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01 Don’t Be Afraid

Many peo­ple are hes­i­tant to buy a used gun, but the fact is there are plenty of good deals wait­ing to be had that can net you the gun you want at a con­sid­er­able sav­ings. We see so many guns of­fered up for sale that have barely been used or have never even been fired be­fore.

02 Do Your Re­search

Af­ter you de­cide which gun you want to buy, do your re­search on it. Find out if there are dif­fer­ent vari­a­tions or gen­er­a­tions of the gun you want. Some newer mod­els will have re­li­a­bil­ity, per­for­mance or safety im­prove­ments that will make them worth more—or less—on the used mar­ket. Check to see if there are any known is­sues with the gun you’re in­ter­ested in, and if there are, know what to look for when ex­am­in­ing it. Un­der­stand­ing what you’re look­ing at is key to get­ting a good deal.

03 Un­der­stand Pric­ing

Some guns de­mand more money than oth­ers for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons. It’s good to re­search the value of sim­i­lar firearms that have al­ready been sold to see what the ac­tual go­ing price is. You can of­ten­times find them on auc­tion web­sites such as gun­r­bro­ker.com or listed in mar­ket­places on gun en­thu­si­ast fo­rums. As with ev­ery­thing else in life, if it’s too good to be true, it prob­a­bly is. If you come across what seems an un­be­liev­ably good deal, pro­ceed with cau­tion.

04 Where to Buy

You can find used guns at gun shops, pawn shops, gun shows, on on­line firearms fo­rums, and on auc­tion web­sites. Any rep­utable seller should know the his­tory of the firearm in ques­tion, so buy­ing di­rectly from the seller can be an ad­van­tage.

05 Ex­am­ine & Ask Ques­tions

If at all pos­si­ble, ex­am­ine the gun in per­son.

Look for tell­tale signs of wear such as on the bolt and the bar­rel’s ri­fling. Look for cos­metic im­per­fec­tions that you can’t live with. If you’re rel­e­gated to look­ing at pic­tures, don’t be too shy to ask for more images so you can clearly see what you’re get­ting. Ask the seller about round count, the rea­sons for sell­ing it, and if there is any­thing else you should know about the gun. The bot­tom line is that com­mon sense is key. Trust your gut and don’t be afraid to walk away if some­thing doesn’t seem right.

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