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Posted: 2/15/2006 7:16:48 PM EDT
Back in Michigan maybe 1 1/2 - 2 years ago Dunham's was selling Saiga 12 gauges for like $250.

Boy I wish I'd have picked one of those bastards up.

Anything you could kick yourself for not buying?
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 7:22:37 PM EDT
Hmmm the guy at a gunshow in MI a year or two ago, selling SA85Ms NIB for like 360something....well it was more, Like maybe 380(?)But I was only 18, so I think that is why he knocked the price down a little for me. ??? or I just have a Great personality....

Anyway He had an entire table full of them...Probably 20 IIRC...silly me only bought one. If I would have known then what I know now I would have bought at least 5 of them, and talked my Grandpa into Buying 5 of them as well
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 7:22:56 PM EDT
Vector Uzi's for $2600 NIB. Bought 7 of them, in hindsight wish I had gotten a loan and bought 100! Within 1 year they were at $5500 an easy $300k profit!
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 7:23:55 PM EDT
I was in a local gunshop and a guy was in there trying to sell his Colt 6920 to the owner, and I guess he needed the money for rent.   He ended up selling that rifle for $400 to the dealer of the store, and he put a $1100 price tag on it.  That rifle was in immaculate like-new condition.  I should have offered the guy $600 on the spot, but I didnt.

Also, another local FFL had a SPAS-12 for $799.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 7:24:15 PM EDT
Norinco MAK for less than $300 (recently)

should have put it on layaway as soon as i saw it

Link Posted: 2/15/2006 7:24:53 PM EDT
An Israeli heavy barrel FAL for $800 and a Remington 1917 Enfield for $300. Both in the past year and both were gone when I went back.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 7:25:01 PM EDT
A Sig239 ($425) from someone on EE.  
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 7:27:51 PM EDT

Hmmm the guy at a gunshow in MI a year or two ago, selling SA85Ms NIB for like 360something....well it was more, Like maybe 380(?)But I was only 18, so I think that is why he knocked the price down a little for me. ??? or I just have a Great personality....

Anyway He had an entire table full of them...Probably 20 IIRC...silly me only bought one. If I would have known then what I know now I would have bought at least 5 of them, and talked my Grandpa into Buying 5 of them as well

I was there, he had a table of Maadi's NIB for a great price also.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 7:28:48 PM EDT
Last year I stopped in a pawn shop that was getting out of the gun business and they had a nice Marlin Camp Carbine in .45 for $207 and a Plainfield M-1 Carbine for $164. I bought the Plainfield on the spot, went back a couple of days later for the Marlin and it was gone
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 7:34:06 PM EDT
Never! But I do make my credit card scream once in a while.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 7:40:12 PM EDT
Lets see, Wades had a box full of  Makarovs, with holster and 2nd mag, for some great price. I should have got 2 or 4.  

I remember a mildly tuned up Hipower for $350 CDN I passed by...
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 7:50:08 PM EDT
a remington-rand 1911 with original shoulder holster, 2 old leather mag pouches, & 5 two-tone mags for $400.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 7:51:23 PM EDT
HK94 for $1,000, they are now worth $5,000
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 7:51:38 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 7:55:00 PM EDT
MAK-90's for $205.00 at Big 5. (1993)
Complete Bushmaster XM15-E2s for $600.00 at B&E Guns (1998)
Ruger Min-14's for $298.00 at B&E Guns (1999)

Nothing recent.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 7:56:08 PM EDT
Not something I passed up, but at a funshow once, a guy was selling his 18 inch barrel FNC with folder for 1k and I told him to wait right there while I went to the ATM for some more cash........I even left a friend there to keep him company until I returned.................got back and my friend said the guy got tired of waiting( I was gone 5 minutes) and sold it to someone else.........after I had said I would take it  
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 8:02:00 PM EDT
Preban PolyTech for $600....no wait, I bought that one
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 8:05:13 PM EDT
M1D lottery from the CMP back in 1992-1993.  I could have bought an M1D, with papers, scope, mount, all USGI, for $1,000.

I thought I was short of cash, and I didn't want to put it on a credit card.

