What is My race gun Worth?

A “race gun” is a firearm, generally a semi-auto pistol that is produced or modified for competing in shooting competitions such a 3-gun, USPSA, IPSC or IDPA. These firearms are known for having a crisp trigger pull with a short reset, match grade barrels, compensators and often come equipped with red dots mounted for quick target acquisition. Some of the more popular race guns are highly tuned Glock 34, 1911s, 2011s and numerous CZ models such as the Czechmate. The MSRP or factory new price of these firearms run in the multiple thousands

Determining Value

How do race guns fare in the used market?

Generally, not as well as a race gun owner would hope for. One nuance is the use and handling of the gun. Guns used for competition are often holstered hundreds if not thousands of times. This usually puts a significant amount of finish wear on the frame of the pistol. Older race guns often have thousands of rounds through them putting significant wear on the internal parts.

Another nuance is the relatively little demand for custom guns by the general firearms community. The average firearm buyer for example likely does not participate in competition shooting and would not be looking for a 2011 that has been customized for a specific owner. A quick search on GunBroker.com reveals a custom 2011 with an MSRP of $6,500 selling in near mint condition is fetching $4,500 on the website. That is a 30 percent loss despite its near perfect condition. Much like a vehicle, a race gun will not retain once it leaves its original retail space

A major factor in determining value for any firearm comes from the condition of the gun. If it is in mint condition with little finish wear from handling, the gun can retain a good portion of its retail value. If more usage is apparent and the gun has scuffs, dents or scratches on the slide or polymer lower, the value will lower with each imperfection. Same goes with the metal parts, the more scratches and faded bluing finish that becomes present on the gun from handling and usage can greatly diminish its value. The takeaway is that as the condition of the firearm worsens, the less it will be worth when re-sold.

Another factor that contributes to a re-sale value is the firearm’s originality. Please note that as a used firearm the value of “Race Guns” are greater if they retain the original finish and original parts. Another nuance of determining value is whether all the parts of the firearm have the same serial numbers.

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