Bill in VA· Registered
You said it!!!But it's mint, including aftermarket recoil pad!
The term I find most laughable is "unfired". ALL guns have been fired at proofing. So really, to be accurate, it might be UNFIRED after the factory proofing. Unfired is also not 'unfired by me'...
Another abused term is N.I.B. or "new in box" for an older gun. To me N.I.B., means never before sold at retail. If it is mint, AND has all the original paperwork, ads, coupons, etc. it qualifies as an A.N.I.B. or "as new in box." A gun can be N.I.B. once in its life. After that it is A.N.I.B., or mint.
And let us not forget the famous 'weasel words' of collecting, especially with military surplus: "prototype", or "transitional." (Extra brownie-points for the adjective 'rare' or 'scarce'.) Both do exist if documented in available published resources, but without documentation it often just a mismatch or rebuilt piece, or has been prior owner enhanced.
I still enjoy a good gunshow, and even more if I find something. I have learned that both sides of the aisle and tables have their issues. The sellers who because they are selling it, the item is gold, or they are over-describing it (remember, caveat emptor still applies); and then in the aisles are the pikers, cheapskates, and tire kickers looking for the door of the time machine to 30 years ago prices, while bragging about the one they had way back when (well, why did you sell it?)