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Who are the goofs who don't clean up their trade-ins?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Mark1964, Sep 18, 2020.

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  1. Mark1964

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    Sort of rhetorical question ('cause I know it's not us), but who are the goofs who don't clean up their trade-ins?
    Just picked up a used Ruger LCP first gen. Got it home and found that although it had been very lightly shot, I don't think the original owner had ever cleaned it.
    For a gun with virtually no wear, it was filthy.
    Now, cleaning an LCP is pretty simple work, but I couldn't help but think, "Why would someone leave a gun in this condition?"
    Don't know ... guess I've been shooting so long it's never occurred to me to do anything but give a gun at least a routine cleaning after each use and certainly a thorough cleaning before offering one for sale or trade.
     
  2. NIGHTLORD40K

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    I dont mind cleaning and touching up a new aquisition- as long as the seller gives me a small discount for buying a dirty/ gummed up gun. When they are charging new or collector prices for a dirtball, well no thanks.
     
  3. Mars5l

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    I kinda question why didnt the store selling it didn't clean it? I think every used gun I've bought was cleaned. Even one store ive bought used from they give them a test fire since they have their own range
     
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    I've never gotten a dirty used gun from any of the local stores. Most were in better shape than new infact.
    Ive had quite a few 1000-1500 dollar paintball markers that arrived completely coated in paint on the insides, that I never really understood, since most of these were unique, or limited availability markers.
     
  5. Mark1964

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    I questioned that, too, but the market for defensive guns around here being what it is -- they don't last -- and the price being reasonable, I just snagged it, knowing I could clean it up nicely in 30 minutes. That's done, and it goes to the range in the morning.
    Only thing I didn't like ... it's a true Gen 1, not a 1.2. That front sight is just a bump.
    But, if it runs like I think it will, I'll keep it. With the crud off, it was practically without wear ... no "barrel smile" yet at all and there's still factory finish on the feed ramp.
    I've got a 1.2 that I've been pocket carrying (in a Bulldog leather holster) for years and run 50 or 100 through every now and then to make sure all's in order. As a pocket gun, I like 'em.
     
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  6. NR53

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    Bought a used Browning Gold 12 ga. years ago.. Took it home and thought I'd pattern it first, and found out it wouldn't cycle. Took off the forearm and the gas system was completely plugged. Took a whole can of gunscrubber to clean it up,Then a light coating of remoil and it cycled like a sewing machine. Bet the old boy who traded it would have kept it if he'd cleaned the thing once in a while, When I traded it in , it was spotless.
     
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  7. ColtPythonElite

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    Never traded in a gun...
     
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    And often seen at our small gun shows. A guy might sell 5-10 guns on his table, and can't run a few patches down some of the bores?

    How long does it take them to drink half a six pack in front of the television? Probably much more time vs. lightly swabbing a few old bores.
    --Priorities--

    They probably also leave the grocery carts in the outer parking places at Kroger and Sprouts.
    Entitled (or...arthritis...in few cases).
     
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  9. Outlaw75

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    You really think that type would shop at Sprouts?
     
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    Every new to me gun gets stripped down anyways, if it's dirty I'd be saving some money cuz I'm not paying normal price for one that's dirty.
     
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    Dirty gun to me means it works
     
  12. OneFreeTexan

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    I even clean the new guns for my friend’s small LGS, and test fire them,,,,so they are ready to go when purchased, And funny thing he has built a small but loyal trade for new female shooters.
     
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    The same ones leaving trash in public shooting area's.
     
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    I just won an auction for a S&W Model 66-2 that upon my initial inspection at my FFL shows it isn’t clean at all.

    Some folks just don’t care I guess.

    As for the shotgun the other poster discovered was caked with gunk, I once won a Rem 1100 20 Ga that was “a single-shot project gun” for a song on GB.
    I took it home, broke it down, reversed the gaskets and it shoots like a brand new gun. :)

    Stay safe.
     
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    I once tried to trade in a rifle at the LGS. After viewing the bore, the clerk not only turned me down, but shamed me for not having cleaned it first. That was twenty years ago, and the rifle has sat untouched in my safe since then. It still is in perfect yet uncleaned condition. Hashtag modern powders or something.
     
