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Buyer Beware: Things To Know Before Buying A Used Gun

Buying a gun online or from a pawn shop can be a scary business. Without talking to the previous owner, it can be hard to figure out what the gun was used for and what condition it is really in. However, some used guns are a great deal and can be great guns as well. Here are a few ways to find out if you just found the gun of your dreams, or if it's a nightmare.

1-Online Research. If you find a gun that you are interested in, take the time to do your research. Take down the make and model of the gun, and then go home and investigate the specs. Look for common problems with the gun, and signs of those problems. This information will help you later during the physical inspection. If you are looking online for a specific type of gun, make sure to do the research on what a fair price for the weapon would be. Be very cautious if a gun is being sold for well under the market value. If it seems to good to be true, it probably is. 

2-Physical Inspection. When investigating a gun in person, always ask permission from the store before disassembling the weapon. If the clerks will not let you inspect the interior, do not buy the gun. Check the outside and inside of the gun for pitting or rusting. Look for scratches or loose screws that could indicate improper use or storage. Closely inspect all aspects of the weapon and note anything out of the ordinary. Some wear on a gun is normal, and a quick search can tell you exactly what is normal and what is not.

3-Reputable Seller. Protect yourself against scams. If a seller is not willing to go through proper protocol to sell you a weapon, the weapon is not worth having. Make sure that whoever you are buying the weapon from is an FFL (Federal Firearm License) holder. If they are not, it is likely that the gun has not been cared for properly or has been used for unsavory purposes, and that is not the type of gun you want. If you are buying a weapon from a seller you have not met, never send money without some way of ensuring you will get your package or your money back. Take the time to protect yourself, and you will not be disappointed. 

For more information, contact a company like Whittier Loan & Jewelry.