Deal Of A Lifetime Stories


May 6, 2007, 09:16 PM
Howdy, y'all! Now I know it's not exactly a Parker for a penny, but when I saw this humble Winchester Defender for $99.99 at a local pawn shop I couldn't help but take it home with me. I entered the pawn show during my lunch break last Thursday to browse the handguns. Seeing nothing that sparked my interest, I noticed the Defender on the rack behind the counter. Dangling from it was a big orange tag that, from where I was standing, looked to read "$99.99". And that it did. Now I need another shotgun like I need a hole in the head (though some who know me probably think I could use a hole in the head). But I couldn't turn down a 12Ga. 7+1 Winchester for [I]that[I] price. Once I got it home, I took it down and gave it a light oiling and scrubbing and it looked as good as new! I promptly took it to the range and fired a few dozen shells through it, and it's as smooth as silk. So, I was inspired to start this thread. I'm fairly new to THR, and this may have been done many times in the past, but I'd love to hear some stories from you other fine folks about the deals you've stumbled onto in the past. Cheers!

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May 6, 2007, 09:24 PM
I won a brand new Mossberg 935 Magnum (Mossy Oak camo), a gun that retails for about $500, in a local sportsman's club's raffle on a $5 ticket! Thought about selling it, but then got a few paychecks in me and didn't need the cash as badly, so I've kept it.


May 6, 2007, 09:31 PM
...ok, but just one:scrutiny:

S&W 66 for 102.23...US...NewInBox...
...oh...Welcome to the fray...

Nomad, 2nd
May 6, 2007, 09:38 PM
Ingles Hi Power sloted for a shoulder stock. Worth over $1,000

Pre WW2 Walther PP Books at $960

1895 in 30-40 (One of the ones made in the 1980's) Over $1K

Semi 1919 parts kit... with a buddy who will help build it

There are a few others, but I'd have to look in the safes to think of them.

Prices depend on what year... I have a 1960's price list... it would make you cry.
All were bought since 2000.

May 6, 2007, 09:38 PM
I'd love to hear some stories from you other fine folks about the deals you've stumbled onto in the past.

I posted my story here:
basically free, my first handgun! (

May 6, 2007, 09:43 PM
Ingles Hi Power sloted for a shoulder stock. Worth over $1,000

Pre WW2 Walther PP Books at $960

1895 in 30-40 (One of the ones made in the 1980's) Over $1K

Dang Nomad, 2nd... I'm gonna have to start following you around! Nice deals!

tasco 74
May 6, 2007, 10:07 PM
i guess my best deal for the money was when i got my model 27....... i traded an old model 13-2 that i had shot for years and $100 for a 1968 vintage 6" model 27-2 in original box that was sound as a dollar and in 98% shape with factory target stocks.... made the gun cost about $250!! i was a happy camper!!! :neener:

The Deer Hunter
May 6, 2007, 10:16 PM
I bought my Remington 870 Wingmaster for $450. I'm guessing the guy who had it before me fired a box or two of shells and got rid of it because it was literally brand new. It came with the box, 4 choke tubes, mag. limiter and the manual.

Also, my Benelli M1-S90 I picked up for $650 like new as well, it too had chokes but also had the shims and the takedown case. The only imperfection about it was the guy who had it before me somehow managed to scratch up the inside of the receiver right under the barrel extension.

Texas Moon
May 6, 2007, 10:26 PM
Best one so far: Winchester pre WWII Model 70 .22 Hornet for $400. The owner didn't want it anymore "because shells were too expensive"! :what:

Sold it about a year later for $1800 AND a Colt Python. :evil:

Another pretty good one was a decent .45LC 2nd Gen Colt SAA traded for a canoe! :what:

May 6, 2007, 10:30 PM
10-27-2004: Perfect condition SKS-D at a local gunshop for $150.

Shadow Shock
May 6, 2007, 10:43 PM
My dad's freind offered me a Savage Arms pump 20ga. The price? I had to work on his property for 2 days. All I did was clear bad rocks out of his drive way and replace it with gravel. Then he looked up ther price and found it was worth $750. I felt pretty good.

