GETTING THE RIGHT GRADE
THE PRICE IS WRONG IF THE CONDITION ISNT RIGHT
In the color Photo Percentage Grading System (PPG), three primary categories of firearms have been visually provided: Handguns, Rifles, and Shotguns. Please study the photos and captions to understand the various condition percentages better. The “PPG” also retains the “PPG-o-meters” whenever possible so that you can get a quick fix on condition factors.
Condition factors pictured (indicated by PPG-o-meters), unless otherwise noted, are for a gun’s approximate percentage of original frame/receiver blue, case colors, nickel, or another type of original finish remaining. On older guns, describing the receiver/frame finish accurately is critical for providing a gun with a reliable numerical grading “fingerprint.”
Additional percentages will refer to other specific parts of a gun (i.e., barrel, wood finish, mag. tube, etc.). Percentages of patina/brown or other finish discoloration factors must also be explained when necessary, and likewise be interpolated accurately.
A new trend is starting to develop in both the collectible and shooting areas. More and more collectors and shooters don’t want their guns to look like fresh paint. In other words, some restorations and even new reproductions are now skillfully taking 100% condition (new) reproductions and aging the finish so well that it can even fool some experts.
Fortunately, the difference in serialization on these new reproductions and replicas precludes them from being mistakenly identified as originals. Restoration people have also mentioned that some of their clients are also requesting a 95%-98% restoration. This is accomplished by restoring the gun to 100%, then “backing off” the condition accordingly by polishing, tumbling, grinding, chemical treatment(s), etc. Being able to spot original condition has never been more important.
While this PPG certainly isn’t meant to be the Last Testament on firearms grading, it hopefully goes further than anything else published on the subject. Once you get good at grading guns accurately, a one-minute “cat scan” is usually all the time needed to zone in on each gun’s unique condition factor.
Firearms Inquiries/Appraisals Policy
To ensure that the research dept. Can answer every gun issue with an equal degree of seriousness and thoroughness, a $100,000 firearms library is maintained and updated continuously. Additionally, hundreds of both new and old factory brochures, price sheets, and dealer inventory listings are kept on file to help assist in answering the thousands of gun-related questions that are received annually. For those questions that require further “digging,” we are fortunate enough to have many leading experts in their various fields only a phone call/fax/email away. It’s a tremendous job, takes a lot of time, and we answer every question like we could go to court on it.
POLICY FOR FIREARMS INQUIRIES
For information on your firearm, the charge is $10 per gun question, payable by a major credit card. Value information will be given within a range only since in many cases, a condition factor can only be accurately assessed in person. We must have a complete description including manufacturers name, model, serial number, gauge/caliber, and barrel length. All Inquiries will be put in a FIFO system (first in, first out). Make sure you include the proper return email address, return mailing address and phone/fax number.
If you wish to have a gun(s) appraised accurately based on the correct condition factor(s), we must have good quality photos with a complete description including manufacturers name, model, serial number, gauge/caliber, barrel length (a full Firearms Inquiry form, for any gun) or be able to inspect the specimen(s) personally. Our charge for a written appraisal is $20 per gun, up to 5 guns. At six guns, the cost usually is $15 per arm. Larger collections may be discounted somewhat, depending on the complexity and the size of the group. Please allow 2-3 weeks response time per appraisal request.
72 pixel/inch or better
Quality: 5-Medium, Baseline Optimized.
Photos should include an overall range of each side, special engraving options, proof marks, fancy stock, etc.
We hope that you can appreciate this policy regarding gun questions and appraisals. Just as millions of computer users are now paying for reliable and speedy hardware/software support, it is time to take a similar service approach ensuring that the most accurate and up-to-date gun information is provided to you on a professional and reliable basis.
The old, NRA method of firearms grading – relying upon adjectives such as “Excellent” or “Fair” – has served the firearms community for many years. Today’s dealers/collectors, especially those who deal in modern guns, have turned away from the older subjective system. There is too much variance within some of the older individual grades, therefore making accurate grading difficult.
Most dealers and collectors are now utilizing what is mostly an objective method for deciding the condition of a gun: THE PERCENTAGE OF ORIGINAL FACTORY FINISH(ES) REMAINING ON THE GUN. After looking critically at a variety of firearms and carefully studying the Photo Percentage Grading System, it will soon become evident whether a gun has 98%, 90%, 70% or less finish remaining. Remember, sometimes an older gun described as NIB can be 98% or less condition, just because of the wear accumulated by taking it in and out of the box and being handled too many times (commemoratives are especially prone to this problem).
