Best firearms valuation guide for buyers?

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  1. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    I want to pick up a "blue book" of firearms for a buddy who loves to swap firearms. I see several on Amazon: 2013 Standard Catalog of Firearms: The Collector's Price & Reference Guide by Jerry Lee,
    34th Edition Blue Book of Gun Values by S.P. Fjestad, Gun Trader's Guide: A Comprehensive, Fully-Illustrated Guide to Modern Firearms with Current Market Values (Thirty-Fourth Edition) Stephen D. Carpenteri (Editor), etc. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias=stripbooks&field-keywords=firearms+values


    What is your favorite gun buying guide?
     
  2. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Standard answer: Firearms auctions and look at what a specific firearm is being sold for (not the asking or reserve price).

    There are several, some high (Armslist, AuctionArms), others are okay.

    Bing or google.
     

  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Gunbroker. completed auction. The books tell you what it sold for the year before the book was published.
     
  4. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    But if your nephew was buggin you for a book reference for his birthday, which would you choose?
     
  5. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    A good reference (more than just a price guide) Something like the Standard Catalog of S&W.

    Want to impress him? Go to Alibris.com (better than Amazon for books) Look up author K.D. Kirkland. They have 4 of his books- history of Colt, Browning, Winchester and Remington. New, hardback, 99 cents each plus shipping. At that price, get a set for yourself.
     
  6. primer1

    primer1 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I like the blue book for accurate price comparisons. A certain model can be worth 2-3x as much as a similar one, the blue book can differentiate between the two.

    The gun traders guide is a good quick reference, with pictures to go by. Still, the blue book can be off due to location, availability in your area, and market ups and downs. Look what happened to semi auto rifles in the last year as a prime example.

    Decide if he needs a quick reference, or an accurate comparison that can take some time researching.
     
  7. drvsafe

    drvsafe New Member

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    Blue book also lists values based on condition which often times is subjective. So caveat emptor and do as much due diligence as you can as well.