I was hoping that my departure hour would have been early enough to avoid Friday afternoon rush hour traffic but as you can see from the pics, both on the highway and on the city streets I had to drive through in the Bronx to get from one highway to another, I hit heavy traffic. It took me about 6 hours and 45 minutes to get to Horseheads, NY, and that was about 50 miles short of my final destination on a trip of 302 or so miles total. I decided to stay overnight at Horseheads because they have a motel 6 in that town. I see no reason to cough up big bucks just to sleep in a place that is fancier. They even had free Wi-Fi so that kept me busy making some last minute checks on the auction catalog to see if I had missed anything on which I might want to bid.
I also took a quick spin outside the auction house where they had a tent set up with 4 old cars under it. There was a 1950 Ford, a 1938 Chevy, a 1940 Business Coupe (I think a Chevy) and a 1954 Buick with a claimed 12,000 original miles on it. Too bad, I did not see them get auctioned off, I was busy inside doing my preview of the guns. I also missed a good deal of auctioning of hunting and fishing and some shooting gear that was auctioned off first beginning at 0930 The cars went up for bids at 1000. These were some pretty nice cars. Sadly, the one I liked best is the one of which I got the lousiest pictures, it was still covered with frost when I started to snap away.
After taking the photos of the cars, I headed back inside and it was time to start bidding on guns at about 1030. I had a seat in the second row, center, so I would hear everything the auctioneer said (even when his mike would fail which it did a few times for a few seconds each time) and I would get another fairly close look at anything I wanted to bid on.
I bid on: a hand colored set of three numbered and signed duck prints on which I had the high bid of $25; a pair of sun/wind/rain goggles, with two lenses - one green and one dark gray like sunglasses - with ballistic protection, in the box, at $10; a French made pillow case, circa WWI, showing both the US and French flags on which I had the high bid of $10; several boxes of ammunition that I did not have the high bids on; two post ban (yes NYS still has a hi-cap mag ban) Beretta magazines for 92 series 9mm pistols at only $29.56 total for both, tax and premium included. (They were a steal for factory made Italian Beretta magazines that look as if they were never used.).y last bid was for a box of 50 rounds of PMC .45 Auto that I got for $17.73 (an average price online for inexpensive 45 ammo without shipping added). That last one for me was item #690 out of 707 although the bidding stopped at #699B. That was because items listed in the catalog after that were all of the vehicles that had been auctioned off earlier in the day. I stayed right up until the last item was sold.
By the way, in case you are interested, their next auction is on Saturday, Octber 27. It is an estate auction. They have another Rod & Gun Auction coming up on Saturday December 8th and there are a few other auctions between those two. I wish they were not so far from my home, I would be a frequent bidder.
All the best,