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Where do you buy most of your guns?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by 2dogs, Jan 12, 2003.

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Where do you buy most of your guns?

  1. Gun shows

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    13.4%
  2. Gun shops

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    66.4%
  3. Newspaper ads

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    0.0%
  4. Privately

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    9.7%
  5. Other (specify)

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    10.4%
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  1. 2dogs

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    Where do you buy most of your guns?
     
  2. sixgun_symphony

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    Pawn Shop, large selection of used gun at reasonable prices. At the three other gun shops around here used gun are rare and you have to pay top dollar for them. I believe the reason for used guns being so rare is because the gun shops rip-you-off big time.:cuss:
     
  4. plateshooter

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    where?

    I try to give the local dealers as much business as I can, and I don't mind a few dollars difference to help keep them in business, but when they get way out there, I buy at the shows. I haven't had much luck at the pawn shops over the years, they seem to want really high prices where I live.
     
  5. NewShooter78

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    I have to agree about the pawnshop statement. Around here you can find some really nice looking pieces, but the shops want outrageous prices for them. I usually just shop at the gun shops. I get better deals there.
     
  6. Kentucky Rifle

    Kentucky Rifle Member In Memoriam

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    Yeah..I believe in supporting a couple of local gun shops too.

    They give me good enough deals, plus I now know them personally. Supporting the local gun shop is the right thing for me to do.

    KR
     
  7. ojibweindian

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    I usually buy at a gun shop, though I have to admit that the last two of three purchases has been at Wal-Mart.
     
  8. Greg L

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    Gun shop for the new stuff.

    C&R for the older stuff. It's nice having UPS/Fed Ex drop your pistols off at the front door. :D

    Greg
     
  9. cratz2

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    I'm about half and half between gun shops and private sales.
     
  10. Airwolf

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    Local gunshops. I strongly believe in doing whatever you can to keep them going (especially in the DPRK!).

    One is a chain (Turners) the other 2 we use are small, single location shops. I believe in spreading the $$$ around as much as possible.

    Bulk ammo and accessories are mostly purchased on-line.
     
  11. New_comer

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    It's most practical for brand-new purchases here be done during a gunshow.

    A 10-20% discount is the norm... ;)

    Although a good second-hand bargain could be found sometimes in our local second-hand market.

    But in both cases, a lot of patience is mandatory :(
     
  12. WhoKnowsWho

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    I've actually spread it around pretty well.

    My first at a high priced gun shop I will never buy from again.
    Second from a small mainly online dealer but located locally.
    My wife got her gun at a show.
    Wal-Mart
    Another better dealer
    A sporting goods store
    Another different dealer
    Yet another dealer
    And one more dealer
    And then I got my Makarov at a show yesterday.
     
  13. ruger357

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    I usually go to the same gun shop.
     
  14. GoldenLoki

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    Gun Shops. Better prices than gun shows or pawn shops, much more convenient than chasing down person to person deals.

    Note #1. some of the "shops" are several states away, via the internet and a C&R FFL.

    Note #2 all the guns I have sold were private transactions, pretty much the only way to get a fair return.

    GL
     
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    I try to buy from the same shop(outdoorsman) or online from martin b. retting in the PRK.Most of the pawn shops in my area are well overpriced,SS GP-100 well used for 450.00:what: but i did spot a S&W 12-2 that looked unfired in the box for $275.00 that i could not pass up.
     
  16. 10-Ring

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    All gun sales (new or private party) have to go through a dealer, so my answer is "through a gun shop"
     
  17. 10-Ring

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    All gun sales (new or private party) have to go through a dealer, so my answer is "through a gun shop"
     
  18. Blackhawk

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    Gun shop.

    I know them, they know me.

    I like the service and extras, and I don't mind paying a bit more. Guns are some of the cheaper aspects of the sport of shooting.
     
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    Gun shop.

    I know them, they know me.

    I like the service and extras, and I don't mind paying a bit more. Guns are some of the cheaper aspects of the sport of shooting.
     
  20. Zundfolge

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    I like buying mine out of the trunk of some guy's car behind a seedy bar in the bad part of town.

    :neener:


    for the humor impaired; the above is just a joke ... jerk
     
  21. Bostonterrier97

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    I bought mine from Sarah Brady
     
  22. dave

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    After many years of dealing with several gun shop owners who were "jerks", I finally found a great place. It's a small gun shop (owner, one clerk, one gunsmith) about twenty miles from here.

    The owner is a good guy. He tries to help everyone and always has a smile on his face. It seems that his gun shop isn't just a "busniess", it's the way he lives. He likes to swap stories with us and doesn't mind us sitting around swapping stories with each other. He is always happy to spend time with "newbies" and if he can't get what you want, he'll tell you you can. He treats everyone who comes in as if they were a long time friend.

    He isn't worried about making a million dollars, just as long as he has enough to have a "nice" living, he's happy. His mark-up is fair and he charges $20.00 for a FFL transfer, sometimes less if he knows the buyer is short on cash. He knows about guns and is happy to share that knowledge.

    Because of the way he treats his customers, I now shop nowhere else. Everytime I enter the shop, if even only for a few minutes, I buy something. I feel it's the least I can do to help him stay in busniess. Shouldn't worry though, found out the other day that he does as much "busniess" as both the other "big" gun shops in town, put together. Wonder why?

    And yes, there is such a place. As I said, it took me many years to find it. Seems the other two gun shop owners don't think much of him. They feel he "steals" their busniess from them. Had one wven tell me, "Man, you go in there and you can't even tell who runs the place. It's like a bunch of guys sitting around shooting the bull. I hear he sells a lot of guns, wonder how?".

    Yeah, I wonder how. And no sir, I'm not going to tell you where he is. Somethings one keeps to one's self.
     
  23. rick458

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    I buy from gun shops Mainly Marburgers the prices are reasonable, the transfers are $40.00 the selection is awesome for a little place, and the guys are nice and not full of BS like some other places I have gone.
    I had an FFL for a while but UPS kept leaving pistols on my porch
    I don't need stolen guns under my name on my conscience.
    :uhoh:
     
  24. Maddock

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    For me it works out to about two thirds from a single shop with the remainder split between custom smiths and private parties.
    I don't buy from people I don't know, at least by reputation.
     
  25. Duke of Lawnchair

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    The majority of my firearms have been purchased at gunshops whose owners I know and trust. Prices are good, not the greatest and certainly not the worst. I frequent these shops because they have always treated me right, and I reciprocate likewise.

    Although I'm the customer and the customer is always right, if they have done me right and accidentally screw up, I won't bite their heads off for it. Kind of reminds me of a story that a friend of mine told me, how her mother would nag & complain at a restaurant. Like I said, the customer is always right, BUT if your food server wants to get the last laugh in, trust me, they WILL.

    I allow honest mistakes to slide. If they are within reason, then they receive my money. However, I won't stammer and burn my bridges.
     
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