What is my AR-15 Worth?
The AR-15 type of firearms are one of the most recognizable firearms ever produced. AR-15 rifles are generally different from military rifles as they do not feature a select fire mode. Often lauded as America’s favorite rifle, their prevalent use by civilian for defensive and sporting purposes make them highly desirable. In addition to their most common caliber, 5.56x45mm, the AR-15 is highly diverse as they can be chambered in other calibers such as .224 Valkyrie, .223 Wylde, 6.5 Grendel and 300 Blackout just to name a few.
AR-15 type firearms have a diverse production with dozens of manufacturers producing multiple variants in multiple calibers. From budget minded manufacturers such as American Tactical Imports (ATI) and Del-Ton to high end ARs produced by companies such as Wilson Combat and Barret, the value and demand of AR-15 vary in the used market. Besides the stock OEM rifles, modifications to AR-15s can also increase or decrease value. Popular modifications include trigger kits, handguards, bolt-carrier groups and muzzle devices among others. There are a multitude of manufacturers making parts for AR-15s. These performance upgrades generally increase the value of AR-15s.
Sellers often sell an optic as a package with their AR-15. As with the firearms themselves, the value of optics can vary greatly. From the humble, inexpensive red dots such as those made by Sightmark to expensive optics like those manufactured by Nightforce, adding optics as part of a selling package can greatly increase the value of an appraisal.
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 what accessories come with the gun. Depending on the amount of magazines, their capacity and if it comes with all original packaging/case and accessories, the re-sale value can increase from 10 – 20 percent depending on the specific model.
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