Free firearm and militaria appraisals in the state of Maine.
I will research what you have by using a library of books, online searches, current prices guides, recent ended online auctions, and 30+ years of experience. The market is always changing and sometimes even the current blue books are low and sometimes they are high. As collector as well so I know what my customers will pay for firearms. If there is something I am not familier with I will take the time to research the firearm or collectable and contact other experts to help if needed. I will give you a an honest value. Appraisals are a great asset when it comes to insurance coverage. Also you might be hunting, carrying, or storing (in less than acceptable conditions) a gun that is worth a lot more than you think. Wear and rust can case of firearm to decrease in value by a lot.
I can help you with complete estate collections. I have a broad knowlege of antiques, collectables, and firearms. I collect antique, vintage, Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam war firearms and military collectables. Also I have a large collection of antiques such as vintage and antique hunting & fishing items, signage, gas and oil, metal toys and more. I can give you estimated values on those items as well. I have helped several customers over the years with estate collections. Some have no one to help them, feeling overwhelmed with the passing of a loved one, did not trust the people coming out of the woodwork to buy guns from an estate, or did not have the knowledge to reseach themselves.
Fred knows that many factors go into a gun’s value, and he wants to share our knowledge and expertise with you. He will closely examine your gun offering a quick and accurate assessment.
What Is My Gun Worth?
What Factors Determine a Gun’s Value?
- Make: Known makers such as Colt, Smith & Wesson, Marlin, Winchester, and Springfield Armory (original military, not the current manufacturer) are some of the most desired.
- Type: Pistols, also known as semi-automatic handguns, remain the most manufactured and sought-after firearms in the United States. Lever action rifles that are older or discontinued models are more desirable and popular with collectors and hunters. Revolvers are popular with collectors in this case the older or discontinued models are more desirable as well. Recent production revolvers have a lesser demand in today's market. Military firearms and collectables are sought-after by collectors and are items we love to appraise and buy. Shotguns and other firearms that rely on slug ammunition are less desired and generally retain their value poorly. The exception are vintage or antique side by side shotguns depending on gauge, condition, and manufacturer. Muzzleloaders other than antique or military have a low resale value.
- Model: Within a particular gun brand, some models will hold greater value than others. For example, the Winchester Model 94 lever action rifle is generally more respected than the Winchester Model 1911 that has a poor reputation due to a design flaw that makes it dangerous to shoot.
- Caliber: Caliber refers to the diameter of the gun barrel and consequently the size of bullet required. Certain calibers are more attractive to gun buyers than others. The .22 caliber long-rifle is the most common caliber of gun when referencing units sold. This mass-produced gun-type has great utility, but not necessarily high value. The 40s&w has lost popularity and is a much harder caliber to sell. There are many collectors that want a certain model in every caliber so sometimes those firearms in odd ball calibers can be in demand.
– A modern gun’s condition is broken down into the following grades: new, perfect, excellent, very good, good, and fair. An antique gun falls into these condition standards: factory new, excellent, fine, very good, good, fair, or poor. The materials used to make the gun (metal vs. wood vs. composite), the bore (interior barrel quality), and the functionality of the firearm all impact its condition.
– The Blue Book of Gun Values assesses the percentage of original finish remaining on the metal surfaces of the gun. If your gun has developed a patina (natural worn finish) over the years, do not use sanding or solvents to remove it! Your gun’s patina helps it retain its value. I have seen many guns that were not cleaned properly and the bare metal is showing this hurts the value. Be VERY careful when your are removing rust but leaving the patina. A “blued” patina is when the steel on a gun has been partially treated to prevent rust creating a blueish hue. This “blueing” patina is highly valued.
– The material used to make the stock of your gun also impacts its value. Plastic stocks are generally of lesser value than walnut stocks that are known for their durability, rigidity, and longevity. Besides a natural material like walnut, laminated hardwood stocks are a great alternative. Composite stocks (fiberglass, graphite, etc.) can be valuable due to the strength of the material, but the aesthetic quality when compared to hardwood may be less. 95% or better wood and blue is desirable for modern guns. I find the wood stocks have character and show the history of a firearm.
– A beat-up gun that cannot safely be fired will be much less valuable than a gun with impeccable functionality. Some maybe used for a wall hanger or a parts gun. If you are unsure if your gun can be safely fired or not, you should take it to a gunsmith.
- Original or Modified: Whether the gun remains in its original factory condition or whether it has been modified influences its value. In general modifications will in most cases decrease value especially on collectible firearms.
