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How do you buy guns?

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Just curious about folks in free states and other places.

Here in California we don't have it as bad as many would think. Our hand gun issues are the worst as the State must "approve" of a gun for it to be accessible for the people to buy. There is a way around it for some - you can make the unapproved gun a "single shot" by conversion, by it, and then convert it back and its still legal. We are limited to 10 round magazines on all guns, but again we can buy all the parts to a 30 round magazine and assemble them legally. Silliness I know.

We have gun shops. I work in one once in a while - guess you can call me a fill in guy when others are sick or the owner expects a busy weekend. The retailers get blasted by people for high prices. I know enough about the business and retail in general to know their mark ups in many cases are more than reasonable for trying to run a business and make a living - still people complain.

Online retailers, budsgunshop, brick/mortar and online (basspro / cabellas) and others like midway seem to have the best price points.

Today, and the reason I post this, was Mike (the owner) of a shop called me about one of my favorite guns the Ruger P95. Buds has them at $369, he just got 3 of them in stock and was listing them at $399. He had someone in the shop yesterday go off on him over the $30 difference and go online to a popular forum here and blast his shop for "stealing" from the consumer. The real irony in this story was the complainer uses the forum to sell his own firearms at one time and even has a Ruger 10/22 listed right now for $350. Hmm, Mike has a 10/22 brand new unused one for $279 but this guys used one is worth $350 - and he's complaining? The online forum for selling / buying does not have any limits on what someone can ask and we see some quite stupid asking prices often.

Do you ever buy at gunbroker, gunsamerica, buds, or through a private forum? I've used gunbroker, budsgunshop, my local shop (employee discount thanks) and the forum - I'm just curious how others go about it in other places?
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I use Gunbroker once in awhile, but usually for black powder or I use my C&R license so it's sent directly to me. For the most part, on modern firearms, especially in my state, there aren't "good deals" anymore. I have watched Gunbroker go from a place to find good deals (5 years ago), to a retailers emporium.

By the time you get done paying shipping, FFL Transfer Fee, and in my state, sales tax (not only on the purchase, but the shipping as well), plus the wait which averages about 10 days from mailing payment to receiving the gun, it's just isn't worth it, unless it's something you're looking for specifically that you can't find or get elsewhere.

Gunbroker is a great place to shop for other stuff (even hard to find stuff) that can be delivered directly to you, such as parts, ammunition, scopes, uppers, stuff like that. But otherwise, I avoid it.
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