My Deal of a Lifetime: What was YOURS?


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gvf
February 13, 2011, 05:18 PM
3 yrs ago. My first gun. Nickel Python, test-fired only. Was just put on shelf at a Gander Mtn 30 min before I walked in. Knew zero about guns then except I had heard about Pythons. My credit card was out faster than any move in my life.

Gun had been fixed for someone - minor part that must have jarred loose in shipping. Customer got sick of waiting for Colt to send the part to Gander and sold it to them. When the part arrived and the gun was fixed they retailed it.

$449

http://i836.photobucket.com/albums/zz290/gvff/Nature%20and%20City%20and%20The%20Unusual/Python.jpg

I just turned down at same store Colt CCO for $550 for a new 01918 I wanted.
At another local store 2 years ago got a nice Colt Detective for $297

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Damon555
February 13, 2011, 05:22 PM
My last 3 gun deals have been so ridiculously good no one would believe me.......

NMGonzo
February 13, 2011, 06:16 PM
500 dollar h&k p2000sk new with a laser

MCgunner
February 13, 2011, 06:28 PM
Wow, you should be arrested for theft! :eek: J/K of course. GREAT FIND! I don't know what my "best deal" is, just thinkin' on it, but I guess it'd have to be the best shootin' medium frame 4" .357 revolver I've ever owned, a Taurus nickel 66, for 197 bucks and like brand new, pre MIM/pre Lock. My 3" doesn't have quite as slick a trigger, but I got it for 180.

OH, WAIT! NO, I do remember my best deal ever. I had gotten my stainless Ruger Old Army ripped off out of my house in a break in. I was sick. I was looking around at pawn shops and local GSs in the off chance I might find it when I stumbled into a gun store in a nearby town that had a blued Old Army marked $97.50. It was used, but only had one little blemish. I asked the guy if that was the right price..."just getting out of black powder, it is correct" was his reply. Well, I couldn't get my wallet out fast enough. Still have that one and it's a great shooter.

jad0110
February 13, 2011, 06:33 PM
Was just put on shelf at a Gander Mtn 30 min before I walked in. Knew zero about guns then except I had heard about Pythons.

For $449, sounds like another example of "obsolete, worthless grandpa gun" syndrome (not the latest tacticool plastic fantastic wonder gun) on behalf of the seller, just surprised it was Gander Mtn.

Awesome for you though!

For me, I paid $300 for this 5.5" Ruger Redhawk almost 2 years ago, included an MTM pistol case, nylon shoulder holster and 50 rounds of .44 Mag JHPs.


http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q139/jad0110/Ruger%20Redhawk%2044%20Magnum/081.jpg

ROAshooter
February 13, 2011, 06:43 PM
pawn shop find.. blue Ruger Old Army...7.5 adjustable sights.....not one speck of rust.....99 bucks

Ala Dan
February 13, 2011, 07:23 PM
New model Colt Agent (with shrouded ejector), $120 OTD~! :cool: ;)

* FootNote: This is a deep blued model Colt Agent; not a parkerized
version of later year's.

roaddog28
February 13, 2011, 08:09 PM
Hi,
I guess this would be my best revolver deal. I paid $269 out the door for a S&W model 19-4 6 inch. By far my most accurate revolver.
Howard
http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu283/HPitt74985/SWM19-4e.jpg

frankenstein406
February 13, 2011, 08:16 PM
Stevens 62 22lr for $40 bucks.

Only my second gun tho. Still looking!

surjimmy
February 13, 2011, 08:40 PM
Did some trading when all said and done(3 transactions) with the $55 grips I was in a Les Baer PII for $170.00 At a garage sale bought a Colt Diamondback, S&W Pre Moderl 10, NAA 22 LR, a Colt National Match(99%), and a 14k gold Repeater pocket watch for $650.

Walkalong
February 13, 2011, 08:54 PM
A 696 for under $400 a couple of years ago, with several hundred bullets thrown in. He had gotten a great deal, didn't like it, and sold it to me for what he had in it, plus throwing in the bullets, both jacketed and lead. My lucky day.

