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Posted: 3/14/2001 2:36:51 PM EDT
Anyone ever 'slum it' and search the various pawn shops and hole-in-the wall bait/hunting supply shops for fantastic deals?  

I'll admit it, I've done it, in search of the estate sale where Earl the bait-guy, gets ahold of a PSG1 and wants $500 for it.

If so, what was your best 'steal?'  And which one did you miss out on?

My best deal, a NIB HK P7M10 for $625 off of an estate sale.

That one that got away, a pawn shop that had a PSG1, HK91, HK93, HK94 from an estate sale.  The guy wouldn't quote me prices, but the guns sold for under $1000 each.
Link Posted: 3/14/2001 5:10:17 PM EDT
I slummed this off of Gunbroker.com for $1000, complete with the Leupold VariX III Tactical, 5 30 rounders, and a nice carry case:

Link Posted: 3/14/2001 5:16:43 PM EDT
You guys are a lot luckier than I. All I ever find is junk. The best I can say is a Norinco 1911a1 for $225. The dealer did throw in a new recoil spring and firing pin spring. He even lubed it for me.
Link Posted: 3/14/2001 5:19:01 PM EDT
I have gotten two good deals from a local pawn shop. One was a Marlin 336cs in 99.9% condition for $175. When I broke it down I couldn't tell if it had ever been fired. The other one was a Winchester 1300, never been fired for $180. The one that got away was a sig pistol that they offered to me for $215. I turned it down at the time, went back the next day and apparently the guy who was standing by and heard the incredible price bought it.
Link Posted: 3/14/2001 5:20:27 PM EDT
The one that got away was a carbon AR-15 pistol for $500. A little short of credit at the time.
Link Posted: 3/14/2001 5:39:18 PM EDT
Beleive it or not, a lot of good deals can be found on Gunbroker.com if you're patient, and willing to do a lot of searching through pages of rifles. That's how I found that AR, and right after I bought that, I began bidding on a Johnson Automatic 30.06. I could only go to about $1100 cuz my gun budget was blown on the AR, but it sold for only about $1600. At that price, it was a great deal!

Most of what gets listed there is for sale by dealers and they aren't going to give anything away. But once in a while, someone lists something good, and doesn't set a reserve price on it, and if they don't put a bold or "In the top" listing on it, it may gone unseen by most of the bidders. That's when you have to be ready to strike.

One mistake I have made is forgetting to check back on an item I'm interested in, only to find that the auction ended, and I never did get my bid in. I usually don't bid until the last hours of the auction because I don't want to bring anyone's attention to the item if they see that it's being bid on.

Now, I must get back to browsing GB. :)
Link Posted: 3/14/2001 5:48:53 PM EDT
I dont find many good deals but my friend gets them all the time. He brought in a SGW preban with a Colt 16" light weight upper,case, 3 mags(30 rd gi) and scope mounted. The guy said it was his deer rifle and just wanted to get rid of it. He wanted to know if it was worth the $275 he paid for it
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