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Old 12-06-2012, 09:42 PM
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My brother, who works at a large gun shop out West, says it's not uncommon for well-heeled customers to plunk down big money for highly sought-after firearms and/orcollectibles, including 50k once for a rare Fabbri over-under. Here's a Swedish rifle that retails for more than $800,000, said to be the "most expensive gun in the world."
http://strangeweaponoftheweek.com/mo...the-world.html

If your wife's not reading this, what's the most you ever paid for a gun and do you have a limit or budget on how much you're willing to spend?

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I ain't gonna say, but I do think that is a funny write up!
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Well, I bought some titanium 1911 slides for about 50 grand one time.....yup, there's a story there.
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Well, I bought some titanium 1911 slides for about 50 grand one time.....yup, there's a story there.
Oh wow! I thought I went overboard on my AR-15. I have about $3500 in it.

The most expensive I spent at one time was $1805 incl tax for a Colt SAA made in 1874.
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:33 PM
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It's hard to say if you consider inflation.
If I were to sell them Nib I guess I'd have to say a Anschutz 54 Sporter or a Ithaca SKB over and under. Dang it's really hard to say.
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I'm not saying how much, but the two most expensive guns I bought are

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S&W Model of 1950 .44 Target "Pre Model 24"

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Or what it's worth now after I sold it????
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I'm not going to say how much I paid for it, but a Waffenfabrik Simson-for-Iver Johnson Sporting Goods 12 Ga. x 12 Ga. x 8x50R Mannlicher drilling, pre-production or uncatalogued production. The case colors have faded a bit, but the wood looks great and the barrels are richly blued.
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AK47 SBR with aim point red dot. $2600 with the $200 tax stamp
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Registered magnum #1, but I could not afford it!

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I think it's my 1926 target. Bought it and and a HE 2nd target at same time. So that double buy has to be the most I ever spent on guns in one day.
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I have several guns worth $1,500 up to $3,000 but I never gave over $600 or so but bought them long ago. Probley have quite a number I paid about $250 for that also are worth $750 to $1,300 or so.
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:19 AM
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I'm suffering over that question this very week. My historical numbers are easy, its a tie between the M1950 44 I bought from Lee in very early 2010 and the K22 2nd I bought from David Carroll about 6 or 7 years ago. I think the value of the K22 has continued to go up.

My suffering is caused by me finding a Winchester M21 of a configuration I would like and it'll be at the show this weekend. So my high dollar gun may change between now and Saturday.

But as Feral just stated, the values may be all distorted by current value. The guns I feel have the greatest market value right now didn't cost me much when I bought them, they just kept going up.

Worse still, I have guns I'm actively seeking. No, I won't tell because it might distort the prices even worse.
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:30 AM
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I ain't sayin either, but probably this one... 4536 bought NIB. I still haven't been able to bring myself to fire it.

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Old 12-07-2012, 12:31 AM
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Some years ago I bought my first (and last) gun at auction. Won't say who but their initials are RIA...It was a 4" TL. I asked a lot of questions as to condition, etc. and bid on it. I "won" it at $1700. When I finally saw the gun I wanted to cry. I suppose that I had some recourse on it but didn't press the issue. After a suitable mourning period I sent it, to a good friend who might be able to salvage something from it. I told him it was free to him.

He set about straightening out the action--as much as it could be--and stripped the non-factory nickel. He then addressed the metal and did a fantastic job of polishing, then had it blued. The grips were not only correct but the best part of the gun. He sent me pictures of the work as he went, both in the white and completed. The exterior appearance was great--a great restoration. He then asked me if by any chance I would want the gun back. We agreed on the value of the work he did--quite a few hours. Bottom line is that I have way more (I don't want to say how much as it was insane) in that TL that I could ever justify, but we did turn it from a junker into eye candy and give it a new lease on life as a restoration.

I am still on the lookout for a nice 4" TL, but I guarantee I will be a LOT more careful if there is a next one. My ego (and the gun fund) took a real hammering on that deal!

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When the first Ithaca 4E Knick (Serial Number 400,000) was offered online for $6,000, I cannot say I was not tempted.

But when the first in the series is $5,000 more than the same gun built two years later, it did not seem like a good deal.

