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Buying and secondhand Shotgun

It is often hard to describe any item in terms of condition and most photographs only give a view from a few angles. In an attempt to give the buyer an idea of the condition of any firearms I work on a scoring system as to the guns condition and hope you find this helpful. The only way to apprise anything it to handle it first hand. Thsi principal applies whether you are buying or selling.

This is also useful if anyone want to say what condition a gun is in. Over the phone without seeing it someone will say. “What is my gun worth?”. Honestly it is very difficult when you can not see it. People will always say it is like new, then it is embarrassing when the seller arrives with the gun that is only good.

All firearms that are sold must be in proof. This applies to any shop or member of the public selling it to a shop or a third party.

Although there has not yet been a test case in the courts. It is against the law as far as the Rules of Proof are concerned to sell a rifle that has been thread cut and not proofed. It is important that if you buy a rifle that has been thread cut for a sound moderator or muzzle brake check if the work has been carried out after it was produced. This could be because it was not done so at the point of manufacture and the new owner wanted it threaded or the barrel has been shortened and rethreaded. If it was, it must be submitted for reproof. In this case it should have a proof stamp just under the thread.

The scores are as follows:-

(10) Previously owned but as new condition.

(9) Is as new but has the odd minor blemish as you might expect with use.

(8) Some marks on the stock or the barrels, bores good.

(7) More marks in the stock or forend, the blacking is getting a bit thin, bores good.

(6) Small marks or dents in the stock, bluing thin or scratched, bores good.

(5) Larger marks or dents in the stock, blacking is thin and scratched,  bores good.

(4) Extensive  marks on stock, finish on stock is poor, blacking getting thin or marked, bores good.

(3) Stock and forend quite marked and wood is generally poorly finished blacking thin or marked, the bores are good.

(2) A plain gun with obvious signs of wear, bore has a few marks in it, the checkering may be worn and the finish generally poor but it will be safe and serviceable.

(1) This gun is the very basic, the stock may be worn, marked or dented, checkering smooth or rubbed off, the bluing 50% worn off and there are more marks in the bores. However, it will be safe and serviceable.