PT25 at Gander Mountain and I took her to the range. The first clip thru it busted both handgrips (Pearl). Since it was less than 30 days, we took the gun back and they would have no part of it. They said it is the manufacturers warranty only. They said they knew these guns were having this exact problem but still sell them anyway. They would not take it back or apply for a trade. They did offer to buy it back but said we would get very little since the grips were broken!
I was a regular customer but will buy my guns from the local guy from now on.

December 22, 2007, 04:13 AM
Gander Mtn is a joke. Highest prices around here.

December 22, 2007, 08:56 AM
You never know what you'll find.
That's the joy of stopping in to drool over the latest batch on display. I just found another one this week at the Fredericksburg Virginia store. I simply pass on the ones priced too high and wait and watch for the occational bargain. You never know what you'll find...sometimes a very pleasant surprise.

December 22, 2007, 11:57 AM
One of our classiest local gun stores has a lifetime guarantee on its used guns. I bought a used Colt Cobra (38 spl) for a great price (the ol' divorce sale, I think).

The used prices at the big box stores = the new prices at the gun show.

December 22, 2007, 07:02 PM
My experience with our local Gander is that they will try to bend you right over on a trade in, period. Best to buy outright.
As for their prices on used guns, in general they are outrageously high, with a few really good deals that slip through the cracks if you stay on top of what they have in the case....I once picked up a very clean no dash S&W 686 4" for $225 :D

December 23, 2007, 12:57 AM
I tried to sell a S&W M619 to GM during the summer. They offered my $182 for a gun when new goes for $700. They tried to run some line past me about paying a percentage of the Blue Book price and then they only mark it up the the Blue Book price. What a load that was.... The next day I got $325 cash from a dealer at the gun show.

A friend sold a 4" GP100 to GM for $200. I told him he was nuts for taking only $200 and that if I knew he was willing to take only $200 for his revolver I would have been more than willing to pay him that price. A few days later he went back to the same GM and saw the revolver he sold them for $200 marked $595. That's right, a revolver that has a list price of $635 that they bought for only $200 was marked $595. Like I already said, what a load of crap GM is pushing.

The GM near you might be better but the one by me has little to no competition so they think they can do as they please. Their prices on ammo and reloading components are extremely high too. I can't shop there anymore because of their outrageous prices.

December 23, 2007, 01:14 AM
Every once in a while at GM you come in and find something outrageously underpriced -- because one of the employees is probably trying to set themselves up with a sweetheart deal.

I grab every one of those I can, because it serves them right for all the other stuff they pull.

December 26, 2007, 04:52 AM
Well you all made me look. I picked up a spotting scope at Gander. The online price is 25% higher plus S&H compared to what I paid.


Jeff Timm
December 26, 2007, 08:19 AM
The Gander Mountain price on receiving guns is $35, even if it comes from another GM. I find their prices to be a high variable. I cruise the used and check the sales.

Who bought a $50 shirt at GM for $15 on sale and a $20 hat for $6. The amazing thing is, they close out summer FLORIDA!

December 27, 2007, 09:19 PM
I find most prices high at GM. Hornady L-L-P $399 Cabela's $369, new rifle brass 50% to 75% higher then Cabela’s. They are way high on both new and used guns.

December 28, 2007, 11:57 AM
I have bought one handgun from them. The price was a little high, but it was the only one I could find around and I really wanted it. I have had no issues with it, but they do offer some kind of extended warranty with their firearms. I find their prices to be high, and their service so-so. I would rather spend my $$$ with a local gun dealer, they are usually much cheaper than GM and offer better service and have better knowledge about firearms.

December 13, 2008, 03:52 PM
I have bought several guns from GM and have gotten some serious deals the list is as follows glock 17 350.00 glock 22 350.00 sig 226 400.00 para p14 450.00 beretta 96 NIB 300.00 smith and wesson 1000 250.00 and my all time favorite a colt commander 45 acp 399.00 .you just have to stop by all the time.and remember that sales reps are all underpaid

December 13, 2008, 11:46 PM
I've bought one gun from GM and the whole thing was a cluster**** from beginning until the time the manager refunded my money the very next morning.

My experience:

Saw a really good looking 1917 S&W with original stocks and lanyard loop in the case for $300. Decided to buy it. Filled out the 4473... They took my money and then looked in their computer system to log it out/whatever they do. The sales guy comes back and tells me that someone else(a store employee) already has it on layaway and he doesn't know why it was in the case, but the entries in the computer didn't really make sense either. So, they start trying to call the employee who had it on layaway. Takes an hour to get in touch with him. He says he changed his mind and doesn't want it. They finally let me leave with the gun I paid for an hour earlier.

I get home and start really looking the gun over. Something doesn't look right about the gap between the rear of the cylinder and the recoil shield/breechface. I go get a moonclip full of fired cases and drop it in the cylinder. Cylinder won't close/moonclip hangs on recoil shield. I take the moonclip out and look at the chambers....hmmm, the throats sure do look like they're cut for a longer cartridge.. I go get a fired .45 Colt case and it fully seats in the cylinder. Some jerkwad replaced the cylinder with one from a .45 Colt New Century. Disgusted, I throw it in the safe and go to bed. Went over first thing in the morning, returned the gun, and got a full refund.

As if that wasn't bad enough, they told me they'd only give me $170 for my Brazilian contract 1917, even though their book showed it was worth $280. I laughed in their faces.

The used gun prices at the local GM are almost always either the same as a new gun, or just a few bucks less. Their new gun prices are crap too. Same with ammo. I basically just go there to look and fondle(and laugh at their pricing).

December 14, 2008, 09:40 PM
i bought a used gun from gander mountain.i stripped it when i got home and it had alot of problems, none of wich they felt were significant enough to fix under the warranty.

that mistake cost me 750$

there customer service included the gun smith calling me and saying that all damage was insignificant, then asked me to come pick it up. i was stupid to not stripping it at the store before buying it.

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