Originally Posted by JWagner
Do a tour of local gun shops and pawn shops. Seek out the 91/30 rifle and avoid the M44 carbine; the carbine kicks so hard that it takes the fun out of things pretty quickly. If I recall, J&G Sales has just raised the prices on 91/30 guns to about $200. Do you have a local site called "backpage"? It is like Craigslist, but does have lots of firearms stuff in the sporting equipment section. Good luck with your search.
Yikes! Just Googled Backpage Chicago. I got chicago.backpage, but hit #1 is escorts, #3 onwards are pretty much the same - body rubs, transexual escorts, therapeutic massage... I think my wife would have a problem with me checking out that 'sporting equipment.'
I did check out the main site, and the few listed took me back to armslist. The hunt continues, but I might just grab one from Cabella's if they look decent.
Appreciate the M44 carbine tip. Last thing he needs is a busted shoulder.
So I guess I neglected to ask the more important question: how do I know if it's in decent shape and safe to fire? I'll be reading on the link vincent provided above, but any Cliff Note version? Should it be checked by a gunsmith first? I'm going to presume Cabella's is going to be selling ones that have had some sort of once-over already.