Selling Rifles/Shotguns via 'Tinterweb

#1
Not at all happy about this but that time has come when I have to sell (macular degeneration)some of the rifles/shotguns that I have collected over the years.

Has anyone had any experiences good/bad from such companies as Gunstar or Guntrader , or able to suggest any reliable alternative?

Thought about giving the shooting club I belong to first refusal too.

Local dealer has changed hands and consequently is run by a bunch of know nothing rip off merchants so that's a non starter.
 
#2
Found Guntrader OK, only problem is the timewasters who want to 'have a few rounds through' the gat they're supposedly interested in, ie play with the thing and never get back to you. Ask to see an FAC with appropriate slot.
 

Ravers

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#3
If you're after a quick sell just chuck the lot through Holts. They'll rape you for commission, but at least you'll sell everything you're looking to get rid of quickly and easily.
 
#4
I used Gunstar, took a number of months to get it sold, but it was a specialised piece (PCR). At least half the enquires where from people who didn’t know it was live firing (despite the description) or didn’t know what an FAC was!

Apparently this is normal as there is an awful lot of deactivated weapons and airsoft advertised.
 
#5
I sold a Webley Mk.VI that I had had deacted (because I broke it) via Gunstar. As has been said, I got a lot of time wasters and the site appears to attract a lot of dishonest people. Beware.
 
#6
The one time I offered a Section 1 fiream for sale by this method I was contacted by a younger person who said that if I sold it to him he'd promise faithfully not to shoot it.

tac
 
#7
What are the firearms you are thinning out?

Some of us here are RFDs. If the guns are relatively saleable, then commission sale can be one option.

Next weekend is the historic arms fair at Bisley. If you have anything vintage or military, then you could try leaving them with a dealer during the day to see if they go. PM if you need any contacts.

People do seem to be turning to Gun Star these days; the other websites are expensive, and the auctions are a rip-off.
 
#10
Used Gunstar, rifle sold in 3 weeks, handed over via a drop at buyers RFD. All quite painless really, Gunstar is very reasonably priced.
 
#11
Most of my buying and selling over the years has been on shooting forums, AirgunBBS probably being the best once you are an established member.

Why not list what you have here for a start?
 

Cutaway

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#12
Most of my buying and selling over the years has been on shooting forums, AirgunBBS probably being the best once you are an established member.

Why not list what you have here for a start?
Plus your address and times the house'll be empty.
 
#13
My last couple of transactions have been carried out using my friendly local RFD to act as the middle man. HE takes the gun off me and stores it for the buyer to examine in a secure environment, takes a small cut for his trouble, and all is well. The new owner does not even get to find out where I live, or any other details apart from an email address. I'm more than happy to make a firearms transaction that way.

tac
 
#14
Safest way plunderer.
 
#15
I completely forgot. I have actually bought two guns via Gunstar as well. Both Section 1 items.

Carried out transactions face-to-face, in car parks, in cash. Nay problem.
 

Joshua Slocum

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#17
how can I value an Air Rifle before sale?
its a BSA Meteor 1965, C/w boxed BSA telescopic sight and the origional packaging for the rifle along with a few tins of pellets, and instructions manuals its 2.2 calibre and is cleand and tidy having been stored safely for over 30 years
a workmate keeps offering to buy it since he found out I own one but i am a bit wary of selling it to him as hes a bit daft and also has a habit of re selling things very quickly, he may well have a customer for it at a mark up
?
 
#18
how can I value an Air Rifle before sale?
its a BSA Meteor 1965, C/w boxed BSA telescopic sight and the origional packaging for the rifle along with a few tins of pellets, and instructions manuals its 2.2 calibre and is cleand and tidy having been stored safely for over 30 years
a workmate keeps offering to buy it since he found out I own one but i am a bit wary of selling it to him as hes a bit daft and also has a habit of re selling things very quickly, he may well have a customer for it at a mark up
?
BSAOG.co.uk

They are all pretty decent chaps.
 
#19
2.2 That is unusual!




Or did you mean .22?

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Joshua Slocum

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#20
sorry brainfade yes I meant .22 other wise it would be a bloody powerful air rifle
my idiot wokrmate is always buying and selling stuff he would most likely shoot the thing out of a window at passing traffic then sell it to another imbecile
its something I inherited but i have no love of firearms and dont want one in the house where the grandchildren might play with it, as its been very well cared for I would rather it went to some one who would look after it
 

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