Quantcast
  1. Sign up now and join over 35,000 northwest gun owners. It's quick, easy, and 100% free!

High cost of renting a gun that you might want to buy.

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by PlayboyPenguin, Nov 18, 2009.

  1. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

    Messages:
    4,833
    Likes Received:
    1,742
    Man, I had never realized how expensive it is to rent a gun you are thinking of buying. Another member just brought up the topic in another thread and I said it is much cheaper to just find a friend that has the gun and shoot theirs. I say that because a friend of mine wanted to buy a certain model Glock a couple months ago and I went with him to the rental range. I will not say the range name since I do not like to slam small businesses but I will say it was surprisingly expensive.

    It seems only a couple places in PDX rented the gun he wanted and they all required you shoot their ammo in rental guns. By the time he paid for the range fee, rental fee, and their ammo he was into the gun about $85 before even buying it. The gun he was looking at costs less than $500 normally so that was almost 20% of the total cost of the gun. That is outrageous to me.
     
  2. cameronhu

    cameronhu Ridgefield, Wa Member

    Messages:
    345
    Likes Received:
    2
    Yeah, I've never been too fond of "renting". If you have the money, it's better to buy used, try, and if you don't like it trade/sell.
     
  3. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    6,838
    Likes Received:
    1,186
  4. Bello425

    Bello425 Vancouver Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

    Messages:
    1,444
    Likes Received:
    74
    I know how your friend feels. My friend wanted to go shooting last Wednesday, so I called our local ranges and the prices were ridiculous. $35 range fee, $8-$18 box of 50 22lr -.45acp, targets, and rental fee if we wanted to shoot their guns. One particular range had only 2 calibers in stock to choose from. The other range I decided to visit in person, I looked at variety of rental weapons and they looked all worn out and filthy. Is that normal? I mean filthy, when handling the gun you will have residue all over your hands.
     
  5. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

    Messages:
    4,833
    Likes Received:
    1,742
    We tried them first, but they did not have the gun he wanted and they did not have any ammo at all. When we called the woman said "unless you are shooting 9mm you are out of luck." Granted this was several months ago during the height of the ammo crunch.
     
  6. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    6,838
    Likes Received:
    1,186
    What is the gun he want's to shoot? We area community here and we can help our own.
     
  7. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

    Messages:
    4,833
    Likes Received:
    1,742
    At the time it was a Glock 30SF. He wanted to try the new grip size. He decided he did not like it after trying it and bought the regular G30 instead. I however bought the G30SF. :)
     
  8. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    6,838
    Likes Received:
    1,186
    Have you ever considered professional help? :laugh:
     
  9. SavageGerbil

    SavageGerbil Salem, OR Active Member

    Messages:
    785
    Likes Received:
    143
    It'll take more than a couple shrinks to slow Penguin down :p

    There's a place in Eugene I've driven by a few times that used to have a sign saying they rented a Thompson out, thats about the only time I've ever considered paying for a range-loaner
     
  10. MarkSBG

    MarkSBG Beaverton Oregon Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,467
    Likes Received:
    31
    Yeah, I have never paid for a rental. I prefer to buy and if I don't like it sell it...
     
  11. bugeye

    bugeye Oregon Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,098
    Likes Received:
    12
    We went through with my wife who wanted a handgun. We rented and that was good because we found out that a 38 was too much for her. Had we purchased that would have been ok too, as I'd have that 38, lol.

    We use the small range in Lebanon and they were great, and not too mych either.
    However, the rental guns were well worn.
     
  12. magnum

    magnum Springfield American....'nuff said

    Messages:
    942
    Likes Received:
    26
    Baron's den in eugene rents guns for 5.00 per gun. At least that's what their sign said. They have app. 60 plus guns to rent in everything from .22 to s&w x frames. I didn't see if they have ammo regulations regarding their rental guns but you can always give them a call. Their purchase prices on new guns are a little higher than I've seen in other stores in the area but they do have a very good, wide selection.
     
  13. raindog

    raindog Portland, OR Active Member

    Messages:
    574
    Likes Received:
    145
    *cough* The Place to Sheet *cough*
     
  14. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,081
    Likes Received:
    375
    I think it's a good investment for someone who has limited experience with guns to go try some out. In my opinion, much better to zero-in on something you like to shoot than go buy a hand-cannon (or whatever), take it to the range, hate it, then give up on shooting. I wonder how many people have been talked into a scandium snub-nose .357 as their first gun (because they're light-weight to carry!) and had their firearms experience go downhill from there.

    Not everyone has friends with guns; and even those who do may not have a variety of guns to try.

    But, you're right - it' ain't cheap to rent & shoot guns. Owning & shooting guns isn't cheap in general, so maybe it's a good intro to what's to come.
     
  15. ORBrit

    ORBrit Eugene Member

    Messages:
    698
    Likes Received:
    14
    That's the Baron's Den.
    They have a great rental wall. If you buy a gun, the rental is waived (only $5 per rental) and you can use your own ammo and targets.
    A great range, good staff (Raye Gunter especially) and prices are ok on most items.