As usual, I have a recap today of the final prices of the guns I filmed from the most recent RIA auction (#74; September 2018). Lots of examples here of seemingly similar items selling for substantially different amounts because of factors like whether or not they are German.
Ok, the Garand Garand is just cool. It belonged to HIM, and was No. 1,000,000.
And the French mortar was a steal.
This is just my opinion, but as far as the NFA registered full autos, what drives the price on alot of them is the false inflation inflicted by government regulation, specifically the Hyde atrocity that ended the ability to register NFA guns, rendering the few on the list into astronomical prices. That is why a Sten built from a parts kit in the old days brings 4000 plus for 150 dollars worth of parts and a few hours of machine work any 15 year old 1st year shop student could do.
I was really surprised the French mortar went for that low, although still way out of my budget for something I could not get or make (within reason) ammunition for. I love French weapons, but I have to be able to shoot them.
“Sten built from a parts kit in the old days brings 4000 plus for 150 dollars worth of parts and a few hours of machine work any 15 year old 1st year shop student could do. ”
Huh, this reminded me about typical CRPG storekeeper, sold item to him for 150 gold, seconds later you can bought it back for only 4000 gold…
“something I could not get or make (within reason) ammunition for”
This is interesting point: how availability of ammunitions influence price of weapon firing it? Obviously it is important thing for anyone wanting to actually fire said weapon, but rather not for anyone which want to use is as wall-hanger.
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