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The One That Got Away

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by C-grunt, Jul 25, 2005.

  1. C-grunt

    C-grunt Senior Member

    Jun 12, 2005
    Phoenix Az
    I know there are a lot of you out there who narrowly missed a chance on a great buy. Lets hear some sob stories. Ill start.

    When I was 18 and still living at home my friend called me up one morning and asked if I wanted to go to a pawn shop he heard of that had a lot of good used guitars. I was getting paid that night and wanted to see if I could find something to blow my paycheck on. We get to the shop and tucked away in a little corner ( the owner wasnt very pro gun) were about ten rifles. I asked to look at a beautifull custom made rifle. It had some sort of tactical OD stock with adjustable length and check pad hieght. It looked like a Rem. 700 action with a fluted bull barrel that was about 24in. It was chambered in .25-06 and had a very nice looking scope ( probably a Leopold). It looked in very good condition and he when I asked how much he said "395.00". I nearly fell over dead. I quicky drove to my work, and pleaded my manager to give me my check before 5 o'clock. Being only noon, he said that was way to early. I finally convinced him at 4:30 to give me my check and by the time I got back to the shop, the rifle was gone. :cuss:

    I found out later that the original owner had put the rifle as colateral for a 200 dollar loan and didnt re-pay it. :what:
  2. stevelyn

    stevelyn Senior Member

    Mar 9, 2003
    Fairbanksan in Aleutian Hell
    A couple years ago I passed on the opportunity to own a Marlin 1895 in .45-70 for $250 because it had a Miro-Groove barrel and I didn't think I could shoot cast bullets out of it.
    I know better now and have been kicking myself ever since. :banghead:

    Lesson learned: Jump on the bargins as soon as you find them. If they don't work out as intended, pass them off on some other poor bastage for a profit. :D
  3. LoadedDrum

    LoadedDrum Active Member

    Dec 7, 2004
    Clark Pinmaster based off a USGI 1911A1, with a comped bull barrell, 2.5lb trigger, bomar sights, all for $850. I waited two weeks too long, despite the fact that the gun sat there for over a year.

    Also, a SRH 44 mag with the coolest looking Magnacast bull barrel I have ever seen.
  4. Lennyjoe

    Lennyjoe Mentor

    Dec 24, 2002
    Southwestern Ohio
    Not really a sob story but one that I stuck to my guns on (no pun intended).

    I was at a gunshow 2 weekends ago shopping for another 10MM when I ran across a Springfield Champion for $400 and passed. I should of picked it up but decided to stay the course and keep looking for a 10MM.
  5. bogie

    bogie Mentor

    Jan 2, 2003
    St. Louis, in the Don't Show Me state
    Earlier this year, at the Supershoot, I had the chance to buy Mike Walker's #1 40X.

    And I didn't.
  6. MikeIsaj

    MikeIsaj Active Member

    Mar 8, 2005
    North of the City of Brotherly Love, West of The P
    Even worse, have you ever made a good buy and then sold it off?

    Many moons ago I bought a flawless Ruger Blackhawk .45, with a Bianchi Western form fit holster and belt. Paid $200.00 to a guy who needed to get rid of it. I then sold it two years later to a good friend for the $200.00 I paid. I was not using it, he was drooling over it and at the time it seemed like the thing to do. I have regreted that sale every day since. At least I still get to visit it occasionally.
  7. pbhome71

    pbhome71 Active Member

    Nov 11, 2003
    British Enfield L8 for $99.00

    I held in my hands a genuine Enfield L8 a couple of years ago. This was when I first started collect C&R.

    The L8 is a No1 Mk IV with 7.62x51 chamber instead of 303Brit. The stock was great and it looks unissued. I didn't know what it was and thought that it was a bubba enfield. I did not get it since I want to check out if it is a fake or not. I checked it out and it seems to be a real one.

    When I went back, it was gone.... :banghead:
  8. Justin

    Justin Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 29, 2002
    I once passed up a Broomhandle Mauser for $250. It was pretty well worn, and would have required some gunsmithing work, but still...
  9. XavierBreath

    XavierBreath Mentor

    Jan 6, 2003
    Hong Kong Model 10 S&W's at every gunshow for a year or so. I can't remember the prices, but they were plentiful and cheap. I didn't buy because I was into semi-autos. I should have bought.

