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Old 02-11-2017, 04:19 PM
Tothemax Tothemax is offline
 
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Default Gun Show Garands.

So we had a local gun show today. Its been a while since I have been to one so I decided to go with a buddy. Now this is a very small show. Maybe 40 tables? There was probably 10 or so garands in the room. Mostly all springfields but a few IH guns floating around. There was a 5 digit SA that was a beautiful looking gun. Had a 50's era SA barrel and I don't recall the wood. I know it did not have any cartouches on it. I think that one was priced around 1200

There was also a couple IH guns. Both were in good shape but the tables wanted 1600 -1800 for them. OUCH!

The last one that pops out to me was a very well used SA built in 45. It had been rebarreled but according to the owner it has an issue loading the first round and the barrel is well used. I looked at the bore at it didn't look horrible. I also don't recall the stock set but it was very dark wood with lots of dings/dents. They were asking 895 for it, the cheapest garand at the show. The owner tried to give me the story of how he thinks it never went through the CMP and it was out of a NG armory. Blah blah blah...

I did buy some Enblock clips from a guy. 12 for 20$. Not bad. There was a lot of ball ammo floating around but it was all corrosive and around 75c/round.

Anyways, just thought Id share my experience today. I really liked the look of that well used SA but the price was too much.
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Old 02-11-2017, 04:26 PM
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Problem with gun show garands is !!!! People buy Garands at CMP than rob parts they want or to sell.Than they slap a gun together with remaining parts.Get the idea not head spaced most likely.Or worn parts and problem guns.And a good to go nice field grade is close to a grand now.Although on the want to sell board here you can land one for 850 or maybe a little more or less

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Old 02-11-2017, 04:39 PM
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Problem with gun show garands is !!!! People buy Garands at CMP than rob parts they want or to sell.Than they slap a gun together with remaining parts.Get the idea not head spaced most likely.Or worn parts and problem guns.And a good to go nice field grade is close to a grand now.Although on the want to sell board here you can land one for 850 or maybe a little more or less
We have one of those that frequent gunshows in the state, some nice recievers on occasion, but basically stripped rifles of any parts of value, then replaced with all unimpressive postwar parts and 50's barrels, all priced for around 2k.........they dont move too fast off his tables either. HXP rounds for a buck each, so on and so on.
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Old 02-11-2017, 04:40 PM
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Yeah that's what scares me. Unless you had your own gauges, there was no way to check HS or muzzle wear.
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Old 02-11-2017, 04:40 PM
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I can only speak to the northeast, but gun shows in this part of the nation are an absolute ripoff.

When you see the ridiculously high prices, it's almost like the vendors are there for a social experience and really dont want to sell anything.
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Old 02-11-2017, 04:42 PM
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Well it makes me wonder how those vendors make money? I get it that the occasional guy may but a gun from them but they can't make much on a sale. Price of the table, hotel, food, etc has to outweigh what they make..
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Old 02-11-2017, 04:50 PM
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I think jersey devil is right some just want to socialise, heck I bought a 1970 bandoleered spamcan of HXP off a table at Fond du lac gunshow last fall for $100, cheaper than what I know he paid for it.

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Old 02-11-2017, 04:58 PM
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I can only speak to the northeast, but gun shows in this part of the nation are an absolute ripoff.

When you see the ridiculously high prices, it's almost like the vendors are there for a social experience and really dont want to sell anything.

Its the same scene here down south too. Collector grade prices for run of the mill guns.
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Old 02-11-2017, 05:26 PM
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As the saying goes, you buy toys at a gunshow, and guns at a toy show :-)
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Old 02-11-2017, 05:48 PM
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I hit the gun show here in NOVA yesterday (day #1 of 3) and found quite a few tables with Garands, Carbines, few Krags, and assortment of European "stuff".

One guy (all the way from Florida) had probably five LONG tables of weapons and NOT ONE had a price tag in them...........NOTHING. He just sat in the middle talking to three other old guys. What puzzles me is HOW DOES HE EXPECT to even have someone make an offer? At least with the prices stated as $2500, $3000 etc (for what would be a CMP $1250) a 'buyer' has an idea of how ridiculous one is priced at. I didn't even ASK about the price of ANY of them.

I did see another table that had an 03A4 priced as $15000. I mean REALLY. There was one real nice UNISSUED HRA priced at $3800.....tin foiled sights and all in a nice glass display case.

Oh well.....it is what it is........sure glad CMP is still functioning.
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