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Rifle selling tips

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Geoff B, May 2, 2013.

  1. Geoff B

    Geoff B United States New Member

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    Hello all, I am kicking around the idea of selling my m-1 Garand and have a few questions. I haven't sold any of my collection on the open/private market before and am hoping that some of you knowledgeable folks out there may have some advise for me. How much do I ask for? I know what I paid (to much) but how much to ask? Any legal issues I should know about? Also on a side note I'm looking for a set of low profile, 30mm picatinny rail rings for my Aim Point scope. Any one know of a good place to pick these up. Cant seem to find any at the shops.
    Thanks a bunch
     
  2. JAFO

    JAFO OR, USA Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    What state?
     
  3. JV100

    JV100 portland/wilsonville Active Member

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    Use photobucket for the pics, you can print a bill of sale from this site. No cross state sales.... Good luck :)
     
  4. Geoff B

    Geoff B United States New Member

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    Thanks! Im selling in Oregon
     
  5. JAFO

    JAFO OR, USA Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    I haven't watched M1 prices nor do I know anything about yours so I won't even try to suggest a price. I do suggest photos (they almost always help a sale and nobody can complain that what they met up with you to buy isn't what you advertised). Be as descriptive as possible and list any imperfections that you know of and/or specify any extras/accessories that are included or can be purchased with a sale. Decide if you will ship to a licensed dealer in another state and how much extra you might want for that. Also make sure to note that the buyer must find a dealer that will allow you to ship it directly to them (some dealers will only accept shipments from other dealers) or find out how much your favorite local dealer might want to log and ship it to another dealer. If you want the buyer to meet you at a location near you or if you will meet up a certain distance from your area it is always good to specify that in the ad. You can post in the ad that you might consider trades or partial trades but a lot of people on this site ignore that and will likely send you trade offers even if you don't want them (or they'll offer things you did not specify that you did want to trade for).

    When the buyer shows up to make the deal make sure you don't have any reason to believe they are not eligible to own a firearm, let them see the rifle, take the cash if the deal is finalized, go home. The only legal requirement is that you cannot sell to someone that you believe is not legally eligible to own a firearm. If you do decide that you require more, such as a signed bill of sale, state it in the ad. It's rude to require it and just spring it on someone after they have gone through the trouble of meeting you somewhere. Many people will not bother with these items for sale because there is no legal requirement for you to ask for it and there is no reason they should automatically trust you with their personal information.

    I personally usually state in the ad that I might like to see a driver's license, CHL, or ID card to verify Oregon residency but I don't even bother asking half the time as long as the person shows up in a vehicle with Oregon plates.
     
  6. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    take a look at the CMP website for how they grade and price Garand's.That should help you set your price.
     
  7. ron

    ron Vancouver, Washington Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Most Garands were rebuilt many times. If yours is an original WW 2 rifle in could be worth several thousand $$$$. Condition is everything. Throat erosion gauge
    and muzzle wear gauge are important for assessing condition. Barrel date and manufacture match the serial number range of the rifle receiver?
     
  8. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Try posting the price that you paid for it. If it's too high a price, then you will hear about it rather quickly.
    If it's priced too low, then you will get the same reaction.
     
  9. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Picture are important
    And if your gun is in or above the $1000 range and you don't have pics?
    Please.......go buy a camera cause I definitely want to see detailed pictures before I waste any time on this expensive gun.
     
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  10. bmwguru325

    bmwguru325 Vancouver Active Member

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    spend some time on the search engine of your choice. You will find a world of information about your gun, then take notes. Then search "m1 grand for sale" this will send you to many of the gun auction websites then see what each are selling for, not what is being asked for them. But from my experiance the M1 has MANY variables that play into its value, thus the importance of research. Good luck.
     
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  11. Darknight

    Darknight Salem Active Member

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    Don't post anything for sale on this site. Just use it for information. People on here will crapp on your add if they don't like it, but if you were to sell it on armslist or gunbroker they don't have the option of thread crapping. I sell exclusively on those two sites and have had great experiences with both.
     
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  12. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    To answer your scope rings question, I prefer Warne scope mounts.
    You can purchase them at their factory in Tualatin.
    Great folks to deal with and the prices are a little lower buying directly from them.




    Warne Scope Mounts
    9500 SW Tualatin Road
    Tualatin, OR 97062
    1-800-683-5590
    503-657-5590
    Fax: 503-657-5695
     
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  13. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    I did not know this, but will take advantage in the future. :thumbup:
     
  14. Geoff B

    Geoff B United States New Member

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    Thank you all for the great advise! My Garand is a Korean era. I paid an extra premium for it as its not CMP or lend lease. Im going to take it in to Allison Carey gun works to get graded if I sell it.
     
  15. salmonriverjohn

    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    That's interesting, I haven't noticed that before? There are rules on this forum directly pertaining to that and as gentle men we shouldn't even need those rules. I do though kinda wish there was a dislike feature, that would get the point across as to the reception that should be expected if pricing something at ridiculous levels.
     
  16. salmonriverjohn

    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    As a Side note, JAFO pretty much stated everything needed in an ad. Nice job:thumbup: