Mine happened today. Answered an ad in the local paper that said: "for sale Colt $XXX.XX Call XXX-XXX-XXXX"
Gentleman that answered said he had a pre 70 series Commander, satin nickle, 9 MM luger.
I inquired about condition and the gentleman tells me it is "new in the box"
I go over and I see a new in the box pre 70 series Commander, satin nickle, 9MM luger. Two piece Coltwood box, paperwork and even the original waxpaper wrap.
I paid the man his asking price (which was well under book price) quickly before he changed his mind.
By the way this was an older gentleman (mid 70's) he said he was getting married and his girlfriend didn't like the gun in the house. He bought this gun new and kept it in his nightstand as his home protection gun for all these years.
Every now and then good things happen to good guys. Today it was my turn............
When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. LUKE 11:21 NIV
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March 16, 2003, 08:38 PM
So...how much was it?
March 16, 2003, 08:44 PM
Probably when I got my Colt Delta Elite. $425, brand new.
March 16, 2003, 08:48 PM
One day a guy called me and said he remembered that I was a shooter. He had got a bunch of ammo in an estate.
It consisted of:
appx. 4000 rounds of 5/56 military IN 20 rd COLT M16 mags.
4000 rds of 9mm ball
3000 rds of .38 wadcutter
800 rds of 357 125 gr HP
300 rds of 12 ga 00 buck
300 rds of 9mm Geco BAT ammo
and some I can't remember....
all in .50 cal ammo boxes.
He didn't like having ammo around and ASKED for $200.00
I didn't argue.
Still working off the .223 and the .38
Even bought a mini 14 to use it in.
Sold the mags for $1200 and it took a WHILE. No one wanted 20 rd M16 mags for $15-20 per......THEN!
Sold the 00 buck as I hate recoil.
He made so much off the rest of the stuff that he didn't care about the ammo. It was all new.
March 16, 2003, 08:55 PM
Remington 870 wingmaster 28 inch barrel with an external "dial a choke"
The gun was at a pawnshop in a bad part of town. The stock
had paint all over it and dirt on it hid the blueing.
I picked it up for $75
when I got it home I cleaned it up revealing a nice patina and
beautiful wood underneath.
After a little research I found it was manufactured in 1953.
I took it out to shoot some clays my first time ever.
The dial a choke really worked! I turned it to modified and began busting clays on a regular basis.
March 16, 2003, 08:59 PM
Back in the '60's a character approached me with a Colt #3 derringer, a (I think Remington or Stevens) cane gun in .32 rimfire, and a trapdoor Springfield rifle.
All were $35 per.
I didn't WANT the Colt :banghead:
My gun dealer told me the cane gun was illegal :cuss:
I did buy the 45-70.
and ......sold...:mad: it.
And there's the time I answered a classified ad for a Garand for $225 and the guy kept bringing out more stuff. Ammo vest, bayonet, flash hider, ammo up the yingyang (all in clips of course)
BUT....lest you think I run into ALL the bargains, I answered an ad for a '53 Chevy that was SOLD. 1st day in paper. Told a buddy about it (he was a car upholsterer) and he started .... laughing.
One of his other customers brought it in to show him. 1953 CORVETTE !!!! Price was $850 from the old lady whose son had bought it new and stored it there while he was a Korean war casualty. She kept it in garage for 20+ years before stiffin someone the $850.
Oh me oh my.....memories.....
March 16, 2003, 09:06 PM
Best deal?? A 3' tall pink teddy bear I swapped 2 army blankets for to win my wife of 25 years over with!!!!!!:D :what:
March 16, 2003, 09:12 PM
Best deal?? A 3' tall pink teddy bear I swapped 2 army blankets for to win my wife of 25 years over with!!!!!!
Oh sure set the bar for the rest of ..................... Good one
When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. LUKE 11:21 NIV
March 16, 2003, 09:37 PM
I once bought a scarcely used Colt Mark III Trooper for $15; before I could take possession of it, however, I had to fish it up from the bottom of a lake. Fortunately, it was a shallow, clear lake; unfortunately, the revolver had been there all winter; fortunately, it wasn't heavily rusted; unfortunately, the works were irredeemably corroded; fortunately, I was able to find replacement parts; unfortunately, once I got it cleaned up, slicked up, and working right, I sold it.
March 16, 2003, 09:49 PM
Are you sure you want to admit to buying a gun from the bottom of a river? I would probably pass up a deal on a gun like that.
March 16, 2003, 09:57 PM
My "best deal" would be my recently departed Glock 21..
I paid a whoppin' $5.00 over wholesale for it.:D
March 16, 2003, 10:21 PM
Free brass at the range!:D
March 16, 2003, 10:31 PM
When I was stationed on Guam many years ago , in the navy I purchased some guns at the px stores while they were on sale .I paid $75.oo for a Win. Mod. 12, 12 ga., $25.00 for a Ruger Blackhawk .357, $50.00 for a Win. 30-30 . Those are the only ones I can remember specific prices on. The rest of the guns I shipped home were . A second Ruger Blackhawk, a Rem. Mod. 721 .300 H&H Mag. , a Colt Huntsman .22 , a win. Mod. 70 3006 featherweight, a Colt peacemaker .38 Spec. I was 19 when I purchased them, age or ID was not a factor over there, at that time. I crated , and steel banded the box, and had to stensile firearms on the outside of the box. They wound up in Mexico somewhere. My mother got a notice she had to pay import duty to get them back into the states. She called every one who came to mind, and got the crate back with no charge, unopened.
March 16, 2003, 11:16 PM
At a little antique store in Kentucky I bought an axe that once belonged to Davey Crockett, paid $250 for it.
Shop owner said the handle had been replaced twice and the head once since Davey owned it but still I think I got a good deal. :scrutiny:
March 17, 2003, 12:38 AM
When The Wife said that she'd say "I do."
When she did.
When she said "I'll give you some more time .... " ;)
& when she was still here tonight to kiss me goodnight .....
Somehow, that "the best things in life are free" song will go through my head all night.
March 17, 2003, 12:56 AM
I gave a guy a modem I paid about $5 for and did about 20 mintues of computer work and got a 1973 Single Six. Only came with a 22 magnum cylinder. The gun itself is probably in 98% condition. The cylinder looks like it was thrown out of a pickup going 60 MPH and then run over by about 5 wheels of an 18-wheeler.