Ala Dan
May 6, 2007, 11:01 PM
but, my best still has too be a 2nd series (enclosed ejector rod) all original
Colt Agent .38 Special (in highly polished blue, NOT matte finished) in 'bout
98.9%+ N.R.A. condition for $120~! :scrutiny: :cool: :D

FWIW, For me I don't expect this deal too ever be matched; as its probably
"a once in a lifetime deal"~!

May 6, 2007, 11:28 PM
My brother bought a very good condition Taurus pt92 for $25. Why can't I get these deals?

May 6, 2007, 11:55 PM
I picked up an 870 police with a surefire foreend for $350 off gunbroker. Not the deal of the century but I thought I came out pretty good on it.

May 7, 2007, 12:49 AM
not a smoking good deal, but i got a taurus 357 mag for $275 that had under 50 rounds through it. New it goes for $400. Came with 75 rounds to boot.

May 7, 2007, 01:12 AM
I got a Valmet 76 w/folding tube stock for $100.00
I wish I could find mags for less than that now!

This was 3 years ago.

May 7, 2007, 01:42 AM
My all time deal was buying a whole box of Dan Wesson Model 15 parts at a gun store that was going out of business for 50 bucks. There were all kinds of parts in there, including a new frame that appeared to have a minor defect in the bluing on the trigger guard. I assembled a complete gun from the parts while sitting in the nearby Burger King lot in a few minutes. I traded in some of the extra parts, but kept a couple of sets of shouds, barrels, springs and screws that came in real handy recently when I found an incomplete Model 15at a local pawn shop. I got it for less than $200, and had it ready to shoot 20 minutes after I got it home. Not the prettyest one I've seen or had, but it shoots great. I sure wish I had that stuff on Ebay now, it would get me at least $3K, easy.

May 7, 2007, 02:01 AM
Nowhere near an end-of-the-world deal, but at last week's Dallas gun show there were a couple of older gentlemen with a table of S&W revolvers. Good prices, knocked down a bit on Sunday... and there was a beautiful (externally, at least) Model 25-5 for $450. A fair price, but I just couldn't put down the cash after spending $1000 on Saturday.

Now, a week later I'm kicking myself, in part because I'd rather buy it from these nice older guys than a shop or someone hundreds of miles away. Hope they're at the next show I hit up.

10 Ring Tao
May 7, 2007, 02:38 AM
Norinco 1911 for $250 last year.

Just like every one of these threads, people need to include a date to go with their story, to make it relevant to today's prices.

Mac Attack
May 7, 2007, 04:48 AM
In 2003 I purchased a new unfired series 70 Colt Combat Commander in 9mm with original box and paper, and 200 rounds for $80.

May 7, 2007, 08:42 AM
Nearly 50 years ago the NRA was touting the DCM sale of surplus M1 carbines to NRA members for $20. This did not included a magazine, oiler or sling. I quickly ordered one for myself.

At work I talked to the five other males on staff about signing up for NRA membership. I showed them my latest copy of the American Rifleman, pointing out the new product reports, the Armed Citizen articles, the Dope Bag feature where they could get their gun questions, etc., etc. and asked if they'd like me to sign them up. ALL said yes, and when I asked about ordering a surplus rifle for $20 with no magazine, four weren't interested, but if I wanted it they would order it using my money. The fifth guy wanted the carbine for himself.

I ended up with FIVE surplus M1 carbines for a total of $100. Wish I still had all of 'em. One was an early Winchester with the separate tube to house the recoil spring.

ANOTHER DEAL OF A LIFETIME: This too was in the '60s. The DCM was selling surplus, UNSERVICEABLE Colt 1911A1s for $17.50 each. I ordered one and when it arrived I took it to the woods for a test run. Everything seemed fine when I checked it. Then I fired a round. To my surprise the hammer followed the slide, the gun would not recock when fired.

I remembered recently reading of this problem in an American Rifleman article. Can't recall the name of the feature. Anyway, with an UNLOADED gun you cocked the hammer then pressed the slide backwards with the palm of your other hand. Then you pulled the trigger. If the hammer fell it meant your disconnector was worn and needed replacing. That's exactly what happened with my Colt.

I called a local guy who sold 1911A! parts and he had new disconnectors for 50 cents. I bought one, installed it, and had a fine shooting Colt for a total cost of $18.

