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    Thoughts on US Made and Used Military Weapons for short money???

    My friend contacted me yesterday and said his brother in law is getting out of the USMC soon and wants to give him a gun as a gift. My friend is more interested in newer stuff so he asked me what I thought would be a good option that would (or could) have seen service in combat. He was thinking something made in USA and used by US Troops. I asked what the budget was and he said he was thinking around $600. I am not very optimistic as most of the obvious (1911, 1911A1, Garand, M1Carbine) all seem to start at or above $1,000. The only thing I can come up with is a S&W Victory or Colt Commando, but even then the Commando probably wouldn't be in great shape at that price. Any thoughts of some other options?

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    What do M9's go for these days?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gator89 View Post
    What do M9's go for these days?
    Probably about the same as most other small boat anchors.
    Last edited by 73shovel; 06-15-2019 at 04:51 AM.
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    The 03-A3 Rifle by Remington or Smith-Corona is probably one of the least expensive of the U.S. combat rifles.
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    CMP Garands can be gotten for a little more that that. A GOOD shooter grade S&W Victory in .38 Special is still doable, if he is willing to get a .38-200 [.38 S&W cartridge] easier found. Shootable S&W 1937 Brazilian revolvers [identical to the 1917] can be found with a bit of hunting for 600-700 still too.
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    How much is the new M17 going for now. Used in the service and new. Two birds one shot, lol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyP View Post
    The 03-A3 Rifle by Remington or Smith-Corona is probably one of the least expensive of the U.S. combat rifles.
    I acquired a nice Remington 03A3 within this budget. Is it true blue all correct, who knows we debated that here, and its a fine example.
    A bit of cautious searching can still net an M1 Garand without jeopardizing the mortgage payment.
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    Get him a weapon he would've been issued - that leaves the M9 - the others were long out of service and would mean little.

    Alternatively, get a Ka-Bar and engrave his name and rank on it - any trophy shop can do that.

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    USMC marked Victory revolvers are going to be well north of $600. I can't think of any U.S. wartime gun that's going to get into the dollar range.

    A lightly used, with some finish loss on the high points, Beretta 92FS (M9) is the way to go given the requirements. But it won't be surplus.

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    The USMC marked Victory models went to the United States Maritime Commission.


 
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