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Where to buy 2nd hand - apart from here obviously!

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by jesim1, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. jesim1

    jesim1 Kit bitch to the Stars

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    I've been looking to buy another couple of rifles of a lighter nature for my wife and son and sell my Daystate MK4 lately to help fund this, and it's difficult to find the right place to buy, or even see, what's on offer in the 2nd hand market. I've looked at Guntrader, *******, Freeads, Gunmart and a couple of other forums as well as this one, but is there something I'm missing?

    If you use Google or similar then half the links are out of date, broken, or not actually for what you searched for, so it's a pain, and the couple of dealers close by only update their sites or change their stock at a fairly slow rate, so it's pretty much the same week in week out.

    So where else apart from the above do you use to buy and sell?

    Thanks

    James
     
  2. Clubshot

    Clubshot Clubshot

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    Check out Local Air Gun Clubs - Most have a For Sale Table

    Where Users can sell on unrequired Gear

    Getting better prices than trade offer plus the chance to check them out on Club Ranges

    BOB/R
     
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    gunseeker, john knibbs airgun spares, erifle, facebook air rifles/fishing gear for sale page (really good place)
     
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    jesim1 Kit bitch to the Stars

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    I'm not on face book as I think it causes more fights than it solves, but I had no idea you could sell rifles through it? I thought it would have been prohibited?

    Thanks

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    i dont see why it would be, they allowed videos of war crimes to be shown so selling things cant be as bad.

    i bought £300 of theoben parts for £120 off of there. so much stuff goes up for sale on there, alot of it is either cheap or expensive ;)
     
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    There's another web site set up recently offering free ads til march. I can't find it, any clues?

    Dave
     
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    freeads.com ;) or gunseeker is offering cheap advertising
     
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    Problem is it's a crap shoot out there.

    An educated seller will look to realise the highest possible price and sell accordingly.

    Buyers usually want to spend as little as they can.

    There are bargains out there to be found, but there are also a ton of guns that have been tinkered with.

    Have you tried wanted ads in a couple of local newsagent's windows ?

    Last time I did that I was swamped by the response from people on my doorstep :)
     
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    This exactly I bought second hand from a gun dealer and it had been fooked about with so much it was just awful hack sawed barrel wrong size moderator... it was just a poo pile. I since learned my lesson and bought brand new instead....
     
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    secretagentmole Low down, dirty and quiet...

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    The problem is the OP does not understand how to google properly.

    Type in what you are looking for into google, then you have to go into Search Tools, select UK, select Past Month, then search again!

    No use complaining if you don't know what you are doing. This will filter our all the very old adverts and will let you sneak up on bargains on other forums. For instance we joined a falconry forum, just so we could buy a BSA Super 10 for the wife, which turned out to be a rather rare Realtree dipped mark 2, complete with scope, bag and pump!
     
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    i try to avoid buying new! used is the way forward, so much cheaper usually and the majority of problems are cheaper to fix then buying new. i nearly bought a bullpup rapid mk1 but that was running at 20.5ftlb, had a stock which couldn't be removed without taking the bottle off and then unscrewing a psi gauge! easy your saying? no he decided to get a quickfill fitted so you had to empty the bottle first as he removed the standard valve which allows you to just unscrew it. just to add insult to injury he fitted a 600cc bottle ;)

    if you know your rifles then buying used has a lot of advantages.

    take a chrono! it's been so helpful for many potential purchases iv done
     
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    hello, i would suggest you put a list of rifles suitable on here and see what comes up, i notice when i am researching a rifle on google or wanted many forum info come up and try mr moles suggestion to. you wont get much lighter than brocock or fx
     
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    When I was buying gear it was either through here or via the AirGunBBS - be patient, persistent and particular and the right deals will come along :)
     
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    And then straight after that perfect deal comes along and you buy it. A better one comes up the next day, this has happened many times to me. Typical...
     
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    most forums have for sale sections I have bought two rifles in this way and have had no problems,Face to Face is the ideal way but becare full where you meet up the last thing you want is an armed responce unit arriving or a police helicopter hovering overhead,Just be careful get a valuation on what your buying/selling its all done on trustI think most guys on these forums are heads up to someone trying to scam you good luck dave
     
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    Hi, I know 'McAvoy guns' in Standish has a load of second hand guns in stock. I don't know how they compare in price with a new gun but at least you get a bit of a warranty. Also if you're buying 2 guns they'll probably do a good deal for you, they did for me.
    Regards
     
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    Nice one....i have never even noticed that Searchtools before:eek::up:....
     
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    Thanks - I've sold computers for over 20 years, so I think I can handle a search engine;) I just get fed up with the irrelevant crap when I know there are good guns out there, it's just connecting buyers and sellers that is the hard bit., so just getting back into air guns I thought I'd ask the educated masses!

    Thanks

    James
     
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    jesim1 Kit bitch to the Stars

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    This is a good idea, and I have a few in mind, all in .177:

    FX Verminator MK1

    Daystate Huntsman/Regal

    AA 410 superlite

    Now the awkward bit, as they are for my wife and son they will have to try them before we buy, so I'm taking them to the Shooting Show next Friday at Stoneleigh so they can try them before we start making offers. This is important as my wife is left handed and I thought buying an Airwolf would be the right thing to do as it's an excellent gun and ambidextrous, but it's still too big for her, and my MK4 is right handed. The jist of this is I'm selling my MK4 even though I love it, and keeping the Airwolf because I love it too - maybe I should sell the wife? :)

    James
     
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    you could always get the rifle that you really like and then get an ambi stock made (about £170 for a custom walnut one)

    offset the sale value of the stock you have (buy a right handed one if your going to do this) and it isn't a lot of an investment.

    also, quite alot of stocks are right/left handed but actually are basically ambidextrous

    tom.
     

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