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Buying and Collecting Used Guns Without Getting Burned


Buying and Collecting Used Guns Without Getting Burned: 

A Dealers Secrets

Darrell Holland takes you inside the mind of a Professional Gun Buyer! Find out how you can best increase your chances of getting a good firearm for a fair (or better!) price.
      The Basics:

  • the 85%-90% rule to maximize your resale value
  • the advantages and disadvantages of Gun Show vs Gun Store purchases
  • the 4 questions you should ask any seller
  • what to avoid doing that will get you chased away from the booth or out of the store

Metal & Wood Condition

  • What metal parts give the best indication of use?
  • Has the stock been refinished? How you can tell
  • What to be careful of with damaged stocks or metal

Bore Condition

  • Good and bad bores shown and explained in close up video
  • Why a Bad Bore is not usually a Good Buy

Mechanical Condition

  • What do you need the owners permission to remove? Why would you want to and what should you look for?
  • Why is the bolt root a good place to inspect?
  • What other parts of the bolt do you need to check? Why?
  • Do you know what the shape of an eroded firing pin means? An erosion ring around the firing pin hole?
  • How to test a safety
  • What to look for with extractors and ejectors, it could be a cheap fix..or an expensive one. How to tell.


  • Find out what quality, name brands, can add Big Bucks to the value of your purchase
  • Why a poor quality scope is sometimes worth less than nothing. How to tell.

      Taking a Trip to a Gun Store

  • Learn Gun Store Etiquette
  • Why what makes no difference to a hunter/shooter buyer makes a BIG difference to a Collector Buyer
  • See why youd be wise to Take a pass on one Browning BA-22, and buy another one in the same store
  • Checking out an SKS Carbine

         What to look for with:
Handguns: Revolvers

  • What to look for in the areas of cylinder; Rotational Play, Endshake, Timing, Barrel /Cylinder gap
  • How to test Single and Double Action Operation
  • Grips
  • Finish
  • Carry wear/rust

Handguns: Semi-Autos

  • Clear the gun
  • What NOT to do
  • How to check safety function
  • What operations checks to perform and why
  • What is Push Off? How do I check for it? Do I want it?
  • How to check the grip safety if the gun has one
  • General Tightness, is this good or bad?
  • Back to the store to check out a Good Ruger® Blackhawk®, & a 1911 A1

Shotguns: Pumps/Semi-Autos

  • Using a Remington 870, see how to clear and inspect a bore
  • A common problem with veteran waterfowl guns
  • How to inspect the action slide lock, what to look for
  • Learn the proper way to function check the safety
  • Why you should dry fire the gun, and how to check the action
  • How and why you need to remove the trigger group
  • What to look for regarding the stock finish
  • Why you should feel the barrel
  • What is the dime check, and why you should do it
  • Why do the Europeans see stars? What do they mean?
  • Staying out of trouble, how to check the barrel length the way the B.A.T.F.E does (its the ONLY way it counts!).
  • With a Remington 1100 Darrell shows you what to look for on the fore end
  • The infamous 1100 O-Rings
  • How to determine action bar wear or, worse, bending

Shotguns: Pivot (Double or Single) Barrel Guns

  • Using a Browning Citori, see how to check for hinge play
  • How to inspect action operation
  • What to look for on the breech face
  • Does it have extractors or ejectors? What to look out for
  • Why you need to check the stock length, and what to look for regarding wood condition
  • What should you look for with the rib and tang?
  • What is the proper safety check?
  • Do you need to remove the barrel? Why?
  • Is the fore end properly retained, and is the hinge condition sound?

Taking a trip to a Gun Show, Darrell emphasizes proper Gun Show Etiquette, and inspects and shows you what to look for on the following guns:

  • Whitworth Mauser MK I0 (M-98)
  • Savage 99
  • Nickel finish S&W Model 19
  • Norinco AK-47
  • Over/Under Shotgun
  • Side/Side Shotgun
  • AR-15

      Back at the Store, Darrell shows you what to look for on a:

  • Remington 700 BDL Varmint
  • Remington 760 Pump
  • Ruger® 10/22® (Different!) .22lr
  • Winchester Model 190 .22lr
  • Winchester Model 61 Pump .22lr
  • Abused Winchester Model 1906 Pump .22lr
  • Well cared for Winchester Model 1890 Pump .22lr
  • Poorly refinished Winchester Model 1890 Pump .22lr
  • Remington Sportsmaster .22lr
  • Winchester Model 52
  • M-1 Carbine
  • M-1 Garand
  • Springfield 1903A3 (Remington)

If you dont watch this course, you have no one to blame but yourself if you Get Stuck! Take advantage of his extensive knowledge and gun buying (and building!) experience. Dont buy another gun without this information!!

