trenor, one of the reasons i don't shop any chain store for guns is because they don't haggle. whatever price they have on the tag is what you will pay, be it Wal-Mart, Cabela's, Gander Mountain or whoever.I have not taken that into consideration quite frankly as I am not that used to buying stuff that are already put for selling by another party, for some reason.
Though it would be pretty easy to spot which ones are still in great condition, against those which will probably be just good for display and some playing around.
The good thing about those shops though is that you will be able to haggle for prices as compared to getting a standard offer in shops.
I won't deal with deal with a Pawn shop with fixed prices. It bothers me that the haggled to get it but wont haggle to sell it.there are only two pawn shops in the town i live near that carry firearms. one of them is so overpriced and won't even haggle at all. i pretty much don't even go in there anymore. the other one, they are pretty cool, will haggle at least on used, not a lot on the new firearms. little over a month ago, i bought a used Remington M700 in 270 for $360+ tax, they were asking $445 for it. cosmetically, it was hideous, but the bore was in good condition, and the action was very smooth. Joe, the guy that usually works the gun counter, is super nice guy and easy to deal with. i have bought several firearms from them and will continue to. they have a 20ga O/U that might follow me home this week, if we can do some dealing! last weekend when i was there, a customer that Joe knows, has a BIL that has a S&W M686 6" barreled DC made in the mid 90's that i might be able to get for a reasonable price.
I've been to two pawn shops in my area...seedy little places with over-priced hunks of metal. Nothing worth even handling so far...
there are two pawn shops in our town and one of them, just won't deal at all on their stuff. the other, i have made some decent deals on firearms there.Seems we have the same issue.
the one pawn shop i deal with has a decent selection of used rifles. when i go there, i'm usually looking for used rifles anyways. generally if i buy new, i use my LGS which is about 35 miles from the house. i recently bought a Remington M700 in 270 about a month or so ago. and got a pretty decent deal on it.I've only seen low end models and the occasional SKS at my shops.
so what are you looking for? or like me, not for sure, but you'll know it when you see it! some of my favorites wer found this way.Well I went to a couple last night. They were horrible as always.
Nothing even close to what I was looking for and the smell in both places was horrible.
I'm sure it was from them not running their AC ever. It was hot and muggy. Not a good combo.