My best Gun trade yet


April 17, 2008, 02:39 AM
I had a marlin model 94 micro groove barrel .44 mag in very good condition that I have been trying to sell for a while.

A week or so ago I was talking to a retired sergeant at work and he loves lever guns and said he had a good trade for me. He said he had a tanker garand and some extra parts he would be willing to trade straight across.

I knew that the tankers had some issues but I thought for a gun to build something nice from this wouldn't be a bad trade.

So today I brought my gun into work and the gentlemen brought his item.

Lo and behold i got a little more than I bargained for.

One tanker garand built By arlington ordnance in 30-06, in pieces but in good shape.

The receiver is a springfield mid 3 million number.

The barrel is a arlington ordnance.

The bolt is a W.R.A

and The trigger assembly is a I.H.C

Now for the good part.

Also in the box was a BRAND NEW full length barrel made by S.A

A full length op rod spring.

And three nice stocks, all with inport marks.

All in all I think I came out good in the deal. I'm going to clean and lube her very well and try her out. If worse comes to worse and I can't make it work in tanker configuration, all I need to do is find a full length op rod and have that full length barrel installed and I have myself a nice garand.

I looked at the receiver and from what I can tell it does not seem to be a reweld.

Either way it will be fun to see what comes out of it. heres a pic of everything I received. Also a pic of the box it came in.

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April 17, 2008, 02:54 AM
I'm so raving jealous! :p

Good grab, I hope you have an awesome time with your new aquisition!

Hank Zudd
April 17, 2008, 06:42 AM
but I found 7 MP5 magazines at a "junk" store, in good condition; gave the guy $25 & sold them for +$200.

robert garner
April 17, 2008, 07:43 AM
While BS'ing with the shop owner I noticed a rack of SMLE's to my rear and "the luck of the draw " I retrieved one that was oviously "odd" as it's long been my habit to check the position of the front sight-centered on barrel?- and saw a very small bore, a training rifle! English, but rebarreled in Oz! priced at less than 1/2 value, "Hey- do you take plastic?"

April 17, 2008, 09:12 AM
best gun deal? Get a shotgun

Wayne G.
April 17, 2008, 09:30 AM
best gun deal? Get a shotgun


Harry Paget Flashman
April 17, 2008, 10:08 AM
Best did I did was back in the 70's when I sold a Walther P-38 to a guy and made him take an RG22 as part of the bargain.

Vitamin G
April 17, 2008, 10:25 AM
Glock 26 with dimmed out night sights, off-center sights (that I couldn't adjust myself due to the lack of armorer tool), and $100...

For a LNIB colt delta elite...

April 17, 2008, 11:32 AM
I looked at the receiver and from what I can tell it does not seem to be a reweld.

Look up the receiver drawing number and make sure it matches the serial number range. That's probably the easiest way to check. Doesn't prove it's not a reweld but it cuts the chances down quite a bit.

If you can't make the tanker work I'll take the pesky op rod and upper handguard off your hands... ;)

April 17, 2008, 06:31 PM
I tried looking online and seeing if my drawing number and serial number match, but i cant find a web site.

The serial number is from feb 1945 serial number 36212xx and the drawing number is D 28291 35.

Can anyone tell me if this is the right drawing number for this serial range?

April 17, 2008, 06:48 PM
That was a good bit of horse trading.:cool:

April 17, 2008, 07:12 PM
The serial number is from feb 1945 serial number 36212xx and the drawing number is D 28291 35.

I don't have my books handy, but I think you are OK in the serial number and drawing number. D 28291 32 is the drawing number for a Jan '44 SA, so yours looks good. Congrats! Now get rid of that short barrel and put the right one on. :)

April 17, 2008, 07:50 PM
Sounds like a pretty darn good trade to me. Nice work!

April 17, 2008, 07:54 PM
Wow, did you at least cuddle afterward?

Seriously, nice deal.

April 17, 2008, 09:40 PM
Gator, i plan on putting the right one on, but I want to see if I can make her work in this configuration, just for fun, then I'll build a standard one.

