Best money ever spent on a firearm?


December 16, 2006, 07:40 PM
What purchase do you look back on most fondly? Factor into it any criteria you like (best shooter, exceeded your expectations, gets used the most, screamin' good deal, etc.) and identify your best acquisition.

Mine would be a Smith & Wesson model 17-4. Superb quality, accurate, beautiful to look at and half the price of a new Smith .22 revolver.

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December 16, 2006, 07:42 PM
Well I always carefully purchase but I have thouroughly enjoyed my Ruger MKIII 5.5" bull barrel.

December 16, 2006, 07:44 PM
...Model 66... purchased NIB...127.50 US...

...I miss that one:banghead:

December 16, 2006, 07:55 PM
Any of the many Ruger semi-auto .22 pistols I've owned. Strike that, any of the Ruger .22 handguns I've owned.

Same for any of the Marlin .22 rifles I've owned. Hard to beat $50 for 18 rounds of tubular fun.


December 16, 2006, 07:57 PM
My fave is my Browning model 21, the best $1,200 i've ever spent.

December 16, 2006, 07:59 PM
Kimber Series 1 . .barely been fired for $500 . . .that or my Ruger Mark II 6 7/8 that a buddy leaving the country sold me for $100.

Vitamin G
December 16, 2006, 08:00 PM
$299. FM Browning hi-power.

Without that investment, I wouldn't have known if i really liked hipowers, and probably would have passed up a deal for a spankin' new hi power practical for $450 later that year.

December 16, 2006, 08:01 PM
Picked up a Marlin Camp 9 for $300 (consignment), because hey, what the heck.

The guys at and near the counter told me I'd either love it or hate it.

Some told me it was pointless past 100 yards, others told me it was just plain fun to shoot.

There was another one right beside it, but I didn't like the (folding) stock, and somehow my mind spaced that stocks are cheap and easy to change.

The Camp 9 came with undocumented "ballistic intuition" and just knows what I'm trying to hit. At 50 yards it's bottle-cap accurate. And it's just plain fun to shoot.

My other "best" hasn't even been fired yet.

Picked up a S&W 586-7 when Sports Authority decided to clearance their handguns. They knocked $150 off the tag, and I helped them with their inventory problem. (Guy I work with took the remaining one off their hands two hours later.)

So I got a 586-7 for the price of a Taurus m66 or Tracker 7-shot (.357).

Can't complain.

Now, if I could only find another service grade M1 Carbine for $300 . . .

Oh, and the Marlin Camp 9 stock thing? Some weeks later I walked into that shop as the manager was swapping out the folding stock for standard wood furniture. My eyes got big; asked him where he got that and was it for sale. "Had it for months. You've held it in your hands. Used to have that stock on it. Just sold it to Walt." Long silence. "Dammit."

December 16, 2006, 08:04 PM
This thing called a Garand. Probally never heard of it :D

December 16, 2006, 08:07 PM
I think some posters here are confused, the OP wasnt looking for the best value. The best value for me is any 10/22 I own (I can never leave a 10/22 priced under $100.00 in a pawn shop, I have 6 of them :D ) The best money I ever spent was on a Kimber custom II stainless target. I shoot that gun nearly every week, and have never regreted the purchase. I would dare say that if I could only keep one of my guns that would be it.

December 16, 2006, 08:08 PM
Yes the m-1 Garand ...what a nice shooter..... It has sniper written all over it.
I own 2 of them.:)

Wesson Smith
December 16, 2006, 08:32 PM
My S&W Model 686. If hypothetically forced to choose one firearm in my collection at the expense of all the others, this baby would be it. Hands down.

Baba Louie
December 16, 2006, 08:37 PM
Have to be the two Swedish Mausers I bought back in '88 for the whopping sum of $69.00 each at Woolworths (of all places). A 1900 Obie and an '09 Gustav.

All matching numbers ('cept the cleaning rods), long, slim and accurate.

Ammo wasn't that cheap back then however (still isn't today for that matter, just a little easier to come by).

Those two are a joy to shoot. They make me look like I know what I'm doing.

And that's always fun.

Mr White
December 16, 2006, 09:07 PM
Definitely my Garand. Best $450 I ever spent. If circumstances ever got to where I had to sell off guns to keep from starving, it would be the last one to go.

December 16, 2006, 10:33 PM
I've had a few great buys for various reasons....probably the best buy I've ever made was a pair of Colt SAA's that were mint condition from a widow I worked them both for $1300. I did feel a little guilty.

Two other ones are the Springfield 1911 I bought after trading a Ruger P-90.....the Springfield is a really nice .45 I miss the Ruger from time to time b/c I hate to get rid of guns, but it was definitely a wise decision. The other being the purchase of my Glock of the best damn handguns I've ever owned, carried or even fired. I'm a 1911 man at heart but I do love my Glock.

