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    Buying a firearm

    I am looking into buying a .22 rifle, as some of you might remember, but since I am relatively new to this area I have a question about buying. What do I look for when buying a gun to make sure nothing is wrong with it. Like when I buy a guitar I make sure the frets are good, the neck isn't bent or curved, and stuff like that. How do I check a firearm to see if it has any problems?

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    New or used?

    New: Check for smoothness of operation and controls, and most importantly how it feels in your hands.

    Used: Check for rust on all metal surfaces, check smoothness of operation and controls, check barrel for rust and fouling, check sights, etc...
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    If you're buying used, and you don't know what you're doing in regards to examining a rifle (no harm in that) have the seller meet you at a local gun store (LGS) and have a professional give the rifle a once-over for you prior to purchase.
    I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.
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    If you do buy use make sure you know what the new price is. There are a lot of people trying to sell used guns for slightly under the new price. If that's the case buy it new.
    A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

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    I would have to agree with mister GlassWolf. However if that is impossible you need to most importantly look for any cracks in any metal surface. Some people don't take care of their rifles and cracking is the most dangerous thing in a rifle.

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