How can you tell the value of a gun?
Measurements : barrel length, overall length. Markings: if you know the make and model, say so. Either way, list all markings on the gun. Condition : After you know what it is, the biggest factor in value is the condition of the gun. Differences in condition can easily halve or double the value of a gun.
Which is the best Blue Book of gun values?
The Blue Book of Gun Values by Fjestad, uses the percentage system, which is good for modern guns and there are no pictures. The Standard Catalog of Firearms by Schwing, uses the “Excellent” through “Fair” rating system, has lots of photos and is good all around guide.
How does refinishing a gun affect its value?
Each condition rating has a specific definition (you can find these defined in the Blue Book of Gun Values). The Percentage Systems rates the percent of original finish remaining on the gun, 100% to 0%. Refinishing a collectible gun, modifying it, customizing it or over-cleaning it nearly always lowers the value.
Which is the best price guide for guns?
R.L. Wilson’s Official Guide can be helpful for oddball guns not listed in the others. The Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson by Jim Supica (that’s me) & Richard Nahas is, with no false modesty, the best price guide for S&W’s.
What’s the value of a single barrel shotgun?
Most single barrel break-open shotguns (except for fine trap guns) bring $25-$75. Most top-break or solid frame .32 & .38 DA revolvers by firms like H&R, Iver Johnson, US Revolver, Secret Service Special, Hopkins & Allen, Forehand etc. bring $40 to $125.
What’s the value of a trade name Shotgun?
Trade name guns have little collector interest, and are valued primarily as shooters. Many of these were made by good manufacturers and make fine shooters – they just don’t usually have collector value. Most trade name .22 rifles will retail between $40 to $100. Trade name pump shotguns will retail in the $60 to $150 range.