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Best and worst gun deals you've ever made

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by liljohn, Oct 17, 2004.

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  1. liljohn

    liljohn Member

    Apr 28, 2004
    What's the best gun deal you've ever made? What's the worst? Ever pass up a great deal only to dwell on it later?

    I think my best was a Ruger single six in 32 H&R mag for $125. The thing was BRAND NEW, without the box, from a private seller at a gun show.

    Another good one was a Browning BDA .380 in satin nickel for $80. I didn't really want it and I didn't have much money, but a friend of mine had less and needed to sell it badly. I realized later that he was the one that did me a favor.

    Last good deal--an FA .454 Casull field grade, with an SSK 3-ring mount, rosewood grips, magnaported, and two boxes of FA ammo for $700. It only had 20 rounds through it.

    My worst was probably a 6.5x55. I got it when they first started coming into the country and had no idea what they were worth. It is in great shape, but the price was $240.

    Worst misses--a new in the box full-auto Thompson .45 with a drum mag for $750. I didn't want to spend the $200 for a federal stamp. Another was a State Arms .50 BMG for $800. I snoozed, and "lozed".
  2. lwsimon

    lwsimon Member

    Aug 8, 2004
    best deals..... I have a couple

    Ruger Super Blackhawk .44mag - got it for helping a guy out with a PC problem, right before the auditors came :)

    Remington .270 - paid $225 at a pawn shop, was in horirble shape. Several hundred patches and a bottle of break free later, I resold it for $375....

    Worst deals?

    Remington 244 Viper. I think that was the model. Worst .22 EVER. Only made a 10 round mag, hard to insert, and shot a 6" group at 100 yards form a bench rest. Bought it b/c i needed SOMETHING for home defense, and it was the cheapest gun in the shop.
  3. telcom911

    telcom911 Member

    Jan 13, 2003
    Brtween NY and CA
    I traded a very, very well used

    Kimber ProCarry (Series I) for two NIB Glocks, a 22 and a 27. That was both the best and worst trade I ever made. While I ended up with two brand spanking new guns, I lost what was possible the pistol I have liked more then any other I have ever owned. Boy, I miss that Kimber. I did replace it wiht another ProCarry, but its just not the same.
  4. Okiecruffler

    Okiecruffler Member

    Dec 27, 2002
    Del City, Okla
    Best deal was last weekend at the gunshow. A .308 Savage Striker with Bushnell 2-6X scope for $260. Although my 30-30AI Contender barrel at a garage sale for $75 is a close second.

    Worst deal was trading my Phoenix HP22, (which was accurate, reliable, and alot of fun) for a Charter Arms Explorer pistol (which was inaccurate, unreliable and an all around PITA).
  5. ARperson

    ARperson Member

    Sep 23, 2003
    Indy, Indiana
    Best "surprise" deal was today's purchase. Found an Omega all-camo version (even the barrel) for $459. I know, that's not the deal. The deal was on the receipt which I looked at when I got home. The muzzle stuffer rang up for $399 and the 3-9 scope I bought with it rang up for $69 instead of the marked $89. It's was like getting the ammo for free!
  6. borderguy

    borderguy Member

    Dec 17, 2003
    NW WA
    Best recent: $75.00 for a pre-ban Eagle Arms AR-15 reciever.

    Best Overall. $295.00 for my Colt Sp-1.

    Worst: $400.00 for a Century/Imbel L1A1 FAL.

    Best Freebie: EG Makarov from my Brother-in-Law
  7. Third_Rail

    Third_Rail Member

    Jan 10, 2004
    Best: Getting an extensive collection of US military firearms "given" to me (to be put in my hands for good upon exit of the state of MA), including a 1917, 1903a3, M1 Garand, M1 Carbine, etc., free.

    Worst: Letting someone pass up a Singer 1911 for $250... after I learned what a mistake we had made, I wanted to learn more about firearms, which is why I came here.
  8. AZLibertarian

    AZLibertarian Member

    Mar 5, 2003
    Betcha can guess
    I'm not exactly dwelling on it, but--yes. Just last month at the IDPA match at the range, someone had an ad on the board which went something like this...

