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Gilding the Lily, Gunbroker Style

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Gilding the Lily, Gunbroker Style

#1 Post by professrh » Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:59 am

https://www.gunbroker.com/Item/755305860

"Therefore, to be possess'd with double pomp,
To guard a title that was rich before,
To gild refined gold, to paint the lily,
To throw a perfume on the violet,
To smooth the ice, or add another hue
Unto the rainbow, or with taper-light
To seek the beauteous eye of heaven to garnish,
Is wasteful and ridiculous excess. "

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#2 Post by polaris » Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:31 pm

That is a pretty nice one, but holy Crap! Schill much?

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#3 Post by JoeBlow33 » Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:26 am

Heck, it sold. should have kept my $89 swiss.

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#4 Post by polaris » Wed Mar 21, 2018 12:44 am

I'm guessing it "sold" to the seller. It'll turn up again for sale under the "buyers" account. Either that, or somebody bought all the stuff in the description. As above, certainly a darn nice K-31, but DAMN!

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#5 Post by Hammerdown » Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:39 am

He sold another K31 just before this one for $1250. $2475 on 2 rifles, that will buy a lot more lollipops for the suckers.
Is this what mil-surplus collecting is going to become?
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#6 Post by polaris » Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:04 am

I'm not surprised to see K 31s going up dramatically. I always thought they were underpriced, even in the $500 range. I still think some funny auction shenanigans are going on here. And yes, I think this is where military surplus collecting is going. Even Mosin Nagants have doubled-tripled in price over the last 5 years. Unless a large supply of something is imported wholesale again, the second golden age we experienced in the last 25 or so years as overseas nations cleared their old rifles out of inventory is over.

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#7 Post by Zeliard » Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:04 pm

I'm not interested in selling my old head bonker just yet, but the way this keeps going....
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#8 Post by polaris » Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:38 am

Zeliard wrote:
Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:04 pm
I'm not interested in selling my old head bonker just yet, but the way this keeps going....
Until I can trade one for a used 4x4 half ton that still runs, I'm with you.

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#9 Post by vandle » Thu Mar 22, 2018 2:37 am

From what I understand that stock is drying up in Switzerland especially the K31

Soon we will be buying from each other and prices will rocket upwards.

K31s have doubled in price in oz over the last couple of years.
Prices are in the range of $1500 -$1800 AUD and they are moving.

But realistically, you are buying quality and most firearms
manufactured today pale into insignificance what you get for
your money
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#10 Post by professrh » Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:49 am

I recently took the average of 9 successful GunBroker k31 auctions, not counting this one. The average was a little over $600.

What most bummed me out about this auction is what the guy did to the rifle. Among other things he sanded the stock, and cerakoted the metal. Somehow, destroying the collectability of the rifle allowed him to parlay it into selling for something over double it's worth.

I'm just scratching my head.

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#11 Post by polaris » Thu Mar 22, 2018 10:04 am

From what I can gather, he buys rifles in fair-poor condition with good bores and "restores" them. Maybe rifles without wood. Hopefully he's not "restoring" perfectly good beechers. Either way, makes my $450 K-31 with Swiss diopter from last fall look like the deal of the century. I kind of saw this coming, and started acquiring Swiss rifles in the $200-300 range a few years ago. Wish I'd bought all K-31s, I expected the long rifles to go nuts first. I've always wanted a Swede 94, looks like they're getting closer to an even money trade.

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#12 Post by professrh » Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:48 pm

That may be, and I hope it is. In his write up, which is long, he says he spends a little extra for a good walnut stock. It's not encouraging.

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