Gifting a handgun to your son or daughter

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  1. triplebike

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    When my son was younger we would go to the range and shoot whatever handguns I owned at the time. Over the years he has shot Walthers, Berettas, CZ's, Rugers and a crapload of others. When he turned 21 I offered to buy or let him have any that I currently owned (9 different brands) the one he picked really surprised me. It's a SAR ST10 9MM (it's a HK clone). Over the years he has aquired other handguns, but the SAR remains his " fun gun". He shoots it better than I ever have or could and it's been absolutely flawless. Any one else done this. I should know by now that my boys will never stop surprising us.

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  2. 1KPerDay

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    Not sure what you’re asking.
     
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  3. .308 Norma

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    Done what? Gifted a handgun to a son or daughter? o_O
     
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  4. triplebike

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    I guess the point I'm trying to make is out of all the " name brand " firearms, Glocks, Sigs etc he wanted the Sar.
     
  5. Tallball

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    A few years ago my daughter told me that she was going to allow me to give her whichever of my favorite handguns she wanted, when she was old enough.

    She's actually not spoiled, just knows that I love her way more than I love any piece of metal or plastic.

    In the years since she said that, I cleverly found a handgun I knew she would like, purchased it, and put special grips on it just for her.

    She shoots it very well and will be very happy to take it with her when she's a little bit older.

    I don't lose any of my favorite handguns.

    Win/win, IMHO.

    She's a tall young woman (6'1") with big strong hands, so I put Hertz target grips on this S&W Model 64 for her. It was LE trade-in, looks like office of corrections. The trigger is excellent and she shoots it very well. (She's always been a revolver girl.)

     
  6. .308 Norma

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    Oh okay, I get it. :)
    I'm not at all familiar with SAR (Search & Rescue???) firearms myself.
    Just kidding around - I think I would have chosen a Glock, Sig, or even a Ruger over a SAR if you were gifting a handgun to me. ;)
     
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  7. Tallball

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    LoL! Just realized that my "favorite" medium-framed 38's and 357's she would have taken were mostly Tauruses.

    Proud to realize that I worried about getting her a pretty, brand-name gun that she would like more than I ever worried about what I would get for myself. :)


    Warning: Off Topic

    As soon as she's able, her other SD goal is to have a large, loud dog like the ones she grew up with at home.

    Someone could ask me ,"How much are your family member's lives worth to you?"

    My answer could be, "$35". That's how much the adoption fee was for our newest pup a few months back. He's now 15 months, 100 pounds, and extremely loud.

    That is the very best HD for a young lady on her own, IMHO. YMMV.
     
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  8. KCAce

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    Good for you triplebike. Had a similar situation with my son with a similarly surprising choice. With many to choose from, my son chose a Glock 19. He loved it because he shot it so well and it fits his hand well. It also, he said, reminds him of the times we went shooting together. I’m glad he has it. KcAce
     
  9. triplebike

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    Yea, I remember the 1st time he shot the SAR it put a really big smile on his face. He shot it better than I ever did and it was his 1st time. I guess you can say the gun really clicked with him. He laughingly won't let me take it to the range because he's says he'll never get it back.
     
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    He has since purchased a Sig 365, Ruger Security 9 compact, Ruger LCP II 380 and a Ruger MKIV Lite.
     
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    Good dad. It sounds as if he bought more so you started the passion.

    I have Ruger Mark Iv slated for my son. I also plan to get a .357 revolver for him to inherit one day. But, ultimately I’ll likely give him a choice one day. He’s only 13.
    Lol, smart strategy in preserving your guns.
     
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  12. Lennyjoe

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    I believe current federal law allows you to “gift” him a firearm but if you “buy” one for him your treading on straw purchase. What’s the timeline between when you buy and gift, not sure I know the answer to that.
     
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  13. RetiredUSNChief

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    If it was bought as a gift and annotated as such on the Form 4473, then it's not a straw purchase.
     
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    Thanks for sharing. I’ve never been in that situation so I was unaware you could do that on the 4473
     
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  15. triplebike

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    In my state (PA) my son has legal access to all my firearms, as I would be to his. It's a moot point with us since he has had it transferred to his name.
     
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    Gramps started sending me home with guns about a year before he died. Of all the grandkids, i was the only one who spent time with him shooting and reloading. Going into his gun room, i was like a lid at Christmas. 18 years later ive only sold exactly two of his guns. Neither were anything special.

    Whats funny is the first one he sent me home with, a rough and defaced Colt 1917, is still my favorite.
     
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    I have gifted (so far) the following handguns to my sons & grandsons, not to mention my DIL & granddaughter.
    S&W Model 13 .357
    S&W Model 36 .38sp
    Ruger Service Six .357
    S&W Model 34 .22lr
    S&W Model 63 .22lr
    Remington RM380 (two)
    Ruger LCP (two)
    S&W Shield 9mm
    S&W Model 29-2 .44mag
    Ruger Super Blackhawk .44mag
    Ruger Blackhawk .357 (3-screw)
    Ruger SR9 (two)
    Ruger SR45
    Kahr PM9
    Kahr CW45
    Kahr CT380
    North American Arms Mini. 22lr
    Springfield Armory GI .45
    Remington R1 .45 (1911)
     
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  18. .308 Norma

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    Jeepers, and you didn't gift a darned one to good ol' .308 Norma - your best THR buddy. ;)
     
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    From what I know you can give your child a gun without needing to make out any paperwork. I have not done that yet but probably will sometime in the future.
     
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    I have gifted both my sons many guns. Many times the ones they asked for would not be what I would ask for, but it was their choice. In the end, they will get all of my collection.
     
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  21. Remington1911

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    I read this as giving your kiddo a gun. And in some places that can get a bit fuzzy.
     
  22. WisBorn

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    I have gifted a few firearms to my nephews and their wives. I have given them choices from my collection.
    I feel that if I'm not using the gun on a regular basis and they will find joy in using their Uncle's firearm let them have them while I can see them enjoy them!
     
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  23. dogtown tom

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    You most certainly can buy a firearm for another person as a bona fide gift.
    What you cannot do is buy a firearm from a dealer on behalf of another person.

    It's immaterial. It possible to buy a gun today, gift it tonight. Or next week, next month, next year.
     
  24. dogtown tom

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    No such place to note that on the Form 4473.
    You can buy a firearm as a bonafide gift and no federal law requires you to tell anyone that "its a gift".
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    a straw purchase, where the person filling out the 4473 is not the actual buyer, but buying on behalf of another person.
     
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  25. dogtown tom

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    You can't.
     
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