Have you ever purchased a gun without shooting it first?

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    Have you ever purchased a gun without shooting it first?

    It's not something I like, but it's something I have to deal with. I used to be able to test out most S&W models at the S&W factory, but some legal issues with felons shooting there got them to shut it down.

    Most gun shops I know of have no range, and the closest range to test guns at is 2+ hours away in New Hampshire.

    I bought my Model 10 without shooting it first and it worked out fine, I had fired other .38spl revolvers at least. This time though I'm looking at a Ruger SR9 or maybe even a Ruger P95 (it's in the air though, could be any 9mm) but won't be able to shoot it first.

    Can you test guns where you are before you buy?

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    I've never test fired a weapon that I purchased from a business. No business in my area has any way to provide that service.

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    If you test fire a gun, it is no longer new, so most gun shops will not let you "test fire" a gun before purchasing it. Unless they have a used, or range gun, or you know someone who has that specific model gun, you are pretty much out of luck in being able to test fire a gun before you spend your money.
    Just remember that shot placement is much more important with what you carry than how big a bang you get with each trigger pull.
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    Never shot any of my guns before purchase. Handled, yes; shot - no.
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    I have never test fired a firearm before purchase.
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    Nope, me niether

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    I've purchased (or traded for) a number of firearms without shooting them first over the years, but I only buy from well known sources. No disappointments yet.
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    Count me in with the "never" crowd...
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    Quote Originally Posted by farronwolf View Post
    If you test fire a gun, it is no longer new, so most gun shops will not let you "test fire" a gun before purchasing it. Unless they have a used, or range gun, or you know someone who has that specific model gun, you are pretty much out of luck in being able to test fire a gun before you spend your money.
    Yeah that's more what I mean, or shoot a used one they're selling. Like I said there's ranges that stock guns to shoot, you just rent them and return them. Then you're better informed on how it shoots which is nice.

    It made me want a S&W 686, but they're so damn expensive.

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    I didn't try out my gun before I bought it and wish I had. I am now looking for a 22 and have rented a couple at the local range to see what I like. Read the reviews online, they are usually pretty accurate.

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    Nope, but I've only been burned once.
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    Nope, I have never fired a gun before I bought it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rammerjammer View Post
    Nope, but I've only been burned once.
    count yourself a lucky guy....but none of mine "whoopsies" were Keltecs. I don't enjoy discussing my failures as much as you do.
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    Nope never have done a test fire on a new firearm
    Last edited by jbum; October 19th, 2012 at 04:59 PM.

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    I've shot a model of a gun prior to purchasing, but never the gun I purchased. As farronwolf pointed out, once someone has shot it, it is no longer a new gun, and I don't know of any store that is willing to cut their profits like that.
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