Any tips on buying used?


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jcalys
April 13, 2008, 10:59 PM
I'm pretty new to handguns, and after shooting friends' guns and renting some at the range, I'm pretty ready to buy. I did some searching on the site, and didn't find any great threads on buying used guns. I was hoping this could be that thread.

I'm looking at a Sig P226/229 or a SA XD9 to buy used, so any info on buying those guns specifically would be good. Not only to I want to get a good deal, but I want to make sure the gun is in good working order (and will be for the foreseeable future.

What impact does the finish percentage play on the price of the gun?
When handling the gun what should I be looking at to make sure it is in good mechanical shape?
Any thing else I need to know would be great.

Thanks

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PotatoJudge
April 13, 2008, 11:34 PM
Make sure nobody has done any home gunsmithing on it (buggered screws, polished feedramps, scratches around pins).

Lonestar49
April 14, 2008, 12:54 AM
Quote: Make sure nobody has done any home gunsmithing on it (buggered screws, polished feedramps, scratches around pins).
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This is right, so to avoid such, and get no BS..

And a beautiful, Pre-owned Certified gun, as in P226 or P229, etc. go here to Sigs site of them:


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Here:

http://www.sigsauer.com/Products/ShowCatalogProductDetails.aspx?categoryid=55&productid=201

2nd 41
April 14, 2008, 07:19 AM
Buying used is a crap shoot. Find a reputable shop to buy from. Take someone with you that has Gun knowledge. If the guns are on consignment...make an offer. Usually $50-$75 under the asking price. Can always come up.
If it does not work out you can always sell or trade what ever you purchase.
Good luck.

TAB
April 14, 2008, 08:20 AM
Also, shoot it before you buy it...

If the guy is not willing to go to the range... walk. I've seen lots of used guns that looked perfect, only to find out that they shot like crap or would not function.

I wish I could say I trust people, but I don't... been skrewed too many times.

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