...or at least the arses of his military men and allies in the American Revolution, aka: The War Of Independence. So you can imagine how bewildered was I when I was looking at a revolver on Gunbroker.com when I saw the condition of it was rated by the King's Firearms Condition Standards.
I do not recall seeing them in a lifetime of shooting until to'day. Here they are in case you are wondering:
The King's Firearms Condition Standards For Modern Firearms
Grade 10 : New in box, a grading of 10 means the firearm is as it came from the factory with all the factory paperwork ect included. Not used.
Grade 9 : LNIB, a grading of 9 means the firearm is used but appear to be in a new in box condition. Will not show wear. Possibly will have a few rounds through the firearm.
Grade 8 : Very good to excellent, a grading of 8 means the firearm will show some very minor wear and/or scratches to the finish.
Grade 7 : Good to very good, a grading of 7 means the firearm will show light to mild wear and/or scratches. Will be in good mechanical condition.
Grade 6 : Good, a grading of 6 means the firearm appears to be in good functional condition but will show mild wear and/or scratches. This wear may include holster wear and/or light to mild surface rust.
Grade 5 : Fair, a grading of 5 means the firearm appears to be in functional condition but will show mild to heavy wear and/or scratches. This wear may include holster wear and/or light to mild pitting. This may also include frame modification and/or polished slides ect.
Grade 4 : As is, a grading of 4 means the firearm will cock and dry fire but no actual guarantee of actual function. Finish condition will vary from fair to good.
Grade 3 : Poor, a grading of 3 means the firearm will cock and dry fire but will show heavy wear, deep gouges and/or heavy pitting. Also, may include broken stocks and or missing parts.
Grade 2 : Parts, a grading of 2 means the firearm(s) is not in a functional condition and will need parts and repair to fix. Finish of a grade 2 will vary from fair to good.
Grade 1 : Parts, a grading of 1 means the firearm(s) is not in a functional condition and may or may not be repairable.
Nice standards but I look at them this way, if by King's they mean they are in some way, shape or form related to the king of England (I know there is no current king) - they are as useless as trash to me. I do not bow down before, honor or follow any rules set by or even merely named for a monarch. Of course, they could be named after some guy named Ichabod King for all I know; so if anyone knows where and how they originated, clue me in please.