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Question on best way to sell off some of my guns

Discussion in 'San Antonio' started by SA_Steve, Nov 29, 2018.

  1. studenygreg

    studenygreg Active Member

    Oct 7, 2015
    I live in SATX and have had good luck with texas gun trader. Its free. I'm interested in seeing what you have as well.

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  2. m5215

    m5215 Pistoleer

    Sep 3, 2018
    I agree. I got the most responses from Texas Gun Trader and I even ended up selling one of my rifles from there. There was some interest from Armslist also.
  3. majormadmax

    majormadmax Úlfhéðnar

    Aug 27, 2009
    San Antonio!
    TexasGunTrader is hit or miss. I have had great experiences from it, and some complete flakes. Practice due diligence if you go that route (see below for details), as like eBay anyone can be on that website.

    As for the SAXET show, you can privately sell firearms there but it's a pain to carry more than one or two. Numerous people do so, and make up cardboard signs to advertise. Don't try to sell to vendors, you won't get anywhere near the value of the weapon. They are simply trying to make a quick profit. The Austin Highway show is the same, but much smaller (around 200 tables compared to 800+) and it most likely won't be as lucrative for you.

    As for gun stores consignments, you'll lose money on those as well. They are primarily marketing new and their used guns to make the most profit, so there's no incentive for them to sell your used firearms. Best to be avoided.

    Honestly, advertising here is your best bet. You may still have some haggling to deal with, but that will be the case with any private sale. It's also much safer, but I would still recommend taking the usual precautions if you don't know the buyer. I am talking about meeting in a public place during the daytime and perhaps asking to see a drivers or handgun license, not a bill of sale. Those are useless unless notarized and unnecessary as once the transaction is complete you are not legally liable for what the new owner does with the firearm. You also don't want the responsibility of protecting another person's personally identifiable information (PII) if it can be avoided.

    With any private sale, use your cranium. If the person acts suspicious or you are uncomfortable with any aspects of the transaction, walk away; but for the most part (especially if it is with someone from this forum) it will be an easy and painless event. The only "downside" I have experienced is that a simple five-minute transaction regularly turns into a half hour or more of chit chatting about firearms!

    Good luck and feel free to PM me with any questions as I am in Helotes and have a lot of experience with gun shops, stores and ranges in the San Antonio area...

    Cheers! M2
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  4. AustinN4

    AustinN4 TGT Addict

    Nov 27, 2013
    If I were WTS or WTB, I would list both here and on TxGunTrader. Depending on the item, I have also done some transactions on and I rely heavily on transaction feedback at the forums listed above.

    As far as FTF transactions go, I am very cautious with TxGunTrader and only meet in public places where the sight of a firearm would not cause alarm such as the parking lot at Red's. I would never buy anything from listings there that need to be shipped.
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2018
  5. ZX9RCAM

    ZX9RCAM Over the Rainbow bridge... TGT Supporter

    May 14, 2008
    The Woodlands, Tx.
  6. Orbie

    Orbie Born Texan TGT Supporter

    Feb 21, 2011
    San Antonio
    My trade rating doesn’t reflect it do to a wipeout on the site years ago, but I’ve had many great transactions by just using the classifieds here on TGT.
  7. TX OMFS

    TX OMFS Well-Known Forum Sponsor

    Nov 3, 2014
    San Antonio
    What you got mang? Don't keep us waiting.
  8. lightflyer1

    lightflyer1 Active Member

    May 2, 2015
    I have had pretty good luck with Texas Gun Trader, both buying and selling. You can eliminate some online just through emails. Meeting at gun ranges is a good idea. When selling I usually meet at my local HEB in the side lot somewhere. I have also used the local police stations parking areas as well. They suggested this for safety when using Craigslist. This seems to deter some shady characters as well. I have even bought from officers there (Shotgun, slugs, buckshot, rifle and pistol ammo). As with anything you have to use your head and protect yourself. One thing I do is to drive around a little afterwards to insure no one is following me home.

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