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Pawn shop disaster

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Mrcymstr, May 16, 2012.

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  1. Mrcymstr

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    Everyone know the feeling of money getting tight and not one to take handouts I opt to sell, pawn, or find extra work. In this particular instance I chose to pawn my new never fired range toy gsg 1911-22. No biggie pick it up in a month pay the ridiculous fees (including paying and going through the NCIS again since my CHP doesn't matter in TN) and be on my way.

    I was in a hurry when I went to pick it up so I didn't get to examine it as closely as I'd liked. Got home and looked a little closer. Rust on the hammer :spitfire: I was fuming but let it go since it was purely cosmetic. A couple of days go by and I'm playing with my dollar store LED I've repurposed as a bore light and I see a strange looking spot about 1 inch back from the muzzle that I hadn't noticed due to the position. On closer inspection it was more rust in the never fired barrel that I had cleaned and oiled well since it was being put up.... I'm so irritated I can't even grasp it. I don't think I'll ever do business with them ever again even though they do have really nice prices...

    Am I going overboard and has anything like this ever happened to anyone else?
     
  2. musicman10_1

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    "new never fired range toy" does not seem to work for me. Clean the barrel and get that baby to the range!!

    I'm sorry that this happened to you. I guess that some lessons are harder to learn than others but I think that you need to either not pawn your valued possessions or check it out more carefully when you get it out of pawn.

    I hope that you can get your gun back to a condition that is satisfactory.
     
  3. 19-3Ben

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    Are you sure the barrel was completely rust free when you pawned it?
    Is there any way that it could have had that spot when you gave it to the pawn shop?
     
  4. Mrcymstr

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    Yeah I got it knocked down clean enough.... I guess... and have since sent a bit of lead down range (great fun too!) Its certainly no prized possession but I just find it poor business to allow that to happen to someone else's property... ugh next time I take my bore light and money will not change hands until a field strip minimum....
     
  5. 303tom

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    Nope, ain`t never pawned a gun............Bought pawned guns before.
     
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    My S&W Gunsite sat in police lockup for about 6mo until the case cleared, and had some lite rust on the barrel, but it cleaned off easily and I didn't sweat it. Surface rust can usually be gotten rid of without much issue as long as it isn't heavy enough to pit. I think "disaster" might be a bit of an overreaction.
     
  7. Mrcymstr

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    19-3 - its not entirely impossible but I had bought it only about 2 weeks prior brand new and went over it with a fine tooth comb to clean all the nasty packing grease out... (it was worse than some milsurps Cosmo...) but I know for certain that the rust on the hammer was not there I certainly would have noticed that.
     
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    Another reason I never pawn anything.
     
  9. Hoppes Love Potion

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    Knock the rust off it by shooting it.
     
  10. Agsalaska

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    When I first got out of college I used pawn shops a lot. Big city, bad habits and small salary made money run dry for a while. Dont know what I would have done without the pawn shop I used. They helped me a ton.

    That being said I only pawned my gun once. I couldnt believe I had to do a background check to pick it up. After that it was my TV. After all the bar has a TV.

    Hard to imagine how the storage conditions could cause that in a month but an AC blowing on it or a damp area near the storage could probably do it. If the pawn shop owner is a decent guy he would probably like to know about it.
     
  11. 545days

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    Perhaps that "nasty packing grease" you cleaned off was all that stood between pristine steel and the rust you saw a couple of weeks later?

    EDIT: Don't take my comment as too negative. I am merely commenting that there are places where a layer of nasty grease on a gun is a good thing, and sitting in storage (like a pawn shop) is one of them.
     
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    So what is it you're gettin' at... That they shot the gun or they - for whatever reason - caused your oil to be removed?

    As far as pawning, I get it. I did it a couple times in the Army if things got tight but always made sure to only use my Stainless Gold Cup to ensure that I got it back as soon as possible.
     
  13. Mrcymstr

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    I'm not getting at anything actually. Its probably my own fault in some way, shape, or form. It just baffles me how it could have happened so quickly unless the storage conditions were horrendous.

    I've come to the same conclusion it appears most of you all have. Im overreacting, I screwed up at multiple points, and paid for my lack of diligence. So be it, lesson learned.
     
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    OK, I get it. It's more an issue of possible being stored in a rust prone environment. Had too really be bad since you oiled 'er up before going in.
     
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    Even if you had looked at the gun carfefully when you picked it up, how would you have proven to the shop that the damage happened in their custody? I don't think you could have won this one any way you cut it.
     
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    have you tried to contact gsg? they may cover it
     
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    1. You should have cleaned and oiled it to protect it while "stored".

    2. You should have inspected it more closely when picking it up.


    I seriously doubt the pawnshop will do anything for you, and not sure they should, unless they tossed it in a puddle or something, which you could never prove, any more than you could prove you dropped the gun off in pristine condition in the first place.

    Lesson learned. Chalk it up to experience.
     
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    Pawn shops

    I have never pawned a gun but I have looked at and handled many guns in pawn shops. I have even seen a handgun passed down the counter to four different guys to look at it. When it was returned to the case it received no wipe-down at all - just right back into the case. We all know better. Greasy fingerprints and sweat are a gun's worst nightmare. Most pawn shop employees I have met do not know or do not care.
    I once rescued a Winchester model 70 stainless classic in 30-06 from a pawn shop. By the employees admission it had been knocked over several times with a stack of rifles in a corner. The gouges and dents in the stock and forearm were the worst I had ever seen. After many hours the walnut looks good again. It now resides in my son's safe and gets a good cleaning and wipe down after each hunting or range trip.
     
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    I think the one and only time I went to a pawn shop to look at guns, they were all in poor condition and rusted through (what I assume) is neglect by the shop.
     
  20. theicemanmpls

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    Not a fan of pawn shops.
     
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    I kinda am. I've found a couple very good deals at a pawn shop locally. Of course, I've also seen overpriced junk there.
     
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    Not a fan of Pawn SHops? Your missing out.

    I guess it actually depends on where you live. Some places they are the best places to shops for just about anything. Others, maybe not so much.
     
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    Wait a sec!!!

    If you pawn your firearm in Tennessee, when you pay your loan off you have to fill out a 4473?
     
  24. Mrcymstr

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    Yes and unlike other states even having an HCP doesn't help.... :(
     
  25. single stack

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    Of course!

    He transfered the firearm to the pawnbroker and
    the pawnbroker transfered it back.
     
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