Self-Defense Issues

Quality Used Guns on Market

Recently I talked about finding a self-defense gun that fits you.  One of the things I pointed out was to buy good quality firearms, not cheaply made firearms.  Used guns are often a great value, as you can often get a high-quality, “low mileage” firearm for much cheaper than new.

Smith & Wesson 64 NYPD
My used NYPD model 64 revolver I picked up for a song.

At the time of this article, J&G Sales had a stock of used Beretta 92F and 92FS pistols for sale at very reasonable prices.  Conditions ranged from good to very good and prices range from only $299 to $339 depending on model, condition, and quantity ordered.  There is no doubt that these are used pistols.  But for less than $350, you can have a very good quality pistol for your home defense needs.

Recently, I had a friend pick up a very lightly used M&P 40.  The pistol had very little signs of use, cam in the original box, was equipped with night sights, and had three 15-round magazines.  The price?  A mere $299.  (Sorry, they are all gone.  I called to buy one, but too late!)

Looking for a shotgun, not a pistol?  GT Distributors, a police supplier, recently sold a bunch of Remington 870 shotguns they had taken in from a department that was upgrading their long guns.  Standard 870 with the 18 1/2″ barrels were going for $149.  The 870 with an extended magazine (6 or 7 rounds total IIRC) were only $169.  These too are now sold out.

My point is to seek out quality used firearms for self defense if you are on a budget.  Don’t settle for something cheap that may not be reliable.  Sure, you may have to do a little searching (and waiting) to find a good deal on a firearm, but you are looking for a good quality item.  It is worth the effort and time.  What do they say?  Friends don’t let friends by crappy guns?  Well, this applies here.

By Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson is a gun writer, amateur historian and - most importantly - a dad. He's done a lot of silly things in his life, but quitting police work to follow his passion of writing about guns was one of the smartest things he ever did. He founded this site and continues to manage its operation.

One reply on “Quality Used Guns on Market”

Good article and good advice. Myself, a few years ago picked up an used Glock 19 for $400 and few months ago picked up an used XD45 for $450 each. Most guns, now in days, are build very well,and used guns are a good option for the gun owner on a budget.

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