NRA MODERN CONDITION DESCRIPTIONS
Many years ago the National Rifle Association (NRA) developed a set of standards for grading the overall condition of used firearms. This is the most widely used system, and it is also the one we use here at Bashaw Sports.
Here are the standard gun condition rating terms, as defined by the National Rifle Association. It is important to note that there are separate rating systems used for Antique vs. Modern Firearms.
You can read more here: NRA Museum page.
NRA MODERN GUN CONDITION STANDARDS:
- NEW: Not previously sold at retail, in same condition as current factory production.
- PERFECT: In New condition in every respect.
- EXCELLENT: New condition, used but little, no noticeable marring of wood or metal, bluing perfect, (except at muzzle or sharp edges).
- VERY GOOD: In perfect working condition, no appreciable wear on working surfaces, no corrosion or pitting, only minor surface dents or scratches.
- GOOD: In safe working condition, minor wear on working surfaces, no broken parts, no corrosion or pitting that will interfere with proper functioning.
- FAIR: In safe working condition but well worn, perhaps requiring replacement of minor parts or adjustments which should be indicated in advertisement, no rust, but may have corrosion pits which do not render article unsafe or inoperable.
NRA ANTIQUE CONDITION DESCRIPTIONS
- 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 - less than 20% original finish, some minor replacement parts; metal smoothly rusted
or lightly pitted in places, cleaned or reblued; principal lettering, numerals and design
on metal legible; wood refinished, scratched, bruised or minor cracks repaired; in good
- Fair - less than 10% original finish, 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 - little or no original finish remaining, 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.
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