What is My Kel-Tec Worth?
What is My Kel-Tec Worth?
Why do Gun Owners Like KelTec Firearms?
Kel-Tec is an innovative manufacturer of a multitude of different style of firearms from pioneering the concealed carry style of handguns to creating innovative bullpup rifles and shotguns for consumers. Kel-Tec specializes in innovative designs and have pioneered concealed carry handguns in the United States, starting with its P11 9mm semi-auto pistol. Born in Sweden, George Kellgren immigrated and became citizen of the United States and established Kel-Tec in 1991 in Cocoa, Florida. Every firearm produced since that day has been designed by Kellgren under the guiding principle that these machines should be innovative in their design and exciting to use.
Guns that this company produces are unique and it does not produce replicas or copies of existing designs already available on the market. Firearms from the company are chambered in a myriad of calibers for different preferences and situations.
How to Determine the Value of my Kel-Tec Firearm?
Prices for Kel-Tec guns range greatly and are determined by the specific model. For instance, there is a difference in value for Kel-Tec’s KSG and KS7 shotguns even though at first glance they look very identical in appearance and functionality. The nuances are subtle but they do play out when it comes to the final sales price in the pre-owned market. Additionally, there are some low-value guns within Kel-Tec’s inventory that do not resell high including the P-11, P3AT and some others. Generally, these guns are not regarded as high value guns and even Kel-Tec itself makes clear that the guns it produces are designed to be affordable for anyone to buy. There are a mix of reactions from the gun community with respect to their desirability. However, guns from Kel-Tec are American-made with American sourced parts, components and labor.
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. Some gun owners add their personal touch to the gun whether it is a homemade spray can paint job, custom logos or aftermarket components and even professional cerakote or paint jobs. Often these type of additions on the gun can hurt its value or make it less desirable when compared to guns that have not been altered and in their original manufactured configuration.
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