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Ethics & used firearms

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Nathanael_Greene, Mar 28, 2005.

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  1. Nathanael_Greene

    Nathanael_Greene Member

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    Here's a hypothetical situation for you.

    A guy posts a shotgun for sale, saying it's in good condition, with only a couple hundred rounds fired through it.

    In researching the model, though, a prospective buyer finds a reference on a public forum where the same guy mentions that he's fired over 2,000 rounds through this same-model shotgun.

    Now for the question:

    Should the formerly-prospective buyer (who now won't touch the gun with a 10-foot pole) make some reference to this to warn other prospective buyers? Or is this a simple matter of caveat emptor?
     
  2. CentralTexas

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    Well

    I know folks who have several of the same model whatevers, I do.
    Some I shoot a lot and some very little. Unless you know this is the same weapon it's not a guarantee of fraud.
    You could publicly ask and give the link- but if just coincidence it will appear they are in the wrong either way.
    You could write directly and just ask.
    You could write and ask about it and ask if he has more than one- could catch him in a lie then.
    You could just hope the buyers are smart enough to tell.
    Do nothing.
    Tough spot....
    CT
     
  3. aguyindallas

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    You know, its maybe like one of the ole fishing stories about the one that got away.

    The guy may have utmost confidence in his gun, and maybe only shot a couple hundred, rather than a couple thousand and he is just embelishing his round count in another topic to prove to people the quality of the gun or something like that.

    Any way to get a physical inspection of the gun, prior to purchase?

    I for one know a guy on this very forum (and have shot with him) that almost always buys his guns in pairs. Maybe this is him. If you want to PM me with the persons name, I will be happy to give you a simple yes/no if it is him.
     
  4. armabill

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    So what happened to honesty?
     
  5. Zak Smith

    Zak Smith Moderator Emeritus

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    Serial number would be a slam-dunk. Same model is not. Many people have guns in pairs or duplicates.
     
  6. WT

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    Why do you feel a need to stick your nose in somebody else's business?

    Let the buyer beware.
     
  7. SteveS

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    I would try to get his take on what is going on. If he is lying, I don't feel sorry for him and think that others should know that there is a dishonest seller. I would want to know.
     
  8. saltydog452

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    You know, so why ask?..

    Mr. Green,

    Respectfully, I suggest that, if you have to ask the question, then you know the answer.

    salty.
     
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