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Old 03-14-2011, 1:25 PM
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Ok guys, so being the broke (no kidding) college student I am, I'm interested in researching how to acquire the handgun I want at the cheapest point possible.

As much as I would love to help out mom and pop gun stores, I just have too little cash to spare out at the time. My cabinet is stocked with top ramen and canned pee's, which I've been living off of for a month to build funds for my first handgun! I'll definitely help out the locals after my engineering degree

To my knowledge... If I were to buy a gun through, say, gunbroker, I have to pay the FFL charge (which is $75 usually) and that also covers the $30 DROS?

So I buy a handgun through gun broker, and it's outside CA, I'm looking at +FFL +shipping + anything else?

If I buy a gun STRAIGHT through my local gun dealer, I'm looking at +DROS +tax + anything else?

And it seems as if PPT is definitely the cheapest route. It's just that patience game of having a calgunner having what you want and being somewhat local... but its just $35 transfer and done.

Am I on the right track here?

The guns I'm primarily looking at:

A springfield 1911 (If I can pull the extra cash)
Rock Island 1911
Ruger SR9 (maybe)
Ruger LC9 (maybe)

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Old 03-14-2011, 1:32 PM
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PPT (person to person transfer) off of CALGUNS. No tax, no shipping, flat low ($35?sorry) DROS fee.
You might luck out on a Turners sale, but still has tax + FFL fees....
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Sounds like you've got your head wrapped around it pretty well - PPT is the cheapest route for sure. I would recommend you just keep checking the Firearms for Sale section here on Calguns as long as you actually have the cash on hand to spend (and not relying on a credit card.) It's actually one of my favorite things to do when I decide to make a new gun purchase - I just click on the for sale page throughout the day and the "hunt" for a new (used) gun is pretty exciting. Plus it is definitely the cheapest route and the guns you are looking for come up fairly often.

Good luck with the search either way!
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Old 03-14-2011, 1:38 PM
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Agree with orangeusa above.

Best bet is used and PPT here, half my collection were "lightly used" and PPT.

If money is tight stay away from brand new models (like the LC9) because new/shiny/novel always costs more.

Also, used guns that have been scuffed up with holster wear, and then retired from service without a ton of shooting, are often good deals.
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+1 to above. On a budget, buy used and do PPT.
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+1 on everything mentioned... you're on the right track!
you can always try www.gunbroker.com
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Sounds like I'm on the right track. And I agree Djleisure, sorting through the new calguns listings with a cup of coffee in the AM is a great way to start my day, hahah.
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PPT (person to person transfer) off of CALGUNS. No tax, no shipping, flat low ($35?sorry) DROS fee.
You might luck out on a Turners sale, but still has tax + FFL fees....
+1 this is by far the cheapest/only way
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PPT (person to person transfer) off of CALGUNS. No tax, no shipping, flat low ($35?sorry) DROS fee.
You might luck out on a Turners sale, but still has tax + FFL fees....
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+1 to above. On a budget, buy used and do PPT.
+1 to all of the above. Also, I will add that you could check the CGN Private firearms sales Marketplace sub-forum and find a deal you like that is in your area, and that you can afford.
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I agree on getting a used gun in the Marketplace.
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Dont forget the HSC and trigger lock! $25 for HSC, and you could be expected to purchase a trigger lock, which could be an additional $25. So with DROS, HSC and Trigger lock you could be looking at $75 added to the price of any pistol.
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Dont forget the HSC and trigger lock! $25 for HSC, and you could be expected to purchase a trigger lock, which could be an additional $25. So with DROS, HSC and Trigger lock you could be looking at $75 added to the price of any pistol.
Yeah, this F**king state really knows how to lay down red tape and squeeze you for your dollars over useless crap you don't need, yet are forced to buy for you gun.
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Right. I was aware of the HSC but a trigger lock? Could I buy my own and bring it on gun pick-up day?

I can see where the state's going with this. Let them be able to buy guns but put fee's in every nook and cranny to dissuade. Really sucks :/
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Trigger lock is mandatory unless you have a doj approved safe, from my own experience, most ffls I've dealt with have never charged anything near $25, some have thrown them in for free, and yes, others have let me by my own as long as I brought in the receipt. It really depends on who you go through and your relationship with the business.
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you have to have proof you bought a lock in the past 30 days I believe. You could pick one up at a random sports store, bring it with the receipt on pickup and return it after pickup.
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Trigger lock is mandatory unless you have a doj approved safe, from my own experience, most ffls I've dealt with have never charged anything near $25, some have thrown them in for free, and yes, others have let me by my own as long as I brought in the receipt. It really depends on who you go through and your relationship with the business.
That is only true for long guns and even then, it is up to the discretion of the FFL. I think there may have been some change in the wording for allowing the use of the safe affidavit, because a lot of FFL's no longer allow it. I've gotten away with it for about 70% of my long gun purchases (which is quite a few.) If you *happen* to be somewhere like Walmart and can pickup an approved gun lock for cheap, less than 30 days before your purchase and you *won't lose* the receipt, then go for it. If not, honestly, I've never been screwed by an FFL for the price of a lock, they generally charge between $5-$8 - at least in my experience...
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The last few PPT I have done, I have NOT had to buy any kind of lock. I signed the affidavit about owning a safe. Just make sure you have the safe's make and model number to write down and you are good to go. Maybe I am missing some new law (since December) or the FFLs I have been to are really cool, but in the last 3 years I have purchased 2 handguns and 2 long guns and have not had to get a lock. All but the AR lower were PPT. YMMV
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you can try gungenie.com. you would be getting a decent and fair price, and helping out local gun dealers too. also, you would see everything you are paying, except for HSC.
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cheapest way to buy hand guns ?... well, find some relatives, friends, co-workers who owns them and ask if they want to sell you one. Couple of my current hand guns were bought from the co-workers, that I don't think the deal could be find from else where. Or sign up with Turners and look out for their Weekly Wednesday deal, I've seen they had RIA 1911 GI went for like $379 couple weeks ago. Best of luck.
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Consignment and used guns at Turners are sometimes really good deals too. I've picked-up a couple of used guns from them that were well under what other private sellers were asking. The sellers must be getting raped on their end.

What I used to do was come in the day they put out the new used inventory for the week, that is until I discovered the private sale section here on Calguns.
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