Help pricing old rifles

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by iooi, May 28, 2011.

  1. iooi

    iooi New Member

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    Back in the late 80's I was working for a large defense contracting outfit in S. Cal. and I was surrounded by gun freaks. They had gun catalogs, magazines, newspapers all over the place in my work area. I was talked into buying a few guns. A lot of peer pressure, but at the time I thought it was pretty cool. They took me to a shooting area (free) in the mountains about 30 minutes north of Rancho Cucamonga, CA. I didn't feel comfortable going to the gun range by myself, so before I moved to Chicago in 1990 I had the chance to go shooting with the guys for a grand total of 3 times! These guns had been sitting in their boxes ever since. Got married and the wife's been nagging me about getting rid of them. Now we are planning to move to Hawaii and she won't let me take them with us. I've looked at a few auction sites and found that the prices for these guns spread over a wide range. I'd read the descriptions and I can't even tell if I have the same thing. All of my 4 guns were purchased new in the Spring of 88 in S. Cal. All had been shot probably less than 200 rounds each.
    FNC paratrooper .223
    Chinese AK-47 with underfold stock
    Cobray M11 9mm semi-auto
    Ruger Mark II pistol
    I need help pricing these for sale. Are 20+ yr old ammos any good?
    Thanks.
     
  2. Wambli

    Wambli Member

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    20 year old ammo should be fine. The problem with pricing guns is that a gun is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it and even geography plays a part on it. Since you seem to be in a hurry to get rid of them I would take them to a local gun store and see what they offer you for them. Then assume the private sale value is about 50-100% more than what the gunstore offered you. Now you have a choice, you can let the GS buy them at wholesale or go through the effort of selling them yourself and advertise at retail (again 50-100% over what the GS offered)and negotiate down form that.
     

  3. dog2000tj

    dog2000tj New Member

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    You need a new wife :cool:
     
  4. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    What Dog said!

    Keep your guns,get rid of the wife!
     
  5. Wambli

    Wambli Member

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    On second thought. That's MUCH better advice than what I gave :D
     
  6. bullethole

    bullethole New Member

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    I wouldnt get rid of any of them. Shoot em till your finger is sore.
     
  7. wayne in boca

    wayne in boca New Member

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    The most I can offer is 550 bucks shipped for the FNC.Let me know.
     
  8. iluv2shoot2

    iluv2shoot2 New Member

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    If someone could write a book on "How to Explain Important Stuff to your Wife", They would have their fortune made. I only have 1 rifle, 2 shotguns, and 1 revolver, and she can't understand why thats not enough!!
     
  9. mmszbi

    mmszbi New Member

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    Heck, get her to shooting and your problem is resolved.
     
  10. iooi

    iooi New Member

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    Thanks for all the advises.
    Get rid of wife - not feasible.
    Get new wife - too much hassle.
    Get wife to shooting - too dangerous to my health.
    Explain things to wife - you already know it's a waste of time.

    Has anyone tried getting additional wifes for stashing guns? How did it work out?
     
  11. opaww

    opaww New Member

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    I traded my ex-wife for a cheep bottle of skotch and a pack of smokes, The best deal I ever got.
     
  12. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    I always hear about the restrictive firearms laws in Chicago; anybody know it that might cause a difficulty in transferring any of these models (like maybe the Cobray m11)?
     
  13. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    iooi,

    I sympathize with you regarding the wife issue. It seems obviously you had the guns before she came along? If not they have a tendency to hook you then begin to force their plan. From past experience If you wanted to keep your weapons then DO! She will rather get over it or go by the way side like my first wife. My new one of 20 years now is a jewel. She likes to travel, shoot, fish and do the things I love. And she is also a true lady besides lovong the outdoors. And she doesn't ***** when and if I want something as long as I can afford it! Which by the way, the first one also knew my passions prior to us getting married. And *****ed everytime I would buy something she did not think was necessary. Like guns. But atleast even she did not mind me having them. But evidently thought she could change me. She tried for 25 years "No Change" Anyway back to the point. You need to do some research on what they are worth and what you need for them. Then you could either sell them trough a dealer on consignment once you have educated yourself of at least some idea of value. Go to a Gun Show and deal with several dealers for the best price. I certainly would not just go to a gun store and say I need to get rid of these guns. What are they worth or what will you give me for them. Unless you want to get raped! Gun Broker.com might give you some ideas. Research other web for what guys are selling theirs for and make someone a good deal. Just type in for example FNC 223 for sale! But normally the lowest listed price on Gun Broker is closer to what the piece is worth. The other listings are dreamers or hope someone dumber than a box of rocks comes along that has more money than they do sense. Anyway check the price out on the FNC it is one of the most valuable you have listed.
     
    Last edited: May 31, 2011
  14. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    Orangelo,

    Please wait on one of the guys to respond to the Cobray. But the FNC is a problem for sure in the peoples socialist republic of Chicago IL. As well as ARs and others. And I would bet the Cobray is also as most weapons with high capacity mags of that type. I will also wait for some of their responses regarding anyone who is living in Chicago Metro area. I know about the hassel of even owning a handgun up there!

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  15. iooi

    iooi New Member

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    Thank you Sniper03. I took your advise and put the FNC up for auction at gun broker. As for the other 3 guns, I gave them to my neighbor. Now we'll just have to figure out how to get them properly transferred. We live just outside of Chicago.
     
  16. Tackleberry1

    Tackleberry1 New Member

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    I have a LARGE safe and she don't know the combination.

    I also have a family firearm trust ensuring all of them go to my sons. No reason to risk a woman selling off my boys heritage.

    Don't get me wrong, I've got a great woman but this is the only way to ensure my sons wind up with the guns they grew up shooting.

    Boy is she gonna be pissed.:eek:

    Good think I'll be 6' under when she finds out!;)

    Tack
     
  17. c3shooter

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    You can also check with gun shops in your area to see if they can sell on consignment for you. They sell, get a share for selling, you have no hassles of selling, etc.

    20 yr old ammo is no good. I'll be glad to dispose of it for you- just send to C3Shooter, 1313 Mockingbird Lane.......... Just kidding. I am still shooting up pre WW II ammo. 20 years is nothing to modern ammo unless stored under water or in the salt storage tank.