agreed! although i would mention that even if buying through the family member, if the gun is not acceptable then the family member(whom should inspect the weapon upon arrival) should be able to return the gun to the distributor that they obtained it from for an exchange and at really no cost to them.
When i owned/operated a gunshop many years ago we sent more than a couple back to the distributors for replacement.
Colt and Remington had some bad stuff coming out of the factories back then.
and of course my statements were more for the individual that is buying from a retailer and not a wholesaler.
an educated consumer is the best way of handling faulty equipment-just don't buy it!.
its a heck of a lot easier for the gun shop, distributor to dela with a manufacture than an individual buyer to put up wiht the headache.