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As a Certified Firearms Appraiser, I can provide you with the best valuation of your firearm/firearms. I have over 40 years of experience in the firearms industry. As an Appraiser, Gunsmith and my  Certifications, I have developed many resources to get the most accurate information for your firearm appraisals.

I will do appraisals for modern, antique, military, tactical and European firearms.

I follow the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice ( USPAP ). This is the accepted standards for all appraisers in the United States.


Written appraisals are needed for auction or resale, Insurance purposes, estate, divorce, gift/charity and Bankruptcy. Attorneys and insurance companies want a written appraisal from a Certified Firearms Appraiser for it to be valid. 

Written appraisals are necessary to show proof of the value of your firearms.

Check your Home Owners Insurance. Your insurance may have a limit on how much they will cover on firearms. They may want an appraisal to add to your coverage.

I use the Photo Percentage Grading System, or the NRA Antique or modern system to grade the condition of your firearms. This will be determined by the type of firearm that is to be appraised. These grading systems are the industry standard for firearm appraisals.

Costs: Written Appraisals: $25.00 service fee, then 2% of the appraised value of each firearm.

I can do a single firearm or a collection. I offer reduced rates for collections.

The most accurate appraisals are done in person. You can bring your firearm/firearms to me or I can travel to your location.

I can do gun values by phone: $10.00 per firearm question. I will need Make,Model,gauge or caliber,barrel length, and other pertinent information. $15.00 per firearm if the firearm needs to be identified first. Please allow five business days for answers. All gun values will be a value range only.

Appraisals by e-mail: I can do written appraisals by e-mail. I will need all of the information requested above as well as photos. (jpeg or jpg). I need overall photos of each side of firearm, special engravings, proof marks, and pictures of the grips/stocks/forearm. I will need barrel length, any documented history or providence. Please allow 2 to 3 weeks for written Appraisals.

IMPORTANT: The more information you can give me about your firearm, the better. Below is a list of information I would need to give you the best appraisal possible if done by e-mail or by phone. The best appraisals are done in person.

  • make, model & serial number
  • Caliber or gauge
  • Finish on the metal. Is it blued, synthetic finish, black oxide, stainless steel or chrome alloy.
  • Type of stocks and grips. Wood, plastic, bone or ivory
  • Barrel length ( measurements taken from the closed breach. If not sure how to get a proper measurement. contact me and I will Explain how.
  • Proof marks, engravings on metal or wood, including checkering.
  • Any written documentation or provenance.
  • Original box and sales receipts. This can add value to older firearms.
  • Any wear or damage to the firearm. This is important in determining a value.


Thank you

Stephen Pickett

Certified Firearms Appraiser

Certification number AGIsp132115