Just paid a guy $35 to slick up the trigger a bit. Now it shoots like a champ.
Back in October of 1998 I was looking for a Browning
Hi-Power "Practical" model. So, I called my favorite
dealer from work and was quoted $509.95 by the
salesman over the phone. After I got off of work
I proceeded to the gunshop with cash-in-hand.
Luckily, the gentleman I had spoken with was tied
up with another customer; so I got to deal with one
of the co-owner's. He pulled the weapon out of the
show case, and hunted down the factory box with
all the paperwork. The BHP "Practical" was pristine
NIB; without any ding's or nick's. When I asked how
much; he replied, "how about $399.88 + tax"?
Needless to say, I snatched the money out of my
pocket rather quickly; and left being the proud
owner of a Browning.
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member
March 17, 2003, 12:59 AM
My grandfather bought my BEAUTIFUL Hawkins .50cal black powder rifle from a drunk guy in a parking lot for 10 bucks :)
I bought 2 AK-47's and TONS of 30-100rd mags right before the Brady ban when they were still cheap :)
March 17, 2003, 01:19 AM
Sent $ with dad and stepmom when they went to Louisana Downs, told them to bet my age for the DD.
I bought a firearm with the $872.40 winnings from a $2 bet.
Route race, muddy and looonngg shots , pure luck:D
March 17, 2003, 08:13 AM
I won a Charles Daly pistol at a match, one of those DDA's, UGLY. Traded it even for a S&W 1066 and two mags a couple of days later. :D
March 17, 2003, 10:48 AM
While working as range staff at a major match, I ended up buying a few boxes of staples. The match director made a big stink about repaying me my $10. I offered to take two raffle tickets instead of the ten bucks.
Only needed one raffle ticket to win the $2,200 pistol.
Kept the rest of the staples, too.
March 17, 2003, 12:27 PM
First semi-auto shotgun. Rem "Sporstman Model" 20 Ga, like the Browning A-5 for $32 in 1969. Bought from a friend.
March 17, 2003, 12:36 PM
Mine would have to be the $450 Sendero SF in 7STW that I bought brand spankin new.
March 17, 2003, 01:05 PM
Traded a CZ75B for a Sig P226. (Nitron Finish)
March 17, 2003, 01:07 PM
Mine was about four years ago. Got a pre-ban Bushmaster carbine for 650.00. (poor guy needed cash)
March 17, 2003, 02:41 PM
i bought an AR10 w/ leupold VariX3 4.5X14, a ruger 454 7.5" BBL w/ shoulder rig and a SS remington 7 in 308 w/ a leupold variX3 2.5X8 cash price of $2100.
March 17, 2003, 03:17 PM
Mosin Nagant M44, 1945, Tula, cherry.....$35.
March 17, 2003, 03:26 PM
Traded a 4' bastard sword for a Ruger Super Blackhawk in .44 mag .. a bit of an arsenal upgrade.
The sword cost about $5 in materials (okay, I put a good 100 hours into it ;-)
March 17, 2003, 03:51 PM
Bought a Browning A-Bolt .22-250 with a Redfield 6x24 scope from a striking steel worker for $350.
In 1971 I bought a Rem. 11-48 that had been fired 6 times for $75, also got the extra 19 shells (not really that great a deal at that time).
The best though, a good friend GAVE me a Winchester 1894 octagon barrel rifle in .32 Win. Special because his dad said it didn't shoot well anymore (it does). I felt guilty so I gave him my Super Blackhawk (which I promptly replaced with a new one).
March 17, 2003, 03:59 PM
I paid a $1 for an ammo belt that I sold 10 years later for $700.
Try and beat that for the best percentage deal.
March 17, 2003, 04:03 PM
A Remington 1100 12 Ga. shotgun and a Remington Model 742 .308 Rifle both like new for $400. That's $400 for the both of them. They were sold to me by a friend's widow. He was almost 80 and died in his sleep. He was a friend of mine even though I was 50 years his junior at the time. His wife wanted me to have them and set the price. They were a great deal and have sentimental value to me.
March 17, 2003, 04:17 PM
$500.00 for a new in box Browning Gold Hunter 3.5" magnum last week
$400.00 for a Remington 742 in .243, and an 1100 3" chamber both in excellent condition
March 17, 2003, 04:23 PM
Colt series 70 .45ACP -$200.
S&W 586 6" barrel -$200
Stainless SIG/Sauer P229 .40SW -$350
March 17, 2003, 05:17 PM
I once traded a stainless essex 1911 frame for a Ruger Hawkeye. I had about $90 in the frame. The Ruger was 98% condition. That was quite a day. Everything seemed to go my way.
March 17, 2003, 05:42 PM
I bought a Beratta Cougar 8045 for $469 when it first came out. Nice enough gun, but I never warmed up to the slide mounted safety/decocker. Sold it for $525, only time I've made money on a gun.
Guy B. Meredith
March 17, 2003, 11:45 PM
Well, lessee. I bought my 686+ for $395 at TargetMasters in Milpitas, CA when Traders and others were selling them for $450 or so. I bought the Ruger MK512 for about $270 which is normal. I picked up the PC 627 V-Comp (Jerry [Miculek] gun) for $20 and FFL in a raffle at the Smith and Wesson International Revolver Championships (IRC). I picked up the M66 for IRC entry fee and FFL fee off the prize table at the IRC as #125 out of 140 or so entrants.
March 17, 2003, 11:46 PM
CWL - want to sell any of those?
March 18, 2003, 09:51 AM
Prolly the .300 mag ASNIB (Except for 2-3 scratches on the receiver.) BAR with astounding wood, Burris scope, for $350 asking price from a guy who needed cash.
Or the ASNIB Remington 7400, (Not a mark on it.) .30-06, Magna-Braked, (Worth a cool $250.) with a Bushnell scope, and 3-4 mags, AND a brand-new Browning A-bolt Stainless Stalker in .270 with a Harris bipod and a truly immense Nichols scope. Also thrown in were a set of Huntington .270 Win dies, and about 175 Grand Slam 130-grain bullets. Once again, A Guy Who Needed Money. I told him I thought the Remington represented about $600, and the Browning somewhere around $750, as both were in new condition, and I really couldn't afford to offer what the guns were worth. He replied with "How about the both of 'em, plus some other stuff I won't need to go with 'em, for $700?" :what:
Uh...maybe I CAN afford to make an offer like that! :D :D :D Hey, I TOLD him what they were worth up front, and he asked ME to do HIM a favor...:)
Being the well-known Local Gun Nut does pay, occaisionally.
