Friday, June 23, 2017

My New Guns Over The Last Year And A Half

I was working on my firearms inventory this evening, not on paper yet but just getting all of my ducks rifles lined up in a row. As I was doing so, it dawned on me that I have picked up quite a few new guns in the course of the last year and a half, so I decided to see exactly how many that had been accumulated from January 2016 though June 2017. I was a bit surprised at how many I had added to my armory inventory. When you buy one or two one month, then another one a month or two later and keep going like that, they tend to add up. Luckily for me I had to miss the last Hessney Rod & Gun auction up in Geneva, NY because I am almost literally broke. After my next pension check and once all my bills are paid, I will have about $65.00 cash to last the month. That sucks but it is keeping me from buying any other guns right now and that just by itself is okay by me. I need to sell one or three to get to the point where I can afford to go to another auction and fortunately for me, the next one up in Geneva is not until September.

Anyway, I digress so let me get back to the guns I bought over the course of the last 18 months. Here is the list:

New Long Guns (new as in to me - some are new others used) 

Mossberg Model 44 US(a), January 2016, Hessney Auction (subsequently sold)
 
Mossberg Model 835 UltiMag, 12 gauge, April 2016, Hessney Auction (subsequently sold)
 
Remington Model 870 Express Magnum 12 Ga. 3", June 2016, Hessney Auction
 
Ruger 10/22 Reaper Camo 22LR, June 2016, Hessney Auction

Savage Model 93 22WMR, August 2016, Hessney Auction

CVA Hawken Percussion, 50 caliber, December 2016, Hessney Auction

Marlin 1936 (aka: Model 36) in 30-30 Win, February 2017, Hessney Auction

Springfield 944 Shotgun 12 gauge, February 2017, Hessney Auction
 
Ruger Mini 14 Ranch Rifle 5.56x45mm, March 2017, Hessney Auction
 
CZ Model 527 Varmint Thumbhole 223 Rem, April 2017, Hessney Auction

Remington Model 141, 35 Rem, April 2017, Hessney Auction


New Handguns (both actually bought brand new) 

Ruger Redhawk 44 Rem Mag, May 2016, Hunters Essentials (LGS)

Rock Island Armory 1911-A1 Full-Size, 45 Auto, October 2016, RKGuns (online)

I used to by pistols a bit more often. That was when I could get them at the Hessney Auction without it being a pain in my arse. That was once upon a time when my county PD would issue a purchase document prior to a sale (fill in after the sale and return to them). They stopped doing that so now it would necessitate another trip to Geneva after an auction. I would have to bring the receipt for the gun to my county PD, they would give me a purchase document, and I would have to bring that back to the auction company to pick up the gun NY sucks). So no I have to just about always buy locally or online unless I get a really excellent deal somewhere.

As for long guns, when I looked over what I had bought and the order in which I had bought them, I realized I kind of stuck to a promise I had made myself. The promise was that I would start bidding seriously on some more higher end items than I had been doing before. Thus, at the past three auctions I attended between February 2017 and April 2017, I wound up picking up four nicer rifles and only one sort of a knock around clunker of a truck gun. Now granted, condition is everything and I have to say that three of the four nicer guns are in great condition. The CZ Model 527 Varmint Thumbhole was unfired in the box and the Ruger Ranch Rifle was auctioned 'as new' but it sure looked to me to be unfired and was also in the box with all accessories and papers. The Marlin 36 is in very good to excellent shape and probably has 85 to 90% of its case color remaining on the receiver and lever. The Remington 141 is not in as great shape but it still is in very good condition. It has what appears to be a factory repair to the butt stock (a piece of wood removed and replaced with another piece maybe 1" square or so and it is fit so well that I missed it when I first looked the gun over); still though a very nice piece.

The truck gun is the Springfield 944 Shotgun. It has a fair amount of painted on finish missing on the receiver and has a hairline crack in the fore stock (I missed that out of sheer neglect, never looked it over that well since I was only going to bid a small amount on it and anyway I doubt it detracts much from the value). Anyway, I got that for just what I said, a sort of knock around clunker gun.  Even getting the Springfield was part of my prior made plans - not to merely get some higher end guns but to also bid on some of the lower end guns at the end of the auction that I could probably get for a song - then have fun with at the range and then sell sooner or later, without any seller's remorse, after tiring of them.

I keep looking the list over and I have realized I am pretty much a gun buying junkie. With that in mind, I have a few of my guns up for sale right now. Just sold my Steven's Model 66B about a week or so ago. Did not get much for it, probably right around what I paid for it but I had some funs with it in the years I had it. I need room for my new ones and cash to fill that empty spot in my pocket that was created mostly since February through April when I bought those 5 guns I just mentioned. Once I get some more cash, I can buy some more guns. Gotta love a free market and the RKBA and having the cash to enjoy them.

All the best,
Glenn B

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