Why We Can't Appraise Firearms

By Randy Wakeman


There is invariably a flood of questions asking, "What is my gun worth?" or asking about its history, value, etc. These questions cannot possibly be answered accurately over the Internet without the gun in hand, anymore than you can tell me what my car, lawnmower, or camcorder is worth. However, there are several readily available resources.

Fjestad's Blue Book of Gun Values, Standard Catalog of Firearms by Ned Schwing, and Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms and Their Values are all good resources. Remember that they are all opinions and guides, and cannot possibly take into consideration geographic conditions or current market conditions.

As much as we would like to help, you really need to do your own research. A look at the "closed auctions" at Auction Arms or Gunbroker will give you a general idea about the price range for which things are selling. Contacting the manufacturer, if possible, will quickly equip you with an owner's manual and operating instructions. Beyond that, support your local dealer--a good gun shop can give you a rough idea as to values and demand in your local area.

Like anything else, a firearm is only worth what someone will pay you for it. An appraisal is just an opinion, not an offer to buy.




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