Things to Check Before Buying Used Guns for Sale

For gun lovers, the appeal of buying used guns for sale is very real. Many of them offer excellent prices over new gun purchases and provide an authentic sense of security to those who purchase them. Other people purchase used guns because they are collectors of certain types of guns or any type of guns in general. Either way, there are a few things you should always check before buying used guns.

Check the Condition of the Gun

This can often be done with a visual inspection. However, you should first get permission of the current gun owners and verify for yourself (never take anyone's word for this) that the gun is not loaded.

  • Check the outward condition of the gun visually for rust. This can be a sign of disrepair that will affect the functionality of the gun.
  • Then move on and inspect the barrel for indications of dents or cracks. These could become safety issues for you or those around you. They are cause for great concern unless you are tight with someone who can repair this type of damage and the gun is an exceptional bargain.
  • Check for cracks in the frame of the gun or the slide. These cracks could be indications that the gun is beginning to weaken.
  • Also check for the functionality of key items on the gun such as slide locks, magazine releases, safety mechanisms, etc.
  • Don't forget to check the extractor. It must be in optimal operating condition so that spent rounds are easy to extract. Use snap caps or dummy rounds to test the extractor before attempting to fire the gun.

These things will help ensure you know the quality of the gun you're buying and are confident in its safety. If you're purchasing for purpose of collecting guns, you'll also want to check the authenticity or any certifications related to the gun.

Check the Reputation of the Seller

People buy guns from many places. Some companies, like Whittier Loan & Jewelry, know that some are more reputable than others. Whether you're purchasing used guns for sale from an online marketplace, a gun store, a pawn shop, or a gun show you want to buy with the confidence that you're working with a reputable dealer. Do your homework before you get to the buying table with cash in hand.

Buying used guns for sale is a great way to save money on a quality firearm if you take the time to ensure the quality of the weapon and the reputation of the dealer before you make the buying decision. These tips will help.