Of course, factors such as quality of finish(es), engraving (and other embellishments), particular orders/features, historical significance and provenance, etc. can and do affect prices immensely. Also, it seems that every year bore condition becomes more critical in the overall grading factor (and cost) of collectible, major trademark antiques. Never pay a premium for a condition that isn’t there. Remember, the original condition still beats everything else to the bank.
Every gun’s unique condition factor – and therefore the price – is best determined by the percentage of original finish(es) remaining, with the key point being the overall frame/receiver finish. The key word here is “original,” for if anyone other than the factory has refinished the gun, its value as a collector’s item has been diminished, except rare and historical pieces that have been properly restored. Every year, top class restorations have become more accepted, and prices have gone up proportionately with the quality of the workmanship.
Carefully study the photographs and read the captions within the Photo Percentage Grading SystemTM. Note where the finishes of a firearm typically wear off the front. These are usually places where the gun attaches wear from holster/case rubbing & contact with the hands or body over an extended period. A variety of firearms have been noted in four-color to guarantee that your “sampling rate” for observing finishes with their right colors is as diversified as possible.
It should be remarked that the older a collectible firearm is, the smaller the percentage of original shine one can expect to find. Some very old &/or very rare firearms are acceptable to collectors in almost any condition!
For your help, it has also included the NRA Condition Standards. Converting from this grading system to percentages can now be done accurately. Learn, the price is wrong if the condition factor isn’t right!
CONVERTING TO NRA MODERN STANDARDS
When switching from NRA Modern Standards, the following rules apply:
New/Perfect – 100% with or without box. Not mint – original (i.e., no excuses). 100% on currently manufactured firearms assumes NIB condition and not sold previously at retail.
Excellent – 95%+ to 99% (typically).
Very Good – 80% to 95% (should be all original).
Good – 60% to 80% (should be all original).
Fair – 20% to 60% (may or may not be original, but must function properly and shoot).
Poor – under 20% (shooting not a factor).
Glock Prices: Tips for Buying a Used Glock
The Glock handgun is an insignificant, robust and almost perfect design that seems to run forever. If you’re in the store to buy a new or used Glock, there are a few items you need to know. Like how to examine a Glock’s slide for wear. Or whereby to spot a chewed up frame. Did the previous owner add any upgrades or replace parts?
- Why Buy a Used Glock?
- Get the Correct Glock Mag
- Checking the Glock Action
- Inspecting a Used Glock
For example.glock 40 Gen 4‘s, in general, have been tanking in value. This is in part due to a lot of LEO Trade In’s which have been flooding the market. (Yours would be an example of this). Also the .40 S&W cartridge is starting to fall out of favor as many people are rediscovering the 9mm and going back to it.
Glock 40 Basics
The newest Glock 40 is recognized formally as the Glock 40 Gen4. It is chambered for 10mm and has a 6-inch barrel for enhanced velocity, with a magazine that holds 15 rounds. It was designed with outdoorsmen and sport shooters in mind. It has shown to have the stopping power to take down whitetail deer, boar, and even feral hogs. The gun is 9.49 inches from end to end, 8.19 inches within the sights. It is 5.47 inches high. The barrel is 1.28 inches wide. The Glock 40 weighs 28.15 ounces unloaded. With a fully loaded clip, it pulls in at 40.14 ounces. When firing, the trigger travels .49 inches and requires about 5.5 pounds of pressure. The barrel has a 9.84-inch twist that is right-handed and hexagonal.
Glock 40 Records
Gaston Glock, an expert in artificial polymers, founded the company in 1963. His expertise in that industry led him to create the world’s first successful line of guns with nonmetal, polymer frames. Originally the group just produced steel and plastic parts. Glock didn’t even design his first firearm until after his 50th birthday. Given the benefit of his business, he makes a good case that it’s never too first to try something new. In that vein, why not take a look at all our tactical knives? Glock, the organization, began U.S.-based operations in 1985. The company’s “plastic guns” were not initially well received. The Glock 40 contributes to this legacy, helping complete the company’s title as the most successful line of pistols for law enforcing agencies in America.
Like new condition, used G40’s are about $375-$475 at best. (LEO/GSSF/Blue Box price is about $400-$425 for a new one). Any good to excellent G22’s are as low as $349. But luckily that is about as low as they usually sell at retail.
So realistically you are looking at around $600-$675 in today’s market for your like new, used G22, with box, docs, three mags.
Also important to note is that you have a 4th Generation Glock. (Not 1st generation which you wrote – maybe a typo?) The most recently made version of Glock 40 is the 4th generation.