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Certified Gun Appraisers

RoyNCherRoyNCher Member Posts: 12 ✭✭
edited July 2008 in Ask the Experts
I would appreciate help with the following questions:

1)Is there a reliable online resource where I can educate myself on what qualifies someone as a certified gun appraiser?

2)What is a fair rate for a hands-on appraisal?

3)Is there a reliable single online resource where certified gun appraisers are listed by state/county/city?

4)How do I know if a gun appraiser is really certified as advertised? Do they have a license/certificate available if requested?

Please excuse the questions if they seem trite, I'm trying to learn. Thank you.

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  • nmyersnmyers Member Posts: 16,121 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    There's no such thing as a "certified gun appraiser". In fact, there are few gun appraisers of any kind. There are a few specialists who do appraisals, & their prices will vary. And, some gun shop owners will do appraisals, but most of their work is for insurance & estate purposes, where no one will really question their work.

    Neal
  • Bill JordanBill Jordan Member Posts: 1,402 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I got blasted out of my last reply, so contact me at [email protected]
  • RobinRobin Member Posts: 1,228 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Hello Roy,
    The American Society of Appraisers does certify members in appraising tangible personal property. There are appraisers with the accredition ASA (accredited senior appraiser) or AM (acredited member) that specialize in certain types of tangible personal property, including firearms. The ASA has a web site you can access for member's location and certification. Having the accreditation is one thing, having the relevant experience is quite another.

    I have used appraisers in preparing inventories for probate purposes and learned that the appraisal process for firearms includes combining data from sources like GunBroker's completed transactions with the applicable Uniform Standards of Appraisal Practice in coming up with a value for the stated purpose. For common firearms this seems to be reasonable. When it comes to more special firearms like old SA colts, early American lever actions, etc. there are only a hand full of people in the country that truely have the knowledge and experience to offer a reasonable opinion of value. Some of these folks are frequent posters here or can direct you to someone in your area. I hope this helps.
  • Bert H.Bert H. Member, Moderator Posts: 11,274 ******
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by RoyNCher
    I would appreciate help with the following questions:

    1)Is there a reliable online resource where I can educate myself on what qualifies someone as a certified gun appraiser?

    2)What is a fair rate for a hands-on appraisal?

    3)Is there a reliable single online resource where certified gun appraisers are listed by state/county/city?

    4)How do I know if a gun appraiser is really certified as advertised? Do they have a license/certificate available if requested?

    Please excuse the questions if they seem trite, I'm trying to learn. Thank you.


    1. No, there is not.

    2. What may be a "fair" rate to one person, may not be "fair" to the next person. What I can tell you, is that anyone who charges based on a percentage of the appraised value is a rip-off artist. Those who charge a flat-rate fee on a per firearm basis are the people to deal with. I typically charge $20/firearm (Winchester), which includes a written description of each individual gun. If factory research information is desired (if available), I add $10/firearm.

    3. Not that I am aware of.

    4. To the best of my knowledge, there is not a "certification" or "license" system to become a firearms appraiser. As pointed out by a previous respone, you need to seek out a known expert in the specific type firearm you need appraised.
  • RoyNCherRoyNCher Member Posts: 12 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Thank you for the responses. I appreciate your time.
  • perry shooterperry shooter Member Posts: 17,390
    edited November -1
    Hello I went to the ASA web site and even thou they are headquartered in Northern Va. They do not list any modern or antique fire arm appraisers in Va. Md. or Washington D.C. I know of at least a 1/2 doz. That I would rate = to anybody. that live in this area. Some of them are far from being my friend or friendly to mere mortals but I respect their knowledge.
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