My only other real "steal" deal was a tired-looking old Taurus M-82, .38 Special, 4" HB. It has a lot of holster wear, and a bunch of scratches, and wonky old Pachmayrs on it. With cheap ($20/250, 158gr LSWC.) bulk reloads, off of a rest, this gun will deliver reliable 6" groups at 100 yards. I can keep a bowling pin spinning at that range until it's pieces too small to see. This gun will also do this DA. I call it my "sleeper". Net cost was $99 from my dealer. I can't imagine why someone would sell it if it worked that good, but someone obviously did. I got lucky on that one
March 18, 2003, 11:10 AM
Colt Anaconda .44mag, 50 rounds through it, bought last month, $300
March 18, 2003, 12:21 PM
SIG P228 - $1.00
I helped a friend (who is an FFL holder) on a network consulting job. He asked me how much my bill would be, and I (half jokingly) told him a 228 would be great. He said "No problem" and got one for me, charging the value to his client.
About a week later, once the paperwork had cleared and the waiting period was over, I had a very nice piece.
March 18, 2003, 05:57 PM
Found a beautiful P7 PSP last year for $650. Private sale from a SLED agent at a gun show. Only reason it was a deal is because it had been hardchromed.
I had a free HK USP .40 for about six months before the owner (my friend) asked for it back. I did some work to it while I had it and got free rental. Also let me know that I didn't want to spend money on a .40.
Oh yeah, I did get a brand new Hi Power Mk III and a brand new compact Hi Power for 397.95 (each) after tax from the FN Manufacturing plant. They sell for $650 and $615, respectively, at the local shop.
I don't normally buy used guns so that limits my deal options.
May 30, 2003, 09:04 AM
Traded a Ruger Super Blackhawk in 44 mag for a Sig 220 several years ago.
The Sig 220 is still one of my favorite guns.
May 30, 2003, 05:12 PM
got a WWII vintage Colt 1911A1 from a neighbor. He was a pilot in the Pacific and it was his personal sidearm. Guessing it had maybe 100 rounds thru it. Other than a little holster wear, LBIN. It spent the last 50 or so years in a dresser drawer.
He gave it to me...free is good
Got a like-new Marlin 22 mag with 4x Bushnell scope and sling at a pawn shop for $90 out-the-door
May 30, 2003, 05:14 PM
I manage a pawnshop. All my deals are nice:D
May 30, 2003, 11:00 PM
Younger son came home one night last February and said his boss had "some kind of .44 mag" pistol for sale for $200.
I told him to buy it - sight unseen.
Turned out to this LN Ruger Super Blackhawk 71/2" with 500 pieces of Remington brass, a $50 Uncle Mike's shoulder holster, and a half box of Hornady hunting ammo.
Friend sold me a Mossberg 500 12g to me for $20. This was a well used Mossy. I spent several hours learning how to take it apart and clean out the 1/2 pound of grime that was in there. Then learned how to reblue some of the parts and do a spray-on refinish of the reciever. Of course the front pump grip was chipped so I had to replace that, with a matching butt stock ($70). And the barrel was in rough shape so I had to get a new 18.5" barrel($80).
So after repairing or replacing most of the wood and metal parts and spending about 20 hours messing with it I now own a nice working shotgun that sells for $200 new.
Good deal? Yeah! I learned a heck of a lot!
May 31, 2003, 01:53 AM
I recently got a ANIB Ruger 22/45 P512 for $160.00 and a Fobus 2 mag. I wasn't using. (had maybe 250 rounds thru it)
Better deal yet to come....
I'm giving this one to my nephew for his 11th birthday.:)
July 12, 2003, 03:03 PM
In 1996 I bought a Star Firestar M45 new for $230. I put THOUSANDS of .45ACP handloads through that pistol, replacing all springs and the firing pin block safety in the course of things. I also had four magazines for the pistol, two of which I got free when Star shipped the gun back to me after repair (twice) and included them. In 2003 I sold the gun (Star was out of business so if it went belly up again I was SOL) for $350 on consignment at a local shop. I then sold three of the magazines separately for $40. Turned around and bought a used Winchester 94 Trapper in .357 Magnum from the shop where I put my pistol up for $250, then bought a new Lyman 66 Receiver sight and had a local smith D&T the rifle for it. Total cost of sight and smithing and gun was $350 so I came out smelling like a rose.
July 12, 2003, 03:28 PM
Two great-condition Remington 870 Wingmasters for less than $300 apiece, just a few days ago - see here (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?threadid=30296) for details. :D
July 12, 2003, 04:33 PM
As a brand new Policeman, in 1960, I bought a new S&W 2 inch model 10 for about $60 for off duty carry.
Some years later a good friend got it from me in a gun trade.
Last Dec. 25 he gave it back to me as a Christmas present.:)
July 12, 2003, 04:45 PM
mine will be coming next week. i was telling my grandma about the FABARMS FP6 i wanted. and she said she would buy it for me if i painted her hallway. sounds pretty good to me:D. an FP6 for an hour of work no problems here.
July 12, 2003, 04:48 PM
$50.00 for a WWII Mauser 8mm (converted to .30-06) German Mountain Gun originally, souvenir.
Checkup by gunsmith: $25.00. 3x9 Bushnell: $175.00 w/mounts.
About .75" 5-shot groups at 100 yards, elbow supported.
July 12, 2003, 05:05 PM
Mine's pretty much the same as yours 92LX I'm doing some doorknobs and escutcheons and hanging some pictures for a lady and she's already given me an early model Browning A-5. It needs some stock work but what the hey. Anything for a friend.
July 12, 2003, 05:18 PM
Best deal: 1983 Mercedes-Benz 380 SEL for $3888. Only thing wrong externally was a few paint chips on the hood. Back seat recliners dont work either. Owned by doctors all of its pampered 195k miles, until me.
However, parts for an MB are an entirely different matter...:mad:
Best ammo deal seen: 8mm 1000/$71
July 12, 2003, 05:23 PM
A few years ago at Wallyworld, they had a Mossberg marked down. I called a employee over to tell him it was priced wrong. He wanted to argue, so I decided to just buy it. NIB Mossberg 500 24 inch for $89.99.