BullfrogKen
February 13, 2011, 08:58 PM
I just turned down at same store Colt CCO for $550 for a new 01918 I wanted.

OK, where? Hook a guy up!

wnycollector
February 13, 2011, 08:59 PM
6" S&W M27-2 for $299, 4" S&W M28 for $250, .22 Colt OMM $329 all within the last five years.

CajunBass
February 13, 2011, 09:04 PM
$250.00 each for these 1958 three screw Ruger Single Six's. One has been converted to transfer bar, the other is original.

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b292/CajunBass/handguns/100_0078.jpg

And this 1955 Harrington & Richardson 999 Sportsman. $138.00 out the door.

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b292/CajunBass/100_0140.jpg

All three this past summer.

boltbender
February 13, 2011, 09:47 PM
sorry, nothing to do with guns, but about 40 yrs ago a minister, son of very wealthy parents offered me a 1950's mercedes gullwing that was burning oil for $100. My mother would not allow it.That car is worth about a million today.

MrBill120
February 13, 2011, 10:18 PM
S&W Model 10-8 for $30 :)

Iggy
February 13, 2011, 10:23 PM
Fired at the factory Model 57 .41 Magnum. Found it in a pawn shop and had to help the guy behind the counter fill out the 4473. He thought it was a model 41 and the assembly number was the serial number.
http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p246/Iggy25/P1010001.jpg?t=1297650121
$500 out the the door.
I was offered $800 before I got it home.

Frozen North
February 13, 2011, 10:37 PM
Some gentleman made off with a full auto Thompson for $500 in Florida. A friend if mines great uncle died and the widow and his daughters sold off his gun collection on a garage sale on a "make offer" basis. Most of his stuff was gone before any of the family got down there.

The widow turned ghost white when my friend told her what she had done.

I wish I was the first one at that garage sale :(

DAdams
February 13, 2011, 11:07 PM
US Customs Service. For $275 4 years ago.

http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m22/dadams111/Handguns/85bd2a77.jpg

There were about 3500 made in 3 inch. Approximately half were destroyed :eek: thanks to Janet Reno.

They go for 750+ now.

K-Rod
February 13, 2011, 11:16 PM
No pictures of it. Wish I had taken some prior to selling it. Then again knowing now what I had I wouldn't have sold it. Bought a 1939 Winchester model 62 .22lr pump for $100. Excellent condition all stock & parts. Sold it for $500 two hrs later at a gunshow. Stupid stupid stupid!!!!

gearjammer-2000
February 13, 2011, 11:52 PM
my best deal was buying a huge box of colt AR mags for 50 bucks and then trading them off for a savage model 14 .308, a new mec grabber shotshell loader, litterly thousands of brass cases in .308,.44 mag,.223 and 9mm, thousands of bullets, additional loading equipment for my dillon, a camp9 that needed rebuilt, and God knows what else, I figure that 50 bucks netted me better than 3 grand in trades

gvf
February 14, 2011, 06:58 AM
OK, where? Hook a guy up!
Sorry, it got sold.

gvf
February 14, 2011, 07:03 AM
Some gentleman made off with a full auto Thompson for $500 in Florida. A friend if mines great uncle died and the widow and his daughters sold off his gun collection on a garage sale on a "make offer" basis. Most of his stuff was gone before any of the family got down there.

The widow turned ghost white when my friend told her what she had done.

I wish I was the first one at that garage sale :(
I would have told her - if I was. Just wouldn't feel right with the guns...

This happens a lot, unknowing family member gives a great collection to some buyer/trader for peanuts.

If you have valuable guns, best put them in your will and let all in your family know that. You're protecting their own interests after all.

Hendiadys
February 14, 2011, 09:54 AM
My used T/C .32 cal. BP percussion "Cherokee" from a gun shop for $100. Cleaned up the bore and this turned out to be a like new rifle. They are no longer in production and were a very nicely made, solid little gun. It shoots very well.

Initially, patches were coming out looking rather rusty.