    I looked at that, and thought: "Man. Either that guy doesn't have any idea what he's got, or somebody's ex-wife is out to shaft him. I ought to snatch that thing up." But with two kids in college, and a tight budget, it would have begun a fight with Mrs. AZLib that I don't need to start.

    So I passed.

    That ad stayed up on that board about 6 minutes past when I looked at it. Somebody else grabbed it.

    Would-a, Should-a, Could-a. Story of my life.
  9. 444

    444 Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    Best gun deal:
    Marlin .444 with a couple boxes of factory ammo.
    High Point Carbine with laser and most of a case of PMC ammo.
    Ruger Model 77 in .22-250 with dies, bullets, cases, and cheap scope.
    For $275

    Worst: The list is long.
    But the worst would have to be paying Machine Gun Kelly in Las Vegas $1800 almost two years ago for a suppressed Ruger 10/22 and suppressed Ruger Mk. II and I haven't recieved either gun.
    Another similar story: I sent a Colt Mustang, and a Bulgarian Makarov along with my own parts and cash to BEAST Enterprises in the Phoenix area probably 4-5 years ago and have never gotten either gun or money back.
    Probably the worst deal I ever willingly went along with was trading a Colt ACE for a Ruger MK.II staight up.

    Another good deal was a Dillion 550 press with a lot of accssories and reloading gear from a guy on this board that was in serious financial trouble and was trying to put the money together to buy his family Christmas presents. The price was so low that I sent him an extra $50 because I couldn't do him like that.
    Another notable deal was some off brand rifle in .25-06 for $250. Oh, it had a Leupold Vari-X III scope on it. I took off the scope and sold the rifle for $250. I then had the scope rebuilt by Leupold. It was a good financial deal, but I have never done anything with the scope to this day.
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  10. jeff-10

    jeff-10 Member

    Feb 14, 2004
    South Florida
    $350 for a NIB Browning HP in 40 S&W a few years back. Jumbo sports here in FL was closing and they had some nice sales.

    Honorable Mention:
    $325 for a 1076 out the door. It doesn't sound that great but you have to realize thats after tax andbBackground check, etc.

    $150 for a YUGO M48A at a gun show. The gun has serious headspacing problems and only sets off the primer when it feels like it. I am still trying to figure out what to do with the thing.
  11. entropy

    entropy Member

    Feb 9, 2004
    G_d's Country, WI
    Best: I've recieved several freebies over the years, they certainly count among them, even if the guns weren't that great. A S&W Mod 34? .38S&W (Small & Weak) from a widow who just wanted it out of the shop after her husband died. An Ithaca 37 a guy just wanted to get out of the house because his grandkids were old enough to snoop. A Remington 58 for next to nothing, picked that up for a friend who wanted a back-up turkey gun. A Savage 311 picked up for $25 bucks, it took all of 20 minutes work to get the dent out of the barrel & spot cold blue it; got a lot of free pizzas from a friend who wanted a cheap shotgun. A Ruger 77 in .300 WinMag with a McMillan stock and a Leupold 2-7 for $290. The obscenely huge profit I made on an AR-15 during the frenzy ten years ago. and the 5 guns I inherited when my grandpa died.

    Worst: Even though it was only $70, the POS Iver Johnson Cadet that spits worse that BinLaden's camel. Selling my AR in the first place. Selling my 2 1/2" Colt Python. Selling my Ruger Redhawk so my toilet would flush again.:cuss: Almost losing my Dad's pre-64 Win. 94 to a pawn shop. Not being able to buy my Dad's Waffenampt P35 when he sold it. (Best 9mm I've ever shot. :) ) Getting hooked on Mosin Nagants!:p


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  12. fistful

    fistful member

    Apr 13, 2004
    Saint Ann, Missouri
    I've already related this on other threads, but it was the best trade I've ever made. Not because I saved or made a lot of money, but because I was a lot happier afterwards.

