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Gun percentages? How can you tell?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Moparmike, Nov 23, 2003.

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  1. Moparmike

    Moparmike Member

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    I always see people talking about some gun being in 98% condition or some such thing. How can you tell?

    Waits for the requisite thread from the bowels of TFL to be posted...
     
  2. RUT

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    It's pretty much a "judgement" call as far as I can tell.
     
  3. Border

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    I'm 97% sure that RUT is right on this one! :D
     
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    The NRA has published guidelines as to how to evaluate the condition of firearms: see here 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: click on the links provided for more information.
     
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    67% of all statistics and numbers are just made up.
     
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    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.
     
  7. Dr.Rob

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    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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