View Full Version : Ways to get more "bang" for your buck?

03-05-2011, 12:12 PM
Are there any ways to go about getting firearms at cost or near that price?
I know with MilSurp rifles you can sometimes buy them by the crate "10 at a time" and cut the cost, but how about newer guns?

I would love to have a much larger collection for myself but Im always unable $$ wise. I had heard that some gun shops will order and sell firearms for peace officers at price to save the law enforcment a hundred or so dollars per order. Im just wondering how an average citizen could get in on the same discount.

Sgt T
03-05-2011, 12:56 PM
Buying previously owned firearms from estates or private individuals is a great way to save. Also check pawn shops. I have purchased some really nice firearms from pawn shops for good prices. Keeping your eyes open and having a small sum of money saved up is helpful.

03-06-2011, 09:30 PM
I wondered about pawn shops but have never checked them out. I will now. Thanks, Sgt T.

Sgt T
03-06-2011, 10:23 PM
Being knowledgeable about firearms is critical when looking at pawn shops. You need to know how to check the condition of a firearm and general value. Pawn shops have to be in full compliance with federal and local laws in order to operate. Police departments have officers who check pawn shops for stolen items, etc. So I have no problem with buying from them. You have to remember that cash is king. Pawn shops normally ask retail book value. But because they have a lower investment they will usually sale for less than retail. Sometimes, although not often enough for me, you can get a really good deal. A friend of mine bought a 1903A3 .30-06 Springfield in really good condition for $150. The pawn shop just thought it was some old gun. The value of the gun was in the area of $700-$900. Most pawn shops don't make this kind of mistake, darn it.

03-07-2011, 01:45 AM
The internet has hurt the barganing a bit. I got a super rare 1986 Bass from a shop in Abilene once for 100 bucks. Since then Ive never seen an unbelievable pricetag on merch. I've been checking pawn shops over the last few weeks and I have noticed they cycle their goods quick. Most Ive seen are either good condition and near new price or falling apart.

The only gun Ive studied up for inspecting was the m91-30. Beyond that Im not certain what to look for beyond the crown and the sights. I always feel like Im commiting a sin wihen I check the barrel too. I wish Pawn Shops kept their inventory online and updated.

Jim Trueblood
03-07-2011, 10:09 AM
I'm always on the lookout for used Smith & Wesson revolvers. First, they're great bargains. I've picked up used .38 Specials and .357 Magnums in GOOD condition for $200 to $300. Second, they're easy to have serviced if need be, Smith and Wesson has great customer service even when you're not the original owner, and they're incredibly durable.
Third, they're a whole lot less risky a purchase for the consumer as opposed to buying used auto pistols.