Here are some tips for buying a used revolver. Buyers seeking a good deal on a used revolver should have little trouble finding a serviceable revolver at a good price. Unless subjected to many years of severe abuse or neglect, the average revolver will provide for decades of dependable use.
Buying a used revolver from a trusted seller can be difficult, but is a good idea when possible. An established local gun dealer is interested in repeat business and is unlikely to knowingly sell a faulty gun. Gun dealers will often have the gun inspected by a gunsmith before selling it. When buying online from auction sites, buyers should carefully screen the seller’s feedback ratings before making a purchase. Many sellers will allow a gun to be returned for a short period of time, make certain to shoot it to ascertain any problems during this time period.
Well Known Brands
There are two primary reasons for sticking with revolvers from well known brands (Ruger, Smith & Wesson, etc.): reliability and parts. The big gun makers have generally been in the gun business for a long time and make reliable firearms. While the guns will provide for many years of dependable use, it is also comforting to know that parts can be quickly obtained if needed. Used revolvers from lesser known or out of business manufacturers should only be considered if offered at a very low price as the quality may not be certain and spare parts may be difficult or impossible to obtain.
Obviously, the gun should be unloaded when inspecting it. Minor scratches, dings, and wear to the finish should be expected and will not functionally harm the revolver, though these cosmetic problems should reduce the price. Open or remove the cylinder and inspect the inside of the cylinder and barrel for signs of pitting or other damage. Any bulges or cracks in the metal of the barrel or cylinder are serious problems and the gun should not be purchased. Slowly operate the hammer and trigger (lowering the hammer by hand, letting the hammer fall freely, ‘dry firing’, may cause damage) to feel for proper and precise operation. Most adjustable sights are simple to replace, but if the revolver’s sights are damaged this too should greatly reduce the price of the firearm.