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Advice How suspicious should I be on used PCP's

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Capt, Sep 9, 2014.

  1. Capt

    Capt Engaging Member

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    Hi Forum, can you advise once again please?

    Coming from a Heavy springer back ground, I am thinking of moving to the dark side & buying my first PCP for a bit of FT, ratting in my back garden but don't want to fork out a fortune on a brand new gun. With some research to be done on the specific model to go for, am a bit wary of buying a used gun. I wouldn't have any hesitation buying a used gun off myself but having access to how it's been treated, previous owners etc & from a shop is impossible to know this.

    Looking at Daystate, Air arms sporter type so quality is a good theme to go for........

    My main question is, what's the worst that could go wrong with a used PCP?
     
  2. Scott srs

    Scott srs Well-Known Member

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    Hi capt , I wouldn't trust buying a second hand gun of someone I didn't know
    I bought a second hand r10 of a rfd and had to take it back twice I got sorted but was a pain I would have had to pay if I had bought it private.
    that said if you could get one from a trusted member on here I don't think you would have a problem :) and there is some great deals if you don't mind waiting .
     
  3. Capt

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    I agree with everything you state, I was hoping to go for a good used current model, but why would anyone take the time & spend there hard earned dosh by hitting rid within 12 months. I saw a perfect condition Daystate Regal the other day, why would anyone get rid of such a gun, surely there decision process in the first place to buy would avoid selling so soon unless something had gone wrong! Ah well have to save for a new one then.
     
  4. r10hunter

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    Many people will sell to fund other guns. Not always air rifles maybe a new shotgun or bullet rifle.
    Others sell up because their circumstances change. Maybe they are made redundant buy a house have children and need the money.
    Other people just get bored of a gun.
    There are some good deals out there, more good than bad.
    Cheers Andy
     
  5. Jonnyovy

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    Ive bought guns new and sold them weeks later for £100+ less. Just get bored or it doesnt £100 suit me....also sold loads of second had rifles
     
  6. milek

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    In the 20 odd rifles I have bought over the last two years 80% have been pre-owned. Only one of those was not as advertised yet with a little work it became a pleasure to shoot. I know every rifle I have sold on has been tip-top. The used market is a good source as far as I am concerned. Just do your homework
     
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    Im now trying to find my second rifle im deffinatly going to keep. Im chopping and changeing all the time trying to get there. Next new one to try is coming tomorrow
     
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    Same for me. Im on 16 in 2 years. 17 tomorrow
     
  9. Ganton Gunner

    Ganton Gunner Super Duper Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    in the last 9 months ive bought 19 used guns of members on here and had problems with non :)
     
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    I have bought plenty of secondhand pcp,s over the years and all have been fine..... touch wood ;)
     
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    Hi I know four people who in the last month have part exchanged faulty guns, a daystate mk4 that wouldnt group, a fx royal that would only shoot one grade of pellet only and was inconsistant for accuracy, a daystate regal that would fire without touching the trigger (2 people actualy) daystate wolverine that had mag problems all of them changed for a new gun rather than sort it out them selves. Most problems are leaking O seals in PCPs unless they are owned by a tinkerer in whch case sealing faces could be scratched causing unfixable air leaks. its a gamble on the upside i have part exchanged 3 rifles in A1 condition whith no faults for something else. There are plenty of good second hand guns around if you buy from a dealer you should have around 3 months warrenty from a good dealer. :rolleyes:
     
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    Totally agree with Andy's comments here. I bought a Daystate Huntsman a couple of years back and hated it. I thought it was overrated/ effeminate and just not for me. I'd not put fifty pellets through it and just got rid.
    Sometimes people sell for reasons that are valid for them.
     
  13. Deanb101

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    Capt. Halifax airgun club have a small number of Daystates for sale. Including an Air ranger and an Airwolf. You can fully test any gun on the range to your satisfaction before committing. There is a Facebook group. Halifax Airgun Club Swap and sell that has an ever changing stock content.
     
  14. engraver

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    I owned probably over 30 rifles now, and have more issues with brand new guns ive bought than secondhand ones.

    Usually the first owners get rid of any niggles with the guns, I would sooner buy a well tested used gun.

    Saying that Ive put a fair few right also, but Im not afraid to strip them to see how they tick, its very satisfying putting any minor problems right and some real bargains out there to be had when people sell problematic pcps when often they require and O ring to fix for pence.

    Good ones to look out for if your mechanically minded are leaky pcps, sold cheap, as again its usually and O ring on the non return valve, a few screws out to get to.
     
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    It's the same as anything second hand, if you invest your time in knowing what you are looking at you can usually get a feel for how well a rifle has been treated from just the pics advertising it without actually seeing the rifle
     
  16. Clubshot

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    Big issue with any Second Hand air Gun is what it previous owner could have done in tuning it

    Many are found to have been tuned above the Legal sub 12FP

    Many Air Gun Clubs have a For Sale Table - where Members / Users sell on unused Air Guns

    Good as should be able to try on range and get it chronoed - Before parting with your Cash

    BOB/R
     

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