How to check how many rounds have benn shot on a handgun by looking at it?

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      How to check how many rounds have benn shot on a handgun by looking at it?

      Im wondering about buying a new gun a friend is selling to me. The barrell shows lots of wear, got a ding on the top of it outside the ejector cam, probably from slide kicks and when disassembled, the are lots of round scratches around the barrell up and down from the shooting movement. Is it normal for a under 1000 shots gun (he says so)? It looks more like 10.000 rounds. Is there a way to determine an aproximate number of rounds shots by wear on certain parts?

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      Senior Member denner's Avatar
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      The forcing cone is the funnel-like mouth at the rear of a revolver barrel. If it looks worn down this generally means a high round count on a revolver, can't hide the revolvers age there, unless replaced, if possible and fitted with a new barrel. Likewise, I recall one of the moderators put together a thread on what to look for in a purchase of a used firearm.
      Last edited by denner; 05-19-2012 at 10:54 PM.

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      Senior Member Steve M1911A1's Avatar
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      Um, I believe that this question is about a semi-auto, not a revolver.

      Take the gun to a qualified pistolsmith, and have it evaluated for wear and function. Whatever you have to pay for this service, it'll be worth it.

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      Personally I look for damage more than anything on a pistol. The only thing I really do looking for wear is checking the barrel's rifling for "sharpness". Don't know how to describe that really, other than a distinct edge on the grooves and if it's a glock, or other octagonally rifled barrel, a clear definition between the lands and groves. A safety/function check later and some bargaining and I've got me another piece to add to my collection

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      Any exterior wear just tells you if the gun was a prized posession or a tool.The bore and lockup areas are your best indicators of where it sits roughly in it's service life.Round count is impossible to know because alot of target ammo can show similar wear to a less amount of hotter ammo.Knowing what the gun is may get more specific answers.

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