    My first gun was a new Steyr Prohunter ($800) with a Redfield 3-9X ($150). I decided I'd rather have a Mauser and also wanted an 870 riot gun. I traded the Steyr, scope, and about 300 rounds of milsurp 7.62 x 51 to a friend of mine for a 1930 vintage VZ 24 in .30-06 with butler creek stock, sporter barrel, and Simmons scope; and a wood-stocked 870 Express with riot and long barrel. The Mauser has a beautiful, single-stage trigger, though, I must say.

    The free SKS I just got was a pretty good "trade" though.:)
  13. JuniorG

    JuniorG Member

    Feb 28, 2004
    Oregon USA
    A brand new Contender Carbine with a beautiful piece of wood and very accurate 223 bbl for $125.00

    A real, Win. Model 70 Featherwieght in 257 roberts, again with a nice piece of wood and a Nikon Monarch 4.5x14 scope. Traded a Leupold 6.5x20 scope and a couple bills for it.

    A new 14" Contender bbl in 35 rem for $50

    I'll post my worst deal as soon as I get one :D

    Only regret so far.....Years ago I bought a Norinco J15 22 bolt action for $89
    That thing will shoot cheap ammo in to amazingly small tiny groups.

    I regret today that I didn't buy 2 of them!!
  14. Kodiak AK

    Kodiak AK Member

    Dec 7, 2003
    The one I regret the most would be passing on a real russian SVD for $500 back in 95 . I said let me think about it and called the guy the next day and it was gone .:(

    My best deal would be a free Marlin Model 60.
  15. uglymofo

    uglymofo Member

    Jan 4, 2003
    These are my 3 best deals so far:

    I found a Wilson Combat SuperGrade for $1800; the lady selling it didn't know how an auction was supposed to work, and neither did I (at the time--it was my first), and in a private mail, I said, "I'll do it for $1800 shipped" and she did.

    Some poor guy was hurting I guess, and listed his NIB Ed Brown Kobra Carry for $1200 "BUY IT NOW" and I did. I couldn't believe it.

    Found a Leica Televid 77 w/ 20-60mm offset lens for $770, and a Nightforce 5.5-22 NXS for $750.

    Was given a 1911 Remington Rand that started my entire collection; maybe that's the day and 'favor' that killed my bank account for the rest of my life. :( :)

    But my deals weren't always so rosey....If there's a lesson for any newbies reading this, it's read, read, read, study long, then look hard (for the unscrupulous are out there too):

    In 1970 I bought a sporterized Mauser 30-06 with Bushnell scope for $120. :eek: :eek: :eek: With factory ammo, no one could keep it under 6" at 100yd. Dealer said it was a collector's piece because there weren't many '06 Mausers:rolleyes:

    My second skinning came at a different dealer's hands--I bought a Walther P38 in 1970. A fine German war specimen, if ya believe him; it was pretty--I paid $140 as I recall; fell on hard times, and 2 months later took it back to him to sell. For a war specimen, it sure lost value in a hurry--he gave me $55 for it. Hell, it covered the rent.
  16. jefnvk

    jefnvk Member

    Jun 3, 2004
    The Copper Country, Michigan
    Ouch. I wish that sometime in my life, it will be legal to buy a new manufactured MG.

    Best acquisition was a 10/22, Long Branch No.4 Mk.1 Enfield and T38 Arisaka for a NIB Rem 870. I was going to sell the 870 to buy a 10/22 anyway, so it was like getting two free guns.

    Luckily, the only thing I regret not buying is a $40 M44. But, theyre still sll over for $60-70, so I'm not worried.
  17. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Member

    Dec 29, 2002
    Los Anchorage
    $100 for a Finnish M-28 at a pawn shop was pretty nifty. It was worth three times that amount and was marked as a "Russian Rifle" by the owner.