Best regards, ---45Broomhandle

May 7, 2007, 12:01 PM
1960: 12 years old, exploring our new home in Alaska. Got to the attic, and found a complete set of Audels construction handbooks, 2 pair of ice skates that fit my kid brother and I, and a Remington .22 rifle. My first gun. My dad kept hte magazine, so I shot it single shot for the entire year. Learned a lot from the gun.

May 7, 2007, 12:15 PM
my neighbor gave me a ruger single six in mint condition with the magnum cylinder for 0$

got an absolute mint colt python blued 8" .357 and a very very good condition smith and wesson model 29 stainless 8 3/8 inch, 1000 for both.

Also got a model 721 remington in 270 win, glass bedded, match trigger, 500 primed brass, 1500 bullets for 275

got a model 111 savage in 30-06 scoped in mint condition for 175.

I have done ok.

May 7, 2007, 12:17 PM
Pick up a minty russian SKS a few weeks back for $150

May 7, 2007, 01:06 PM
13 Factory high capacity mini-14 magazines and 1000+ rounds of .223 ---> FREE.

Still have the .223, but sold the magazines years back for a very large profit.

May 7, 2007, 02:00 PM
I got a Ruger 10/22 for my wife...........Now THAT was a great deal!!!!!!!!! :neener:

May 7, 2007, 07:14 PM
2002, I went to an sports/auto chain store in Oregon. Looking for spark plugs. Decided to check out the gun display. They had 2 Weatherby Mk V Ultralightweight rifles in the rack. The .270 was priced at $1275, the .30/06 was priced at $575. The only difference was the size of the hole in the barrel! Stainless fluted barrel, pillar bedded synthetic stock, the works. I asked the sales guy what the difference between the two was, and he said that the .270 was the new Ultralightweight and the /06 was "just a Mark V." So I bought the /06. Of course it scanned at $1275 but I only paid $575. I've taken 2 Rosy bulls, 2 mulies, and a Pronghorn with that rifle since.


May 7, 2007, 07:26 PM
S&W M24-3, NIB, unfired for $325
S&W M696 no-dash, $300

Both of those back in 2000 in the same sleepy store.


May 7, 2007, 07:37 PM
An acquaintance at work traded for a NIB Bushmaster A2 20" HBAR from a dealer at a gun show. For some reason he became convinced that it was only a Bushmaster lower and some other upper although I told him he was wrong.

He said he knew it wasn't a Bushmaster because he couldn't get the barrel clean. That gray at the muzzle (chrome lining) wouldn't clean off. It was also inaccurate. I went with him to the range once when he was shooting his Arsenal AK at 100 yards. He was shooting a 24"x36" target and put 4 holes in it with a 30 round magazine. I don't know how he arrived at the claim that the AR was inaccurate. It certainly shoots well for me.

When he offered to sell the AR for $500 after putting 100 rounds through it, I jumped. He wants a Colt AR now but doesn't have the money. I see an AK in my future.:D

Harry Paget Flashman
May 7, 2007, 07:51 PM
A 1954 H&R Model M1 Garand for $250 and a sporterized SKS.

A .30-40 (1899) Krag carbine for $400.

A minty 1891 Argentine Mauser for $174.

Flintlock Tom
May 7, 2007, 07:55 PM
An old family friend passed away early this year. I was helping my mother-in-law clean out his apartment, we found an old S&W .38, nickel plated, 5 shot. Don't know the model but she let me take it home. Cleaned it up and it shoots just fine, but ammo is hard to find.

Oh, yeah, and I got one of those Garands that Big 5 was selling for $100 late last year. :neener:

May 7, 2007, 08:08 PM
i got a wingmaster TB (trap) with a monte carlo wood stock with some real cool grain, and a 30 inch fixed modified barrell for 225.00. it has wear marks, but not a noticeable scratch, and the metal is near perfect with bluing wear only on the mag tube.:) :) S00000, i chopped the barrel down to 18.5 (dont worry, i was careful) and sprayed the stock with truck bed liner. I then screwed a shell holder on to the stock and have a sweet HD gun.:neener: :neener: :neener: :neener: Just kidding, but i really did get the gun for that price. i sold the barrel for 150.00, and paid 200 for a new 30 inch "TARGET 12" barrel with an improved mod. extended choke, as well as a factory extra full, and super full choke.

May 7, 2007, 08:20 PM
A Marlin 1894 iin .44mag for $210. It came with an old Bushnell Sportview scope too. Hardly used. This was 2 years ago.

