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Researching vs. Impulse Buys

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Kind of Blued, Oct 28, 2008.


With what mental process do you purchase firearms?

  1. Research purchases. Generally satisfied.

    127 vote(s)
  2. Research purchases, however it makes it less fun.

    8 vote(s)
  3. Buy on impulse, occasionally dissatisfied, but it's only money.

    9 vote(s)
  4. Buy on impulse. It's more exciting.

    8 vote(s)
  5. Other. 'Splain!

    12 vote(s)
  1. Kind of Blued

    Kind of Blued Senior Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Rocky Mountains
    I'm generally someone who researches things a lot before I make significant purchases. The few times that I haven't, I've developed a degree of regret about the purchase.

    Anyway, I'm curious. What do you guys do more often?

    I'm currently trying to decide between a Glock 19 and a CZ 75 P-01 for a double-stack 9mm carry gun and developed a system to see which one made more sense. It was very thorough, probably enough to diagnose me with some sort of disorder. It's on a 160-point scale and WOULDN'T YOU KNOW both guns scored a 128... :eek:

    Anyway, stories are welcome about when you researched a purchase and still regretted it, or extremely successful impulse buys.
  2. Bruenor

    Bruenor New Member

    May 4, 2008
    I do a little of each. For instance, when I went looking for my first 9mm, I researched about a dozen different guns, before deciding on the CZ-75. The next gun show I go to, I find a new CZ-75BD, with two mags, for $399. I leave happy. I did the same thing with my SKS, because I wanted a nice, cheap, semi-auto. I go to a local gun store, find one for $199, and once again leave happy.

    There have, however, been times when I've bought on impulse. For instance, last Friday I go to a gun show, and find a Turkish Mauser for $100, including tax. I thought, for a Mauser, that's a good price. I check it over, and except for where the put a wood patch in the bottom stock of the gun near the butt pad, it's in very good condition. I look at the rifling, and it's all still good. I was going to think it over, but only made it to the end of the row before I was back. I haven't shot it yet, but I'm very satisfied with the purchase.

    For me, an impulse buy would have to be pretty cheap, like that Mauser. If I saw a Kimber .45 sitting on a table, no matter how much that devil on the shoulder was talking to me, I'd pass on it as an impulse buy. Now, if I went to a show or store looking for one, after I'd done my research and decided that I could afford it, that's when I'd put some money down on a piece.
  3. FourNineFoxtrot

    FourNineFoxtrot Member

    Jun 24, 2007
    Ever since I found THR, I haven't really had an excuse not to research. This place is my go-to guide for all things that go "Bang!".

    That said, I've been tempted a few times, and I've bought a few guns without doing as much research as I probably should have. I've been lucky, though... I don't regret any of my gun purchases.

    Once, I found a new Kahr MK9 (with night sights) marked at $600. I very nearly bought it on the spot, but impulsiveness isn't my thing: Murphy tends to take a dim view of my impulses. Instead, I went home and did some research. Satisfied that it was a good gun and a good price, I went back and bought the Kahr, feeling much more comfortable about things. With the exception of the front sight inexplicably breaking, I've never had a problem with it.
  4. Duke Junior

    Duke Junior member

    Aug 11, 2008
    Cherokee County,North Carolina
    I do a lot of research on Internet sites,Gun Tests Mag which I trust ,and asking questions of gun savvy friends and relations.I have rarely bought a gun on pure impulse.Lots of electronics though!
    I've rarely been disappointed with a gun purchase.
  5. IncredibleGord

    IncredibleGord New Member

    Oct 22, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    Didn't research my first gun, but did for my second. Now I research, read reviews, watch youtube videos talking about reliability, and shooting until I can't get the thought of owning that gun out of my mind. I have seriously stayed up all night wishing I had enough $$ to buy what I wanted next. It also helps to rent pistols at the range, and get a feel for them. I liked shooting the glock 17, and the walther p99 last time, and really want them both now.

