Collecting Firearms: NRA Antique Condition Descriptions

by
posted on February 28, 2017
firearmsyesterday.jpg
Why do many Americans collect firearms? There are a wide variety of reasons: Firearms are historically interesting, hold their value well when properly maintained, and can be passed down as family heirlooms for many generations. There are many factors that affect a gun's value, but here are the ways the NRA describes antique firearms and their conditions.

Factory New
All original parts; 100 percent original finish; in perfect condition in every respect, inside and out.

Excellent
All original parts; over 80 percent original finish; sharp lettering, numerals and design on metal and wood; unmarred wood; good bore.

Fine 
All original parts; over 30 percent original finish; sharp lettering, numerals and design on metal and wood; minor marks in wood; fine bore.

Very Good
All original parts; none to 30 percent original finish; original metal surfaces smooth with all edges sharp; clear lettering, numerals and design on metal; wood slightly scratched or bruised; bore disregarded for collector firearms.

Good
Some minor replacement parts; metal smoothly rusted or lightly pitted in places, cleaned or reblued; principal lettering, numerals and design on metal legible; wood refinished, scratched, bruised or minor cracks repaired; in good working order.

Fair 
Some major parts replaced; minor replacement parts may be required; metal rusted, may be lightly pitted all over, vigorously cleaned or reblued; rounded edges of metal and wood; principal lettering, numerals and design on metal partly obliterated; wood scratched, bruised, cracked or repaired where broken; in fair working order or can be easily repaired and placed in working order.

Poor
Major and minor parts replaced; major replacement parts required and extensive restoration needed; metal deeply pitted; principal lettering, numerals and design obliterated; wood badly scratched, bruised, cracked or broken; mechanically inoperative, generally undesirable as a collector's firearm.

Latest

Sk Transylvania Gun
Sk Transylvania Gun

SK Guns Commemorates the Lost American State of Transylvania

Yes, America almost had a Transylvania ... and its icon would have been Daniel Boone, not Dracula!

Video Review: Springfield Hellcat Pro Pistol

If you liked the original Hellcat but wished it had a little more Hellcat to it, you'll love the Hellcat Pro!

5 Things You Need for Your Pickup Truck Vacation (Except the Truck)

Whether your NRA family is camping, fishing, hunting or just road-tripping, these five products transform a truck into an all-purpose vacation vehicle!

Silencer Central Unveils BANISH Speed K Ti Suppressor at "NRA Show"

Even if you can't be at the show, you'll want to know about this new, compact 5.56-caliber can.

Savage Launches New Custom Guns at 2024 "NRA Show"

Whether you're going to the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits or not, you Savage fans won't want to miss this news!

Interests



Get the best of NRA Family delivered to your inbox.