Ooops, I see I'm in the revolver room here. Well, ...I'm still really proud of the Cherokee.

kanook
February 14, 2011, 10:10 AM
Couple years back, at a gunshow, looking at a Ruger 357 3 screw and cowboy style holster and belt for $150.

I figured the holster was $150, so I jokingly asked if it was for both. The reply was "YES".

I opened my wallet and figured I had $120 in it and offered that. He accepted my offer.

I started to count funds and came up with $119. He accepted.

About half a row away from this purchase I was asked if I was interested in selling the holster. I said sure make me an offer. They offered $120 dollars. I sold it.

Colt Smith
February 14, 2011, 10:46 AM
Well, I was at the LGS yesterday and saw a 2" M15-3 S&W for $300. Pretty nice shape overall but a little nick at the muzzle and some incomplete chamfering at the front of the cylinder. I might have bought it if I didn't already have a perfect one at home already.

Steve H
February 14, 2011, 10:55 AM
Best deal I ever got was helping a friend advertise part of his collection prior to his upcoming divorce. He gave me a 6" 1971 Python for the help.

shotgunjoel
February 14, 2011, 12:00 PM
This happens a lot, unknowing family member gives a great collection to some buyer/trader for peanuts.
I recall a gentleman posting a couple of months ago about a Lee-Enfield that he bought at a swap meet. He offered the lady 495 for it, she replied "5 bucks and it's yours."

Thaddeus Jones
February 14, 2011, 12:08 PM
Last August, at the Greensboro gunshow, I picked up - very quickly - a like new 3" 66-2...........for $300.

Fella had it marked as a 2.5". I gave him his full asking price rather happily. :) It is one of the Ashland run.

788Ham
February 14, 2011, 12:35 PM
gvf,

I know your feelings about getting a good deal. 20 years ago, I wanted a new revolver, saw a nice 6" Python lying on a shelf, I asked to look at it, ask how much, when the guy said $275, I said "sold"! About 2 weeks later, I was back looking for a holster for it, the same guy ask about the Python, said he thought he'd made a mistake on the price, said it should have been $475, too bad! Still have that Snake dwnstrs in the safe too.

Sniper X
February 14, 2011, 01:53 PM
Has to be the Python 2.5in blued 1968 I just got about a couple months ago. I traded a Colt SP1 I got in trade for a Kimber I bought for $600.00, sooo, I basically got the perfect blued 1968 2.5in Python for 600 clams.

Last month a got a M1911A1 Springer loaded all stainless for $450.00 that has a custom shop installed match barrel and bushing, and trigger work.

Got a nice second gen AMT Hardballer in trade for a S&W Model 10-8 I had 200m clams into last week as well.

BullfrogKen
February 15, 2011, 10:14 PM
Last Spring I got a 3" Detective Special out of Puerto Rico. For $210.00, $265.00 out the door with the shipping and paperwork. It looked like someone had spilled some soda on it about 20 years ago, never wiped it off, and put it away never shooting it. Some cosmetic damage, but the insides were clean and the rifling factory-sharp.


http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=117106&stc=1&d=1267904333


That same month I got a 3" GP-100 for $250.00.


And a 3" Model 10-7 for $355.00 out the door.


http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=117566&d=1268424948



Besides just buying guns, the best deal of my life was spending a week in a build class with Jim Garthwaite, making a custom LW Commander from unfinished parts. That wasn't cheap, but it was a hell of a deal.

hinton03
February 15, 2011, 10:25 PM
Mint Baby Browning 25 ACP in the parking lot of a gun show for $40; some guy had given it to the guy I bought it from 35 years earlier in trade for some roof work.

Hatchett
February 15, 2011, 10:30 PM
Python with a four digit serial for a grand is the best I can do so far. Maybe the Super Blackhawk I got for 250 but it wasn't in the best shape.

Hondo 60
February 15, 2011, 10:59 PM
No gun once-in-a-lifetime deal, but I did get a brand new Dillon RL550B for $150.
Guy had it for a few years, never even took it out of the box.
Paint was perfect - no scratches, no flaws.

