all though i have been lurking these forums and a few others for the past month or so, this is my first post here. anyway starting in mid september i will be in the market for my first firearm. i have decided ( after a lot of research and some test firing ) that i will be purchasing a XD 45C very preferably in black. i was originally not interested in purchasing a used one since my research at gun shows and pawn shops shows very little if any difference in the price of the same and comparable used and new firearms. my thought process was of course why would i buy something used that i can get new for the same price. However, finances may be a little tighter than expected and buying a used xd (of course at the elusive discounted price) has started to look a little more appealing. my questions are basically what have you all's experiences been with buying used firearms both from dealers and private parties? do you run into a lot of abused and mistreated weapons, or do u find a good variety? also what types of things should i examine and look for to make sure its in good condition? don't forget im a newb to firearms and ownership
also what is the process in Georgia for buying a used gun from a private party?