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Now where was I? Oh yeah buying a Rifle! As you can see my my C.R.S.* is acting up!
Let us say that you have found a worthy candidate of a Rifle to add to you group of foster guns. As President Teddy Roosevelt (The Good Roosevelt*) would say “Bully!”.
Right! Now is the time to turn on your cold hard eyes and do a serious inventory on the condition of this Long Arm.
Now I generally start from the Butt or bottom of a rifle and move my way up.
Does this rifle have a but plate or a recoil pad on it. If so what shape is it in?
or not so good?
If it has a recoil pad. How hard is it. I have bought some rifles that the pad could break concrete.
If you have to replace the pad. Then it will probably cost you a C Note or $100 dollars to those Yankees out there.
Are there any cracks, scars, scratches,blemishes on or near the toe & heel of the butt? If yes then pass on it. Unless you get a big discount.
Yes! You can replace a stock. But that is very expensive. With either your choice of wood or a good plastic one. (I hate most plastic gun parts by the way)
So when I say expensive think at least $200 and up. IF you can find a good Gun Smith & if he has time for it. So add another couple of hundred to the tally.
NO I AM NOT TRY TO SCARE YOU! But I do want you to go in with your eyes open Okay?
Unless you can get a good deal on Ebay. But that can be a gamble at times with Ebay.
Now moving right along, Sorry that this is a very long diatribe!
Let us move along to the action of the rifle.
Does it operate smoothly?
This video will give an idea as to how it should go as concerning smoothness. The first 30 seconds is all you need to see.
If yes then you are good to go!
How does the metal of the gun look like?
Does it look uniformly clean w/o any rust, pits, stains, scars, bulges, cracks or stuff like that?
How does the inside of the barrel look like?
It should look like this
How does the trigger feel?
Ask if you can dry fire it. All this means is that you cock an unloaded Rifle and squeeze the trigger. This the best I could find on dry firing.
If the trigger have a reasonable resistance to pressure and then breaks clean. (You will feel it when you do it.)
If not – You can still think about getting it. Since you can usually replace the trigger with an aftermarket one. Which will cost around another $100.
Finally!!!! This is the last section
The last things to look for on a rifle are these things.
What kind of sight system does it have and what shape are they in?
How good is the free floating of the barrel of this rifle.
Here is some videos about Free Floating
W.T.F. is he talking about?
What I mean by this is how do you aim your rifle onto the target?
The sights come in many forms.
But the Basic ones are either Iron Sights. I.E. Metal Sights attached to the gun.
Or some sort of optic sight like a Rifle scope or Light scope.
You just want to make sure that they work for you and that it is easy & accurate to use. Again you can spend some huge amounts of money if you are not careful.
More U Tubes on the subject
I hope that this article has made things a little more clearer than mud.
I wish you luck on your shopping!
Preview YouTube video Gunsmithing – How to Free Float a Rifle Barrel Presented by Larry Potterfield of MidwayUSA
Preview YouTube video Gunsmithing – How to Glass Bed a Rifle Stock Presented by Larry Potterfield of MidwayUSA
Preview YouTube video Understanding Rifle Sights and Optics – Rifle 101 with Top Shot Chris Cheng
Preview YouTube video The basics! Sighting in your gun (scopes & sights) adjustments
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