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djaqaverlerron
August 3, 2009, 11:58 AM
I have a Springfield M1A that was my fathers. I'm looking to sell it and I have a few questions.

1 - How old is it (serial # 1558XX)
2 - How much should I be expecting. I was looking online and everyone was saying close to a thousand.

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briansmithwins
August 3, 2009, 12:08 PM
1- Contact Springfield Armory
2- gunbroker.com

BSW

Art Eatman
August 3, 2009, 12:09 PM
The price would vary with condition: Wear on the bluing, any dings and scratches in the stock, etc.

It would help if you could provide a good-quality close-up photo.

HoosierQ
August 3, 2009, 12:11 PM
Depending on condition $1000 would not be out of line. They are $1500+ new.

They are also very hard to find in a store...you want one, you're probably looking at ordering one.

You should get some takers.

You know, being a "gun person" is a) not so bad, and b) a boatload of fun. That is a fine rifle you got there. That would be an excellent piece to build a collection around. Unless you are trying to get yourself through college or something, you ought to keep it for yourself, learn how to shoot it, and then pass it along to your decendents. Whomever you would sell it to will be doing that.

I say keep it if you can. Ask some more questions about it here and maybe you will get into it more.

ants
August 3, 2009, 12:21 PM
Nice to meet you.

Maybe your father would like you to enjoy it as he did. There are Safety Officers (or Range Officer) at most gun ranges who will help you if you've never shot it before. For the sake of Dear Ol' Dad maybe you should try your hand at some marksmanship.

Best of luck. I sincerely hope you find a way to enjoy the rifle.

Anthony

black_powder_Rob
August 3, 2009, 12:23 PM
+1 on HoosierQ's comment

hotlead
August 3, 2009, 02:54 PM
I have a a very nice mountain bike I will trade you if your interested

bensdad
August 3, 2009, 03:06 PM
It's worthless and dangerous. Send it to me for proper disposal. :neener:

Seriously, do you HAVE to sell it? If so, get a couple good pics and post it on gunbroker. Follow the rules. Ship only to an FFL.

lipadj46
August 3, 2009, 03:55 PM
You can probably do better than $1000 especially if it is an older one with USGI parts.

H2O MAN
August 3, 2009, 05:09 PM
djaqaverlerron I have a Springfield M1A that was my fathers. I'm looking to sell it and I have a few questions.

1 - How old is it (serial # 1558XX)
2 - How much should I be expecting. I was looking online and everyone was saying close to a thousand.

1 - It was made the first half of 2003
2 - Assessing the value is impossible without knowing it's configuration, it's USGI parts count (if any) and it's condition.









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danweasel
August 3, 2009, 05:29 PM
I would venture to say that if you post pictures and ask a fair price, you could sell it on here easily enough.

bang_bang
August 3, 2009, 05:32 PM
I would venture to say that if you post pictures and ask a fair price, you could sell it on here easily enough.

Yeah....I'd *almost* cough up $1,000 on it, except I'm unemployed again.

lipadj46
August 3, 2009, 10:17 PM
2003 would probably contain mostly USGI parts, not sure about a barrel, oprod or bolt though. You would want to make sure you dont have a cast SAI bolt (doubt it).

djaqaverlerron
August 3, 2009, 11:13 PM
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How would I tell the difference?


I'd been looking at gun broker and how would I get the money? What do people normally do?

Birdmang
August 3, 2009, 11:18 PM
Take some pictures and post them on here, you will have all your questions answered.

djaqaverlerron
August 3, 2009, 11:50 PM
Bunch of pictures taken with a crappy camera.
http://s674.photobucket.com/albums/vv102/djaqaverlerrron/

lipadj46
August 4, 2009, 03:53 AM
Can't really tell anything from those pics, it's a USGI stock can't see if it's birch or walnut. Most every part should have a manufacturer name or initial on it make a list for us of the big parts like bolt, oprod, barrel, trigger assembly, sights etc. Definitely not a USGI flashhider.

THE DARK KNIGHT
August 4, 2009, 04:31 AM
Don't sell it! DO what HoosierQ said, you will love it man.

blackops
August 4, 2009, 04:54 AM
Some people just aren't gun people, then again you will never know until you try. I would do a little research, become familiar with the gun, and go fire it. You never know, it could be a hobby you never anticipated. If you end up just not enjoying it, well get rid of it. Just letting you know though that isn't the first gun you just get rid of...its a classic. Also, its better to have a gun and not need it, then need it and not have one!

C-grunt
August 4, 2009, 06:26 AM
Like everyone else said, try shooting it first. If you find you dont like it you wouldnt have a hard time selling it on here in the classifieds section. That is a great rifle you have there and they are sought after.

Badlander
August 4, 2009, 07:59 PM
If my son sells my guns I will haunt him forever!!!!!!!!!!!!

jeremy1391
August 4, 2009, 11:26 PM
If my son sells my guns I will haunt him forever!!!!!!!!!!!!
what he said!!!!!

kinda like when i have kids if i get put in a home they are out of my will :lol:

Dr_2_B
August 5, 2009, 12:37 AM
also if you have the time and patience, price it high and bring it down in increments, you'll find the market.

3pairs12
August 5, 2009, 12:48 AM
Yeah really need some better pics. Unless your dad beat the crap out of it which it doesn't seem like from the pic, $1000 should be had without problems. You really should keep it though. Those are great guns and will only appreciate in value as long as you don't treat it like crap. What state are you in? Maybe a nice THR member can take you to range and help you get familliar with it and/or be able to give an estimate of value and condition.

djaqaverlerron
August 6, 2009, 10:51 PM
I'm in Georgia. My fathers not dead its just my mother got the guns in the divorce. (I don't know how) and she needs the money so I'm seeing how much I can sell it off for.

Sorry my camera sucks I'm going to go see if I can borrow a better camera tommorow. Most of the parts just have random numbers ending with SA if that means anything.

lipadj46
August 6, 2009, 11:05 PM
It means they are likely mostly SAI commercial repro parts. Not a bad thing but not a great thing for the value either as far as getting over $1100 for it.

travellingJeff
August 6, 2009, 11:06 PM
You should really look at selling something else. Also, if you've acknowledged that it's his gun, how do you plan on selling it?

lipadj46
August 6, 2009, 11:08 PM
Did you read post #25? The rifle belongs to his mother. My ex-wife took my effing dog in the divorce. They take the things that they know mean the most to you. No offense to the OP's mother meant I'm just saying.

JWF III
August 7, 2009, 01:41 AM
What part of Georgia? (And if you're going to say Atlanta, please give a clue as to what part. Atlanta covers everything north of Macon to people on the web.)

As much as I'd like an M1A, works been slow and I'm just not in the market for the time being. But I have one friend that might be interested, or might not.

Wyman

ETA- Are you sure your dad wouldn't want to buy it back? Sure would suck to have to buy a gun that was "stolen" (for lack of a better term) from you. But if he liked it, he may be appreciative to get it back.

djaqaverlerron
August 7, 2009, 10:58 AM
Columbus GA

Red Tornado
August 7, 2009, 01:26 PM
If you're not estranged from your dad, I think he should definitely get first shot at buying it back. As JWF said, it sucks, but he might appreciate the option.
RT

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