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I collect vintage military firearms such as lee enfields, mausers, springfields. Does anybody else do the same? I love finding an old "friend" collecting dust at the local gun shop. Up here most gun shop owners are not up on the values of these firearms yet. Example, I got a very good M1 Garand two years ago for $250 Canadian (about $150USD).

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Ya im into it too i love .303's got like 4 1 springfield 3 enfields and a very old 7mm from ww1 its actually a antique sniper rifle i think i got em all from my grandfather.

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How is the market in Ontario? I noticed it is getting pretty expensive in the States to buy vintage firearms.

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I have several M1 carbines my great grandfather left me,what are they worth?One of them is in an original military crate and I was told it has never been fired,it is coated in some kind of grease.He left me all his guns including a luger pistol with the swastica on it,I was told by a gun dealer it was worth $5-10,000.

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I'm not as familiar with the M1 carbine but after a little bit of looking I found a trend around $600-1000 per rifle. I would think that you would get a great deal more for the un-fired rifle in the crate. I also noticed that the M1 carbines with a folding stock were commanding A LOT more than that ($2000-3000 range).
I know this isn't much but I hope it helps.

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Thanks,none of mine have folding stocks but I do have one with very elaborate peep sights on it that must have been some kind of competition version.

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Hmmm... elaborate peep on a m1 carbine. They may be aftermarket sights, I'm not aware of a competition version of the m1 carbine. That isn't to say it doesn't exist, just that it would be unusually.

M1 carbines had many manufactures. The price of a given carbine tends to depend on who made it, when, and the condition. There are some variants as well... I agree with Chester's assestment on rough price, although they can go higher and lower than his range.

The other problem is there are high quality civilan clones. These do not command a premium.

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coated in some kind of grease

Its probably cosmoline.

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luger pistol with the swastica on it,I was told by a gun dealer it was worth $5-10,000

I'm no luger expert, but this seems quite high (assuming you mean $5k-$10k), it would have to be a special luger in condition and/or history and a particularly exuberant buyer; imo.

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It has the swastica and a skull w/ cross bones i was told this "deaths head" was reserved for the SS and that is why it is worth what it is,the swastica is on the left frame and the skull is on bolth grips.

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Can you get pics?
pls show if you can
They sound like very nice collectors guns

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