July 12, 2003, 07:40 PM
OK...I'll "Chime in." Picked up a 1917 Enfield~Remington in 30-06 a few years ago from a rural gunshop in Virginia. Beautiful shape....one tiny ding in the stock. $160.00. CMP provided me with a 1946 SA Garand in beautiful shape fro $265. CMP also entered me in their lottery and I ended up with an unissued M1D Garand for $650. (gets about $3000 or so now) Later, I swapped a little tile work for (1) Walther P38 and (2)a Soviet SKS with laminated stock. (2 days work...)Got a few others, but notable was, for $650, an M14 Armscorp, NM: rear-lugged rcvr, NM op rod, barrel and gas assembly, TRW bolt and SA trigger group (also from a pawn shop IN Va.) Life is sweet................
July 12, 2003, 09:26 PM
An as-new (it had been fired fewer than 50 shots) Browning High Power, 2 standard cap. magazines. $300.
July 12, 2003, 09:38 PM
Winchester Model 92. I was offered 6 times what I paid for it the same day. Since been offered 8. Still in my safe!
July 12, 2003, 10:06 PM
Traded a CZ75B with 6 mags and a kydex holster for a 99% Sig 226 Nitron with kydex holster.
July 12, 2003, 10:46 PM
If you paid $10 for it, I'll gladly offer you 10 times what you paid for it.
Ah, hell, I'm feeling flush. 20 times what you paid for it, but only if you paid $10 for it. :)
July 12, 2003, 11:10 PM
S&W Mod 66 .357Mag - $180
S&W Mod 59 9mm with 2 hi capacity mags - $200
Both came from the Apple Valley Police Dept. Complete with boxes, holsters and original paperwork
Colt AR-15 SP1 Complete with scope,box and all paperwork - $300
This gun was,is 100%
Kimber Custom Compact - $400 99%
July 12, 2003, 11:45 PM
NHM 91 purchased in late 1995 for $180. Sold in 2000 for $900 with 10 mags and ammo.
July 13, 2003, 12:31 AM
My NIB Elite II for $630. Ended up being a pre-production gun with a few quirks but one of a kind. OK one of eight of a kind.
July 13, 2003, 11:32 AM
Kind of a toss-up between the NIB S&W Performance Center No.3 "Schofield" that I got for $500 from an acquaintance who got laid-off and needed fast cash, and the NIB LH Remington 870 I got at a gunshow for $275 with both a rifle-sighted slug and a 26" VR barrels.
Price was set by the seller in both cases. Probably never would've bought either if they hadn't been so cheap.
February 19, 2008, 05:18 AM
I got a Remington 870 express super magnum from me friend on a trade for a raven .25 auto i came across for 30.00
February 19, 2008, 05:39 AM
I traded an 89 dollar pioneer cd player out of my truck for a cherry Marlin 1894(C IIRC) with a Zeiss 4x32 scope on it...Kept it for quite a while and ended up selling it to a friend of mine that has a pawn shop. I had 89 bucks in it, he bought it from me for 800 plus an M6 Scout that I'd been wanting.
Later traded the M6 for a Mini 14 that was traded for 500 Rds of .270 and a Model 70, then the Model 70 was traded off for an Eagle Arms Ar15 that I never fired and it was eventually sold to the same friend that bought the Marlin, for 1200 cash plus some other junk that he had(new to me welder and torch setup).
So I guess for my 89 dollar radio I ended up with a Lincoln "tombstone" welder and two Victor torch heads/gauges and one set of tanks and a few power tools that I don't remember all of them.
On a side note, I may be getting the M6 back in the not-too-distant future. The guy that bought it pawned and hasn't made any payments on it according to another guy that works at the pawn shop.
February 19, 2008, 07:59 AM
Got a Pre-ban Colt AR-15 sporter for $400. This was during the 94-04 ban mind you....
Neither of us knew what he had. I wasn't into AR's at that time ( I did know that for $400, I wasn't going to get hurt....), he had won it in a poker game and just needed $$.
Once also bought a 3 pack of firearms from a lady who's husband had died and she wanted them out of the house. $200 for all...
One was a .45 AMT backup, which I sold to a friend in need for maybe $100...
Another was a cheap .25 pistol, which I gave to a person who needed a small, easy to work firearm.
The third was a rare open bolt RPB M-11 chambered in .380.
Again, had no idea what I had, this thing was beat up. Half a dozen 30 something round factory mags.....
Sold that little package for dang near $1,000.
February 19, 2008, 08:52 AM
A fellow passed away recently. I ran into his daughter, cleaning out her dad's house. She had a trunkful of guns she was getting rid of...didn't like 'em. "See anything you like" says she? Most were old shotguns...cheap stuff. One piece caught my eye...a S&W Model 41. I wasn't familiar with this target .22 pistol and said "I kinda like this...but I don't know if it's worth $50 or $500." "Give me $50 and it's yours." Nice addition to my collection!
February 19, 2008, 09:01 AM
S&W K-38 for $67.50, K-22 for $75 , let's not mention the year, Also a Win 101 in 20 ga.
February 19, 2008, 09:05 AM
Kel-Tec P40 given to me by a former co-worker. He didn't like the recoil.
Sold it 3 months later for $275.00 :evil:
February 19, 2008, 09:13 AM
Colt Woodsman Bullseye Match Target with the elephant ear grips in 98% condition for $400 with box and papers.
February 19, 2008, 09:19 AM
M1A, estate sale, $200 Died and went to heaven !!
February 19, 2008, 09:21 AM
In 1968, a fellow my dad worked with was going thru a divorce. I traded a '59 Ford coupe for his 1965 Yamaha motorcycle, a sporterized milsurp '06, 1,000 rounds of ammo, a reloading setup and enough stuff to reload another 1,000 rounds. The car was in good shape, but I only paid $300 for it.
February 19, 2008, 09:45 AM
I picked up a Glock 27 in 40 S&W and a Sig P239 in 40 S&W for the whopping price of......wait for it.......$550:eek:. I then sold the Glock with holster for $420 so I ended up getting the Sig for $130. Needless to say I like doing business with convicted felons that need money. Oh yeah also got a Ruger 10/22 for $100 from the same guy. All in all a good day I think:neener: RH822 can testify to this deal.
