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#604162 10/06/21 02:46 AM
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Living in Western Canada it is not feasible to attend in person various auctions such as Morphys or Rock Island. A number of guns I would like to bid on but without a personal inspection I shy away having been burnt in the past buying sight unseen. Are there companies or individuals for hire who attend the auctions and will appraise a gun on your behalf?


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I have had the same bad experience. Josh Lowensteiner may be able to assist with Morphy. He is on their team but is also an independent dealer as well. Good luck.

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Some houses offer an inspection or appraisal service for a fee. Alderfer is an example. I, personally, wing it and bid from the pictures. I have not yet been stung.

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I seem to remember a post by Dewey Vicknair where he offered to evaluate guns at Morphys Auctions which is close to his home. I assume he charges a fee, but I bet you'd get a brutally honest opinion.

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Rock island will provide a detailed report and additional pics for the asking.


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Be careful with Rock Island. I asked for the dimensions of the chokes on a gun I wanted to bid on. They came up with .021 and .035 for the right and left barrels. They were actually cylinder and .022

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Originally Posted by Gr8day
I seem to remember a post by Dewey Vicknair where he offered to evaluate guns at Morphys Auctions which is close to his home. I assume he charges a fee, but I bet you'd get a brutally honest opinion.

Do you have a contact for Dewey?


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I am 0 for 1 with Rock Island. I doubt I will spin again. They neglected to mention a 5 inch wood crack. Just...criminally stupid, or unethical. But one of those.

That plus 18% vig? And then 7-10 days until they finally process, an then ship? No thank you. If I were a dealer, who showed up in person...maybe. Much of it is recycled dreck anyway.

But that's Rock Island. Morphy's has much better stuff, proper pictures, staff who actually know guns, etc. They are definitely the top gun auction house.

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What about James Julia in Maine?? RWTF


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