Saw one belonging to the son of a MI supreme court justice about 20 years ago. I drooled from a safe distance (he had about 200 rounds of assorted ammo, too), but told him, very loudly that he at least had federal audio and video running. I think they trusted he couldn't run very far with it. He even said I could take it home, because I was good for the $2K he was asking, even though he never saw me before in his life. We met up through a mutual acquaintance.
The weapon was in immaculate shape, with top-notch workmanship. It was also totally complete with skis for the bipod, a towing harness, and the complete wooden shipset for all of the pieces it would take to maintain it at the depot level. I think the top-mounted box magazine held ten rounds, and he had a few dozen of those too. The Finns called the big box that held everything, including the rifle as "the coffin".
I mentioned once again, very loudly, how I appreciated seeing his toy, but it was beyond my means, even if free. I made a wide circle around the Lahti, saw myself out the door, and hauled ass from the ritzy part of Ann Arbor. Never did get a knock on the door. A single fingerprint would probably got me a different outcome.
Still, he was a persistent salesman, and as I was spraying gravel during my escape for the family estate, he yelled that if I came back in a few weeks, he'd have his cherry MP40 with several crates of NIB mags, but it was at one of their Arizona ranches at that moment.
Walked into a few of those obvious bear traps over the years. Grinned and said silly stuff like ...”is that a Martini Henry Zulu Rifle ?” ....Then walked away.
... My own large calibers are a original M82A1 Barrett 50bmg, a 460 Weatherby Magnum Ruger No 1H Tropical that was rechambered from a factory 458 Win Mag and my own sod poodle slayer a Dakota Longbow in .338 Lapua Mag. Add in a old TC long tang Hawken front stuffer in .54 cal, assorted 50-70 and 45-70 single shots and a 500 Linebaugh Ruger Bisley and my .50GI Glock conversion from Guncrafters and that is my exercise in recoil and large caliber.
One of the hardest recoiling rifles I ever fired was an original AMAC 50bmg Bolt gun (Daisy BB Gun Company Design) with no brake or mule. That exercise took 100 points off my 10 point IQ. Hurts just thinking about that shot. Our EOD teams were looking for something to replace our “accurized / scoped MaDuce M2’s” to disrupt ordnance and IED’s with. The McBros, AMAC and Accuracy International lost out to Ronnie Barrett’s design.
Crazy that 20mm thang....
Stay safe 300 !
Interesting story. Back in ‘87 or ‘88 a slightly-known acquaintence of mine attempted to sell me a machine gun. I was smart enough to turn it down and get scarce, even when it was basically offerred for free. I never saw the guy again and have no idea what his angle was. I figure either it was a sting or a scared idiot with an illegally converted semiauto gun thst he was in a hurry to lose. The Lord knows I’ve met enogh of the latter over the years.
Heh, glad your ‘spidey senses’ were on that day. If a deal is too good to be true, watch out.
I get the same feeling when I hear the words ‘reasonable’ and ‘common sense’ coming from ANY politician.