Merz Antique Firearms ~ Terms of Sale
If you'd like to purchase an item or have any questions please email or call us. Once we verify that your item is still in stock, we'll hold it for a week or so while you arrange payment. For over 45 years our business has been strictly mail-order and we do not have a retail outlet. Serious customers may call in advance to arrange an appointment at our location in Western Minnesota. No drop-in visits please.
Antique & Modern Firearms Regulations
Next to the price you'll notice either an "A" or "M." This stands for "Antique" or "Modern." Antique guns, manufactured during or before 1898, can be shipped directly to the customer. Modern firearms marked "M" must be received by a licensed Federal Firearms Dealer (FFL). Please mail or fax a legible signed copy of the FFL along with your payment. Most sporting goods shops, pawn shops, gunsmiths and gunshops offer this service for a small fee (approx $20-30).
We prefer certified check or money order, which allows us to ship immediately upon receipt of funds. Personal checks will be held 10 days. Please make payments to "LeRoy A. Merz." Minnesota residents please add 6.875% sales tax. Sorry, no credit cards.
Shipping & Insurance
All guns are expertly packed to prevent damage during shipping. Some minor re-assembly may be required. Please add shipping & insurance based on the following chart. Rates may vary for special shipping circumstances.
If you would like to see photos of an item, let us know. Keep in mind that a large percentage of our guns sell before we get a chance to photograph them. Due to the large volume of photo requests, we currently have a 2-3 day delay for photos. All items are sold to the first customer who makes a commitment. We cannot hold items while waiting for photos.
Photographs can vary depending on lighting, reflections, camera angle and many other variables. We do everything possible to give an honest impression of the item, but taking good gun photos is harder than most folks realize. No gun ever looks the same when photos are taken on two different days, or when viewed on two different computer screens. Sometimes photos may unintentionally make something less visible, however, more often we find that photographs emphasize minor flaws that are not as noticible in person. If in doubt, let us put it in your hands for a 3-day inspection. No amount of photos can replace holding the gun in your hands.
You are welcome to download our images and repost them on other websites, for non-commercial purposes, provided that the MerzAntique.com watermark remains intact or credit is given to MerzAntique.com.
We want you to be happy so you will return in the future. All specifications should be standard unless otherwise noted. To the best of our knowledge, all items are original and unaltered. Keep in mind that most are antiques. Over their history it is normal for old items to show some age, character, wear, and occasional adjustments. Mint condition antiques are seldom seen. All items are priced according to condition, rarity and collectibility. We attempt to represent the accurate overall condition of our items, and note any significant issues which may impact the value. We cannot take the time to note every minor issue or to research every item.
We offer a 3 day inspection period with a no-hassle return policy for items shipped anywhere in the United States. In the unlikely event you are unhappy with an item, simply notify us that it is coming back, and return it well-packaged and in the same condition. Exception: layaway purchases are not returnable and are considered final upon order.
We stand behind our merchandise. If you wish to upgrade to a better gun in the future, we offer a full-purchase-price exchange option for any item priced at least 25% higher. Trade-in gun must be returned in the same condition as we sold it.
Flexible Layaway Terms
We prefer 25% initially, with the balance due within 60 days, payable in two equal monthly payments. Longer terms negotiable for higher-priced items. Let us know what works best for you. Layaway orders are considered final upon receipt of first payment and have no return privileges.
We can help make arrangements to transfer funds easily from anywhere in the world. We will work with a bank in your country or one nearby to keep fees as low as possible. We comply with all regulations on this side of the border, but the buyer is ultimately responsible for optaining all proper permits and making sure the item is cleared with local officials. Unfortunately we do not have the resources to stay current on the local regulations for every part of the world. We do our best to help however possible, but cannot be responsible for any loss of international shipments or problems clearing customs. In addition, we cannot be responsible for any amount beyond the maximum amount insurable by the shipper. No returns on items shipped outside the USA.
Keep it Safe
All antique and vintage guns are sold as collectible firearms and are not guaranteed or warranted in any way as safe to load or fire. By accepting delivery of any item, the customer accepts all responsibility and liability of ownership including proper storage & handling.