Connect one-on-one with a firearms expert who will answer your question
Expert avatar
TOM, Gunsmith
4,235 satisfied customers
20 YRS EXPERIENCE,Certified Armorer
Pearl avatarPearl Wilson, Assistant
Firearms Expert is Online Now

Gun questions? Ask a firearms Expert.

Verified firearms experts are online around the clock and ready to answer your question online or by phone. 

Meet the Experts:

TOM

TOM

Gunsmith

4,235 satisfied customers

20 YRS EXPERIENCE,Certified Armorer

Philip Van Cleave

Philip Van Cleave

Firearms Instructor

2,594 satisfied customers

Firearms instructor, 40 years experience with firearms.

Bill

Bill

Gunsmith

2,157 satisfied customers

46 yrs. experience as master machinist/tool and die maker and gunsmith. I own and operate a tool and die shop and custom gunsmithing/gunmaking shop.

Ken

Ken

Gunsmith

2 satisfied customers

Licensed Gunsmith for 7 years, 8+ years Cowboy Action Shooter, Life-long Firearms Enthusiast

Chasseur

Chasseur

Importer and FFL.

45 satisfied customers

Business owner

H.Callahan

H.Callahan

Consultant

45 satisfied customers

Ex-Cop & Dept. Cert. Firearms Inst., Ex-FFL Dealer, Reloader

Jesse Handel

Jesse Handel

Hobbyist

13 satisfied customers

15 yrs hunting. I own and maintain many kinds of guns.

< Previous | Next >

Solutions for your firearm problems


When you run into an issue with a firearm, figuring out the next course of action can be a challenge. Even if it doesn’t occur to you to take a step back and ask: “What are firearms, anyway?,”the question is one that's well worth asking.


By definition, a firearm is a mechanical device designed for the purpose of shooting projectiles through a tube, with gunpowder or another explosive component acting as the catalyst. Remembering the underlying concepts involved may help you figure out what ails your weapon.


Modern day firearms can typically be broken down into three groups of components:


  • The action – This area is where the main function of the firearm takes place, with the parts responsible for loading, firing, and expelling shells.
  • The stock – This component is intended to be the support structure for the weapon
  • The barrel – This is the tube through which the projectiles are fired

Gun owners understand the value of responsible care for their firearms, but getting help when you need it isn’t always possible. Whether you need maintenance advice, repair tips, or even an appraisal for value, the firearms Experts on JustAnswer are available anywhere you have internet access. They’ll also work with you on your schedule.


You can even ask follow-up questions, and approve payment only when you’re completely satisfied.

What Customers are Saying:

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

He answered my question promptly and gave me accurate, detailed information. If all of your experts are half as good, you have a great thing going here.

