Skip to comments.VANITY: Discussion of gun show shopping list
Posted on 10/23/2013 6:00:23 PM PDT by OKSooner
There's going to be a big gun show in your home town. You might be able to go, you might be able to take a few c-notes with you.
Deal is, you have one ground rule:
Any firearms purchase must be something that is not common or ubiquitous.
That is to say, you're not interested in anything that you could just march in one of your hometown gun stores, or china-marts, or pawn shops, and buy the day before. You want something that you really probably only find at a gun show.
You want something that would be useful. In 2013, you know?
In the age of 0bama.
No 870's. No 10-22's. No 700's or anything like that, because you could always just go to the gun store and get those on Monday without having to deal with the mob at the gun show.
You've got 3 or 4 c-notes to spend.
No other constraints.
Walking in the door, what are you keeping your eye out for, and about what are you expecting to pay for it?
With a price limitation of $3-400, I can’t really think of much I’d plan on beforehand. I’d more or less go and see what is available. Historical items if those interest you are the most likely interesting option. Alternatively maybe a cheap AK or SKS, because I rarely see gun shops carry those.
Garand. Thanks for reminding me.
Was just oricing garands today. You’ll need more than a few C- notes.
I’m gonna say decent knives (they are there, if you look), and old battle rifles. I’m always seeing Carcano’s, Steyr 95’s, and, of course, Mosin Nagants at great prices- Mausers, too. Stock up on ammo, appropriate stripper or en-bloc clips, and reloading supplies for these guns, and you are good to go. I’ve also seen water filtration systems and other useful items- you never know what you’re gonna find at a gun show!
I’ve been hankering for a .22 revolver. Something that could be used as a trail/kit gun, and also be used to teach children how to shoot. Something like a Ruger Bearcat or SP 101.
OTOH I dearly miss the Browning Mark III that I sold several years ago. Kind of pricey, but sure was a nice pistol.
Webley mark VI in .45 acp.
I just bought my first Mosin Nagant 91/30. There are many interesting variants out there and I’d look for something that catches my eye and with $3-$400 to spend, maybe a few of them.
Browning A5 Sweet 16 or Light 12. Savage 99 in .300 Savage.
Remington 81 in .300 Savage. Winchester Model 12 in 16 gauge.
at the gun show I went to this past weekend, Garands were in the $900-$1800 range, depending on which armory and the condition.
Where did you find those grips?
That’s not mine...just a random image I grabbed off Google.
Yes! Cz52, wicked hand gun. 7.62x25, I think the mv is around 1600 fps isn’t it?
Tru-Flite 37mm gas gun, made in the 1930's or 40's. Got it for $500, and the guy threw in half a dozen CS/CN (tear gas) shells. At a show a few years later, someone had another half a dozen more tear shells for $25 a pop...I bought them all.
A few years ago I realized I was never going to use the thing, so I listed it on gunauction.com, listing each shell as a separate auction. Got about $1500 for everything, a tidy profit.