Included dies & a conversion kit for 45-70 gov.
I don't have a 45-70, so I sold the dies & kit
& used the money to buy 2 conversion kits for calibers I do have.

Jenrick
February 16, 2011, 12:34 AM
Hmm, S&W M15 with target grips for $200 out the door. Not screaming, but not too bad.

-Jenrick

gvf
February 16, 2011, 03:28 AM
My fantasy is finding a Singer 1911 for $329.

jhngardner367
February 16, 2011, 04:37 AM
You fellers sure know how to make a guy squirm! Back in November,my wife needed medicine,and,being on a fixed income,I did something I hated to do,but had to. I sold my Ruger stinless Redhawk,with two speed-loaders&red-dot sights,&BOTH Pachmyr &Hogue grips,9-1/2"bbl,---for$200!

CajunBass
February 16, 2011, 11:11 AM
You fellers sure know how to make a guy squirm! Back in November,my wife needed medicine,and,being on a fixed income,I did something I hated to do,but had to. I sold my Ruger stinless Redhawk,with two speed-loaders&red-dot sights,&BOTH Pachmyr &Hogue grips,9-1/2"bbl,---for$200!

I feel your pain brother, but I would have done the same thing. Some things are more important than guns.

madcratebuilder
February 16, 2011, 11:52 AM
Some gentleman made off with a full auto Thompson for $500 in Florida.


NFA weapons can only be transferred through dealers with a Form 4. Owning a $500 Tommy gun is not worth five years in a federal pen.

451 Detonics
February 16, 2011, 07:56 PM
Had a guy come in the shop wanting the barrels cut down on an old double barrel for home defense. I told him he would be better off with a pump and traded a used Mossberg 500 I had about $120 in for the Parker VH....

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z271/reloader1959/shotguns/parkerp.jpg

planetmobius
February 17, 2011, 01:17 AM
About 5 years ago I walked into my local gun shop. The guy behind the counter knew I collected Mannlicher Schoenauer rifles and produced a mint 1956 Mannlicher Schoenauer 458 Win mag with 7 boxes of factory ammo and a vintage metal velvet lined case with leather straps. I thought that he was teasing me because I thought I knew what it would cost. He then told me that the boss wanted to make $200.00 in the deal and sold me the whole kit for $700.00. I always wondered who the poor sap was that gave it away for $500.00.

Dloy
February 17, 2011, 02:30 PM
On inauguration day I brought home a 642NL for a reasonable price. With the exception of a bequeathed shot gun, it's likely the only gun I'll own. (I know yawl are going "sure" and you could be right.)
I had a great P6 for a while but found over time I much prefer revolvers.

One-Time
February 17, 2011, 03:51 PM
I got a Used HK USP 40, w/ 3 'Hi-caps' from a pawn shop for like $400 OTD during the ban

Strykervet
February 17, 2011, 04:25 PM
Several years ago, got a S&W 686+ 6" for just over $200. It had been shot, but not much. Last or second to last year before the stupid locks went on. In addition, it has the finest trigger of any revolver (double and single) I have ever shot. I'd never part with it (alive anyway).

Hedgemeister
February 17, 2011, 04:44 PM
Had to change my response due to a deal yesterday. Kahr PM40 in excellent condition for $300.

Friendly, Don't Fire!
February 17, 2011, 04:45 PM
My wife.:)

Buzzard
February 17, 2011, 05:19 PM
Not mine, but a very dear friend who got me started in handloading nabbed a Ruger Blackhawk in .30 Carbine for $50 at the last gun show. Loudest pistol I've ever met! Darn accurate, too.

C/O
February 17, 2011, 06:01 PM
My best deal was a S&W model 10. It was nickel plated with a pencil barrel and only had 50 rounds through it, for $60. I later (much to my regret) sold it for $300,

BullRunBear
February 17, 2011, 06:30 PM
I've had a bit of luck over the years: a 357 Ruger flattop from the first year they were made (has that purple/magenta look in the bluing) for $350 and a Model 10 for under $200 (looks like crap but functions perfectly). But my best deal was a Ruger Redhawk 357 magnum, 7.5" barrel, stainless. Got it in a straight up trade for a typewriter I didn't use anymore.