February 19, 2008, 10:19 AM
Similar to the deal jsalcedo got.
870 Wingmaster with a dial-a-duck choke and a nicely shortened shoulder stock for $109. It had been sitting on the shelf at Gun Stop for a while.
I had planned to cut off the barrel, but I picked up a 20" barrel with rifle sights and screw-in chokes - including a rifled choke tube - for a little under $100 at a Gander Mountain going out of business sale. Just for fun, I added an M4-type adjustable shoulder stock with a pistol grip.
Now I have a handy little deer gun for southern Minnesota hunting (shotguns required south of a line drawn through MN) that will easily shoot slugs minute-of-paper plate at 50 yards that I can convert into a nice IC self-defense shotgun. Or pop the other barrel on for messing around at the trap range.
February 19, 2008, 10:32 AM
Holy thread revival, Batman!
Hmm. Might be the nearly-new Bushmaster 16" HBAR that I traded for $100 and two shot-out pistols, a S&W 5906 and a Beretta Tomcat.
February 19, 2008, 11:44 AM
A NIB Ruger Security-Six 4" stainless for $179 (to make room for the newly introduced GP-100's).
February 19, 2008, 12:17 PM
IPicked up a Colt challenger .22 in excellent condition from a lady who lost her husband and did not like guns. She said it had been in a footlocker for their entire 45 year marriage and she had not seen it again untill his passing while cleaning out his stuff.
I think $20 was a good deal:).
February 19, 2008, 12:17 PM
A friend of my mom owned a towing service and towed an abandoned car back to his yard. A few weeks after he got it they were going through it and found a 1967 30-30 model 94 in the trunk. My mom said that she liked it and he just gave it to her and now I have it. Thanks mom........
February 19, 2008, 12:40 PM
Remington 3200 skeet model,Anvil case,and Briley tube set(20,28 and410) for $850 from a retired Navy skeet team member.Was offered $2200 for it two days later!
February 19, 2008, 05:02 PM
I don't remember ever getting a real super deal myself, but I once sold a mint condition S&W Model 29 that had only a half box of rounds through it to a fellow for $150. I guess I was on the wrong side of that one. Oh well, 20-20 hindsight.:rolleyes:
Oh, yeah I was offered a 1965 Shelby 289 Cobra for $2700! This was around 1970 and I couldn't get anyone (including my good old Dad) to loan me the money. Now that would've been an excellent investment.
Kind of Blued
February 19, 2008, 05:12 PM
I sold two cigarettes to a drunk guy in Manhattan, Kansas for $20 once upon a time.
Little to no remorse.:neener:
February 19, 2008, 06:41 PM
From a friend at work - bought a mint condition Browning (Made in Belgium) T-Bolt .22 and a Remington 870 in .410ga for $75.00. :D
Granted, it was used and had no box, but it was a hell of a deal for my first gun.
February 19, 2008, 08:08 PM
Just picked up a Kovrov SVT for $465 last week. :)
February 19, 2008, 08:16 PM
$50 for a '97 Win. at a yard sale. It's a trap gun, too.
February 19, 2008, 08:30 PM
My best deal has changed. It is now a DWM Luger. Given to me by a very good friend.
February 19, 2008, 08:52 PM
a man gave me 10.00 and the title to an 89 geo tracker, just to pull it out of his yard , got it home , cleaned it up fiddled with it a bit , ran ok- 4wheel drive also. friend of mine comes over, and wants this old, tired, ugly thing to run around his 10 acre woodlot. traded it to him for a ruger mark one bull barrel
February 19, 2008, 09:12 PM
yall are crooks!!!!!
TCB in TN
February 19, 2008, 09:30 PM
My best deal ever involves a horse trade. Bought a black roan gelding off a guy for $700 on a Sat. Hauled him home, unloaded him rodE him, and as I was getting off another guy I knew pulled up with his daughter. She loved the little horse and asked to ride him. Put her on him for about 20 minutes and when she got off she begged her dad to buy him. He ended up offering me $1000 plus a stainless J-frame smith .357 for him. He went home with a new horse that day and I figured I came out all right!
February 19, 2008, 10:04 PM
A few months ago I picked up a norinco sks in really good condition along with 540 rounds of ammo for $125
February 19, 2008, 11:33 PM
My best deal came to me when I was talking guns with my brother in law to be.I told him that I always wanted a AR15 but couldn't afford it. He told me to hang on and made a phone call. He then told me he has a Colt match target hbar, a model 70 30.06 and a .410 single shot that I could have for $500.00. Unknown
to me was that his brother had accidentally killed himself with a 1911 6 months before. The guns were taken to the police station when it happened and were scheduled to be destroyed. His mother said that all she wanted was 500.00,that the .45 be destroyed and that I would have to pick them up at the police station with my ID. Great deal, too bad it was at someone else's loss.The look on the detective's face was priceless when he released the guns to me though.
February 20, 2008, 01:30 AM
Remington "sportsman 12 pump" 870 for $160. It definately came home with some "personality," but it is the most reliable gun I have owned.
February 20, 2008, 01:51 AM
My best deal was from my neighbor. We go to talking gun one day and he said, I have a gun, you want it? I said I sure do.
Gives me a ruger single 6 in mint condition with the 22 mag cylinder. I ran the gun, no record in the system. good deal.
I also bought a mint colt python 8 inch blued in mint for 500, sold it for 1000 a year later.
also picked up a browning BAR in .308 absolute mint for 450.
Not bad deals.
February 20, 2008, 02:33 AM
Picked up a Taurus Snubbie for $100. Also got a Beretta 92fs for $325.
No snaking around and messing with little old ladies here! Just looked for the best deals i could find on ar15.com and THR.
February 20, 2008, 02:39 AM
just a couple off top of my head
smith wesson cs-1 for $250
kel tec p3at for $100
smith wesson model 1006 $450
glock 22 3rd gen $350
colt gold cup elite $650
February 20, 2008, 04:12 AM
I bought a norinco M14 a couple years back from a friend for $200. It was pretty beat up, but ran like a champ. It had been his truck gun for many years.
Earlier this year I was out shooting my springfield M1A. Another shooter at the range liked it, and asked how much they were. I told him, and he said he couldn't buy somthing that expensive.
