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Tinkerers guns extinct?

Discussion in 'Vintage collectable airguns' started by pjbingham, Jun 1, 2015.

  1. pjbingham

    pjbingham Prime Kentish Beef

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    I'm sure this has been mentioned before but where are all the cheap old air rifles and pistols these days? It's not that long ago that you could buy something wanting work for peanuts if not a "take it away mate you'll be doing me a favor" I've always loved taking something which really is beyond it and pressing it back into service wether if be a Webley Junior or a BSA Cadet etc, you no the sort of thing, soak in penatrating oil ready for the weekend and then looking forward to abit of shed time to strip it down and piece the old girl back together,not nessasarily into a show winner but a good usable gun. I must have done scores like this over the years and most I've sold or passed on because I just enjoy doing it. It seems like now every box of bits is "highly collectible" and commands big money,some of you may have seen that tonite a BSA Cadet stock sold on FLeabay for £50 and that was needing a strip and revarnish.Dont get me wrong, all the best to the seller,fair play he got a good price and I don't blame him one bit I'm just using this as an example of what I'm talking about price wise. Why is it people seem to get more for Knackered parts? How many of these boxes of bits are being returned to working order for future generations and how many are cases of jumping on the bandwagon and biting off more than they can chew only to get binned in the future? Is it a nationwide thing that local auctions,boot fairs and antique shops no longer seem to have any of these fixer uppers anymore? Phil.
     
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    You tell me!
    Only a couple of years ago I could go to the local auctions and buy trays of "stuff" and very often there was a decent item in there that I could resell at a decent profit, or more often squirrel away into my loft.
    Not any more.
    Even charity shops are putting bits on the bay, or the staff are buying at a discount and doing the same.
    It's a hard hard world!!
     
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    pjbingham Prime Kentish Beef

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    Sounds like it's just the same up your way then,hopefully all these guns are still ending up in the hands of genuine collectors and enthusiasts and not people who just want to cash in on what appears to be a current trend because some may be "lost" forever when interest wains or prices tumble as fashions change. Love your quote by the way,very apt! :)
     
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    You should have come to our (Melbourne Marksmen) vintage airgun Fayre Phil...loads of cheap airguns to buy for do'er upper's...if you are ever near us give me a PM...i'll sort you out...surprised Dunks didn't see them..:shrug:
     
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    That would have been good,quite a distance though but never say never, end up on training corses all over from time to time so thanx :)
     
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    I was the one to say "take it away fella, enjoy it, no money mate, buy me a beer next time you see me". Done this loads of times, until someone said it was for their kid to plink. Handed over my Airsporter .22 bought by me when I was 11 ish, go for it mate, I hope he enjoys it like I did. Next I hear he sold it for £170.00. So much for his kid eh, still, now like the rest I will chance my hand on eBay. Got a very old HW35 near mint I almost gave away to my neighbour's son, any time before that I would have handed it over, now I'd go for the cash...
     
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    protec have some nice cheap stuff on there sight. Had some good stuff from them in the past.:up::)
     
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    Thanks for that I will take a look at their site :)
     
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    most wellcome.:)
     
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    A few years ago the sales sections were hot with literally dozens for sale,minters,fixer uppers of most types.
    Today you browse the sales as you rightly say not a lot especially cheaper fixer uppers.
    Values on some seem low too but not all and I think some sales are slow.
    I stuffed a few in the loft for latter years nothing special just older fixer uppers.
    For some they get the bug then bug out so their are lots ready to be sold when they finally can part with them possibly.
    A lot of fixers got broke up for fleebay too and still do.
    Keep em peeled .
     
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    Gixxer,yes your right alot do seem to end up as parts on FLeabay,I know that some people think it's wrong to break collectable Airguns down but I confess I've bought parts to get various Airguns of mine up and running and I would like to think that no-one would break something that isn't beyond economical repair :s I am quite new to the Forum although not to shooting and I have been made to feel very welcome and visit everyday,however if I had one small criticism it would be that the Sales section seems alittle slow especially in the collectable area but maybe I've just joined at a quiet time. It pains me to think that items that we would all love to own,restore,collect are in the hands of non enthusiasts simply because they seem to be "fashionable" at the moment and possibly better than money in the bank.
     

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