Link Posted: 2/15/2006 8:09:56 PM EDT
I had a FFL back in 1982 , if only I knew to stash away all the HK's and a few  AUG's I  bought .
Also I remember a special one company was runnig on Colt AR's, $299
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 8:19:33 PM EDT
a Singer 1911 for 500.00 at an estate sale... before I knew about 1911s, hate to know what it worth now
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 8:22:24 PM EDT
last year - full auto MAC10 with supressor for $1000...I turned it down and referred my friend to my brother for the sale....I do not like the gun, I think it is junk, but it fires reliably....and it is worth way more than $1000!!!!  quite an investment.... I should have bought it....oh well....
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 10:27:15 PM EDT

MAK-90's for $205.00 at Big 5. (1993)

I bought one, but I should have bought 3-4.

Used "AE" USP 9mm w/ night sights for $425 a few months back

Link Posted: 2/15/2006 10:31:04 PM EDT
I made the mistake of passing on a new H&K SP-89 for $800.  Anyone want to sell me one at that price so I don't feel so bad?
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 10:43:38 PM EDT

I made the mistake of passing on a new H&K SP-89 for $800.  Anyone want to sell me one at that price so I don't feel so bad?

Link Posted: 2/15/2006 10:50:38 PM EDT
M16A1 for $6,000

I did not have enough money at the time to buy it.

On the other hand I did have enough money to buy a NIB MAC 11/9 for $1,000.
(Taxes and transfer fees not included.)
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 11:12:02 PM EDT
$550 for a new vepr ak with the folding stock. Impact has them for $750.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 11:17:39 PM EDT
Back in 1994 or so, an L1A1 at a gunshow at Gibraltar trade center for 325.00.
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 1:48:10 AM EDT
A used in excellent condition 308 galil with 5 mags for $1400.00 I bought a Springfield sar-8 instead
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 5:07:54 AM EDT
Colt SP-1 pre-ban at a gunshow in New Hampshire in July of 2001


Too bad I was into the Mil Sup rifles back then.

But not as bad as being offered 2 unissued Colt 1911A1 pistols still in the box and consecutivly serial numbered, $800 for both
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 5:14:27 AM EDT
I had been looking for a Ruger Blackhawk in .45 Colt/.45 acp with a 4 5/8 in. barrel for YEARS. I was in the market for a different gun when I came across one EXACTLY the way I wanted it ,NIB for $300.00! I had the money and should have bought it.BUT,I didn't.
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 5:24:30 AM EDT
Pre-ban, semi-auto uzi 9mm, in case, slightly used, with all the assecories, short, fake display barrel, all for about 600 bucks in 1991. Harrisonburg, VA.

Used Steyr semi auto TMP pistol, DeGoffs gun store, Mechanicsville, VA. Can't remember the price, but had three mags, 1 20, 2 thirty.

SKS rifles at Roses in Harrisonburg, VA for 99 bucks, early ninties.
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 5:26:58 AM EDT
Years ago, an older guy at work told me he could get M1 Garands through the Guard for $75.
This was before I was into guns, other than a cursory interest.
Now I know he was talking about the CMP. (we live in Ohio, and he was connected to Camp Perry)
Now they are not $75 either.
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 5:58:07 AM EDT
Before the days of the now sunset Federal AW ban and the Kalifornia gun ban:
Selling my UZI Model A for $800.
Not buying Colt ARs at less than $6-700 each, and the dealer basically give away the mags.
Not buying HK 91, 93, and 94s for less than $900 a pop.
Not buying AKs for less than $150 each.
Not buying Belgium FNs and FNC for less than $1,500 each.

and right before the 2000 gunban
Selling 3 ARs to friends, two BM, and 1 Armalite
Not buying more AR receivers before the 2000 Kalifornia ban
Not buying a Colt 9mm carbine package for less than $1,200 including 12 Colt magazines
Not buying an AR-10 or SR-25

Not able to buy the Sig 556
Not able to buy the FN 2000, PS-90, SCAR, and SCAR-H
Not able to buy anymore ARs and SRs
Not able to buy any more AUG

Not taking two job offer in Texas, Florida
Biggest regret, living in the National Socialist State of Kalifornia

Live long enough and you have tons of good deals you missed.  
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 6:02:53 AM EDT
Not buying a Steyr AUG when they were $750.  Or an HK91 at that or $800.

