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Pawn gun buyers

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by rich636, Sep 7, 2007.

  1. rich636

    rich636 Member

    Jul 27, 2005
    Do you all only shop at "mom and pop" pawns? All I ever see in Houston is the chain, EZ Pawn. And they are always located next to the check cashing store, and liquor store. Not the place where I would expect to find some jewel from 1960's, just a lot of Hi-Points (no offense Hi-Pointers). I'm just wondering if you guys seek out certain kind of pawn shops, like maybe ones in rural areas or individually owned ones?

  2. davinci

    davinci Member

    Aug 17, 2007
    I have a gun shop run by a ma and pa that I go to.
    Can't say I've ever found anything in decent shape for less than the cost of new at a pawn shop.
  3. eliphalet

    eliphalet Participating Member

    Apr 16, 2007
    Small or Ma and Pa pawns seem to as a whole have better deals than the lareger or chain stores. One thing I find is the guy with not many guns will usually have better prices than the shop with a large rack full. We hit a couple of the former on a regular basis, cause any "deal" won't be there long.
  4. Neophyte1

    Neophyte1 Member

    Jul 16, 2007

    I have two in our area. I frequently stop and have found several.
    At the moment One has 3 that I'm in the market for; all marked for me.:rolleyes:
    Just can't seem to get the price right:) at the moment.
    Favorite Pawn: I left them my number and they call when something comes in [my interest]
  5. CountGlockula

    CountGlockula Senior Member

    Oct 1, 2006
    In a Los Angeles coffin.
    It depends. As long as the pawn shop owner is VERY knowledgeable regarding FFL transfers, guns and fees. Some pawn shop folks don't know that much about gun laws.:fire:
  6. boomer1911a1

    boomer1911a1 Member

    Oct 24, 2006
    It helps to have a relationship with your pawnbroker. I have two.

    With the first shop, due to early poverty and continuing poor money management skills, I'm a ten-year veteran customer. They see me frequently, and thus have made a steady, substantial amount of money off me... as it should be. They don't hesitate to lend amounts of money higher than the guidelines suggest b/c they know I'm good for it.
    Their gun selection is modest, and inflated like all pawn shops, but (A) with my track record, they offer me very reasonable prices -- usually 20-30% off the ticket price. And every once in a while, a gem will turn up; I still wince when I remember the S&W Model 41 tagged at $399. I coulda had it for $325, out the door.:(
    Another thing I get for my patronage is $10 FFL transfers. If I buy something through Gunbroker or off this site, I have it sent through them for half the price (or less) of a regular dedicated gun store. And even then, about half the time he waives the fee: "You'll get me next time," he says.

    The other shop annoys me, but I keep them in resereve. Their prices are steep and selection is limited. Worse, they take for-freakin'-ever to fill out the FFL papers on any transaction. I have to allot a full 30 minutes to get anything out of hock from them, which is twice the time spent in the other place.

    Just my two cents...
  7. Mumbles_45

    Mumbles_45 Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Most of the pawn shops in the Lakewood/Tacoma area have some entertaining ideas about what their guns are worth. I did get a 10/22 for $130 which I considered to be a good price. I also saw an FN 49 for $400 which I passed up (and now I feel dumb).

    The guy behind the counter at one of them told me "the only guns people are buying these days are new production hunting rifles".
  8. sarge83

    sarge83 Active Member

    Jan 2, 2003
    There are a couple of pawn shops I frequent in my area. One is a joint pawn/gun/gunsmith shop that always has a slew of hi-points, jennings, etc... way over priced even for them. But on occasion they will have something nice and then it's hit or miss on whether you get a good price.

    The other pawn shop has a bigger selection and most of their firearms are reasonably priced with exceptions. Sometimes a gun is just way over priced and sits for months, other times you can find a diamond for nearly nothing. I do business with the guy who sets their prices on guns and always get a better than sticker asking price, but only after I had been in several times and he knew I was a buyer if I liked the gun and the price, and not just a look and paw the gun and put it back in the counter every time customer. If I buy something online they do not have he charges a flat $20 for transfer fee.
  9. HBW

    HBW New Member

    Sep 4, 2007
    I cannot think of guns and pawn shops without remembering this old lyric.

    "There's a pawn shop in the city
    That used to deal in everything.
    But you can’t buy a pistol there;
    you can’t hock your wedding ring."

    Conway Twitty
  10. Harry Paget Flashman

    Harry Paget Flashman Participating Member

    Feb 15, 2005
    NW Florida
    I've checked out most of the pawn shops in my area more than once and for the most part everything is overpriced and under-quality. This includes hand tools, power tools and guns. There are a few I keep going back to though and have gotten some decent deals...an 1899 Krag carbine for $400, a Stevens single 20 gauge, Stevens .22 semi-auto for <$100, a Colt Mustang for $400. And I steered a friend to minty Walther PPK .380 stainless for $400. Pretty much, the only pawn shop I go to now is a family business in Pensacola. It's the cleanest and most organized pawn shop I've ever seen and I complimented the owner on it the first time I went in there. I have also helped him solve a crossword puzzle or two but I don't know whether that endeared me to him to torqued him off. They always treat me good. That's why I go back.
  11. ZeSpectre

    ZeSpectre Mentor

    Oct 10, 2006
    Deep in the valley
    Had a good relationship with a pawn shop in my old town. The completely grumpy but loveable old gent who ran the gun shop used to leave me the occasional phone message like this...

