Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by MinnesotaFats, Jun 8, 2013.
($269). Both were purchased last year at the same LGS and appear to have come from private collections, and have never been issued ,or fired.
Mine would be my Savage 338 Lapua
I bought a savage 338 Lapua a couple of years ago and topped it with a Leupold TMR . It is a very accurate rifle considering it's 1250.00 sticker price. Nice rifle if you want distance and power.
Maybe around '95 I had a fellow come into my shop around 8 PM on a Friday evening. Just before I closed. He had an absolutely beautiful Colt Woodsman. Nice fellow and talkative. He made it clear he needed to get $150 for the gun, so who am I to argue. I saw this nice pistol as a keeper for myself. I gave him his $150 and closed the shop.
Saturday morning I opened at 9 AM and there was a gentleman waiting on me to open. Before I had a key in the door he was telling me his brother sold me a Colt Woodsman the night before. The gentleman even knew what I paid for the gun.
With the shop open he presents copies of medication prescriptions his brother is on and is explaining his brother has mental issues. The gentleman was talking me darn near to death and offered $300 for the gun wanting to buy it back. This gentleman had a pile of paper he was showing me. Like I need this on a Saturday morning first thing?
Apparently the brother overheard a family conversation about finances and felt they needed exactly $150 to cover an expense so he grabbed a family heirloom and ended up selling me the gun. It was a local family.
My wife and me had a very good rapport with Bedford, Ohio where our shop was with local merchants and law enforcement. We were known as straight shooters and honest people, not unscrupulous gun dealers. I told the gentleman to just give me back my $150 and let's call it fair. I told him I was in the business to make money and support a hobby, not to screw people, let alone handicapped people. He was happy, I was happy and he went on his way. I felt good about that. I have never come to own a Colt Woodsman.
Later that same day an older gentleman who had visited a few times came in. This was just a nice guy who visited several times. We would always just talk and he loved Bear my shop dog who was always there when I was open. Hell everyone loved Bear. He came in with a gorgeous Model 1873 variation of a Springfield Armory Trapdoor with an 1887 stock cartouche and an old Winchester lever gun. He wanted me to have the trapdoor and took $300 for both guns. I sold the lever gun for $300 and kept the trapdoor. Never saw the gentleman again but six months later a gentleman came in with a box of goodies and said his brother wanted me to have them. He explained his brother was the gentleman who sold me the trapdoor and Winchester. He had died of Leukemia. He knew he was dying when he sold me those guns for pennies.
Maybe there is something to that Kharma stuff?
Most rewarding because I had to tweak it to make it run right from the factory? Therefore giving me the satisfaction of making something work better? Or, most rewarding because it worked right out of the box without even needing a trigger job?
Maybe my definition would be something I would never consider trading or selling? Not because I feel locked into a gun due to how I got it or who gave it to me, but something I really cannot possibly foresee getting rid of.
So much to ponder . . .
That 22 has been the best gun I own sense then. Put a lot of squirrels in the pot, and my little brother thinks it's the greatest rifle ever built lol
My MOST rewarding will be whenever my 1957 Marlin 39a gets out of the gunsmith [for rebluing]. Keeping an old history rifle alive!
OK, my gun?
I got a 1960 Winchester Model 52 heavy stainless Bbl with Redfield target sights
for $12.00. The fella just wanted money for a case of beer.
My other two honerable mentions are my Norinco BWK-92 (post import ban NMH-90), I bought it with a Romanian stock installed which I had to remove to make it 922R compliant along with other parts but the trigger is light and smooth as butter (Tapco No-slap).
And my first firearm, a Hi-Point JCP .40S&W, great gun for the money.
Rifle wise would be my Saiga 7.62x39 for $299. Good luck finding one for that price now. Excellent shooter and as accurate as I will ever be.
I had no real need for it. In fact I was in the market for a .22 revolver and saw the GP and just had to have it. Now it is my favorite thing to shoot. It's crazy accurate with 38 spl and goes kaboom with 357. Everyone I take shooting loves it the most.
Sticking just to what I've purchased I suspect it's the LSI/puma 1892 clone in .454, and/or the Ruger Alaskan chambered for same. There are a bunch of military surplus and historical guns, including various antiques, that could fit the bill but they tend to be safe queens. There are some modern sporting arms (AR, M1A, RFB, etc) that are fun but not really rewarding at a visceral level.
Hmmm.... Actually, I'm changing the answer to the H&R topper 20ga single shot I picked up for $100 or so. I had the fun of stripping and refinishing the wood to a unique and rather attractive bright clear maple/birch/whatever-wood-it-is finish, I got to shoot clays with my dad with it a few times, I've used it to introduce new people to shooting, and if/when I start hunting it's probably what I'll start with.
I really need to thank the super greedy gun dealers who were preying on private sellers for dirt cheap guns. They wouldn't give the guy what he was asking because the profit margin wasn't good enough for them....when in fact the clueless fools could have easily doubled their money. Thanks, chumps.
Still have it, still shoot it. Won't sell it.
Like someone mentioned, it's hard for me to pick a single most rewarding purchase. My purchases have generally been researched and vetted, and I normally come away pretty happy. I have only recently gotten to the point where I might buy something randomly from my LGS "just because", and I've only done that a time or two.
All that being said... I have snagged 3 of what people here and some other boards sometimes refer to as a "grail" gun. These are always special, and rewarding on a level that a regular garden-variety purchase just can't match. You'll know when it happens to you. It will bring a smile to your face YEARS later! These three stand out to me as most rewarding; I can't really rank one over the other. But they are definitely in a whole different class from the rest.
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