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Thinking of selling my 9X18 Bulgarian Makarov

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by ba ba booey, Dec 19, 2012.

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  1. ba ba booey

    ba ba booey Member

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    Im thinking of selling my 9X18 Bulgarian Makarov, or trading it in on a .22 caliber rifle. The gun is in good shape, and I've only put approx. 500 rounds through it. What do you guys think its worth? I would prefer to sell or trade it to a gun shop.
     
  2. Telekinesis

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    Market price, I have seen them going for around $250 or so "new" in the cosmoline, and you could probably get close to that selling it in a private sale. Selling to a gun shop? You'll be lucky to get $100, and I'd bet they'd offer less. Gun shops are the absolute worst place to sell a gun if you want to get a reasonable price.
     
  3. Rubber_Duck

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    Don't sell it.
     
  4. Mauser lover

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    Sell it to me...

    Just kidding. You can get CZ-82s for about $200...
    If you sell it to a gun shop or a pawn shop they won't give you anywhere close to that, just because they need to make money too. Try to sell it private, maybe find some sort of local free classified publication, maybe on the web. Remember, if you trade it for money, you can always trade the money for any .22 you want.
    If anybody offers you above $225, I would take it in a heartbeat, even if they don't have the .22 you want.
     
  5. Acera

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    I have had good luck selling on web forums like this one.

    However, I have had better luck with the local non-gun specific classified sections for lesser priced guns.

    One thing about THR and others like it is that they are filled with people who know guns and keep up with trends, prices, issues, etc. That is seldom the case of the folks on community garage sale type websites and they tend to be less knowledgeable as to current market conditions. Not saying you can, or should, go there and cheat a buyer, just saying you might be able to realize a better sale price in that type of environment, especially right now.

    I like those Makarovs, and if you were close I would meet you at a local sporting goods store and cover the costs for a reasonably priced (basic 10/22 and below) .22lr rifle in exchange for that pistol (as long as you filled out the 4473 to keep it legal, LOL).
     
  6. lowercase

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    Don't sell your Makarov.

    BTW, a gun store won't give you squat for that gun. Expect them to give you about half of what they retail for. Right now, retail on a Bulgarian Makarov is about $265.

    Makarov is an awesome, and under-appreciated design. Super-rugged and reliable. Also it can make it through most gun restrictions because of its 8+1 capacity.
     
  7. 316SS

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    I've only ever sold/traded one gun, and it was a Russian Makarov that was the first gun I ever bought. I regret it to this day.
     
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    Don't do it. You will be sorry.

    I've given away or sold about 7. I still have 17 or 18 but I'm still sorry I let those 7 go.
     
  9. breakingcontact

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    Sell it on gunbroker. Check gunbroker for current prices/past sales.
     
  10. brnmw

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    Personally I think you are better off to just keep it and go find a .22 pistol (Save the $ and get one.) I don't think what you would be getting for it is really worth selling it. Ruger has a Mk3 Std. Rimfire .22LR pistol for the Sug. Retail of $379.00 > High Std. also has one like it for about $100 more than that. Unless you get a used one most semi-auto rimfire pistols I see are usually somewhere in that price range.
     
  11. PabloJ

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    Since people are buying guns like mad it's good time to sell. I do not collect guns because those PIA to sell. Outside state sales require FFL transfer and most dealers will not want to bother accepting gun from private party. Soon you will not be able to sell gun to someone in your own state w/o background check as politicians will close the "Gun Show Loophole". Sell while you can.
     
  12. sarge83

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    Keep the Mak and save up for the .22 Maks are scarce in my neck of the woods, only saw two in the last 5 or 6 yrs. and I bought both of them at the local gun/pawn establishment.
     
  13. PRM

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    Selling your Makarov right now is not a smart move. When the current anti-gun BS settles, you can probably expect to see few imports of these fine guns over the next few years. Prices on what is available will go up, and if you get sellers remorse, replacing it may be difficult.
     
  14. nathan

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    To give you an idea , my Russian commercial Makarov is my CHL firearm. Its perfect for hot Houston, light and slim . I have two extra mags in my pocket and the one in the gun. Even wearing tshirts the makarov is very concealable. ANd they are dead reliable and rugged. I sold my CZ 82 weeks ago to just stick to my makarov.
     
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    I used armslist.com earlier this week for the first time. I posted on Tuesday and had a FTF sale the next day for the price I wanted. You might give them a try.
     
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    Years ago I sold a Bulgarian Mak (that I'd sent the slide off to the guys at makarov.com and they installed Novak sites).

    Of all the guns I've sold over the years, it makes the top five list of guns I most regret selling.
     
  17. Apple a Day

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    You can get a .22 rifle like a bolt-action Savage Mk II for a little over a C-note. Same with a Savage 64 or Stevens 62 if you're looking for a semi-auto. Check the sales this time of year.
     
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