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Old 08-09-2018, 05:30 PM
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I will ask this without a reference to a specific auction item since that's prohibited here. It seems a lot of pistols are being offered on Gunbroker that are essentially brand new but being sold for parts. These pistols are generally missing a major component such as the barrel. My question is what would be the rationale behind this?
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Probably obsolete new old stock being retired from a PD in a state that will not allow them to be sold as guns. Complete lack of logic by the left. It's like crushing cars, and thinking that will reduce drunk drivers.
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It's like crushing cars, and thinking that will reduce drunk drivers.
Well...it will keep drunk drivers from driving THAT car...
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Some sellers are obviously breaking down new, current production, pistols and selling them as parts. They just make more money that way. The rational is that the total price of a frame + slide + barrel, etc. will net the seller more than if he just sold a complete pistol. Glad they do it actually. If I wanted a major OEM pistol part, I would pay the price for the new part, as opposed to buying a used/surplus/reimported, etc. part that may have seen 500 or 50,000 rounds of use........ymmv
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I also found those on GB - I especially like the SIG frames. Gonna start with a frame and go from there. The only drawback I can think of is that they may be blems or damaged in some way and not revealed by the seller.
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Perhaps so called ‘ghost guns’ ??
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The frames must have a serial number to be legal to sell.
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Not ghost guns or anything nefarious at all. Just as epj indicates, the frames have serial numbers. They are transferred through an FFL just like any other pistol...
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Firerams, like cars, are worth more as parts than they are as a complete unit.

Plus with 80% firearms being offered for sale, especially Glocks, demand is high and people seem to be willing to pay even for used parts kits. I've seen used PD trade parts kits selling for a little less than complete used firearms in the same model.

To look at it another way, let's say I have a Glock, 20 10mm and I want to convert to .45 G21, I can just buy a complete slide. Or I have the same Gen2 Glock 20, and I want to replace the my beat up frame with a new Gen3 SF frame, I can buy if at less than half the cost.




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I also found those on GB - I especially like the SIG frames. Gonna start with a frame and go from there. The only drawback I can think of is that they may be blems or damaged in some way and not revealed by the seller.
The drawback is that you'll pay more buying parts than you would just buying a complete firearm - especially with a SiG.
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