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Selling your gun? Why don't you clean it before selling it?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Qaolin, Dec 22, 2013.

  1. Qaolin

    Qaolin 1 A.U. from a G2 near Beaverton Old Army Cook Silver Supporter

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    It never ceases to amaze me the number of people who put used weapons up for sale can't seem to be bothered to clean it. Recently I purchased a used CZ 75 from a local GS. It was in good shape other than some scratches in the bluing around the slide lock lever; it looked like he'd used a flat-blade screwdriver.

    Anyway, I disassembled it as I do with every other purchase I have made and the thing was filthy with GSR. The barrel looked clean but the frame, spring and slide were disgusting, as if the original owner had fired it, didn't like it and traded it off. I've noticed this same phenomena at gun shows with sellers offering weapons for premium used prices but the bores are sewer pipes. Sure a little scrubbing can correct it but...c'mon...have you no pride?

    Jim
     
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  2. captqc

    captqc Tigard Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Same thing buying used guns at local shops, when I'm considering a used gun I often clean it during the inspection process. Some folks hate to clean guns, I for one really enjoy it. Gary
     
  3. cookie

    cookie THE SOCIALIST STATE OF KALI - FORNIA Well-Known Member

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    Why clean it when you are going to sell it ???? A clean gun is nicer to look at and a dirty gun will get my lowest offer..
     
  4. Qaolin

    Qaolin 1 A.U. from a G2 near Beaverton Old Army Cook Silver Supporter

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    Gary, Like you I don't mind cleaning the gun either since it is the best way to learn about your weapon. I would think, however, one would want to get the best possible price out of their trade/sale. It's like trying to sell a used car and you say " I'm selling the car, why clean the 3 years worth of trash out of the backseat."

    Jim
     
  5. thirtycal

    thirtycal Camas, WA Active Member

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    I'd be happy just finding a used CZ-75. They aren't all that plentiful, and people don't tend to let them go. I just paid $475 for a NIB CZ-75BD from my LGS and they hadn't seen any for months until this one showed up.

    Clean that baby up and shoot it.

    Thirtycal
     
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  6. mancat

    mancat Kitsap County Well-Known Member

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    The same reason people don't bother to wash or vacuum used cars for sale.
     
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  7. YoungBlood

    YoungBlood SW Washington Active Member

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    Maybe they are scared of shooting themselves, or don't know how...
     
  8. Qaolin

    Qaolin 1 A.U. from a G2 near Beaverton Old Army Cook Silver Supporter

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    Doesn't wash. You Tube videos are all over the place dealing with any gun you can name. That's how I found out how to break down the CZ as well as my Nagant, Mosins, and Mausers. I think the bottom line is laziness. Every gun I've sold or traded has been meticulously cleaned and I told the buyer everything which I had done to it and what to expect. I'd expect to receive a clean weapon when I pay cash for it (unless I know before hand that it's been encased in Cosmoline for the last 50 years) and I don't release a filthy weapon to a buyer. Maybe I'm just quirky that way. :)
    ~Jim
     
  9. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Now that's ironic for this thread....
     
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  10. accessbob

    accessbob Molalla, OR 2A Supporter

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    I have always cleaned my guns after shooting and especially before selling or trading. I have found at least one that I traded for which didn't appear to have been cleaned if ever.
     
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  11. Qaolin

    Qaolin 1 A.U. from a G2 near Beaverton Old Army Cook Silver Supporter

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    I know what you mean, Thirtycal. I had the choice between a CZ 75B stainless from a local pawn shop for $660 or the CZ75 Compact I purchased for $450. Funds are limited for me so I went with the compact. It is now cleaned, oiled and ready to go. I do plan to shoot it when the weather improves up on Skullcrusher Ranch. :gun08:
    ~ Jim
     
  12. xlsbob

    xlsbob coos county Platinum Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    I've bought several guns that looked like they havent seen daylight in years, dustballs and whatnot covering them. It lets me know that the seller isnt attached to the gun and the price will most likely be way more negotiable. Usually just mentioning that it needs cleaned starts the price coming down.
     
  13. billdeserthills

    billdeserthills Cave Creek, Arizony Well-Known Member

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    I just as soon clean it myself and be sure all the parts are still there
     
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  14. Kruejl

    Kruejl Hillsboro Moderator of the Coriolis effect Staff Member Gold Supporter Silver Supporter

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    The only one I can remember selling dirty was a Glock 27. Sorry Bob. :)
     
  15. tacticalgunner

    tacticalgunner Wilsonville The Man, The Myth, The Legend Bronze Supporter

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    I do the same, it's part of my day of shooting. I recently bought a used rifle and it was filthy, took a lot of work but as said above by someone, it's a good way to learn the hardware. I was at a 3 gun comp last year and talked to a guy that had issues with his shoty and his pistol, f2f's, f2 e's. His comment was " I guys cleaning after 2000 rounds is not enough". Thou the was joking, until he broke down the pistol on the bench, whoa. He either needed HPR ammo or to clean his hobby. To me, a clean gun is next to godliness.
     
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  16. Qaolin

    Qaolin 1 A.U. from a G2 near Beaverton Old Army Cook Silver Supporter

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    The first thing I do with any new purchase is field strip it, just to familiarize myself with it. That's how I found this mess.

    -Jim
     
  17. BAMCIS

    BAMCIS Eugene Well-Known Member

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    I don't know what all the fuss is over...... I prefer to look at them dirty when I go to buy. It makes me a little suspicious if the gun is to clean the same way I get suspicious in looking at a used car or truck and it has had a fresh oil change.

    However, I'm not to anal about a gun being dirty or clean when I am looking to buy. It's going to get a thorough cleaning no matter what condition it is in if it goes home with me.
     
  18. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    You're supposed to CLEAN them????

    I thought they were disposable. When they get dirty, just buy a new gun…...
     
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  19. semperfi68to70

    semperfi68to70 South Salem, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    To me it is the same as buying a car. When I look at one running like crap and the owner says "all it needs is a tune up" or the A/C is blowing warm and I hear "it just needs to have a Freon re-charge". If it is that simple then do it and present your best effort for the best offer. Otherwise it just shows me a lack of effort and care for a valuable piece of equipment. It also tells me I have a better than average chance of finding more serious problems down the road.
     
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  20. WasrNwarpaint

    WasrNwarpaint Portland Well-Known Member

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    some people dont clean themselves their homes etc etc enough, I dont expect it to be clean when I buy it, I inspect it first