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Okay, I've pretty well got my mind made up that I want a Ruger semi-auto .22. Now the question comes, new or used?

If I am looking at a used gun, is there anyway to tell if it is 'good' or not?

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Heck, I don't know of any way to tell if a NEW gun is any good, much less a used one! I bought a Remington bolt action 22-250 with open sites a while back that was new. It would shoot 6 inches low and 6 inches to the right from point of aim at 30 FEET! I sent that guy back to Remington. I believe they replaced the barrel. But point is, the only way you can really tell is by shooting the darn thing.

Unfortunately I hear far too many people complain about a gun they got, and instead of sending it back to the factory to get it fixed, will normally take it to the next gun show and try to dump it there on someone.

At a gun show a dealer had a used Belgian FN/FAL that I REALLY wanted. It was a local show, so I ran on home and got the cash and went back to the show. I was looking at the gun, and noticed that it had signs of being taken apart, and not all that professionally so, but it could have just been someone not having the right sized screw drivers (everyone DOES have gunsmithing screwdrivers, right?). So I was actually pulling the money out of my pocket when I just asked the dealer if he would guarantee that it would shoot OK. The guy got his panties all in a wad saying he wasn'g going to guarantee anything about the gun. If I wanted it, buy it, otherwise forget about it. So I forgot about it and walked away.

Just listen to your gut reaction when looking at a gun and talking to the current owner. And it helps to be able to pick out a good liar as well.....
 

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rho, I got that MKII Target of mine used @~$250. Just looked SO clean! Hadn't been fired much or had been cleaned really well. Previous owner had painted the rear inside of the front sight with white paint. Got it to the range and just kept adjusting the rear sight until it got on paper! Who knows what the previous owner had gone through? Came with a case and manual, always a good sign. I have no time @ the shows for combative/defensive/rude/take it or leave it sellers. No money, either!;) Luck.
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I have an even number of guns I've bought new and guns I've bought used. Some guns were just made better long ago or for one reason or the other I like the older model more.

I buy a used gun if the price is good and a new one if the price is close to the price of a used gun.

Either way, like Rich says, use your gut, ask questions and if you're on the fence be sure at least the price is well in your favor.

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Nothing wrong with buying a used gun. It often depends on
where you obtain it. For example, I have dealt a few times with
a long established, reputable dealer. He puts a 90 day, few questions asked on all his used guns. If you don't like it, bring it
back. There can be alot of reasons people trade off guns: they
don't like the feel, too much bark, not enough power, dont like
the sights, ect, ect. What another guy does not like, you may love.

I got a very nice deal on a Ruger .357 mag this way, hardly fired.

I would tend to be careful at gun shows for obvious reasons.
If your going used, a long standing FFl dealer is your best bet
in my humble opinion.
 

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Nothing wrong with buying a used gun. It often depends on
where you obtain it. For example, I have dealt a few times with
a long established, reputable dealer. He puts a 90 day, few questions asked on all his used guns. If you don't like it, bring it
back. There can be alot of reasons people trade off guns: they
don't like the feel, too much bark, not enough power, dont like
the sights, ect, ect. What another guy does not like, you may love.

I got a very nice deal on a Ruger .357 mag this way, hardly fired.

I would tend to be careful at gun shows for obvious reasons.
If your going used, a long standing FFl dealer is your best bet
in my humble opinion.
 
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