Women's Guide to Buying Your First Handgun
Firearm/Pistol For Life Series
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ISBN #0-9772088-3-4 at Amazon, Powells and other fine
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Buy a new gun whenever possible.
Only consider a used gun if the cost savings is
significant for your personal situation.
advantages of purchasing a new gun are as follows:
Better likelihood that the new gunís design
incorporates better (though not always better) and improved
Better likelihood that the new gun incorporates improved
safety features --- that are at least compatible with your
state requirements (used guns can be exchanged but usually have
lack of modern safety features grandfathered in).
Carries the manufacturer and possibly the gunstoreís warranty,
whereas used guns typically do not.
Better likelihood of being able to obtain technical documentation
on the gun.
some wear for a used gun.
Eliminates the worries of buying someone elseís
headache, which is often true of whatever it is you purchase
that is used.
we would be more forgiving in buying used when it comes to
automobiles, we can afford to be stricter when it comes to guns
for the following reasons:
The price breaks with used guns are not appreciably great
in todayís marketplace. Sellers
often price their used guns close to the price of newer models
Even if there is a substantial percentage price break,
the difference between a new and used gun may be a matter of a
hundred dollars or so. Is
the savings of a hundred dollars worth it for an investment in a
tool that is intended for possible lifetime use?
This is not like with cars where savings can be in the
several thousands of dollars, which would be significant for
your financial situation is such that one or two hundred dollars
difference is significant, then by all means pursue the purchase
of a used handgun.
you can find a used handgun are as follows.
to buy a used handgun
Local pawn shop
Local shooting range
Local estates sale
Online auction site such as GunBroker.com,
Find out through word of mouth, the classifieds of
a newspaper or website, an advertisement from a shooting
range or from a local gun website,
may surprise some readers that we take a firm stand on buying
new versus used. The
reason is that although bargains are definitely possible by
buying used, most of the time, for most people, there generally
is much better value buying new over used.
are people who can consistently benefit by buying used guns.
However, these are typically gun aficionados with
substantial knowledge about the firearms marketplace.
among the gun aficionados, there are people who like to collect
certain types of firearms that are, by definition, used.
Collectors of military surplus rifles, by definition,
collect used firearms. So
what we are recommending about the desirability of new guns is
not a blanket statement for everybody.