The first 4E Serial No. 400,000, from 1925:





My 4E Knick Serial No. 400,9XX, from 1927:

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krieghoff 500 nitro sxs rifle and a perazzi combo shotgun. both in the low 5 figure range.
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I don't want to jack the thread, suffice it to say I had a genius friend with a million dollar idea. We had the same issues getting titanium to work as the big boys have had. I learned a bit about 1911s though, and still have the prints and 3 castings.....
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Boy, I'm some sort of slacker.
My first handgun was very nearly a Desert Eagle. I would have got it, but in the time it took to arrange the logistics of getting a purchase permit (I was in college at the time) through my home-town PD, and returning it; a killer deal on a pre-ban (this was a couple years into the Clinton AWB) Ruger P89 came up that I jumped on instead. Nothing I've purchased since came close to the price of the DE that nearly was.
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Don't have all that money. I paid $3100 for this 28 gauge Darne at Ron Peterson's. It's Darne's lowest grade; you can imagine what the finer grades look like.
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Paid $525.00 for my M1896 Krag Carbine with Type II stock back in 2000, that's my record so far.
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Cased set of martini rifles for $2000. One in 303 and the other 577/450 but wiser heads prevailed (my mom) as this was after I got out of the navy and was making $1.95 an hour shoveling coal. Frank
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My brother, who works at a large gun shop out West, says it's not uncommon for well-heeled customers to plunk down big money for highly sought-after firearms and/orcollectibles, including 50k once for a rare Fabbri over-under. Here's a Swedish rifle that retails for more than $800,000, said to be the "most expensive gun in the world."
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If your wife's not reading this, what's the most you ever paid for a gun and do you have a limit or budget on how much you're willing to spend?
Sir, FWIW, my means and taste both tend to be modest; I've gone over the $1,000 mark only a few times. My old Les Baer Thunder Ranch 1911 was the most expensive at about $1,700. Wish I still had it.

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Guess i'm fairly small potatoes as well.
Spent a grand or slightly more just twice, once on a SIG P-210 back about
1988 (never fired in box), and my first machine gun a S&W model 76 about the same time frame. Have neither of them now but wish i did.

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Colt SAA 3rd Generation in .44 Special was my single most expensive purchase, around $1,300, which is chump change compared to many higher end rifles and shotguns.

I was in a large regional gun store a while back agonizing over spending $500 for a used S&W when a local surgeon picked-up a $20,000 Beretta custom shop shotgun. He then ordered something else that was over $20,000. Store owner said the Dr. spent nearly $100,000 at his place so far in 2012.

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I guess I'm cheap. I've got three shotguns. Two came from Sears, the other from Wal-Mart. I don't have $500.00 in all three I'll bet.

Handguns, I pretty much draw the line at a grand. I paid just under that once for a 5", "Pre-27" with the box. Probably too much, but it was the most I ever paid for any gun. I've come close on a couple of other occasions but I've never gone over $900.00 since.

One I came close on was a Auto Ordinance, Thompson 45 Pistol. Man that thing was COOL. With a short (10"?) barrel, it looked JUST like a Thompson submachine gun with no butstock. I put it on hold for a few days, but later called and told them to put it back on the shelf. I realized I had no use for it, would probably never shoot it, and it would just be a silly thing to have.

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Kimber limited edition 257 roberts AAA french walnut stock. Shipped to Doug Turnbull for rust blued barrel, charcoal blued bottom metal, case colored receiver and rings. Total cost 2800.00 with Leupold scope.
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A Sig X5 L1 has been my most expensive gun to date. It will be the second most expensive as my new addiction, Trap and Skeet comes with greater costs than my present addiction to USPSA shooting.
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I bought a Barrett M99, scoped gun in Pelican case, in .50BMG that set me back about $4200 times I paid the transfer fees. This was by far my most expensive original purchase. My AR with an Acog is not too far behind it. As far as hanguns go my 10.5" PC 460 was right up there by the time I scoped it! But both of these were put together over time.
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Mannlicher Schoenauer, about $1200. Took a long time to save that much up, and I doubt I'd ever be able to buy anything like it ever again without a rich old uncle dying... and I don't have any rich old uncles...
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$3300 at Estate Auction for My Late Uncles Winchester Model 61 .22 Magnum,I know I over paid but My aunt was unwilling to sell it prior to auction & I drove 750 miles one way to the auction it's the only thing I bought after driving that far no way I was coming home empty handed,But it's ok I made out on the 2nd most expensive a Winchester Original 52B Sporter for $1500 it's worth way more than that nowadays
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It's hard to say if you consider inflation.
If I were to sell them Nib I guess I'd have to say a Anschutz 54 Sporter or a Ithaca SKB over and under. Dang it's really hard to say.
Good point! I don't remember now what I paid for my Ithaca SKB 600. About 35 years ago. 28 gauge skeet and skeet. I do know it's about the last gun I'd part with now. It's a natural born clay bird killer.

