What's a "pre-ban" AR-15 worth these days?


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AirPower
October 17, 2004, 09:14 AM
AWB is gone so what's a fair price for a slightly used Essential Arms AR15 made before '94? My dumbass cousin just cleaned his gunsafe and finally decided to sell his rifle after it hasn't been used for 10years. I told him probably better to hold on to it but what's it worth now?

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Chipperman
October 17, 2004, 10:53 AM
In Most states it's worth the same now as any other AR.

In states like MA, it's worth more, b/c a Ban is still in effect.

Redlg155
October 17, 2004, 12:39 PM
Take a peek over at AR15.com at the Equipment Exchange section.


Pre Ban AR lower recievers are going roughly $200-$500 depending on make, with just about all of the sales going to states that still have their own state bans in effect. In a non ban state it would be worth the same as a used AR from a lesser known manufacturer.

Good Shooting
Red

Randy63
October 17, 2004, 05:04 PM
Originally posted by Chipperman:
In Most states it's worth the same now as any other AR.

In states like MA, it's worth more, b/c a Ban is still in effect.

I was at a show in Allentown yesterday.
A fair share of sellers here in Pennsylvania (a very gun friendly state) apparently have not heard about the AWB expiration. They seem to think their AR's (and AK's) are worth just as much as they were before the ban expired:rolleyes:

Randy

cabinetman
October 17, 2004, 10:35 PM
There is a lot of "market shock" occuring with those older, previously pre-ban owners.

If you read some of the forums at AR15, there are a lot of guys who spent lot of money to own a pre-ban AR15. Now, the AWB is dead and the "pre-ban" status has vaporized like smoke. It's like they owned a rare rifle that is all of a sudden being imported in the thousands and has diluted the price since they are so available. There are many stories like this in this hobby. Buddy Hinton himself said he paid $1200 for a MAS 49/56 before they were imported in droves not long ago. For the same money two years ago, you could buy 4 of them will all of the accessories easily, including shipping for what Buddy paid for one rifle! So, the market is what really dictates the price of our collections.

Now, to the point you've made regarding the AR15 and pre-ban, I was lucky enough to contact anothe AR forum member and we worked an even-Steven swap---his suggestion, too. I send him my Eagle Arms/Armalite six month old reciever for his old, EA J15 pre-ban receiver. I live in a state that still has an AWB. He was happy to get a new receiver and I was thrilled to get a pre-ban so I could have all the bells and whistles. It was painless for both of us and it was a very fair trade, imho. Other posters there still feel that they should be able to demand extraordinary prices for their pre-bans since they paid extraordinary prices for them initially. The market rules, however, and if you poke around the forums and offer an attractive swap, you'll be able to find another collector who will be more than happy to execute a swap with you, too. I feel for those guys but the market is the market and just because you have a lot invested in something doesn't mean it's worth what you paid, especially when the market collapses around you. And, it also doesn't mean you HAVE to swap it out. Just don't expect everyone to have the same opinion. Keep what you have, in that case, and enjoy it.

Hope you find a swapping partner. I did and I'm a happy boy.

Rome

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