- Apr 30, 2018
Got these for 1500.00 apiece plus a German 1939 Luger. Best deal I ever had.
Ten plus years ago I started getting into AR platforms. Literally green as grass. I haven't done what you described but there were times I wished I had.I spent a couple years looking for an ACCURATE AR15 that I could fit to my eye and shoulder. I must have drove to look at a dozen. ONLY to places the seller said we could shoot it there. I told them ahead I wanted to see THEM shoot it and expect a target that looked like they advertised. Half of them couldn't hit a sheet of notebook paper with the first 5 bullets. Some of the got all upset when I just turned and walked back to the car with out a word after they shot it and we looked at the paper.
Batteries to power up the screws!! HaaaaHa Luvit.A nice gentleman I once knew proudly showed me the '73 Winchester he had purchased for "a real steal of a price" of $800. He had gotten it cheaper because it needed some minor action work.
If I recall correctly all the wood was okay - but......all metal had been refinished with some gloppy product that was a nitre blue in color. All the screws had some kind of gaudy bright gold finish. It looked like a pimped-out 73 that had batteries hidden somewhere to power up the screws.
The minor action work? No idea what it needed. It was so jammed up you couldn't run the lever and I didn't have the right screwdrivers handy to take a side plate off to look at the toggle links.
I know that if the chamber was still correct you shouldn't be able to chamber a .44 mag in a 44-40 (this one was marked 44 WCF), but maybe they forced it and broke something?
The owner was a good guy but I think he really wanted to shoot the messenger.
Right place at the right time with cash is correct. I managed an auto repair shop in Utah from 1990-1996. The techs were always needing cash and always had a gun or two on hand. I bought more guns in those six years than I can remember. Most of them were fairly unremarkable and ended up getting resold- but it sure was fun back then.Sometimes you get a great deal and other times you shake your head. I bought a Browning BL22 for $100 from a guy needing lawyer money. It looked unfired and had been in a closet for years. Another great deal was a Remington 870 Brushmaster in 90% condition for $100. The gun belonged to the kids grandpa and he inherited it when grandpa died. His reason for getting rid of it was that it didn't have a 3 inch chamber. The secret is having cash and being in the right place at the right time. About the best deal was the 20-gauge Harrington and Richardson single barrel shotgun with a cracked muzzle. The gun was great except for that which happened when the guy was rabbit hunting. He got some snow packed in the muzzle and it split when he fired it. He sold it to me for $10. I cut the barrel to 19.5 inches and put a straight grip stock on it with a Schnabel forend. I drilled the stock until it balanced on the trigger and put sling swivels on it. Now it's a poor man's Lupara.
I used to tend bar part time many years ago. I bought plenty of guns especially after hunting season or if a guy needed lawyer money. Most were unremarkable like you said but there was the occasional gem. I didn't get it but I had a friend that picked up an Ithaca Model 37 in 16-gauge with bird and buck barrels for $50. Some people if hard up will sell anything and in many cases they are better off without the gun they sold.Right place at the right time with cash is correct. I managed an auto repair shop in Utah from 1990-1996. The techs were always needing cash and always had a gun or two on hand. I bought more guns in those six years than I can remember. Most of them were fairly unremarkable and ended up getting resold- but it sure was fun back then.
I wish I had gotten the ones turned in to the police by my 1st wife's cousin and also a family friend whose wife turned in his guns. My wife's cousin turned in a High Standard Model B with the 4.5 inch barrel in the box and also a blued Pre War S&W Heavy Duty 38/44 with a 4 inch barrel.You win some and lose some! That's what makes it interesting!