Jonathan Young talks you through airgun valuation and how to ensure you don’t sell your guns for less than they’re worth
Q. I have been thinking of selling some of my airguns. I never use them and I think they are more for the collector. How do I know what to sell them for?
A. Airgun valuation is very subjective. Condition plays a part, but a very rusty gun – if rare – will still sell. Ask yourself whether your guns are common or are rarely seen. A rough Meteor is not going to be the same as one boxed and unused – nor, indeed, a scarce smoothbore ‘SB’-stamped Meteor in poor condition.
Sources for info and prices can be local gun shops, which may be selling similar airguns, magazine adverts, the internet and auction listings. These will all give you some idea of what a particular airgun is on sale for – and what people are paying for it.
But do be cautious with online sources, as prices can be all over the place – both up and down. I remember trying to buy a rare airgun online in a chatroom, which resulted in a long wait while the owner had to go and ask his mates first for a suitable price. The eye-watering sum finally suggested was declined. An identical gun in better condition was later found offline for exactly half that amount. Likewise, some decent items can appear to go for very little when compared with those in the real world.
Auction listings with prices realised do show what things can fetch, but this might just be the price dealers will be willing to pay. Remember: they then sell on for profit from that price whether from you over the counter or from another auction. Do your homework, then settle on a price that you feel happy with. Finally, consider a swap for an airgun – it’s far less stressful and much faster!