Written on: 24/03/2010
Second hand buying advice:
Not all Gold e's are the same - especially when buying second hand.
1. Some have a very plastic feeling wood which detracts from what is otherwise a quality gun - it makes them feel like a cheaper gun. Go for good quality wood.
2. Some of these guns have been heavily used. Spend a few hundred quid extra and be confident in your purchase - you wont have any regrets.
3. Once you have negotiated your price (at least £200 off the asking - more for new), ask the gun shop to throw in a few sweeteners (eg free gun slip and cartridges)
4. How much to pay? Shop around. I spend £1,900 in March 2010 for a 2 month old gun which had an adjustable stock. There were other Gold e's in stock for £1,500 but they were "very" used. You can easily tell when compared side by side.
5. Are they value for money second hand? Assuming you chose one with decent wood and in good condition, I think they are because other less expensive guns don't feel so well made and that affects how you shoot. Are my scores better? - probably a little, however I don't shoot often enough to notice (I have good days and bad days). I am confident with this gun and enjoy shooting with it more than previous guns - to me, that makes it value for money. Buy what you can comfortably afford...