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    Gun salesmanship

    Was reading my local armslist ads recently and came across one for a Taurus PT-22. The author was touting it as an absolute tackdriver, and a premium home defense weapon. I partially admire the salesmanship the guy put into his ad, but I also can't imagine the PT-22 being either of those. It may be somewhat accurate in the right hands, but I don't think it falls under the category of premium home defense weapon. YMMV. Anyone out there willing to admit to falling for a terrible sales pitch?
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    I have a sporting shotgun posted for sale here.

    I titled the ad of my post "Terrible Defensive Carry Gun For Sale".

    Gun is still available but lots of people have read the ad!
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    He either doesn't know anything about the handgun or he knows very well and is trying to snow job the next sucker that doesn't know anything about handguns either.

    When I sold firearms I would qualify the customer, show them what fit their needs, explained the features and benefits of each, let them handle any one they wanted to, answered questions and handled objections, and then asked for the sale.

    Those are the basics of selling anything and it can be done honestly and professionally without BS hype or a salesman's hot air.
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    i have a PT-22, its actually a well made gun. very reliable!

    Quote Originally Posted by bgusty View Post
    Was reading my local armslist ads recently and came across one for a Taurus PT-22. The author was touting it as an absolute tackdriver, and a premium home defense weapon. I partially admire the salesmanship the guy put into his ad, but I also can't imagine the PT-22 being either of those. It may be somewhat accurate in the right hands, but I don't think it falls under the category of premium home defense weapon. YMMV. Anyone out there willing to admit to falling for a terrible sales pitch?

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    It helps to know a little bit about guns so that you can separate the BS from the facts.

    You wouldn't believe some of the stories I have heard over the years about guns and what they are capable off. It usually only takes about a minute to distinguish fact from fiction...if you have some knowledge.
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    True indeed, HotGuns. When I'm at the LGS or big box stores, I don't say much to other customers unless they strike up a conversation with me. I have no interest in being or coming off as a gunshop commando but there's been a few things I've overheard that were so ridiculous and outlandish that I really had no option but to speak up.
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    i look at armslist regularly. it's full of a bunch of low-lifes selling over-priced ammo.

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    I don't get a lot of B.S. at the LGS. I tend to go to the same guy every time because he's knowledgeable, polite, friendly and deserves the commission from me after more often than naught I've browsed more than I've bought.

    At big box stores I try to find an older guy behind the counter. Once they know I want to go straight to the wheelies section they know I'm not just some guy looking to find the latest plastic wizbang and are more than willing to be helpful.
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    You know those full page Kimber advertisements...
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    Well, if you were in the midst of being the victim of a home invasion and the only gun you had was a Taurus PT-22, then it could possibly be considered a "premium home defense weapon" of sorts...in a manner of speaking...kinda...maybe.

    As far as the tack driver part, that would be wholly dependent upon the shooter more so than the gun. In the right hands, it could possibly be considered a "tack driver" of sorts...in a manner of speaking...kinda...maybe.
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    Both of those statements are true, but only when you're comparing the PT-22 with a lawn rake. Yet if a stiff-tined "garden rake" is available, then this "marketing" becomes pure horse manure hyperbole.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bgusty View Post
    Was reading my local armslist ads recently and came across one for a Taurus PT-22. The author was touting it as an absolute tackdriver, and a premium home defense weapon. I partially admire the salesmanship the guy put into his ad, but I also can't imagine the PT-22 being either of those. It may be somewhat accurate in the right hands, but I don't think it falls under the category of premium home defense weapon. YMMV. Anyone out there willing to admit to falling for a terrible sales pitch?

    Here is a picture of the "Best gun Salesman".

    And while I didn't personally fall for his "Sales Pitch", lots of people did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghost tracker View Post
    Both of those statements are true, but only when you're comparing the PT-22 with a lawn rake. Yet if a stiff-tined "garden rake" is available, then this "marketing" becomes pure horse manure hyperbole.
    You phrased it a lot more eloquently than I was able to. At least things like this are good for a laugh. When I worked at a big box chain behind the gun counter sometimes the customers had plenty of entertaining things to say as well. On the complete other end of the spectrum I once had a gentleman tell me how his S&W 500 with a scope was his go-to home defense gun. While I feel it is a bit more qualified to serve that role than a PT-22, I still walked away shaking my head.
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