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Gun appraisal??

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Cheesemaker, Aug 5, 2013.

  1. Cheesemaker

    Cheesemaker Tillamook Active Member

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    I just recently acquired a WWI era firearm, and I'm in need of some place that can give me a value on it. I live on the coast, so I don't want to drive 4 hours to have an appraisal for it. Just somebody in the west side of PDX/Beaverton. I got a local gunsmith to look at it today, and he gave me a low four figure number for it. Which excited me, but at the same time seemed unrealistic. So, I definitely want another opinion.


    I saw in a search that Jack the Dog was recommended, but their website hasn't been updated since 2011. So, please help me, thank you.
     
  2. 2Wheels4Ever

    2Wheels4Ever Portland Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer

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    Throw some pictures up and a small description on here. There are a lot of people on this forum that are very knowledgeable.
     
  3. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    What firearm did you acquire?
     
  4. Cheesemaker

    Cheesemaker Tillamook Active Member

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    I'm not wanting to throw that info out, just yet. I asked about the value of a gun once already, and my PM box got so loaded with offers, that I had to leave the site for a while. And let it calm down. I hope you all understand?
     
  5. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    If it was me, I would do a concentrated search on the internet first, learning everything I could about it, then look on the auction sites for comparative values, and then join a couple of internet sites that cater to that specific firearm for a final appraisal.

    I am in the middle of a Winchester Trench Gun project, and I learned more about my gun from a book that I bought off of eBay for $12.00 than all of the internet searching that I did.
     
  6. Cheesemaker

    Cheesemaker Tillamook Active Member

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    I know that the internet is full of stuff. But right now, I've got many offers on it. I've talked to coworkers that are into firearms, and a local gunsmith, and a good friend. I've been given a low, medium and a high price on this gun. I don't know who to believe. My head is spinning so bad I don't which way is up.

    I am at a point I want to just get a appraisal and I think I'd be fine with that. Heck, a co-worker offered me a AK74 with 2000 rounds for it.

    I still got a few contacts out there, so only time will tell. Alot of people are telling me to just keep it and pass it on to my kids.
     
  7. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    An AK for trade and you're getting excited? lolz
    I think they call the internet the information superhighway.. it's up to you to navigate it. or not
    That's code for finding a kind good and its selling price. Ask more as you can always come down and you don't need to buy a new pair of shoes.
     
  8. Cheesemaker

    Cheesemaker Tillamook Active Member

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    I'm not getting excited for a AK, just saying my co-worker is excited that he is willing to trade me a AK and ammo. Because he doesn't have cash to buy it outright. I personally dislike AK's.
     
  9. Trailboss

    Trailboss Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    If you're the kind of person that has to leave the site because your PM box got too many messages then you're just asking for trouble by posting here about your firearm. Buck up and drive to speak to a gunsmith. If the rifle is worth what you suspect, it's worth the drive.
     
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  10. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    What's the hurry.
    Part of the fun in owning vintage firearms is doing the research on them, as far as I'm concerned.
    It's not like it's going to go down in value in the next month or so.
     
  11. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    But he might come home with some magic beans instead of a cow.
     
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  12. Cheesemaker

    Cheesemaker Tillamook Active Member

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    I've had a dozen PM's already asking me what I have, and why I'm trying to be sneaky about it. I'm not trying to be sneaky about it. I just don't want to advertise what I got.

    I'm just looking for some reliable gunsmiths/appraisers that can help me.

    I wish I could just spend time and do the research, but I have alot of Dr appointments coming up, and that has me all stressed out, and worried about stuff. So, I'm having to prioritize things. I already have a couple really close friends that really want it, but they are giving me numbers that are so far apart, I probably will just put it up for awhile. It sat in a closet for the last 20 years, I'm thinking that another year won't hurt. And deal with it when I don't have alot on my plate.

    But a list of reliable appraisers would help this site.
     
  13. Trailboss

    Trailboss Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    How?
     
  14. xlsbob

    xlsbob coos county Platinum Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    If you werent playing "I've got a secret" you most likely would have already had your questions answered. Different people specialize in different guns, a Colt SAA expert might not be the best person to give you an appraisal on a High Point.
     
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  15. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    "I wish I could just spend time and do the research, but I have a lot of Dr appointments coming up, and that has me all stressed out, and worried about stuff."

    Let me guess, do your Dr. appointments involve laying on a couch.
     
  16. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    They have whole sites dedicated to x guns.. Lugers, you name it, pretty much so one can peg/fix an approximate value on the gun via current/present auctions etc.
    It's not super complicated but in the final analysis, it's worth what it sells for and you can always lower the price if no bites.
    It's not like it's a house where a geologic study needs conducting, for heavens sake, it'll have a name/model, serial # (usually) and other markings etc.
    This just seems like an odd thread from another, prior, odd thread.
    I think the gun is cursed and you should just give it away before it drives you crazy.
     
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  17. k7grc

    k7grc Banks, Or Active Member

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    It takes a lot of reasearch to place values on old firearms. 1st priority is to be sure you have what you think you have. I have seen LOTS of WW1 era firearms the owners thought were "original". You need to find books(not just one) on your firearm. Sit down and go over each part of the firearm. This will take time, but once you have inspected each part, then you can make a judgment on value. If you took this firearm to be appraised, and they told you the value without a through inspection, this estimation is worthless.
     
  18. pokerace

    pokerace Newberg Well-Known Member

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    You can always start with the Blue Book!!
     
  19. jluck

    jluck Really,Really, Close to Newport Oregon 97365 Voted #1 Member

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    BINGO!
    Buy a gun value book. If this unicorn is that valuable to keep so quiet, I wouldn't go to a gun forum and say... "I have a gun, Whats it worth",..."Uh no I wont provide pictures, Info or a description."

    I don't really see what your going to accomplish. Waddle down to Tillamook sporting goods and buy a gun Blue book.

    And really a gun In the "low four figures".... Really? BFD. There is a good chance more than one member has one.
     
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  20. xlsbob

    xlsbob coos county Platinum Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    Four figures aint much in the gun world anymore.... There's a guy trying to sell a 10-22 in the local shopper for 1100, hopefully it's got some aftermarket parts