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Used guns

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Just Jim, Oct 7, 2007.

  1. Just Jim

    Just Jim Well-Known Member

    Went to a local gunshop yesterday looking to buy another gun. Came across a real nice Smith model 18-3. Gun was near perfect in finnish and the barrel was perfect. So I started to swing out the cylinder and it turned when it shouldn't have.

    I got the cylinder open and notice the face had dimples where the fireing pin has struck it. Closeing the cylinder it would still turn. The gun was broken and out of time. So I tell the clerk and got a thankyou and they pulled the gun off the shelf.

    Guys look them guns over with great care. Buying a broken gun can get expensive.

  2. v35

    v35 Well-Known Member

  3. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Well-Known Member

    I love to come across those... :evil:

    At this point I would show the store-person what the gun was doing, and suggest that I might still be interested if the price was discounted to cover the likely expensive repairs. If he went along with this I'd buy the gun for a song, and then go home and pop the sideplate.

    Chances are the repairs wouldn't cost much - in this case probably a new cylinder stop spring, or possibly a new cylinder stop too.

    The likelyhood of a major repair (new barrel, cylinder, etc.) would be a whole different matter.
  4. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Smith & Wesson 18-3

    Man-O-Man, how I would LOVE too find one of these in pristine (99%+)
    condition; as I would jump all over it, in a heartbeat~! :scrutiny:;):D
  5. GunNut

    GunNut Well-Known Member

    Yep, always give them a good once over prior to buying.

    If messed up, price accordingly.

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