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Need Help With Pre-War 94 Value
April 15, 2021
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I’ve been on a hunt for a 94 made between the start of the serrated butt plate and the discontinuation of the tang sight hole. So I think somewhere around 1937 (?) and 1943. It seems to me that carbines of this short era tend to draw higher prices than ones made even immediately after the war. But how much higher? 

I’ve recently come across one from 1940 that is in good condition (seem like it saw maybe a couple days in the field each deer season and was properly stored the rest of the year). Everything is original and un-altered. All that’s missing is the sight hood. The seller is asking $1400 which to me seems very high. This seller has several other 94s from the 50s and they are all priced $200-$300 high of what I know they typically sell for. By the way, we are talking Canadian dollars here. No idea what current USD exchange is. The seller seems very unmotivated and will wait patiently until he gets an offer he likes. So..

 

What is a reasonable offer for such a carbine?

April 15, 2021
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Graeme,

You are looking for a June 1937 – June 1942 production Carbine (S/N range 1129100 – 1337700).  Thus far, I have surveyed approximately 3,200 of them in that S/N range, so that are definitely not scarce.

In regards to the price, $1,400 CAD is actually a very reasonable price for one that is in the condition you describe. $1,400 CAD = $1,120 USD.

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April 15, 2021
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Thank you, Bert. 

 

*Yes 1942, my mistake. 

So, if it isn’t scarcity, what is it that brings a higher price? Just about two years ago I was able to purchase a 1952 produced carbine (similar condition to the aforementioned 1940, if not, better)for $575 CAD and sold it a year later for $750. Granted, it sold fast and if I had have been patient I might have been able to get $800-$850. But it’s certainly nowhere near $1400. Why the ~80% higher price tag? The same goes for SRCs (in Canada, at least). One in good condition might get $1000-$1200.

Is it the combination of features that makes 1937-1942 more desirable? I know that’s what I’m attracted to. 

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Graeme Nicol said
Thank you, Bert. 

 

*Yes 1942, my mistake. 

So, if it isn’t scarcity, what is it that brings a higher price? Just about two years ago I was able to purchase a 1952 produced carbine (similar condition to the aforementioned 1940, if not, better)for $575 CAD and sold it a year later for $750. Granted, it sold fast and if I had have been patient I might have been able to get $800-$850. But it’s certainly nowhere near $1400. Why the ~80% higher price tag? The same goes for SRCs (in Canada, at least). One in good condition might get $1000-$1200.

Is it the combination of features that makes 1937-1942 more desirable? I know that’s what I’m attracted to.   

It is more because it is a Pre-WW II production gun.  The quality began to go down-hill in the post-war years.

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The fact that finding a nice carbine in excellent condition after 80 plus years of use is a reasonably daunting task. Although there were lots of them sold, the majority of them got well used , in Canada anyways, then got propped behind the wood shed door next to the .22 Cooey or 12 ga. shotgun. Like Bert said and I agree when one shows up in exc. cond. with nice finish I usually buy ’em and $1400.00 in My opinion isn’t out of the way. I have one here I purchased from Tommy Rhoeles about 20 years ago, I gave Him $1200.00 for it back then and was glad to get it. Go on Rock Island’s site and see what the estimates are on some of the high condition,94’s then add the juice, taxes etc. $1000.00 will cost You $1800.00 CDN by time it’s delivered to Your door . Just sayin’Smile

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