Used Guns: Consider These 3 Tips to Make the Best Purchase

Sep 7, 2022

Before we begin, we want to preface this by letting you know that it’s generally best to get firearms manufactured and buy them new, rather than buying used guns. The reason for this is that when you buy a new gun, you know that it hasn’t been used or abused in any way.

Buying new also allows you to take advantage of any warranties or guarantees that may come with the purchase. Another key thing to mention, perhaps most importantly, buying a gun new ensures that you’ll be the one who is responsible for its upkeep and maintenance from the start.

If you are only interested in buying a used firearm, then there are only a few key points you need to know. In this post, we’ll go over what you should look for when buying a used gun, as well as some tips on how to get the best deal possible.

For starters, always buy from a reputable dealer or individual who has a good track record of selling used guns.

Aside from making sure your purchase is done legally, one of the most important things to consider when buying a used gun is the reputation of the seller. Buying from a reputable dealer or individual who has a good track record will help to ensure that you’re getting a quality product that is safe to use. Additionally, by working with a reputable seller, you can be sure that any questions or concerns you have will be addressed in a timely and professional manner.

How to find someone who has extensive experience in selling used guns:

This experience can be verified by asking for references from past customers or by checking online reviews. Additionally, you should always make sure to inspect the gun in person before making a purchase, and only buy from sellers who are willing to let you do so. Finally, be sure to ask plenty of questions about the gun itself and the seller’s policies before making a final decision.


As mentioned above, if you’re buying a used firearm, one of the first things you want to do is inspect the gun thoroughly. Check for any signs of wear and tear, and make sure that the firearm is in good working condition. It’s also essential to test-fire the gun before making a purchase, just to be sure that it’s still accurate.

When it comes to inspecting a used rifle, pay close attention to the following:

– The bore

– The chamber

– The action

– The trigger

– The stock

If you’re not comfortable inspecting a gun yourself, then it’s always a good idea to take it to a gunsmith or firearms dealer for a professional opinion. They’ll be able to tell you if the gun is in good condition and whether or not it’s worth the asking price.


Once you’ve inspected the gun and decided that you want to buy it, the next step is to haggle with the seller. Don’t be afraid to lowball them – remember, you’re buying a used rifle, so there’s no need to pay full price. Start with an offer that’s 20-30% lower than the asking price, and see if the seller is willing to negotiate.

If they’re not, then you can either walk away or continue negotiating until you reach a fair price. Just remember to stay firm on your offer – don’t let the seller take advantage of you.


Here at Rooftop Arms, we highly recommend buying firearms new to ensure you’re getting the highest quality out of your purchase, but we understand that sometimes this can’t always be the case. Buying a used firearm can be a great way to save money, but only if you know what you’re doing. By following these simple tips, you can rest assured that your used gun purchase will be a safe and successful one.

If you’re interested in a new custom rifle, be sure to check out our Build Your Own Rifle page or give us a call at (360) 559-6210.