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Whats a good price to pay for a brand new S&W M&P 9mm, 40, or .45?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Downr@nge, Sep 21, 2010.

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  1. Downr@nge

    Downr@nge Member

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    Reason I ask is because I've finally, after MUCH research, chose what will be my first gun. I plan on getting an S&W M&P 9mm or .45. Haven't decided the caliber yet but I am heavily leaning towards the 9mm since the ammo is cheaper, plus, I want a Kimber Pro Carry II as my second gun and that's in .45.

    I went into a local gun shop yesterday and asked how much the Smith & Wesson M&P's are and he told me $699 brand new. Being that I did some research on the gun, I had the idea it would run around $500 brand new.

    My question is, is $699 a good price? Is that too high? What would be a good price on a brand new one?
     
  2. mstrat

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    I don't know what a good price is since I've never shopped around for one, but the generally-cheaper of my two local shops has them for $555 or $580 for 9 or 45 respectively.

    The more expensive shop (that I try to avoid, but sometimes can't since they have a bigger selection) has them for $630 and $695.

    If I were looking to buy one today and only found it for $695, it would come down to "How bad do I want this?" ;)
    If I was really itching for it, then i'd swallow the cost and not look back. Done that a few times.
     
  3. Buckeye

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    Vance's in Columbus Oh has them this month M&P 9mm for $469
     
  4. Downr@nge

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    Please forgive my ignorance on this but is it legal to purchase a handgun in a different state than the one I have my permit in (NJ)? Like, if I find the gun cheaper in PA or MD, can I purchase it there and bring it back to NJ?
     
  5. Skylerbone

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    Downr@nge, they won't let you out the door once you flash that Jersey ID. A handgun can be shipped to a licensed dealer who holds an FFL (Federal Firearms License) when purchased out of state. You'll have to OK that with the dealer before hand and negotiate a price. Perhaps showing him someone else's price might incline him to lower the price to something reasonable rather than the $31 off full retail being offered.

    My first M&P was on sale for $550 but I had a discount coupon (Cabelas) for $75 off making it a good deal. There was also a $50 mail-in rebate (and there still is).

    My second was a used but like new 9mm compact. I paid $425, a bit much but I wanted one for the wife to try out.

    The third was a 9L which runs a bit more than the standard M&P. I paid $530 for that one through a local gun shop I frequent.

    The 40/357/9 M&Ps in Full Size and Compact all tend to run the same size, the Long, Pro and Pro Series will all be more as will the .45ACP.

    Have a look at the following to get an idea on current pricing, keeping in mind these are internet prices and may be less than a small local store can offer: http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/advanced_cat_search.php?cated=26&manufacturers_id=31&ITATR_list%5B1%5D=1914&ITATR_list%5B2%5D=&ITATR_list%5B3%5D=&ITATR_list%5B4%5D=&ITATR_list%5B5%5D=&ITATR_list%5B6%5D=&ITATR_list%5B7%5D=&ITATR_list%5B8%5D=&ITATR_list%5B9%5D=&ITATR_list%5B0%5D=.

    If your local dealer is willing to do a transfer, it will generally cost you an additional $35 plus what he charges. I would push for a better deal or perhaps take a drive to a smaller town in-state.

    One note about the M&Ps and ammo cost, the 40 S&W isn't much more to shoot than 9mm and provides much more flexibility as several barrels are available to change calibers. You can buy a 357Sig barrel that will work with your 40cal. for about $80. You can also buy a 9mm conversion barrel for about $150 that will drop in and needs only a new 9mm magazine for proper function. If you buy a 9mm anything, you will have to purchase an entire slide assembly AND magazines to shoot 40/357. The 45 is not interchangable with its smaller siblings.
     
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    Over 600 bucks is way too much. I paid $580 for mine years ago and I've seen so many a lot cheaper than that. You can order the firearm cheaper from out of state and have it shipped to an FFL. Better yet, move out of NJ to a gun friendlier state!
     
  8. Kingofthehill

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    Socal and San Antonio Texas, a good price for a NEW M&P of any size/caliber is about
    $525-$550....

    Honestly though, i love buying Used guns. Most of these guns for sale are hardly touched or have seen maybe 500rds. 99% of people can't damage a gun like this in such a short period of time.

    I paid $375 for a full size, night sight .357 sig. then a factory .40 cal barrel for $40. that is a direct drop in with nothing else required to turn it into a true .40.

    I paid $400 for a Compact M&P .40 (used), and I paid $425 for a compact M&P 9mm.

    the used markets can offer up such good deals that i have a hard time buying new
     
  9. Downr@nge

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    Skylerbone, thanks a LOT for that info! Since reading your post, I've settled on the M&P .40 since its cheap and convertable.

    Thanks to all who responded! You guys are great!
     
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    I got my full size M&P40 new in box for $469, less then a year ago at a local shop. It was not on sale.
     
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