Jeff

rattletrap1970
February 17, 2011, 06:39 PM
A mint condition Smith And Wesson Model 52-2 with 2 magazines for $700
A FN Model 1951 army .30-06 for $75.00
An 1886 Winchester in .45-90 for $500

Maybe not Deal of a LIFETIME, but pretty OK.

Cop Bob
February 17, 2011, 07:42 PM
All Time Best: MP-40 Schmeisser, During last amnesty in 1070's, a friend told me his Barber has ben with Patton at the Bulge, he had a "German Burp Gun" he wanted to sell. I ran the old guy down, met him at his shop, he drug out a greasy paper grocery sack that had an MP-40 and two Magazines. There was light surface rust and the Bakeolite panels were perfect. I asked him what he wanted for it, he said $200. I hit him with it so fast... well, I had him hang onto it until I could process the paperwork... wish I still had it, that thing just refused to NOT fire anything that was thrown at it, split cases, pushbacks, inverted rounds.... ( I raided the coffee cans of range reload rejects) what a great gun..

There was a Ruger Mini 14 not long ago for $200.
A Browning Hi-Power with Artillery sights and Waffen Markings for $135.
A Mod 37 Smith J for $185..
An American 180 in the 70's for $275, that I later transferred for $3000
Just recently,
Two Model 96 Beretta's for $400,
Two Mini 14's in SS for $600,
Last one, a Benelli Nova for $100, never fired, and a FAL in 308 for $200, guy just out of work and I gave him what he asked for it, with option to get it back for the same amount...

wgp
February 17, 2011, 07:44 PM
I may be able to top all of these stories. Several years ago a friend gave me a real Colt SAA because he didn't want it lying around his house.

legumeofterror
February 17, 2011, 08:31 PM
I found a Winchester Model 61A sitting in the woods once. Stuff I actually bought wasa $100 M59/66.

wrigh003
February 17, 2011, 11:00 PM
I bought my first pistol a few weeks back. Cop trade in 92FS centurion for $250 w/ 4 mags. I thought I did OK.

twaits
February 17, 2011, 11:16 PM
I don't know if it was the "deal of a lifetime" but definitely a good deal.
bought this Model 1917 Savage last week for $175

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/vv236/twaits/Savage/IMG_0700.jpg

gvf
February 18, 2011, 03:45 AM
I may be able to top all of these stories. Several years ago a friend gave me a real Colt SAA because he didn't want it lying around his house.
Why didn't he want it in his house? Yes, that's a VERY good deal: nothing for an SA Colt.

And what was the Colt and condition?

hemiram
February 18, 2011, 05:52 AM
The all time best one was when I bought a box of Dan Wesson parts from the dying owner of a closing gun store years ago for $50. He just said, "Give me $50 for it, and it's yours!". I had the money out so fast I almost dropped my wallet. Inside was the parts to make a complete gun, which I did in Burger King's parking lot a few minutes after we left the store. There was a bunch of barrels and shrouds in there, along with a bunch of parts. I sold the parts gun to a friend, it shot great, and I sold off the barrels a few years ago, when I needed cash. I sure wish I had them back now.

My best deal for a "real" gun was in 2006, when I got my Dan Wesson 715 with custom sights(done at the factory, I've seen a few others out there) off AuctionArms for $269, near mint, barely fired, with 3 grips, the box, wrench, and a little bag of parts. I still have it. A similar auction went for over $500 recently.

Pvt. Pyle
February 19, 2011, 05:13 AM
My once in a lifetime deal(Im only 24 so let's say so far) is just recently found out that the truck I bought for $900 six months ago had a free Ruger Speed Six Liberty Model thrown in for free!!!!

