I have mentioned several times that I follow used gun listings in my area. I also frequent stores that buy/sell/trade firearms. Most of my deals are acquired by knowing more about the firearm than the seller, right place right time deals, and just going into a store without any plan on what I'm looking for. I have plenty of reasons for focusing my purchases only on used guns. Price is only one part, buying a firearm that is already broke in is another. Many of the lessons I have learned may appear common sense, but none the less, you must remember them since missing a small detail may be the difference between a deal and a money pit. Here are a few tips, hints and tricks I've learned in my years of shopping.
1. Guns don't lie. Unlike when buying a used car, guns show their scars. you quickly learn the difference between holster wear and a gun that has seen more than its fair share of beatings.