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Women's First Handgun Purchase

Chapter Nine - Internet or Local Purchase?

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Women's Guide to Buying Your First Handgun

Ch 1 - Introduction

Ch 2 - Why Handguns

Ch 3 - Why Many Handguns Aren't Right

Ch 4 - What to Look for in Handguns

Ch 5 - Revolver vs Semi-Automatic Pistol

Ch 6 - Revolver Choices

Ch 7 - Semi-Automatic Choices

Ch 8 - Used or New

Ch 9 - Internet or Local

Ch 10 - Why Practice is Important

 
Women's First Handgun

Book Title:  Women's Guide to Buying Your First Handgun

Series:  Firearm/Pistol For Life Series

Author:  Ruperto Elpusan Jr.

Be sure to look for ISBN #0-9772088-3-4 at Amazon, Powells and other fine online retail bookstores.

 

Chapter Nine:  Internet or Local?

 

Tip:  Buy a gun from a local gunstore or some other local source.  Only consider a purchase from the Internet if you are getting advice from a friend or relative who is a savvy Internet buyer of guns.

 

This advice is intended for the casual user of guns.  Obviously, this is not necessarily the best advice for gun aficionados who know are knowledgeable about gun models for sale and are experienced in making transactions over the Internet.

If you donít know what youíre doing, you may end up #1 Ė paying an inflated price, #2 Ė getting defrauded, or #3 Ė taking a delivery of a gun that is not allowed in your state and getting into all kinds of trouble for it.

The Internet is not the realm for uninitiated buyers when it comes to gun purchases.

With the assistance of a friend or relative who is a savvy Internet buyer of guns, it certainly is possible to obtain some price breaks over the Internet for a new gun.  However, in comparing prices between a locally available gun and one on the Internet, be aware that you will need to incur the following costs for an Internet purchase.

 

Warning:  Do not consider the Internet price at face value in comparison to a local gun purchase.  You will need to add the following costs:

       Shipping cost - $20 to $40, depending on courier

       Shipping insurance.

       Fee your local FFL dealer will charge you to receive the gun (guns typically are sent not to you, but an FFL dealer).  This can vary, with rates in the $50 - $75 not uncommon.

After factoring in the above costs, the price break in purchasing over the Internet will often evaporate.

The most important advice that even a gun aficionado can miss is to being careless in verifying that a gun is in your stateís approved list of handguns.  Some sellers wonít do this for you, so itís up to you as a buyer.  You may end up being stuck with a gun that your state does not approve.  If you need to register a new gun purchase in your state, you will end up with a lot of undue problems in trying to register an unapproved gun.

Having said all that above, however, there is a hot tip below that utilizes the Internet to fulfill your order, although this really is a hybrid solution --- using both the Internet and your local gun dealer.

 

Hot Tip:  GalleryOfGuns.com

This tip applies only if the following conditions are met:

       You have the guidance of a trusted gun expert, whether a friend, relative or hired firearms instructor.

       You have researched sufficiently to the point that you have concluded on a gun model to purchase.

If the above conditions are met, the following tip applies.

 

Hot Tip:  Create a free registration account at GalleryOfGuns.com.  Specify your selected firearms and determine which dealers in your locale can sell the handgun to you for the best price.

GalleryOfGuns.com is the website of Davidsonís, a distributor located in Arizona.  Gun dealers throughout the country use this distributor.

By going to specifying a designated gun model in GalleryOfGuns.com and your zip code, you can find out which dealers within a given radius from your zip code can sell that gun model and for how much.  Sale prices will vary by dealer.

In fact, you can make the order online by making a deposit and Davidsonís will ship the gun to your selected dealer.  Then, you can visit that dealer the next day or two and finalize your order.

One suggestion is take a little time in this process by finding out the dealer that can do the deal for you, but first calling them on the telephone first before completing your order online.  This way, you can be certain that the dealer is still affiliated with Davidsonís.

This system will remove the uncertainty of pricing in your shopping experience.  It removes any type of haggling over price that might occur when you walk in cold to the very same dealer.

Ch 1 - Introduction | Ch 2 - Why Handguns | Ch 3 - Why Many Handguns Aren't Right | Ch 4 - What to Look for in Handguns | Ch 5 - Revolver vs Semi-Automatic Pistol | Ch 6 - Revolver Choices | Ch 7 - Semi-Automatic Choices | Ch 8 - Used or New | Ch 9 - Internet or Local | Ch 10 - Why Practice is Important

 
     
 

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