Marshall
February 19, 2011, 03:20 PM
S&W Model 13 HB. $100.00

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c274/bunnfuzz/dcp_0519.jpg

4sooth
February 19, 2011, 03:26 PM
Remington 3200 skeet, Briley tube set, Anvil case--$800!!!

Sniderman
February 19, 2011, 03:48 PM
Some Deals I've gotten on BP guns

Lyman 50 cal. percussion Deerstalker rifle with 1lb. powder, 200 caps, 50 maxi hunter bullets, short starter, cleaning brush & jag, possibles bag, $100.00
Guy bought an inline and "Was never going to use it anymore"

Thompson Center .54 cal percussion rifle, again with all shooting supplies included, Same reason for selling. $75.00

.36 cal. BP revolver, $50.00. Flea Market, (Get there EARLY!) :D

KingMedicine
February 19, 2011, 06:58 PM
i bought a older NDS AK-47, in so-so shape for 300 during the gun boom, so i threw it up online for 400 bucks to see if i could get any bites. Gentleman who collected AK's wanted it and offered me a nice SKS, a astra A-100, and a Sig P6. All in original shipping or gun boxes, straight across.

Sold the astra for 300, the Sig for 400, and the SKS traded for a nice 10/22 and ammo. So far the best deal i have ever got.

rromeo
February 19, 2011, 08:30 PM
I may be able to top all of these stories. Several years ago a friend gave me a real Colt SAA because he didn't want it lying around his house. Unfortunately, I was the victim of a deal like that. My mother was caring for an elderly neighbor. Among the things given to my mom after the friend died was a S&W 28. Mom didn't like guns, and wasn't sure of the laws, so she gave it away to one of the other neighbors.

overcast_days
February 19, 2011, 09:15 PM
Today I was lucky enough to get rid of, I mean sell. a rust pitted .22 Charco at a show I was walking around at for the price of a brand new Hi Point. For some insane reason I had a dealer and an shopper bickering over it. Can someone explain why 2 people wanted that POS?

MRH
February 19, 2011, 09:20 PM
In about 1996, bought a S&W M19, 2.5" exc condition with slicked up trigger for $250. Price included 2 leather holsters, full box of SWC and 2 speed loaders. At the time, the gun by itself was going for around $400

451 Detonics
February 20, 2011, 11:36 AM
Of course some of my best deals were selling guns...3 busted Jennings 22s and a couple busted US revolvers netted me $500.00 at a gun buy back...

Litlman
February 20, 2011, 12:16 PM
T Series BHP , free as a finders fee for 3 rare S&W revolvers that I turned a buddy on to (the prices were low). I was ready to by one of them and handed it to him and "said you take it". When he told me that he was giving this BHP of his that I admired for so long I told him that it was not necessary but, he would not take no for an answer.

MIL-DOT
February 20, 2011, 12:17 PM
Not quite in the league as many here, but a few months ago I traded an old,re-finished S&W M&P .38 that I got at a gun show for $160........for a S&W Model 28 Highway Patrolman .357 w/ 4" barrel. The guy just wanted something with less bulk and weight, and I was happy to oblige. :rolleyes:

rdrancher
February 20, 2011, 12:42 PM
A few years ago I got a three-screw Blackhawk from an employee for $150. He asked for $100, but I knew he needed the money and it was still a good deal, so I upped the price.

rondog
February 20, 2011, 01:36 PM
1947 Enfield No.5 Mk. 1 Jungle Carbine in a pawn shop for $150. All matching numbers, and it's a real No.5, not a clone.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b150/rinselman/guns/my%20Enfields/DSCN2383.jpg

earplug
February 20, 2011, 03:14 PM
about 2007, Nice clean sock drawer gun. $125.00
Shop had it on consignment for cheap because it wasn't a Plus P.

BlkHawk73
February 20, 2011, 03:30 PM
I saw a HK Model 4 for sale, called and was told it was the gun and no conversion kit or anything else. had them hold it for me anyways. Got to the shop and they pulled it out, a NIB pistol in the box with the paperwork AND a complete NIB 3 barrel conversion kit with all the paperwork in it's box. Saw the boxes come over the counter and just said I'd take it. :) Figured paying $450 for it all was worth it. ;) Been offered $1000 but passed. :)

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y36/BlkHawk73/HK/DSC02675.jpg

Campusninja
February 20, 2011, 07:43 PM
NIB Ruger LCR for $371 out the door a couple weeks ago.