I told him I had a chinese one I would trade for a gun if he wanted to. He said he would run home and grab a gun he wanted to trade. So I went home and got my norinco.
I showed back up at the range and he was waiting. On the shooting bench was a blue plastic pistol box. Inside was a new colt 1991. So now I have a really nice colt that cost me a $200 dollar gun.
February 20, 2008, 09:10 AM
Summer of 94 I called on an add listing two as-new guns for sale: Colt CAR-15 and Mini-14. Guy was in a hurry and said he didn't have time to talk. Gave me his address and said I could come by later that day if I was serious.
I considered not making the 45 mile drive but decided I had nothing better to do. I had 5 100-dollar bills in my pocket.
When I arrived, sure enough the guy had both guns in new condition complete with receipts where he had purchased the guns about 18 months prior. Figuring the Colt was outta my price range I asked, "How much for the Mini?"
The guy says, "Look...I gotta have $450..." and he pauses. I interrupted and said that was way too much for a Mini (remember...this was 18 years ago). Then the guy floored me by saying...
"No, no...that's for both of them. Cash only. I gotta have $450 to pay a fine by tomorrow or the judge is gonna put me in jail and I'm running outta time. I know they're worth more but I don't wanna go to jail."
I pulled $500 out of my pocket and the guy said he didn't have the $50 change. I said, "Keep it. They're worth the extra $50." I also told the guy I didn't envy his position but that sometimes you just gotta love our justice system. He didn't see the humor...but he didn't go to jail, either!
Had some other good deals but nothing that good.
February 20, 2008, 09:22 AM
Not a gun purchase but reloading equipment.
I got a Rock Chucker II, Trim Pro, 505 scales, uniflow powder measure, RCBS 22-250 dies, 270 dies, bunch of shell holders, deburing tool, lube/lube pad, case neck cleaners etc. for $78.
February 20, 2008, 09:27 AM
I bought an hk91 in 1983 for 599.00,an hk300 for 350.00,both new in box,i'd call that a good deal,knowing what they cost today....
February 20, 2008, 09:50 AM
I bought a Remington model 29 pump many years ago for $20, included was a cleaning kit. I used that gun for 20 years and finally got tired of it.
I traded the shot gun straight across for a USGI 1911a1.
More than one M1 Garand for $100 each in the 1970s.
February 20, 2008, 01:28 PM
I'd have to say my Kimber Stainless II. Sportsmans Warehouse wanted $800 for it. Got it at my local Rod and Gun Club (plus an extra magazine) for $713. Also, had an SKS a few years ago that I had bought for $150. A few months later, turned around and sold it for $200. I kind of miss it, but can't beat a $50 profit.
February 20, 2008, 02:26 PM
Which meens I am always looking for a deal. I have found so many good deals along the way that it is hard to say which is the best.
About 20 years ago I went into a hardware store, that also had a gun dept., looking to buy a cheap hammer and walked out with a like new Walnut stocked Remington 1100 for $175. A guy was there trying to sell it for cash but the buyer wasn't there. He wantedto $250 and I offered the $175. I sold it for $400 a couple months later.
I bought 2 Ruger vaqueros and a Rossi 92 plus a bunch of brass, bullets and loaded ammo for $600. I made about $500 dollars from that deal in less than two weeks. I also had bought a Marlin Cowboy in 45 Colt from the same guy for $400 which is why I had the opportunity to buy the other stuff.
I was in a local gun shop several years back when a guy walked in wanting to sell his Winchester 70 in 270 Win with scope and 3 boxes of ammo. The dealer was short on cash and suggested that maybe I was interested in it cause I had been lookin for a 270. I walked to the parking lot and looked at the gun and asked what his bottom dollar was. He told me his car payment was $265 and that was what he needed to get. I took it to the range that afternoon and shot 3 dime sized groups with it. My brother in law traded me his 7400 and a $150 for just the gun and then sold his gun for me for $275. I hung on to the scope for a couple years and then sold iit for $150. That meens that I got $575 for $265 invested.:D
Leupold 3.5 x10 at gun show.......$150 later traded
Leupold 4x12 with Mil dot reticle private sale at gun show $200 on my AR:D
Nikon 6.5x20 from an aquantance at a gun show NIB $200:D:D:D my favorite
Probably one of the best deals went something like this. I bought a used Ruger Mark II target with 2.5x8 scope on it from a shop for $250. Went to gun show with no real intentions of selling it. While at this show a sealer friend says "Have I got a deal for you" and pulls out a Stainless MarkII with clark custom barrel and either a Clark custom trigger or Volquartsen in it. It was the best trigger on any ruger that I had ever seen. I didn't have enough cash on me but I told him to set it aside. I went to my truck to get my blued Ruger and as I am walking in the door a guy asks me what I neede to get out of it. I sold the gun only to him for $200 on the spot. Went right to the dealer and gave him the $300. At this point I have $350 invested in the scope and the pistol. Later that summer a buddy offers me a great deal on a Heavy barreld Remington 700 in 6mm with a 6.5x20 leupold on it for $500. HE BOUGHT IT FOR $350. I told him I was kind of interested but would have to sell something first. He asks me what I have to trade so I show him the Ruger and tell him to try it. The first time he squeezed the trigger he thought there was something wrong with the gun. I told him to shoot it for the weekend, we were at an NRA silhouette match any way. That was friday afternoon. Saturday evening he easks me how much I want for the gun and I told him $500. He says "Will you take the rifle (includng the scope) as an even trade". Wellllll .........OK.:evil: Later sold just the rifle for $500, they stopped making them. Still have that Leupold. :D And the 2.5x8 Leupold, I sold that a few years later, for $250 or so.
February 20, 2008, 02:29 PM
Brand new-in-box HK USP Compact Tactical for $600.00 out the door, had the original case, pluse 3 mags. And it was from a dealer, too!
February 20, 2008, 02:53 PM
Bought a stainless Savage 308 with plastic stock used, private sale $250. Went to gun show and found a Reminton 700VSSF in 22-250 with Leupold rings and bases, and dies and brass for $600. Traded the Savage and $300 for it. On the way home I stop at the biggest gunshop around and find these guns are going for $1100.:D I had no idea. I put a Leupold 3.5X10 on it that I had picked a month or so before, for $150, and off to the range I go. It shot well but no better than any of my Savages. A couple of weeks go by and my buddy who was with me when I bought it asks me how I like it. I tell him that it is no great shakes and I will probably sell or trade it. He then tells me he knows a guy who is looking for that exact rifle. I sold the rifle with scope for $1200. New it would have cost about $1600. He was happy and so was I.
