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- Feb 23, 2013
- East Texas
On the other side of this equation, about ten years ago at one of the last Dallas Market Hall gun shows I attended, I bought from a teenager a Japanese Arisaka for $160 that should've been considerably more, especially since it still had the chrysanthemum on the barrel and had never been "scrubbed".That is a kick in the shins by an angry 12 year old with steel toe boots if I ever heard it!
I don't know if I ever mentioned it before, but my biggest regret was at a gun show. I was 15, and there with my Dad, and I saw a 5 1/2 inch barreled Colt Bisley in beautiful shape. The guy only wanted $200 because it was made after 1900 and a "worthless 2nd Generation" (the guy had absolutely NO clue how Colt collecting works). I begged my Dad for a loan of $200, which he being the sort that still lived in the 1960's on gun values, said no. Actually he said I could get it if I talked him down to like $50, and even that was too much money.
We got home I showed him on the early 2000's internet what those sold for and he about had a heart attack! But we couldn't go back as it was Sunday and the show was over. I got my first job shortly afterwards....