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Private sales at night

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by primalmu, Mar 27, 2013.

  1. primalmu

    primalmu Well-Known Member

    Just curious, is anyone else uncomfortable meeting up with someone at night? Be it gun sales or even motorcycle/car/etc? Am I stupid for preferring to carry out a deal during daylight hours?
  2. Arkansas Paul

    Arkansas Paul Well-Known Member

    I would prefer daylight hours as well if I didn't know the person.
  3. buck460XVR

    buck460XVR Well-Known Member

    No, if you do not know the person, asking to do business during daylight in a public place is very intelligent, especially when cash is involved. If they refuse, there's probably a reason.
  4. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    Yep - they might have a reason like they work during the day and can't get over to his place until it is dark........geez, not everyone is looking to rob you
    If you don't feel comfortable, then don't do it
  5. earlthegoat2

    earlthegoat2 Well-Known Member

    I did a gun deal at night, with a stranger, in a not so public carpool parking lot.

    I never really thought about the darkness. The lot was well lit. I guess I was just comfortable with the situation.
  6. Arkansas Paul

    Arkansas Paul Well-Known Member

    It was posted here in another thread about gun store employees carrying. One poster said a clerk had told him, "We have two of the three things criminals want." Speaking of course of cash and guns.
    That's the case here. Two of the three things they want are coming into play. There have been tons of cases where people listed things on Craigslist and robbed the people responding to it.
    I wouldn't take a chance.
  7. SabbathWolf

    SabbathWolf member

    Carry a Teddy Bear and a night light with you.
  8. Lex Luthier

    Lex Luthier Well-Known Member

    Broad daylight in an appropriate public location only.
  9. MedWheeler

    MedWheeler Well-Known Member

    I make many cash sales after dark, at the front doors of the buyers. Most of them I do not know. I do it many times, but only on Friday nights. It's called pizza delivery, and yes, I go armed with a broad-spectrum safety strategy that includes situational awareness as well as a weapon (or two.)
  10. Killian

    Killian Well-Known Member

    Public place with security cameras and you ought to be safe. They'd rob you or kill you in broad daylight too, for that matter, if they are of a mind to try. Take armed relatives with you or mention the fact they are around in another vehicle with a warning, "So don't be stupid and try to rob me, ok?" and you'll be fine. Doing business in the parking lot of a police station is good too.
  11. marv

    marv Well-Known Member

    My last buy was in a Church office. Bought a nice one from the Minister.
  12. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    The last one I did was at 9:00PM at night.

    I answered an add in a newspaper about a 4 1/2" Colt Match Target .22 for sale.

    Three things made me feel somewhat at ease.

    1. The average gang-banger stick-up artiest doesn't know what a 4 1/2" Colt Match Target is.

    2. The seller was in a wheel chair in his own house, and judging by the hording clutter I could see through the front window, had apparently lived there with his dog, forever.

    3. And I had a Chiefs Special in my jacket pocket.

    But would I answer a Craig's List add to meet a guy to buy a Glock Nine in the back row of the Waly-World parking lot at 9:00PM?

    Hell no!!!!

  13. Zoogster

    Zoogster Well-Known Member

    And show up well armed and ready to kill everyone you are meeting with at the slightest hint it is a setup, along with backup. Like a seedy drug deal involving a lot of product.

    Lol just kidding.
    Of course you should be uncomfortable meeting with people you do not know dealing in high value goods.

    If you are uncomfortable then don't do it.
    If they want to ease your discomfort and desire the transaction they will probably suggest public places in the daylight themselves in an attempt to still make the purchase/sale. If they insist on the dark alley at night then maybe they have another motivation than doing what it takes to make that buy/sale.
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2013
  14. ngnrd

    ngnrd Well-Known Member

    If I refused to sell after dark, I couldn't sell anything from mid-October 'till March.

    Yeah, winter in Alaska can be depressing...
  15. Torian

    Torian Well-Known Member

    At night, heading to my FFL's house, not a problem. A private sale between two individuals at night, particularly if I don't know you, is not going to happen.
  16. USAF_Vet

    USAF_Vet Well-Known Member

    I work second shift, so I don't get out of work til well after dark. I go in when most people are at work, so unless I limited all buying and selling to weekends, then I don't have a lot of available time. I won't refuse to do a sale/ purchase based on the time of day, but I will be more cautious than I already am.
  17. Fast Frank

    Fast Frank Well-Known Member

    I try to go by the "If I think I need a gun to go there, Then I shouldn't go there" philosophy.
  18. il_10

    il_10 Well-Known Member

    I've made plenty of such deals. Most often the hours just worked out better; they were working during the day, or I was in college and had class, or I'm working during the day, etc.
    I typically bring along a buddy for FTF deals. More to kill the time on the road than anything else, but it's nice to have backup if you need backup. In reality, though, not being able to get a friend to ride along has never stopped me from completing a FTF sale with a stranger, and that applies to guns as well as any of a number of other things. I'm no less armed doing a private transaction than I am at any other time of day.

    To be fair, though, I'm usually buying more collectible stuff. WW2 guns, old colts, stuff like that, so RC may have hit it on the head. Still, a trade for a '44 walther ppk brought me to what would have otherwise appeared to be a shady situation: dark van in an unknown, not particularly nice neighborhood, with not particularly well dressed folks, edging in on "gangsta" duds. We ended up chatting about milsurp guns and the like for the better part of an hour. I walked away more confident in something I've long suspected; gun people are generally pretty civil to each other. An armed society is a polite society, indeed.
  19. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Well-Known Member


    I've done tons of transactions in the evening, for guns and many other items. In the middle of winter here, it's dark at 4:30 in the afternoon, and most people are still at work. If it's a weekday transaction, it usually takes place sometime between 6 and 9 PM.

    If something feels off about the deal, I won't do it regardless of the time of day.
  20. bill3424

    bill3424 Well-Known Member

    I prefer during business hours. I would meet afterhours, but would have 3 of my brothers with big 'ol AK47's....lol.

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