Crazy Firearms deals. Let's hear your stories


July 22, 2011, 01:30 AM
what was one of the best deals you've encountered in the firearms world?

For me it involved a cheap surplus rifle...but hey, I love the smell of packing grease

Recently while at work, a regular customer and member of my state's militia came in needing a new pack for a weekend training exercise. He asked if he could trade his recently purchased mosin for a 3-day assault pack. I told him that i was not allowed to make such a decision, but i cleared up a deal with the boss. I purchased the pack (with my store discount which is basically our cost) for $48 and change. I handed him the pack and he handed over his mosin after we wrote up a bill of sale. Of course i already had a laminate stock mosin, but another one for under 50 was too good to pass up. I know, it just a mosin, but to each his own.

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July 22, 2011, 02:01 AM
I am a sucker for historic and era firearms, and that seems like a steal. I'm curious, was it defective or flawed in any way?

July 22, 2011, 02:08 AM
OK how about a Savage model 24 in .22 over 20 GA for $20. About 5 years ago I was at a local yard sale and spied this rifle in the corner leaning up against a table. I ask the lady how much it cost and she says $20. So I explain that it is worth more that that and offer give her more for it. She laughs at me and says it belonged to her worthless EX and she wanted to sell it for that so she could tell him next time she saw him that all she could get for it was $20 and she used that $$ to buy a good steak for lunch that day. Said that would really T him off when she told him and smiled a cute little smile to me.:banghead: I actually felt sorry for the guy after listening to the woman talking to some other people about some other items she had "won" from him after I had made the deal and was browsing around for more stuff there.

July 22, 2011, 02:19 AM
Jaw on the floor now lol. Suprised that she didn't want anything more for it. Love makes you do crazy things, but a p****d off woman gets you a 1 in 1 million deal I guess lol. poor guy though.

July 22, 2011, 02:37 AM
1951 870 wingmaster for 90 bucks because the stock had been spray painted. After a little TLC it'sw near perfect.

July 22, 2011, 05:28 AM
a guy i work with overheard me talking about recently buying an ak and asked if i wanted to buy an sks and turkish mauser he had that he never shot anymore. he told me i could have them both and the ammo he had for the sks for 150 bucks. turns out he had like 300 rounds of 7.62 so i bought it up in a hurry. he had bought a case of sks's back in the day and had sold them all but that one and finally decided he didnt want it anymore so sold it off for baically nothing. 2 real good shooting guns

July 22, 2011, 06:23 AM
In 2005-06 I bought 4 K31's for $80 apiece. All are in very good condition.

Around the same time I got 3 Mosin Nagants for $30 apiece. One has a cracked stock, what:D

July 22, 2011, 08:23 AM
Several weeks ago I purchased a Browing Hi-Power (Made in Belgium) and a Ruger Bearcat at an estate sale for a total of 400.00. Both firearms were in new unfired condition, but very dirty etc. The seller and I split the transfer fee.

July 22, 2011, 08:31 AM
After a little TLC it'sw near perfect.That happens.

Not nearly as good a deal, but I picked up a Benelli Super 90 a while back for less than half the going rate. I was told, "it's a police gun and they shot it all to h-ll." Look in the bore: no chrome at all.

Well, take it home, clean it...and a little chrome appears. Then more. Finally, a pristine barrel...well protected by layers and layers of plastic fouling.

I figure the PD never cleaned it, and sold it when it stopped working. Good as new, now.

Mt Shooter
July 22, 2011, 09:05 AM
I won a springfield XD in 9 mm that count?

July 22, 2011, 09:11 AM
About 4-5 years ago this Model 14-3 was listed on GunBroker. Shows some scratches and holster wear but function is perfect. Starting price was $100 and that's what I paid as the only bidder.

In 2000 the Price, Utah PD dumped about 100 Model 19s on a local dealer for resell. All were priced at $265. Amongst all the K frames was this 3.5" Pre-27 with the same price tag. Should have bagged a couple of the 4" 19s while I was at it.

Stopped at a gun shop on my way to a gun show back in 1999. Picked up this 4" 22 D'back that looked unfired for $265.

Got to the show and a pawn shop dealer with a table had this 38 D'back tagged at $225. I cavalierly offered $180 and he took it.

This was on a table at a local show priced at $100 because the action was frozen. Poured some solvent through it to flush out all the congealed grease and it worked fine.

