Price check: SKS and M1 Carbine


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Solo
July 25, 2011, 09:28 PM
I was down at my local Big 5 here in Orange County, and noticed that they had a M1 Carbine on sale for $999. The action, magazine, and sights looked alright, but the stock was a mess. Please tell me that's about $500 overpriced, because I would love to be able to afford it.

Also saw an SKS going for $499. I did not handle it, but it appeared to be in decent condition. Is that a fair price? I remember the cost of an SKS being closer to $300 a few years ago.

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Sunray
July 25, 2011, 10:51 PM
Milsurp Carbines are selling for a bit less than that retail. Couple hundred or so. The condition, of course, matters. AutoOrdnance wants $775 for their copy, as I recall.
$499 for an SKS is ludicrous. Mind you, if your Orange County is the one in CA, that may explain both prices.

Solo
July 25, 2011, 10:57 PM
There is another Orange County?

Sunray
July 25, 2011, 11:50 PM
"...There is another Orange County..." Beats me. I'm in Canada. Our counties are named after rich and famous people. Not a fruit. snicker.
There's one in NC, FL, NY, VA, TX and likely others.

Sky
July 25, 2011, 11:59 PM
I was looking at SKS's a couple of months ago and someplace had them for $289 (looked unused still in the crate). Think I posted the price in a thread but sorry do not remember when or where. $300 for an SKS seems to be the going price now from places who want to honestly sell them. There are cheaper and certainly more expensive to be had. Do a search on THR about the SKS and you will probably find some decent places selling them. I would try and find it for you but am overseas at an Internet cafe' and is not easy for me to do a search.

Lonerider357
July 26, 2011, 12:04 AM
Nice SKS's here plus alot of other nice guns!
http://www.classicarms.us/

Sky
July 26, 2011, 12:18 AM
Yes Classicarms is the place I saw them for $289. Thanks!

Lakedaemonian
July 26, 2011, 12:26 AM
Yes Classicarms is the place I saw them for $289. Thanks!

YES!!! I want to buy guns from people who mount Scopes backwards!!! Holy Crap!!!!!! Are you kidding me?!

mdThanatos
July 26, 2011, 12:29 AM
If the SKS was a Yugo, being from Big 5 it will come without the grenade launcher and in place of it a crappy muzzle brake. I'd find one somewhere else if it were me, went that route a few years ago and wish in some ways that I didn't. The M1, is it an original or one of the new reproductions? Locally they have been pushing a reproduction model and it seems that the milsurp rifles are far and few between in my ventures to the stores.

Sky
July 26, 2011, 12:30 AM
hahahaha probably came that way and the photographer only knows about cameras

Solo
July 26, 2011, 12:39 AM
The M1, is it an original or one of the new reproductions? Locally they have been pushing a reproduction model and it seems that the milsurp rifles are far and few between in my ventures to the stores.
I couldn't tell, but the stock was wooden and beaten up as hell. It seemed pretty old; I suspect milsurp.

From what I remember, the magazine release had a white "M" on the button and the rear sight was an aperture mounted on a ramp.

mister2
July 26, 2011, 02:07 AM
There is another Orange County?

Just to name a couple, there's an Orange Co. in VA and NY.

Re: prices - Big 5 had milsurp garands and various Mausers and Mosins and some looked they were dragged behind a truck from whatever battlefield they were found. And overpriced at that. I would not be surprised if their M1s followed suit.

I've seen Russian SKSs in the ads between $350 and $400. A little less ($275 - $300) for Yugos and Chinese.

Try SKS forums: http://www.sksboards.com/smf/index.php?topic=88256.0
You may have to have a minimum number of posts to see the ads but prices are as described above.

MR2

Solo
July 26, 2011, 02:41 AM
Thanks everyone.

I'm glad to know I can get a good C&R for more reasonable prices.

I'm actually really interested in getting an M1 Carbine one of these days.

ball3006
July 26, 2011, 11:25 AM
You missed the feeding frenzy at the CMP last year when carbines were going for around 600 bucks. SKSs around here are in the 3-400 price range depending on what country they are from. Russian bring premium prices....Nothing wrong with the Yugos with the grenade launcher. The added weight makes the rifle balance nicely...chris3

RP88
July 26, 2011, 01:47 PM
unless the SKS is a pristine Albanian copy or something else semi-rare, then $500 is $150-200 too much.

ball3006
July 26, 2011, 04:43 PM
I have to agree with RP88.....I paid 100 bucks for my very nice Albanian back then.....chris3

tubeshooter
July 26, 2011, 07:35 PM
In today's market, I have been seeing ~$300 for good ones (usually Yugo) and $450 or so for a very clean Russian.

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