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    Quote Originally Posted by Alpacino View Post
    Shipwreck,

    How much you end up selling your Glock 34 for? and what's your advise on selling guns to private party? From where to meet, safety issues, take cash, etc. I live in AZ, not fully aware of the legal issues but in general what to look for when selling private?
    I sold mine for $599 - which is what I paid for it. But, I also included a Glocklight with mine.

    When I sell a gun, I post an add on several gun sites - I almost always sell w/i a week.

    I make sure to ask the person if they are 21 or older, and can legally own a handgun. I also bring 2 copies of a receipt I make - a bill of sale. In the bill of sale, I include the make model, number of mags, etc. I also state that the owners manual is included, and no warranty is offered (other than the manufacturer's), and there is a place for me and the buyer to sign. I also put the DL # for both of us. They get one, and I keep one.

    I think keep mine in my safe deposit box, where I keep all the receipts for the guns I own.

    Oh, also on the bill of sale is a line stating that the seller can legally own a handgun.

    I don't know AZ law, however.

    Of course, this bill of sale is just to cover myself. I tend to print out the e-mail where the person claims to be able to legally own the gun (when I asked them), and I staple that to my copy of the bill of sale when I get home. Also, if they gave me their cell #, I write it down on the back for my records. And, if I get the chance, I write down their license plate on the back of my bill of sale too. I wanna cover myself if they ever do something with that gun.

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    I can't answer for Shipwreck on his selling price, but I've done many private-party sales in AZ.

    1. Meet someplace public that's easy to find, but of course be discreet. I've met at a McDonald's parking lot, in front of a gun shop, in a Home Depot parking lot, etc. Once I even met a guy on my front lawn, but he was a guy who posted an awful lot on a particular forum, and I trusted him based on his very strong reputation for honest deals.

    2. Bring a buddy. I usually bring my wife as back up, which may sound funny, but she carries and is quite skilled.

    3. Use whatever payment is agreed upon. Normally this is a trade and/or cash.

    4. Ensure the buyer is an AZ resident if selling a handgun. Some guys ask for a CCW, but I don't, just proof of residence.

    5. Have your carry pistol on you and ready. While nothing has ever happened to me, obviously being around a complete stranger with a pile of cash and/or guns is more dangerous than normal.

    6. Use common sense - if something seems fishy, it probably is.

    With all those warnings in mind, every person I've met in a private sale has been a absolutely great guy, and I think this speaks well of the gun-owning community.
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    I have brought my father once - but, I get nervous when my buyer has a second person. I don't like that. If the person gets out of their car with them, I'll ask them to please keep the second person at a distance.

    And, I have a permit, so I am armed when I do these meets.

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    thanks! I am a bit nervous about selling private, but I know I can get more for my money selling private. I am thinking about getting rid of my Springfield XD's the .45 and .40 subcompact. I paid about $489 for both early this year. I do clean them after every range trip and there in really good shape. For selling private what can I expect to get them for vs. trading?

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    I can't tell U the value - part of that depends on your area of the country somewhat. But since the 1990s, I have sold several guns. Never had a problem

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    These suggestions sound good for private sale of handguns. I'm interested too in how you advertise. If you post on one of the national gun-sales websites, is it a problem limiting the sale to an in-state buyer? I'd love to advertise on Craigslist, as I've had great success selling other items there, but I don't remember seeing a section for guns. Suspect they're not permitted. Even the Denver papers won't accept handgun ads.

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    I usually just post on several of the national-level gun boards (here, TFL, THR, GlockTalk, etc.) and specify I want a "FTF" (face to face) sale only. I have posted on the Arizona Shooting board for a couple of long guns, but it didn't work out. Besides, a lot of the people who post there strike me as a bit...odd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Barham View Post
    I usually just post on several of the national-level gun boards (here, TFL, THR, GlockTalk, etc.) and specify I want a "FTF" (face to face) sale only. I have posted on the Arizona Shooting board for a couple of long guns, but it didn't work out. Besides, a lot of the people who post there strike me as a bit...odd.
    Thanks for the info, Mike. I didn't realize one could post a for-sale here or on GlockTalk. I'll check into that.

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