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Good buy???

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by bonib, Sep 5, 2003.

  1. bonib

    bonib New Member

    Sep 2, 2003
    I was looking at purchasing a few guns from a friend of mine and was just wondering if any of you think they would be a good buy. The first is a 1938 Polish Eagle in V.G or better condition. He wants about $1000. The second is Roth Steyr Model 1907 in V.G or better condition. Asking about $400.
  2. Mike Irwin

    Mike Irwin Senior Member

    Dec 22, 2002
    Below the Manson-Nixon line in Virginia...
    Well, by Polish Eagle I'm assuming you mean a Vis 35 Radom.

    Only a few thousand were made with the eagle stamped on the side before Germany invaded.

    These guns typically show the highest levels of fit and finish that can be expected of just about any mass produced firearm.

    It's been awhile since I thought about these (I have a German made one, with decocker but no takedown latch)...

    I seem to recall that the Polish-made guns came both cut for a shoulder stock, and without the shoulder stock cut.

    I believe that those with the shoulder stock cut bring higher prices, as there are fewer of them.

    I haven't kept up on the prices lately, and don't know if any have been imported into the country lately, but prior to the fall of Communism $1,000 for one in even moderate condition would have been a good price.

    I'd say check the latest edition of Blue Book of Gun Values.
  3. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Senior Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Those are Blue Book prices for fairly high condition guns, 90-95%.

    Bear in mind that these are showpiece guns, few will recommend shooting a nice Polish Radom, and 8mm Roth Steyr ammo is scarce. Fiocchi may make it but don't hold me to it.

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