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Deal Of A Lifetime Stories

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by HayseedDixie, May 6, 2007.

  1. HayseedDixie

    HayseedDixie Member

    Howdy, y'all! Now I know it's not exactly a Parker for a penny, but when I saw this humble Winchester Defender for $99.99 at a local pawn shop I couldn't help but take it home with me. I entered the pawn show during my lunch break last Thursday to browse the handguns. Seeing nothing that sparked my interest, I noticed the Defender on the rack behind the counter. Dangling from it was a big orange tag that, from where I was standing, looked to read "$99.99". And that it did. Now I need another shotgun like I need a hole in the head (though some who know me probably think I could use a hole in the head). But I couldn't turn down a 12Ga. 7+1 Winchester for that price. Once I got it home, I took it down and gave it a light oiling and scrubbing and it looked as good as new! I promptly took it to the range and fired a few dozen shells through it, and it's as smooth as silk. So, I was inspired to start this thread. I'm fairly new to THR, and this may have been done many times in the past, but I'd love to hear some stories from you other fine folks about the deals you've stumbled onto in the past. Cheers!

  2. joshk-k

    joshk-k Well-Known Member

    I won a brand new Mossberg 935 Magnum (Mossy Oak camo), a gun that retails for about $500, in a local sportsman's club's raffle on a $5 ticket! Thought about selling it, but then got a few paychecks in me and didn't need the cash as badly, so I've kept it.

  3. gyp_c2

    gyp_c2 Well-Known Member


    ...ok, but just one:scrutiny:

    S&W 66 for 102.23...US...NewInBox...[​IMG]
    ...oh...Welcome to the fray...

    BADUNAME13 Well-Known Member

    Ingles Hi Power sloted for a shoulder stock. Worth over $1,000

    Pre WW2 Walther PP Books at $960

    1895 in 30-40 (One of the ones made in the 1980's) Over $1K

    Semi 1919 parts kit... with a buddy who will help build it

    There are a few others, but I'd have to look in the safes to think of them.

    Prices depend on what year... I have a 1960's price list... it would make you cry.
    All were bought since 2000.
  5. CNYCacher

    CNYCacher Well-Known Member

    I posted my story here:
    basically free, my first handgun!
  6. HayseedDixie

    HayseedDixie Member


    Dang Nomad, 2nd... I'm gonna have to start following you around! Nice deals!
  7. tasco 74

    tasco 74 Well-Known Member

    i guess my best deal for the money was when i got my model 27....... i traded an old model 13-2 that i had shot for years and $100 for a 1968 vintage 6" model 27-2 in original box that was sound as a dollar and in 98% shape with factory target stocks.... made the gun cost about $250!! i was a happy camper!!! :neener:
  8. The Deer Hunter

    The Deer Hunter Well-Known Member

    I bought my Remington 870 Wingmaster for $450. I'm guessing the guy who had it before me fired a box or two of shells and got rid of it because it was literally brand new. It came with the box, 4 choke tubes, mag. limiter and the manual.

    Also, my Benelli M1-S90 I picked up for $650 like new as well, it too had chokes but also had the shims and the takedown case. The only imperfection about it was the guy who had it before me somehow managed to scratch up the inside of the receiver right under the barrel extension.
  9. Texas Moon

    Texas Moon Well-Known Member

    Best one so far: Winchester pre WWII Model 70 .22 Hornet for $400. The owner didn't want it anymore "because shells were too expensive"! :what:

    Sold it about a year later for $1800 AND a Colt Python. :evil:

    Another pretty good one was a decent .45LC 2nd Gen Colt SAA traded for a canoe! :what:
  10. HiroProX

    HiroProX Well-Known Member

    10-27-2004: Perfect condition SKS-D at a local gunshop for $150.
    Last edited: May 7, 2007
  11. Shadow Shock

    Shadow Shock Well-Known Member

    My dad's freind offered me a Savage Arms pump 20ga. The price? I had to work on his property for 2 days. All I did was clear bad rocks out of his drive way and replace it with gravel. Then he looked up ther price and found it was worth $750. I felt pretty good.
  12. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Many Good Deals

    but, my best still has too be a 2nd series (enclosed ejector rod) all original
    Colt Agent .38 Special (in highly polished blue, NOT matte finished) in 'bout
    98.9%+ N.R.A. condition for $120~! :scrutiny: :cool: :D

    FWIW, For me I don't expect this deal too ever be matched; as its probably
    "a once in a lifetime deal"~!
    Last edited: May 7, 2007
  13. mole

    mole Well-Known Member

    My brother bought a very good condition Taurus pt92 for $25. Why can't I get these deals?
  14. Soybomb

    Soybomb Well-Known Member

    I picked up an 870 police with a surefire foreend for $350 off gunbroker. Not the deal of the century but I thought I came out pretty good on it.
  15. The-Fly

    The-Fly Well-Known Member

    not a smoking good deal, but i got a taurus 357 mag for $275 that had under 50 rounds through it. New it goes for $400. Came with 75 rounds to boot.
  16. Rugerdog

    Rugerdog Active Member

    I got a Valmet 76 w/folding tube stock for $100.00
    I wish I could find mags for less than that now!

    This was 3 years ago.
  17. hemiram

    hemiram Well-Known Member

    My all time deal was buying a whole box of Dan Wesson Model 15 parts at a gun store that was going out of business for 50 bucks. There were all kinds of parts in there, including a new frame that appeared to have a minor defect in the bluing on the trigger guard. I assembled a complete gun from the parts while sitting in the nearby Burger King lot in a few minutes. I traded in some of the extra parts, but kept a couple of sets of shouds, barrels, springs and screws that came in real handy recently when I found an incomplete Model 15at a local pawn shop. I got it for less than $200, and had it ready to shoot 20 minutes after I got it home. Not the prettyest one I've seen or had, but it shoots great. I sure wish I had that stuff on Ebay now, it would get me at least $3K, easy.
    Last edited: May 7, 2007
  18. wooderson

    wooderson member

    Nowhere near an end-of-the-world deal, but at last week's Dallas gun show there were a couple of older gentlemen with a table of S&W revolvers. Good prices, knocked down a bit on Sunday... and there was a beautiful (externally, at least) Model 25-5 for $450. A fair price, but I just couldn't put down the cash after spending $1000 on Saturday.

    Now, a week later I'm kicking myself, in part because I'd rather buy it from these nice older guys than a shop or someone hundreds of miles away. Hope they're at the next show I hit up.
  19. 10 Ring Tao

    10 Ring Tao Well-Known Member

    Norinco 1911 for $250 last year.

    Just like every one of these threads, people need to include a date to go with their story, to make it relevant to today's prices.
  20. Mac Attack

    Mac Attack Well-Known Member

    In 2003 I purchased a new unfired series 70 Colt Combat Commander in 9mm with original box and paper, and 200 rounds for $80.

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