When thinking of purchasing a new firearm, do you look around and then typically purchase it from a local gun store or online? Is your decision based on who has your firearm cheaper or supporting the local economy?
Local gun store. Unless, it is a gun he can’t get, then I gladly pay him the 25-35 dollar transfer fee. I do what I can to keep my gun dealer in business.
I look online but I always end up buying local, partly to support the local economy, partly so I can handle the actual gun I buy. Besides that, I have yet to see an internet offering that beat the local price, once you add in shipping, insurance, and transfer fees. At best they come out equal within a dollar or two. Usually they end up costing more.
Always local. Need to keep the boys in business so they will be there for us in the future. They can always order whatever you want, and at least around here the local boys can match the big retailers or online prices pretty well.
I buy online quite a bit. My LGSs, being in a small market, are usually right at MSRP. I have one that’s about 45 minutes away that has good deals, but he doesn’t keep a lot of stock. I usually handle the merchandise at Bass Pro or Cabelas and order from one of my online favs.
I shop online, but if I can order it through my local FFL, or if he has it, I get it through them. If they don’t, like when I’m buying used out of state, I have it shipped to them.
If I’m buying private sale in MO, I don’t need to, but they get my business for most of my firearms purchases, one way or the other.
I typically will buy from the local gun shop. Mainly because I can touch, feel, hold, see, etc. I’m also a person who at times has the patience of a 2 year old. Waiting for something I’ve ordered to come in is too long of a wait and painful for me
There are 2 locals I try to go to first. I press a little for their best price. I will try to buy from them, but, if the online price is hundreds less neither my heart nor wallet will let me do it.
I PURCHASED MY FIRST GLOCK AT A PARTICULAR LOCAL SHOP BECAUSE THEY WERE THE ONLY ONE WHO HAD IN STOCK. I PAID TOP PRICE AND I DISCOVERED THAT THIS SHOP WILL NOT GIVE LAW ENFORCEMENT OR MILITARY A DISCOUNT. IT PUT A BAD TASTE IN MY MOUTH. FROM THAT POINT ON, ALL MY PURCHASES HAVE BEEN ONLINE. I HAVE GOTTEN SOME GREAT PRICES WITH NO TAX THAT EVEN INCLUDED FREE SHIPPING. I HAVE SINCE FOUND A FRIENDLY LOCAL SHOP WHERE I AM MORE THAN HAPPY TO PAY THE TRANSFER FEES.
Sadly, not all gun stores are on our side. There was one in town here that advertised “Top Guns for Bottom Dollars”, but in reality priced almost everything at or near MSRP. On top of that, when I did go in, they weren’t particularly friendly. It’s no wonder they went out of business, I’m just surprised at how long it took.