To say high school senior Matti Warren is passionate about hunting and the Second Amendment would be an understatement. At only 12 years old, Matti testified in front of the Texas State Legislature on behalf of legalizing the crossbow for hunting. Watch her inspiring story at the link below and visit www.nrawomen.tv/new-energy for more profiles!The mission of Cheaper Than Dirt!’s blog, “The Shooter’s Log,” is to provide information—not opinions—to our customers and the shooting community. We want you, our readers, to be able to make informed decisions. The information provided here does not represent the views of Cheaper Than Dirt!
September 22, 2013
July 29, 2013
This month’s Armed & Fabulous Profile “Leading the Pack” features Diana Award-winning Suzie Brewster. In addition to helping introduce shooting sports to thousands of women through the Washington Women’s Shooting Club, Suzie also serves as Co-Chair of the NRA Women’s Leadership Forum. Watch her inspiring story and check out more Armed & Fabulous profiles on the NRA Women’s Channel at www.nrawomen.tv/armed-and-fabulous.
July 28, 2013
In “Puppets,” Former U.S. Navy SEAL Dom Raso calls out the anti-gun side for its deceptive tactics.The mission of Cheaper Than Dirt!’s blog, “The Shooter’s Log,” is to provide information—not opinions—to our customers and the shooting community. We want you, our readers, to be able to make informed decisions. The information provided here does not represent the views of Cheaper Than Dirt!
July 15, 2013
You know that rifle that’s been sitting in the corner of your closet for decades? Every wonder exactly how much that thing is worth? With the gun market being what it is right now, it may be time to dust off some of those old firearms and see how they perform with a sale tag tied on. The Blue Book of Gun Values is a tool virtually everyone in the industry uses for pricing just about every type of firearm. If you are buying or selling even one gun—you absolutely need this reference.
When my grandfather passed, he left a dozen or so guns behind to pass around to the grandkids. He had an eclectic collection of fascinating relics from the gun world. An M1 Carbine lined the shelf, along with a Belgian made Browning SA-22. That Browning was worth a nice sum, but it held a sentimental value that outweighed any monetary price. However, there was one gun my grandfather wanted us to sell. He inherited it from his stepfather with whom he never had a solid relationship. It had been sitting in the corner of his gun closet since long before my father was even born. He said he never bothered shooting it. He thought it could fetch a few hundred bucks and we should split the money among the grandkids.
When the time came, we took the gun out and my jaw dropped to the floor. It was a Winchester Model 1886 chambered in .50 Express (.50-110). It was in good condition, especially considering the age. After some research, we found that Winchester manufactured the gun in 1900. Aside from a few nicks and scratches, it looked incredible. I seemed to be mechanically perfect. I’m no antique firearms collector, but I knew that gun was worth more than what my grandfather thought. I dragged out a copy of the Blue Book of Gun Values, flipped to the Winchester 1886 section, and grinned from ear to ear. This gun wasn’t worth hundreds—it was worth thousands. According to the book, it was worth somewhere in the range of $6,000–$9,000 depending on its official condition.
Such is the case with so many old guns that resurface after a century in a closet. People pass on and leave their prize collections to relatives who may or may not know their values. Some guns are sold to pay bills or fund a college tuition. Others fall into that hands of the neglectful and end up turning into rust. I’m betting that if more people knew the monetary value of their firearms, they’d be less likely to just let them sit. I wonder how many people let their guns go for small sums of money, never knowing they let a real gem slip through their fingers. Investing a small amount could have helped so many earn thousands for their collections.
Why doesn’t everyone just check an auction site and see what guns are going for? This tends to be an inaccurate way to guesstimate value. You’re seeing what one person paid for the gun—on the internet. Neither party may have really known the value and both parties may have overlooked small features that can drastically affect the sale price. Also, private sellers tend to overestimate value on gun auction sites. Do you really think your base model Mossberg 500 is worth $700?
The Blue Book of Gun Values sets the bar where it belongs, squarely on the actual value of the gun. You get the most current value available, and these guys do what it takes to make their information right. Industry experts spend countless hours updating their information, and they do it with unparalleled accuracy. I really don’t trust any other resource.
In case you don’t want to lug around a paper book, the Blue Book of Gun Values is available via online subscription, or CD-ROM. They offer the most convenient way to access the most important information, right at your fingertips. Virtually every gun seller has this reference behind the counter, and you need one too!
Have you ever used the Blue Book of Gun Values to learn what your firearm is worth? Tell us in the comment section.The mission of Cheaper Than Dirt!’s blog, “The Shooter’s Log,” is to provide information—not opinions—to our customers and the shooting community. We want you, our readers, to be able to make informed decisions. The information provided here does not represent the views of Cheaper Than Dirt!
June 17, 2013
Meet Smith & Wesson Junior Captain Molly Smith. Molly shares her passions for the Second Amendment, competitive shooting and safe firearm handling.