Top dollar I've paid is around $3k for a Berreta S x S double. Busted 69 out of a 100 birds at The Fork sporting clays last month. And looked damn cool doing it.

I have been tempted by the Krieghoff double rifles. Maybe if my son ever gets out of college I'll get one. African safari is still on the bucket list.
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Depends on how you define "most expensive". In dollar terms I spent $1800 for a used Ruger Bisley in .500 Linebaugh. It did come with dies, brass, and what is apparently a lifetime supply of bullets at the rate I'm shooting it. Even accounting for inflation it's still my most expensive gun.

However if you go by effort, my most expensive gun is my first one, a Ruger 10/22. That was my wages for working for my brother one summer on the farm when I was about 15. Ten weeks of wages these days for a gun would be pretty damn pricey.
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A Remington 40-XB .22, just over $1000. I know someday, I'll spend more on a S&W revolver.
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Nighthawk Custom 1911. Paid $2000.00 for it. Have since sold it. Did not loose a dime on the deal though.
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The most expensive gun I ever bought is my Noveske Rogue Hunter. I got a good deal on it at $1,629.00 or $1,684.00 with shipping and transfer. I have added a GG&G bipod for $150.00 and a Burris AR-332 for $349.00.

My XVR set me back around 1k.
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When the first Ithaca 4E Knick (Serial Number 400,000) was offered online for $6,000, I cannot say I was not tempted.

But when the first in the series is $5,000 more than the same gun built two years later, it did not seem like a good deal.

The first 4E Serial No. 400,000, from 1925:





My 4E Knick Serial No. 400,XXX, from 1927:

First class Trap guns I think.
I'm just finishing up a restoration on a '$2000 Grade' Knick.
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It's a toss up between my non-registered magnum and a 2nd. generation Colt SAA. The NRM may have been about $50 more.
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Most of my guns are either not particularly expensive or they are not in good enough condition to warrant high values. The guns I own that would be considered pricey are mostly so simply due to inflation. I have had them long enough for the monetary values to rise. Like my Colt Gov't Model with ivory stocks. The gun was $135 new in 1973 and the stocks were $32.50. Would likely sell now for $1,300 or so.

Well, since we're (mostly) being honest here, my most valuable gun is a Cogswell & Harrison double rifle. I paid $1,800 for it in the 1970s. Not sure of current value, but about 8 years ago I saw an identical rifle offered by a specialty seller at $6,000. That rifle had been refinished and mine is still untouched. Plus mine is documented as formerly owned by the prince of Afghanistan and Ian Flemming's father in law (tenuous celebrity connection, I know). Trust me when I say that at the time I got it, that $1,800 was a fortune to me.




The most I actually paid for a gun was the $3,000 I spent for my RM about 6 years ago. After I got it I realized that I over paid by at least $500 partly due to the incorrect replacement hammer (that was not disclosed by the seller). It was a bad combination of the fact that I wanted it very badly and I knew I had enough money in the bank to write a check. You can imagine my dismay a year or so ago when forum members told me it was worth maybe $1,500. I still can't believe it's worth that little but I know I overpaid at the time. It now has the correct hammer, BTW.

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My most expensive firearm by far was my Thompson Center Contender. After 8 scoped barrels, a second frame, the custom wood, and a fitted road case I was probably 4k into it. The Contender was the gun that started me down the path of reloading.$$$
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Back in the early 90s, I traded about $9,000+ worth of AR15s for a French Giat FRG2 bolt action .308. According to the information that I was able to find, 20 something modified FRF2 (unmodified FRF2 in picture) rifles were imported into this country during the 80s for evaluation by the US armed forces. They were not a hit with the government and the guns were sold to the public. Mine had the Virginia import markings on it and a Kahles ZF 84 scope.

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Early WWI model all parts supposedly matched....
Turns out the magazine with the lower Al number does not match the electropencil engraving on the magazine side wall.

Moral of the story.. Do not spend/invest in models you do not have intimate knowledge.
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You can believe that THAT surgeon was NOT an autopsy surgeon!

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I paid $540.00 for a model 48. I really wanted a .22 magnum, and that was the cheapest one that I could find after two years of searching. It's still my most expensive gun. Basically, my standards are pretty low. I love cheap, old, shootable Smith & Wessons.
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I filled the K-22 slot this year with a nice one. Not expensive but I saved for it.

I really want a trench gun this year. We'll see. I like nice guns that I can't afford.

I'll be debt free in less than five years and I hope prices will be within reach for me then.
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$7500 total. G.A. Precision (GAP) Crusader rifle (custom finish, center rifle). With options $4300. Added a Schmidt and Bender 5-25x56 PM II scope. $3200.




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