Duelist
February 21, 2011, 10:00 AM
Found a '72 Colt Combat Commander at my LGS....picked it up for $450+tax

pistolshooter10
February 21, 2011, 08:57 PM
686+-6 6" unfired $375 local pawn shop,it was my first handgun purchase

Tallbald
February 22, 2011, 01:56 AM
How's this. A friend of mine gave $400 to a fella for a pristine nickel Mod 19 Smith AND a pristine Smith Mod 17 .22. The guy was wanting to get rid of his deceased relative's two revolvers. No boxes of course.

earlthegoat2
February 22, 2011, 09:54 AM
Smith and Wesson Model 60-7- 325
Smith and Wesson Model 38 - 275
Smith and Wesson Model 15-3- 175

All these were purchased last year.

armabill
February 22, 2011, 10:32 AM
Still waiting for my lifetime deal.

woad_yurt
February 22, 2011, 12:12 PM
About 12 years ago, I bought 5 colonial paper currency notes for $40.00.

2 years ago, I met a rookie history professor who worked at the local college. While talking, he mentioned that he had his grandmother's old Single Six laying around and that, since he got married, his wife has told him daily to "get that gun out of the house." He told me that one of the cylinders was missing; I groaned. I told him that a convertible Single Six minus a cylinder wasn't all that valuable, no matter how old it was, that it was now a nice shooter rather than a valuable collectible.

His academic area of interest is our revolutionary time period. I showed him some of my colonial currency, in particular, a 20 schilling note from Philadelphia, dated December, 1775. I told him that this was probably in use when the Declaration of Independence was signed. We traded, the Ruger for my note.

When I finally got the gun, it was marked "Magnum Model." A few days later, I researched it to find out that it was not missing a cylinder but was in fact a 1961 Magnum Model (.22 WMR only.) I had no idea until 4-5 days after the trade.

It was in very nice shape, just beautiful, but I hardly ever shoot single action so it sat around until I arranged a trade with someone online, my Single Six for a GP100. The FFL who shipped the gun packed it so miserably (no padding, bubble wrap, nothing, just a flat rate box) that the barrel poked through in transit and got badly dinged on the muzzle. The GP100 guy sent it back and the dealer I used offered to get me a GP100 in exchange for the Single Six, which was very cool since I thought it was going to be a hassle. He said that he'd find me a good GP100.

I told him that I wasn't totally set on a GP100, that it was just the best trade offer I had gotten. I asked him what he had in the shop, was shown a 7.5" Redhawk, liked it and took it for the Single Six. After we had traded, I asked him how much the ammo cost, something I hadn't considered. He then threw in 100 rounds.

That's how I got a Redhawk and 100 rounds of ammo for $8.00.

Now we fight over it; even though it was my $8.00, she thinks it's hers:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee150/woad_yurt/RedhawkKitty.jpg

MaterDei
February 22, 2011, 09:21 PM
Nice (albeit long) story, Woad

crestoncowboy
February 22, 2011, 10:47 PM
traded a j22 jennings for a grendel p30 with 2 mags.I offered boot but he wouldnt take any.

22-rimfire
February 22, 2011, 10:57 PM
I have been very satisfied overall with the prices I have paid on most of the firearms I have purchased. Maybe a 2.5" Diamondback 22 NIB for $450 (when they were selling for about $1000) was about the best smokin deal I have made. I was very satisfied with a 98%+ Model 17-6 (4") that I recently purchased for $550 tax and NICS check included (so truly OTD).

But if I look at the values now, I have to say I have done OKay. That Diamondback is a $3000 gun now.

OrangePwrx9
February 22, 2011, 11:41 PM
$389 for a new Mark III Browning High Power at a gunshow.

