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Went to the Gun store today

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by JimJD, Oct 15, 2003.

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  1. JimJD

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    I went to a local gun store today, have never been to this one before.
    Their selection was really nice.
    All major brands, minor brands too.
    Bad part was the prices.
    Expensive, expensive, expensive!

    On average, pistols were anywhere from $70.00 to $115.00 more than other places around me.
    For example, CZ 75B's are going for $500.00... I can get one for about $400.00 give or take.
    I think i'm going to buy from davidson's or something.
    Has anyone purchased through them? Good, bad?
     
  2. 10-Ring

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    :what: YIKES! That is kinda steep! But you know sometimes you pay for having variety ;)
     
  3. Mike Irwin

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    Variety is one thing, insanity is another.

    There are a couple of gunstores I generally won't even go into anymore in this area (Northern Virginia) because their selection, while good, is crushed by their prices.

    I like to be able to support the indepent gunshops, but I'm not a freaking thorn bird.

    I'll go to the gunshows and pick up what I want from the independent dealers there.
     
  4. JimJD

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    Yup! I hear ya Mike!
    We have a show coming down here on the 8th and 9th of november.
    While at the last one a month ago, I saw some good deals.
    Did'nt have enough money though. :(
    Thinking about getting a GP-100, three inch Stainless sometime soon.
    Use it as a car gun, the rest of my family will be carrying this one around too.
    I'd like to get a semi-auto, but one family member has trouble racking a slide due to some wrist/hand injuries.
    Tried several with the family member in question, it's a no-go on the semi's.
    However, a revolver was no problem.
    Eh... the GP and some speedloaders should be ok.
     
  5. Standing Wolf

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    Charging what the market will bear means charging as much as you can persuade people to pay. I've always figured if it's in a gun shop, the price is negotiable.
     
  6. Cortland

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    You should ask what their transfer fee is. Unless they're totally off their rocker (which it sounds like they may be), I'd imagine it'd be $35 or less. At the very least it seems like they'd have to come down on their price to what you can get the gun for from Davidsons or gunfinder.net or whatever plus their transfer fee.
     
  7. Ky Larry

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    I visit most of the gun shops in this area but I buy mostly from one. It pays to shop around. Caveat emptor.
     
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    Nah, once they see the difference they'll just run up their transfer fee to make the 'net gun at least match their prices.
     
  9. BerettaNut92

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    Their right to price themselves out of the market but as long as people like me (the first few times I admit, I know what to do now!) were willing to pay... :eek:
     
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    JimJD,

    Was that store in Broward county on 441 by chance???

    GT
     
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    Sure you were'nt in Opelika Alabama? Theres a shop (Storys) here that sells everything at "MSRP". They are way higher than other shops in our neck of the woods. There's another one just like it over in LaGrange GA called Gun Country, Way to expensive.:fire: Thats why I visit my local pawnshops.:D
     
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    What city is this shop in?

    We have a few (3) shops here in town. Two are completive and the other is WAY out there. Example: Just purchased a Kel-Tec P-3AT for $269 out the door at one of the above. The one that doesn't have a clue, wanted $425 for the same gun.

    After seeing this and many prices like this at this shop I only go to use there indoor range.
     
  13. JimJD

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    The store in question is in Polk county, City of Lakeland.
    I think they're the only authorized CZ dealer here. :(
     
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    There's a store just around the corner from me that I won't set foot in because of that very thing. Funny thing is, they've been in business as long as any one else in town. Last time I called them was to check the price on a Contender pistol. Guy said he could get me one for $650, but he wasn't making a dime on it at that price. I guess everyone else in town is losing $200 everytime they sell one for $450. Now I'm driving 30 minutes, and past 3 other shops, to buy my goodies. Fair prices and people who I actually enjoy giving my money to.
     
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    We have two stores in town that are like that. One is a "glock, 1911" only store (they have other brands but they are glock/1911 happy). Prices WAY up there.

    The second one is a "miltary arms only" store that wants arms and legs as down payments for anything from an SKS to a AR.

    M

    OT: JimJD, I used to live in McAlpin Florida, dad still has land there. Went to Branford HS. Know where it is?
     
  16. Al Thompson

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    Vote with your feet. We have one like that here - can't figure out how they're still in business.
     
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    Hey Mike Irwin ...

    hopefully not too off topic, but...


    I live in Alexandria and have only shopped at 3 stores up here:

    Potomac Arms (walking distance), Gilbert Small Arms (where I shoot indoor) and this pawnshop/gunshop called Simonpeitri's (out toward my parent's farm).

    Potomac arms has a good selection and a little better prices than the other two ... but do you have a favorite place to go for a good selection and prices? I'm looking to branch out a bit and shop around for a good deal...


    -Raz
     
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    Jim you might want to try Reig's in Orlando. I bought a 75BD "Police" model from them for $400. They were pleasant to deal with as well. They aren't too far from Lakeland, especially considering that I drove from Tampa.
     
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    You have two really good choices just a pleasant drive away.

    Closest to you will be Virginia Arms in Manassas. A real class act. Not a great selection as they are more limited towards the tactical side of weaponry, but all of their pieces are quality, . They treat you very fairly on trades but tend to be a bit higher on a straight-up purchase than...

    DeGoff's Firearms in Mechanicsville. I do most of my business here. Great selection. Ask for Tim or Gray. Gray is the co-owner. Tim has steared me to some really great guns and I always feel like I got a good deal.

    Gun show in Mechanicsville this weekend at the Showplace. It's a C&E event - the best of the bunch, IMHO...
     
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    if your looking for a used GP-100 SOG has them for $199 (i think) i don't have the flyer if front of my right now but I think thats right. I thought about it but went for the star bm
     
  21. Mike Irwin

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    Raz,

    I second Virginia Arms. I was there this evening picking up my P7 PSP, which just came in. Transfers are $20.

    EDIT! -- DANG! I just relized that I posted the WRONG price for transfers at Virginia Arms. They transfer guns for a VERY REASONABLE $20!

    Mea Culpa...

    Blue Ridge Arsenal used to be, IIRC, $50 PLUS 5% of the cost of the gun! The owner was a crook, but he's sold out and someone else has it. We'll see what happens to prices and finish.
     
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    JIM JD

    I've bought 3 or 4 guns from Gunfinder.net, but never Davidson's. The service has been very fast, professional, and courteous. My choices have always been listed as "in stock", the guns ship within 6-7 days of my sending payment by US Registered Mail, which usually takes anywhere from 5-6 days. Though I've had to request a couple of very contorted and screwy delivery instructions, the products have always arrived very quickly, with no sidetracking.
     
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    $50.00 for a tranx at virginia arms???!!! man o man, last i was there and had a transfer done, last spring (march 2003) it was $20.00 and thats what thier web site says too, unless Bernie has jacked up the price.....


    just ckecked thier site, it still says $20.00 for a tranx fee.
     
  24. Mike Irwin

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    Jerry,

    NO! Virginia Arms is $20! for a transfer!

    My bad! Sorry!
     
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