I live in the Provo/Orem area, and like to shop for used firearms at Van Wagenen's on Orem State Street. Could anyone lead me to other good shops in SLC with a good selection of firearms, with knowledgeable staff/gunsmith and reasonable prices?
Barlow's Custom Guns
2698 So. Redwood Rd. Suite K
West Valley City, UT 84119
While Steve Barlow does have some used guns (i.e. police trade-ins), they specialize in supplying new new items to PD's for 5% over cost. Civilians pay a tad more at 10% over their cost.
CDNN also sells a lot of trade-ins and will perhaps be your best price for used models. They only charge $9.99 for overnight shipping and there's no sales tax.
Personally, I prefer to pay $50 to $100 more for a new model because you know for sure exactly what you're getting. Most folks who buy used guns also put $50 to $100 back into them anyways and they have no lifetime warranty versus if they purchase the firearm new.
Davidsons Gallery of Guns most often has the lowest pricing of anyone across the nation and they will have 3 - 5 local FFL's near your zipcode bidding for your business.
I'm going to wait a few weeks before I go back to that Cabela's. The store is cool as hell, but it's like trying to get into Rome on Easter right now! All us rednecks from miles around made our pilgrimage to the Mecca on the opening weekend. I shouldered my way through the gun library, but I need to go back after things quiet down. I didn't see any used guns, but then again I couldn't see much through the crowd. Does Cabela's carry used guns?
CDNN Investments is a 16 year old firearm and accessory dealer located in Abilene, Texas - offering new and used (trade-in) guns and equipment below retail.
I have purchased 4 new firearms from CDNN at about 40% - 53% of retail, with the only drawback being they don't offer a huge selection like Davidson's Gallery of Guns (with 10% - 12% over wholesale pricing) or Barlow Custom Guns in Salt Lake City, Utah (10% over cost).
With CDNN, you pay $9.95 for each Fed Ex shipping order to your local FFL and there is no sales tax. Warranty issues (after 30 days) are handled through the manufacture.
I have also purchased 5 firearms from Davidsons. With them, Fed Ex shipping to your FFL is included and you pay sales tax. Best part with Davidsons is their Lifetime Replacement Warranty, where your receiving FFL ships the firearm back to them for repair or replacement within 48 hours, as long as there is no abuse.
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