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Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Cumberland County 5A
Re: buying used items at gun shows can be frustrating
Well over half of my rifles and handguns were bought used, some over 40 years ago. Not one bad one in the bunch and some were bought at pretty good prices for the time period.
Used to attend gun shows on a fairly regular basis but never bought any firearms. Stocks, sights, parts, loading dies, ammo and other things, yep.
In my experience there have been few firearms bargains found at gun shows over the years. Have done much better with private sellers and small, rural shops for used firearms.
Last year I decided to sell a M788 Rem. in 243, so gave it to a buddy that regularly sells things at gunshows. Tagged it at $400, which is about $35 more than I had in it. Very good condition, new stock, Weaver bases.
He said the best offer he'd received was $350, so he brought it back. Yet I've seen them priced far higher than $400 at shows and the sellers wouldn't budge.
Some years ago at a Carlisle Expo show, several guys had M1 30 Carbines for sale. All were priced well above $550, some were over $600. Every one of them were "service grade" CMP Carbines (mostly Inlands), which at the time could be had for less than $475 from CMP.
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