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Top 5 Tips For Buying Used Handguns Online

Top 5 Tips For Buying Used Handguns OnlinePurchasing a used handgun at a pawnshop, firearms dealer brick and mortar store, or gun show is one thing: You can hold the gun in your hands and do everything you need to do to make sure the gun is a good purchase for you to make. However, buying firearms of any kind on the Internet is a different story. You must put your trust in people who you most likely do not know to deliver firearms in conditions you expect to receive. Regardless, there are advantages to buying firearms online—for example: You have more options of firearms to pick from and it’s easier to find lower prices. Here are the 5 easy tips you need for buying used handguns on the Internet.

Tip 1: Know What To Look For

Naturally, it’s a good idea to know what kind of gun you want to buy before you begin your online search, but when we say you should ‘know what to look for’ we mean that you should know what to look for to know if a gun is in good working condition. This means you need to know more than the basics about the type of gun you want to buy and you need to be prepared to ask the seller of the gun the right questions. The tough part is finding the price you want. If you find a price for a gun that seems too good to be true, then it probably is. Buying anything on the Internet comes with the risk of being scammed. Therefore, in addition to knowing what questions to ask about guns for sale online, you also need to look for signs of online sellers not being legit. The best way to validate a gun seller is to talk to them and talk to people who bought from them before. This can be by giving the person a call on the telephone or consulting customer reviews. Also, pay attention to the platform the gun is being sold on. There are ways to determine the trustworthiness of an online marketplace as well. If you aren’t sure what questions you should be asking about the gun you want to buy, then consult brand specific Internet forums. People who frequent these forums will be happy to answer any specific questions you have about the gun you want to buy.

Tip 2: Find Out Why The Gun is Being Sold

In more cases than not, firearms are sold on the Internet because gun owners get bored of their toys and are looking to upgrade—or they already did. A lot of people buy the latest models of guns and then the guns sit in gun safes for months on end before the owners decide to sell. Before you buy a used gun on the Internet, you should ask why the seller is selling the gun. You want to know how often the gun was shot and what it was used to shoot. We suggest asking the seller of the gun to fieldstrip the gun. With this, you want to look for anything that is obviously out of place—for example: a crack in locking lugs or rails, visible chips out of the extractor claw, pits in the barrel, etc.

Tip 3: Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions

Never worry about being annoying with too many questions. As the potential new owner of a weapon, you have every right to ask as many questions as you want. If you are on a budget, then buying a used gun is the best way to save a little money. But you have to be willing to do your homework. This means finding out which questions to ask and then asking them. Also, you have to know what to do with the answers you’re given. All in all, you want to know if buying a used gun is worth the few hundred dollars you save from not buying a similar brand new firearm.

Tip 4: Google is Your Friend

The Internet is an amazing thing. You can buy firearms online and you can also find out everything you need to know about buying firearms online and the specific firearms you are looking to buy. Our 4th tip to you is this: Google is your friend. Use Google to find out more about the person you’re buying from and research the trustworthiness of the marketplace. Look at the seller’s previous sales, feedback, and ratings. On gun dealer’s websites, look at customer reviews and talk directly with store employees. Find out as much as you can about the gun and the seller before you buy.

Tip 5: Barter Before You Pay

Before you fork over any money, you should have a solid idea of what a good price range is for the gun you’re buying. Knowing what you need to know about a gun will allow you ask the seller the right questions, and this can help you know when to ask for a better deal. If you can’t get a proper estimation of the condition of the gun, then ask for more pictures. See if there is a warranty for the gun too.

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