- Popularity: Some brands are more popular than others. For example, Colt and Winchester remain respected brands with firearms that hold their value relatively well. Jimenez Arms, as one example, have low resale values. The popularity of a gun depends on many factors, and Fred continuously researches the factors influencing your gun’s value.
- Supply / Demand: Beware of gun ads that say, “less than 500 guns of this model made!” A limited production may indicate that the gun manufacturer was unable to entice popularity for a given model. In other words, a limited supply does not always increase demand. Be aware of topical events like the threat of changing gun laws. A restriction on a particular gun type or gun accessory can drive prices through the roof. For example, the state level restriction of high capacity magazines can increase their demand and thus their value.
- Special editions and commemorative firearms: There are many Winchester and Henry lever action, rifles 1911 style pistols, Ruger 10/22's, and others that were made to be collectable. The problem is most of these turn out to not be very collectable at all. The value depends on the subject matter. Also the box and paperwork present with the firearm will also helps it's value. I stay away from them as a collector.
Remember that a gun is worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it, and finding a buyer is sometimes the hardest part. It sometimes can take several months or a few years to sell certain firearms. Fred can help you identify and appraise your firearm. It can take years to develop expert level appraisal knowledge of firearms. Fred can quickly and accurately appraise your gun, eliminating your need to continuously research gun value factors. His process is safe, legal, and hassle-free. We’ll buy your old, used, and broken guns for cash. Contact him or come in today!
WALK-INS WELCOME (20 guns or less)
If you are in Maine and have a collection bring it to my shop during normal business hours. I will not come to you for a free appraisal however I will come to you if you want to sell your collection to me.
Monday: * Fall, winter, spring hours: starting September 16th through May 31st * : NOON - 5:30pm
Monday: * Summer hours: starting June 1st through September 15th * : NOON - 5:00pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday: * Fall, winter, spring hours: starting September 16th through May 31st * : 9:00am - 5:30pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday: * Summer hours: starting June 1st through September 15th * : 9:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: * Fall, winter, spring hours: starting September 16th through May 31st * : 8:00am - 2:00pm Hint: 11am on can be very busy so come early
Saturday: * Summer hours: starting June 1st through September 15th* : 8:00am - NOON Hint: 11am on can be very busy so come early
Appointment may be necessary depending on the amount of firearms you have. If you have 20 firearms of less usually I can work you in during normal business hours without an appointment. I am available to look at large collections before or after hours Monday-Saturday or on a Sunday. I will travel within Maine to look at your collection. Because I have a family it can be difficult for me to travel while school is in session during the week. My children go to a private Christian school with no buses. Your information will be kept private and confidential.
We do not offer appraisals, trade value, or estimates of purchase price via email, Facebook, or phone. Beware of those that will. Sometimes they tell you a higher number just to get you in the door then they tell you it is not what they thought or the condition isn't as good as you described and offer you a much lower value.
We purchase firearms and collectables as well. See our Firearms Buy, Sell, and Trade page for more information.
Aslo see our new Maine Gun Buyer Page: https://www.mainegunbuyer.com/
$$ Money doesn't grow on trees but it does grow in attics, garages, drawers, and closets! $$
Fred E. Emerson III
Why sell to a dealer?
We have an increased amount ATF firearm traces due to firearms being sold private party. The crimes are very rarely committed by the person that purchased the firearm new or used and completed a 4473 and background check. It is when these firearms are sold private party without a background check. Often these firearms are purchased by straw purchasers. Straw purchasers (this happens to dealers as well) are buying for someone that is not legally able to purchase the firearm themselves through a dealer or if you saw the actual person buying the firearm you may have second thoughts. They may have the profile of a gang member or drug dealer. I have heard stories of someone selling a gun to an innocent looking man or woman and after the sale is complete the firearm is handed over to someone else less than innocent looking and they stuff the gun down their pants and take off. Most of the firearms involved in crimes are handguns but some long guns are used. For 2017 the amount of Maine ATF traces per firearm type are as follows: Pistols - 188, Rifles - 94, Shotguns - 55, Revolvers - 42, Comb - 3, Derringers - 3, Other - 2. If you sell private party you do have an option to conduct a FFL Transfer through a dealer. The person making the purchase will have to fill out a 4473 and go through a background check. FFL transfer fees are typically 20-25 dollars per firearm. I personally do not sell any firearms private party.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) National Tracing Center (NTC) is the United States’ only crime gun tracing facility. The NTC’s mission is to conduct firearms tracing to provide investigative leads for federal, state, local and foreign law enforcement agencies. Firearm tracing provides critical information to assist domestic and international law enforcement agencies investigate and solve firearms crimes; detect firearms trafficking; and track the intrastate, interstate and international movement of crime guns.
