Massad Ayoob is a walking compendium of firearms knowledge! It truly was a pleasure to have guest hosted an interview with Colorado Ron & Massad yesterday on the Backwoods Home Radio Show “Self-Reliance Expo’zed”, on the Preparedness Radio Network. He recently wrote an article in Backwoods Home Magazine titled “Affordable Firearms” (Issue #134 March/April 2012). An excerpt of that article is reproduced here with permission from our friends at BHM.
New or used
Buying a gun is a little like buying a car. If you buy it “pre-owned,” you can get a higher quality model with more features on it than if you buy a brand-new lower quality model (with fewer desirable features) for the same amount of money.
A new driver who doesn’t know a thing about automobiles can wind up getting taken for a ride at a used car lot, in a way that goes beyond the test drive. So, what would you or I advise that first-time buyer of a second-hand car to do? Why, reach out to a friend who does know that sort of thing intimately!
The best approach is to see if that friend can actually go with you to check out the vehicle you’re thinking of buying. If he or she can’t do that, the next best thing is for them to give you a check list of what to look for to make sure the vehicle is going to be suitable for you, and not defective or in need of major repair.
This is exactly what the new shooter/inexperienced gun owner needs to do with a gun-savvy friend! The best thing is for the friend to come with the newbie to examine the used firearm in question. He or she will be able to tell right there if it fits the intended user’s hand and body properly. They’ll also know what to look for to make sure the sear isn’t too worn, and that there isn’t any unnoticed rust in the barrel, inside the magazine, or hidden in other nooks and crannies.
And, if that can’t happen, they can at least tell you what to look for … and what to look out for. Some rules of thumb aren’t always reliable.
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