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Is it a con

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by butch, May 6, 2014.

  1. butch

    butch Busy Member

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    I've noticed a lot of people selling guns and saying "only 4 months old"for example and when you make enquiries about it you find they've owned it for 4 months and it's actually 16 months or more older,i made the mistake of buying a gun and the guy said 2 months old and it had a lot of extras and it wasn't till i got home and put my specs on i saw date on the gun and it's 15 actually months old.It won't happen again.
     
  2. Kenbarcon

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    If i was looking to buy a gun advertised at a few months old i would ask for the receipt, see what reply you get then.
     
  3. Tatts

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    If it helps my HW100 I bought new in December is stamped 04/13 and the R10 I bought new last week is stamped 05/13.
     
  4. stevemandm

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    sometimes its legitimate. the date stamped on the rifle, is the date that the barrel/air cylinder or breech block was manufactured. it will then be stored before assembly, stored before shipping out, then stood on the shelf at the rfd before sale. taking this into account, its quite feasible. the rifles that we bought brand new showed a 'discrepency' of 4 months from the date of manufacture to the date of sale. as said, the only way of proving the true age is with the original receipt given to the 1st owner.
    its a little like cars - you may be the 1st owner from new, but it may have spent its 1st 18 months of its life in transit from overseas then sat in a compound before you get it
     
  5. Ichabod Armacost

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    What he said ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
     
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  6. cloverleaf

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    Steve makes a very good point. In addition I find that people tend to (probably perfectly innocently) under-estimate the age of older guns; probably only because they're guessing and the brain seems to naturally fall short when estimating time.

    You certainly get the odd chancer though; it's funny when someone suggests that a rifle's "only 18 months old" only for you to tell them that it's more like 10yrs from the serial :D

    I wouldn't let it worry you tbh; IMO as long as the rifle is a decent design, age and "mileage" are largely irrelevant - condition is far more important. Once "used" age doesn't tend to devalue guns much unless there's a newer model that's tangibly better; which they ofter aren't.. Remember that warranties are usually non-transferable, so of no use to the used buyer even if the gun is still technically within this period.

    The only time when such a situation would bother me would be if the seller seems a bit dodgy anyway; misrepresenting the age might be the tip of the iceberg with regard to their dishonesty. Get to know your product and go with your gut ;)
     
  7. secretagentmole

    secretagentmole Low down, dirty and quiet...

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    I bought a brand new Super 10 3 years ago, thing is the R10 had replaced it about 3 years previously. Now I bought it and registered it as a new gun. So even though it was 3 years old, it was still a brand new BSA Super 10.

    So I could (in theory, but the only time time I intend selling it is when my estate is sold following my departure fro this mortal coil) sell it as a 3 year old Super 10, but it actually is at least 6 years old.
     
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    in addition to my earlier reply, i would value condition and use well above age.
    a 3 year old rifle, mint condition and only fired 1000 pellets would be worth more than the same model but 1 year old, average condition and having fired 10,000 pellets.
     
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    Guns decay so fast these days... Have to check my food too! I'll be right back.
     

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