DianeDallas, TX

< Previous | Next >

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
Related Firearms questions
SMITH&WESSON MODEL 17 4 22 REVOLVER 8 3/4 BARREL 6 SHOT
SMITH&WESSON MODEL 17 4 22 REVOLVER 8 3/4 BARREL 6 SHOT SERIAL 75K8242 … read more
ProShooter
ProShooter
Firearms Appraiser, Firearms Instructor
Various law enforcement academies
2,950 satisfied customers
I have a very old pistol. The only words on it are "SCOUT
I have a very old pistol. The only words on it are "SCOUT MODEL". It is a pull pin revolver with a 6 inch barrel. I would like to know what year it is an what it is worth. Serial # 110026 … read more
ProShooter
ProShooter
Firearms Appraiser, Firearms Instructor
Various law enforcement academies
2,950 satisfied customers
What kinda group should I get with the .26 Nosier X bolt
what kinda group should I get with the .26 Nosier X bolt hunter at 100 Yes ? … read more
TOM
TOM
Gunsmith
Law Enforcement Armorer
4,235 satisfied customers
Whats a 1917 colt u.s.army issue worth serial #197992. Whats
whats a 1917 colt u.s.army issue worth serial #197992 … read more
ProShooter
ProShooter
Firearms Appraiser, Firearms Instructor
Various law enforcement academies
2,950 satisfied customers
I have a Model 73 Sporting rifle mfg 1890, S# 367545B. It is
I have a Model 73 Sporting rifle mfg 1890, S# ***** It is marked King's Improvement and chambered .38WCF. It is in what I consider ‘fair' condition. Can you provide an approximate value for insurance?… read more
ProShooter
ProShooter
Firearms Appraiser, Firearms Instructor
Various law enforcement academies
2,950 satisfied customers
Looking for info on a antique 410 choke bore barrel forged
Looking for info on a antique 410 choke bore barrel forged in one shotgun 75955 … read more
Bill
Bill
Gunsmith
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
2,157 satisfied customers
Where can I purchase a magazine for a crosman co2 pistol
Where can I purchase a magazine for a crosman co2 pistol model PRO77? … read more
TOM
TOM
Gunsmith
Law Enforcement Armorer
4,235 satisfied customers
What is the value of a Model 38 diamondback colt CTG sn
what is the value of a Model 38 diamondback colt CTG sn D2926 and the #8 underneath the D2926… read more
Jon
Jon
Gunsmith/Police Officer/Training Officer
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
1,085 satisfied customers
I'm trying to find out the value of a winchester 30/30 model
I'm trying to find out the value of a winchester 30/30 model #94 … read more
Jon
Jon
Gunsmith/Police Officer/Training Officer
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
1,085 satisfied customers
I inherited my father's guns and I'm trying to transfer them
I inherited my father's guns and I'm trying to transfer them to me on the Mass Firearms Registration and Transfer system … read more
ProShooter
ProShooter
Firearms Appraiser, Firearms Instructor
Various law enforcement academies
2,950 satisfied customers
Value of browing sweet sixteen serial #-7S65118 IN VERY GOOD
value of browing sweet sixteen serial #-7S65118 IN VERY GOOD CONDITION VALUE RANGE ??? … read more
ProShooter
ProShooter
Firearms Appraiser, Firearms Instructor
Various law enforcement academies
2,950 satisfied customers
Looking for help I just got vz 52 rifle was told it shoots a
Looking for help I just got vz 52 rifle was told it shoots a 7.62x45mm so I put a round in chamber only one did not load gun thru clip. It fired but it did not eject casing also when I tried to pull i… read more
ProShooter
ProShooter
Firearms Appraiser, Firearms Instructor
Various law enforcement academies
2,950 satisfied customers
I have a set of Stoeger Model 4009 cattleman sn RS1201 and
I have a set of Stoeger Model 4009 cattleman sn RS1201 and LS1201. can you tell me what the RS and LS stand for . they were only sold as a set by Uberti … read more
ProShooter
ProShooter
Firearms Appraiser, Firearms Instructor
Various law enforcement academies
2,950 satisfied customers
Shotgun-12ga, double barrel,Stevens, modified and full
for Glenda; shotgun-12ga, double barrel,Stevens, modified and full choke barrels, sn covered with camo tape, age abour 80 years plus. Condition fair to good. Value please?… read more
Jon
Jon
Gunsmith/Police Officer/Training Officer
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
1,085 satisfied customers
I was just researching what the value of a winchester 68 .22
I was just researching what the value of a winchester 68 .22 caliber rifle was - in excellent condition. Your "answer" is good, other than being 6 years old. Can you update that value? Thanks! *****: … read more
Philip Van Cleave
Philip Van Cleave
Firearms Instructor
Master's Degree
2,594 satisfied customers
I am trying to identify a rifle. Markings are as follows,
I am trying to identify a rifle. Markings are as follows, 280 j p mag Whit worth. Alexandria Virginia, interarms Manchester England … read more
Bill
Bill
Gunsmith
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
2,157 satisfied customers
I have a rifle, made about 1927. Someone tried to hide the
I have a rifle, made about 1927. Someone tried to hide the true serial number by adding a 2 on each end of the serial number. I don't find the serial number on the hotgunz list. If I talk to ATF, will… read more
Jon
Jon
Gunsmith/Police Officer/Training Officer
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
1,085 satisfied customers
Can I switch the safety from right handed to left handed on
Can I switch the safety from right handed to left handed on a Franchi 48L … read more
TOM
TOM
Gunsmith
Law Enforcement Armorer
4,235 satisfied customers

Asking firearm questions on JustAnswer


Some of the firearm issues and inquiries already handled by the Experts on JustAnswer include:


  • I have a T. C. Montgomery Double 12 with London laminated steel and scroll work on the side plates and underbelly. Can you provide any idea of the manufacture date and value?
  • I have a 16g Browning shotgun with the serial number: A16598. How old is it?
  • I'm working on a BSA 7MM Magnum bolt action rifle with an extraction problem. I am trying to find out how to disassemble the bolt. Can you help?
  • I have a double barrel XL CR shotgun made by W. Bingham Company. I need to get some idea of the value, and the best way of selling it.

When obtaining expert help online through JustAnswer, be prepared to answer questions about the firearm’s condition, age and make. Include any additional details you believe might be important.