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September 21, 2012, 10:26 PM
Out from Pasadena CA. I think the receiver was made in CA and the parts are surplus Beretta M-59 parts. Can anyone give more insights? How much is it worth?
September 21, 2012, 11:00 PM
Is it a Santa Fe M59 "Trooper" model that uses detachable BM-59 mags?
Go here (http://www.m1carbinesinc.com/carbine_santafe.html) and scroll down about 2/3ds of the way to read up on the Golden State "Santa Fe division".
The Shotgun News issue dated October 15, 1964 included an advertisement by Golden State Arms regarding the Santa Fe M59. The ad states that Armi Beretta of Brescia, Italy had granted an exclusive license to Golden State Arms to manufacture the Beretta BM-59 rifle for the U.S.A. in .308 caliber. The ad states that Golden State Arms was now producing the Santa Fe M59 in Pasadena, CA.
Also... go here (http://forums.gunbroker.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=84877) and scroll down to the "boeboe" post.
In the 60s, Golden State/Santa Fe was also responsible for the importation of some of the coolest battle rifles. Early G3s, FN FALs and SIG AMTs. I never did have a Golden State BM-59, but I did have a GS SIG AMT... for which I kick myself every day for selling. :(
September 22, 2012, 08:43 AM
I didn't know that they were built on re-welded receivers. Uggh. I'll let my friend know.
September 22, 2012, 10:38 AM
Only one I can find sold for $700 from an auction company in VA. A side folding stock model sold for $1400. Seems a little low, but I guess that's the market on them.
On gunbroker they seem to have original ones that they want $3000-$4000 for.
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