There are a lot of advantages to buying a used gun. You can usually get all the features that you want, at a fraction of what it would cost retail. The trick to getting the best deal is to know a few simple tricks. Once you understand what to look for, you can rest assured that you’re buying the best gun for your needs and budget.
1. Buy from someone you know and trust. If you don’t know anyone personally, the next best thing is to go to a reputable gun shop in your area. You can look at the different guns they have for sale and inspect them for damage and wear and tear. Buying online or through an ad in the paper isn’t advisable.
2. Ask about a warranty. Checking a gun out in the store and field testing it are two very different things, so ask about a warranty. Many gun shops let you take the gun home and try it for a few days and then bring it back if it isn’t what you were expecting. So ask before buying.
3. Inspect the gun thoroughly. Go over the gun looking for rust and other problems. All screws should be tight and the barrel should be straight and free of bulges or blemishes. Hold the gun in your hand and make sure that the grip fits your hand well and feels right. Make sure the inside looks clean and well cared-for. If it’s dirty, ask the owner to clean it before you take it.
4. Test it out. Ask the gun shop owner if you can dry fire a gun before you buy it. This will help you get a feel for the gun’s functionality.