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Century buys SSporters

#1 Post by AGB-1 » Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:48 pm


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Re: Century buys SSporters

#2 Post by bitrclngr » Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:21 pm

I just created a account with century. It'll be interesting to see what they have.

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#3 Post by 72 usmc » Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:20 pm

As we all get old and sick things change. Springfield Sporters was always a great source of parts and they were just starting to get computerized. Then illness struck. Century was always so-so in my book. They seemed to send out garbage rifles on non FFL orders. I gave up on them around 2002 and always went with Todd at Family for complete firearm purchases. Back in the day, out of 10-12 boxed rifles at Century you would find one that actually fit the condition code as marked on the box. The old 2000 joke was "Centuries 'Good' was not too good". The boxes marked "Excellent" were very good to good condition at best. Sort of a joke at the Fleet & Farm stores in WI back in the day. You would find one rifle out of a Century shipment of 20 boxes that was worth purchase. I foresee a 200-300 % mark up and the usual high shipping costs. Too bad IMA, Libertytreecollectors, or Apex did not buy the parts and part rifles. I see the $29 Brazilian bayonets Liberty purchased from Springfield sporters are now $60. So ends an era. :violin: :violin: :violin:
The best source for parts has ended. Sad, very sad!
As time winds on, I see the the old days of restoring or reconstructing incomplete or sporterized military surplus rifles on the cheap are over for good. Bolt at $100 + , original intact stocks at $250-400, screws at 10 -20 bucks per screw... its nuts. As us old guys die, the market will be flooded with prime condition rifles that come out of the wood work with far less younger collectors buying or shooting milsurps. Gun shows are becoming geriatric wards- with far to few 20-40 year old collectors.
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Re: Century buys SSporters

#4 Post by TNGhost » Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:43 pm

I have to agree. A lot of the old standbys from my active collecting days are gone, SAMCO, SOG, and others, and now Springfield Sporters. Time marches on. Unfortunately it seems that friendly customer service related business practices have given way to those of mercenary profiteering with an eye towards only the bottom line with the major players.

I can't see Century holding on to any of this inventory for long. They are probably going to sell it off, and job it out, (like they did with their "loot" from SAMCO),rather than cater long term to Springfield's core business. As you mentioned, would have liked to have seen someone like perhaps Numrich get a hold of it but, se la vie.

Can't say as I am optimistic about today's business models.

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#5 Post by 72 usmc » Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:21 am

Some old history: viewtopic.php?f=79&t=2919
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#6 Post by Charles Lipscomb » Sat Jul 13, 2019 3:03 am

I was on the hint for parts last year with SS being at the top of my list.
When they closes last year due to illness, owner had an anurism and nearly dies.
I kept checking the paage for updates. He would put up those one paragraph updates.
In one he said people were less than kind to his perdictament.
Which saddened me.
Sure i was wanting parts but i would never think to blame him for something not his fault, or even if it was.
Shit happens.
Some people on facebook have also been less than kind.. critizing his business , storage of parts and condition of building.
Family business been there since the 60s.
As to selling the business , i can see why he called it quits.

I recall that they shut down in the late 90s(?) Due to the faters death.
At the time they had quite a few different rnfieldd, carcanos and s a mausers.
I did not know it at the time but i got a few flyers from aim listing those same enfields. And at double the price.
Not that aim was gouging, just that springfield had under priced their rifles for years.
They were not on the net either.
They shut down for a coulpe years to get organized. Something they hadn't done for years.
They really seemed to be getting it together with the website.
They had the enfield parts well sorted.
By maker, early mid and later.
And the m1917 parts by maker as well as finish.
I don't see century being as precise.
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#7 Post by 72 usmc » Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:47 am

I don't see century being as precise.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBo6OWr3zwc
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#8 Post by Tommy Atkins » Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:45 am

They'll just grab the first part that looks close & ship it.

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Re: Century buys SSporters

#9 Post by 72 usmc » Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:48 pm

Anyone have any of the old web page photos of all the goodies Russ posted?

He had tons of goodies, like the old Bannermans or Dixie Guns works.
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Their old 1963 catalog:
http://www.milsurpafterhours.com/bb/vie ... 01d4f42ae4
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