    I don't think that being on THR for hours everyday has helped my addiction.:D Of course, when I break free from the computer, I can always flip through these:

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  6. Majic

    Majic Mentor

    May 3, 2003
    I voted other. I been in the game for quite a few years or should I say decades :D. There is really nothing new out there that interests me so I generally know about what I'm looking at to purchase since it's on the used market and probably been on it for quite a while. I may do some research to see if there is something specific to look for in that model but most of the time I have already run across that info.
  7. ZombieKiller

    ZombieKiller Member

    Sep 28, 2008
    I do both. When it comes to gun shops, I go back and forth checking price/quality/history/thehighroad. However, more and more recently I have bought off of impulse. In WA there is a 5day waiting period, but after I bought my first pistol, the owner told me when I pick up my gun I could pick up another pistol without 5 more days of waiting, so I felt that I had to. Then, not too much longer, I went to a gun show and was able to buy and leave with a pistol on the same day even without a CPL, so once again, I felt that I had to... I'm gonna stop buying on impusle, its killing my finances. I won't stop buying guns, but I will be more patient and do more research before I make my future purchases.
  8. YZR

    YZR New Member

    Sep 20, 2007
    Southeast Michigan
    I find researching, reading, looking and talking to be half the fun of buying a new gun. Plus once you take the plunge there should be little to no buyers remorse!
  9. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Elder

    Aug 11, 2005
    Elbert County, CO
    I guess I don't really fall into any of those categories. Probably closer to the research end, though, since I've spent so much time on here, hanging out in shops, glossing through books, etc., that I generally know beforehand.

    In the past, there have been a couple of times I held off on a purchase until I checked on the availability of ammo or loading components.
  10. sophijo

    sophijo Member

    Aug 3, 2008

    Lots of research and lots of wait so that you know it when you see!
  11. Flame Red

    Flame Red Active Member

    Mar 13, 2006
    All I can say is that just about every gun I impulse buy I have turned around and sold.
  12. rfurtkamp

    rfurtkamp Active Member

    Dec 10, 2005
    SE Idaho
    I used to think I knew a great deal about guns and valuation, then I worked in a shop for a few years.

    Now while I know I know little, I do know what guns go for what in what dollar ranges - a prewar commercial S&W, for instance, I'll buy in almost any shootable condition if it's priced like a M&P surplus junker. Likewise, I have a good idea at least in the local market what doesn't sell, and what guns I can wait for the shop/seller to go down on price on.

    I'll impulse buy now with greater certainty - I know I can get my money back and make a buck, almost guaranteed.
  13. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Nov 20, 2006
    Some of everything. :)
  14. FourTeeFive

    FourTeeFive Participating Member

    Feb 25, 2006
    PNW WA
    Both. I'll research planned purchases but my best "deals" come from happening upon something I'm familiar with and buying on impulse.
  15. bobotech

    bobotech Member

    Oct 15, 2007
    Spokane, WA
    I usually research most guns that I buy. I might want to impulse buy a gun but I will go home and research it first.

    The only gun that I have recently bought on impulse is a Desert Eagle in 50AE. That is a keeper though.
  16. gotime242

    gotime242 Active Member

    Jan 26, 2005
    I find the research probably the most fun part about buying a gun.
  17. 44Magnum

    44Magnum New Member

    Sep 29, 2008
    I research all purchases. I've never been unsatisfied and have never had buyers remorse. To me, research is fun!
  18. TedP

    TedP New Member

    Oct 2, 2008
    Polk Co. Florida
    I don't buy much of anything without researching. Guns, electronics, anything.

    Well, except books. I usually go with a quick jacket read while at the book store. :)
  19. taliv

    taliv Moderator

    Oct 23, 2004
    most of my gun money is spent on things that take 6mo to 1yr to deliver. i do zero impulse buys
  20. MagnumDweeb

    MagnumDweeb Participating Member

    Feb 28, 2008
    Central Florida
    I'm a research nut. Everything from Glock 27 or RIA Officer .45 ACP. S&W .460 Magnum, etc. etc. Problem is it keeps me from buying sometimes, that and while I usually only buy a gun when I have a windfall from the casinos or stockmarket I can't always bring myself to spend the money, I'm a manic obsessive saver of money and budgeting.

    But at the same time when i have made a purchase like my Ruger Redhawk .44 Magnum 4", i've been able to enjoy it with a greater piece of mind. I researched everything from reloading potential to, velocities of bullets, and so on.

    I can't bring myself to do a impulse buy with everything I've learned researching other never-followed-through prospective purchases.

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