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How do you find private sales?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by AlabamaDan, Jan 20, 2013.

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  1. Kiln

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    It is easy. It has been legal to put your firearms up for sale in most states in the local classified section of the newspaper since classifieds were invented.

    Now there are sites like Armslist to help with private sales.

    This is what the "gun show loophole" is about. I wish I could pound this into people's heads. It has nothing to do with criminals. It has to do with people selling other people guns without the government knowing about it and that is why gun control advocates hate it.

    The "gun show loophole" is simply a private sale "loophole". One step closer to full registration.

    People will think "well I already go through a background check so I might as well register" and then they've got you. It isn't about immediate change, it is about drastic change over a period of time. Complete disarmament, welcome to the United Kingdom of America.
     
  2. DeepSouth

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    I have a lot of broke friends who like guns. They buy, they like, the new wears off, they like less, they have that unexpected bill, they know I'll help them out.
    :)

    Win for everybody.
     
  3. AlabamaDan

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    What's a good price

    Follow up question: How do you learn what's a good price for guns? I mean there's no kelly blue book for guns is there?
     
  4. BearAZ737

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    One I use to buy almost all my guns because I don't need to buy new is Backpage.com its like a craigslist but you can sell firearms, it has listings almost everywhere. I do most of the buying but have sold a couple times and have not had to back out of a sale because I was uneasy about the person. I have met plenty of police and fmr military members when buying. As long as you use common sense when selling a firearm and carrying a lot of cash... personal sales are also common here in AZ might not be the same for you.
     
  5. Kiln

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    I used to check sites like Gunbroker to kind of get an idea of the market values but now panic buying has jacked up prices so high that I wouldn't use it as a reliable source.
     
  6. gunnutery

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    www.gunlistings.org is what I use. It's listed by state. Some states are more active than others though, so it may not work for you depending on where you are.
     
  7. M-Cameron

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    just about every shooting range/ gun club ive been to has a large peg board with adverts. and private gun listings.
     
  8. Roadkill

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    I belong to a gun club. I tend to sell to shooters I've known through the range, or referrals from other gun club members. I also prefer to sell to CPL holders. I have yet to sell to a total stranger.
     
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  11. jaysouth

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    Immerse yourself in the local gun culture. Join a club, visit other clubs and look at their bulletin boards. Hang around gun shops.

    As someone who used to be an active trader with access to lots of cast, I got calls weekly and never bought unless it was an absolute steal. In years past I paid $300 for a Carbonfiber AR(useless gun) and $1300 for a Les Baer Super
    Tac that was selling new for $2200.

    Prices seem pretty outladish these days but will level out and in twenty years you will be talking about the bargans you snagged way back in '13.

    Set a maximum price for what you are willing to pay and have cash in your pocket. Good deals come and go in the flash of a moment.
     
  12. Ignition Override

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    It's a matter of luck. The objective is to scan the forums as often as possible, and also allow people to 'pm' you.

    A guy on THR responded to my ad to trade 2,000 rds. of Russian 7.62x39 ammo for my 2,000 rds. of .223.
    We did the trade in his driveway, n.e. of Austin.

    I've bought/sold four rifles, behind McDonalds, between a Walmart and Sam's etc.
     
  13. Redlg155

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    You could always get in good with the Amish Mafia!
     
  14. jaysouth

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    My favorite place to do handgun deals is in my local bank. I have a very longstanding, very good relationship with the staff at my local branch. I have prospective sellers/buyers meet me in an empty office or the conference room which has blinds.

    It is not lost on anyone that they are on camera from the time that they drive up until the time they leave the parking lot.

    The manager does not ask any questions, I have sold her two guns in the last 7 or 8 years.

    Do not meet anyone in a parking lot after dark. There was a murder recently in front of Dick's sporting goods. The seller agreed to meet a propective buyer in the parking lot. The prospective buyer turned out to be two hoods from the hood who murdered him and took his gun and wallet.
     
  15. Red Tornado

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    Several Facebook groups are popping up. Search for "your town" gun trader, or trading post.
    RT
     
  16. PavePusher

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    Most ranges and gun stores I've been to have bulletin boards with postings of guns for sale.
     
  17. VegasAR15

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    Backpage sporting goods section and a state gun forum.
     
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    GunBroker is still a good reference tool. it's just a better time to sell rather than buy right now.

    The pendulum will swing the other way soon enough.
     
  19. Isaac-1

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    Depends, most of mine have probably came from online state gun forum classifieds, but have also bought word of mouth (co-worker needing money more than gun, etc.), my most recent one came from close to what the anti's call the classic gun show loop hole. I was at a local gun show a few months back, did not find anything I wanted to pay for, and there was a guy leaving at the same time I was carrying a rifle (Ruger 10/22 sporter), on the walk to the parking lot I asked if he got a good deal on it, and he told me he was there trying to sell it, but none of the dealers wanted to pay what he was asking. I ended up asking how much he wanted, he said $300, but would take $250, we talked a bit more and I ended up buying it (also came with a 3-9x scope, 2 or 3 BX-25 magazines, soft case, sling, etc.).
     
  20. chez323

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    I check the classified sections of multiple gun forums, have come across some really good deals on guns via that route. I've also used lionseek.com as a way to check multiple forums if I'm looking for something specific. Otherwise I just browse the forums as I never know what will catch my eye. Rarely buy new guns anymore. Good luck in your quest!
     
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