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Old 10-11-2012, 22:40   #1
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When buying locally?

I'm not new here, I just troll and read alot. 1st time posting. So here it goes.

When buying locally, what are the proper procedures on handling the weapon in question?
Is it ok to dry fire it?
I'm going to rack the slide a few times. It's posted as new in box(NIB).
Gimme the run down guys. Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-11-2012, 22:49   #2
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I'm not new here, I just troll and read alot. 1st time posting. So here it goes.

When buying locally, what are the proper procedures on handling the weapon in question?
Is it ok to dry fire it?
I'm going to rack the slide a few times. It's posted as new in box(NIB).
Gimme the run down guys. Thanks in advance.
Ask the seller before you do anything. His response will tell you a lot.
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Old 10-11-2012, 22:49   #3
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all you have to do is ask some dealers only will let you hold the gun some don't care what you do just say hey do you mind i rack the slide do you mind if i dry fire it most dealer dont care with new guns but of coarse with antiques it a different matter
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Old 10-11-2012, 22:50   #4
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Every shop is different. I always ask before I do anything with the gun. Until you buy it, its their gun.

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Old 10-11-2012, 22:57   #5
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427 nailed it. Ask before doing so. There is a shop near me that doesn't allow dry-firing or, cycling the action. "If you do, you bought the firearm." After I heard that I lost the urge to check that new shop out.

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Old 10-12-2012, 10:43   #6
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Ask the seller before you do anything. His response will tell you a lot.
Yep. A little courtesy goes a long way.
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Old 10-12-2012, 12:37   #7
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My LGS let me what ever I want. (withing reason) They know I'm good for it and buy 80% of my guys from them. However, I still handle the guns with care and consideration.

So as other say "ask" before you do anything.
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Old 10-12-2012, 14:02   #8
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Asking first tells the seller that you respect him and are going to be courteous in your dealings with him. You want to be welcome there in the future, so showing that respect is a good way to start out.
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Old 10-12-2012, 14:46   #9
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And if they said that I can't dry fire, run the slide or disassemble the gun to inspect the innards then I'd simply say, "Thank you!" and leave.

Their shop, their way.
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Old 10-12-2012, 15:35   #10
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As said it is best to ask. I would be very reluctant to buy a used gun that the owner would not allow to be dry fired or field stripped.
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Old 10-12-2012, 18:06   #11
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Some guns shouldn't be dry fired.
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Old 10-12-2012, 18:22   #12
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As far as dry firing is concerned, it depends on the gun.
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Old 10-12-2012, 19:10   #13
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Thanks fellas for the info. I picked up a Glock 27 4th Gen with TruGlo sights for $450. Never been fired and great condition. He let me do whatever I wanted to. Thanks for the help.

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Old 10-12-2012, 19:41   #14
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Just ask. Dry fire should depend on the gun. Glocks, cleared by the employee and by you, pointed in a safe direction, you should be able to dry fire. But it's their call.

The revolver that still has the yellow disc over the back of the cylinder...you aren't supposed to dry fire with that disc, IIRC.

I was standing next to a guy at a counter in a shop once who field stripped some kind of CZ handgun while the owner was looking the other way. Owner turned around and told him that disassembling a gun without asking was a great way to buy it.
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Old 10-12-2012, 22:36   #15
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Thanks fellas for the info. I picked up a Glock 27 4th Gen with TruGlo sights for $450. Never been fired and great condition. He let me do whatever I wanted to. Thanks for the help.
Good price! Enjoy, the little pitbull can be fiesty but it's a nice pistol.
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Old 10-12-2012, 22:43   #16
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I just purchase this Sig today from a private party:

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It was just over $400 and I thought it was too good to be true. I immediately asked the seller if I could field strip it and told him I was pretty familiar with Sigs. He gave me the go ahead and talked about the pistol as I checked out the frame rails. They are still black, which is amazing considering the wear on the outside of the gun. He was definitely right when he said "carried a lot, shot a little."

If you feel comfortable with the weapon in question, just ask the seller before you do anything with it. I always ask before dry firing, field stripping, or anything outside of just handling the pistol and checking the exterior. I've had a few FTF deals where I wasn't familiar with that particular weapon system and asked the seller to show me how it's done. 9 times out of 10 they are extremely helpful as they'd like to make a sale. Every once in a while you find someone that doesn't want you to touch anything until money has changed hands; in those cases I tend to just politely say "no thanks."

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Old 10-13-2012, 04:57   #17
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Thanks fellas for the info. I picked up a Glock 27 4th Gen with TruGlo sights for $450. Never been fired and great condition. He let me do whatever I wanted to. Thanks for the help.
You got a great deal, Congrats and Welcome to GT.
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