How Do You Get Your Guns?


Jim Watson
March 13, 2010, 09:57 AM
Most of my guns were bought, some were traded for. I have been given guns, mostly when a minor but one as a favor for helping clear an estate; and have inherited a couple. All pretty clear what type of transaction, right?

But on the Internet I read of guns that the user:
came into
came by
picked up
came into possession of

I had a longer list on my defunct computer; will add to the list here as I see obscure means of getting guns. Hey, "got" counts.

OK, add:

I just wonder at the terms. Euphemisms or imprecise language?

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March 13, 2010, 11:17 AM
I find some, some find me.

Some follow me home, I feed them and they stay.

Iíll put a couple in a drawer and come back later and thereís several. 1911s are especially bad about this. :confused:

March 13, 2010, 11:20 AM
Gunshops, auctions, auction sites, personal sales, gifts.

March 13, 2010, 11:31 AM
Some of my best deals have come from craigslist. Have to be quick because the posts get flagged quickly. I've bought guns from craigslist that I didn't even know I needed. Hard to pass up a good deal.

March 13, 2010, 11:49 AM
I acquired most of mine while fishing as salvage from tragic boating accidents.

March 13, 2010, 11:54 AM
I find some, some find me.

Some follow me home, I feed them and they stay.

Iíll put a couple in a drawer and come back later and thereís several. 1911s are especially bad about this.

Pretty much sums it up.

March 13, 2010, 12:00 PM
I only have one currently and I bought it online.
I used to have a shotgun which was given to me by my grandparents for hunting purposes.

March 13, 2010, 12:44 PM
In order of acquisition:

4 kinda-sorta-inherited (ones the actual heirs knew I'd like, or they didn't want);
1 traded (my k-s-i for someone else's k-s-i)
1 internet purchase directly through local ffl (he did searching & ordering)
1 disposal request (sure, i'll get rid of that nasty old unfired revolver for you! got any more that need removal?)
1 gun show purchase (dealer-not the gunshow loophole, dagnabbit)
1 face-to-face purchase (living room loophole)
1 gift (birthday present)
1 local gun store purchase (what an odd experience...)

Arkansas Paul
March 13, 2010, 12:56 PM
Some I've had passed down.
A few were given to me by my parents as gifts.
I've bought a few at gunshops, and a couple at pawn shops.
Traded for a couple.
I've done it all, and I like it all.

March 13, 2010, 01:02 PM
Straw purchase:evil: (just kidding)

Let see how many I can remember:

Bought gunshop
Bought individual
Bought individual
Bought gunshop
Bought individual
Bought individual
Bought individual
Bought individual

March 13, 2010, 01:04 PM
I find some, some find me.

Some follow me home, I feed them and they stay.

Iíll put a couple in a drawer and come back later and thereís several. 1911s are especially bad about this. :confused:
Sounds very much like many of my weapons... And critters too :rolleyes:

My purchases/acquisitions have ran the gamut, local FFL, FFL-FFL & Private-FFL transfers, Gunshow FFL & Private, Private FtF and trades.

March 13, 2010, 01:07 PM
Bought most,
traded one,
got another as a 22nd birthday gift from Dad
Got another that Dad found in his house that he had no idea where it came from.

But mostly bought.

March 13, 2010, 01:11 PM

March 13, 2010, 02:07 PM
Bought most , have traded for some.

March 13, 2010, 02:25 PM
gunbroker and budsgunshop

March 13, 2010, 02:42 PM
I acquired most of mine while fishing as salvage from tragic boating accidents.


I have had all but 1 passed down.

March 13, 2010, 04:34 PM
Friend of mine is a gunsmith. He gives me asigned copy of his FFL, I order and pay for the piece. It ships to him and he charges 10 bucks for the transfer plus 5 for the instant check.

March 13, 2010, 04:44 PM
A couple bought from friends and too many trips to the local used gun seller. I've only ever bought one at a gun show and one online.

March 13, 2010, 04:48 PM
Local shops, local gun shows, gunbroker, couple private sales.......inherited one.

March 13, 2010, 05:16 PM
I've been shifting more to building my own from kits. I rarely buy new from dealers due to the markup. Over the past five years 90% of my intake has been horse trading ftf or gunbroker non-dealer transactions. That's compared with about 80% or more of my intake from dealers before 2004. I also no longer use dealers to sell. I either go on a national forum or sell on a local swap and sell. It's faster and easier, with no percentage to a middle man.

March 13, 2010, 05:51 PM
Hard to pass up a good I don't.

March 13, 2010, 05:55 PM
Made 'em outa taters, soap bars and shoe polish.

March 13, 2010, 05:57 PM
Came across this mysterious pile of guns in the bottom of the local lake - all wrapped in Cosmo, plastic sheeting, sealed PVC pipes --- but, sadly the "If found return to..." address was smeared.



March 13, 2010, 06:05 PM
Obama came to my house and gave them to me.:)

March 13, 2010, 06:58 PM
Bought the first one for a reason, the rest I just heard calling my name!

March 13, 2010, 07:00 PM
Hello friends and neighbors // I just realised the multiple ways I do it.

1)Gifts from family first and foremost

2)Local gun shops (4)and pawn shops (2) that I like.

3)Face to Face in SC

4)Online: only with members of THR and all great transactions//////A nod to: Smokin Gun, jwxspoon and LopezEL gentlemen all. Hope you guys are well :D

5)Out of town Gun/Pawn Shops,I travel a good bit and "swing" by many places to see whats in, only two purchases this way.

