Gun percentages? How can you tell?


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Moparmike
November 23, 2003, 05:54 AM
I always see people talking about some gun being in 98% condition or some such thing. How can you tell?

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RUT
November 23, 2003, 09:26 AM
It's pretty much a "judgement" call as far as I can tell.

Border
November 23, 2003, 09:32 AM
I'm 97% sure that RUT is right on this one! :D

Preacherman
November 23, 2003, 03:03 PM
The NRA has published guidelines as to how to evaluate the condition of firearms: see here (http://www.mynra.com/frame.cfm?url=http://www.nationalfirearmsmuseum.org/collector/condition.asp) for details. The percentage evaluation is used by Fjestad's Blue Book and other publications. In each book is a description of what the percentages mean. This information is also available on-line here (http://www.bluebookinc.com/bluebookinc/myarticles.asp?P=6301&S=7284&PubID=4315&UT=admin&UID=368): click on the links provided for more information.

TechBrute
November 23, 2003, 05:26 PM
67% of all statistics and numbers are just made up.

SouthpawShootr
November 23, 2003, 11:17 PM
I'ts highly subjective. I've seen estimates vary by as much as 20%. One person's 98% is another's 85% and so forth. Most of the time, dealers who do this for a living end up within 5% in my experience (assuming an honest dealer of course). Biggest problems are with private sellers.

Dr.Rob
November 24, 2003, 06:13 AM
You know.. some of those descriptions.. "missing small parts etc" don't mean much, because parts that have been replaced are still not original.

Ditto with re-bluing. If its been reblued its not original or nib.

Base line is to look for obvious scratches or bluing wear.

Anything thats been carried/used in the woods will have some wear.

Bottom line is.. compare the price of a new pistol with the price of a used one, decide what you can afford and how much 'wear" you are willing to put up with to save a few dollars.

I've often found that one guys 'new' price is often more than another guys new price.

The best reason for being honest about % condition is insurance and collectable guns.

IE a 98% Glock is still a Glock, where as a 1930's Vintage Colt 38 Super in 95% is still an investment.

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