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.
“I just bought my first Mosin Nagant 91/30. There are many interesting variants out there and Id look for something that catches my eye and with $3-$400 to spend, maybe a few of them.”
Was looking at Mosins this past weekend at Cabelas for $129. More than fine enough shootin’ iron for the money but I’ve just never been real interested in owning one. The milsurp I want is a decent Springfield.
For $3-400 I really don’t know what you’d go hot after at the average gun show. “Ammo” was a good response. There are firearms to be had in that price range but they can be had at the local gun shop or pawn so they aren’t rare.
So, yeah, and again for $3-400, and if I just had that money burning a hole in my pocket for the gun show, I’d probably try to find the best Mosin I could and spend the rest on 7.62x54 for it. That would simply be the most firearm and ammo for it for the money.
(They are so rare, I doubt the seller would take that amount.)
Correct. The CZ52 is an interesting handgun, rather over-engineered (it uses a short recoil operating system with two rollers, similar to the MG42 machine gun). It's not too hard to find Czech ammo that has a steel core, making it quite effective against soft body armor.
CZ82 Makarov. For that amount of money you may be able to get two.
They were going for about $1K post-Sandy Hook, but the hysteria is finally dying down...you can get them for about $650 on Gunbroker (still too high, IMHO).
Of course, there's no point in my wanting one, now that Colorado bans magazines over 15 round. Grrrr.
No. 4 Enfield.
$200 - $300.
Second that. Excellent handgun for the money.
I stripped the finish off it and the Russian birch underneath sure isn’t carpathian walnut but i like about 3-4 iterations of a light oil finish buffed up between each oiling and the wood should get mellow. The iron looks good and the bore actually looks crisp. It’s from 1943.
I’ve got the battlefield pick-up Mauser my father got back in the early ‘40’s when he was a “government employee” and it shoot fine but almost refuses to feed from the magazine. I’m in the market for a gunsmith who can fix that.
These WWII rifles are full of history and I’d love to own a garand if I can find one at a decent price.
IIRC, the milspec ammo is rated at 1,500 fps, but capable of handling somewhat hotter handloads.
You’re not going to get much for 3-4 hundred bucks these days.
Maybe stock up on ammo in difficult-to-find calibers (almost all these days) and you might find spare magazines for your curio/relic items.
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Let Freedom Ring,
Marlin Camp 9 lever action rifle in 9mm. $500.
A factory 440 round tin or three of 147gr of 7.62x54R for my converted enfield sleeper ......:o)
IMO, gun shows have turned into ripoffs of late. Unless you found a true deal, I would avoid buying there.
I’ve been wanting a second and maybe a third CZ82. One of my favorite shooters. I hit with it as well or better than any other pistol.
I’ve also been thinking about getting a second S&W 4506/4506-1. I saw a two pistol set up with a pair of SW1006’s and though well I have a 4506...
Ruger LCP/LC9 is on my list also, but they are in about every gun shop.
Carcano M91-38 carbine (yes, I'm serious)
Lee-Enfield No 5 Jungle Carbine
As much .30-06 M2 ball as I could carry.
I guess that is it.
Tokarev TTs are still common and cheap and shoot the same kevlar-vest-munching round. Get a couple today.
Prices are up. Expect to pay $400+ for a nice one.
The last two “gun” shows I’ve attended haven’t had many guns. Mostly just ninja gear and cheesy ChiCom “tacticool” widgetry. Does anyone really use those huge combination red-dot-green-dot sight/laser/backup iron sight/scope mount doodads?
gundog has a birthday coming up. Just sayin’....
“Tokarev TTs are still common and cheap and shoot the same kevlar-vest-munching round”.
Have a look at the Romanian Tokarevs. They are still plentiful and affordable. They fit my hand much better than the CZ-52.
If you know of a source for lanyard rings, let me know, though. The importer is removing them for some reason. Numrich and Sarco don't have them.
I have a pair of them that I bought from Century International 4 or 5 years ago. They both have lanyard rings but don’t know what the current crop looks like.
Mine were my last purchase before I let my C&R FFL expire. They have been my favorite plinkers ever since.