The Six Steps To Buying Your First Handgun – Step 3: New Or Used?

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The Six Steps To Buying Your First Handgun – Step 3: New Or Used?

In this next article in the 6 steps to buy your first handgun, based on the article by Jeff Levant of The Shooting Channel, we will look at whether you should buy a gun new or used. 


The next consideration is whether to purchase a new or used handgun.  This is almost entirely a personal decision and will be dictated by your usual buying habits.  However, you will be able to greatly extend your budget by shopping the used handgun market vs. purchasing the same gun new.  Many used handguns can be found for 25% to even 50% off of their normal retail price.  Shopping for a used gun can allow you to purchase a much better quality handgun for the money.  If you have ever purchased a used car you may be thinking that buying a used gun could be a bad idea.  While it’s true that there is the possibility of purchasing a problematic used gun, it’s important to remember that if you stay within the pricing guideline I spoke about you’ll be getting a gun from a reliable manufacturer.  Most major firearms manufacturers offer a lifetime warranty on the guns they sell, and the warranty Is usually on the gun, not the purchaser, so it is usually transferred to anyone else purchasing the gun.


Buying a used gun comes with more risks of having problems attached to them, even revolvers. You don’t know if a gun has been tampered with or just a lemon in general. I am pretty one-sided. If you are purchasing a gun for the FIRST time, then you should go with a new gun, especially in this age of really high quality, budget friendly guns such as:


However, this is just all my opinion, if you are willing to go down this road, here is some more information from the truth about gun


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