Found a low SN VL63 at a pawn shop, should I buy it?

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  1. shaocaholica

    shaocaholica Member

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    New member here. I guess I'm still warming up to a Finnwolf but everything is happening a bit fast. I'm sure the price is great for a lot of folk here but since I'm just learning about these things I'm a bit more reserved. Anyway here's the low down:
    1. Pawn shop find :)
    2. VL63 in 243
    3. SN 89 (really low, is this good or bad?)
    4. Bluing excellent but a few med-light scratches (4-5, one very visible on the top of the barrel)
    5. Stock is good with a few tiny nicks only visible up close and a small 2x1" patch that's lighter colored from what I guess is the finish rubbing off.
    6. Front sight blade replaced with a dovetail
    7. Weaver rail installed (4 screws visible, 2 front and 2 rear)
    8. No rings, no scope
    9. Leather sling, not sure if original
    10. 1 magazine included, don't know capacity. No additional mags.
    11. Has sat on their shelf for approx 3 years
    Didn't take any photos so as to not be rude. Sticker was $800 not including taxes and fees. I offered $640 cash out the door but they wouldn't take. Their current offer is $800 out the door including taxes and fees(CA) so the actual gun cost is around $710 which is their current offer (down from $800).


    My only concern is the low SN. I have no idea if that's good or bad. I could maybe talk them down to $760 out the door but that's $760 I wasn't expecting to spend this year.
     

  2. deergoose

    deergoose Sako-addicted

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    buy it, buy it, buy it !!! oh, one other thing.....buy it !

    If you don't, you'll be sorry that you didn't soon enough.

    good luck,
    DeerGoose
     
  3. ricksengines

    ricksengines Well-Known Member

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    What a find. I agree with Goose, buy it. That is why God invented credit cards.

    rick
     
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    So there's nothing to worry about with the low SN?
     
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    ricksengines Well-Known Member

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    Are you kidding? You asked us our opinion. We gave it. Pay the guy the asking price and don't forget to kiss him on the way out the door. If you don't want to buy it kindly share the name of the pawnshop so one of us can snap it up.

    rick
     
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    Haha ok ok. I'm going to back with a few more bills. Hoping to get $750 out the door.
     
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    ricksengines Well-Known Member

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    Good luck. I hope that it is still there.

    rick
     
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    It's been there 3 years. Not going anywhere. Will keep you all posted.
     
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    Curious, Where In California?

    Congratulations on an excellent find!
     
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    Burbank CA. It's not actually a pawn shop but a really small gun shop. I didn't want to get sniped on it so I made up the pawn shop part ;)

    Anyway I bought it. The owner wouldn't budge on his initial offer because it was a consignment gun. Original owner is the consigner so he must be pretty old. Something about selling off most of his collection to focus on his law firm according to the gun store. Ended up being $710 before fees, $810 out the door.

    I would post photos but there's a waiting period of 10 days in CA so I won't have it until around ~11 days from today. I'll post pictures then.
     
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    I understand, and you are a lucky man!!!

    So, it isn't a pawn shop and it was not there for a long time? Consignment gun? Still Congratulations!!
     
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    Everything else is accurate. Consignment gun, sat on the wall for 3 years according to the store owner.
     
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    paulsonconstruction Sako-addicted

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    The store owner may be stretching the time it had been "sitting around". Seems to me any gun shop owner could have sold it on a gun auction site in a matter of days & for more money. If I was the consignee, I wouldn't have tolerated a 3 year wait. Lots of "red flags" for me on this one. I'm anxious to see pics & get more details about it before I say "great deal". Hope it's a keeper.
     
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    Good points. The store is a smaller one. The owner is quirky and I'm not sure they really care for online sales.
     
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