Are you KIDDING me?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by txpossum, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. txpossum

    txpossum New Member

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    I'm looking at gun prices these days, and am soooo glad that over the years I have acquired my basic battery, and can pick and choose my deals these days. I realize that the "you want WHAT for that gun" frame of mind is a sign that I have joined the ranks of "old grits" but . . . damn. Just damn.

    Six months ago I shook my head in disbelief when I saw a used Ruger Mini-14 going for $650 in a local gunship, thinking "who in the hell would pay THAT". Now they're being sold for over $1000. It's not a thousand dollar gun.

    But the price shock is not limited to those that are suddenly being snatched up for fear of an "assault" weapons ban. It's hard to find a decent price on just about ANY firearm these days.

    But, as I said, fortunately my basic needs (as we know, though, its not how many guns you need, it's how many you want. I'll let you know when I reach that point.) are met, and I can pick and choose my deals.

    The last gun I bought was last month, when I got a 1969 Ruger Super Single Six Convertable .22/.22 mag in very good condition for $350; a couple of months before that it was a 1924 Winchester Model 12 in good conditon for $225.00; and I really thought a couple of months before that I paid too much for a Colt Series 80 (once again in excellent condition) for $650.00. Three years ago I got a Smith Model 19, once again in like new condition for $250.00, and a Smith M & P, made in 1943, for $250.00 (but it had been re-blued, looked real nice but any collector value dimished -- however, I bought it to shoot and it does so just fine).

    Any comments out there about the price of guns these days, and any good deals you've found recently?
     
  2. Garadex

    Garadex New Member

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    I got started with guns about three years ago, I'm screwed when it comes to getting my "base" collection completed. Of the 7 guns in my house 2 are mine, hopefully 3 by July.
     

  3. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    Unless you've been living under a rock, most of us have already become desensitized to the inflated prices. It's old news.
     
  4. txpossum

    txpossum New Member

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    I think prices will go down somewhat in the next few months. As far as a base collection, just take it slowly but surely, save a little money, and look for the deals. Often there is someone who needs extra money in a hurry.
     
  5. hardluk1

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    225 bucks for a model 12 is a give away price 40 years ago and most any functional comdition. Firearm price saround here have not changed.
     
  6. txpossum

    txpossum New Member

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    I know, but I'm bored and wanted to start a discussion. Sorry, if you're not interested in this thread, and next time I won't force you to read it.
     
  7. gr8oldguy

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    Here's a good example. A couple of years ago I bought a 4" Rossi 38spl from CTD. I paid $257. I was walking around a gun show and saw that model Rossi, used for $497! There are a lot of low down dirty scum taking advantage of the situation. I for one will not do business with them. This panic will pass.
     
  8. rhyno13

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    I have a good selection of guns already and I would eventually like to get another AR, but I refuse to pay over $700 for an AR15 0r $999 for an AR10. I will get one one of these days when the right deal comes along.
     
  9. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    Nothing wrong with trying to strike up a conversation. I just meant that you might not get a lot of traffic. It's a topic that's been picked over quite a bit lately.
     
  10. txpossum

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    A used Rossi for almost $500? I hope nobody bought it. Yep, I don't mind a gun dealer making a living -- heck, I had an FFL for a while several years ago -- but I'm sorta making note which gun dealers around here are gouging, and will remember that in future dealings with ;em.
     
  11. txpossum

    txpossum New Member

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    I know, but I'm a grump and I like to bitch. Besides, was also interested in any good -- or even reasonable -- deals people have gotten lately.
     
  12. txpossum

    txpossum New Member

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    Sorry, that was a misprint, it was actually $250, which was still a pretty good deal, I think. Got it from a kid (well, early 20's) who inherited the gun from his grandfather, and to him it was just an old shotgun. I don't really understand people who sell guns handed down to them. About 20 years ago someone broke into my house and stole my guns -- but what really pissed me off was that some of what they took were pretty worthless dollar wise -- e.g. a 1907 Hopkins and Allen double barrel shotgun and a Iver Johnson .410 -- but had been passed down from great grandparents. A part of my family history was probably sold out of the back of a car for $20.00.
     
  13. Gonzilla

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    Brother I hear ya - I put insurance on some of mine so it will not be a total loss. No amt of $$$ will ever cover the sentimental value.

    Gun safes only keep honest men out.

    Many a good man has had to start over from scratch.
     
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  14. txpossum

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    [Thread drift alert]

    Yep. They also got, among others, the Ruger Single Six my father got me for Christmas when I was eight years oldOn the other hand, about five years ago I was set up at a gun show selling knives, and on the table behind me a saw a familar looking rifle. It was a Springfield 30-06 that my father had customized when I was about six or seven, and that he sold while I was away at college. Of course that came home with me.
     
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    [Thread drift alert]

    Yep. They also got, among others, the Ruger Single Six my father got me for Christmas when I was eight years old. On the other hand, about five years ago I was set up at a gun show selling knives, and on the table behind me I saw familar looking rifle. It was a Springfield 30-06 that my father had customized when I was about six or seven, and that he sold while I was away at college. Of course that came home with me.
     
  16. sbrit56880

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    I was in a LGS a couple weeks ago and I noticed a Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley with a 7.5 in barrel. I have been interested in them over the years but not really ready to buy one. A tag on the box indicated that the LGS had received the gun in Aug 12. The shop usually has a large supply of guns but their display cases had a lot of empty space. I got an idea.... I told one of the assistants " you guys have been doing a great business lately and I see that you are about out of Plastic Guns" ( don't get me wrong I have several) . I then said " what's the best price you can give me on that Super Blackhawk 44 mag with the 7.5 barrel". I then said " I see its been here a while and most people aren't interested in them in this market" . He said let me check.. He came back with a price that I knew was 200 dollars below MSRP plus sales tax included.. I think I surprised him when I said SOLD.. 10 minutes later I was out the door with it. There are deals out there now if you don't want what every body else wants.
     
  17. CrazedJava

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    The prices won't come down until the gun grabbers calm down.

    Ironically, the more they talk, the more guns and ammo that get sold. For people who don't want people to have guns they have done a great job of selling them.

    I know the prices will come down eventually. I'd be willing to pay somewhat higher prices but I won't get ridiculous about it.

    I couldn't believe a LGS selling a FN SCAR17 for $5,000! Seriously! They also had a Hi-Point Carbine for $500. DPMS AR's for $1,400. That is nuts.

    It does look like the price may come down eventually. If the ammo pipeline would get unclogged I think it would actually help somewhat as the lack of ammo just feeds the perception that there is a panic going on.
     
  18. txpossum

    txpossum New Member

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    I remember in 1994, when the assault weapons ban became law, the same thing happened. I friend of mine bought two Bushmasters for 1600 apiece; a year or so later they were selling for half of that.
     
  19. glockcj

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    I had my LGS call me and wanted to buy some of my collection of glocks that he had worked on. He was willing to pay $100 more than I payed. So that tells me he is going to stick it to somebody. I have changed LGS and range.Very bad reps of the sport and way we help each other.I don't even go to gun shows anymore because I leave Pissed off. I hope it ends soon for the sport that we love doesn't end up like NASCAR. LOL
     
  20. rurak

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    Last night I picked up a 10/22 takedown in stainless last night for 329 $. I think yhats reasonable. My buddy bought a governor for 699 $. I'm not sure if that's good or not. So I bought a s&w m*p 15 sport for 640 $ a year ago. I saw one for 999 $ the other day. Its crazy