View Full Version : Preparing to sell milsurp collection

Keith K.
June 17, 2009, 08:40 PM
Hey folks,

I have a small collection of old military rifles that I'm going to sell soon. I'd like to get some advice and maybe some rough estimates of values. I'd like to know about selling over the internet. I've only sold firearms to dealers before now and I'm a little apprehensive about selling and shipping to strangers. I'd also appreciate some rough guesstimates of values. I know what I paid for them but I haven't kept track of the market. I've started doing some searches but some quick estimates could save me a lot of time. Thanks in advance for any input.

For the sake of simplicity, assume about 80% condition. Anyways, here's what I have:

Springfield 1884 45-70 Gov't S/N: 523xxx
Springfield 1898 30-40 Krag S/N: 224xxx
Springfield 1903 S/N: 1340xxx w/ bayonet & scabbard
Winchester 1917 S/N: 195xxx
Remington 1903A3 S/N: 3465xxx
Iver Johnson M1 Carbine S/N: 3396xxx
BNZ Kar98k S/N: 1xxx
Johnson Automatics Model of 1941 S/N: 6xxx with manual (Winfield Arms conversion)

I can post some pictures if you'd like but it might take a couple days.

June 17, 2009, 09:18 PM
I don't know the values of the guns, but I just started selling some this past Feb and it was my first experience selling guns over the net. I've sold quite a few for a friends father and my father inlaw and it isn't really that bad. I haven't had any probs yet.

I usually ask for USPS MOs. It seems that they are hardest to duplicate.
If someone wants to pay with something other than that, I wait till the check clears before I ship.
I usually include shipping in the price. Helps with selling.
If the gun is worth more than a grand I usually include insurance also.
Check www.gunbroker.com or some of the other auction sites and it will give you an idea of what they are going for.
A 3 day inspection period doesn't hurt if the guns are worth alot.
It's easiest to ship USPS and a little cheaper.
Get a tracking # and give it to the buyer. Puts thier mind at ease.
You have to ship to an FFL if shipping out of state and I usually ask for a copy of it with the check.

Once you get going you'll get addicted and it really isn't that hard. From my experiences most gun guys are good people. Good luck

moose fat
June 18, 2009, 01:52 AM
Welcome to the forum Keith. If you're a member of the NRA they started a new service, try;


Keith K.
June 18, 2009, 09:57 AM
Thanks for the link. I'll have to check that out.
Also, thanks for the welcome. I thought I had an account here from several years ago but either it was deleted for lack of use or I couldn't remember my username and/or password. I used to frequent shootersville.net but it looks like they went to that great bit bucket in the sky.

June 18, 2009, 11:20 AM
keith I am interested in the BNZ mfd Mauser you have....

moose fat
June 19, 2009, 02:26 AM
Yeah, pics woud be good.