When you are getting a used gun be sure to ask for a warranty. It doesn’t need to be long just a few days or a week. You want to be able to have time to go shoot the gun and be sure that it actually works. If you are buying a used gun at a store that also has a range ask to shoot it before you buy it.
Tips and Tools when buying a used handgun
Here are some general tips that should be applied to all types of used guns,
- Check the overall condition of the firearm and look for excessive wear
- Check that the grip angle fits you and your hand comfortably
- Look down the barrel from the outside to see if its straight and there is no bulging
- Check the sights on the gun, make sure that they are in line and not out of whack
- Check your grips. Look for cracks or breaks
- Look to see that all the screws or pins are secure and tight
- Do your homework before going into a store
- Be patient, don’t rush finding a gun. If you do you may end up with something that isn’t the best
Revolvers are great guns to buy used. There is very little that can go wrong with a revolver but there are still some things you want to look for when buying one.
- Check that the cylinder opens with no issues
- Make sure that the swing arm is snug with the frame of the gun with no gaps
- Now make sure that the ejector works perfectly, you want it to move smoothly with no hang ups.
- Check that your action is working and the cylinder is rotating as it should be
- Use a bore light and take a look inside a barrel and the cylinder to see if everything is clean and well maintained.
For polymer guns there are a few things you are going to want to check.
- Start out by racking the slide a couple times to see that everything works and does so smoothly.
- Put in a magazine and rack it again to check if it will stay back when you do
- Check the mag release and slide lock
- Use your bore light and check the barrel and see if everything is nice and clean.
- Now you want to push down on the barrel hood while the gun is cocked, if there is a lot of movement in that piece the gun will not be accurate. You probably wont see a big difference in accuracy until you get out to around 25 yards. To fix this problem either, replace the barrel or just don’t buy the firearm.
You are going to want to follow similar instructions for 1911 type guns as you did for the polymer weapons.
- Check the slide and rack the gun to see that it works smoothly. You want the slide on this to be very smooth.
- Check the magazine release and slide lock
- Check the safeties on the gun. Pull the trigger while your hand is not on the beaver tail safety and it should not fire. Put your hand on the gun completely and put the regular safety on and it should not fire. If it does fire with either safety in use, you do not want to buy that firearm as it is unsafe.
- Test the trigger pull and dry fire the gun. You won’t hurt the gun and you will be able to see if it works for you.
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