How do you find private sales?


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AlabamaDan
January 20, 2013, 09:12 PM
Ever notice there are some people who always know someone willing to sell a gun? I'm never that guy. If I wanted to buy a gun I'd need to go to a pawn shop or gun store. How do you find individuals who are willing to sell a gun?

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mf-dif
January 20, 2013, 09:14 PM
www.armslist.com

Texan Scott
January 20, 2013, 09:16 PM
Or in the listings here on THR. Welcome, btw!

egg250
January 20, 2013, 09:19 PM
Depends on the location. In Virginia, firearms are listed in the local classifieds. One is called "The Trading Post".

Redlg155
January 20, 2013, 09:20 PM
Trusted sites I've used are Gunbroker, here, AR15.com and M14 Forums.

meanmrmustard
January 20, 2013, 09:21 PM
Arms list.com

Killian
January 20, 2013, 09:22 PM
Pssst...*whispers*....train station....men's restroom....third stall...bring cash.

Zardaia
January 20, 2013, 09:23 PM
Florida gun trader.com broken up by parts of the state. I love it.

mberoose
January 20, 2013, 09:26 PM
CTGuntalk.com
CTShooting.com
Bargainnews.com
Armslist.com

Best thing to do is to join a local gun forum.

oneounceload
January 20, 2013, 09:29 PM
Try your local newspaper, if it isn't one owned by the New York Times

mljdeckard
January 20, 2013, 09:30 PM
utahgunexchange.com

Texan Scott
January 20, 2013, 09:32 PM
Spend more time at your favorite gun range. Regulars talk to regulars, maybe even make friends occasionally.

22-rimfire
January 20, 2013, 09:35 PM
Many state oriented forums will have buy and sell classifieds. You find what you are looking for at a price you are comfortable with and consider distance to make the deal. It would take quite a gun for me to drive the length of my state to buy a gun. It is too easy to go to a gun shop. But the seller may be within a reasonable distance.

ozarkhillbilly
January 20, 2013, 09:36 PM
Hang out with gun people, I am serious, it is usually insider info. If you want a good deal on a car hang out with car guys.

22-rimfire
January 20, 2013, 09:38 PM
You can also find such sales at your local gun range. Folks talk... I got this and got that and want to sell such and such.... you want it, you make the deal as long as you are allowed to legally purchase the firearm.

Ms_Dragon
January 20, 2013, 09:42 PM
Texan Scott
"Spend more time at your favorite gun range. Regulars talk to regulars, maybe even make friends occasionally."

^^^^This.
Be polite and respect the persons space and start a normal civilized conversation when they look like they aren't busy and for the love of all things holy don't squeal like a demented school girl in their ear the second they stop firing.
*shudders*
I've seen that happen too many times with over excited newbies at the range.
It doesn't go down well at all.

Texan Scott
January 20, 2013, 09:47 PM
^^LOL^^ Also good advice for meeting women at the range, presumably.

Diamondback6
January 20, 2013, 09:49 PM
NorthwestFirearms.com. Used to frequent SeattleGuns.net, then found a friendlier site and moved... now I gotta remember what it was.

Ms_Dragon
January 20, 2013, 09:50 PM
*grins*

Maybe, Texas Scott.
Maybe.

gp911
January 20, 2013, 09:51 PM
Killian, was that you with the wide stance?

justice06rr
January 21, 2013, 03:38 AM
Online (non-dealer) websites and forums are the best to look for. Local forums usually have people selling or trading guns at decent prices.

I still don't understand people who buy from GB...

tarosean
January 21, 2013, 03:45 AM
texasguntrader.com is one I frequent.

I have not been to a flea market in many many years but I used to go just for guns. Added quite a few that way. Gun shows hit the private people up in the parking lots, etc.

Ranges, competitions/events, etc.

Fishslayer
January 21, 2013, 04:08 AM
Ever notice there are some people who always know someone willing to sell a gun? I'm never that guy. If I wanted to buy a gun I'd need to go to a pawn shop or gun store. How do you find individuals who are willing to sell a gun?

In Kalifornistan it's calguns.net WTS board. In Alabama I would guess it'd be here somewhere. Being in a Free State it will be much easier for you.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&q=alabama+gun+forums&gbv=2&oq=alabama+firearms+forum&gs_l=heirloom-hp.1.1.0j0i22.2250.10172.0.12610.22.19.0.3.3.0.359.3735.0j11j5j2.18.0...0.0...1c.1.1ALtUOKgYd4

postalnut25
January 21, 2013, 04:16 AM
In Colorado the main source is www.cologunmarket.com

There are also some ranges in the area that have a section on their websites that list items that members have for sale.

The_Next_Generation
January 21, 2013, 04:19 AM
MAJOR +1 for armslist.com

Kiln
January 21, 2013, 05:00 AM
It is easy. It has been legal to put your firearms up for sale in most states in the local classified section of the newspaper since classifieds were invented.

Now there are sites like Armslist to help with private sales.

This is what the "gun show loophole" is about. I wish I could pound this into people's heads. It has nothing to do with criminals. It has to do with people selling other people guns without the government knowing about it and that is why gun control advocates hate it.

The "gun show loophole" is simply a private sale "loophole". One step closer to full registration.

People will think "well I already go through a background check so I might as well register" and then they've got you. It isn't about immediate change, it is about drastic change over a period of time. Complete disarmament, welcome to the United Kingdom of America.

