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How to Sell Your Gun at a Pawnshop

Firearms are valuable to different people for different reasons. Whether you’re in it for sport, protection, or collection, chances are that at some point you may want to sell your firearm. If you’re looking to upgrade to a different model, get some extra cash, or just get rid of a firearm you no longer need, selling your used guns at a pawn shop can be a quick and worry-free way to get the job done. Here at Pine River Pawn, we have years of experience as a licensed firearms retailer here in Bayfield, CO, and are here to make the process easy for you!

Preparing your firearm for sale

We follow strict firearm safety procedures, and if you intend to sell your firearm with us, make sure to take extreme care to ensure that your firearm is safe and ready for sale. Before bringing it in, make sure to check that there are no existing rounds left in the chamber. Cleaning your gun before bringing it in will help present your item in a more favorable light. After all, it’s important that your gun looks good and functions well! Following the methods stated in your owner’s manual, conduct a basic field strip to do some minor cleaning with a solvent, following with some oil. If that’s something you’re unfamiliar with, feel free to check out videos online, or just bring your gun in as-is if you’re uncomfortable taking your firearm apart.

Additionally, make sure you prepare the proper documentation if necessary. At the very least, you should come prepared with a state-issued photo ID. It may also be a good idea to come in with a prepared ATF Form 4473 to help speed the process along. Also, make sure to bring any paperwork that shows that you are the legitimate owner of the firearm you wish to pawn or sell.

Bringing your firearm into the store

If you’ve never brought a firearm into a pawnshop, understand that there can be reason for concern when customers bring firearms into the store unlocked and unannounced. Ideally, you will bring in your firearm unloaded within a padded, locked case so that your firearm is both safely packaged and made readily aware to the shop owner. It’s also a good idea to let the shop owner know ahead of time that you’re bringing a gun inside. That way, you won’t catch the manager off guard, and you will hopefully avoid any tense situations.

Do your homework

It’s important to have a solid understanding of the firearm you’re attempting to sell. While most pawn shop managers should be aware of the more common models, that doesn’t mean that they’ll know every single gun that comes into their store. Make sure you have a good understanding of the model, caliber, and age of your firearm, and have an approximate value in mind. If your firearm is particularly rare, have some background information about its origin, age, and production. This information will give is a solid foundation to work with, and speed up the process of getting you a quote.

In addition, make sure you have a good understanding of the gun laws in your municipality. For most firearm transfers here in Colorado, a background check is required.

Rest assured

There are certainly some reservations to be had about buying and selling used firearms. What did the previous owner use it for? Was the gun legally obtained in the first place? Luckily, pawnshops must follow the same local, state, and federal regulations that traditional firearm dealers adhere to. This way, you can be certain that your purchase is secure, and that you are getting a legitimate firearm.


Buying and selling firearms at a pawnshop can be an easy and effective way to earn money for unwanted firearms, trade up to a different model, or find a steal on a slightly used gun. Pawnshops are often willing to buy and sell gun accessories as well, which can be a great way to get some money for things likes scopes, clips, and cases that you have found yourself never using. Guns also hold value fairly well, and make for good items to pawn if you need a temporary loan.

Here at Pine River Pawn in Bayfield, CO, we have wide selection of used firearms, ammunition, and accessories to choose from. Whether you’re in the market to buy, sell, or pawn, our team will help to make the process as painless as possible. Stop by today to get a quote or check out our ever-changing selection!