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    The ridiculous cost of Pattons favourite rifle

    Had a look at the Garand at the Wellington antique arms auction last night. Heard that it went for over $5k this morning... for a post war arsenal re-furbished rifle with a '53 dated barrel.
    I bought mine in 1996 for $640. Now I could sell it and buy myself a top quality scoped rifle for that kind of cash...crazy!!!

    Who's bought a rifle and then seen it's value skyrocket or bought it for a song & sold it for a killing?

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    yeah nah... not me lol.
    mind you I only sell my guns if there is something wrong with them.
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    @FRST have you got a link to the sale please. There was one I was curious as to what it would fetch.

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    Sounds like anything Mil surp is worth a bomb now. I payed half that for my one, my one is an original Taiwanese contract gun with a mint barrel so probably worth even more.
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    Wonder what an original US one would be worth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nor-west View Post
    @FRST have you got a link to the sale please. There was one I was curious as to what it would fetch.
    Nah it was what I was told from someone on the floor, prices realised list won't be up for a few weeks I'd say.

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    I'm hoping the No5 MkI that I picked up in 1999 (ish) has appreciated a bit.
    I think I paid $600 back then, which at the time was probably on the high side of fair. The rifles condition more than justified the original price though.

    I am no Enfield expert but guessing it is a 1947 model? No idea what it's worth now but be nice to think it's gone up as I pushed the investment idea to Mrs Moutere at the time.
    Does a Garand routinely go for that kind of money, or is that a one off inflated purchase?

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    Post war no 5 so around 1k

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    2 years ago at the ruahine aa auction the room went silent when a garand went to $5k
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1-bshef-G8
    Another 86,000 in circulation now !
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    I'm in the States and have 10 Garands. Sounds like I need to bring a few over there and pay for a Stag hunt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luke556 View Post
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1-bshef-G8
    Another 86,000 in circulation now !
    The yanks are gonna suck these up hard. Trump probably buying half of them. He gonna need em soon.


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    Quote Originally Posted by blairvt View Post
    I'm in the States and have 10 Garands. Sounds like I need to bring a few over there and pay for a Stag hunt!
    yep I would give 1k for one and even drop you off somewhere for a hunt just cause I'm a nice guy.
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    Supply and demand - rare stuff appreciates, common stuff stagnates. An increase in the younger generation getting into milsurps (at a global scale) combined with the last of the big milsurp stockpiles drying up means their prices are rising. Even if there are still some stockpiles available, the US is suctioning them up and NZ and others only get resale from the US (after they've taken their cut).


    I wonder - would people pay the same for the CMP guns that are refurbished, rebuilt, with new stocks, criterion barrels etc? I would imagine that a lot of the Garands here were refurbished at least once or twice post ww2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blairvt View Post
    I'm in the States and have 10 Garands. Sounds like I need to bring a few over there and pay for a Stag hunt!
    I lived in North Carolina for around 5 years,and my Roommate there had 2 of the things....from the CMP,paid around $400 for each.Neat rifles to fire at the range,not sure I would want to carry one around too much however.I would say they are a definite $1000 rifle but I would pay no more than that for one.....what they go for down here now is insane.

 

 

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