DeepSouth
January 21, 2013, 05:05 AM
I have a lot of broke friends who like guns. They buy, they like, the new wears off, they like less, they have that unexpected bill, they know I'll help them out.
:)

Win for everybody.

AlabamaDan
January 21, 2013, 11:35 PM
Follow up question: How do you learn what's a good price for guns? I mean there's no kelly blue book for guns is there?

BearAZ737
January 22, 2013, 04:18 AM
One I use to buy almost all my guns because I don't need to buy new is Backpage.com its like a craigslist but you can sell firearms, it has listings almost everywhere. I do most of the buying but have sold a couple times and have not had to back out of a sale because I was uneasy about the person. I have met plenty of police and fmr military members when buying. As long as you use common sense when selling a firearm and carrying a lot of cash... personal sales are also common here in AZ might not be the same for you.

Kiln
January 22, 2013, 04:19 AM
Follow up question: How do you learn what's a good price for guns? I mean there's no kelly blue book for guns is there?
I used to check sites like Gunbroker to kind of get an idea of the market values but now panic buying has jacked up prices so high that I wouldn't use it as a reliable source.

gunnutery
January 22, 2013, 05:22 AM
www.gunlistings.org is what I use. It's listed by state. Some states are more active than others though, so it may not work for you depending on where you are.

M-Cameron
January 22, 2013, 06:04 AM
just about every shooting range/ gun club ive been to has a large peg board with adverts. and private gun listings.

Roadkill
January 22, 2013, 06:33 AM
shootability.net is a local N. Al forum http://alabamashootersforum.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=general&action=display&thread=12

NWCP
January 22, 2013, 07:11 AM
I belong to a gun club. I tend to sell to shooters I've known through the range, or referrals from other gun club members. I also prefer to sell to CPL holders. I have yet to sell to a total stranger.

rdhood
January 22, 2013, 10:09 AM
There are a couple forums in GA. The one I peruse is:

The Outdoors Trader (http://www.theoutdoorstrader.com/)

jaysouth
January 22, 2013, 10:48 AM
Immerse yourself in the local gun culture. Join a club, visit other clubs and look at their bulletin boards. Hang around gun shops.

As someone who used to be an active trader with access to lots of cast, I got calls weekly and never bought unless it was an absolute steal. In years past I paid $300 for a Carbonfiber AR(useless gun) and $1300 for a Les Baer Super
Tac that was selling new for $2200.

Prices seem pretty outladish these days but will level out and in twenty years you will be talking about the bargans you snagged way back in '13.

Set a maximum price for what you are willing to pay and have cash in your pocket. Good deals come and go in the flash of a moment.

Ignition Override
January 22, 2013, 11:20 AM
It's a matter of luck. The objective is to scan the forums as often as possible, and also allow people to 'pm' you.

A guy on THR responded to my ad to trade 2,000 rds. of Russian 7.62x39 ammo for my 2,000 rds. of .223.
We did the trade in his driveway, n.e. of Austin.

I've bought/sold four rifles, behind McDonalds, between a Walmart and Sam's etc.

Redlg155
January 22, 2013, 11:55 AM
You could always get in good with the Amish Mafia!

jaysouth
January 22, 2013, 12:31 PM
My favorite place to do handgun deals is in my local bank. I have a very longstanding, very good relationship with the staff at my local branch. I have prospective sellers/buyers meet me in an empty office or the conference room which has blinds.

It is not lost on anyone that they are on camera from the time that they drive up until the time they leave the parking lot.

The manager does not ask any questions, I have sold her two guns in the last 7 or 8 years.

Do not meet anyone in a parking lot after dark. There was a murder recently in front of Dick's sporting goods. The seller agreed to meet a propective buyer in the parking lot. The prospective buyer turned out to be two hoods from the hood who murdered him and took his gun and wallet.

Red Tornado
January 22, 2013, 02:08 PM
Several Facebook groups are popping up. Search for "your town" gun trader, or trading post.
RT

PavePusher
January 22, 2013, 02:20 PM
Most ranges and gun stores I've been to have bulletin boards with postings of guns for sale.

VegasAR15
January 22, 2013, 02:27 PM
Backpage sporting goods section and a state gun forum.

CZguy
January 22, 2013, 03:05 PM
I used to check sites like Gunbroker to kind of get an idea of the market values but now panic buying has jacked up prices so high that I wouldn't use it as a reliable source.

GunBroker is still a good reference tool. it's just a better time to sell rather than buy right now.

The pendulum will swing the other way soon enough.

Isaac-1
January 22, 2013, 05:22 PM
Depends, most of mine have probably came from online state gun forum classifieds, but have also bought word of mouth (co-worker needing money more than gun, etc.), my most recent one came from close to what the anti's call the classic gun show loop hole. I was at a local gun show a few months back, did not find anything I wanted to pay for, and there was a guy leaving at the same time I was carrying a rifle (Ruger 10/22 sporter), on the walk to the parking lot I asked if he got a good deal on it, and he told me he was there trying to sell it, but none of the dealers wanted to pay what he was asking. I ended up asking how much he wanted, he said $300, but would take $250, we talked a bit more and I ended up buying it (also came with a 3-9x scope, 2 or 3 BX-25 magazines, soft case, sling, etc.).

chez323
January 22, 2013, 06:50 PM
I check the classified sections of multiple gun forums, have come across some really good deals on guns via that route. I've also used lionseek.com as a way to check multiple forums if I'm looking for something specific. Otherwise I just browse the forums as I never know what will catch my eye. Rarely buy new guns anymore. Good luck in your quest!

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