    German Makarovs at every gunshow for a year or so. They were plentiful and cheap. Again, I did not buy. The caliber was not plentiful then. I still kick myself. I did buy a Bulgy a couple of years ago.
  10. auschip

    auschip Participating Member

    Jul 25, 2003
    Austin, TX
    Stainless Colt Carry Magnum. in .357. They wanted $299 for it. I hemed and hawed and decided to sleep on it. Called the next day, and it sold already. :banghead:
  11. MSGT9410

    MSGT9410 Member

    May 25, 2005
    Rocky Mount, North Carolina
    Remington 1100, $200.

    I slap myself in the face at the thought :(
  12. Battlespace

    Battlespace Member

    Feb 14, 2004
    It depends on where I happen to be
    I was at an estate auction last spring where there was a Model 12 in 16 ga. It looked to be in great shape. Since guns were not to be auctioned for a an hour or so I sort of wondered around on the other side of the house looking at the other things I could not live without. When I came back around they had just sold the Model 12! $100.00 I offered to buy it from the new owner, but he knew he had a bargain and would not even talk to me.
  13. CAS700850

    CAS700850 Participating Member

    Jul 20, 2004
    Central Ohio
    Smith Model 19, 2 1/2 " barrel, bead blast finish. Turns out it was a State Department Protective Service trade-in. There were two on the table for $250 each. Best friend bought one, I walked away from the other. Spent most of the money on diamond earrings for a woman I stopped seeing a year later. :banghead:

    Years later, paid almost $400 for a new version of the same gun, without the bead-blast finish and the history. :(
  14. Doug444

    Doug444 New Member

    Apr 2, 2003
    Draper, UT
    I once passed on a Win. M88 Lever gun in .308 that had a very slight bulge in the barrell about 4" from the muzzle. Was asking $175 for it and I just let it go. Could have easily re-barrelled it in any .308 based caliber for probably $200, and every other M88 I've seen is over $400. Live and learn.
  15. Eightball

    Eightball Senior Member

    May 31, 2005
    Louisville, KY
    A little while ago I missed an awesome deal on an AK. Someone had already done all the trigger work, put on good furniture, etc, and was offering about 7 30-round mags--all for about 365 :what: . Alas, something came up, and my money depleted before I could buy it :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:
  16. captainkirk

    captainkirk New Member

    Jul 25, 2005
    Houston, TX
    got away

    Winchester model 70 African in 458. Looked brand new (don't most 458s) with slight wear where it had been sitting on a gun rack . $300

    Didn't feel too bad though- spent the same 300 on a TC contender a few months later with a 223 bbl, 35 rem bbl and a 357 bbl , 2.5 tc scope, dies, brass etc. Not bad. :p

  17. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 19, 2002
    Left handed Kimber (original Kimber) rifle in 222 for $700. I bought an Enfield sniper instead.
  18. yellowcarbon

    yellowcarbon New Member

    Jun 12, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Here is a sorry story: I sold off my only NFA toy, a Cobray M-11/9, for a down payment on a house listed at $215K. I got the money ready but the deal fell through. The house has since appriciated to $315K in one year. So I am out my M-11/9 and house. Beat that!

    On the up side, here are some of the deal I have found:

    Ruger GP-100 3" stainless for $150-friend needed money
    Winchester 1300 Defender for $100-Same friend needed money
    Ruger Mini-14 for $250-Same friend needed more money
    Winchester 94 .30-30 for $80-found at garage sale
    Winchester 1200 for $60-found at garage sale
    Colt Official Police 4" for Free-Cousin gave it to me

    He givith and he takith away!
  19. Randy in Arizona

    Randy in Arizona Member

    Sep 10, 2003
    East of the Democratic People's Republic of Tucson
    Off the topic of guns, but - -
    a Ferrari 250 GTL Lusso for $6000 in about 1971.
    Now worth about $200,000 to $250,000.
    Ferrari 250 GTL Lusso

    Now back to guns - -
    The three dealer examples I could have bought from Colt for $600 each, Fully Transferable M16s - - :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:
    The M60s for less than $2K, other toys I coulda, shoulda, yadda, yadda - - :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:
  20. grampster
    • Contributing Member

    grampster Elder

    Dec 26, 2002
    Wilderness of West Michigan
    Traded my Ithica Featherweight 12 ga pump + an M1 Carbine AND a Beretta Minx .22 for an Ithica Mod 1200 semi auto in .20ga (the pretty one with the pheasants engraved on the polished receiver)with a full choke barrel and a deerslayer barrel, even up. SOB. Why didn't I just buy the new Ithica and keep the others. Woe is me. I was in my late 20's so that may be a partial excuse for my stupidity :banghead: .

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