December 16, 2006, 10:34 PM
I once got a winny 3030 at a pawn shop that the guy thought it had a trigger problem. 29 bucks plus tax.

December 16, 2006, 10:46 PM
My HK USP fullsized 45. I think it was around $750 and I'll never get rid of it. It's probably the gun I've owned the longest. Nice to have next to the bed...

December 16, 2006, 10:48 PM
Best money I ever spent was on my Thompson Contender G2 rifle and various barrels/scopes.

Next was my Glock G26, then my Stoeger double barrel shotty.

My other 20+ guns don't get used as much as these.

December 16, 2006, 10:58 PM
Kel tec subgun. I had no idae how much fun and how accurate these babies are .

December 16, 2006, 11:04 PM
Tough question, as I really like most of the purchases I've made ... and those that didn't click didn't stay. But two I am really fond of were both serendipity purchases.

Maybe fifteen years ago I found a Remington 541T at a Dick's Sporting Goods of all places. This particular Dick's had a couple of old timers behind the counter, guys I knew from my club. One of them was working on the 541T, seeing how light he could safely set the trigger. I asked him about it, and he said it was part of a scratch and dent inventory reduction sale. I bought it on the spot; $225, if I remember correctly. That gun has been target accurate both on the range and in the field, having taken many squirrels.

The second was just this past year, when I found a pristine Ruger SP101 on consignment at my local shop. Marked $250, and again, I bought it on the spot. That 2.25" .357 snubby has quickly become one of my favorite carry guns. It's built like a tank and handles full power .357 mag loads with ease.

I've spent much more on guns that I really like, but consider these two of the best purchases I've ever made.

December 17, 2006, 12:02 AM
1. Bought an Iver-Johnson Hercules SxS in 12 ga 28" barrels at a gunshow with another hardware store SxS (King Nitro) for $100 total. The I-J is well balanced, swings nice, is a dream to shoot becuase it fits me well. Many a pheasant and rabbit have fallen to this workingman's game-getter.

2. On my way out of one Father Pfalger's Gun buy-backs, I run into a guy who "didn't fit into this particular Chicago neighborhood" the same way I "didn't fit into the neighborhood". There was let's say "insant recognition" and he asked me where the gun buy-back was. I asked him what he had. We went to the back of his car and he showed me a rather short barrel sawed-off shotgun, not having a ruler or tape measure handy I passed as it looked a little (okay a LOT) to short (let's just say the barrels were probably closer to 8.5 inches then 18.5 inches) and an ERMA ET-22 "Artillery Luger" target pistol/carbine (like in the picture only with some beautiful custom wood grips). I thought this would be perfect for my daughter to learn on. Visons of Olympic Gold medals in Free Pistol began to dance through my head. I gave him one of $100 Visa gift cards I had just received and he gave me the ET-22.

Fast forward to our next range trip. She is totally unimpressed with pistol shooting. Dad's Olympic vision is shattered (although she like shotgun sports-trap, skeet, sporting clays and five stand, but does not care for competition.)

Fast forward to the next gunshow. Sold to a dealer for $325 (He still has it for sale as I saw it in his display last Sunday with a tag on it asking $450.)

So to recap. I turned in 3 guns (a Remington .22 pump, that I bought from a co-worker for $15, with a barrel so shot-out/corroded, that it keyholed at 25 yards, a Chinese pellet gun that I paid $10 at a Hardware and Tool auction, and a Chinese knock-off 1903 that another co-worker gave to me after a construction crew found it buried in his front yard when they were replacing his broken main main/water line.) and got I $300 in Visa Cards. I traded a $100 card for the target pistol and then sold it for $325. Net gain works out to $300-$100+325-$25 = $500 which I spent on reloading supplies.

December 17, 2006, 12:07 AM
It's a toss up...for rifle, it would have to be my EBR :D That thing is soooo fun to shoot, and just as accurate as it is fun. And it didn't cost an arm and a leg, as it is Olympic Arms ;) Otherwise, it would be the Beretta Urika A391 20 gauge that was my anniversary present this year (25th, coming up this Tuesday :D :D :D ) It's just...elegant. Fun to shoot, only mildly bruises my weenie shoulder. I don't shoot it often enough, but it's my prize possession.


December 17, 2006, 12:07 AM
Well I'd have to pick two very unlikely guns. It would be either my s&w 22a because its let me practice enough at a price thats low enough that I consider myself a much better shooter for owning it. It makes me really want to try a s&w 41 sometime, while its pricey I hear they're great.

My other top choice would be my kel-tec p3at. It doesn't seem like much but its small enough that one could always have it on and packs a good punch for the size.

December 17, 2006, 12:11 AM
I spent $10.00 on a 410 my neighbor had. It was the first gun I ever bought and I paid for it with my hard earned allowance. Best 10 bucks I ever spent. Recent purchases I'm hard pressed to say, I just bought an FEG PJK 9HP for about $200.00 that is a dandy shooter and a nice Hi-Power pattern gun. Well worth the money I paid for it. My Marlin 336 was a good Purchase too. Bought it low ball from a freind who got it to cover a poker debt.

