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Does anyone here have information on the Mateba Grifone?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by avenger15, Oct 16, 2011.

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  1. avenger15

    avenger15 Member

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    This is on my 'must own' list, but they are near-impossible to find. I know it's kind of hideous looking, but that only makes me want it more. One of them sold on Gunbroker earlier this year, and that is the only stateside example I can find any information on. Does anyone know how many of these were imported? Does anyone have a source for one now?

    I've already scoured Wikipedia, World.Guns.Ru, and every other link that Google turns up, with no success. Thanks for any information.

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  2. two gun charlie

    two gun charlie Member

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    are you sure it isn't a photoshope foolusso ? :neener: that really looks like a gun that can't possibly work
    however on second thought I can see how it can work , but that but is hanging on by faith
     
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    There is one regularly for sale at the gunshows down here in Miami, still in the Styrofoam packaging. It's been sitting on the guys table for years. Unfortunately I cannot remember the name of the seller. If it is still there next time I go, I'll get the guys card for you.
     
  4. scramasax

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    ;)Thats so fugly it's cool.

    I can identify with someone that likes the unusual.

    My Rhinos are getting bowie blades mounted on them:D.

    Cheers,

    ts
     
  5. skidder

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    That stock hanging there is bugging me. Is it really attached?
     
  6. Bush Pilot

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    I looked up the word "ugly" in the dictionary and a picture of that gun was next to the definition.
     
  7. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

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    If it's not already a collector's item, it surely will be in short order.
     
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    I currently have one for sale in .454 Casull on Guntrader UK, sold pending the approval of documents needed to get it to FL.
    Great fun to shoot and very accurate, it shoots through the bottom of the chamber so there is little to no muzzle lift.
    The action is recoil operated so after the first shot, the cylinder is rotated and the hammer cocked.
    Very rare gun indeed, even rarer in .454 and nickel finish.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amKtKReoJ4g
     
  9. nsbeach

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    Mateba Grifone Sportif

    I have 3 Matebas including the Carbine in 44 Mag (Grifone Sportif) . It looks much cooler in person than the photograph. Shoots well-definitely reduced recoil and barrel lift. It is also just an interesting piece of engineering and the workmanship is excellent. The design of the stock attachment although appears flimsy is not and is predicated to allow the slide to move back to provide the semi auto action. Until you've held one and fired one-you probably won't appreciate them.
     
  10. nsbeach

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    I am a buyer for a Mateba-if you come across him -let him know- I am in Florida.
     
  11. Blackwolf

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    Well now, that IS an odd looking firearm. I... I actually kind of like it. Definitely going on my list of "guns to own when I'm an eccentric rich guy". :cool:

    Best of luck getting a hold of one, and be sure to post pictures when you do! :)
     
  12. 22lr

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    How much do these things sell for? All of a sudden I have to get one.
     
  13. avenger15

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    I realize that this is a very old thread, but a Grifone finally showed up on Gunbroker this week. I bid on it yesterday when it was priced around $2,500. But in the words of Ron Burgundy: "Wow...that escalated quickly."

    When I got up this morning I discovered that a bidding war had taken place overnight, and the auction ended at $6,025 :eek: Significantly higher than the sale price of the last Grifone I found, from about two years ago.

    So I'll keep looking, but at this point my dream of ownership is moving further and further away. If anyone here is the lucky new owner, congratulations. I am admittedly very jealous of you right now. I hope you enjoy this new-found rarity.

    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=281763501
     
  14. nsbeach

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    Matebas

    I am a Mateba nut-I love the engineering and design. I have 2 Pistols and 2 Carbines but luckily bought 3 of them before the price skyrocketed. The last one I imported and paid just over $3K which I thought was high at the time. but is looking pretty good right now.

    The sale you are referring to on GB is the 2nd sale to the same guy- he paid just under $6K for the last one too.

    For more info about Matebas go to matebafan.com

    I think the days of finding one for less than $2500.00 are gone- sorry man!
     
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