By GabbyEvery woman knows the feeling...
She’s wearing and loving a new pair of shoes/jeans/purse and showing them off all over town, when she happens past a store window and spies a different pair of shoes/jeans/purse, that are even more fabulous.
What’s a girl to do?
Well, with shoes you know the rule, once they’ve walked outside, they are YOURS.
It turns out, guns are a lot like shoes.
Once you put one round through the barrel, it’s a used gun. The store won’t give you your money back and getting back every cent you paid is virtually impossible. You do, however, have options if you really want rid of your purchase.
First, carefully examine why you no longer want the gun. Does it not shoot as expected? or is it malfunctioning? If there really is a mechanical problem, the manufacturer should be contacted. If you had never shot the gun, and now that you’ve tried it, it’s not what you were hoping, well what were you hoping? Be sure to pinpoint what you want and what this gun doesn’t do, before you dive back into shopping. Also, remember, new guns have a breaking-in period. You should have a sense of what a gun will really feel like, only after 300-500 rounds.
Next consider, keeping the gun until you know what you want instead. The first purchase may serve you better as a trade-in, than selling it back to the store from which you purchased it. You may also want to look into local trading forums on the internet. Many gun stores don’t keep track of a gun’s history when being offered as “used”, but on many forum sites, this information is appreciated by those looking to buy. This method may take some patience, but you can often get more money than a store will offer you.
Lastly, would some modifications make you happier with the gun? Sometimes an easy trigger job, is all it takes to make a person happy. Changing sights or modifying a grip are also inexpensive ways to make a gun ideal for an individual.
In order to avoid Buyers Remorse, do your research. if you can get a hold of the exact make and model that interests you, great, if not, get as close as possible. Get to know the brand. Know their customer service policy, and where you may have to ship your gun if it needs repairs. Once you’ve made your purchase, stop shopping and spend time learning your new gun and continuing your training. Just as you wouldn’t drive a Jeep like you would a sports car, each gun has it’s own sweet spot.