Ala Dan
December 17, 2006, 02:49 AM
Greeting's All-

Would most definitely be my 3rd series (early '72 production) Colt Agent
with the polished blue finish; as very solid 99 per center that I gave only
$120 for 'bout three months ago ('06).

December 17, 2006, 03:09 AM
I bought a new national match M-1 (springfield) made at Rock Island arsenal chambered for 7.62 mm for $200 in 1972. A lot of money back then.
It was new and I just played with it for over 10 years untill I started shooting in competetion.
I won my first 10 Leg points at Camp Perry with that rifle and several more before I retired it and started using the m-14.
It was an excellent rifle that I rebarreled once while using it in competetion and then put the original barrel back on the reciever and traded it for another M-1, a new in the box 300 win mag. model 70 and $500 cash.
It would no longer hold the 10 ring but the guy who got it said it was the best shooting rifle he every had.

December 17, 2006, 09:54 AM
Ten years ago, a friend went hunting in Alaska, except, his rifel didn't make it there. He raised H--L with the airlines, and they actually gave him $300,00 to buy something else with. He found a sporterized Springfield '03 in a gunshop in Anchorage with a peep sight nicely installed, a really pretty Fajen stock, and a 19" bbl, for $150.00. He picked it up and killed a moose with it. When he got ho,e, his Rem. 700 BDL in 7mm Mag had showed back up. He asked the airline (starts with American) what they wanted to do with the '03 and they said keep it, they had no way of accepting or disposing of it. He put it on consignment at a local gunshop for a couple of months till the consignment agreement expired ($400.00), and ask if I wanted it for the 150.00 he paid. I said sure, took it out and shot it a couple of times with the peeps and it was astounding. I had Lou Williams in Ft. Worth mount a 4X12 Accutrack, replace the bolt handle and safety, and the 80 year old piece shoots 3/4" 100 yd groups all day (it does like heavier bullets though, 180 gr +). I installed a Pachy Decellerator on it, and she is gorgeous for the 150 + 300 (scope and mount) + 250.00 bolt and safety work = $ 700.00. I enjoy shooting it greatly because of it's history (Lord only knows what game it took before coming into my possesion), beauty (the older Fajens were truly fine pieces of wood), and the reactions I get when firing at the range and they lean over to see what it is:)

Essex County
December 17, 2006, 09:55 AM
Probably a used, custom SAKO L-61 smithed by the late Creighton Audette. I knew him but I never figgured I would own one of his rifles. A true gentleman and craftsman.........Essex

December 17, 2006, 10:05 AM
I guess I would have to say a S&W model 58 for $81.00 new.. It was my duty gun for 13 years.. We survived 3 gunfights.

I still have it.. My son will get it someday when I am done with it, and his son after that..

I think it was $81.00 well spent.

December 17, 2006, 10:13 AM
Both for monetary value and how much I enjoy it, I'd have to go with my Springfield XD45 for $300 cash.

Yes, it was a legitimate purchase. Nothing Semi-legal or fishy about it. Purely a case of being in the Right Place at the Right Time.

Novus Collectus
December 17, 2006, 10:23 AM
K31, 'nuff said!! :D

CZ52 because of its power and the price.

1911A1 "Colt" Systema....way overpriced and the constant hammer bite has given me a permanent scar.......still one of the best things I have ever bought!!! :D

Wesson Smith
December 17, 2006, 11:57 AM
Y'all are gonna laugh at this one, but I have to add to my "best buy" list - An NRA commemorative edition Gamo .177 cal. (100 FPS) air rifle with 4x32 scope. We have a reall bad squirrel problem in my neighborhood. As winter approaches they try to nest in the eaves of our houses. Not a good thing. I talked to my neighbors to see if they had any objection to me doing a little backyard varmint hunting. They were all for it, and in fact the guy who lives behind me offered $5 for every tail I bring him! Just nailed #14 and #15 this morning. At this rate, the thing will have paid for itself by winter's end. :D

Wesson Smith
December 17, 2006, 12:02 PM
My bad - 1000 FPS.

Novus Collectus
December 17, 2006, 12:11 PM
Y'all are gonna laugh at this one, but I have to add to my "best buy" list I'm not laughing, and I can actually relate. Borrowed my neighbour's 1000 FPS pellet rifle and got many a squirrel and pest rabbits in my backyard when I had it.

December 17, 2006, 02:06 PM
My best buy to date is my Springfield Armory 1911. I picked it up used for $650 (it was very lightly used). It has turned out to be quite a shooter and my all time favorite 1911.

December 17, 2006, 02:08 PM
DCM (now CMP) M1 Garand for $125.00. got that in the 80's.

