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10219 Warwick Blvd
Newport News, VA 23601
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GRADING YOUR GUNS

To provide an objective means of grading firearms, the NRA published an official grading scale to be used to classify new and used firearms. FAC of America uses this official grading guide to explain the condition of guns we sell.

Gun Grading Guide
Perfect- New in every way. In new condition in every respect.

Factory New- All original parts; 100% original finish; in perfect condition in every respect, inside and out.

Excellent- New condition, no noticeable marring of wood or metal, blue perfect except at the muzzle or sharp edges. All original parts; over 80% original finish; sharp lettering, numerals, and design on metal and wood; unmarred wood; fine bore.

Fine- All original parts; over 30% original finish; sharp lettering, numerals, and design on metal and wood; minor marks in wood; good bore.

Very Good- In perfect working condition, no appreciable wear on working surfaces, no corrosion or pitting, minor scratches or dents on wood and metal, 85% blue. All original parts; none to 30% original finish; original metal surfaces smooth with all edges sharp; clear lettering, numerals and design on metal; wood slightly scratched or bruised; bore disregarded for collectors firearms.

Good- In safe working condition, minor wear on working surfaces, no broken parts, no corrosion or pitting that would interfere with proper functioning, 75% blue. Some minor replacement parts; metal smoothly rusted or lightly pitted in places, cleaned or reglued; principal lettering, numerals, and design on metal legible; wood refinished, scratched, bruised, or minor cracks repaired; in good working order.

Fair- In safe working condition but well worn, minor wear on working surfaces, no broken parts, no corrosion or pitting that would interfere with proper functioning, 50% blue. Some major parts replaced; minor replacement parts may be required; metal rusted, may be lightly pitted all over, vigorously cleaned or reglued; rounded edges on metal and wood; principal lettering, numerals, and design on metal partly obliterated z; wood scratched, bruised, cracked, or repaired where broken; in fair working order or can be easily repaired and placed in working order.

Poor- Badly worn, rusty and battered, perhaps requiring major adjustments or repairs to place in operating condition. No blue. Major and minor parts replaced; major replacement parts required and extensive restoration needed; metal deeply pitted; principal lettering, numerals, and design obliterated; wood badly scratched, bruised, cracked, or broken; mechanically inoperative; generally undesirable as a collector's firearm.

Antique Firearms Grading Guide
Condition Standards for Antique Firearms (As defined by the National Rifle Association).

FACTORY NEW- all original parts; 100% original finish; in perfect condition in every respect, inside and out.

EXCELLENT- all original parts; over 80% original finish; sharp lettering, numerals and design on metal and wood; unmarred wood; fine bore.

FINE- all original parts; over 30% original finish; sharp lettering, numerals and design on metal and wood; minor marks in wood, good bore.

VERY GOOD- all original parts; none to 30% original finish; original metal surfaces smooth with all edges sharp; clear lettering, numerals and design on metal; wood slightly scratched or bruised; bore disregarded for collectors firearms.

GOOD- some minor replacement parts; metal smoothly rusted or lightly pitted in places, cleaned or reglued; principal lettering, numerals and design on metal legible; wood refinished, scratched, bruised or minor cracks repaired; in good working order.

FAIR- some major parts replaced; minor replacement parts may be required; metal rusted, may be lightly pitted all over, vigorously cleaned or reblued; rounded edges of metal and wood; principal lettering, numerals and design on metal partly obliterated; wood scratched, bruised, cracked or repaired where broken; in fair working order or can be easily repaired and placed in working order.

POOR- major and minor parts replaced; major replacement parts required and extensive restoration needed; metal deeply pitted; principal lettering, numerals and design obliterated; wood badly scratched, bruised, cracked or broken; mechanically inoperative; generally undesirable as a collectors firearm.


09/13/04

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