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Tips on selling handgun?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by cpallenjr, Jul 18, 2010.

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  1. cpallenjr

    cpallenjr Member

    Feb 22, 2010
    I have decided to try and replace one of my revolvers with a semiauto. Obviously the easiest thing to do would be to trade it at the gun shop. Assuming that they would pretty much screw me, does anyone have some tips how I can legally and safely as a private party sell the revolver myself?

    Thanks in advance,
    Courtney in Seattle
  2. captain awesome

    captain awesome Member

    Jul 18, 2009
    Mesa, AZ
    I don't know the laws in Washington, but in AZ you can sell privately. I am sure if you were concerned you could find a buyer and take it to a local ffl to have it transferred to them. There are always the auction sites; gunbroker.com gunsamerica.com or auctionarms.com .For interstate sale you have to use an ffl. I believe you personally can send it, but it has to be received by an ffl holder. Never sent a gun anywhere, only had them shipped to ffls for me, but I believe that's the case.
  3. hoghunting

    hoghunting Member

    Feb 16, 2006
    Do you have gun shows in Seattle? If an individual can buy and sell guns at a gun show there, that might be better than a gun shop's offer.
  4. Steve C

    Steve C Member

    Jan 5, 2006
    First determine the value range of the item you wish to sell. Do some on line research, browse some of the local gun stores selling used guns and check out some of the used gun value books. That will give you some idea about what you can ask for it.

    Gun stores will usually give you 50 to 60% of what you can sell it for in a private sale. This isn't ripping you off, its what they are willing to pay in order to pay overhead and turn a profit. Some will try and low balling you to perhaps 25% or less of what they'll sell it for later, esp. true of Pawn Shops, but you can always walk away from those deals IF you know the approximate current used value of the pistol.

    If you decide to sell it privately then its going to take some work and maybe a little investment in advertisement.

    You can advertise on this forum for a FTF (face to face) sale. You can put a 3x5 card on the bulletin board at most gun ranges with firearms for sale. Gun shows have been mentioned. Tell friends and associates that your want to sell the pistol, word of mouth works quite often and its cheap.

    Not sure if the news paper will take pistol adds in Washington being its such a liberal nanny state, esp in Seattle but there's likely other advertising sources like penny saver or other media.

    You can get an account on Gunbroker and put it up for auction with a reserve price.
  5. teumessian_fox

    teumessian_fox member

    Jun 3, 2010
    Staying ahead of the Big Dog
    Post some honest, well taken photographs along with model type, serial number range and condition on this forum and numerous people will give you an honest price.

    Then you might post it for sale in this forum's classifieds, buyer pays shipping, FFL fees, etc.
  6. Gaucho Gringo

    Gaucho Gringo Member

    Sep 10, 2006
    Vancouver, WA
  7. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Sep 17, 2007
    Eastern KS
    If it's legal there, take it to a gun show and walk it around for a while. People will stop you every few minutes and ask if it's for sale.

    I can almost guarentee someone will buy it for way more cash then you can get for it on a trade.

  8. Cactus Jack Arizona

    Cactus Jack Arizona Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Southwest MO
    Try talking to your FFL. They might allow you to sell your firearm(s) to an individual, and then hold your firearm(s) for you while the buyer completes Form 4473 and goes through the normal background check. Then, all that should be left is for the buyer to pay the transfer fee. Viola, your gun is sold and you don't ever have to worry about the firearm being used in a crime in your name. :D
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