Oh, wait...this is the revolver forum :o Well it was my best gun deal ever :cool:

MyTFAL
February 23, 2011, 02:00 PM
My best deal yet,....bought it sight unseen, just knew it was a .22 lever action turned out to be 1966 Uberti yellowboy copy .22 caliber, three digit serial # for 100$
seems they didn't sell very many of these ,....they were 475.00 back in 66' !

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww94/31-Kilo/DSC04063-1.jpg

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww94/31-Kilo/DSC04058.jpg

Uteridge
February 23, 2011, 02:28 PM
I found a guy that was selling several guns that I wanted at fairly good prices. His father-in-law was a collector and he was selling the guns because he was not a shooter. The prices were pretty good deals but nothing phenomenal (prices were straight out of Blue Book). He had a Smith and Wesson 657 3" that I was not looking to buy but when I got to his house he showed me the guns and the 657 was unfired. He was asking $425 for it and I had never seen a 3 inch 657 before so I went ahead and picked it up. He called back a couple of weeks later and said that they had finished cleaning out the house and found the original box for this 657 and asked if I wanted it so of course I went over and picked it up.

I didn't know what I had so I did some research and less the 6000 of these 3 inch versions were ever made. The last one that I saw sell on GunBroker was for $1300 or something like that and it was fairly heavily used and did not have the original box. So now I have a rare Smith and Wesson, unfired, and in the original box and only paid $425. I don't think I will get a deal like that for some time. I still got both of the guns that I went there to pick up as well a 2 1/2 inch Nickel Model 19 for $425 and a .38 Super Colt Commander with Satin Chrome finish for $750. Pretty good prices on all of the guns; but the 657 was a lucky buy, especially since I didn't know what a bargain I got until a couple of months later.

chriske
February 24, 2011, 06:41 AM
Two fine deals come to mind :

1.
Some 20-odd years ago local police upgraded their gear, and some of their obsolete/redundant stuff got sold off.

I had the opportunity to buy an unfired, spanking new-in-the-box FN Herstal made Browning hammerless .32 ACP automatic plus extra magazine for 25 Euro (that's the gun our cops used to carry in those days).

BTW the S&W .38 Spl K-frame revolvers police upgraded to retailed for about 625-650 Euro's then.

2.
A couple of years back I was looking for a decent, used S&W 17.

Not only did my friendly habitual gunshop owner have an excellent 6" barreled specimen to show me, but after rummaging around in his -extensive - safe, also came up with an equally first-rate used SIG P-210. Not a Sig-Sauer, mind you, but the real McCoy SIG : the one sometimes referred to as the Rolls-Royce of automatics.
Well, my 20-years acquaintance with that particular gunshop (Lang's & Son in Antwerp) really payed off that day :
End result : I walked home with BOTH guns for the grand total sum of 400 Euro's

P.S. I found out that every superlative I ever heard about the SIG P-210 was true.

larryf1952
February 24, 2011, 05:35 PM
Bought from an estate in 1994 for $350. 1978 vintage Python, no box or papers, but unfired. I sold it 3 months ago at a tidy profit.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v201/larryf1952/Guns%20and%20Targets/ColtPython3-1.jpg

Schuarta
February 24, 2011, 08:17 PM
Simple. Cost me $499.00 at Cabela's Reno. Had to be mis-marked.

Ruger Blackhawk Bisley .45 LC, with second cylinder for .45 ACP and modified for additional .45 Auto RIM by Bowen Classic Arms Corp.

Perfect condition. Not a mark or scratch. No sign of any use.

Clark
February 25, 2011, 01:41 AM
I got a minty S&W 29-4 44 mag for $200 at a pawn shop a couple minutes after it was reduced on consignment by a desperate seller.

gvf
February 25, 2011, 12:50 PM
Bought from an estate in 1994 for $350. 1978 vintage Python, no box or papers, but unfired. I sold it 3 months ago at a tidy profit.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v201/larryf1952/Guns%20and%20Targets/ColtPython3-1.jpg
gorgeous. How could you stand not firing it!

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