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    I can't believe that anyone would treat their equipment so badly. I get guns to post on consignment and half of them are absolutely filthy. I received a nice looking Encore that looked as if it had never had a patch through it. When I first started selling online I said that I just post them, but some are so nasty that I am ashamed to be associated with them. I have to make them presentable. Then there are some that have been sabotaged. I received 2 Ruger 22/45's that were really nice, but when I went to cycle one the bolt wouldn't budge. The owner had disassembled them and didn't know how to reassemble them. Fortunately I have a couple of 22/45 and am familiar with the problem. I guess he thought that he would just dump them off on someone else.
     
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    The same one's who post here that they never clean their guns.
     
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    "Who doesn't clean up their guns?"

    All those #!^% people that start threads like "Do I really need to clean my gun?"

    A clean gun will always be more reliable than a dirty gun, take a few minutes to strip, clean, and oil your f*****g stuff.
     
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    Who are the goofs who don't clean up their trade-ins?

    I can not answer that without some speculation.

    Made an unexpected stop at a Gun Shop...
    Spotted a USFA in .45 Colt that was screaming at me to take it home.
    I did, Appeared unfired, NIB, no turn line (circle). Estate sale firearm.
    I bit with none of the normal inspection tools with me.
    Was going to just wipe it down and put it in the safe. Cleaned it it and was disappointed to discover it had been fired, and not CLEANED!

    All I can say is "Buyer beware"

    The seller could be a widow or whatever... someone who does not know any better or is clueless. Once again, all speculation...
     
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  20. Old Dog

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    Who are the goofs who buy dirty used guns? Who are the goofs who work at or own gunshops that put out used guns that haven't been thoroughly cleaned prior to getting put in the display case?

    Gosh, you think think they might be the same kind of assclowns who shoot on public land and regularly leave these shooting areas completely trashed?

    There are simply a lot of slobs who buy, trade-in, sell, carry and shoot guns. This should not really come as a surprise, now ...
     
  21. Twiki357

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    I bought a nice snub nose model 19-2 at a gun show a few years ago. It looked like it was carried by a motorcycle officer who carried it for 10 years without ever taking it out of the holster. After a good cleaning, it was like new. But I’m not complaining since I got it for the “dirty” price.
     
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  22. Ernie Bass

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    According to you, I am a goof. Yep, Saw a Kahr CM9 at the local LGS at a fantastic price. The gun was filthy. I asked the clerk if I could shoot it, he said yes.So I quickly shot 50 rds and ran flawless. Took it home and cleaned it up good in the Sonic cleaner. The gun looked like new condition when finished. I had to replace the mag release spring. My feeling is that the owner was one of those guys that is not experienced, seldom shoots and never cleaned the gun because he did not know how to. I think the majority of his ownership was just jamming mags in the gun at home.
    Regardless, I got a gun that was basically new for a great Deal. Shoots flawless.
    But you are right, what kind of LGS puts in gun in a show case dirty? The same kind that will sell a gun at $50.00 over MSRP. (this was before the shortage).
     
  23. Viper1357

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    I'm so used to getting dirty fouled up used guns so I just assume that's how a lot of them are traded in, at least that's been my experience. Best as I can remember, and you could probably find my threads on cleaning them up them, my most recent were 2 different Bauer .25 ACP Autos, a Ruger Stainless .44 Mag Vaquero 7.5", and a Ruger MK II .22 lr, that were not only filthy, gunked and gummed up, but one of the Bauers was assembled incorrectly with a damaged internal part, and as I cleaned up the Vaquero the front sight fell out and the ejector housing threaded hole was cross threaded and screw poorly glued in. I get lucky like that a lot of the time. The good news is, after I clean and restore them, they've all (more than these, but all I remember at this late hour...lol) turned out to be good looking reliable shooters. And they are now all very clean looking...
     
  24. Spats McGee

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    Not I. I clean a gun before I sell it. I want top dollar. I'll even go buy a (cheap) case for carrying it around at the gun show. No need to clean it and then just get prints all over it. I'm a goof, but I'm not that kind of goof.
     
  25. Drail

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    Over the years I have met LOTS of people who shoot guns and never clean them. They also never change their mower blades or change the oil in their car or check the air in their tires or clean out their gutters or change their furnace filters. I can't even imagine living like that. I suppose not every guy had a Drill Sgt.
     
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