How to become a firearms appraiser?

Discussion in 'Firearm's Industry' started by Cody221, Aug 11, 2020.

  1. Cody221

    Cody221 New Member

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    What are the steps one has to take? I can't find any info on it
     
  2. Wambli

    Wambli Well-Known Member

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    I don’t know that there is a certification for this. I do my own appraisals and then have my FFL sign them (He trusts me implicitly in these matters) and that seems to satisfy my insurance carrier.
     

  3. Rifling82

    Rifling82 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Guns America, Guns International and Gun Broker are my appraisers
     
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  4. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Develop a good line of BS and fake it like most of them.
     
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  5. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    Anyone can appraise modern guns with a quick internet search.
    Collector guns are a completely different matter entirely. There are so many countless variations with collector guns that it is totally impossible to be knowledgeable about even a small portion of them. You could maybe gather enough knowledge to be able to do a couple brands or maybe even most of pre-cartridge guns but it would take many years to gather that knowledge along with the first-hand experience.
    The other option is JTJ's answer...................
    "Develop a good line of BS and fake it like most of them."
     
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  6. alsaqr

    alsaqr Well-Known Member Supporter

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    About two years ago i started selling off firearms. Watched the selling prices on those sites and priced mine accordingly.

    One of the firearms i sold off was a pristine gas trap M1 Garand rifle. One collector fussed over the guns worth. Told him to butt out. Other collectors wanted that gun. A gas trap M1 rifle in comparable condition had recently sold at Legacy for a good price. Held out and got 1.5 times that price.
     
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