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Old April 24, 2007, 05:31 PM   #18
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Vet, most shops will let you handle a prospective purchase. Pulling the trigger (dry-firing) is something that is almost universal.

Even special order weapons may be refused if there is something wrong with them. It costs the shop nothing to return a defective firearm to a distributor or manufacturer. The weapon is already paid for as a special order, so they have either all of their money, or a good part of it.

We read here daily about weapons bought that have terrible finishes, porous castings, bad forgings, binding cylinders, mis-aligned sights, and so on. Why anyone would leave the shop with them is beyong comprehemsion. If you special-ordered a car, and it came in with a bad engine, or peeling paint, you wouldn't purchase it until it was either repaired or replaced.

As for needing a permit to look at a weapon, that's sad. However, you'll have that permit prior to buying a specific weapon, and that will allow you to handle it.

Most of what I describe doesn't take a lot of experience, just common sense.
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