April 17, 2008, 09:54 PM
Thats a darn fine trade no doubt, but I watched my buddy turn $125 into a remmy 700 ADL in 22-250 in about 3 hours. All I could do was shake my head in disbelief. He bought outright a decked-out highpoint carbine, traded for a stoeger O/U, and that for the 22-250.

Hank Zudd
April 17, 2008, 09:57 PM
the "good ole" days" of gun shows, when I had more guns that cash, just take some you don't shoot & get something you haven't shot yet;then in 6 months or whenever, do it again, and if you're good it won't cost you but gas & gittin' in to the show.

April 17, 2008, 09:57 PM

after reading the first few posts I thought mine fit in just well ;)

April 17, 2008, 10:25 PM
How difficult is it to trade barrels on those things?

April 18, 2008, 09:13 AM
Never done it, but I gather it's pretty easy really. The only trick to it is not chewing up the metal while gripping and unscrewing. You need a vice with good "grippy" rubber instead of the standard metal "teeth", and the same for the wrench. I'm sure a standard vice to easily be fitted with pads to work,for the wrench, you just have to buy I'd think. I know I've seen them available. I guess other than that, it would depend on how tightly screwed in they are. Might need to eat extra wheaties that day, as I'm willng to bet they are in there pretty tight, for obvious reasons. I beleive they make a hydrolic kinda setup for smths to do this type of thing, but I imagine they are pretty picey, and not something you'll find for sale except at specialty places for gunsmiths.

April 20, 2008, 09:38 PM
I finally Cleaned her up, greased her up, and put her back together, she does look pretty if I say so myself. I did a quick function test with a clip of dummy rounds and everything ran fine. Hopefully I will have a range report soon.

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
April 20, 2008, 09:45 PM
Yes. Yes, I'd say that's a good trade. :eek:

Thor Bloodax
April 20, 2008, 09:49 PM
Had a friend who inherited a pristine .45 1911A1. He was not a shooter and offered it to me. I did not know much about gun prices at the time (I was very young). "How much?" I said. He said, "Well, it IS a .45 caliber. How about a dollar a caliber?" Even then, I knew enough to say at the speed of light, "Done!"

Big Daddy K
April 20, 2008, 09:55 PM
Bet the old man is glad to get rid of that box of parts. Now he has a very fine working 44 mag lever gun.

April 20, 2008, 10:56 PM
all my gun trades have been good ones, I traded my money for the guns.

April 20, 2008, 11:09 PM
He said, "Well, it IS a .45 caliber. How about a dollar a caliber?" Even then, I knew enough to say at the speed of light, "Done!"

Does that mean you got it for 45 cents, then? $.45 ;)

April 20, 2008, 11:36 PM
Spent $350 and got a Hesse made HK91 with 400 rounds of .308. Took the 91 clone to the range and a buddy and I proceeded to shoot 200 rounds of the ammo.

A gun show was coming up so I took the gun there because I had no interest in it. I swapped a guy the Hesse HK91 for a Nightforce 12x - 42x BR. Kept the other 200 rounds of ammo. Later that day sold the Nightforce 12 - 42x for $1000. I did pretty good on that deal.

Thor Bloodax
April 22, 2008, 09:03 PM
Telecaster -- Ha ha ha! You would make a good contract lawer. What I meant to come across was forty five "calibers" at a $1 each came out to be $45. At least that's how we both said it at the time even if the technical stuff was vague. I was too excited about the deal to argue semantics with the guy.

July 19, 2008, 12:28 PM
Just an update on this gun. I put it up for sale for a while. After no bites I decided I was going to keep it and make it a nice looking gun and a shooter. So I found a guy in my area who does accurizing and parkerizing. So in three weeks or a month I will have a parkerized, and hopefully good shooting tanker.

I'm not reparking it, the finish it had now was black oxide, and it looked like crap compared to a nice park job. Will have pics when I get it back

Ed Wagner
July 19, 2008, 12:38 PM
Best deal I ever was 2 1911A1's for my wife. The kids still kind of miss her though.

rocket lad
July 19, 2008, 12:43 PM
$180 for a Taurus PT92

PT92 + $100 for mil-spec 1911

1911 for H&K USP

USP for Sig 226

sold the 226 last week for $500 :)

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