Tips on selling handgun?


July 18, 2010, 12:45 AM
I have decided to try and replace one of my revolvers with a semiauto. Obviously the easiest thing to do would be to trade it at the gun shop. Assuming that they would pretty much screw me, does anyone have some tips how I can legally and safely as a private party sell the revolver myself?

Thanks in advance,
Courtney in Seattle

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captain awesome
July 18, 2010, 02:06 AM
I don't know the laws in Washington, but in AZ you can sell privately. I am sure if you were concerned you could find a buyer and take it to a local ffl to have it transferred to them. There are always the auction sites; or .For interstate sale you have to use an ffl. I believe you personally can send it, but it has to be received by an ffl holder. Never sent a gun anywhere, only had them shipped to ffls for me, but I believe that's the case.

July 19, 2010, 01:14 AM
Do you have gun shows in Seattle? If an individual can buy and sell guns at a gun show there, that might be better than a gun shop's offer.

Steve C
July 19, 2010, 02:40 AM
First determine the value range of the item you wish to sell. Do some on line research, browse some of the local gun stores selling used guns and check out some of the used gun value books. That will give you some idea about what you can ask for it.

Gun stores will usually give you 50 to 60% of what you can sell it for in a private sale. This isn't ripping you off, its what they are willing to pay in order to pay overhead and turn a profit. Some will try and low balling you to perhaps 25% or less of what they'll sell it for later, esp. true of Pawn Shops, but you can always walk away from those deals IF you know the approximate current used value of the pistol.

If you decide to sell it privately then its going to take some work and maybe a little investment in advertisement.

You can advertise on this forum for a FTF (face to face) sale. You can put a 3x5 card on the bulletin board at most gun ranges with firearms for sale. Gun shows have been mentioned. Tell friends and associates that your want to sell the pistol, word of mouth works quite often and its cheap.

Not sure if the news paper will take pistol adds in Washington being its such a liberal nanny state, esp in Seattle but there's likely other advertising sources like penny saver or other media.

You can get an account on Gunbroker and put it up for auction with a reserve price.

July 20, 2010, 12:25 AM
Post some honest, well taken photographs along with model type, serial number range and condition on this forum and numerous people will give you an honest price.

Then you might post it for sale in this forum's classifieds, buyer pays shipping, FFL fees, etc.

Gaucho Gringo
July 21, 2010, 04:52 PM
There are a bunch of gun forums in Washington and the PNW you can list your gun for sale. A couple are Hope this helps and it is legal to do FTF sales to Washington residents that can legally own guns.

July 21, 2010, 04:55 PM
If it's legal there, take it to a gun show and walk it around for a while. People will stop you every few minutes and ask if it's for sale.

I can almost guarentee someone will buy it for way more cash then you can get for it on a trade.


Cactus Jack Arizona
July 21, 2010, 07:11 PM
Try talking to your FFL. They might allow you to sell your firearm(s) to an individual, and then hold your firearm(s) for you while the buyer completes Form 4473 and goes through the normal background check. Then, all that should be left is for the buyer to pay the transfer fee. Viola, your gun is sold and you don't ever have to worry about the firearm being used in a crime in your name. :D

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