Or, a guy at a gun show with an Israeli FAL with a bunch of accessories and two uppers, one of which had the "cutout".
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 6:21:22 AM EDT
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 6:31:23 AM EDT
Another one I can think of, but one I eventually ended up with (I kicked myself for not buying it immediately when I saw it, picked it up recently) -

A Like-new Barrett M99 .50, with optics (not great, but they work - Smith and Wesson) - $2600
The guy I bought it from said it had about 15 rounds through it.  I think I got a good deal.
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 6:36:59 AM EDT
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 6:53:34 AM EDT
Dawoo .223 for $450.

ETA: I did pick up a RRA post ban 16" for $525.
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 7:06:10 AM EDT
Missed out on those $400 Colt ARs, those 10 SKS unissued in a crate @$75 each, and all the goodies available in the early '90s before the import ban. I was simply too poor to get in on the action. By the time I  had my finances in order, the good deals were way gone ('94 ban was pending, and prices went nuts).

I ought to pick up a few rifles now, before the next ban looms. Hmm...that FN/FS2000 is awfully tempting, as is a SIG 556.
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 7:23:21 AM EDT
More of a missed opportunity.

Couple years back, received a call from my mother in law regarding an elderly woman who's husband, a WWII veteran had passed away a few months prior.  Says she spoke with this womans daughter who stated that her mother had several firearms she wanted to get rid of.

I asked her what kind, and my mother in law says - "She said something about a few lugers, and some older rifles her husband had from the war, has about a dozen or so...she just wants to get rid of them, and doesnt care about how much she'd get for them."

Holy shit! Call my father...and request a front for some cash, 5K - dont want to burn an elderly woman, but figure that would be enough to cover everything if she had some good pieces. Dad says okay, and to let him know when to meet.  Advise mom in law - call the daughter, and have them sit tight, I'll come right over.

Mother in law calls me a short time later - too late, other daughter spoke to some gun dealer, and they're all gone.

To this day, have no idea what exactly they were, and really probably dont want to know.

Link Posted: 2/16/2006 8:04:53 AM EDT
Couple more:

I passed on a NIB SteyrAug for $825 in 1994.
I passed on 3 Colt AR15s used for $300 each in 1986.
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 8:09:57 AM EDT
I passed on a Vietnam war trophy Chi Com Type 53 [M44] varient that a guy was selling for $50 bucks!

he told me the story about how he got it from a retired Special Forces guy and he didnt want it, it didnt have capture papers, but from the looks of it Im sure it was authentic

it would have made a nice wall hanger
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 8:23:30 AM EDT
I had a chance to buy a Chinese AK47 and box full of about 15 mags for like $200 before CA passed its AWB
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 3:05:49 PM EDT
Back in 85-86, went into my favorite fun store while my dad was grocery shopping (I was 14 or so), saw a HK94 A3 w/ fake internal suppressor (like the MP5A3SD) w/ box and paperwork, in mint condition for $300. I begged my dad to buy it for me and would pay him back with my summer job. Nope, said the old man!

Every now and then, I remind him of that deal and what they are worth now. I think the last time I mentioned it, I think the old man had a tear in his eye. My dad was never really into guns, didn't hate them, just never into them like me!
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 3:10:07 PM EDT
Winchester 94 in .44mag, used but looked brand new. $249.  Doh.
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 3:18:24 PM EDT
I had always wanted a HK-91.  My first real paychecks (from Uncle Sam) came in early '89.  The import ban was enacted before I could make it to a stocking dealer.  

Also, back when there was some semblence of freedom in California (prior to Roberti-Roos), I eyed a SP-89 for what was a whopping $999 bucks.  That might as well have been ten thousand bucks to me at the time.  Wonder what they sell for nowadays.  Good luck finding one...
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 5:11:40 PM EDT
An FEC XC220.  Passed on one three years ago.  Haven't seen one since.  I don't know why I need one but I do.  
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