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SmokyMtnHiker 01-24-2012 04:59 PM

Used pistol.
Ok, hypothedically, lets say You found your ideal gun at a retail establishment (pawnshop, gun shop, ect.) but, its used. You know what a new one costs.

My question is; Assuming, its in good/great condition how much (percentage) under the 'NIB' price would you spend?

RecklessRegard 01-24-2012 05:10 PM

Tough question. Depending on the gun itself, prices will vary. Some guns are very rare, so people will pay over the NIB price to get their hands on one.

Police trade-ins, on the other hand, are some if the better deals you can get. Departments (in Ohio at least), shoot at least once a year, and at the most, once a month. In the Cincinnati area, you would be lucky to find a department that shoots more than four times a year. That translates to pistols that have little wear and are (typically) taken pretty good care of.

So, it depends on the gun. If it is a good deal, or even if you plain old gotta have it, don't be afraid to add it to your collection.

hmh 01-24-2012 05:14 PM

With nib not retail I would say depends on the nib cost. >$350 I would say $50-$100. >$1000 would go with $100-$200. I cannot afford anything over that. I know good but used 10/22 go in the $180 range when you should be able to pick a new one up for >$220. I have seen them listed for that used.

trex1310 01-24-2012 05:32 PM

I would look in the Bluebook of Gun Values and see what
it is worth. Another method would be to do a search on closed
auctions on Gunbroker to see what that gun sold for.

PS: I have a current Bluebook and I will look it up for you.

SmokyMtnHiker 01-24-2012 06:13 PM


Originally Posted by trex1310
PS: I have a current Bluebook and I will look it up for you.

Thank you for the offer but its just a hypothedical question. As of right now I am no where near ready to purchase. Still in the research process. Just wonder in general how much is too much for a used gun.

sweeper22 01-24-2012 08:17 PM

Pretty subjective question as there are a ton of variables. As mentioned, this is very much a case by case issue.

That said, if we're talking run of the mill service pistols and common stuff:

70-80% of new prices (actual prices, not MSRP) for an almost new-ish gun in excellent condition. I jump at the chance to pay less than that for something that interests me, but excellent used firearms from reputable makers tend to hold their value pretty well. Probably about 1/3 of the guns I own were bought used, and I'm happy to go that route. But I never touch anything that looks to have been "road hard and put away wet".

SmokyMtnHiker 01-24-2012 08:44 PM


Originally Posted by sweeper22 (Post 688059)
70-80% of new prices (actual prices, not MSRP)

By 'actual prices' I'm guessing that means fair prices.

c3shooter 01-24-2012 10:39 PM

Actual means what those guns are selling for. MSRP is what the dealer WISHES they sold for.

I keep a few references- Blue Book, Gun Trader's Guide- but the BEST is to go to gunbroker and auction arms, abd search CLOSED auctions for those guns, and look NOT at the asking price, but what they really sold for. Remember, condition drives value.

Paladin201 01-25-2012 01:45 AM

And it can vary from gun to gun. Some gun models, like cars, retain their value better than others.

Durangokid 01-25-2012 01:55 AM

What ever the market will bear. A new 3rd Gen. Colt Mdl. P SAA retails for here for $1,300 but you can not get one. Used Mdl. P Colts go for up to $1,500. Now if it were a High Point it might go for half of the orginal new price. ;)

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