December 17, 2006, 02:52 PM
That would be my SA58. Cost me a grand used. I've played with it and shot it lots, and to this day picking it up makes me as happy as the day I bought it. Its such a cool gun.

December 17, 2006, 04:38 PM
This is tougher to answer than I thought it would be.

If I give it some time, it will probably be the money spent on my Marlin 39A eventually; I really like it so far. That being said, I've gotten some great service out of some other items. I can't pick one conclusively.

A real fence-riding, non-commital answer, I know.... :D

December 17, 2006, 04:50 PM
I have 2, one is my USPf 45 which came from the factory in an LE configuration (3 12 round mags) in variant 2 with night sites for $750. My other one was a surprise which was a 340PD, it wasnt that cheap, but its my most versital and one of my most trusted weapons

December 17, 2006, 05:36 PM
1) S&W 65-3 with a 3" barrel,paid 300 bucks
online 3 years ago.It has become my daily
carry piece,4500 rounds later it's as tight as
the day i bought it.

2) Ruger MKII 512,paid 200 bucks at a local
shop 4 years ago.It came with a gold bead
front sight and trigger job.

3) mossberg 500A 12 gauge with a 18.5"
barrel.This one cost me 145 bucks from a
local dealers online auction.I added a raised
front sight base with a oversized bead and
a limbsavers recoil pad.A great old school
blued steel and wood defensive shotgun.

All of these were in near new condition when
i bought them and have given me outstanding
service over the years.

December 17, 2006, 05:51 PM
Best buys and values (even if they are sentimental):

S&W mdl 19. 4" bbl, RR/WO Rosewood stocks. Target hammer/target trigger.
$247.00 in 1979. This revolver has over 15,000 rounds through it and it just keeps on going!

DCM M1 Garand. Got notification to send in my money ($165.00) the day after the DCM raised the price from $94.00! $165 is still a bargain. The year, 1984/'85.

S&W mdl 41 in .22 lr. $200.00. Condition of sale, IF I ever sell the pistol, the original owner wants first 'dibs'. (This one will NEVER be sold. Most favorite rimfire.)

Colt Gold Cup, NM. This pistol is easily my most favorite centerfire handgun, period. Cost $350.00, in 1985.

Remington 870 Wingmaster. Christmas present from my wife, the first year we were married. (Priceless!)

Remington 870 Wingmaster 'Police' - 1980 model. Closet queen when I found it. Price - $210 out the door. Doesn't appear to have been fired more than twice. (I found it this year!)

That is my list of 'favorites' and best money spent.

December 17, 2006, 05:58 PM
The one I have probably had the most use from for the money is probably my Remington 870 Express synthetic. If it's the inferior grade model, all those clay birds couldn't tell the difference.

December 17, 2006, 06:27 PM
Kimber Pro Carry II in pristine condition for $550. I've trusted it with my life for the last 3 years.

Another great buy was a Nickle Belgium Browning Hi-Power for $400.

December 17, 2006, 06:31 PM
Browning Buckmark pistol. For the sheer joy of introducing my children to the joys of pistol shooting. That little shooter goes through 200-400 rounds per range trip.

December 17, 2006, 06:45 PM
My best deal was a Schults and Larsen Rifle in 7x64 Cal. I traded a small amp I bought for ten bucks for it. Was a beautiful rifle that had a smooth as silk bolt action. Traded it a few weeks later for six rifles from a guy that really wanted it.

That ten bucks ended up making me over 600 dollars back in the mid 70's.

December 17, 2006, 06:57 PM
All my firearms purchases are! :D All my guns I shoot, all my guns serve a purpose and all my guns I got at a fair price :D

December 17, 2006, 07:02 PM
I look at all of my firearms every week, admire and clean them, all the while recalling when I purchased each. But, if I had to say the very single most fond memory of purchase, difficulty to locate for purchasing, joy of holding and thrill of using, it would have to go to my Colt WWI reproduction.


December 17, 2006, 07:25 PM
This is kinda tough, because I always look for screaming deals on my guns. Most every one I have, I could get more than I paid. That said...

Best deal money wise, bar none would be my Thompson Contender .357 Herrett. Thru exceptional trading skills, I got it free plus $150.....:D

To ice the cake, it's incredibly accurate

Money best spent.... probably my Bushie AR. Accurate beyond belief and way fun to shoot. Also, my 870 that I've used for hunting more times than I could count.

This is like having 50 kids and trying to pick a favorite.

December 17, 2006, 08:27 PM
Best surprise: Steyr M40-A1, got it new on a trade for a used Glock, and it is an outstanding gun - well built, reliable, and every bit as accurate than my SIGs.

"Worth every penny" award goes to my Remington 700P LTR, since it is the best balance of precision accuracy, light weight and portability I've ever experienced.

Most fun for the least money would be my Marlin 1894C, at $335 new its just plain fun.

