For the most part we use the NRA rating system. For the sake of further clarity we also use ratings from major auction houses to give our customers a clearer idea of what state the firearm is in.
New Modern Gun Ratings:
|Current production and new from the distributor or factory floor.
|Not current production but still new and UNFIRED and as it would come from the factory/distributor.
|Current or non current production with or without original box but appears new. Firearm may or may not have been fired but is too clean to confirm. Ownership history may or may not be recorded.
|New condition, used but little, no noticeable marring of wood or metal, bluing perfect, (except at muzzle or sharp edges).
|In perfect working condition, no appreciable wear on working surfaces, no corrosion or pitting, only minor surface dents or scratches.
|In safe working condition, minor wear on working surfaces, no broken parts, no corrosion or pitting that will interfere with proper functioning.
|In safe working condition but well worn, perhaps requiring replacement of minor parts or adjustments which should be indicated in advertisement, no rust, but may have corrosion pits which do not render article unsafe or inoperable.
|30-30 warranty. Means thirty feet or thirty seconds. Probably NOT in working condition. Usually for parts purposes only.
NRA Antique Ratings:
|All original parts; 100% original finish; in perfect condition in every respect, inside and out.
|All original parts; over 80% original finish; sharp lettering, numerals and design on metal and wood; unmarred wood; fine bore.
|All original parts; over 30% original finish; sharp lettering, numerals and design on metal and wood; minor marks in wood; good bore.
|All original parts; none to 30% 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 collectors firearms.
|Some minor replacement parts; metal smoothly rusted or lightly pitted in places, cleaned or re-blued; principal letters, numerals and design on metal legible; wood refinished, scratched bruised or minor cracks repaired; in good working order.
|Some major parts replaced; minor replacement parts may be required; metal rusted, may be lightly pitted all over, vigorously cleaned or re-blued; 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.
|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.