Gun Auctions. Where can you find?

Discussion in 'Curio & Relic Discussion' started by GrtWhytHype, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. GrtWhytHype

    GrtWhytHype New Member

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    Figured all you C&R guys would know better than I. I was interested in looking at going to a couple auctions in the near future. At this point I only know of a couple online sources. Heard that you can occasionally find some nice stuff at the storage auctions but somehow I feel like that's so hit or miss. I'm looking for some rarer firearms and also maybe some fixer uppers. So the question is do you have any sources or techniques for finding auctions near you that might cater to the firearms? PM me if you'd rather not share industry secrets all over the place. ;-) thanks in advance.
     
  2. xring3

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    Most of the auctions that feature guns get final bids that are 2X higher than reasonable. Farm or estate auctions CAN be a different story. MHO
     

  3. primer1

    primer1 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Pretty much what I've seen in the last ten years or so. Farm auctions aren't much better. Watch the paper.
     
  4. hmh

    hmh New Member

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    The most recent auction I went to (before election) a bare bones used 10/22 went for $220+buyers premium+background. And a very nice hi-power unfired, in original box, engraved went for $800+buyers premium+background. The 10/22 way to much, the hi-power out of my price range, but from what people that know, have told me, a steal.
     
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  5. JWagner

    JWagner New Member

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    Try looking up a web site called "backpage.com" They exist as regional sites; for example, the one I use is called "tucsonbackpage.com" They list lots of firearms and related items in the "sports equpt" section. It is a lot like Craigslist, but with firearms. Most of the ads are from local people which makes it easy to see the items for yourself, and negotiate the deal face to face.
     
  6. xring3

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    You may want to try pawn shops...not the chain ones but the independent shops....they are more receptive to making an offer....I have made some decent purchases and never pay the asking price...just a thought
     
  7. GrtWhytHype

    GrtWhytHype New Member

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    Thanks everyone. Some decent info. I've checked out backpage before but it seems like in my area it's just the LGS's that post individual rifles and stuff they want to move. No real deals to be had.

    I've thought about pawn shops but I always feel like I'm getting ripped off just by walking in one.

    Figured estate sales would be good but you gotta get to those early.

    Appreciate the insight though.
     
  8. twoolddogs

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    Google Proxibid. They allow you to bid in many regional and national auctions over the internet. Their system is easy to use and they have good safeguards. Also google Gunrunner Auctions. They are similar to proxibid and have similar safeguards. I have used both and have no complaints.
     
  9. crazycharlie2

    crazycharlie2 New Member

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    Every time I go to an auction prices are more than the price of new. There are no pawn shops here, only licensed FFL dealers.
    Some of the auctoneers buy up the firearms before an auction.
     
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  10. GeneralPatton

    GeneralPatton New Member

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    Proxibid is just a portal to other auctions. I know Rock Island Auctions use them for their big quarterly sales.

    Armslist.com is a decent place, some prices are stupid high but occasionally you see something fairly priced, and even sometimes below market value. Estate sales used to be an ok source, but these days they've gotten stupid high as well. I've also seen some local auction houses have a few firearms go through them, but it seems like every moron who thinks he was born to be a gun dealer goes in there and pays 20% more than its worth. You really just have to stumble on a private seller liquidating a collection who'll take a lower amount for all at once these days.
     
  11. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Live auctions tend heavily to the "You got to be KIDDING!" side of things. Pawn shops CAN be a decent source.

    On-line- Armslist, GunsAmerica, Gunbroker, and Auctionarms.

    Storage auctions? No. Guns are a rarity, and the bozos from the TV show have convinced everyone there is 100 lbs of gold coins in that box of thermal underwear.

    So what are you looking for?:confused:
     
  12. GrtWhytHype

    GrtWhytHype New Member

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    Mostly things that I can tinker with. But the main goal and original reason I asked was because I was looking for stuff that I can buy in lots as opposed to single gun here, single one there. I've heard of some crazy finds from a lot that someone paid next to nothing for. That was supposedly what happened with the person that now owns the Lewis and Clark Air Rifle. Not looking to find that diamond in the rough though. Just looking for places where I can pick up bulk without it being all of the same gun.