Nice conversation going on over at Matt’s place about buying a new or used Glock.
IMHO… Yes, it all depends on the price. If you find a good deal, buy it. I have bought both used and new Glocks, and if the price is right, you cant really go wrong with a used Glock.
Used guns in generally are usually a great buy. Most used guns that you find out there are gonna be nowhere near shot-out. You need to know what you are looking for of course, but you are gonna find that most have not been run hard at all. In fact, the vast majority of them probably dont have but one or two range trips under their belts… then they were put in a drawer or in the back of the closet and never thought about again until it was time to sell them off.
There are exceptions of course… Rifles need to be more closely examined, and “working guns” like shotguns and .22s may have seen a long, hard life in the field taking game, but most of those you can spot from across the gun shop. They still may be a great deal, but they may also require more love and attention than most casual gun owners are able to give them.
The first handgun that I ever bought was a used Gen 1 Glock 17. It was in very rough shape cosmetically, and the $250 price tag reflected that (It was well below all the other used Glocks in their gun case). I looked it over real good and determined that it was all just holster wear… heavy holster wear (I really wish I still had a picture of it in that condition). I figured it would shoot just fine, and in fact it ended up being one of the most reliable guns that I have ever seen. Without a doubt it has been just as good as any new Glock that I have ever owned. Its had countless rounds through it now and I have never had one single problem with it.
I did eventually decide to send it back to Glock to have it refinished simply because I wanted it to look like a new gun again. While it was there they gave it a complete tear down and replaced all the internals free of charge (and unsolicited by me). They will also do this for any gun that you send them, so if you do buy a used Glock and its not running right, they can probably work out the kinks for you. Quality replacement barrels can also be had online for under $150, so even if the barrel is indeed shot-out (highly unlikely) you can can factor that into the price and still might come out way ahead.
Here is my Glock 17 after the refinish job:
Now, I know that its probably darn near impossible to find a used Glock for $250 now-a-days, but they are still well under the price of a new Glock. Shop around, and save yourself some money. Even the used ones run great in most cases.