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January 10, 2021
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Hi Guys 

if I was able to buy a 1892 carbine from Rockisland auctions who could you recommend to sort out exporting the rifle to the uk ? 
Or better still if anyone knows someone with an 1892 carbine 44-40 for sale ? 
I’m looking for an honest shooting rifle not a collector’s item.

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January 10, 2021
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Call RIA. I bet they can do it.

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Better yet, find somewhere else other than RIA to purchase from.  Bargains are rare there as compared to their competitors.

January 10, 2021
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Can you please give me better US auction sites than RIA ? 

or trusted sellers you know ?

I don’t have the contacts you all have over there .

January 10, 2021
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Dean, I don't like auction houses but here are some more similar to RIA.  Poulin's  poulinauctions.com  Morphy morphyauctions.com   Heritage Auctions I don't have an email for you but they do have an European office in Nederland.  Amoskeag  Amoskeagauction.com  Carol Watson's Orange Coast Auctions  cwocauctions.com 

January 10, 2021
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  Dean, RIA is ok and  Poulin out of Fairfield ME is up and coming.. They are what's left of Julia's. I have seen Simpson LTD set up at Tulsa handling exports, they are out of Galesburg Il. "simpsonltd.com" T/R

January 10, 2021
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Thank you all  ! I’ll have a look and see what’s on sale 

January 10, 2021
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   Dean, Presently I find RIA descriptions and pictures better than most. They offer real time internet bidding in house. A friend of mine just bought a couple high end guns from Poulin, and was happy with how he was treated. T/R

January 10, 2021
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I have purchased a few pieces from R.I.A., most recently a Colt Navy I got in the mail on Thursday. They have been very knowledgable and professional in any dealings I've had with them and have had NO ISSUES exporting firearms from the U.S.to Canada, as far as prices go compared to other auction houses I couldn't offer an opinion.

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January 10, 2021
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coldweld@live.com said
Thank you all  ! I’ll have a look and see what’s on sale   

(Colloquial semantics) I think you mean what's FOR sale. There are no sales to be found at RIA in my experience.

That said, I've purchased a few things from RIA and never had an issue. I'm usually not buying in the class that many of you are, so I've been less at risk of big losses.

The best purchase experience I've had with auction houses is Little John's where I got a reasonable price on an honest M1895 in .30-06. Plus for me they are relatively local and even though I purchased via the internet I was able to pick up in person and met a great group of guys at the store (hard to tell who worked there and who was just hanging around). In fact I spent at least an hour or so there after I finished my transaction shooting the proverbial sh*t and browsing the racks. Kinda felt like what it must feel like to hang around you WACA guys (I'll make it to Cody one of these days).

 

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January 11, 2021
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The best purchase experience I've had with auction houses is Little John's where I got a reasonable price on an honest M1895 in .30-06. Plus for me they are relatively local and even though I purchased via the internet I was able to pick up in person and met a great group of guys at the store (hard to tell who worked there and who was just hanging around). In fact I spent at least an hour or so there after I finished my transaction shooting the proverbial sh*t and browsing the racks. Kinda felt like what it must feel like to hang around you WACA guys (I'll make it to Cody one of these days).

 

Steve  

I have been hanging out at Little Johns almost every Saturday for over 30 years.  Only shop I know where this happens. Sure some get a few people but not like John's.  I'm not the only WACA guy that does this.

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I have been hanging out at Little Johns almost every Saturday for over 30 years.  Only shop I know where this happens. Sure some get a few people but not like John's.  I'm not the only WACA guy that does this.  

Ha. I don't get down there often (I live just north of LAX) but if you see a middle-aged dude in a titanium wheelchair picking up a Winchester, say hello!

 

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January 11, 2021
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I was a member of the "Saturday morning" crowd at Little John's shop from 2002 - 2004 (I had to do a 2-year work stint at the HQ office in Anaheim). That is when Chuck & I first met in person. I was quite the experience hanging out at the shop for several hours each Saturday morning... with some real "characters"!!

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Bert H. said
I was a member of the "Saturday morning" crowd at Little John's shop from 2002 - 2004 (I had to do a 2-year work stint at the HQ office in Anaheim). That is when Chuck & I first met in person. I was quite the experience hanging out at the shop for several hours each Saturday morning... with some real "characters"!!
Bert  

Yea, I had a really good time there. It's about an hour and change from me, but maybe after this madness is over I'll make a point to stop in occasionally.

 

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January 11, 2021
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RIA & Morphy will sell regardless of the questionable or blatant undisclosed issues, be it DOM or configurations that don’t match a letter, even after they’re been told. Corporate America at its best. Buyer beware.
I’ve not heard anything negative yet about Poulin.

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January 13, 2021
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RIA & Morphy will sell regardless of the questionable or blatant undisclosed issues, be it DOM or configurations that don’t match a letter, even after they’re been told. Corporate America at its best. Buyer beware.
I’ve not heard anything negative yet about Poulin.  

My dealings with Morphy as a seller have been good. They seemed very knowledgeable and were open to input awhile back when they had a suspect item. RIA has some very interesting offerings but the reps they send to shows seem to know little about the items they bring. I love looking over their eye candy and they truly attract some great pieces (and buy ad space in some of my favorite publications!) but I don’t feel they have the resources to verify that every offering is genuine and unaltered, that’s our job as informed collectors and buyers. As always, caveat emptor. Most of us focus on Winchesters. The auction house experts are expected to be familiar with almost every type of firearm. If you think about it that’s a pretty lofty goal.

 

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 RIA is a 3 hour drive for me and that makes it easy to look at what I'm buying before the auction. The Thursday before the auction is viewing day and you can make arrangements to view a couple guns of interest at an upcoming gun show or at Rock Island almost anytime. I agree with Mike, their reps know nothing, but if the gun is a major idem, you can get to Richard Ellis. I consider Richard a true expert.

 RIA premium auctions are better described and pictured, attracting nice stuff. Because of the time/volume thing they don't waste any time. If your looking for rare or nice or both and willing to do your home work, bargains can be found.

 If you have seen the gun, decided what your willing to pay, and stick to it how can you go wrong! Well if you don't know what your looking at everything can go wrong! Get help! Post what you like on the Forum and ask for help. If your worried someone else will see it and bid against you, PM one of the members. Remember everyone in the gun world is looking at the same catalog, it's not a secret it's for sale. T/R

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