Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Buying Used

Buying used guns can be a joy. It can also be a good way to get a winter project box full of parts you will never use because you don't trust them. Tam wrote an article on the topic of buying used for Shooting Illustrated. It got me thinking about the ones I've bought used and what I wished I known before I got my wallet out. After you read what Tam has to say, here's a few more articles that offer good tips.

Here's advice from The Truth About Guns.
Don’t be afraid of used guns, but maintain a clear head while shopping. Depending on where you go, you’ll get to see and experience all sorts of nonsense. I’ve heard blatantly wrong information and occasionally dangerous advice. I’ve seen absolute junk marketed as new-in-the-box. I’ve also bought good pieces at good prices, so can you.

And another from Policemag.com, with advice that goes double for non-LEOs.
Buying a used firearm for duty or off-duty carry can present liability issues. If you have an accidental discharge or shoot someone in the line of duty, you will have to answer some very probing questions about the gun. Was the trigger worked on? Was the safety tinkered with to make it easier to use? You get the drift.
And from Gunsandammo.com, which offers a great piece of modern advice and has some interesting comments below the article.
We live in the age of information. There’s no reason to start shopping for used guns without some idea of what a reasonable price looks like.
I'm also not afraid to get experienced help in assessing a possible purchase. Even someone who doesn't have an armorer's certification can put another set of eyes on a gun and help decide if you really want this particular example or you want to keep looking.

H/T to SayUncle.


Dave H said...

Guns & Ammo makes a good point. I just traded in a couple of musical instruments I wasn't using (on another one I probably won't use) and the shop owner pulled up Google and looked up both of them to see what they were selling for, right there in front of me. A smart phone can do the same thing nowadays, so there aren't many excuses left for being uninformed.

Comrade Misfit said...

GunBroker is a good source of price information, if you look at the closed auctions (you have to go to "advanced search" to do that).

Revolver timing should be checked, but know the difference between how Colt revolvers lock up compared to S&W. If you really like a caliber, a range rod is a good tool.

With regard to autoloaders, if you're planning to shoot it, look into the availability of spare parts and magazines. For example, there has been some discussion recently as to whether or not S&W is going to continue to support its 3rd gen. guns.

(Like them or hate them, one of the nice things about the 1911 is that it is as close to an open-source gun as there is.)

NotClauswitz said...

I've never bought a new gun until now, the Mossberg 590 that's coming.
Some of them ahve been pretty old too, like the 1913 S&W Third Model Perfected, or the '34 Outdoorsman.