December 17, 2006, 08:37 PM
I traded a 600 mHz Dell P3 for this beauty. :)

Wesson Smith
December 17, 2006, 08:56 PM
A little feedback for a "newbie" here? I see more that a few of us own the AR genre. I recently picked up an Armalite M15, scoped and tricked out for a great price at a local gun show. I was looking for a Bushie or a RRA, but the deal was too sweet, after some bartering discussion on my part. I've caught a little flak regarding my purchase, as of late. I understand that Armalite is not the signature it once was, but I love the thing. Performs like a champ, and is awesomely accurate. Any thoughts?

December 17, 2006, 10:40 PM
Bought it used in 1977 for $140.00
Followed me around various nations, states while in the service.
I took it to the range twice last week. I still don't shoot as well as it can.

December 18, 2006, 04:15 AM
1) Ruger Redhawk $475 NIB, never been fired. They are costing $600-650 at the stores.
2) Most recent: Ruger Blackhawk .357/9mm conversion $350. On the internet they are going for $350-400 for just a regular .357 Blackhawk.

Both guns came with boxes and owners manual.

December 19, 2006, 02:12 PM
Ruger Security Six .357, Stainless Steel, 6', pachmayer decellerator grips, drilled and tapped, barely used, $200 out the door. I couldn't be happier for a target/wilderness firearm.

as for a rifle, would have to be my $68 K-31 gunsmith special from Aim surplus about a year ago. I still cannot figure out why it was listed as a gunsmith special, sure the stock was beat to hell, but for a k-31, that is par for the course. She shoots like a dream with GP-11 ammo. And it had the butt stock name tag to boot!

December 19, 2006, 03:23 PM
1984, HK 91 $399 delivered. Had FFL @ the time. All (91,93,94 collapsible or standard) were same price. Wish I got a case of each. Joe

December 19, 2006, 03:26 PM
Registered Lightning Link, $75.

If I had only known what was coming.....

December 19, 2006, 04:16 PM
Ruger 22/45 - $189 new. Only gun I have that never gets left home when I go to the range; cheap to shoot, reliable, and accurate.

Marlin 60 - bought it for $60 shipped from a member here IIRC. Add an older made-in-Japan Tasco 4X scope and some rings and I have a reliable and accurate .22 for $100.

December 19, 2006, 04:51 PM
Ithaca SKB O/U..Model 500... 12 ga. / 3"
Bought new in 1974 for $450.
It's probably still only worth $450 (tops)...but I don't care. Man I have shot a pile of feathers with that gun through all these years.
It's a wonderful gun...for the memories!

I look at the old girl and it conjures up a thousand memories of past hunts and deceased and sorely missed bird dogs I have owned. I grab that gun and remember old hunting friends, awesome Saskatchewan goose hunts, great MN bluebill shoots, hundreds of upland bird hunts, and visions of my Dad and I hunting together hundreds of times.
They all come flooding back to me.

December 19, 2006, 04:57 PM
I've had many 'good deals' but the best ever was a $200 gun show buy of a Pedersoli BP 12 ga coach gun.

It's purdy.

December 19, 2006, 05:26 PM
at a pawn shop for $100.00. Crystal was cracked & they agreed to repair. Watch was lost & I raised hell. They wanted me to "choose" something else in the place. I took a nickel S&W 29 ( no extra charge ). Shot it a lot over the next year. Friend had a early 70s blued model 29, never fired in presentation box he wanted to sell. Sold the nickel 29 for what the blued one was offered for. So no cost upgrade. Kept the blue 29 unfired & got $1,150 credit on it toward a trade on a premier Freedom Arms 353.


December 19, 2006, 06:42 PM
Sniped a TimberWolf .357 off Gunbroker, $500

Turned out to be NIB never fired been kept a safe queen for 17 years. Some of the most BEAUTIFUL wood I have seen on a rifle. Wicked accurate at intermediate range and easy to handle, even for the ladies. Chambered in one of my most favoritest rounds, and I love that I can shoot it at the local indoor range. Light, quick and handy.

Great price for a hard-to-find gun in NEW condition with GORGEOUS wood and a potent man-stopping round.

I also love my Marlin 1894 (.44 mag) stainless levergun, but can't really tell you why. It's the first rifle I ever bought, maybe has something to do with it.

December 19, 2006, 06:47 PM
S&W 3913LS. I had a Bersa .380 at the time, and wanted to move up to a locked-breech 9mm. I thought through what I wanted (traditional double action with manual safety was my #1 criterion), did a lot of reading, decided I liked the small 3rd-gen Smiths, read up on them, decided the LadySmith was the best fit (liked the non-ambi safety and the angled front frame), and eventually bought one. Have never regretted that choice.

My WORST gun purchase? Ruger mini-14 Ranch Rifle. Wish I had paid a little bit more and gotten an AR.

