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How Do You Get Your Guns?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Jim Watson, Mar 13, 2010.

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  1. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Member

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    Most of my guns were bought, some were traded for. I have been given guns, mostly when a minor but one as a favor for helping clear an estate; and have inherited a couple. All pretty clear what type of transaction, right?

    But on the Internet I read of guns that the user:
    came into
    came by
    picked up
    obtained
    procured
    received
    got
    came into possession of

    I had a longer list on my defunct computer; will add to the list here as I see obscure means of getting guns. Hey, "got" counts.

    OK, add:
    found

    I just wonder at the terms. Euphemisms or imprecise language?
     
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  2. 19112XS

    19112XS Member

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    I find some, some find me.

    Some follow me home, I feed them and they stay.

    I’ll put a couple in a drawer and come back later and there’s several. 1911s are especially bad about this. :confused:
     
  3. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

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    Gunshops, auctions, auction sites, personal sales, gifts.
     
  4. AnArmyofRon

    AnArmyofRon Member

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    Some of my best deals have come from craigslist. Have to be quick because the posts get flagged quickly. I've bought guns from craigslist that I didn't even know I needed. Hard to pass up a good deal.
     
  5. mack

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    I acquired most of mine while fishing as salvage from tragic boating accidents.
     
  6. MachIVshooter

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    Pretty much sums it up.
     
  7. MikePGS

    MikePGS Member

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    I only have one currently and I bought it online.
    I used to have a shotgun which was given to me by my grandparents for hunting purposes.
     
  8. KarenTOC

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    In order of acquisition:

    4 kinda-sorta-inherited (ones the actual heirs knew I'd like, or they didn't want);
    1 traded (my k-s-i for someone else's k-s-i)
    1 internet purchase directly through local ffl (he did searching & ordering)
    1 disposal request (sure, i'll get rid of that nasty old unfired revolver for you! got any more that need removal?)
    1 gun show purchase (dealer-not the gunshow loophole, dagnabbit)
    1 face-to-face purchase (living room loophole)
    1 gift (birthday present)
    1 local gun store purchase (what an odd experience...)
     
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  9. Arkansas Paul

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    Some I've had passed down.
    A few were given to me by my parents as gifts.
    I've bought a few at gunshops, and a couple at pawn shops.
    Traded for a couple.
    I've done it all, and I like it all.
     
  10. Spencer_OKC

    Spencer_OKC Member

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    Straw purchase:evil: (just kidding)

    Let see how many I can remember:

    Inherited
    Bought gunshop
    Traded
    Traded
    Traded
    Traded
    Bought individual
    Bought individual
    Bought gunshop
    Traded
    Traded
    Bought individual
    Bought individual
    Bought individual
    Bought individual
     
  11. ChileRelleno

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    Sounds very much like many of my weapons... And critters too :rolleyes:

    My purchases/acquisitions have ran the gamut, local FFL, FFL-FFL & Private-FFL transfers, Gunshow FFL & Private, Private FtF and trades.
     
  12. LoneCoon

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    Bought most,
    traded one,
    got another as a 22nd birthday gift from Dad
    Got another that Dad found in his house that he had no idea where it came from.

    But mostly bought.
     
  13. NMGonzo

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    Trading
     
  14. f4t9r

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    Bought most , have traded for some.
     
  15. rm23

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    gunbroker and budsgunshop
     
  16. Gouranga

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    LOL

    I have had all but 1 passed down.
     
  17. aka108

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    Friend of mine is a gunsmith. He gives me asigned copy of his FFL, I order and pay for the piece. It ships to him and he charges 10 bucks for the transfer plus 5 for the instant check.
     
  18. 420Stainless

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    A couple bought from friends and too many trips to the local used gun seller. I've only ever bought one at a gun show and one online.
     
  19. Walkalong

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    Local shops, local gun shows, gunbroker, couple private sales.......inherited one.
     
  20. Cosmoline

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    I've been shifting more to building my own from kits. I rarely buy new from dealers due to the markup. Over the past five years 90% of my intake has been horse trading ftf or gunbroker non-dealer transactions. That's compared with about 80% or more of my intake from dealers before 2004. I also no longer use dealers to sell. I either go on a national forum or sell on a local swap and sell. It's faster and easier, with no percentage to a middle man.
     
  21. stevegc

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    Hard to pass up a good deal...so I don't.
     
  22. rswartsell

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    Made 'em outa taters, soap bars and shoe polish.
     
  23. Quoheleth

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    Came across this mysterious pile of guns in the bottom of the local lake - all wrapped in Cosmo, plastic sheeting, sealed PVC pipes --- but, sadly the "If found return to..." address was smeared.

    :evil:

    Q
     
  24. rogertc1

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    Obama came to my house and gave them to me.:)
     
  25. labhound

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    Bought the first one for a reason, the rest I just heard calling my name!
     
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