May 7, 2007, 08:35 PM
I bought three Contenders with a combination of cash and trade. Sold two for $50 more than I had in the three, so I had a free Contender and $50 left.

Nomad, 2nd
May 7, 2007, 08:45 PM
starsandstriper: I was about to reach through the Computer and STRANGLE you!:eek: :cuss:

May 7, 2007, 08:46 PM
Back a couple years I got a Rem. BDL .243win in a raffle. I bought 3 $5 tickets. Best deal i ever got. Anyone wanna buy it for $500 FTF, has less than a box of ammo through it. It comes with mount and rings(NIB).:D

May 7, 2007, 08:55 PM
Glock 21 two weeks old. Box and all the goodies .....$300.00
I was working in a gun store and sold it to the guy. He comes in and needs the money bad. I told him the owner didnt want it BUT I would give him 300 cash for it ....
Why do you think they call me BADMAN

May 7, 2007, 09:42 PM
Genuine North Vietnamese manufactured SKS, bringback war trophy- $120 at a local gun shop a couple years ago. They didn't know what they had.

May 7, 2007, 09:53 PM
Once answered an ad for a "box of firearms parts for some kind of rifle".
Inspected said parts and discovered it was a disassembled FAL pattern rifle on an Onyx arms reciever. Asked the person how much and was told "it was part of my late uncles collection and I have no idea what to ask". I replied to name a figure and I would decide if I liked it or not. They asked for $200.
I did my best to keep a straight face while counting out the 20's. Broke into a smile so big my ears were in danger as soon as I got in the jeep. Took it home, sanded it down a bit reblued some spots and put it all together. Really nice looking gun. Replaced the existing dustcover with a Tapco job with rails and mounted an authentic S.U.I.T. scope on it, got a tactical sling for it and man was I a happy camper.

May 7, 2007, 10:23 PM
My Holy Grail(s) of rifles:

A Winchester '94 in .356 Win., with a Lyman peep sight, 216 (IIRC) rounds of factory ammo & the cases of the 4 (FOUR) rounds that had been fired through it, original box & papers, for $550.

A Marlin 336-ER in.........356 Win., for $250.

Saw both of these recently on Guns America for $1200 and $1000, respectively.

My other was a sporterized Type-38, 6.5 X 50mm Arisaka, in a Fajen stock with a 4X scope for $100.


May 7, 2007, 10:32 PM
Talked to a lady who inherited 6 shotguns, 6 rifles and 8 handguns from her brother. She wanted to sell them, I "booked" them at $6000 and offered her $4000. She said no, I said I might go a little higher, she said no you don't understand I hate guns - they are evil, get them out of here immediately. I gave her a hundred dollar bill and left with the guns. Had a lawyer write her a certified letter outlining what happened, in case someone would claim that I did something wrong. Never heard from her again. Best deal of my life, True story.

May 7, 2007, 10:37 PM
Well i got a 92fs, two mags, original box, made in italy for $325. pretty good deal.

May 7, 2007, 11:58 PM
got a winny 3030 a few years back , at a pawn shop . The guy thought the trigger had a problem with the lever disconnect. Got it for 29 bucks!

May 8, 2007, 12:07 AM
MY best deal......

When i was about 2 yrs old my mom n dad baught a remington 22 for my moms dad for his birthday.
About 3 yrs ago he gave it to me.
THAT is the best deal I could ask for
....not to mention that i can hit a quarter at 100 yds with open sights.

Rem. 870 mag for 100.00
Marlin 336 in 30-30 for 90.00
Taurus mod?? 5 shot 38 spl nickel 125.00
Kimber Custom Target II like NIB 600.00
Kimber Royall II like NIB 600.00
Ruger M77 Mk IV SS 300win mag 400.00 (not sure how good was but i liked
the gun and wanted it)

most of these have been purchased in the last year

May 8, 2007, 12:20 AM
I didn't stumble on to this weapon. I gifted it to my daughter. She's a prison guard near Abilene, TX.
I have a brand new FFL by the way and live in Killeen, TX. Just thought I'd throw that in for myself.
J Day
Killeen, TX
325 370 6547

May 8, 2007, 06:38 AM
Mossberg 500. Both barrels, 3 choke tubes for $120 about 2 years ago.

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