You know, in thinking about it some of my best deals have come in the form of bad deals gone good. Just befor the gun ban I foolishly traded away a Glock 19 towards what turned out to be a pieced together 1911. I hated it. A couple months later I traded it and 20 bucks towards A Ruger 77 in 25-06 with scope. I loved that rifle and kind of wish I had never sold it but, I made money on the sale, not much. Another example happened more recently. In the fall of 2005 I bought a Sprinfield XD fora little over $500 new. I absolutely, unnequivocallay hated it. I really, really, hated it. The next sping, March 2006, I took it to the local gun show hoping to trade it towards a Glock. I love my glocks. The trade offers from the dealers started out bad and got worse. I had just been told by a dealer firend that he wouldn't even take it on trade toward a Glock cause he could sell 10 Glocks for evry Sprinfield that he sold. This guy was and IS a friend of mine. As I was walking away from his Table I noticed a heavy barreled Varmint rifle in an end rack. It turned out to be a Savge VLP in the new 204 Ruger with 2x10 Weaver Classic scope on it. He had $600 on the price tag. He was busy at the time so I went and got lunch and went back later. Now I know the guy pretty well andI know how he feels abot heavy Varmint rigs. There ain't a lot of call for them in Maine. When I got back and things were a lot quieter I point to the rifle and say " hows that rifle moving for you Ralf." He frowns and gives me the exact answer that I would have predicted, "friggin boat anchor" he says. :evil: So I smile and ask him if he is interested in my gun now. I even had to show it to him again and he say what did I offer for it before $400? I said no Ralph you told me you wouldn't give me anything for it. Oh, he says, well I'll give you $400 toward the rifle. I stopped for a second to think it over and then, without being asked, he reduces the price to $500 on the rifle. I could not get the $100 out of my wallet fast enough.:evil: I bought the only box of ammo that he had for it and took it to the rangethe next day. I shot 3 sub half inch 5 shot groups with it. theother 5 were just used sighting it in. With handloads that rifle will generally shoot closer to a 1/4". By the way, I hadn't even completed the transaction when I see a guy lugging a couple guns around with a Leupold in his hand. I recognized the guy as someone who I had seen a couple weeks earlier at another gunshop who had taken $800 fora $1200 rifle with a $600 scope on it. When I asked How much he wanted for the $x12 Leupol with Target turrets, Mildot reticle and scope caps he say $200.:evil: I had to go the ATM.
February 20, 2008, 06:48 PM
went to an estate auction with my wife looking for furniture, was not happy and upset at the wife for draging me along, then... they had list of guns they were to selling, i saw the styer augs, the auction company totaly did not understand what they had, because they were in parts, nothing complete, for $4,000 i got 2 usr receivers, 1 older fa aug receiver, 2 usr barrels, 5 aug barrels (2 16", 2 20" 1 24"), 5 bolt carriers, a complete 9mm kit(barrel and all, with 7 9mm mags), maybe 40 or so 223 mags, i think 4 stocks for the usr's, one proper fa aug stock, 5 or so semi trigger packs, 2 of those flat top rails for the usrs, and a zillion little parts, and they looked at me weriod when i offered 4 grand on the side, god bless america
February 20, 2008, 08:00 PM
The neighbor across the street got divorced. She was leaving town and needed money. Asked me if I wanted to buy the gun her ex gave her a couple of years ago. She said she had shot it twice but didn't like the recoil. I asked how much and was told a $100. So for a 100 I got a S&W 640, 48 38 plus Ps (box of 50), and a speedloader for $100. Shot twice, 2 rounds!!.
February 20, 2008, 08:11 PM
I've never gotten any deals close to some of the deals I have read on here, but here are a couple of good/decent deals I have had.
1. Savage 110 30-06(mint cond, very low rd count) w/ scope for $200 shipped.
2. Yugo Underfolder(mint as well) with 220 rds, 2 extra mags and a new ergo grip for $400
3. Timney Drop-in for AR 10(NIB) $75 shipped.
It's no 640 for a Benjamin, but I was pleased.:)
Sent $ with dad and stepmom when they went to Louisana Downs, told them to bet my age for the DD.
I bought a firearm with the $872.40 winnings from a $2 bet.
If that is the case, I have paid a whopping $0.00 for my whole collection along with 1000's and 1000's of rounds of ammo, because every penny I have ever spent on a firearm came from poker winnings(mainly online).
Best gun deal I ever got was when my Dad taught me to shoot, and all I had to pay was attention.
More recently: a sweet, 50-year-old Wingmaster in fine shape for $140 plus sales tax. From a dealer. He just didn't like older stuff as much as I do. :)
February 20, 2008, 10:05 PM
Marlin 336C, .35 Remington: $100
February 20, 2008, 10:08 PM
Sorry for the double post.
February 20, 2008, 10:10 PM
What's going on? It took over ten minutes to post and it posted three times?
February 20, 2008, 10:14 PM
Best gun deals:
New Remington 541T at a Dick's inventory reduction sale about 10 years ago. Paid $225.
Used but pristine 2.25" SP101 .357 found on consignment at my local dealer's for $250 about two years ago.
February 20, 2008, 10:16 PM
A S&W 1950 Target .44 Spl with a factory 4" barrel for $500.
'43 Lend Lease M1 Garand for $600.
Papered M1D for $650.
February 20, 2008, 10:18 PM
February 20, 2008, 10:20 PM
February 21, 2008, 01:15 AM
Four CMP M1 Garands. Two are SAs, one is an H&R and the last is a Winchester M1D w/ all the accessories. Also an Inland M1 carbine, 800 rounds of ball .30-06 in bandoliers and 100 rounds of .30 carbine.
Set me back $3,300.
February 21, 2008, 01:53 AM
I have not had any good deals on guns. I have always paid fair market or higher. I don't have the patience to wait for a good deal. I've gotten good deals on ammo though.
2. 4300 rounds of 8mm Mauser for 800$. Yes, it doesn't sound like such a great deal... until you try to buy 8mm Yugo mauser ammo these days. In Las Vegas they are selling it for 13.95$ for a box of 15.
