(1) At 7k, if it sounds too good to be true it usually is. If it's the "real deal," 7k and a recoil pad is nothing. (2) A agree with @Red Leg Europeans send back guns all the time for refurbishment and repairs unlike American who think it has to be untouched. (3) Like everyone else at 7k it would be worth the gamble if verified from H&H. If I knew if I was going to still be employed full time after the 1st of the year I would be interested too. And if I was to buy it, I would make the deal that it's shipped to the gunsmith of my choice for inspection and paid with a "sight draft" payable only upon passing inspection from said gunsmith. And my preference of said gunsmith would be H&H.