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Deal Of A Lifetime Stories

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

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  1. HayseedDixie

    HayseedDixie Member

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    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!

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  2. joshk-k

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    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.

    -Josh
     
  3. gyp_c2

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    hmmm...

    ...ok, but just one:scrutiny:

    S&W 66 for 102.23...US...NewInBox... rauch06.gif
    ...oh...Welcome to the fray...
     
  4. BADUNAME13

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    Ingles Hi Power sloted for a shoulder stock. Worth over $1,000
    $300

    Pre WW2 Walther PP Books at $960
    $225

    1895 in 30-40 (One of the ones made in the 1980's) Over $1K
    $369

    Semi 1919 parts kit... with a buddy who will help build it
    $250

    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

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

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    Nice!

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

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    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

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    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

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    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:
    heh.
     
  10. HiroProX

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    10-27-2004: Perfect condition SKS-D at a local gunshop for $150.
     
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  11. Shadow Shock

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    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

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    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"~!
     
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  13. mole

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.
     
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  18. wooderson

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    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

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    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

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    In 2003 I purchased a new unfired series 70 Colt Combat Commander in 9mm with original box and paper, and 200 rounds for $80.
     
  21. 45Broomhandle

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    1960s DCM Was Selling M1 Carbines For $20 Each

    Nearly 50 years ago the NRA was touting the DCM sale of surplus M1 carbines to NRA members for $20. This did not included a magazine, oiler or sling. I quickly ordered one for myself.

    At work I talked to the five other males on staff about signing up for NRA membership. I showed them my latest copy of the American Rifleman, pointing out the new product reports, the Armed Citizen articles, the Dope Bag feature where they could get their gun questions, etc., etc. and asked if they'd like me to sign them up. ALL said yes, and when I asked about ordering a surplus rifle for $20 with no magazine, four weren't interested, but if I wanted it they would order it using my money. The fifth guy wanted the carbine for himself.

    I ended up with FIVE surplus M1 carbines for a total of $100. Wish I still had all of 'em. One was an early Winchester with the separate tube to house the recoil spring.

    ANOTHER DEAL OF A LIFETIME: This too was in the '60s. The DCM was selling surplus, UNSERVICEABLE Colt 1911A1s for $17.50 each. I ordered one and when it arrived I took it to the woods for a test run. Everything seemed fine when I checked it. Then I fired a round. To my surprise the hammer followed the slide, the gun would not recock when fired.

    I remembered recently reading of this problem in an American Rifleman article. Can't recall the name of the feature. Anyway, with an UNLOADED gun you cocked the hammer then pressed the slide backwards with the palm of your other hand. Then you pulled the trigger. If the hammer fell it meant your disconnector was worn and needed replacing. That's exactly what happened with my Colt.

    I called a local guy who sold 1911A! parts and he had new disconnectors for 50 cents. I bought one, installed it, and had a fine shooting Colt for a total cost of $18.

    Best regards, ---45Broomhandle
     
  22. hankpac

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    1960: 12 years old, exploring our new home in Alaska. Got to the attic, and found a complete set of Audels construction handbooks, 2 pair of ice skates that fit my kid brother and I, and a Remington .22 rifle. My first gun. My dad kept hte magazine, so I shot it single shot for the entire year. Learned a lot from the gun.
     
  23. realmswalker

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    my neighbor gave me a ruger single six in mint condition with the magnum cylinder for 0$

    got an absolute mint colt python blued 8" .357 and a very very good condition smith and wesson model 29 stainless 8 3/8 inch, 1000 for both.


    Also got a model 721 remington in 270 win, glass bedded, match trigger, 500 primed brass, 1500 bullets for 275

    got a model 111 savage in 30-06 scoped in mint condition for 175.

    I have done ok.
     
  24. markmc753

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    Pick up a minty russian SKS a few weeks back for $150
     
  25. MD_Willington

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    13 Factory high capacity mini-14 magazines and 1000+ rounds of .223 ---> FREE.

    Still have the .223, but sold the magazines years back for a very large profit.
     
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