A few Beneficial Pointers for Purchasing a Second hand Shotgun

By Joey Ramaro

Shotguns are popular for home defense as well as hunting and are one of the finest all around sidearms you can own. They can handle little game like turkey while many enthusiasts enjoy clay shooting with a shotgun. If you're meaning to buy a used shotgun there are a few tips you can remember to avoid getting a horrible deal.

The very first thing to check is the shotgun stock, which may be manmade or wood. The stock of a firearm wears out quicker than a rifle because of the recoil from full power loads so you want to look for splits, cracks and repair work. A loose buttstock or forearm on a weapon can be really pricey to mend, so keep clear of used guns with a broken stock.

You can also do a fast scan to look for missing or stripped out pins and screws, which show repairs has been done by an amateur. You should also scan the metal parts of the gun for off colours, pits and rust, which means the gun potentially spent time underwater. While the weapon is unloaded, check the safety and the trigger. On a modern pump shotgun, check the barrel choke tubes and look inside the barrel for rust and pitting.

With semi-automatic shotguns like the Saiga 12, make sure you check the magazine spring, which pushes shells into the chamber. Mag springs ultimately wear out and fail so it's vital to check used weapons and, if possible, take down the assembly so you can take away the spring.

A spring going bad might be kinked up, unwinding at the ends or starting to break at the touch. While the mag spring is straightforward to replace and not very expensive at all, it's an significant negotiating tool as you should get a lower price on a used shotgun with a damaged spring.

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