December 19, 2006, 07:21 PM
I've always been pretty careful with what I spend my money on. My most recent acquisition, and therefore one that I'm still pretty excited about, is an ar-15 that I got thanksgiving week. It was made by a local mil-spec manufacturer, has all the features I was looking for (including everything from the AWB's list of naughty parts), and was NIB. I got it, plus a high capacity mag and a hunting-legal mag, and ammo, for under $500. Not a steal, but a solid investment.

December 19, 2006, 08:30 PM
Two come to mind...

A Star Arms semi-auto pistol in 38 auto for $25 from a former boss. He thought it was broken -- would fire OK but wouldn't extract. I took it into a smith right away (didn't even bother to fire it); they called me and asked what ammo was being fired in the pistol. Since I had just bought it I didn't know but it turns out it was a .38 super auto and the previous owner was firing the wrong ammo. Nothing wrong with the pistol at all!

The second is a 70's Colt Python (4"/blued) in 95% condition for $300 from a buddy that needed money.



Redneck with a 40
December 19, 2006, 11:12 PM
My Yugo 59/66 SKS. Its built like a tank, can take a lot of punishment, only requires a minimum of maintenance, its a lot of fun, shoots a very effective anti-personnel round, can be used for hunting in a pinch, and its accurate enough to get the job done.:D Best part of was $150! :D :evil: This is my "screamin' good deal".

December 19, 2006, 11:28 PM
The best money I ever spent on a gun was buying an O/U for my dad.

December 19, 2006, 11:50 PM
It's a tossup.

1) The $350 I spent on one of those NorinCommie 1911s. It deterred a burglar without me getting shot or him getting shot.

2) The couple hundred I spent on a used Remington 870 for a friend when she took the oath and became a US citizen.

December 20, 2006, 04:08 PM
AR-15 mag release buttons, bought them for less than $5, sell them for $50, with a drilled and tapped set screw to make a CA compliant AR, quick $500 ;)

Best deals off the shelf, S&W 1000 trap gun from consignment for less than $300 - It's worth about $450-500, but I'll never part with it.

I bought a LNIB 870 Express 20ga for $250 from a guy that needed money, came with a decent Hard Case, gun cleaning kit and a lock.

So far I've only parted with one gun that I bought, a Ruger P944 .40 S&W, paid $400, sold for $400 - I just couldn't get the right grip on it to hit COM

Black Majik
December 20, 2006, 04:48 PM
My first Les Baer. I thought my Series I Kimber was accurate, wow. Superb accuracy, great fit and finish, and one lovely shooter. The undercut trigger really separated it from the rest. It may have been expensive, but it was very worth it. I got some great memories with that thing already. Mainly matches and Bruce Gray's class. That darn gun made me put away all my other 1911s.

I have a 2nd Les Baer that just sits around incase my first one dies, which I doubt would be anytime soon. They're just that much fun to shoot.

Doug Add
December 20, 2006, 05:57 PM
1) $30 for a SIG P228.

Okay, that is not entirely accurate. I swapped something else that I wanted to get rid of, and the dealer at the gun show charged me the tax on the purchase price of the SIG. I have carried that P228 regularly in the nearly two and a half years since, and shot it at almost every trip to the range. It fits my hand perfectly.

2) Less than a month later I picked up a practically unused Ruger SP101 and leather OWB holster for less than $300. The previous owner inherited it from his father-in-law, and since he already had a S&W model 60 he let it go. We both came out good on that deal.

Hard to choose between these two as to which is my favorite. They are both carried regularly (the Ruger more lately) and both shoot like an extension of my hand. I hope I never have to part with either one. I would say the money I spent on them in that three week period is the best money I ever spent on a firearm.

December 20, 2006, 06:14 PM
I consider every purchase I've ever made money well spent.

If you are asking what unbelievable deal I've come across,the answer is none.I've found nice specimens at a fair price,or a nice specimen where I might have paid a little extra even but I don't regret it one bit.

Sadly finding a Garand or Luger for a $100 or something at a yardsale or someone desperate for cash seems to happen to others,never me.:confused:

December 20, 2006, 09:00 PM
Sig P229 .40SW purchased for $350.

Browning Buckmark 5" slabbie, purchased for $139

SW 585 6" for $200

December 20, 2006, 09:06 PM
Solid Imbel kit on an Imbel receiver FAL for $500. :D

December 20, 2006, 09:13 PM
I think I've figured out why this is so hard for some to answer... it really depends on how you measure it.

As I had responded earlier, if I give it enough time the Marlin 39a will probably top my list overall. I'm sure I'll get a lot of good times out of it. Many years and many rounds.

But what about my first handgun that I still have? It works great, and for dollars divided by years my other guns can't beat it. Didn't get a steal of a price on it or anything, though.

For sheer steal of a price, it would be something else entirely, probably the SKS. Hard to beat for $140, and people have done better than that but it was before my time as far as rifles so I still feel great about the figure.

