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Old Yesterday, 09:31 PM   #1
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Where do you get your wheelies?

Being 40, most of my friends are into the semi's.

Back several years ago, I had a LGS that I had befriended the owner, which started my affection for revolvers. I picked up several SS Smiths. Well he ended up retiring and closed his shop. I haven't been able to find a gun shop that has any revolvers in numbers, much less at a decent price.

I have looked at gunbroker and most seem over priced. I have never purchased anything with out seeing it first. I generally like the used market, but I don't feel comfortable in private sales. Where do you get your revolvers?
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Old Yesterday, 10:00 PM   #2
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Online mostly. The local shops that have revolvers tend to charge a significant premium.
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Old Yesterday, 10:14 PM   #3
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Revolvers are usually priced about 10% below MSRP in my neck. My two local chain stores Cary a few. My favorite LGS, carries 40-60 different revolvers depending on the day. I live in a good place.

I also buy on gunbroker.com.
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Old Yesterday, 10:20 PM   #4
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Online mostly. The local shops that have revolvers tend to charge a significant premium.
Gunbroker?
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Old Yesterday, 10:28 PM   #5
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Gun shows for the old stuff that I like.
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Old Yesterday, 10:30 PM   #6
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Estate sales & adds in the local paper / shopper paper.
Also little tiny local gun shows not yet infested with beef jerky & T-Shirt tables yet.

Lots of old guys clean out the horde and bring them to the little shows so they can rent a table and BS with their buddies all weekend.

Some of them are not internet savvy, and have no good idea how crazy S&W & Colt prices have become in the last few years!!

All kinds of good stuff show up from time to time.

I don't seem to look for them, as much as they look for me to give them a good home.

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Old Yesterday, 10:34 PM   #7
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I buy locally because I'm lucky to have at least 6 gun shops within 20 miles of home.

Do you have a Cabelas anywhere near you? They usually have a big selection of new and used revolvers for sale.
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Old Yesterday, 10:45 PM   #8
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I buy locally because I'm lucky to have at least 6 gun shops within 20 miles of home.

Do you have a Cabelas anywhere near you? They usually have a big selection of new and used revolvers for sale.
No Cabelas. All of the big box stores are close, like Bass Pro and Gander Mountain. Bass Pro has no used that I have seen and Gander is above MSRP on everything. All of the gun and/or pawn shops have limited selection and high prices.
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Old Yesterday, 10:47 PM   #9
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Ouch, sorry to hear that. I feel even more lucky now. Hopefully someone in your area is on this forum and knows where you can buy.
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Old Yesterday, 10:53 PM   #10
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Ouch, sorry to hear that. I feel even more lucky now. Hopefully someone in your area is on this forum and knows where you can buy.
Bad thing is, I know all of the shops in the area within 100 miles or so. The gun shows are ridiculous for the most part. It sucks to get into something and then find out you have no access to find them....
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Old Yesterday, 11:23 PM   #11
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I got to the range multiple times a week. I always have a fist full of hundreds. Cash talks when someone is looking to sell.

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Old Yesterday, 11:30 PM   #12
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Howdy

First of all, I never call them 'wheelies'. They are revolvers, have always been.

I am usually looking for older guns, not interested in anything new.

There are five or six gun shops within an hour of where I live. Most weekends I will take a drive and visit one or two of them. I often find something interesting in one of these shops. I am a regular at most of these shops and sometimes when I walk in the door I will be greeted with 'Wait to you see what I have' or something similar. Just two days ago I stopped into one shop and one of the clerks said he had something I had to see. Turned out it was a Nazi marked Walther PP. Not exactly what I was looking for, but it was great to get a chance to examine it. The other day I picked up a lovely little Beretta Model 71 with two barrels. The price was good and I grabbed it. Again, not a revolver, but my point is if you are persistent eventually you will be in the right place at the right time and you will find something you like.

I have gotten some great old Colts and Smiths just being in the right place at the right time. But I am persistent and drive around and visit a lot of shops. I never bother with the Big Box stores, they don't carry what I'm interested in. I also frequent the gun shows. While all the young guys are flocking to see the latest tupperware guns, I am finding the wheat among the chaff and ferreting out the nice old Smiths and Colts. I have a terrific old Five Screw K-22 Combat Masterpiece in front of me right now that I found at the last gunshow I went to.

You have to be willing to pay market price. Don't expect to find bargains just because the guns are old. Those days are gone. You have to know how to bargain a little bit to get a good price, but you have to be realistic about what the market value is of these guns these days.

One very large sporting goods store about an hour away posts their entire inventory of used guns on line. I browse it every once in a while, and run on up to see for myself if I am interested in something. Picked up an original Winchester made in 1882 that way recently.

Lastly, I attend auctions. Not online auctions, real brick and mortar auctions with a real auctioneer where you can inspect everything personally. I wouldn't dream of buying a firearm sight unseen on the net. Sometimes I luck out, after the really high dollar stuff has been sold, towards the end of the day the more reasonably priced stuff come up for sale. I have gotten some really fine old Colts and Smiths that way, after the high dollar guys have gone home.

