What would be your bottom dollar.


Active Member
Sep 23, 2013
I'm trying to sell my fathers SR9C for him.MSRP is $499, I have it listed for $400.

Here are 3 screen shots of my conversation with a guy on the FL Gun Trader FB page about the gun. Is this guy an idiot or am I being unreasonable?

I'm new to selling firearms, but always thought guns held there value well.

What do you guys feel would be your bottom dollar if you were the seller?



Jun 28, 2012
I wouldn't say either of you are far off. It isn't a 500 dollar gun, but 300 is too little. We got my wife one, brand new, for 400. I've never seen em sell for more than 450. When we were comparing prices before we got hers, every one of em was 420 and less. Bud's has em for 415.

You're right that guns don't lose their value like cars, but that doesn't mean people will pay close to retail price for a used gun, depending on the gun. For example, full sized M&P's are 500 dollar guns, but re sell for 400 most of the time. That's a hundred bucks off of a really good pistol and I've seen cases where they weren't ever used.

I think 370 would be a fair price for the Ruger. If I ever sold my wife's, I'd start it at 400, but only to allow someone to haggle me down to around 370. In my opinion, the fairest price for you and the buyer, would be about 370, IF the gun really only has 250 rounds through it. Otherwise, if you need the money, 350 isn't a bad deal. If you can wait, I'm sure someone will eventually pay 400. Having owned this gun, I wouldn't pay 400 for a used one and if my gun guy didn't have one, I wouldn't order one and pay the FFL fee. It's a good gun, but if someone is to go over 450, I'd say get an M&P, Glock, XD, CZ P07, and others in that class.

As stated, I think you both are being reasonable in that the buyer will want to start low and the seller would want to start high. The only thing I see that is keeping this from a fair deal, is the lack of haggling. I would have responded with something like, "Can't do 300 but I can take it down to 385". THEN, if he doesn't want to haggle, tell him to F off. If he came back with 340, I'd reply 380, let him go to 350, and put my final offer at 375. If he was willing to come up to 360 365, I'd probably let it go.

In conclusion, I think you over value the gun just a little and he under values it a little too much. Add in the haggling factor and I'm sure you can both agree on a number that you're both happy with. Just remember, the FFL transfer fee that you may have paid if you ordered this online, should not be factored in to the actual value of the gun. Good luck with your sail. Are you funding another firearm? If so, which one?


Active Member
Jun 3, 2013
Richmond/Rosenberg, TX
If it helps this is what two decent LGS have them advertised as by me. I paid $399.00 at a gun show lat November 2012. Then the panic buying started. now prices have settled back some.

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Lifetime Member
Oct 15, 2009
Lampasas, Texas
JColumbus pretty much nailed it. I would probably go down to $350 because for $50 more I would go buy new.

I think Ham Bone will be back. I don't think he is going to have much luck waving his $300 around unless someone selling really needs the cash.


Sarcasm Sensei
TGT Supporter
Jan 15, 2012
To be frank, quoting MSRP is just as ridiculous as a $300 offer.
You have it priced ($400) at about retail and no one will purchase used when they can purchase new for the same price, unless there is a "reason" to do so.

Comparing round count and mileage is also ludicrous.
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Right Wing Extremist
TGT Supporter
Nov 7, 2010
Justin, TX
Brand new in Clermont for 427 including tax and fees. I personally won't give more than 75% of new for anything used. My top dollar offer for your pistol would therefore be $320.
Just my .02


Omnipotent Potentate for hire.
Lifetime Member
Oct 4, 2013
Gunz are icky.
Doesn't matter if it is unfired. It is used.
Used gun selling for very near to new retail usually ain't gonna happen with anyone who knows what is going on.
Your gun tho. You can sit on it until a pigeon comes along or drop the price to move it.


Been Called "Flash" Since I Was A Kid!
Jul 11, 2009
East Houston
I like the way we do things at TGT, better. That dialog should have been done in private by PM. Don't dump on a guy's ad even if you know that it's overpriced. If you don't like the offer, then move on or PM an offer. If he says "NO" there's no harm done.

It's not right to poison the guy's well. If he's asking too much and gets zero replies, he'll get the message.



TGT Addict
Dec 9, 2011
Way out here
A. I wouldn't sell a gun to some dude named Ham Bone.

B. I wouldn't sell a gun to someone whose first interaction with me was a one word sentence.


Ginger Avenger
TGT Supporter
Jul 31, 2011
hill co.
Some will pay more just because they see a 4473 as "registration. I've seen quite a few used guns sold at new gun price for that reason alone.


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