Some tips on buying antique guns

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Some tips on buying antique guns

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Post by ARMARIN » Mon Apr 01, 2019 7:17 pm

Some tips on buying antique guns

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Visit the owner. Does he seem to know his antique guns? Will he talk to you? Does he give you straight answers? Will he look you in the eye? Does he have a good reputation? What do others say about him?

Look for special features on the gun. Each special feature increases the value. Look for shorter than normal or longer than normal factory installed barrels. Short magazines; shotgun butt plates; half-octagon, half-round barrels; single or double-set triggers; original engraving; pistol grip; factory original checkered wood, take-down feature; tang sights, etc. Even if the price is plainly marked, double check it with the owner. Don't be afraid to ask him if it's his best price or to make him an offer different than the market price. Tell him what you are willing to pay. Remember, an expensive gun is not necessarily the best gun. And a cheap gun is not always a good buy. Check around for other Antique guns just like the one you are interested in. If you're at an Antique gun show, look at as many guns as you can that are similar to the one you want. Compare features, condition, and price. Ask a lot of questions. Most of all antique gun collectors love to talk about their antique guns. If you have a friend that is more experienced than you, have him take a look at the gun. Ponder it a while if you can't make up your mind. Have a cup of coffee and think about which you would regret more . . . buying the Antique gun . . . or not buying it? If you like it and it fits your criteria and budget, BUY THE ANTIQUE GUN! Enjoy it. If you can't find just what you are looking for . . . don't buy any antique gun. Wait until you find what you want. Tell a reputable collector what you are looking for. Owning and collecting old antique arms is a fun hobby.

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Re: Some tips on buying antique guns

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Post by Cranky » Tue Apr 02, 2019 2:18 pm

Nice collection!



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