    $250 for a mint Iranian Mauser carbine with NO import markings was also very, very nice.
  18. Sead0nkey

    Sead0nkey Member

    Sep 16, 2004
    Bad deal - first gun a beretta 96 vertec $700 in MD:what:

    Great deal......still waiting
  19. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 22, 2002
    Kampong Cham, Cambodia
    95%+ 1950 S&W 38/44 Heavy Duty matching grips, small turn ring, light muzzle wear...... $295 otd

    NIB Marlin 1894c $265 + nics and tax

    S&W 35-1 like new $250 i think....

    Like new Ruger MKII comp mod with Leupold m8 2x scope for $300
  20. Edward429451

    Edward429451 member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Colorado Springs Colorado
    Worst: Streetsweeper 12 ga for $399. It may sound good but it was a POS.

    Rem 700BDL 30/06 NIB w/sling, 2 boxes ammo...$250.

    Ruger Redhawk 44 Mag, 7.5" used w/cowboy belt & holster...$160. (friend owns pawnshop.)

    SKS in folding stock, used but great condition...Tip on a job!! (It pays to do your job well.)

    Bushmaster XM15 20"--A late payment for an A/C install that I did for my sons friend's dad. He didn't have the $$ for the install, I did it anyway, he bought the equipment and was supposed to get back to me with payment or a trade in compensation. Few years later, I had written it off in my mind, here he comes...He didn't forget! I consider it free since I had written it off in my mind as just doing a favor for my sons friends, and to make my son look good. (It pays to be flexible.)
  21. C/O

    C/O Member

    Sep 30, 2004
    SW Ohio
    Worst: Beretta 84FS for a Keltec P-11. I thought I would get something smaller; which I did; But quality sucked.

    Best: Free Glock 23. ( It was a gift )
  22. Monkeyleg

    Monkeyleg Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Decatur, AL
    "Worst misses--a new in the box full-auto Thompson .45 with a drum mag for $750."

    Yeah, that would hurt. I sold my like-new full-auto Thompson in 1996 for what I'd paid for it in 1989: $1800, plus $300 for an original Bridgeport drum. I could buy a good used car for what FA Thompsons are going for now.

    Another bad deal: bought a Spas-12 folder NIB for $450. Never shot it much (Spas 12 folder owners understand why). Sold it two years later at a gun show to a dealer who literally ran up to me. He sold it immediately to a customer at his table for $900.

    A good deal: In exchange for doing a website for a friend's gun shop, I got a new Kimber Eclipse Target. I'm expecting another gun sometime this year or early next year.

    Another good deal: got a NIB Leupold 6.5x20x50mm scope with target turrets and sunshade for $425. Retail is around $800.

    A snooze an' you lose story: a friend came back from a rummage sale to tell me they had a belt-fed, Czech heavy machine gun for just a couple of hundred, fully operational. I didn't bother to go, but the BATF did.
  23. WhoKnowsWho

    WhoKnowsWho Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Maricopa, AZ
    Worst deal. Charles Daly 1911 standard blued one, $500 OTD.

    Best deal. Springfield Mil-Spec, the one with the lowered ejection port and nicer higher sights, $250 even.
  24. 50 Freak

    50 Freak Member

    Feb 7, 2003

    S&W 686 357 mag Stainless = $225
    Glock 27, 4 mags less than 100 rounds fired = $325
    Glock 20, 3 factory highcaps (this was 3 years ago) + lasermax (worth $300 in itself) + nightsights = $450
    NIW Unissued Enfield = $189
    Norinco SKS paratrooper = $89

    No bad ones. As I'm pretty careful with what I buy.

  25. ilcylic

    ilcylic Member

    Sep 14, 2004
    Desert Southwest, USA
    Best: $200 S&W 696 .44 Spl from my roommate in lieu of rent.

    Worst: $1200 Romanian Romak-3 tagged as a "Dragunov" before I had any idea what a real Dragunov was. I don't go to that shop anymore. :(

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