Those new to the prepper and survivalist movement interested in acquiring firearms for self-defense or bug out protection are typically drawn to the wrong guns. By that I imply the high quality not always the kind, brand or caliber. There are nonetheless a number of genuinely poor made firearms in today’s marketplace and must be avoided at all charges, no pun intended. It is often the cost aspect that leads several down the wrong pathway.
I was reminded of this first hand whilst working a recent gun show with my dealer friend. Gun shows are the opportunity to purchase, sell and trade, typically on each sides of the tables. Many guns come down the aisles by folks wanting to sell or trade up. Very often these guns are of low quality and of really small value even though the original buyer might have paid also much for it to commence with. Others carrying a household heirloom typically are mistaken that their wares are worth hundreds or thousands of dollars. They normally are not.
A seller approached our table with a tiny chrome plated handgun, which is normally a red flag to start off with. I looked at the gun and declined it. I knew the brand name as cheaply produced, unreliable to function and inaccurate if it fired at all. The dealer looked it more than and researched its utilised worth on line with his laptop. He stated the gun was worth about $ 65 at ideal, but that he was not interested in any gun of that low quality. The man was incensed, of course. He had paid $ 225 for a piece of junk. His bad. Which, of course, is probably why he wanted to sell or trade it to start with.
So, how does 1st time or a regular gun buyer inform the junk from top quality? Most frequently it starts with the name brand but assuredly the value. In this day and age, if you buy any sort of a gun for say beneath $ 300 you are not acquiring significantly. The exception might be somebody you know at operate or otherwise in a pinch to raise some money. Nonetheless know the brand and know the gun. Then inspect the situation and standard proof of use or abuse.
If you stick with a properly-identified handgun brand such as Smith & Wesson, Colt, Ruger, Browning, SIG, Beretta, Kimber and such you will acquire quality. Very same for extended guns from names like Remington, Ruger, Winchester, Marlin, and many other folks. There are more than 1000 brand names of ARs now, so pick established identified makers. Beware of ARs that could be homemade by components assembly in garage workshops. Seek out a great gun value reference book to discover far more or perform an Net search.
Next comes the inspection of the specific gun if it is used. Another very good explanation to get NIB, or new-in-the-box guns. Then you just have to analysis the model, features, caliber, and functioning characteristics such as striker fired, hammer fired, single stack or double, and so on. to match your wants, wants, desires, and expectations. You can better find out this at a shooting range or shooting course, which is highly preferred and recommended anyway.
Employed guns can be a very good value at a excellent buy price, or you can get screwed. Certainly if you were purchasing for a utilized car, you likely would not choose a single with a missing bumper, or the back fender crushed in, seats ripped, or 3 diverse types of wheels or hubcaps. Today you would want a Carfax report to overview its history. Get my point?
Look at employed guns in this identical light, since there is no “Gunfax” and dealers soon after all are attempting to sell what they have regardless. Buyer beware is the watchword.
If the firearm is overtly worn, scratched up, stock cracked, sights missing or bent, bluing or other finish very worn or just appears “rough” then it was almost certainly abused and not effectively maintained. Are the weapon’s screws intact with screw heads not turned out? Does it appear like a shade tree mechanic had been tinkering on it? If so, avoid the prospective trouble and move on.
Is the gun clean? Why dealers place a dirty used gun on their shelves or tables is beyond me. If a revolver, verify the cylinder for burned powder and a lead create up. Very same for the barrel using a bore light, which is merely a particular flashlight or clear tube to focus a beam down the barrel. Inspect the barrel for signs of wear. Lands and grooves need to be nicely defined and sharp, no chinks or chucks, scratches or dark spots. Inspect the muzzle crown for harm.
If a semi-auto pistol, check the chamber and barrel for dirt, grime and lead. Make confident the magazine is original and locks up. Double verify the safety mechanisms on all guns. Truth is if a gun appears worn or overly utilized, then it almost certainly is, but it could nonetheless be mechanically sound and safe. Just be careful.
On rifles and shotguns, verify the bolt heads, chambers, and loading mechanisms as properly as the safety. Cycle the bolt and then bounce the gun on the floor with the security “ON” specifically with shotguns. If the firing pin releases at this test, pass on it. Inspect scope mount holes on rifles to see if the original factory screws are in location. Has there been a scope mounted but is now missing? Inspect the barrel as suggested above. Look for heavy copper or top fowling in the barrel which means the owner never cleaned it. Once again such a gun could be recovered, but be mindful.
The major point right here is if you are just starting out in the acquiring of a gun(s), then use caution with used guns and for new ones, just acquire a effectively-known and recognized brand and model. What you do not need is a gun that does not function effectively or breaks down with little use.