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      Want to purchase handguns for me and wife. Best Gun shop

      Looking for reliable, low priced gun shops. We live in Philly and are close to S. Jersey and Delaware. Want background checks completed so no private owner sales please.

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      tanners sports --- jamison pa....
      classic pistol---southampton,,pa..
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      Quote Originally Posted by phillymike View Post
      Looking for reliable, low priced gun shops.
      Reliable is good....... Low priced not so good... When it comes to handguns the low priced ones just don't cut it...... You will never go wrong with a quality made time proven handgun..... There are plenty to choose from depending on your needs........

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      Quote Originally Posted by Cait43 View Post
      Reliable is good....... Low priced not so good... When it comes to handguns the low priced ones just don't cut it...... You will never go wrong with a quality made time proven handgun..... There are plenty to choose from depending on your needs........
      I think he was referring to the shop not charging a huge markup. I like the people at one LGS, but the store charges way too much.

      To the OP, you could rent in a local gun store, try before you buy, then buy online and have shipped to a FFL store. The receiver will run the background checks, charge up to $35 for that, then there is the shipping cost, which can be as low as $0.00 up to $25.

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      People can suggest stores all day, but until you get somewhat of an education and focus on a particular gun then shop around it's all bit of a waste of time.

      You can get away cheap but in the gun market, service after the sale is important and that doesn't come free.

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      Quote Originally Posted by phillymike View Post
      Looking for reliable, low priced gun shops. We live in Philly and are close to S. Jersey and Delaware. Want background checks completed so no private owner sales please.

      French Creek Outfitters - West side of Phoenixville PA on Rte 23.. That's about as close as I'd get to a gun store near Philly. They have an indoor range too. You may want to call and see if they have rentals and instructors.

      Cabela's between Newark and Wilmington DE on 95 may be another option.

      As Spike12 posted, you do want to do some research first, but the above shops may be able to help.


      If you simply want to save a couple $$$ you might wait for a gun show at the Oaks- Phillidelphia Expo Center. They have a few every year. In this case though, you really need to have a good idea of what you want.
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      Target Master in Chadds Ford was Ok, I was a big fan of Tanners as well.

      French Creek was good to go as is Insite Firearms.









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      2 Things.

      First there are no cheap gun shops. Guns are expensive any way you cut it.
      Second. You can't go out of state to buy a handgun. It's a violation of federal law.

      AFS

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      Quote Originally Posted by AirForceShooter View Post
      2 Things.

      First there are no cheap gun shops. Guns are expensive any way you cut it.
      Second. You can't go out of state to buy a handgun. It's a violation of federal law.

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      Partially true.

      You can buy a firearm [ long-gun ] subject to both states' rules (Home vs Purchasing) without too much trouble. Remember it has to be legal in both states. No air rifles going to Jersey.

      However to purchase a handgun, you need to have it transferred from Purchase state-FFL to Home state-FFL . [and it also needs to be legal in your state]
      With shipping and fees it won't save you any money, but if its the ONLY place that has what you want (maybe a collector's piece/limited edition/REALLY nice used), it might be worth it.

      Its also possible you could find a gun at Cabela's in Delaware and actually buy it at the Hamburg PA location without extra fees [you need to check on that.]
      I did find a pistol in the WV-Wheeling store that Hamburg could get and I don't recall any extra fees to get it.

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      Quote Originally Posted by CW View Post
      However to purchase a handgun, you need to have it transferred from Purchase state-FFL to Home state-FFL .
      With shipping and fees it won't save you any money, but if its the ONLY place that has what you want (maybe a collector's piece/limited edition/REALLY nice used), it might be worth it.
      That depends on how much the gun costs and what the fees charged. Slickguns, a sponsor here, tends to have great deals. A Walther PPS M2 for $418, with free shipping. That's likely to be cheaper than what I would find on the LGS shelves.

      You have to shop. Most places charge shelf price, so adding in background check fee and shipping fee (because many places will charge a shipping fee), it will cost more than shelf bought.

      I know GunsAmerica is a bad place to shop. Their prices are no different than shelf price.

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      American Arms and Ammo on 309 in Harleysville. If you buy used, you get a one year guarantee. I have bought five firearms from them, and found them to be honest, easy to work with, knowledgeable and all around a great place to shop.

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      Since you specified handguns, and wish to avoid private sales, you should be aware you can only purchase handguns, legally, in your state of residence. If you travel to NJ, or DE, and find a handgun you like, the only way to legally take possession of that handgun is to have it shipped to an FFL holder in your state of residence where you would complete the transaction.

      That FFL holder will handle the necessary background checks before allowing you to take possession of your handgun. Bypassing that requirement, if you could find a gun shop willing to do so would be a violation of Federal, and probably state, law and you and the gun shop would be in a lot of trouble.

      Rather than us recommending gun shops without knowing anything about you, why don't you give us a list of gun shops close enough for you to drive to, and someone here who has experience with any of them can give you a better recommendation.

      Good luck, and please do not try to get some gun shop to do something illegal.

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      The original poster joined this forum a year ago. He only made one post, this one a year ago. He didn't respond to anyone then, and he's never been back, as far as I can tell. I doubt he will respond now. Moreover, he's probably long found a gun shop he likes and has purchased one or more. If he hasn't, he probably never will. Just a reminder to check the date when searching and see if the information is currently relevant otherwise. I, myself, often forget and make this mistake. I enjoy looking up old posts on a subject.

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