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Old 02-27-2012, 01:46 PM
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After a ton of thought and research I have picked out my next handgun: The Keltec PF-9.

So I've heard some people say don't buy from a gun shop, wait for a local gun show, or buy online if you really want the best deal. Buds is out of stock, but there are some other online stores I've seen. My local gun shop doesn't have any, but said they could order one, but I would have to come in for a price.

So, my question is how do you usually go about getting the best deal. The firearms market is a bit crazy right now. The shop I spoke with today said they charge a $40 fee plus a one time $5 fee. for "ship ins" Any advice is appreciated.
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I have some very good gun shops near me. 4 Seasons in Woburn is one such place. Most of my stuff has been thru private sales.

I also have a few friends with FFL's.
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You should at least review the prices on www.cheaperthandirt.com My local shop charged $30 to have my purchase mailed in and perform the background check. When your CWP instructor recommends them, you know they're pretty good.
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Go on gunbroker.com and gunsamerica.com and get a price. Add $25-$30 shipping and the $40 for FFL transfer fee. Take it to local gun shop and tell them to get close. If they can get close, deal locally.
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Try gunbroker.com. But buying on line can be a pain. They only ship to a FFL = more money out of pocket.
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Nice one shag. Beat me by a minute.
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...or watch for ads in the local paper. Sometimes a local gun shop will put guns on sale and the KelTecs often shows up in flyers here.
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Try gunbroker.com. But buying on line can be a pain. They only ship to a FFL = more money out of pocket.

Perhaps but it keeps INTERstate transfers 100% legal.
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Nice one shag. Beat me by a minute.
What I have found is that if I order "common" guns thru the local dealer they appreciate it so when I occasionally order the "weird" chit that they don't carry the transfer fees aren't near as steep. I get transfers now for $20.
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There are also monthly (seems like) gun shows throught the state of Fla. Sometimes very good deals!
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Thanks all for the replies. I did just find a local company that will only charge $25, so that's better. Checking the sights above, looks like I had to pick a model that no one has! (so far at least) Just my luck!
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Take a look at armslist and look for dealers in your area who may have adds posted (or a used gun if that's what you're after). I've found that there are several small FLF dealers in my area who can get guns through the local distributers and at much better prices than the big box stores. You might also get lucky and avoid the typical "gun counter guy" attitude that seems to be everywhere.
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http://www.classicfirearms.co/
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Originally Posted by Cousin Eddie View Post
Take a look at armslist and look for dealers in your area who may have adds posted (or a used gun if that's what you're after). I've found that there are several small FLF dealers in my area who can get guns through the local distributers and at much better prices than the big box stores. You might also get lucky and avoid the typical "gun counter guy" attitude that seems to be everywhere.
Thanks, I didn't realize there was anything like that. Kind of like craigslist for guns! Cool.
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Florida Gun Exchange, has the best prices I've seen. When I want a gun, I don't even bother going to a show.
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Go on gunbroker.com and gunsamerica.com and get a price. Add $25-$30 shipping and the $40 for FFL transfer fee. Take it to local gun shop and tell them to get close. If they can get close, deal locally.
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Did you check at The Firing Line in NPR?

One advantage to going through a local shop, in addition to supporting them, is they will stand behind the gun if there is an issue and deal with the manufacturer. This is true for TFL anyway.

I wouldn't be surprised if they have one as a rental if you haven't shot one.
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+1 Bud's Gun Shop.....multiple purchases, all smooth as can be.
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