3. Norinco Paratrooper SKS for $250.
But of course the best deal has to be still going on now... I started working for Enteprise and now I get free FFL transfers. I don't even pay the state fees. Of course, my bank account reflects that.. ;(
February 21, 2008, 08:05 AM
Bought a Norinco underfolder AK47 for around $300 well before the Clinton gun ban. After the ban passed I traded it even for a good AR15.
Pretty much all the guns, ammo, parts, etc. I bought before the Clinton ban were a great deal compared to today's prices. For example, a Korean folding stock AR100 rifle for $369, which I am told now is worth between $1000 and $1500.
February 21, 2008, 08:14 AM
Best deal I got was my divorce....worth every penny(I mean Dollar)
just bought this for $450 from a friend. Less than 100 rounds
February 21, 2008, 08:48 AM
I found a like new in box/never fired FN49 from 1964. It was still wrapped and the USPS label was still on the outside box. It was at a now closed Orvis. The Orvis shop owner said an older gentleman traded it towards an expensive shotgun. The Orvis shop did not want it and sold it to me for $375. I did some research online. I was even contacted by a gun historian. I sold it the following week for $1400 on Gunbroker.
February 21, 2008, 09:06 AM
Not me, but the hubby got a Sig Sauer GSR free. It wasn't feeding reliably and the owner wanted to just be rid of it. Hubby is an armorer for a lot of guns including Sig Sauer; he had it functioning flawlessly in about 15 minutes.
He also got an HK P7M8 in trade for an hour's work on a jamming MP5.
February 21, 2008, 09:28 AM
The one good deal that I got was about 12 years ago. A bunch of friends from work and I were discussing going deer hunting, one of the guys that wasn't going asked if anyone wanted to buy a deer rifle. We sort of ignored him and he asked again, someone asked him what it was, "a Winchester Featherweight .243 with soft case and a 3x9" on it. Somebody else I'll give you a $100.00 for it. "No; I'd have to have more than that, how about $125.00"? I had been looking at a Featherweight in .270 but bought a Ruger 77 in 30/06 instead as I like the 06 better (I know there isn't a hairs bit of difference in them, but.) I hollered out SOLD before anyone else could say a thing. Turns out it was a Lightweight instead with a 20" barrel, but it is a shooter and awful handy to carry. I haven't shot it in years but I've got a brand new grandson that is eyeballing it. :) Well, it's got his name on it anyway. It wasn't a great a deal as if it had been the Featherweight, but I'm still pretty pleased.
February 21, 2008, 11:12 AM
120# of 223/5.56 once fired brass for 160$
brand new eotech 551 for 20$
3 chines AK drum 75 rd, 50$ a piece(bought last month so thats a smoking deal!)
AK mags at SG for 2$ a piece. once refinished they look brand new!
20,000 pulled grade 3 S109 bullets for a little over 350$ shipped
February 21, 2008, 11:32 AM
This Saturday I was at my local range/gun store and I see a new Kahr P45 priced at $559. While this was one I was going to buy later in the year, at that price it went home with me.
I was at my dealer last evening picking up 2 I traded for and he looked up his cost from distributors and the lowest was $570 plus shipping - I'm pumped!
February 21, 2008, 01:29 PM
A new in box Escort Marine Guard pump 12ga with 18in barrel for $100 cash
and a older but still beautiful Remington 870 20ga with 28in barrel
February 21, 2008, 01:54 PM
I haven't had any incredible deals, but the two best were:
Makarov - ~$180 OTD in-store (this was about 2.5 years ago, when the prices really started to rise).
Springfield Loaded in 9mm - Lightly used from the looks of it, $625 (think they go for ~$800-900 new).
February 21, 2008, 02:03 PM
A 1905 vintage Parker bros. 12 gauge S X S shotgun,
FREE, a gift from a friend of my grandmother.
February 23, 2008, 01:13 PM
i bought a fal from gunbroker and paid for it. a few days later the guy calls and says i can't have the gun because he broke it. i told him im pretty handy so send it along and knock some $ off so i can buy the parts to fix it. he offers instead to send me a second fal that is broken and i can just take 2 and make one. i was not pleased but i agreed. a few days go by and i get an fal and a cetme. this guy didn't know that fal charging handles are collapsible, and he thought the cetme was a fal. so the fal is not broken, the cetme was assembled incorrectly. 2 perfectly fine working battle rifles for $500
February 23, 2008, 01:14 PM
huh, i guess the atf will have to confiscate my full auto mouse
February 23, 2008, 02:17 PM
I purchased a Romanian Dragunov from a pawn shop for $400.00. He thought is was an AK. It turned out to be on of the guns that Century Arms is recalling due to them being FULL AUTO! I am still awaiting my replacement gun!
There was a moron in my unit. This guy missed a formation, and didn't answer his phone, so our squad leader had to go to his house and see if he was alive or what. He had been up all night drinking and smoking pot the night prior, which is why he didn't show up for PT.
So, with the article 15, and now an E-Nothing, he was strapped for cash. He knew he was facing a dishonorable, so he was trying to pull the "oh well Im a conscientious objector! Im a buddhist (all of a sudden) i need to get an honorable discharge".
Now, he did have a very nice Springfield XD-9 that I had shot before, in very good condition. And I say to him, "So, you're trying to convince people youre a buddhist, and yet you have a 9mm... (and in the Army), and I see your strapped for cash all of a sudden...."
Long story short, I got an almost new Springfield XD-9, for 300$.
February 23, 2008, 03:54 PM
used kahr k40 LNIB 5 extra 7rd mags (7total) tritium night sights...... 435 out the door....
February 24, 2008, 02:40 PM
Two of my guns I won at Friends of NRA dinners. I won a Weatherby Athena grade III on a 100 dollar raffle (for the 100 bucks I got a 200 dollar Brownells leather range bag). 2200 dollar value. The other was an Italian 1875 Sharps in 45-70 on a 20 dollar raffle. 700 dollar value.
If you have not gone to Friends of NRA dinner shame on you. You can win a tremendous deal on firearms or hunting trips or just general gear. I have seen african trips go for 5K. What you don't win makes a contribution to the NRA. Plus you get to take the wife out for an evening (bonus points when you screw up later in the year!)
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