And for a whole different angle... do improvements count? I'm looking forward to some new sights that will probably make my .30-30 a whole different animal. I don't know about "best", but I'm pretty sure it's going to be good money spent, and it's technically on a firearm.

Nice thread.

December 20, 2006, 09:33 PM
I think it would be the mint condition Remington 597 stainless barrel w/wood laminate stock that came with a case - ok a crappy zipper case - for $75 at a yardsale/fundraiser for the local Kiwanis Club. Boy was I thrilled!

December 20, 2006, 10:19 PM
Hard to beat my CZ 75. It's well worth what I paid for it & all the accessories/mags/etc I got with it.

December 21, 2006, 12:27 AM
Toss-up between my Colt Delta Elite, NIB for $425, and my Colt Mark IV that I turned into a pin gun. NIB, $459.

But I always remember my first handgun rather fondly. NIB Ruger RST-6 $92:D

December 21, 2006, 07:04 PM
The Yugo SKS I purchased in early November for $119. It was essentially unissured (maybe previously fired a few times, but everything was absolutely pristine) and besides the initial cosmoline removal, has worked like a champ ever since without a single problem. The best part though: it was my first firearm.

I've since purchased a Ruger 10/22 and am going to get a Yugo 24/47 or a Mosin Nagant shortly after the holidays. I think it's safe to say I have a good start on becoming a gun nut.

December 21, 2006, 07:07 PM
I've had more fun, met the best folks, and learned the most shooting Highpower Rifle with a Colt AR worked up to CMP competitive standards. Jewel trigger, floated Douglas Barrel and weight in the cleaning kit hole. If I had to go with one rifle, it would be the one I shoot 5000 times a year.

December 21, 2006, 08:50 PM
The best money I ever spent on a firearm bought me a 6" S&W 686. Don't recall how much I spent, and it doesn't matter - it was worth any price. It was my first firearm.

Grownin' up the offspring of a German research physicist, we weren't exactly the outdoorsy family. I started hiking the AT solo as a teenager, and after a couple of experiences I'd rather not repeat I decided that I really should be armed. So I read the trade rags (this was the zenith of the era of the duty revolver wars), decided on a 357, went to Old Town Armory in Alexandria, VA and picked out the then-just-introduced 686.

With that purchase, I learned to take 'em apart and smooth 'em out. I learned to handload ammo, and I learned what worked and what didn't work for carry use. I sold it years ago to fund some other firearms, but since it got me started and taught me well, it was probably the best money I ever spent.

February 3, 2007, 09:24 PM
My best buy is easy, but hard to defend from the Taurus "haters" It's a 20 year old Taurus model 66 .357 magnum with a 6" barrel. I think I paid about 200 bucks for it. It was capable of putting one ragged hole targets at 15' then, and it just gave me a cloverleaf in a target dot today. And this after God knows how many rounds I put through it. During year 19 the crane screw came loose. A little locktite and no problems since then. Any gun that is used as heavily as I use mine for as long as I have used mine and still shoots the same great groups has got to be a winner.:D

February 3, 2007, 09:38 PM
Just got back from the range and simply love this setup.

Total cost was $925 for rifle, scope, rings/mount, shipping, FFL service.

Love the accu-trigger. Weapon is heavy enough to allow me to keep my eye on the target during recoil.

I like my 30-06 BAR for most big game hunting. But this new varmint rifle is great.

See details at this thread:

February 3, 2007, 10:03 PM
Ruger Mk II with 2 clips for $110, or my Mossberg 500 Persauder for $200 (only a handful of shells through it). A pair of 10/22's for $200 Last year. (Guy needed money, and I hate to benefit from others misfortune..... but I will:evil: )

February 3, 2007, 10:34 PM
Hmmm... that is tough. I'd have to say either of the very used police trades I bought - Rem 870 for $119 or the GP100 DA only for $179. I use both of them a lot and they are both really solid performers...which kind of suprised me at first.

s&w 24
February 4, 2007, 01:32 AM
my 6.5" S&W 27-2 and glamdring's steyr scout.

February 4, 2007, 02:59 PM
Best guns for the money? Any of my CZs.

Best money I ever spent on a firearm? Paying West Texas Ordinance $1250 to build me an M14. New Armscorp receiver (that says "M14", not "M1A" so that's what the rifle is :D) and Wilson barrel, but everything else is USGI (happens to be Winchester). A simply beautiful piece of machinery.

February 4, 2007, 04:52 PM
Sort of an oddity here. My Remington 31 pump 12ga I bought for $100 last summer. I love shooting it whenever I get the chance. It's in great condition and I saw a rusted up one in Cabelas for over $300 :D ...I'm never getting rid of this gun.

February 4, 2007, 05:06 PM
The $300.00 I expended on a mint condition, 6", Colt Python (knew the guy I bought it from, so knew it wasn't "hot."). Smiled for all 466 miles on my trip back to Washington State. Yessss!!!!!!!

