Collectable firearms for $100 or less?


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monotonous_iterancy
February 17, 2013, 02:59 AM
I know it's a long shot (no pun intended), but other than the Mosin Nagant rifle and 1895 revolver, are there any other collectable or otherwise "cool" guns that can be had for around $100 or less?

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Centurian22
February 17, 2013, 03:17 AM
Also interested in same question.

toivo
February 17, 2013, 03:50 AM
I recently saw a Rossi pump .22 for $150. OK, so it's a copy (of a Winchester), but it's still pretty cool.

USAF_Vet
February 17, 2013, 06:26 AM
In today's current market, you can barely buy a brick if .22 LR for less than $100. LOL! When things settle down, I don't foresee many actual guns going for less than $100. Not quality collectibles in any case.

I think the C&R glory days have passed, at least for awhile.

monotonous_iterancy
February 17, 2013, 10:41 AM
What do you mean awhile? I don't know of any cheap surplus guns left, unless someone finds a huge stash of something.

I'm not just looking for surplus though, just any gun that's inexpensive, but still adds value to a collection.

Walt622
February 17, 2013, 10:52 AM
Best bet, small pawn shops. I have picked up several deals at them. A 95% CZ-24 for $90, a Ortages (sp?) pocket pistol in excellent condition for $80! Long story, but picked up a Luger and a parts kit for a Luger, after parts swapping and selling the extras wound up with a shooter for $175.
Happy deal hunting!

monotonous_iterancy
February 17, 2013, 10:58 AM
Best bet, small pawn shops. I have picked up several deals at them. A 95% CZ-24 for $90, a Ortages (sp?) pocket in excellent condition for $80! Long story, but picked up a Luger and a parts kit for a Luger, after parts swapping and selling the extras wound up with a shooter for $175.

Really? That's awesome. I wish I could find those prices. I actually have a birthday on the horizon, so this is really more about gift ideas.

jj1962hemi
February 17, 2013, 11:04 AM
Bud's had, then sold out of, Chinese 44 Mosin carbines for $99, including shipping. You can find old H&R and Hopkins & Allen break-open revolvers in .32 S&W and .38 S&W (not .38 Spl) in that range. They're not Colts, but they're cool. For $2-300 the field really opens up.

monotonous_iterancy
February 17, 2013, 11:13 AM
For $2-300 the field really opens up.

What happens when we get to that price range? I know Mausers are in the mid-200s. Anything else?

SundownRider
February 17, 2013, 11:16 AM
Got a Colt .25 auto with genuine pearl grips a while back for $100. Private sale though, and I felt bad about it for all of five seconds. ;-)

Garage sales are good places for bargains, but you have to hunt and have to ask.

monotonous_iterancy
February 17, 2013, 11:19 AM
have to ask

Pardon my confusion, but do you mean ask for garage sales, or ask if there are guns for sale at the garage sale?

jj1962hemi
February 17, 2013, 11:21 AM
I just got on Bud's sight and they are offering Chinese Type 54 carbines now for $119, including shipping.

jj1962hemi
February 17, 2013, 11:32 AM
Regarding $2-300 range, if you stay away from "hot collectibles," you can find many interesting guns. Most won't be in better than 80% condition (most of my collection), but many will. Here are some examples I know of, including Mausers:

VZ24 Czech Mauser
CZ-52 7.62x25mm pistol (unissued for around $300)
Tokarev and variants in 7.62x25
All kinds of Makarovs
P-64 Polish in 9x18 Makarov
Old S&W Model 3 (safety model, lemon squeezer)
Savage .32ACP semi-autos
Astra .32ACP SAs (harder to find)
Winchester 1897 12GA basic pump shotguns (have to shop)
Post-64 Winchester 1894s in .30-30
Lee Enfield MKIIIs (many variants)
SKS rifles (they'll come down again)

There are more, and they are dependent upon your taste in guns. I am more of an accumulator than a collector, buying what's fun and relatively inexpensive. I think for $3,000 you could put together a 10 gun collection that would be lots of fun and would eventually appreciate in value. Surplus guns are the best way in terms of quality for your dollar, but there are lots. If you stick to things that are less popular, you'll find greater variety.

After the 2008 primary, when the market for guns was similar to today's, if you focused on sporting guns, revolvers and surplus bolt action rifles, the field was deeper than it was two years ago, which was deeper than today's.

I have a freind that's fond of pointing out that when springtime comes and people need new roofs, etc., we'll see lots of impulse-bought guns flooding the market. I hope so!