    "Found a damned gem and I'll give you a good price. Either get yer lazy (backside) down here and look at it or I put it in the display case, don't make no damned difference to me".

    usually was actually a Gem and those times when I had the $$ he gave me a decent deal (for NoVA).

    Shops in my new area don't know me from adam and don't care....at least not yet.
  12. slowrider

    slowrider New Member

    Aug 30, 2007
    Cen Tex
    I've been lurking around this site for a few days but had to jump in on this one. I've bought many things in pawn shops because I'm cheap. My father used to be partners in one years ago. Most recent gun purchase was a minty Taurus 66. It was listed for $299 but I got it for $150. Never, never pay sticker in a pawn shop. Always make a low ball offer and negotiate up from there.
  13. Il Duca

    Il Duca Member

    Sep 27, 2006
    I have four that I frequent regularly, all privately owned. I always seem to find some unbelievable deal in one out of the four. Like my $250 Weatherby Mark XXII! None of the bic chains around here carry guns, that I know of.
  14. thebaldguy

    thebaldguy Active Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Minnesota 10,000 lakes and even more taxes
    I always look, but I really haven't seen anything worth buying at a decent price in a while. I have seen some used firearms going for more than new. I'm always polite and ask nicely. Cash rules in pawn shops.
  15. Nathanael_Greene

    Nathanael_Greene Participating Member

    Oct 27, 2003
    I'm a big fan of Cash America pawn shops. The mom & pop stores, at least around here, range from the weird to the insanely overpriced. Every now and then, a really good deal pops up at a Cash America.
  16. ruger_martin_mastermag

    ruger_martin_mastermag New Member

    Aug 27, 2007
    I have gone to EZ pawn before and it is only easy for the person selling not buying.
  17. 351 WINCHESTER

    351 WINCHESTER Senior Member

    Mar 19, 2007
    I picked a like new two tone bhp for $402. our the door. Believe it was a mark111. Nice gun and it came with a leather holster. This was last year. They don't handle guns anymore.
  18. ROMAK IV

    ROMAK IV Member

    Jul 20, 2007
    I "used" to go to an "EZ-pawn" an thenb they got as burr and quit taking very many guns, especially milsurp or semiautos. Actually, that's a big problem as pawn shops have recently become the target of ATF harassment. Several I have seen have had their license suspended. I feel for the poor suckers that have guns pawned, can't get them out. Too frequently, the pawn shops have pawned something for way too much money because they don't know much about guns. They then get stuck with it and won't take similiar firearms at all. So, you might see a single $200 Turkish Mauser, or a single $200 Moison Nagant, when both would sell if they just had loaned less on them. Why just tonight, I stopped at a usually decent selection Pawn shop in Garland. They had quite a selection of Glocks, nearly all were close or over retail, and there was a plain GI Springfield 1911, about $150 over retail. At this pawn shop, I have gotten some real deals over the years and missed some as well. Find a decent pawn shop with a good selection and do business frequently and they learn who you are. Most have layaway, so often, if you find a good deal, you can pay over 90 days, if you have to. That's what I did with a K-98 and a GEW 98 I found there for $129 each. $40 down and 90 days, and I had them.
  19. target1911

    target1911 Member

    Feb 12, 2007
    Ft Worth TX
    I have 3 that I do business with. 2 are owned by the same person. All of the ppl that work there know me by name. I got 2 Kimbers in LNIB for 600 ea, a few shotguns at great prices and couple of rifles. I stopped by the other day and found a like new Mossberg 500 combo....18 1/2" bbl and 28" bbl for $160.

    The third Pawn shop is outta town a little bit but always has good prices. I got a nice Rem. 870 for $110 and they have another one there now for $125. I may go snag it up this weekend.

    Those are the only 3 I do regular business in the Ft Worth area.
  20. MatthewVanitas

    MatthewVanitas Senior Member

    Dec 28, 2002
    Washington DC (!)
    As noted above, CashAmerica (in TX, maybe other states) has a surprising number of good deals for a chain pawnshop.

    That's where I got 3 break-action NEF shotguns for $75 TOTAL, all lightly used. That particular shop had a dozen break-actions, so was glad to be rid of them. Also bought an engraved Anniversary Ruger MkII in the box for $185 at CashAmerica, and barely missed a Marlin 30-30 straight-stock carbine with Tasco scope for $175. I've twice bought Ruger 10/22s that look unused for $109.

    However, I've found my best deals at two local pawnshops that usually have ridiculous prices. I hang around and chat with the staff whenever I go in (and I speak Spanish with the employees in one of the shops), and they've given me some great deals. I once saw a nice 5" Ruger MkII for $250. Asked if there was any wiggle-room there. Clerk replies: "We can do you $130 on it". I was so surprised I just stood there for a sec, and he took my hesitation as dissatisfaction "oh, okay, fine. We'll cover the sales-tax too"

    Over the time I was in Austin I developed a "circuit", so got to know which shops had what, and was recognized on sight in quite a few of them. Fun times.

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