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Old August 2nd, 2020, 06:16 AM #11
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Between a bunch of FFLs and me there's living proof you can indeed purchase and profit at auctions. But you need to know what you're bidding on and what it's worth. Take that knowledge and add the discipline to stop bidding at a predetermined line in the sand that factors in the vig, taxes, fees or shipping costs and you'll be OK. It's rare that I chase the bid or go all in for something, has to be an item that I really need for the collection to throw open the wallet for. Plus for me there's the "thrill of the hunt" aspect to it all. Yeah it sucks to lose to someone with deeper pockets but that's part of the auction world. I've been backup bidder, aka "knocking at the back door", more times than I can count. But you learn to shake it off and move on to the next find and opportunity.
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Old August 2nd, 2020, 09:03 PM #12
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Between a bunch of FFLs and me there's living proof you can indeed purchase and profit at auctions. But you need to know what you're bidding on and what it's worth. Take that knowledge and add the discipline to stop bidding at a predetermined line in the sand that factors in the vig, taxes, fees or shipping costs and you'll be OK. It's rare that I chase the bid or go all in for something, has to be an item that I really need for the collection to throw open the wallet for. Plus for me there's the "thrill of the hunt" aspect to it all. Yeah it sucks to lose to someone with deeper pockets but that's part of the auction world. I've been backup bidder, aka "knocking at the back door", more times than I can count. But you learn to shake it off and move on to the next find and opportunity.
Looking back on it I think there was a ton of newer buyers there and a couple dealers looking to stock new pistols. While getting the 4473 done there were three people who interrupted asking about the HQL or out of state purchases. These people didn't understand how the laws worked and were there bidding on stuff.

Last night I cleaned the girl again, dug out a bunch of grunge from around the breach and noticed that there's just a little bit of firing pin dimple in the chamber face. Pretty good compared to many that I've seen online. Waiting for cooler weather to really tinker with it.
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Old August 2nd, 2020, 10:08 PM #13
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It's a beautiful rifle. I hope you get it shooting well.
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Old August 3rd, 2020, 11:17 AM #14
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I've got one that if you don't pump it crisply and sharply, it will lock up. Can't slow pump it at all. I don't play with it much because I never really bothered to figure out the problem... but now you've got me thinking about it... may pull it out as my next project and see if I can tune it a bit.

Great find. Congrats.
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I've got one that if you don't pump it crisply and sharply, it will lock up. Can't slow pump it at all. I don't play with it much because I never really bothered to figure out the problem... but now you've got me thinking about it... may pull it out as my next project and see if I can tune it a bit.

Great find. Congrats.
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Old August 3rd, 2020, 08:50 PM #16
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Looking back on it I think there was a ton of newer buyers there and a couple dealers looking to stock new pistols. While getting the 4473 done there were three people who interrupted asking about the HQL or out of state purchases. These people didn't understand how the laws worked and were there bidding on stuff.

Last night I cleaned the girl again, dug out a bunch of grunge from around the breach and noticed that there's just a little bit of firing pin dimple in the chamber face. Pretty good compared to many that I've seen online. Waiting for cooler weather to really tinker with it.
A good auctioneer will give everyone "the speech" about background checks, out-of-state purchases etc before the auction starts. You cannot assume that everyone knows the ins and outs of 2A law. But you'll always get at least a couple out of the crowd who come late or are clueless. It's an imperfect world.
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I had one but I ended up selling it at the Howard County gun buy back in 2013. It wouldn’t lock up when cocked and I didn’t feels safe shooting it. Had it “fixed” by a gun smith but it broke again a short time later. To the buy back it went. Put the proceeds toward my PSL
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