22-rimfire
February 17, 2013, 11:46 AM
Nope.

Mike in Michigan
February 17, 2013, 12:05 PM
I advise collectors just starting out to go for the old, solid frame or tip up revolvers. Millions made by hundreds of manufacturers. Most are worn out, unsafe to shoot and that makes them relatively cheap to collect.

monotonous_iterancy
February 17, 2013, 12:13 PM
^ I do want to be able to shoot with it.

AethelstanAegen
February 17, 2013, 12:51 PM
As others have noted, once you get into the $2-300 range your options open up a great deal. I recently bought a S&W break-top Safety Hammerless in that range and I have seen Colt 1903 (pocket pistols) in that range as well. jj1962hemi listed a lot of the other commonly available ones in that price range. But for less than $100 you either have to luck into an awesome deal or you're stuck with Nagant revolvers and 91/30s (though they will probably run you more in the $100-150 category anyways after shipping, etc).

DammitBoy
February 17, 2013, 12:58 PM
Three that come to mind;

a) a mosin nagant

b) a s&w lemon squeezer

c) a mossy bolt action shotgun in 12ga or 16ga

fdashes
February 17, 2013, 01:03 PM
"I have a dream" sorry, it's already been said

vamo
February 17, 2013, 01:17 PM
steyr m95 stutzen is 100 bucks at JG, I thought about getting it, but I figured I already had a Mosin and didn't really have much use for another antique bolt action. Plus ammo availability is most likely an issue.

http://www.jgsales.com/steyr-95-stutzen-rifle,-austria-mfg,-8x56r-caliber,-good-to-very-good-condition-with-no-bayonet.-p-17816.html

DNS
February 17, 2013, 04:06 PM
Still some used single shots out there in that price range.

SundownRider
February 17, 2013, 04:24 PM
I meant to ask at garage sales. Sometimes there is an old gun they want to get rid of. Friend of mine found an original blackpowder shotgun at one. He got it for $25.

Just have to ask sometimes. I always say I'm an antique firearms collector, and if they had anything they wanted to get rid of, I'd be happy to take a look.

Worst thing they can do is say no.

monotonous_iterancy
February 17, 2013, 06:00 PM
I meant to ask at garage sales. Sometimes there is an old gun they want to get rid of. Friend of mine found an original blackpowder shotgun at one. He got it for $25.

Just have to ask sometimes. I always say I'm an antique firearms collector, and if they had anything they wanted to get rid of, I'd be happy to take a look.

Worst thing they can do is say no.

I've never thought of that before. That's a good idea. Have you found anything interesting that way?

c4v3man
February 17, 2013, 06:24 PM
Best way to get a collectible gun for around $100 is to go to one of the "gun buybacks".

22-rimfire
February 17, 2013, 08:05 PM
are there any other collectable or otherwise "cool" guns that can be had for around $100 or less?

Defining something as collectable is dependant on the individual. You can collect door knobs or thimbles for less than $100 each, but serious firearm collectables as defined by current collector interest... NOPE. Cool factor.... that is purely in the eye of the beholder. It is hard to even buy a H&R revolver for $100 these days. Many of the junkie RG revolvers sell for $100-$150. Some of the Mosin rifles sold for about $100... but are they collectable? I don't think so. Maybe they might be in 30 years.

SundownRider
February 17, 2013, 09:15 PM
I've found a S&W 686 for $250, and a couple of enfields for $35. Almost had a double rifle but the man changed his mind.
I don't go to estate sales or auctions, the field is too thick with collectors.

jackblack86
February 17, 2013, 10:11 PM
in the last month I have picked up a turkish mauser for 60.00 just keep watching armslist and they pop up

bainter1212
February 17, 2013, 10:20 PM
I was given an old 1915 dated Westinghouse 1891 Mosin Nagant for free. It was "just an old Mosin" to the guy who had it. Unfortunately it had been cut down :( fortunately it had an all Remington marked bolt assy :) I sold that bolt to someone who needed it and the rifle is a good shooter.

jmace57
February 17, 2013, 11:13 PM
Within the past 1 1/2 years I have bought an Ortgies pocket pistol (6.35) for $60 and two lemon squeezer S&Ws in very nice shape for $70 each. I will say that during the recent madness EVERYTHING has gone up, but I still believe there are deals out there.

silicosys4
February 18, 2013, 05:05 AM
I don't know if this counts as a collectible, but this came off of an online auction for $112, plus shipping, the transer, and the replacement latch pin that it needed, it was about $170 overall. It has no blue and nasty pitting, but a good bore and a really nice action.

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