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    Just got back from a fishing trip on the Kenai. I stopped in Fred Meyer for some barley pops and wandered over to the gun counter. I was surprised to see that not only did they have a healthy stock of large caliber handguns but the prices were 10% less than I can get in the lower 48. Didn't look at long guns but assume they are the same.

    Lesson learned, not everything costs more in AK.

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    I just picked up an HK P2000SK from a Fred Meyer's in Fairbanks for $675 (about $200 less than the going rate on Gunbroker). They also have a Para Warthog (a compact, double-stack 1911) for about $200 under Gunbroker value. Their prices are usually either incredibly cheap, or incredibly high (such as $700 XDm's).

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    FM in Alaska is the answer to WM in the lower 48 except FM respects its customers
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    If you think Fred Myer's prices are good (the are NOT) wait until you visit the real gun stores!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir View Post
    If you think Fred Myer's prices are good (the are NOT) wait until you visit the real gun stores!
    Mind sharing the names of the real gun stores with the rest of us?

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    I have found that the guns you want for AK are expensive (44s, 454s, 375, 45-70 etc) and the ones ya don't want are cheap (ish), semi handguns, ARs etc. The same is true in lower 48. It is cheaper to get a handcannon from lower 48 (especially South where there are no bears) and have it shipped/transferred than to buy in AK. Don't use GB as a guage for prices, most Gunbroker prices are too high anyway.

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    Boondocks for one, particularly during the sportsman's show. I usually wait until that time of year to get the best deals.

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    Not so much to do with price, but I called Wal Mart in Kenai last week looking for a .454 Alaskan. (I did not yet know that they were impossible to by from a dealer right now.) The guy at the gun counter says, "yeah we have one right here." Having struck-out all over town and been told already that they were difficult to get, I rushed right over. So I look in the case, and sure enough, they have one. When I tell the guy I'll take it, however, he informs me that these guns aren't for sale, that the firing pins have been removed! So of course, I ask nicely if he'll just sell me the display and I'll have a firing pin installed, but no dice.

    He did call the rep for me and let me know that there were at least 130 people in Alaska on the list ahead of me, if and when another shipment comes into the distributor! Nice to know about purchasing a gun from Wal Mart.

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    I found the same thing while on Vacation in Tennessee. I hit Pawn shops , Flea Markets, Bass Pro shops and local gun shops. NO WAY are they cheaper than right here in Alaska. I was rather surprised, but you can do better by buying in Alaska?? 21 years and that is the first time I have said that...lol

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    I was shocked by this too. I visited my first ever Cabelas last year in WA. First off the gun counter was so packed, I thought there was a sale going on (there wasn't), second, the only gun I looked at was a used S&W 629 going for $700+. I've seen new 629s in GNG for less than $100 above that price!

    I have seen better prices on the internet, but the store prices in WA are just nuts!
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    Why are you guys having problems getting the Ruger Alaskans? I have had 1 for 2 years now and see them from time to time here in PA. My wife loves shooting the Alaskan.

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    Hmm, It sounds like some of these Vendors at the Gunshows, would have better marketing successes, Outside.

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    I'm traveling for business and just visited a gun show in Florida. Honestly, prices seem better on many items down here. However, you have to factor in an ugly 8% sales tax. After factoring in the tax, things are pretty close to even.

    For example, at the most recent gun show, Mosin Nagants were going for ~$150. In Florida, $130 was more the norm, whcih works out to around $140 with the sales tax. Not much difference. Of course, I ordered mine on the internet with my C&R license and paid less even after shipping...

    Likewise, prices on new firearms seemed like they were around 10-20% cheaper, but that is largely offset by that sales tax.

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    Default Regional Differences

    In my experience the differences in prices between different parts of the country and the popular calibers is real.

    I picked up a number of .357 & .38 Spl S&W pistols up here that were considerably less than they go for down south likewise on some small caliber rifles like .243 Win. Likewise I've picked up some good deals on .44s and .458s down south.

    Internet sells has narrowed the difference somewhat but the cost of shipping etc. still maintains some differential.


    Quote Originally Posted by nbh40 View Post
    I have found that the guns you want for AK are expensive (44s, 454s, 375, 45-70 etc) and the ones ya don't want are cheap (ish), semi handguns, ARs etc. The same is true in lower 48. It is cheaper to get a handcannon from lower 48 (especially South where there are no bears) and have it shipped/transferred than to buy in AK. Don't use GB as a guage for prices, most Gunbroker prices are too high anyway.
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    OK, who has a GREAT price on a Colt 1911 .45 , I'm looking .

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    I went to Michigan during the holidays and noticed a couple guns that were very low priced and was curious if anyone is familiar with them.
    Both guns are made by Hi Point Firearms (the dealer told me that is a Smith & Wesson made gun).
    A .45 ACP was $159, as was a .40 cal.
    Comparing this price to the $600-$1200 prices of the .45 ACP Kimber, Colt, and Springfield, I wonder if it's worth the money.

    Are these guns "worth" the low price, or are they junk? Anybody have any experience with Hi Point?

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    those Hi-points are ugly but boy do they shoot! I owned a couple one in a 9mm and a 45 Auto they were big and bulky wieghed a ton. But at the time they were selling for 100 bucks a pop new who could pass that up. Other good thing if you ran out of bullets shooting at someone you could use it as a hammer and beat the perp with it. Don't know about smith and wesson making them though I'm willing to bet that is not true.

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