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Just What Does LNIB Mean?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by k4swb, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. k4swb

    k4swb Well-Known Member

    I see ads for guns listing them as LNIB after they have been shot as much as 100 times. I thought LNIB meant it was NEW. How many rounds can one fire through a gun and still call it LNIB?
  2. NavyLCDR

    NavyLCDR member


    101 rounds is the limit for LNIB. Zero rounds since the manufacturer put the gun in the box is the limit for NIB.

    I am just kidding about 101 rounds. LNIB is whatever the buyer and seller agree that it is.
  3. Big Bill

    Big Bill Well-Known Member

    Navy - I think your description is great. Let's go with it.
  4. CoRoMo

    CoRoMo Well-Known Member

    I've got a beaten up, old rusty .22 rifle. It's LNIB.
  5. GLOOB

    GLOOB Well-Known Member

    Depends on the gun.

    What's a hundred rounds through a quality handgun? That's like 1 range trip. It's not even broken in, yet. If the surface finish is still 100%, there's no peening or worn out parts, and it comes in the original box, it's LNIB, no matter if it has shot 1 round or a thousand.

    OTOH, for a high power, small bore rifle, 100 rounds might make a difference to the bore.
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2010
  6. CoRoMo

    CoRoMo Well-Known Member

    My .22 rifle is severely worn, corroded, and is missing a few parts. Some things have broken due to extensive wear and heavy use.

    I consider it "AS NEW" / LNIB. Let's start the bidding. :D
  7. alohachris

    alohachris Well-Known Member

    Basic Marksmanship
  8. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    To me this describes a used gun that is in like new condition. It would have very few if any rounds fired through it, must have no finish wear or other blemishes and have its box with its papers and whatever else came with it (e.g., spare magazines for a pistol, cleaning kit, lock) when it was sold new. But it is still a used gun.
  9. Dokkalfar

    Dokkalfar Well-Known Member

    Yep. What Haranguer said. Like New is basically looks good, almost no wear, etc. But again, thats all relative based on the guy selling/describing it
  10. yeti

    yeti Well-Known Member

    LNIB = Used gun selling high.
  11. ZeroJunk

    ZeroJunk Well-Known Member

    If you can clean it up, get the brass skid marks off the bolt face and follower, and nobody but maybe an expert could tell it has ever been fired is what it means to me. Of course, if you are buying you are at the mercy of whatever it means to the seller.
  12. forindooruseonly

    forindooruseonly Well-Known Member

    Haranguer said

    This with my emphasis added. However, it has become clear to me that MY "LNIB" expectations are definitely not the same as 95% of those selling guns as "LNIB" It irks me that people use LNIB for a clearly used gun with wear on it. I've sent back 4 or 5 guns I've bought off gunbroker for being not LNIB. And then they wonder why. I just tell them to advertise Like Used in the Box.
  13. Hatterasguy

    Hatterasguy Well-Known Member

    You mean my Ruger 10/22 which is only 8 months old and looks perfect...except I have 10k rounds through it without much cleaning. LNIB unless you take it apart, than it looks like death.:D
  14. Big Bill

    Big Bill Well-Known Member

    $1 - you pay shipping. :D
  15. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    LNIB = only 16 monkeys beat on it with a rat tailed file while under the influence of methamphetamines and pop rocks.
  16. PT1911

    PT1911 Well-Known Member

    Any gun purchased RETAIL is used the moment it is logged out of the books... the best possible condition a used gun (see aforementioned definition) can be in is LNIB....
  17. John Wayne

    John Wayne Well-Known Member

    Dr. Rob is correct. 17-20 monkeys and it's just 98%.

    Seriously though, while "LNIB" can be a marketing gimmick, I have seen some honest LNIB guns in the case at local gun stores that are great values. One guy bought a gen 4 Glock 23, put night sights on it, fired maybe 50 rounds through it, and sold it back to the same shop. It had a $489 price tag on it. Didn't last a day.

    You'd be surprised how many people do that. There are people at that same store who have done the same thing with multiple guns. Apparently they have no problem losing hundreds on a new 1911 just to try it out. To add to the irony, this same store had a range rental case where these guys could have rented the gun for $7, to see whether or not they liked it in the first place!

    There is, of course, no standard for LNIB. Generally it pertains to finish wear, though some used guns that have been well cared for can have a better finish than a new one of lesser quality straight from the factory.
  18. Guns and more

    Guns and more member

    To me, like new in box means there are no scratches or scuffs or marks on the weapon. A safe queen, with the original box and all the stuff that came from the factory.
    I don't care if it's been fired, because I will.
    If you want it unfired, that's what it should say.
  19. pikid89

    pikid89 Well-Known Member

    to me LNIB is like the guy on floridaguntrader that listed his run of the mill rifle as "ALMOST RARE!!!"
  20. rbernie

    rbernie Well-Known Member

    LNIB is supposed to be equated to NRA (modern gun rating system) 'PERFECT' - sold to a consumer but never used.


    If the gun has been fired since it left the factory, it's NOT capable of being LNIB (or PERFECT) but should be graded as EXCELLENT.

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