Gun Trades


December 18, 2003, 06:19 PM
I've been trying to trade my Glock 21 on Gunbroker for another 1911 style and get a whole heck of a lot of offers, stainless Kimbers, Springfield Loadeds, Pointman Majors, Combat Commanders, A full auto Mac9, all sorts of stuff.

The problem is everyone wants me to send my gun first and these are usually the guys who arent even registered users there. Some do not have pics of their weapons and so forth. I wont send my gun blindly for one I haven't seen. I've asked people to send theirs first for inspection and then I'll send the G21 etc. The deals fall through right there, every time.

Is there a safe way to do this kind of transaction? What do I ask for / look for / say that wont crap the deal and still give me recourse if the person receives my gun and does not send his?

(Anyone here want to trade a 1911 for a G21, nite sites, Laser, 3 Hi cap mags, two +2's, Galco SOB Holster, and extra springs?)

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December 18, 2003, 06:36 PM
Well, I for one wouldn't send anything anywhere without some level of security. My suggestion is to take some good hi-res pics of your gun and send those to these folks and get the same in return. Once you analyze the pics and if everything looks okay, make a deal to trade with a three day inspection period. Even with this, you can still get scammed. No worse than a cash transaction though.


December 18, 2003, 06:38 PM
Sure! Just send it here.....I'm sure I'll send something back...

Well somebody had to be first!

December 18, 2003, 08:37 PM
You know they are wanting to scam you. No one in their right mind would trade their 1911 for a glock!:neener:

December 18, 2003, 08:42 PM
Unless they are an FFL dealer, they can't receive the gun directly from you.

Unless you are and FFL dealer, you can't receive the gun directly from them.

Ala Dan
December 18, 2003, 08:52 PM
Ed old' buddy-

I don't see an easy way to accomplish your goal? :(

I certainly understand that you do not want to lose
a firearm, while the deal is in flight. Its kind'a
far fetched, but a good rule of the thumb is to trust
NO ONE. I say that to include myself as well; cuz
you don't know me from Adams house cat! ;) Grant
it, I wouldn't think of taking anything that did
not belong to me; but I just would not feel really
comfortable with any deal, until both parties
were satisfied. :D Too bad you can't work out a
face-to-face transaction.

My advice to you sir, is DON'T DO IT. I realize that
most people here at THR would never think of
what I call "juking you" out of a firearm. But this
internet is FULL OF THIEVES who would; and never
think twice about it!

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

December 18, 2003, 09:32 PM
Hey dude! (Ed!!!) Is there a safe way to do this kind of transaction? IMO .... ole buddy ..... NOPE!!! No guarantees whatsoever. Even takin into account the FFL requirements ... still no guarantees.

I would only consider such a deal on THR .. and that with a member of some standing who in part at least, you can feel you know. You and I in fact have ''known'' each other quite some time ... I even had the pleasure of sampling some of your nice cast heavyweight bullts too (I did get em loaded and shot .... Mmmm .... nice!!).... will now cast more with new moulds!:)

I digress ..... but certainly here I think we all pretty much have our rules and integrity .. and there is a much smaller risk ..... and if anything did go ''belly up'' then hell .... it sure is gonna be quickly ''broadcast''!!:p

But seriously .. the auction game . I honestly don't think I'd entertain a trade .... only for me would be .... buy the one I want ... then sell the one I don't! (sorta thing!!)

December 18, 2003, 09:37 PM
Just put an ad in the THR FS section and get it done locally.

Standing Wolf
December 18, 2003, 09:38 PM

December 18, 2003, 10:01 PM
"What kind of place is this?" "What do you mean you won't take a Post Dated,Two Party,Out of State Check!:neener: :neener: :neener:

December 18, 2003, 10:53 PM
There is a way to minimize the risks - I've done it several times in gun trades here on THR.

First, have a local dealer you know and trust.

Second, make sure the other party has a local dealer he knows and trusts.

You take your gun-for-trade and deliver it to your local dealer. The other party does the same with his/her gun at his/her dealer.

One dealer calls the other and confirms that he has one gun, and that the other dealer has the other gun. The first dealer then ships gun no. 1 to the second dealer, along with a copy of his FFL. On receipt, the second dealer confirms that the gun is in good condition, and then sends out the other party's gun to the first dealer.

This way, the dealers handle the trade as a business-to-business transaction. If there are any problems, the dealer can handle them on your behalf. However, it's essential that both parties know and trust the dealers concerned.

December 19, 2003, 12:58 AM
And make sure that Fed Ex guy isn't a moron!;)

December 19, 2003, 01:48 AM
I've had this thing sold for cash twice all they way up until they didn't have the cash. The drastic plastic just don't want to leave I guess.

No one in their right mind would trade their 1911 for a glock!

Why do you think I'm tryin to trade it for a 1911? :D
It's a good pistol but I'm just not a glock man and besides, I shoot a lot of lead. Common mags & holsters are a good idea too.

I do know a dealer named Earl that I trust. I haven't known him real long, but the guy just radiates integrity. It shows that he's got a lot on the ball and I feel confident that no (relatively) cheap little 5 or 6 hundred dollar deal would go wrong in his hands.

Thats a good idea to send them to a dealer that they trust. I could let my dealer receive the other guys pistol, inspect it upon arrival, retain possession of the other guys pistol (my new one) until the other dealer recives the Glock and he calls back saying the other guy is happy with it and then go pick it up. Hmm. Sounds complicated.

Sure would be easier if one of you all just bought it from me.:D Just put enough in me hand to go pick up a new/used Springfield is all.;)

I'm pretty sure the guy who wanted to trade a Tec-9 for it was serious.:rolleyes:

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