3 Reasons the ATF is Knocking On Your Door
Reason 1: Firearm Tracing - The first and most common reason we see the ATF attempting to question a person, seemingly at random, is firearm tracing. When you buy a firearm from an FFL and it later leaves your inventory, there may not be a record. Whether it is a sale, gift, inheritance, or the gun was lost or stolen, there are a lot of reasons why a person may no longer have a gun in their collection. But if the gun shows up at a crime scene sometime down the road, it is common for local police and the ATF to trace that firearm back to the original point of sale from the FFL. That means if you (or a relative that passed away) were the original purchaser, the ATF might have some questions as to why the gun is no longer in your (or their / or the estates) possession.
Reason 2: Investigating the Purchase of Multiple Firearms - Under the 1968 Gun Control Act, FFLs are required to report multiple sales of handguns to the same purchaser. Have you ever thought about buying a set of His and Hers pistols? Or maybe you go into a gun store to buy a handgun, and you see a deal on another one that you just can’t pass up. There’s nothing wrong with a thoughtful gift or getting a deal, but there is something important you must know. The sale or disposition of two or more handguns must be reported to the ATF and local authorities if they occur at the same time, or within five consecutive business days. The same goes for certain rifles sold in southern border states. This is because the ATF keeps a close watch on the transfer of multiple firearms that take place in a short period of time. This is to prevent weapons trafficking, unlicensed firearms businesses, and to protect public safety. Whatever the reason may be, just know if you find yourself in this situation, the ATF and the local police may want to inspect your collection, and you need to know what to do.
Reason 3: Conducting a Welfare Check or Following Up On An Anonymous Tip - You do not need us to tell you that there are some folks who don’t believe in the Second Amendment and your right to keep and bear arms. Maybe it is a concerned neighbor, a revenge-seeking ex-spouse, or in response to a political argument over the internet.
The vast majority of gun owners say they obtained their weapons in transactions that are documented and for the most part legal.
When asked where and how they acquired their most recent firearm, about 64 percent of a cross-section of American gun owners reported buying it from a gun store, where the clerk would have conducted a background check and documented the transfer in a permanent record required by federal law. Another 14 percent were transferred in some other way but still involved a background check. The remaining 22 percent said they got their guns without a background check.
The same is not true for criminals, however, most of whom obtain their guns illegally.
A transaction can be illegal for several reasons, but of particular interest are transactions that involve disqualified individuals – those banned from purchase or possession due to criminal record, age, adjudicated mental illness, illegal alien status or some other reason. Convicted felons, teenagers and other people who are legally barred from possession would ordinarily be blocked from purchasing a gun from a gun store because they would fail the background check or lack the permit or license required by some states.
Anyone providing the gun in such transactions would be culpable if he or she had reason to know that the buyer was disqualified, was acting as a straw purchaser or if had violated state regulations pertaining to such private transactions.
The importance of the informal (undocumented) market in supplying criminals is suggested by the results of inmate surveys and data gleaned from guns confiscated by the police. A national survey of inmates of state prisons found that just 10 percent of youthful (age 18-40) male respondents who admitted to having a gun at the time of their arrest had obtained it from a gun store. The other 90 percent obtained them through a variety of off-the-book means: for example, as gifts or sharing arrangements with fellow gang members.
Similarly, an ongoing study of how Chicago gang members get their guns has found that only a trivial percentage obtained them by direct purchase from a store. To the extent that gun dealers are implicated in supplying dangerous people, it is more so by accommodating straw purchasers and traffickers than in selling directly to customers they know to be disqualified.
Every day, many lawful transfers of firearms take place between unlicensed individuals who reside in the same state. these transfers take place at residences, at gun shows, and through classified and online ads. But these unlicensed sellers, who are not FFls, may not have the ability to conduct complete background checks on potential buyers. this leaves these private sellers with no wayto confirm whether or not the person to whom they are selling the firearm is prohibited from possessing it. indeed, many of these sellers may not even be aware of all the circumstances that prohibit someone from possessing a firearm. as an FFl, I play a key role in safeguarding the public from violent crime by maintaining accurate records, instituting internal controls, and performing background checks on potential firearms purchasers. these practices help prevent violent criminals from obtaining firearms and help reduce the possibility that firearms will be used in crimes. When a private transaction is completed through a licensed dealer, both the customers and the community have some assurance that the individual wishing to purchase the firearm is not prohibited by law from possessing or receiving a firearm. When a private seller goes through an FFl to transfer his or her firearm, it can also improve the ability of law enforcement to trace that firearm if it is later recovered during a criminal investigation.
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