6)Found Two when I was a kid, neither work, my dad still has them( I found them in the rafters of his house so no complaints here)

March 13, 2010, 08:22 PM
Let's see.....
Remington 870 wingmaster Given as gift
S&W model 4501? I forget exactly, given as gift
traded S&W 4501 for rem 788 in .223
high point C-9 local shop
Colt 1911 .45 given as gift
S&W model 28 given as gift
Colt mustang, Amt SA .380 backup was told to "just hang on to em" by dad
Colt 1911 .38 super local shop
traded AR for Colt 1991 compact
Remington 870 express local shop
straight pull steyr local shop
ruger 10/22 given as gift
ATC pocket pistol given as gift
Pen gun given as gift
Swiss husqvarna revolver given as gift
traded 1991 colt compact for NIB 637 at local gun shop
rossi .22LR/.410 for son at local shop
Winchester 94 30WCF FTF
there are others that I honestly don't remember exactly how I came to own. Sadly they were all lost in a tragic boating accident at Alamo lake while fishing for some largemouth bass. All but the hi-point and I'll gladly hand that one over when the time comes.:neener::evil::neener::evil:

March 13, 2010, 08:28 PM
pawn shop stalking and haggling like crazy directly or indirectly with the proprietor

March 13, 2010, 08:33 PM
All purchased. Some under the guise of gift from the wife. Some from local gunshops, others from estate auctions and on-line auctions. One was bought FTF and one from pawn shop.

March 13, 2010, 08:37 PM
Wow what is up with all the boating accidents? I had one too! I lost all my guns in it. Really!

March 13, 2010, 09:14 PM
Wow what is up with all the boating accidents? I had one too! I lost all my guns in it. Really!
Well now you know who found them :D

March 13, 2010, 09:41 PM
given to me from father
given to me from grandfather
bought from acquaintance
bought at a gun show
bought at a sporting good's store

March 13, 2010, 09:45 PM
Bought or traded for all I have, save a muzzleloader given to me by my father.


March 13, 2010, 09:45 PM
The last 4 or 5 I build from receivers and parts bought off

March 13, 2010, 09:56 PM
jim, i see, "my dealer", often on the internet and keeping with that connotation you can add "scored" to the list.

March 13, 2010, 10:29 PM
i filled out a 4473 or form 4 for all of mine except a couple that were inherited

i have a pretty low opinion of those types of euphamisms, and an even lower opinion of people who break laws.

Claude Clay
March 13, 2010, 10:35 PM
Man, you simply cannot believe how many sunken boats have guns in them:cool:

March 14, 2010, 12:34 AM
Old white panel van....back in a cirty alley. Not suppose to tell anyone where it is though, bad for business.

March 14, 2010, 08:04 AM
I do 4473s for the majority of mine too. Saves money on all the tinfoil I would buy otherwise. Only inherited one from dad, or should I say he gave it to me as he is still with us.

March 14, 2010, 01:07 PM
Bought all of mine one way or another.

Jim, good to see you back in the saddle.

The Lone Haranguer
March 14, 2010, 03:33 PM
Purchased from FFLs and private sellers, one inherited.

Ala Dan
March 14, 2010, 05:57 PM
Most of mine were procured, using cash; however- a few were traded for~!

March 14, 2010, 06:05 PM
Recently did some computer work for a friend and his ex-wife. They ended up offering me a post racall LCP that the wife didn't like and a Mossberg 500, unfired, still in the box...other than that, I usually buy new...

March 14, 2010, 07:16 PM
Mostly bought, some trading involved....

All done one at a time.:rolleyes:

Jim Watson
March 14, 2010, 08:36 PM
Everybody is answering straight.

I was looking for weasel words that do not actually describe how the poster got the gun.

March 14, 2010, 08:45 PM
Jeez Jim....

I'd like to help you out, but I got all mine legally. Local gun shops, pawn shops. A couple gifts and trades.

Nice to see you back and posting...

March 14, 2010, 08:47 PM
I was going to say no one ever gifted me a gun but when I remember the hand me downs I am going to say no one outside my family ever gifted me a gun.

There have been two parking lot exchanges, the rest I bought at gunshows and one through

March 14, 2010, 10:50 PM
Inherited 1 that I still have,
Bought 3 new,
Built 3 from kits,
Traded for 4,
Bought 5 online (black powder),
Bought 7 from gun shops (mostly old battle rifles),
Found 8 that I retained,
Bought 27 used from pawn shops,
-And one is currently on lay-away, used, at a pawn shop.

Yep. Gonna need another safe.

March 14, 2010, 11:07 PM
First weapon:" 1951- typed a letter to allow purchase of weapon & signed my dads name to it--took street car 9 miles-purchased Savage 24V--6 mo. later when he found it he was pi$$ed but let me keep it.
The next 45 or so just kinna came by themselves...
Friggin gun nut,.

March 14, 2010, 11:09 PM
Mostly purchased, some traded, some gifts, some manufactured, one abandoned by a felon/nutcase.

March 14, 2010, 11:12 PM
Here and there most were private sales.

March 15, 2010, 08:46 PM
Bought 3 from highroad members, gunbroker, armslist, and a local shooting forum in Oklahoma. I buy FTF as much as possible, no registration in Oklahoma when purchased that way.

March 15, 2010, 09:42 PM
As a general rule, I acquire them. (As a general rule, I think that it's a bad idea to sell a gun.) Once I acquire them, I tend to keep them until I pass them down to my son. He is now acquiring a nice collection.

March 16, 2010, 11:38 AM
I bought all mine new, at local stores. One from Dick's Sporting Goods, the others from gun shops.

March 16, 2010, 11:40 AM
All mine came from Academy, the local gunshops price up to $200 more than retail. I would like to buy FTF but I can hardly ever find anything I want and if I do it was sold 15 minutes after the paper came out.

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