Originally Posted by pagj17
And it "saves" you money too! Except... You spend more than you save
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Amen to that. When I first got my C&R back in ther 80's, I did just fine until those cool catalogs from just about every importer in the country started popping up in my mailbox with all sorts of cool pictures of guns that would be shipped right to my door if I just called a number and gave them another number found on a little card in my wallet. As most of those guns back then were under a hundred dollars, it seemed like a bargain...until the day that I counted them all and realized how much I was spending in the aggregate.
So to help "defray" my costs, I got an 01 FFL and started selling guns to friends and co-workers for a few dollars over my cost. But that backfired too, because almost everything that I ordered and handled for my friends was so cool that I had to call the wholesaler back and order another one for myself.
And then came Class III. But at least with those, you can get a cheap one, play with it for a while, then re-sell it and "trade up" to something bigger and cooler. I started out in 2003 with a junky MK 760 that I bought for $2100. I flipped it a couple of years later and bought an M2 carbine for what I'd sold the 760 for, then flipped the carbine a year later for another toy. My last aquisition was an M60 GPMG and I got it for a bit less than the gun that I sold to buy it, and I bought that one five flips down the road from the MK760. So My M60 honestly cost me $2100 plus $1200 in transfer taxes, spread out over 8 years, plus a lot of shopping around, which is fun anyway.
If you know the market, pay close attention to the machine gun sale boards and jump quick on the right deals with cash in your hand, you can score some fantastic deals. They are out there, especially in this economy as people are shedding their toys for cash.