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Old April 2, 2024, 06:40 PM   #1
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Where do you all shop for used handguns?

What is the best website for used handguns? I noticed that Gunbroker rarely has good deals.
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Old April 2, 2024, 08:44 PM   #2
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Gunbroker is an auction site.

I used to shop for used handguns at gun shows, but in my area, those have essentially gone away, and likely will never come back.

I still look at the used guns in local gunshops. Don't expect great deals, but sometimes, you find one here or there.
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Old April 3, 2024, 12:03 AM   #3
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I feel pretty lucky - my local gun shop/range has pretty good prices. Their prices are as about the same as the best prices I can find anywhere online (when you include shipping and FFL fees).

I have only been to a couple of gun shows, and their prices were surprisingly high.

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Old April 3, 2024, 07:28 AM   #4
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Gunbroker is a sales platform that has both auctions and straight sales with the "buy now" options. If you look for rare collectibles, the internet sales platforms offer a considerably wider range of guns in a week than local gun stores offer in years.
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Old April 3, 2024, 08:12 AM   #5
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There are quite a few sites now for used guns, far too many to list. But Classic Firearms and Simpson's and Cabela's Used Guns and Collector's Firearms and Joe Salter and J&G, and Gunsdotcom and ...

Should get you started.
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Old April 3, 2024, 09:04 AM   #6
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I just scan the shelves at local stores.
I have only once ordered a used gun from out of town to be shipped to a dealer here. It worked out well, the gun is a fine shooter, but I still worry about exaggerated advertising.
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Old April 3, 2024, 03:02 PM   #7
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I got a really good deal on a S&W 10-5 off of one of the S&W forums a couple of years ago but most of the best deals have been at my LGS.
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Old April 3, 2024, 04:22 PM   #8
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What is the best website for used handguns? I noticed that Gunbroker rarely has good deals.
Well, I find the opposite. Not the best deals, but good fair deals.

I find local stores to be way off on pricing and have a marketing strategy geared towards customers who don’t care if they are paying an extra 30% over fair market value.

If you scour the forums, I think you can find great pricing on custom guns, hopefully to your liking, and both high/low prices due to lack of seller knowledge of a real market values on the rest.

I also find local sales in the parking lot to have a wider price band. That said, I’d hate to drive 2 hrs to find out he didnt take pics of where it fell out of the truck bed onto the road!
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Old April 9, 2024, 01:17 PM   #9
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I've bought mine in a hodge-podge of locations. I've bought some from a local dealers, a couple from online dealers, a couple at gun shows when I used to go to them, and through another forum where private sales are allowed.
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Old April 9, 2024, 06:19 PM   #10
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Old April 10, 2024, 02:27 PM   #11
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Our local pawn shops have some good deals. The clerks don’t really know the value of some of the older stuff, so the prices can be pretty good.
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Old April 10, 2024, 04:24 PM   #12
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You can always make an offer at a pawn shop. As a general rule they are trying to double what they paid for it, so use that as your guide. Almost all the gun shops I go to only have new guns, nearly all black polymer. Only recently are starting to see small stainless revolvers making a comeback. Gone are the days when I used to press my nose against the glass to wantonly gaze at Model 29s, 27s, 19s and K-22s. Troopers, Diamondbacks and Colt 1911s.
Now I watch/ search gunbroker for what I’m desiring, mainly looking for true penny start auctions. Or a low buy it now price. I have watched for up to a year for a specific model. That’s actually a good thing, because once you see 10 of them go for crazy high money, you’ve run out of people willing to pay that and get one at a reasonable price.
Guns International is usually very high priced. I have also emailed several sellers there and said, Ok, I’ll pay that price, but never heard back from them. It is a good site to find antiques in great condition but you’ll pay big $$. I was looking at a Winchester collection once and asked the owner where he found his 1895 Russian contract, 7.62x54R. “Guns International “, he said, “And I paid through the ass for it.”
I look at a lot of online gun auctions on Proxibid and Hi-bid (aptly named) but you have to read the details of each auction carefully. In addition to the hammer drop price is a buyers premium (15 to 27%), a handling fee to pack and ship it, shipping fee and sometimes an FFL fee at both ends. You rarely get a good deal, but sometimes, especially if it’s local (in your home state) and you can go pick it up. Make sure they say they offer shipping, not everyone does. It is a source of amazement at what some people pay for guns.
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Old April 11, 2024, 09:01 PM   #13
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Gunbroker. You have to have options and patience. There are good or at least decent deals. I bought a 629 for $700ish.
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Old April 13, 2024, 08:08 AM   #14
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have had good luck with Guns International, Gunbroker not so much, and the best deals in a neighboring town's big gun shop that is famous for offering peanuts for your pistol. I bought a Springfield 45 from them, shot it for two years, and sold it to another dealer for what I paid for it.
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