Women's Guide to Buying Your First Handgun
Firearm/Pistol For Life Series
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Buy a gun from a local gunstore or some other local
consider a purchase from the Internet if you are getting
advice from a friend or relative who is a savvy Internet
buyer of guns.
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.
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.
Internet is not the realm for uninitiated buyers when it comes
to gun purchases.
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.
Do not consider the Internet price at face value in
comparison to a local gun purchase.
You will need to add the following costs:
cost - $20 to $40, depending on courier
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.
factoring in the above costs, the price break in purchasing over
the Internet will often evaporate.
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.
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.
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.
the above conditions are met, the following tip applies.
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
is the website of Davidsonís, a distributor located in
dealers throughout the country use this distributor.
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.
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.
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.
system will remove the uncertainty of pricing in your shopping
removes any type of haggling over price that might occur when
you walk in cold to the very same dealer.