Anyone found a top quality gun among the dross?

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      Supporting Member kansas_plainsman's Avatar
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      Cool Anyone found a top quality gun among the dross?

      I'm thinking of the situation where you look through a pawn broker's case, filled with worn-out junk, and, there it is: THE gun you've been looking for; great condition, complete, and at a good price.

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      I don't go into pawn shops, but I've had some customers tell me about collector pieces in good to excellent condition that they found at them. I would be willing to bet that a good deal of them were stolen, though.

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      I have bought a Singer 1911a1 from a guy that didn't know what he had, thanks to a clerk that didn't know what he was looking at. It was a hand me down and the guy wanted to trade it for part of the price of a rifle. Yes once in a while you can get a great deal, and also pawn shops have to run the S.S.# before they can put them out for sale.

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      I had been looking for a 4"Python for several years. Went into a pawn shop the other day and they had a 4" Trooper MK III there. After a little haggaling back and forth I got it for $350 out the door. It's not a Python but it's a Colt and for less than half the price of a Python.

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      I have seen several really nice handguns in pawn shops recently, most of them were insanely overpriced, sadly.

      In the past, I bought the following at pawnshops:

      Dan Wesson Model 15-2 6" Blue Good appearance, perfect working cond.
      Dan Wesson Model 15-2 4" Blue Near mint.
      S&W Model 28 very nice shape.
      Beretta 84 VG condition.
      Walther PPK, appeared new, jammed constantly until worked on.

      Sadly, they're all gone.

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      Once, when in need of inexpensive home protection, I got a Mossberg 500 Riot at a pawn shop for $82.50. It wasn't in perfect shape, but it worked and the price was certainly right. Never bought handgun at a pawn shop, but I wouldn't hesitate if the price was right.
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      Senior Member Baldy's Avatar
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      You need to know your guns fairly well and the market price that they are selling for or you can get burned in a heart beat. I was at a pawn shop the other day and they had a Colt Police Positive there for $459 98% good condition no box or papers. I offered $400 out the door he said no way. After checking with a good friend I find out out top dollar should be no more than $350 with box and papers. Not knowing the market I almost beat myself. Lesson well learned.

      Best Baldy.

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      Pawn Shop Guns

      I've seen a wide range of quality/prices at pawn shops. The one I frequent most has some really good stuff at reasonable prices, about what you'd expect to pay at a good gun shop for used guns.

      Also, seen a lot of otherwise good guns, but missing parts. Example, a Ruger Super Blackhawk, missing the ejector assembly, otherwise very good condition. Asking price was around $300. Purchaser paid $225.

      The protocol here is that the pawn shop clerk cannot come down on the price tagged, but can accept counter offers.

      Bob Wright

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      The few pawn shops around here that actually sell guns want sky-high prices for beaters, probably because I'm so close to DC.

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      While I can't say they were great deals, I've bought a Colt Agent, Glock 30, Beretta 86 and Ruger Old Army from California pawn shops (three from the same one), and still have all but the Glock.

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      The local pawn shops here mostly sell Lorcin, Jennigns, Jiamenez Arms, etc.

      Of course I did find one that sold used firearms for more than twice what they cost brand new(no exaggeration).

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