There are plenty of used guns for sale on the internet and at local dealerships, but how do you know that you are getting a good weapon? One of the best things you can do before deciding to buy is to shop around. This way, you will have an idea of the price range for different makes and models and their condition. If you decide to buy used guns, make sure they are not antiques or used by the previous owner, which could put you at a significant disadvantage. Here are some tips on how to buy used guns online and at your local dealerships.
Research everything about the gun, including the year it was made and who manufactured it. Look at the manufacturer’s website or call their local office if you know the model number. Look up all of the gun’s technical data, including shots, dates, etc. This will help you determine how good the gun is as well as its capabilities.
If you are buying used guns through an auction website, be aware that hundreds of guns are for sale on these sites. These websites are meant to function as a middleman between the manufacturer and consumer. While this may be true, you have to be careful as some unscrupulous people are out there looking to make a quick buck. Make sure that a recognized dealer is selling any used guns you look at. Also, keep in mind that firearms cannot be shipped to other states without first having had the buyer undergo a firearms license; otherwise, the gun could be considered a collector’s item.
When you are shopping locally, you may have a little more freedom when looking at the gun. However, you should still look for certain telltale signs. Is the firearm worn out, and what condition is it in? Has the former owner tried to repair it or get it fixed? Has it been used in any criminal activity?
Another tip for purchasing used guns is to go to an arms merchant or gunsmith. Although these types of dealers and manufacturers don’t do use guns, they will still tell you how reliable the weapon is. Also, these guns can be refurbished, repaired, and customized. Many times these guns are also marked “as new” as well. Be sure to ask questions.
You must remember when buying a used gun is that it is not a walk in a park deal. There are typically some fees associated with purchasing used guns. These include buyer’s inspection, payment, and shipping costs. Be sure that you fully understand these fees before you buy the gun. Besides, be sure that the weapon you want is in working condition. Just because the gun is sold “as is” does not mean that it has been thoroughly inspected.