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Getting rid of a gun that’s a “lemon”.

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by X-Centric, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. Here’s another “what do you think”?
    Is it “ethical” and/or righteous to get rid of gun that’s faulty in one way or another without the next owner knowing about it? If we bought or acquired a gun that’s not reliable, is troublesome or is even dangerous and we told a friend or someone about it and they still wanted to buy it or you gave it to them that would be okay. But what about having a firearm with the aforementioned problems and we give it away, sell it or trade it in on another gun without letting that person or someone know of it’s history? Is this okay? How would we like it if we acquired a firearm that was problematic? What if we got a gun and after firing it we found out that we got ripped off or there was a bad accident with it? How about getting rid of a problem gun and the person who gets it next gets injured or killed by its defects or they need to use it to defend their or their loved ones lives and it doesn’t work and they get injured or killed? Allot to think about in my opinion. I ask this because three years ago I bought a Kahr PM9 that was a real lemon for me and my friends. I called and worked with Kahr and their customer service was outstanding. Long story short, after I sent the gun back 4 times they sent me a new one and it too was a lemon so Kahr sent me their best gun and I traded it even for a Glock 26. During this time of all the problems, friends were telling me to just bite the bullet, get rid of it and get something else. But I couldn’t do it. I didn’t want to pass these allegedly self defense guns on to someone else who may need it to save their life and have it fail like it did so often for me. If I did I would still be wondering about the poor slob who might have it and what might happen.
  2. atakawow


    Jan 19, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    Treat others the way you would like to be treated.

  3. I don't live by golden rule. I live by the "Gold Rule"... do unto others BEFORE they do unto you. :cool:
  4. Cream Soda Kid

    Cream Soda Kid

    Jul 16, 2010
    If it were someone I know, I would advise them as to what the problems are and let them make an educated decision. But I haven’t sold any guns privately.

    I sold a Springfield Armory 1911 that was a lemon. I sold it to Gander Mountain, they have a policy of fixing any problems with guns they buy and they guarantee the gun for one year after purchase. So I don’t feel bad about that one. But the down side to that is Gander Mountain doesn't buy the gun for what it's truly worth. But I was just glad to get anything back for it.
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2011
  5. HKLovingIT

    HKLovingIT Resident Evil

    Aug 20, 2010
    Out On The Tiles
    I think you should try to resolve it as best you can, and if the manufacturer can't fix it or won't replace it (which I think would be rare), then you could sell it with clear conscience only with full disclosure face to face to another guy. Even though that means you'll take a hit on price. Anything else and you would be a liar and a cheat. Not to mention you might put him and his in a bad spot one day.

    If you sell it to a shop I bet they would turn around and sell it to the first guy who wanted it without saying anything. Which brings up an ethical dilemma for you again. Since you know they will do this, are you not still responsible and just taking a willy-nilly way out so that you can have a "clean" conscience? I think so.

    Edited to add: Of course you as the purchaser must check anything you buy, run through the usual break in, whatever that you feel is right to feel that the firearm works. But if you purchased something someone traded in that was a known (to them) lemon, you're setup to fail and pretty much got silently screwed. Now the hassle is passed to you, only you don't have the warranty.
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2011
  6. twisty


    Dec 28, 2010
    I believe if a gun is unsafe that is different from unreliable. I cannot speak for anyone else, but if I had a gun that I knew was unsafe, I would only feel comfortable selling or trading it if I had the issue fixed by a qualified gunsmith. I just would not feel right sending an unsafe gun into the marketplace. If a gun is unreliable I will try to get it fixed. If I get it fixed and I still just don't want it, then I could still sell or trade it and not feel bad. I would also feel OK selling it or trading it to someone or a store if I knew it was still shootable but maybe not the most reliable gun ever...that one could potentially be a slippery slope, but honestly I try not to pass of a junk gun on someone without making them aware of the possibility of it having a problem. It may not be the way some people would do it, but I just can't bring myself to do something that I would consider not being totally honest. That's just me.
  7. Ethereal Killer

    Ethereal Killer

    Aug 24, 2011
    for every gun there is a buyer.

    it's your responsibility as a seller to inform them of the problems. be 100% up front about it and price it fairly. I promise you SOMEONE will buy the thing if you price it fairly and tell them whats up.
  8. glockman513

    glockman513 CCW Instructor

    Sep 25, 2006
    SW OH / NKY
    A Kahr 4 times back to the factory and a 2 brand new? Sure the problem is with the gun? :whistling:

    And for curiousity, why would you buy a gun for you "and your friends"?

