Used Shotguns London KY
Mc Kee, KY
Buying a Used Shotgun
If you are not an experienced shooter or gun buyer, perhaps the most important place to start is with the admonition to purchase the first one from someone that you can trust to sell you a quality used gun.
A friend, colleague or failing that, a quality and reputable gun shop isn’t in the business of ripping people off because their reputation is important to them and they are looking for repeat customers. They will have inspected the gun and checked its safety and condition prior to placing it up for sale. They will be usually well able to give you the background on the gun as well as an honest appraisal of what its worth.
Most of them will permit you to return the gun for a refund without any hassles in a reasonable amount of time, (most within 7 days) and if it doesn’t meet the normal standards for accuracy and its function they will take it back no questions asked.
Of course, as with any other return it will have to go back in the same shape as it was when you purchased it. Make sure that when you test your gun, that you check it for pattern and accuracy using only factory loaded ammunition. If you do find problems make sure that its not the ammunition that you are using.
When you purchase a gun you will want to, if possible, look up the cost and value in the current issue of the Blue book of Gun Values, which is put out by Fjestad, so that the price is within the ballpark of what the gun is worth.
Any problems or deviations from that blue book plus a reasonable markup, and you do have reason to return the gun.
My personal advice for first time gun owners and for seasoned veterans alike, is to not purchase over the Internet on places such as Ebay, unless that purchase is made from a licensed gun show where you have some recourse to return the item.
I don’t like personally choosing something such as a weapon or a vehicle unless I can inspect it first, which is my problem with purchasing in this way. Its not bad for jewelery or small ticket items but it is not the way to go for guns and higher priced items that need to be checked out thoroughly prior to taking them home. When buying guns its better to deal with someone who has something to lose, or face to face with your seller.
Another tip that I picked up along the way is to make sure that you get a signed purchase receipt, stating clearly how long you have to check out the gun and return it if you choose to do so.
One of the more important things necessary in purchasing a used gun is to check it out thoroughly prior to purchase. One gun manufacturer suggests the following:
How to check the condition of a used shotgun
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