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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Ideas for ballpark used AR-15 price?

    The OP asked about a cash, FTF purchase.

    He CAN find that, but it takes patience, and watching classifieds.
    Lots of people certainly try to get close to what they paid for them. You can usually tell when someone bought their rifle by the price they are asking. LOL

    Even though I could use the money, I'm not "giving" my rifles away. Prices are SO low now that you're going to have a tough time recouping what you sunk into one.

    Shouldn't be a problem to find one for around $400-$500 though.
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    Default Re: Ideas for ballpark used AR-15 price?

    Quote Originally Posted by nfafan View Post
    Finally convinced newbie gun buddy to get off his dead ass and buy an AR before the panic sets in/gets worse. He plans on a cash FTF transaction at an upcoming gun show.

    I have more ARs than I can shoot but mine are keepers, so I told him to keep his eyes open for an over the counter name-brand AR, such as FN, Colt, S&W, SIG. Not a Ruger fan due to their flash hider.
    Any other “common” readily-found brands he should look for and ballpark price to consider paying?

    Realize this is a widely generic request, but I haven’t been in the AR market since forever and have no recent market experiences.

    TIA
    If he is looking for used the classifieds are worth keeping an eye on. I would look for a brand name where the quality is known. If you see a ar that fits the criteria I would look online for what that gun goes for new then work from there. If I am getting a brand name but generic used gun I would probably offer $50-60 below what I would be paying for it new.

    For instance..... If I found a place online with a current stock of new Ruger ar’s for $460 shipped I would offer $400 for a used one. I think that is fair to you because it is used and you don’t know what it has been through.... but also fair to the seller who will recoup a good amount of their initial investment while having fun with the gun. And to be honest it is a buyers market right now from what I have seen. Like him or hate him..... Trump has us spoiled right now over what the firearm market would be like if Hillary was president.

    There are other things to take into consideration though. If you are both pa residents and doing a ftf you would want to take into consideration if you are going through a ffl or not. If the person will sell it to you because a ltcf without going through a ffl that is $30 or so saved right there. Something to consider when buying used over new.
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    Default Re: Ideas for ballpark used AR-15 price?

    Btw.... if it does not have to be used ftf..... keep an eye on gundeals.com. You can periodically find deals on Rugers and Smith and Wessons for $460 or so shipped. There are also a lot of other ar’s that may not be name brands in the $300-400 range.
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    Default Re: Ideas for ballpark used AR-15 price?

    I can't even imagine black guns going back to CLINTON ERA prices. Look at all the one line auctions. There is no end to AR style rifles and stripped serialized lowers, complete uppers and mountains of ammo to go with them. You will probably never get close to what you paid for it if you go to sell, so it is not an asset like a collectable rifle. You have to look at it as a frivolous buy.

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    Default Re: Ideas for ballpark used AR-15 price?

    I know the OP said used face to face, and that he did'nt want to build one ... BUT Palmetto State Armory regularly has deals on complete kits (minus the lower) If he wants to make one on the cheap they have one this weekend for $299 get that and an Anderson lower for $49 or less you've got a workable rifle for $350. I realize that resale value won't be super, but, for an entry rifle that works, prices have never been lower.
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    Default Re: Ideas for ballpark used AR-15 price?

    Some of you may be keeping track of all the rifles I post pictures of.
    I only own 3 that have gone through an FFL - all stripped lowers.
    (I've never bought a complete rifle)
    It takes time, and willing sellers, but you can find them.
    One of the perks of getting to know so many people via this forum.
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    Default Re: Ideas for ballpark used AR-15 price?

    Sometimes you can find people selling striped and complete lowers.

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    Default Re: Ideas for ballpark used AR-15 price?

    Did someone say 80% lower?

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    Default Re: Ideas for ballpark used AR-15 price?

    I’ll also say the classifieds will be a better place to look. I’ve seen some steals here this past year. If the FTF desire is a must, Id say focus on getting the lower and just buy an upper from BCM, SOLGW or similar company.

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