February 6, 2007, 03:17 AM
1)Mak-90=$125 It is a great value for the money.

2)Steyr Scout=$800 Best all around rifle I've ever owned.

3)Bushy A2=$500 First AR I ever owned, it started an obsession.

February 6, 2007, 07:37 AM
I bought a Sears-Roebuck 12 ga 3" magnum pump (Same gun as a Mossburg 500) back in the mid 70's or so. Gun had been fired twice, and bought back to Sears because the guy didn't like the way the open choke slug barrel carried buckshot. The 28" mod barrel was unfired. Paid $99.00 for it. More than a few whitetails have fallen in front of that gun. (Using the Mod Choke barrel. I've never shot the slug barrel to this day.)

A few years ago, my wife wanted a gun of her own. We stopped by the gun store, and I told her to pick out what she wanted. She spotted a Ruger 50th anniversary Single Six, like new for $329.00. That was the gun that sparked her real interest in shooting. Now she's enjoys shooting as much as I do.

February 6, 2007, 08:50 AM
Probably best for me was my 9mm Hi-Point carbine ($165, new, OTD). Just plain fun gun to shoot, utterly reliable (5000+ rounds so far) and shoots any kinda ammo reliably.

Honerable mention:

SKS-M w/ synthetic "Dragunov" stock, Scope mounted and 4x30 plus 3x40 round magazines. Another one that's been utterly rlieable for 5000+ rounds. paid $325.

Unisssued Yugo SKS--on sale at Dunham's for $129

Marlin Model 60- free, given to me by a friend before he passed away. Stupid accurate (I replaced scope with a better one. And also ridiculously reliable (another 5000+ round gun).

February 6, 2007, 04:21 PM
My H&K USP 45...

$569 NIB at a gunshow in 2000

February 6, 2007, 07:35 PM

A while back I picked up a S&W Model 48 with the extra cylinder, a mounted scope and a finely tuned trigger at the San Francisco gun show for about $250. I feel happy about it.


February 6, 2007, 09:01 PM
Everything I've bought from the CMP; so far, that's two M1 Garands and one 1903 Springfield. Soon, it'll include an M1 Carbine (or two).

February 6, 2007, 09:46 PM
Semi-Auto Browning M2 .50 cal for $2900

worth it?

maybe if osama is hiding in the basement accross the street... ya never know :D

February 6, 2007, 10:12 PM
#1 - Sig P239 .40s&w two tone with nites, .357sig barrel, 3 mags, nib Hogue combat grips, box and papers for $595.00 :D Looks like maybe 300-400 rounds been through it. Carry it almost daily.

#2 - CZ75 about mid 80's vintage with box, papers - including target and two 15 round mags for $300.00. Hardly any wear. Awesome shooter!

P5 Guy
February 6, 2007, 10:12 PM
From the CMP a correct grade Springfield. It came greasy but just like new:)

February 7, 2007, 04:24 AM
Webley Mark VI with .45acp cut. $395+20S&H+$25FFL=$440
I really like this gun, I've never really handled a large wheel gun and had no interest ing them but just seeing a picture of that one made me nuts to buy it. It's so easy to shoot and much more comfortable on my hands than my 1911.

I got it from an advertiser on Guns America before GA 'falled down and can't get up'...:(

February 7, 2007, 04:38 AM
I have not spent a lot on handguns yet, but I do have a Taurus in 9mm and 45acp, both MilPro models. I was kinda disappointed with myself that I did not buy a more expensive gun to begin with. However, these two pistols have out performed everything else I've witnessed thus far in the hand gun arena except maybe a Springfield XD I saw gobble anything at the range.

I've seen Kimbers, 2 Sigs and a Kahr all hiccup using UMC ball. Some hiccups came at 50 rounds, some in the first few. These pistols were not mine so I cannot speak for their cleanlieness and treatment, bu they all looked very well kept and brand new. I have to say I'm just tickled that these little Taurus guns perform so well. I'm sold on them.

Now to find a S&W 1076, because my Witness 10mm is way to discriminating on what it likes and I hear the Smith's eat like the cookie monster, just like my Taurus guns do.

In the rifles, my Rugers in 223 and 300WSM have both been tack drivers that I would really like to put on a sled and fire a few rounds down range just to see how tight of a group they can produce. Both of them have shot subMOA groups from sandbags with their 7lb-ish triggers with factory ammo. I just love em. Now, if I could shoot at coyotes on the move with that precision, I might have a pelt or two, but until then, I'll keep practicing.


February 7, 2007, 04:49 AM
I don't think I've EVER spent money on a gun and really regretted it.

Some are better than others, and some flat-out need work.

1911s just fit me.

February 7, 2007, 08:33 AM
Ruger Speed Six 4" Barrel 357 It will shoot for ever and can be used for a Hammer ,club and many other uses and still shoot when needed Bought new $250.00

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