How much does your Professional Course cost? The answer can be found in our intro pack. We recommend to anyone considering our Professional Course that they get the Introduction to Gunsmithing Packet as this packet includes a video with a sample gunsmithing lesson. It also includes an Enrollment Form that lists the costs of each Course level available as well as the material covered in each level.

Do I have to pay $7 s/h on each retail video? No, we discount shipping on multiple video orders. The new website calculates shipping based on weight and destination. In most cases, the actual shipping is less than listed in the catalog.

Is there a time limit to complete your course? No, our course is self-paced. As you complete sections of the course and submit your tests, we provide certification of completion for that portion of the course.

Can I become certified by taking your retail courses? Answers vary. If you are intending to purchase all the videos in our Law Enforcement Armorer's Course, for example, as long as you buy the test separately you can obtain a Certification as a Law Enforcement Armorer once you complete the testing successfully. Otherwise you would need to purchase one of our certified professional courses in order to obtain a profession Gunsmithing certificate.

What does your Professional Gunsmithing Course Introductory Lesson cover?The Introductory Lesson is one hour and includes complete information on how to get started Gunsmithing. You will also learn how to insure reliable auto-pistol feeding and how to prevent jams, checking and adjusting "range" on Smith and Wesson revolvers, how a gas system works on a Colt AR-15, AR-7 trigger repairs, timing and understanding cartridge stops of a Remington 870 and much more! 

Are your Courses guaranteed? Yes! The American Gunsmithing Institute is proud to offer a 100%, "Bulletproof Guarantee." We are so sure of the quality of our Courses and products that you may return any item purchased directly from AGI for a full refund (less shipping) for up to 90 days after purchase date. Defective DVDs and videos will be replaced for up to 1 year. The only question we will ask is: "How did we fail you?"

Does AGI offer other Certified Courses aside from the Professional Gunsmithing Course? Yes. We also offer a Certified Machine Shop Course, complete with Lathe, Mill and general Machine Shop instruction. Additionally AGI offers a Certified Welding Course and a Certified Locksmithing Course.

What do the Disassembly/Reassembly Courses cover? AGI offers D/R Courses that clearly demonstrate the complete process of disassembly and reassembly step-by-step. The Courses use close-up views to provide comprehensive instruction. Each DVD Video Manual covers one specific model or family of firearms and is indexed to help the user quickly find the information that they are looking for. At the price of only $19.97 each (plus s/h), these video manuals are must have support information for anyone who owns one of these firearms.  

What do the Armorer's Courses cover?AGI's Armorer's Courses teach you how to disassemble, maintain, repair and reassemble your choice of the 51 guns featured. These videos are packed with exclusive information and are equal to a complete Factory Armorer's Course! While our Disassembly/Reassembly Courses contain invaluable information, our Armorer's Courses contain so much more. Master Gunsmith and AGI Instructor Robert "Bob" Dunlap explains design and function using exclusive factory cutaway firearm models, giving you close-up details of the internal functions you would not otherwise be able to see. All AGI Armorer's Course DVDs include a FREE printable schematic!    

Are your Instructors experienced in their fields? Absolutely. Master Gunsmith and AGI Senior Instructor Robert "Bob" Dunlap is a widely respected authority in the firearm industry and spent over 35 years as the senior instructor at Lassen College's internationally known Gunsmithing School. Master Gunsmith Gene Shuey is a world class custom gun builder, former world class competitive shooter and current trainer specializing in 1911 and Glock pistols, IPSC limited and open class guns, and high-end custom rifles. Darrell Holland is a well known custom rifle builder, writer and lecturer who is always inventing new performance shooting products. Ken Brooks is a graduate of the renowned Gunsmithing program at Lassen College and continues his journey by working full time for Bob Dunlap. Gene Kelly is the President of AGI and the Gun Club of America. He graduated from Lassen College's Gunsmithing program and worked as a Professional Gunsmith prior to founding AGI. T.R. Graham is a NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and is a known authority, author and Gunsmith specializing in Glocks and other handguns. Master Armorer John Bush is an AGI Instructor and a consultant to manufacturers and importers of military firearms, and is certified as an Expert Witness in firearm cases.