- unused, same condition as factory production, 100%
UNISSUED / LIKE NEW -
unused, but may not have box or factory accessories. May have been sold
at retail before, but never used. Unissued surplus guns are unused, but
are still often several decades old, and thus may sometimes show small
handling marks. 99-100%
USED BUT IN LIKE NEW CONDITION
- may have been used slightly, but shows no wear, perfect condition.
Modern guns = 99-100%
EXCELLENT - may show
slight use, no easily apparent mars or defects, minimal bluing wear,
mainly slight at edges and muzzle, little to no scratches. Shiny bore.
Modern guns = 90-99%, Old guns = 80-99%
PLUS - shows slight wear, only minor defects
or dings / scratches. Nice looking bluing but worn at edges and muzzle.
Modern guns = 85-90%, Old guns = 70-80% (*SEE NOTE)
- Everything works, some wear on finish and working surfaces, no
corrosion, but maybe some light freckling. Could have minor dents and
scratches. Bore may not be shiny but should not be dark.
Modern guns = 70-85%, Old guns = 60-70% (*SEE NOTE)
- Working condition, but finish may be quite worn from sustained use or
carry. Wear on working surfaces. Could have some pitting or light
corrosion / freckling, and dings or scratches, but they should not
interfere with function. May have dark, worn bore. This is the usual
condition that surplus guns are graded.
Modern guns = 50-70%, Old guns = 30-60% (*SEE NOTE)
ABOUT GOOD) - Still considered working
usually, though minor adjustment may be needed Well-worn finish, perhaps
no finish left. May have corrosion or pitting that does not render gun
unusable. Bore may be shot smooth and be dark. Wood may have cracks but
is usually still usable.
Modern guns = 20-50%, Old guns = 1-30% (*SEE NOTE)
POOR - Adjustment or
replacements of parts need, may not be functioning. Worn out or rusty,
sold for parts or for repair only, no returns
"GUNSMITH SPECIAL" -
These guns are broken or missing parts, and need to be repaired and
checked by a gunsmith before using, however they are not necessarily in
worn condition, and though not-functioning, they may sometimes be in
very nice condition. No returns.
The grading of surplus guns in the middle grades (fair to very good) is
also influenced by the overall average grade of the shipment we receive.
If a shipment of guns is overall very good, the advertising will state
that grade, however some guns in the shipment may be on the low end or
high end of the stated average grade. Hand select fee gets you a nicer
gun of the current shipment, it does not guarantee that your gun will be
a grade higher; hand select is relative to the current shipment in
stock. Also, a refinished or arsenal rebuilt gun is judged based on its
condition after refinishing, being refinished does not automatically
lessen or increase a gun's grade.