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FFL 03, NRA CRSO & CI: P-R-S-PPITH
Former USAF NCO 1980-1984, DoD 1987-Present
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“The greatest danger to American freedom is a government that ignores the Constitution.”
-- Thomas Jefferson, Third President of the United States
"Those who 'abjure' violence can only do so because others are commuting violence on their behalf."
-- George Orwell
"The ultimate result of shielding men from folly is to fill the world with fools."
-- Herbert Spencer
I’ve paid for many online purchases from individuals with a M.O.
"Sights are for the unenlightened."
IDPA Certified Safety Officer
Every time you buy something on the internet you take a risk, I have no dog in this hunt but until someone does not get a gun they bought it's innocent until proven guilty. I have sold the same gun twice on gunbroker, I have one bad check and one guy that changed his mind go's with the risk of the internet.
Florida CWFL Member NRA , Florida Carry
I'm also a member of northeast shooters and did live in Mass most of my life. There was a guy looking for a Ruger .22 pistol for some sort of training he was attending and needed the gun fast. In Mass, any transfer between private parties takes a state form to fill out showing the serial, description and both parties are licensed. He hemmed and hawed and it finally fell apart. I always had the feeling he was a cop and just fishing the board for some illegal activities. Never saw his posting name again, but saw the same type fishing for guns ad with different names. It would always say "looking for certain type gun." It just got fishy and smelled bad.
Online, person to person transactions are always a risk. IMHO the trick is for neither party to take anything personally and accept that others may have had different experiences or expectations and therefore have different levels of confidence.
Lastly, everyone needs to have the confidence to just walk away before anything gets too far south. There will be another seller/buyer out there.
And then there's just the standard delay stuff. It took me almost a month to purchase a gun from a forum member here. He lives south, I live central/north. Shipping raised the cost too much (ammo is heavy) and it was weeks before I could make the trip. But in the end, we worked it out! (It was not anyone mentioned in this thread--just giving additional info as it relates to a past experience.) YMMV.
- "If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun." -The Dalai Lama