Originally Posted by smk
I was wondering who herre has had experience buying a used gun. I have been looking at gunbroker and trying to find police returns (can't seem to find a good site), and wondering if I should just buy new. Just wondering if anyone has any stories or advice to offer up.
Used guns are like buying used cars. They can be a great deal as long as you know what to look for, so you can differentiate guns that are worth buying, or guns that should be passed on. You need to know areas of common wear, what abnormal wear looks like, what poor maintenance (as opposed to just being dirty) looks like, and indications of cracking and anything that could become expensive or dangerous in the future.