Question number 1 then - is it normal to buy a gun via post? I'm only asking, as I'm thinking on Leon's, but he's all the way up in Cumbria (4hrs away !!!). I don't think I know enough to trust buying sight unseen and both my main shooting mates live in the Midlands, so they are unlikely to fancy 8hrs in a car to help me..... But I suppose unless its local I'll get that all the time .......
How do others buy their guns?
Another one by post, hmnn not sure, i couldnt really afford the last 10 or so bought from this site . Well at least not untill next pay day .
Seriously though, make sure you get some insurance on the parcle, a tracking number, and that you know who you are dealing with.
why don't you suggest meeting in the middle somewhere. 2 hours is nothing on the motorway
I've bought and sold quite a few guns by post with no problems. Just be sure who you're dealing with (ask around etc) and make sure the postage comes with insurance.
Depends on how much.Any thing over £200 I would'nt personally,then again I'm not a collector,I'm happy with just the one gun.
Probably get my eldest boy his first rifle fom someone off here.
A man's got to know his limitations. - Dirty Harry Magnum Force
as said rreally depends on the person selling, how long they have been here, how may posts (how active) and have they bough/sold a few times before?
i bought my gen 2 XVD unseen from a flea-bay seller as the chap lived in scotland, (great 100% feedback) but I did panic a bit until it turned up on my mat working perfectly. He agreed to stop the auction early so it wasnt even covered by flea-bay
sometimes you takes ya chances if the price is right and everything seems to stack up ok
If the member has quite a few posts, ask him for names on here who have dealt with him, have a word with them.
hi mate,Originally Posted by rowleyd3
sent you a pm.
Atherton Indoor Range.....up to 90 Yard Indoor Range, free brews. food available. £5 all day.
I have a mate who works for the Post Office and he wouldn't send ANYTHING by post. Anyway try any gun before you buy.
Presumably you can recognise his relatives quite easily - they'll be the ones with long faces and no birthday cards...Originally Posted by luddite
What a ludicrous statement.Originally Posted by luddite
Many of the BBS members, myself included, have been using the services of Royal mail for many years, with varying degrees of success.
Whilst some have easy access to courier services, for a lot of us, Royal mail is the most convenient, and cheapest, carrier.
Personally, apart from an occasional delayed delivery, I have had no problems with any of the numerous deals that have used RM, either SD or as we currently have to increasingly use, parcel services.
Parcel Farce was a continuous source of complaint, but on the few occasions I have used it lately, both within the UK and International, I have had no problems, so it looks like they may have got their act together.
We know there is going to be the odd pilfering, and those who regard all packages as legitimate football practice, but to tar every RM employee the same is ridiculous.
I too have friends within the Royal mail who tell me that the service varies a lot according to which sorting office handles the mail.
As for trying each gun before purchase, in an ideal world that would be prerequisite, but in the real world, somewhat impractical.
A lot of deals on the BBS are based on mutual trust, which, by and large, is well placed. We do get the odd bad deal, which is normally pretty swiftly dealt with, but the best part go through without a problem.
This response is not 'Newbie' bashing, but in this case, if it was, I think it would be well warranted.
Just did it - I'm Down Sowf and gun was up Norf. Special delivery insured - came next day.Originally Posted by rowleyd3
I took a piccy of the recorderd delivery docket and offered to send it to the recipient - but he was ok with the number I gave him over the phone.
Your issue is really do you trust the person with whom you want to deal IMHO.
Well that and the potential for damage whilst in transit. Plenty of bubble wrap, stiff cardboard and brown packaing tape will usually get through unscaithed
I have just completed (yesterday) my deal with SteveW for his (now mine) Fenman Profile .20 Good deal, no hassle and I'm well satisfied with the gun. All through email / PM and courier service.
Great Britain: led by Criminals for the benefit of criminals
Why not join the BBS National Rifle & Pistol Club - now accepting Probationers. PM
BBS Club website: http://www.bbsnrpc.co.uk/
Wow Troubledshooter, didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition there. If you want to buy a pig in a poke you go right ahead but I want to see what I'm buying.
And none of my guns will see the inside of a post van, buying or selling.
Edited post as thought you were Troubleshooter but now see you're Troubledshooter.
Last edited by luddite; 20-05-2006 at 04:39 PM.
Ken,Originally Posted by luddite
you said that you were going to behave. Leave the personal stuff out please and remember you have no idea who you may be talking to.
Fabricatum diem, pvnc!