GUN What's the etiquette for trading used guns?

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  1. fire

    fire New Member

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    Hi guys,

    I've got a Ruger P89T in excellent condition with 2 10 round clips and one 16 rd. Light use, maybe 500 rounds through it total. I bought it about 5 years ago for a first handgun just to shoot around. Now I have a CCW and want something smaller to carry. I've been looking at the KelTec, Taurus and Glock compact models. I took the gun to local shops today to look around and possibly trade for something. I figured it would be easier than trying to sell around here. I got numbers from $125 to $200, when they were selling used for double that or more. What's a typical markup on used? Is negotiation out of the question? I found a nice KelTec P11 for $260. I asked the guy at a locally owned shop if he would meet me halfway at $230 and he looked at me like I was crazy. Is this gun not worth anything anymore? I would have been happy with $250.

    Thanks for any tips on the next go round of shops.
     
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    private sale, you'll always get screwed at the dealer if you want the most money

    (also the keltec p11 is poopy, buy something better)
     
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    Yeah, I figured I'd take some of a hit, but damn.

    And what suggestions for a 9mm carry do you have? I was looking at the Taurus Milennium Pro, KelTec P11 and Glock 26.
     
  4. The G26 is nice. Also, the Kahr PM9 and CW9 are nice guns.
     
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    Of course, there will be differing opinions, but I recently acquired a Taurus Millenium Pro (PT-145) and I am very happy with it. It fits my hand nicely and has good balance. The recoil is not bad at all for a compact .45 because of its dual captive return spring. I have sent a little over 500 rounds through it without a malfunction of any kind. It gets my recommendation. I know you said you want a 9mm. They make a 9mm version of this gun, the PT-111.
     
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    A dealer will offer you 50%, or less, of what he feels he can sell it for.
     
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    just make sure the FTF transaction you see they are from the same state

    if anything feels weird, walk away
     

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