A Nurse with a Gun

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Pawn Shop Circuit: Nothing of Interest

I had the opportunity to go on the pawn shop circuit today, so I drove out to see kenny first. Kenny informed me I had just missed a Smith & Wesson Model 15. This was probably a blessing, actually. I already own one, as well as a K-38 Combat Masterpiece. Kenny said he had priced the gun at $229, and it went quickly. Kenny had a couple of modern semi-autos in the case, but neither did anything for me. I did not even ask to see them. I tried to make like I would have purchased the Model 15. Heck, at that price, I might have!

Over at Neil's rifles and shotguns were in abundance. Neil had a Winchester Model 1894 up on the rack, a pre '64 gun. Neil knew what he had too, the price was $499. No handguns at Neil's place.

Dave was busy selling a guitar amp when I arrived. I gave his gun case a quick scan, and found nothing of interest.



Blogger Countertop said...

$499 for a pre '64 Winchester???

Hot damn!!

Consider this - I went to the one gun shop between my office and my hone - Classic Pawnbrokers in Arlington, VA (only gun shop in Arlington). They always have a pretty good selection of older beat up guns, and a few display cases of handguns. Being the closest gun shop to DC is pretty interesting too, cause you get lots of liberal do gooders and gang bangers all out to score one of those "easy Virginia guns." Well, they all get sent back. Today, two gang bangers walked out when they learned they needed to go through a local police and an FBI check (and it would take an hour to complete)

Anyway, was looking for blties. They had a mid 80s, beat up Remington 700 in .30-06. Wood was nice, a long time ago. Not anymore. Action was fine, but the barrel had been parkerized (while the rest was a gorgeous blue) andlooked odd in its gun metal gray.

Anyway, the jerk behind the counter (not their usual guy) says "thats a new barrel, that increases the value a lot."

Sure, whatever. They wanted $499 for it.

No thanks

12:35 AM  
Blogger dropdownstairs said...

K-38 Combat Masterpiece
xavier, you talk about this pistol
I am wondering how much time and how difficult it will be to find one..
any help?

12:01 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

To find a true K-38 (pre-1957) Combat Masterpiece?

Most pristine ones are likely in the hands of collectors by now. Occasionally a weathered specimen (like mine) will appear on the market.

1:54 PM  
Blogger Cliff_1911A1 said...


While not a "K-38" Combat Masterpiece, do you recall the duo of S&W Model 15-3 revolvers as You and I discussed the other day on John C's M1911(dot)org Forum? The 4" and that 2" you strongly advised me to acquire? Well, I took your sage and sound advice... I filled out the "adoption papers" and they're both gonna come home soon. It would be a shame to separate these two siblings... I'll post some photos on the forum when they both arrive.

2:46 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

Good deal Cliff! Consider those two guns ones you shoot free, because you will always get your money back out of them if you care for them!

By all rights, the Model 15 with a 4 inch barrel is a Combat Masterpiece. Collectors just use the division to differentiate between the two.

The features (other than .38 special) that make up a Combat Masterpiece include:
Four inch ribbed barrel
Micrometer adjustable rear sight
Baughman Quick Draw front sight
Serrated front and back strap
Short fast action
Anti-backlash trigger



6:43 AM  
Blogger Geoff said...

The smartest gun dealers are the ones who price their firearms low enough so they actually move. They punish themselves by expecting outlandish prices on their firearms, having to pay a hefty inventory tax. But then, you can't argue with an owner who had a sucker come in and plunk down $300 for a Yugo SKS.

2:46 PM  

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