Got this for $12.50 at a police auction. Was a total wreck. Installed new sights, replaced missing parts, refinished wood and blued metal at home. Total investment is about $24. Drives tacks.

$200 at a local show. Well worn but shoots like a Python.

July 22, 2011, 09:18 AM
I had a friend with an FFL before he left California for Arizona. I think the best deal I got from him was a Chinese SKS - for $75! I also got a Chinese Makarov off of him for $125. He was willing to sell me a brand new one, but I choose his lightly fired Makarov since I knew it functioned ok and was significantly smoother since it was broken in.

July 22, 2011, 09:49 AM
Colt Combat Commander, series 70 (with 80BS serial number), Krieger Accu-Rails, Bar-Sto barrel, beavertail, and a beautifully tuned-trigger. Saw it under the glass at my LGS, but the owner wasnt aware his wife had put it out on consignment. I asked to see it and, when he looked at the price tag she had affixed to it, he was pretty upset because without hesitation I said; "I'll take it".

The price tag: $350.

July 22, 2011, 10:22 AM
I bought a Norinco SKS, almost numbers matching, for $150 a few months ago. Not that good of a deal but most sks's I see are at least a $100 more and mine looked unfired.

I got a Marlin Golden 39-M for about $20 a few weeks a go. It was my Uncle's and he is not a gun guy. This rifle had been sitting in my grandparents closet for 15-20 years so when my Uncle came down to visit I asked if he wanted to sell it, and he told me I could have it. I got him a 12 pack of his favorite beer as a thank you.

July 22, 2011, 10:45 AM
Picked this up earlier this year for $200.00 (And it's NOT an H&R)

July 22, 2011, 10:51 AM
I got both my Russian SKS's for $90 each. My E.G. Makarov was $100.

July 22, 2011, 10:54 AM
Guy getting divorced and didn't want his wife to get his guns
1: Stag Arms AR model 2H with Eotech512
2: Golck 26
3: Taurus 66 6" barrel

ALL for only $1100.

July 22, 2011, 12:10 PM
My great uncle got an unused Nylon 66 for $20. All he had to do was put it together :eek:

July 22, 2011, 11:03 PM
Just got a Glock Gen 3 Model 21 in awesome condition,with a box of ammo for $250!!

July 22, 2011, 11:15 PM

2 weeks ago
a k98 made in 36 for 70 bucks (plus 10 in parts)
and a 336w with a leapers scope on raised rings for 110. Bout 200 rounds of 30/30 with a nylon carry belt. And 100 rounds 8mm mauser :)

July 22, 2011, 11:33 PM
Here's a really crazy story........

I paid full store price for my new s&w 686 :banghead::barf:

Oh well, at least I know it's mine and only mine...I guess.

July 22, 2011, 11:40 PM
Guy walks in with an 80% 1919 receiver and a complete parts kit, and asks how much to have us build it into a semi-auto for him. We work out the labor cost, explain the process, etc.

We ask him if he wants a custom serial number since we have to put one on anyway. Guy states that he wants a sterile gun - no name, city, state, or s/n. We tell him we can't do that - as the manufacturer legally we have to mark the gun.

Guy gets upset and starts to stomp out, yelling that "all of us manufacturers are trying to rip him off" (he'd asked others to do the same and got told no).

We tell him to take his stuff. He tells us to keep it. We type up an abandoned property receipt, have him sign it, and he leaves.

That gun's on Form 2 now as a postie. :neener:

July 23, 2011, 01:06 AM
I bought my lowly thought of Sigma 9VE for $200 OTD NIB and also got the rebate or could have taken the mags. Best firearm new deal I ever got. Yeah I fussed around with the Sigma,,, made it mine. Broke a extractor after 5k rounds + of my own reloads. Screw S&W and there warranty. I bought a new extractor from Numrich. Fitted it up and 10k rounds latter it's better than the OEM part.

The best firearm purchase I've ever had the pleasure of making.

One hell of a $200 shooter. The best OEM barrel I've ever had the pleasure of owning. :)

July 23, 2011, 01:28 AM
Last week, a new to me remington woodsmaster 742 in 30-6 with two 10 round and one 4 round magazine. The price? Installed a new clutch in a 85 celica. Beat that!

July 23, 2011, 01:51 AM
I picked up a Mossberg 590 with a Choate pistol grip stock for $125 and a slightly modified (it had a sporter stock, otherwise untouched and had the original stock hardware) Remington 1903A3 for $200.

