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Rate my most recent gun deal (photos included)

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Zen21Tao, Aug 28, 2007.

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  1. Zen21Tao

    Zen21Tao Member

    Apr 15, 2004
    Gainesville, Fl
    At my regular gun shop the owner showed me a Para Carry he had just taken in on consignment (and hadn’t even logged in yet). It was in like new to excellent condition and the owner was asking $600. With tax and NIC call the “out the door” price would be around $650. The owner, who usually gives me great deals, had not room to negotiate as this was a consignment gun but I think that the $650 out the door is a pretty good price (am I wrong?) for what I felt was an ideal addition to my concealed carry options.

    Para Ordnance Carry

    Size Comparison w/ Kahr PM40

    So, here is the deal that I made to acquire this weapon. I traded in an excellent condition Norinco 1911 (it really hurt me to let this go as it has been a great shooter) and an excellent condition Interarms Mark X 7mm Rem Mag. The trade was for the Para and $50 back to me. I figure this deal would have been like selling the Norinco and Interarms for $700 and buying the Para for $650. So, what do you guys think about this trade?

    Some background info on the guns I traded:

    --- Interarms Mark X
    I bought the Interarms used with a Redfield 4x-12x scope for $329 (+ tax and NIC call) about 1 year ago. The scope worked fine then but I managed to break it so the Interarms rifle was the only thing of value in the trade I made for the Para. I also threw in two boxes of Rem 7mm Mag Core-Loc ammo

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    --- Norinco 1911
    I originally bought the Norinco for about $400 (+tax and NIC call) 2 years ago. I also included a set of cheap wood grips. Both the Interarms above and the Norinco were in the same condition that I bought them in when I traded them towards the Para.


    *** A few days after this trade I was in the gun store and the owner's sister in law (the gun store is owned by a family that have another larger more commercial gun store in neighboring town) was in the store doing book work/inventory. She asked the owner where the recent Para Ordnance he got in was, I smiled and said "it's right here" pointing to my hip. He confirmed to her that I bought it before it could even make it to the shelf. She was very disappointed to find it had been sold. She wanted for the shop to buy it from the guy selling it on consignment and take it to their other store to sell for more money. The owner later told me he wouldn't have been comfortable doing that. It would feel to him like they were cheating the guy.
  2. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    As long as you're happy, that's all that should matter...I would not have given up a good shooter tho but the Norinco for Para trade seems like a move up (at least in my head :D ).
  3. 5Wire

    5Wire Member

    Apr 21, 2004
    Portsmouth NH
    Considering the Para Carry MSRP is $1075.00 and new ones seem to be going for over $800, I'd say you did OK.

    I had a Para Carry which I sold and wish I hadn't. I did keep my Carry 12. Para's service is quite good even for non original owners.
  4. jeepmor

    jeepmor Member

    Nov 6, 2005
    Sweet CCW. I really like Para's LDA trigger and wish more guns came like that. As for good deal, if you're pleased, so be it. Looks NIB new from your images, that's a good deal to me.

    I recall being in the gun store buying a hunting rifle when some bloke came in and pawned his beautiful 1911 off for $400 bucks. I did not get close enought to see the brand, but I was sorely disappointed I did not have more cash in my pocket at the time or I would have upped the profit margin for the guy and done an FTF transfer right there while I was buying my rifle from the gunshop.

    From now on, when I go gun shopping in stores that take in used guns, I'm withdrawing extra cash just in case I stumble into that scenario again.

    What a stand up gun shop owner, obviously not a successful used car salesman type.:rolleyes: Either way, I don't think it would have been underhanded, that's what businesses do. Buy low, sell high is the mantra of business.
  5. XavierBreath

    XavierBreath Member

    Jan 6, 2003
    I used to carry a Para C6.45LDA. Great concept, great little gun. Reliable and accurate. I liked mine. I won it in a tournament. I carried it for about a year. They seemed to be selling for around $750-800 new at that time. The LDA trigger was sweet, and the sights were great. It could have used night sights though. Still, the gun had almost everything, including slim grips. The magazines are unique to it, although it will accept a Wilson 47D if you don't mind the look of the magazine hanging out. Works for carrying an extra magazine or two though. The pistol should have come with two magazines.

    Then........... I started to hear about the slides cracking on the short Paras.............Make certain you swap out the recoil assembly every 1000 to 1500 rounds. Cracking parts are not good if you train with what you carry. If the front breaks off, the rear of the slide is going through your eye socket.

    If you want to read my review on this pistol, you can find it here.
    The Paraordnance C6.45LDA

    Sorry to rain on your joy, but I wanted you to be aware of this issue with this particular pistol. I still have my Para C6.45LDA. The slide never cracked on mine. I did swap out recoil assemblies, supplied free by Para for the asking. I retired my Paraordnance pistol though.
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