By James England via concealednation.org
Modern pistols and revolvers are pretty resilient. You can push upwards of tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition through them before mechanical parts start to degrade. With proper maintenance, it’s possible for a revolver or pistol to last a lifetime. But what if you’re sick of that pistol? After the barrel is worn down, the grips smooth, the striker pin bowed, you just want to be rid of it and move on to another firearm? There are a couple legal processes you can do to legally dispose of a firearm . . .
Before attempting to dispose of one of your firearms, always do the following:
- Unload and visually inspect the barrel to ensure no live ammunition remains.
- Record the serial number of the barrel and take pictures for your records.
- Check with your local state to see if they have any programs or restrictions.
- A clean, old gun sells/trades better than a dirty one.
Route 1: Trade-In For Bigger And Better!
Most gun shops accept used firearms for trade-in towards the purchase of a new one. “New”, in this case, means “new to you” more than “brand spanking new”. Most gun stores don’t care if you trade-in for a new or used handgun so long as they’re getting a good deal.
And they will. Gun stores have a catalogue of recommended costs based upon the estimated percentage of the weapon’s condition. That cost is then parred against how the owner is feeling and whether he believes he can resell it.
All said and done, for most firearms you can expect to get less than half of what you bought it for as a trade-in value towards your next purchase.
PROS: Easy, convenient, legal, and you get a new firearm!
CONS: None, really.
Route 1b: Just Offload It At The Gun Store
Most owners DON’T want the majority of your used or busted firearms. They’ll happily take them as trade-ins for a decent value but if you’re looking to straight up sell it for cash – you’re going to take a massive hit.
PROS: The one advantage to this is straight convenience. No hunting around for private party buyers or dealing with online brokerages.
CONS: If sold for cash, return on investment will likely be minimal. Gun shop owners may outright refuse to buy your old gun if it’s in rickety or compromised condition.
Route 2: Online Gun Brokerages
There are a number of gun auction websites where you can attempt to offload your old firearm. Success varies depending on the quality of the pictures. If you don’t have an FFL, you’ll need to operate through an FFL to send it. Conversely, the buyer has to have an FFL on his end to pick it up.
PROS: Will certainly get more money at face value than selling at a gun store.
CONS: Need to ensure that it’s legal to sell to the other party through verifying FFL certificate, state restrictions, etc. Fees will certainly apply.