You just have to put in the time and keep searching.
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Old Yesterday, 11:39 PM   #13
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"I have a terrific old Five Screw K-22 Combat Masterpiece in front of me right now that I found at the last gunshow I went to."

Could you share that with us , please?
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Old Yesterday, 11:48 PM   #14
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Old Today, 01:10 AM   #15
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There's really only one place in town I routinely buy vintage S&W revolvers at. A very small store that doesn't have them all the time, but they get them far more than other places locally. The small odd little shops might be a better source for vintage stuff. Sometimes the bigger sporting goods stores only want to sell you hunting rifles and scopes. The folks may not be knowledgeable.

Online, you could check out Simpson's LTD. in Illinois, or Colosseum Guns on Long Island. I've bought some nice pieces from them at decent prices. Gunbroker or GunsAmerica are probably an even better source.

If you're not so much into vintage, and don't mind surplus, you might try Robertson's Trading Post in TN. If you want new (which can be expensive for nicer S&W's) Bud's or Palmetto State or Kentucky Gun Co. have good prices.

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First of all, I never call them 'wheelies'. They are revolvers, have always been.
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Old Today, 01:12 AM   #16
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You just have to put in the time and keep searching.
First of all nice five screw K-22. If I spend anymore time in the gun shops I will lose my job.
Maybe I should get a job at one, but that would limit what I see.
I not looking for a steal, I just want something fair. I know they are a business and have to make it but wow.
I have never been a great negotiator and that maybe why. Maybe I'm hung up on my old LGS. There most used guns that were fairly new to the store would not have a price. the owner would tell me the price and I would buy it, not asking for a reduced price.
Example, a few years ago I got a like new 4" 627 for $650 out the door. I thought that was fair. Shortly there after, I missed a early 80's 629 for $900. I wish he was still working, but I'm glad he has retired.
The best deal I have seen lately was a model 64 for $650 or the 6" colt trooper that what pretty rough for $750

Well I guess I'll keep looking and maybe I'll find something.....
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Old Today, 10:24 AM   #17
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If you want to find more revolvers, you have to get out more and widen your search area.

Do not be afraid to ask for a lower price. Only once, has a dealer been offended when I asked for a better price. I usually say something like 'what's the best price you can give me?' I try to let him make the first offer. I almost always get a discount. Don't try to beat him down after his first offer, just accept it as the best he can do and still make a profit.

If I have to make the first offer I will usually ask for $50 less than the asking price. They usually go for it.

Case in point.

Last year I went to the used cabinet in a local store. There was a pristine Model 14-3 and they were asking $500, which was already a very good price. I asked if they would take $450. The said the gun was on consignment and they would have to get back to me. I didn't think the consignor would go for it, but a couple of hours later I got a phone call and he had said yes. When I went to pick it up, the owner of the store said he didn't realize what a terrific revolver it was and I got it for a great price. Then to make it even better, he went out back and got the original box it came with.

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See if davidsons "Gallery of Guns" gets you anywhere, also try armslist but look only at ffl sellers, and if none of those work try other distibutor websites like lipseys. Might be able to order online at basspro dot com and have them ship to the local branch. Also don't forget the aggregators like grabagun and slickguns, both websites I've seen stellar deals at.

Best of luck Tankless, and in my case I have an ffl offering davidsons guns at buds prices so I almost always shop from gallery of guns. I think with no local availability that turning to online brokers shipping to a local ffl is the only way.
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TanklessPro

If you want to find more revolvers, you have to get out more and widen your search area.

Do not be afraid to ask for a lower price. Only once, has a dealer been offended when I asked for a better price. I usually say something like 'what's the best price you can give me?' I try to let him make the first offer. I almost always get a discount. Don't try to beat him down after his first offer, just accept it as the best he can do and still make a profit.

If I have to make the first offer I will usually ask for $50 less than the asking price. They usually go for it.

Case in point.

Last year I went to the used cabinet in a local store. There was a pristine Model 14-3 and they were asking $500, which was already a very good price. I asked if they would take $450. The said the gun was on consignment and they would have to get back to me. I didn't think the consignor would go for it, but a couple of hours later I got a phone call and he had said yes. When I went to pick it up, the owner of the store said he didn't realize what a terrific revolver it was and I got it for a great price. Then to make it even better, he went out back and got the original box it came with.

Now that's a steal. Nice
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Gotta establish relationships with your local shops that buy guns. One of my local shops will give me a call if they get something in that they know I might like. I guess we're lucky up here because our gun shows actually are worth going to (I try to get in on Saturdays when the doors open as we have a lot of S&W collectors up here) and don't be afraid to negotiate price. Scored this minty (unfired) 15-4 and the nickel 10-7 snub for great prices in one show.
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