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Do you mind buying 2nd hand guns? or is it strictly NIB for you?

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So which is it for you?

Do you only buy new or used? or are both options for you?


Personally i like new.. but im open to buying any gun reguardless of shape if i can get a good deal..
if it's for my collection then it's gotta be in good shape if it's used..

but sometimes i look at rough guns that might be good shooter or beaters if they're cheap enough.
 

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I will but one used if it is in great shape.
 

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I generally buy NIB but will buy a used firearm if it's in acceptable shape.
 

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I've bought a few new, but mostly used. If you watch for the deals, you're fine. And there are a lot of good deals out there now, the way the economy is. I've bought some that I didn't like and never had to sell for less than I paid. It's kind of like buying a new car. After the first round is fired, it's used. And the value goes way down.
 

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If I buy used its through a friend or I'll really check it out good. If its an auto I'll field strip it and check fit and any sign of abuse. A revolver I'll check cylinder movement and of couse barrel on both. Got burned on a SKS but only paid $100 bucks for it and it was lucky to hit a paper plate at 25 yrds it had a great stock on it and the finish was flawless so I sold it to a friend that just wanted to hang it on his wall with his other guns I told him it didn't shoot well, but he said he didn't care. Got a great buy on a Browning 30.06 medallion it had a chip on the stock and was missing the internal mag for $150 put a new scope on it and a new mag it shot 1 inch at 100 yrds I think the pawn shop guy thought it was dropped pretty hard I took a chance on that one and came out a big winner. win some and lose some even NIB you can get a lemon. It just hurts worse when its new because you expect it to function and be everything you've saved your money for.
 

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Will buy either way, new or used. Checking the gun over thoroughly whether NIB or used is something buyers should do as a matter of course.

Mas Ayoob(Gun Digest Book of Combat Handgunnery) has a several page chapter with checklists of what to inspect for revolvers or for pistols. This includes a step by step simple, easy to follow approach. www.krause.com

Would like to raise the subject if we need a "how to inspect" guide here at the forum as a sticky or a sticky for one and all.

Feelings and opinions, folks?
 

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if someone wanted to write up a check list that would probably be a good thing.
 

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I've bought a few used Long-guns and one used pistol. All were good shooters and in reliable condition. I DO prefer NIB for warranty situations though.
 

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The only times I'll shop for NIB is for warranty issues (Kel-tec for example only warranties the first owner) or for a gun that could have a high round count but not much apparent wear (think AR).

Beyond that, used is fine as it saves me some $$$.

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I've looked at a few used guns, but the price diference didn't out weigh the lack of warranty general reserved for first owners. Taurus of course being the exception.
 

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i bought my 454 from someone used, but he is captain know it all and treats everything decently and i fired it before hand, if i could find a pt145 in the low 2s id snatch it up, but that seems improbable
 

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I'll buy either, but I check the used over very well. Come to think of it, I check the new over very well. No problems yet. More new than used though. :thumb:
 

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I only have 2 handguns right now, well 3 by the end of the week. I just bought the Taurus 1911SS. All of them were NIB. I have a hard time judging wear on an auto and most of the time I do not find the good deals on used.
 

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So far, I've only bought new guns. I would buy a nice used one, if they had what I wanted for a decent price. I typically know exactly what I want, and they have only had used a couple of times. Each of those times, I was able to get the new one for $100-200 more....so I bought the new one. Generally, I've found the gun stores don't give much of a discount for a nice used specimen. I've had friends sell guns for a good price, I just didn't want what they were selling.
 

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When I bought my pt 1911 the guy was trying to sell me a hoped up S&W 1911 with laser and two toned slide and grip I racked the slid and went to engage the safety it stoped about half way I tried a couple more times same thing and showed it to the salesman he tried not make a big deal about it. Don't blame him but I thought it was a major deal. I try to check out at least two of the same model guns before I buy. It could save you a severe headache down the road.
By the way the S&W was twice the price and supposed to be the hot thing at the moment.
 

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I will buy used if it came from my buddies that shoot or my gun store( they are really good at checking stuff)
I don't really buy alot of guns(you know budget issues ;))

"how to inspect" guide here at the forum as a sticky or a sticky for one and all.
I learned some things in here about what to look for on used guns. I think Qwiks has a good idea... We have alot of guys( like me) that don't always know what to look for :)
 

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of course I love that new gun smell, but you can really find some gems....I found a S&W model 10 .38 spcl for $200 once, great robe gun for answering the door late at night.....I also bought a Ruger P97 or something like that, 45 cal with two magazines, for $300 - that gun shot great too, by the way....my very first gun was a S&W model 65 .357 magnum....and my first Taurus was a model 669 vented rib .357 magnum, but that one was brand spankin' new :D
 
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