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Would you pay $240.00 for this?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by heavyshooter, Feb 21, 2011.

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  1. heavyshooter

    heavyshooter Member

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    I saw this today in an out of state gun store. I am looking for something that I can load, put in a drawer, and count on if I need it. It does not have to be pretty and I am not looking for a collectable; I need a shooter. This one has the best trigger I have ever experienced (I don't think it is a trigger job, it's just shot a lot).

    With that in mind, would you pay $189.95 + $50.00 (FFL Transfer) for this gun?

    ***sorry about the photo quality***

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  2. mljdeckard

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    Not if I couldn't feel the lockwork first.
     
  3. welldoya

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    If you handled it and it locks up tight and everything is in order I sure would. I wouldn't pay $50 for a transfer fee though. Shouldn't be more than $25.
     
  4. heavyshooter

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    @ mljdeckard - It locks up good. They have about 10-15 of them and all except two of them are pretty good.

    @ welldoya - $25 is an appropriate price? I've been getting ripped off. I have used two different dealers and they both charge $50.
     
  5. gatorjames85

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    I would definitely go for it. But not for the $50 transfer fee.
     
  6. withdrawn34

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    Yea, $50 is on the higher end of FFL fees. Usually I stay away from the $50 places because I figure they're not actually serious; they just hate people who transfer so much they want to extract a "penalty" from them.
     
  7. ekgandj

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    I would spend it, but the $50 transfer fee, Wow!


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  8. Husker_Fan

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    If it is in as good of mechanical condition as you describe, that's a bargain.
     
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    Even if the 50 transfer fee is a little high it is still a good price for K frame they dont make any more.

    If you are stuck on principles than yeah, 50 is too high. But 240 is pretty fair for that gun.
     
  10. heavyshooter

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    $50 IS HIGH??? YOU GUYS ARE KILLING ME!!! I have transfered twice to two different dealers and they both charged $50.00!!! :banghead::banghead: :fire::fire: :cuss::cuss: This has ruined my day!
     
  11. Fmjblack

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    A few years ago I knew of several places locally that would do transfers for $10-$15. Recently it seems almost as if all of them got together and decided to bump the fee up to $35. I still know of a couple of private FFL holders that will transfer for about $15. One shop I called wanted $50 and I have never darkened their door or called them again.
     
  12. Onward Allusion

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    Don't let the $50 fee worry you. The FFL fees all depends on the area of the country you live in.

    [STRIKE]You may want to look at Detroit Arms http://www.detroitarms.com/about/ I think they used to do transfers for $25.[/STRIKE]

    Here's a link http://www.auctionarms.com/help/FFLStateSearch.cfm

    BTW, I'd buy the S&W in a heartbeat.
     
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  13. BADUNAME37

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    You have to take into account that EVERYTHING costs more today regardless of what THEY say about inflation.

    It simply takes more money to stay in business, or to even run a household as far as that goes! It is different even than just ten years ago as far as I can see. The only thing that is cheaper is houses and that is because they were hyper-inflated back then and the bottom fell out of the housing market.:uhoh: We know who we can blame on that, but I digress.:banghead:
     
  14. Iggy

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    You couldn't touch that gun around here for under $350 and then add on the fees.:(
     
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    What kind of "Dealers" are you using for your transfers and what are you including in that $50? Retail stores charge a lot more for the service than independent FFLs. Standard fees for independents in Nevada, for example, is $20 for the FFL plus $25 for the background check = $45 total.
     
  16. Old Fuff

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    Use your eyeballs... :)

    Notice the rub mark on the left side of the trigger near the frame. This revolver has been dry fired a lot, which likely accounts for the smooth action. Check the sideplate screws for signs of burring. Lockup is tight? That's good. Stocks show little wear, suggesting little use or abuse. Last but not least, check the cylinder for end-shake and the back end of the barrel for cracks in the forceing cone.

    The $50 FFL charge is outrageous, but there isn't a whole lot you can do about it, but in today's market $240 out-the-door is reasonable for a "used but not abused" S&W model 15. If it was what I wanted I'd take it.
     
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    little off topic, but in chicago and suburban areas. transfer fees are 50 bucks! another one, is 100 dollars! this same one for 100....if it's used and they can't get it, 50 but if it's new it's 100 no matter what. i had to look around for a spot. cheapest and nearest is 50 dollars over 300, 25 under 300. nuts
     
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    Dang, I guess I'm lucky too. The dealer I go to all the time only charges $15 and does the transfer with a smile. He's smart enough to know that he can't always have the best price in the country and people will find great deals on the net but if they ship the gun through him, several things happen. Most common is that they at least buy a couple boxes of ammo before they leave. The other is they tell their friends about how well they were treated and didn't get ripped off. Lastly, these happy customers usually COME BACK at a later date and odds are that they'll buy something again.

    I've heard other dealers who did nothing but p!$$ and moan. They're afraid of getting caught doing something wrong or that someone will spend their money in another store then "use" them for the paperwork. They think it's just not worth their time so they charge a ridiculous fee to cut back on their paperwork.

    Oh well, got way sidetracked...

    That's a pretty good deal. If I were you, I'd get on line and search for dealers in your area. I believe gunbroker.com has a feature where you can enter your zip code and it will bring up all the dealers in your area who are willing to do transfers and I THINK it shows their fee to do so. Might help you out if you can access it. It might only come up if you buy a gun through gunbroker.
     
  20. Dave Bulla

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    Yup, just checked gunbroker.

    Go to www.gunbroker.com then on the top banner click the tab that says "for buyers". Then, second block down labeled "Before you bid" has a link called "Find a transfer dealer". Enter your zip code where indicated and hit enter.

    I just did it and I see the dealer I use has raised his fee from $15 to $20. I can still live with that. Several others are $35 and one is $50 so even around here there are some who charge that much. Do your homework and I bet you can beat the $50 fee by at least $10 to $20. Good luck.
     
  21. ArchAngelCD

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    Yes, $50 is way too high. My local dealers all charge $25 and I think that's a little high so you know I wouldn't pay $50. They shouldn't charge you more than a local transfer would cost you. It's all the same paper work if it's local or out of state.
     
  22. Jenrick

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    Down here any shop or smith is going to run in the $35-$50 range. Don't feel too bad about it.

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  23. Magnumite

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    With just the FFL fee it is a fair price for an adjustable sight K frame in that shape. Did you add in the shipping costs to the FFL? Assuming $25 to ship, that will bring the total to $265 for that revolver. Its a 38 Special, so it doesn't have the market appeal a Model 19, 357 Magnum would. And it looks like an unpinned barrel. I'd pass unless the revolver prices are shooting up around you.
     
  24. Guillermo

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    the gun is a bargain...the FFL is a huge rip off

    My guy charges 10 bucks
     
  25. CajunBass

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    Yea. I'd pay that much for it. And I'd be tickled pink to get it at that price. Around here K-frame Smiths start at $350.00 just just go up.

    $50.00 is about average for a transfer fee here too.
     
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