I also picked up a Desert Eagle MK19 .44mag like new in the box with three mags and tool (only missing the manual) for $500 a couple of years ago.

July 23, 2011, 02:23 AM
In traded a Glock 37 (45 Gap) with 5 mags for a Kimber 1911 Tactical Custom II with 3 mags that has some holster wear but otherwise in good shape. Its a great shooter!

The G37 had trigger work and an extended mag release. I got the Glock 37 from Buds when they were closing them out.

I think I did OK.

July 23, 2011, 08:10 AM
Monson production Dan Wesson stainless .44 with Hogue combats, 5" fixed barrel for $275.Gander MT., believe it or not.
Just found a brand new Glock 36, night sites, with all factory paperwork, case, and 600 rounds for $500. 100 rounds of it is Hornady. Crazy.

July 23, 2011, 09:23 AM
Bought a circaa 1930 H&R 32 semi from a coworker for $50.00 in 1986. Swapped it for a LLama 22 semi and a Ruger MK 1 22 semi. Sold the LLama for $150.00, and later sold the Ruger to Gander Mountain for $400.00. I probably would have done better privately since the Ruger was some rare collectable barrel length issue.

July 23, 2011, 11:14 AM
Over the years friends who were moving, or had a wife who hated guns, or whatever, have GIVEN me: Stevens .410/.22, a Beretta .32 and best of all, a .38 Special Colt Single Action Army.

July 23, 2011, 10:40 PM
Was at a LGS today and got a Thumlers Tumbler for $25. Got it home and decided to clean it up before using it. Took the drum apart and found it full of media and 125 223 brass.:D The guy there has found many deals and passed them on to his customers over the years. I have been the recipient of several myself.:cool: Like a bolt action 20 GA Sears Ranger 101 shotgun $35 OTD.:D

July 24, 2011, 12:23 AM
Devon, I hate to rain on your parade, but the 742 is a iffy gun. It's good for deer hunting and deer hunters (as in, shoot it 3 times a year) but the receiver rails are softer than the bolt and will get gouged up in a hurry with a lot of shooting. Gander Mtn will not buy them used. Not saying you got a bad deal, just be warned, it won't take much shooting to wear it out.

I got a Walther P-1 refurb for $189 and a little 20 gauge bolt action 3 shot Mossberg used for $120. On the other end of the spectrum, I got a fired once Benelli M4 for 1100 when list is 1600 for new.

July 24, 2011, 12:24 AM
I was at a Chyenne Gunshow with my Best Uncle and his buddy Bob back in 2001; on the way out, a real pretty girl at a raffle table sold me three $5.00 tickets supporting the Ray Hawkins for Governor campaign. A buffalo Hunt, an 1895G 45-70 and a Colt .45

I turned them around and let my Uncle and Bob blind-pick one each, I was left with the Colt.

I forgot about the raffle; a few months later, they called me on the phone, I won. First and last gun I ever won in a raffle.

A governatorial candidate supporting about that? Gotta love WY.

Bernie Lomax
July 24, 2011, 12:34 AM
One time, I bought an Arctic Warfare Super Magnum from some guy for 100 bucks. He was wearing a black ski mask and had a bunch of other good deals on stuff he was selling out of the back of a truck but, unfortunately, I was too broke at that time to buy anything more.</joking>

July 24, 2011, 11:27 PM
Lets see here...

Marlin 336, x2. got one for 100 dollars in trade needing work. That was a few years ago, and more parts got lost by an angry ex wife. Currently redoing the whole thing. Got another fully operational, 30-30 336 for 100 bucks.

Traded 250.00 of then collectible cards for a ruger mini 14.

Fred in Wisc
July 24, 2011, 11:58 PM
A nice used Mossberg 500 for $69 at Gander. 3" chamber and 30" full choke vent rib barrel.

Got a 28" barrel with screw in chokes at a gun show for $95. Kind of cranked me to pay more for the barrel than the gun, but made it a lot more useful.

July 25, 2011, 01:37 AM
These are all great stories. Another one of mine happened because my frined need some quick cash for an AR. I asked hin if he still wanted his mossberg 500 complete with it regular stock and a pistol grip (which is currently installed for HD w/out a stock). He wanted whatever he could get so i gave hin $80 and got all excited because that all he needed to pick up his AR. Win win for both
he got his AR
and i got a seldom used mossberg for $80

these stories really are great so keep em comeing guys/gals.

