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Posted: 8/30/2001 7:23:07 PM EST
Today I stopped in to the local gun shop where I do most of my shopping. They have a pretty nice inventory of new and used firearms, and (as many gun shops do) a rack full of old Mausers, and various other surplus rifles that can be had for dirt cheap. Today, in the rack with all of the cheap beat up surplus, was a rifle that caught my eye (and it had a $1300.00 price tag) It looked like an M1 Garand, but it was short, and the wood only went about halfway up the barrel. There was a long flash suppressor on it, and it had a [b]REMOVABLE MAGAZINE[/b]. The magazine looked like an M 14 mag. If you didn't look at the end of the barrel, or at the magazine hanging down below, you would swear it was a garand. I'm hoping that with the wealth of knowledge on this board, someone can tell me [b]what[/b] this rifle is, and if it's worth $1300. (it is in fair to good condition) thanks in advance for any input.
Link Posted: 8/30/2001 7:38:19 PM EST
Sounds like an Italian BM-59. They modified the M1 like that and used it instead of adopting a whole new rifle, the M14. About the same time frame.
Link Posted: 8/30/2001 7:40:34 PM EST
Maybe it was a Springfield Armory BM-59 or a Beretta BM-62.
Link Posted: 8/30/2001 7:45:11 PM EST
Supposedly less than 1000 were imported. Magazines will probably run high too.
Link Posted: 8/30/2001 7:47:43 PM EST
come to think of it, I [b]thought[/b] I heard the guy mention the name Beretta,...but I wasn't sure. What do you think it's worth?
Link Posted: 8/30/2001 7:58:27 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/30/2001 8:07:01 PM EST by gardenWeasel]
My four year old reference lists this place as having spare parts in new condition. A quick search provided this address: [url]http://www.reesesurplus.com/[/url] They have new ones for $1600+++
Link Posted: 8/30/2001 8:16:30 PM EST
gardenWeasle....I checked out that website, and you are correct. The rifle I saw looks exactly like one of the pics on that page.(the ones without the pistol grip)
Link Posted: 8/30/2001 8:17:27 PM EST
Originally Posted By madmedic: come to think of it, I [b]thought[/b] I heard the guy mention the name Beretta,...but I wasn't sure. What do you think it's worth?
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In good to fair after some price negotiations I'd say it is worth turning it into this. [img]http://www.reesesurplus.com/images/DSC00016.JPG[/img]
Link Posted: 8/30/2001 8:23:09 PM EST
Then again I always think to myself, (concerning purchases) "If it is worth that much someone would have bought it already." Of course I go home, think about it, research it, return and find out that it was sold right after I left.
Link Posted: 8/31/2001 5:42:59 AM EST
I saw one of those years ago and was told it was a Beretta conversion.
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