    Need more info b/c some things aren't adding up here . . .
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2011
  9. Lampshade


    May 11, 2010
    I think he was saying it wouldn't shoot well for any of them. :upeyes:
  10. RussP

    RussP Moderator

    Jan 23, 2003
    Central Virginia
    First, no, I would not sell a firearm with a known defect to anyone without telling them.
    What were your and your friend's problem(s) with the Kahr? What did Kahr do to the pistol you returned?
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2011
  11. writwing


    Jan 23, 2008
    Good your you. I hope you get repaid 10 fold.
  12. GotFour


    Dec 1, 2006
    Memphis, Tn interested to know just what kind of problems you were having with your Kahr. My PM9 has been 100% reliable.
  13. LongGoneDays

    LongGoneDays Misanthropical

    Nov 12, 2005
    A good question presented by the OP.

    I sold a Glock 27 police trade in I got from Bud's. Shot it at the range with my 26 and had constant issues, as did the friend with me. Failure to eject fully, don't remember the exact problem, but had to constantly stop shooting to clear the spent shell.

    I told the guy I didn't like the recoil, which was true. Maybe the gun had an issue, maybe it was the Wolf ammo I was shooting (which I refuse to put in my 26).
    I felt surely he will shoot it before carrying it, so I did dump off a problem on him.

    He took the same risk I took when I bought it, and the gun was fixable.
  14. giant_pita


    Oct 9, 2011
    I have taken a torch to a $100 American Arms .22lr because it would repeatedly just decide on it's own to fire 1,2 or 3 rounds and I didn't feel it was safe for myself or anyone else. On the other side I did trade a .40 USP when I found "For me" the gun had too light of a pull in the cocked position. No mechanical defects, I just didn't feel that it was safe (after firing a round on DA, then having my finger stroke the trigger a second time sending the next round into the ceiling because that was where the gun was still pointing due to the recoil) That was the harshest recoiling .40 that I have ever shot and I have no reason why.
    So getting back to the point, If I thought that the gun was mechanically deficient, I would destroy it or try and get it fixed before selling it.
  15. themiller


    Jan 10, 2010
    If it is a good shop - they will fix the glitch. I bought a gun "from" another guy as he was trading it to the shop. I let them do their thing, and paid the shop's markup. They hadn't even had a chance to test fire it, but sold it to me anyway. Turns out it was a lemon - shop took care of everything including shipping it back to the manuf, test firing it when it came back, etc. Now it's my fav 44 spl :)

    Just how dumb would you be to sell a freaking broken GUN to someone without telling them... Especially because said person is probably a little lite in the purse strings... Most people that have money just buy new...
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2011
  16. Cavalry Doc

    Cavalry Doc MAJ (USA Ret.)

    Feb 22, 2005
    Republic of Texas
    If you sell someone a faulty gun, that's not any more of a problem than your mechanic removing the catching mechanism of your seat belt. Heck, they'll probably never really need that thing in a life or death situation.

    Honesty is the best policy.

    I did turn in a H&R 20 guage single shot shotgun with a broken firing pin in during a gun buy-back in San Antonio. It was going to be melted down anyway. Got some nice Disney on Ice tickets.
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2011
  17. Japle

    Japle John, Viera, Fl

    Feb 26, 2000
    Viera, Florida
    I have a .45 Witness in the safe that I’d love to sell.

    The problem is, the gun’s not reliable. It often locks the slide back with rounds still in the mag.

    I’ve learned that this isn’t exactly a rare problem with these guns and EAA doesn’t have a fix for it. Their position is that the owner must have been shooting handloads (true) that were too hot (false) and it’s the owner fault. Therefore, the warranty is void and they won’t even work on the gun.

    This gun is accurate and fun to shoot, right up until it starts locking the slide back for no good reason. Then it’s a PITA.

    I could sell it, but I won’t pass this thing on to someone else.

    BTW, I have the original ported barrel. The gun doesn't work any better with it installed.
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2011
  18. redbaron007

    redbaron007 Some Dude Lifetime Member

    Jan 26, 2009
    If the gun was truly defective and someone wanted to purchase it, I'd sell it to them, but with full disclosure.

    If the gun acted funny when I shot it but not with a buddy and I wanted to sell it, I would disclose my issue, but not make it necessarily the gun's problem.

    In selling things, I have found it best to be honest and upfront. JMHO.


  19. Warp


    Jul 31, 2005
    In my opinion only a dishonest/deceitful person would even consider this question worthy of asking
  20. Everything gun has a value or price. Most guns are over priced IMO.

    If the gun design is not known for reliability the buyer should do their homework on that gun. I have never bought a gun and not looked it up on the internet for reviews or issues to look for.

    As for the seller, it is always best to be honest and offer a fair price. Some gun reliability issues maybe something as simple as replacing the magazine.

    If you have a gun with reliability issues contact the manufacturer and see what they recommend. Some manufacturers are better than others with customer problems.