July 25, 2011, 02:19 AM
I don't know how crazy they were, but here are a some great deals I've paid for pistols that looked NIB:
$200 for a SW 586 6" barrel that had less than 50 rounds through it.
$350 for a Sig Sauer P229 .40 cal.
$169 for a Ruger MKII Comp.

July 25, 2011, 06:39 PM
Colt Super 1911 made 1935. No scratches. Original Duo-tone mag & Grips. $300 at estate sale.

Same sale: Two Samurai swords date late 1400's and late 1500's for $600.

July 25, 2011, 07:07 PM
Bought a stainless Mini 14 at a Sheriff auction for 250.00, in 1993. Traded it for a Mac 10, and 5 Mags.

Bought a SAA colt 5.5 .357 at a pawn shop for 150.00, in 1990.

Found a Win. 95 at a flea market for 225.00 in 1992...

July 25, 2011, 08:38 PM
NIB FNP 9 with 3 mags $240
Great condition stainless Camp 9 with 2 mags (incl 30 rounder) $175
SPAS-12 $300 (needed $50 in parts)
870 Wingmaster $50

July 25, 2011, 09:01 PM
Found a Win. 95 at a flea market for 225.00 in 1992...

A genuinely mint, russian contract Winchester 1895 of 1916 vintage for $130 last month - it was missing the front stock. :D

July 26, 2011, 07:01 PM
Bought a 1903A3 off of a former boss with the original militry stock set and a sporter stock for $50. I had no idea they were worth so much $$ at the time, it was just an 'old 30-06.'

July 26, 2011, 09:11 PM
A genuinely mint, russian contract Winchester 1895 of 1916 vintage for $130 last month - it was missing the front stock.

Heck of a deal. Lots of very nice captured Russian pieces in the Finnish gunstore I visited. I obviously couldn't buy a firearm there, so I had to "settle" for a beautiful skinning knife handmade by Marrku Vilppola.

July 27, 2011, 12:37 AM
My turn
A S&W model 12 airweight, LNIB, given to my wife by my former boss, was has wife's, nut she passed 3 yrs brfore he gave my wife the gun. He found it in his safe prepping for a class i had told him about.

A SKS with a tapco stock with full case of ammo from same guy when he moved to AZ - FREE

July 27, 2011, 03:10 AM
The two browning highpowers mkiii from Belgium with 16 magazines for 900

A Chinese sks, sig p6, and a astra a-100 for 399.

Springfield m1 garand for 425 otd a month ago.

July 27, 2011, 06:47 AM
I paid $79.95 for a brand new, in the box, Sears-Roebuck double 12 gauge. 30" full and modified chokes, hardwood stock, twin triggers back in 1967 I guess it was. My mother ordered it out of the Sears Catalog, and a Sears truck delivered it to the door, along with a brown hunting coat, and two boxes of Sears shells.

Yea that was a lot of money to a 15 year old kid on those days, but I like being able to tell about ordering a gun from a catalog and having it delivered in those days before GCA-68. That was quite a deal when you think about it.

Best deal recently was a Harrington & Richardson 999 Sportsman. I spotted it in the back of the case at my favorite dealer. They had it tagged at $179.00 which I thought was a pretty good price. I offered $150.00 and they took it. As we were writing up the papers, I notice the rear sight was missing (somewhat common for these I'm told). I pointed it out and said "That should be worth another $20.00 off." The clerk said "Ok". So I got it for $138.00 OTD.

One of these days I'll order a sight for it.

July 27, 2011, 07:59 AM
I picked up a 1958 Winchester 94 30-30 for $100 looks like it might have a box of shells through it. My only other is a Springfield loaded 1911 with 2 Wilson mags and a nib Case knife for $380

July 27, 2011, 08:08 AM
Had a guy trade me a Rock River w/ heavy stainless barrel, and very nice scope that booked (without the scope) for about 1300 for a base AR 15 that was worth about 700. Took the RR home, cleaned it which included the FILTHY firing pin in the bolt, and it shoots great. So I basically got paid 600 to clean the gun. :)

VT Deer Hunter
July 27, 2011, 07:40 PM
No crazy deals had a Mossberg 12 shotgun went to the gun shop they said they would give me $25 for it. I go back to the same place and same guy and gives me $35 for it.

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