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Treasures, rotton worn junk, or a gold mine? Or as spoken...
this really is a tremendous opportunity
Most of these firearms seem to be in very poor condition. At least the few shown on the different forums. The best examples do not go to the general public for sale, they are absorbed into private collections that have connections. When they first appeared I was excited, but then the condition of most became known and the prices were crazy for the condition of what you get. More than a few made exchanges/returns and found that Royal Tiger Industries want 20% to restock if you try and return the beat up rifle they sent you. But they are better if you actually call and give and get an idea of condition expectations. Classic is also difficult. Of late, Customer Service in the gun industry seems so-so. An order is crap shoot at best. I have not seen these rifles as yet at WI gun shows. Maybe due to their high prices, no one can actually resell one without taking a loss or making a profit. I have no idea of dealer costs, just that these firearms are not yet common at our shows. Maybe I am too old, but most examples seem like $100-200 wall hangers sold at much higher prices.
A nuts example, a junk, good condition at best Mauser for Has anyone seen tables full at their local gun shows?? Has any member actually purchased an Ethiopian rifle they can report about and show some detailed pictures??
Forgotten Weapons has
general https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GpKGePUr_Qbeen able to bring you a bunch of videos of guns with Ethiopian connections over the last few months thanks to InterOrdnance, aka Royal Tiger Imports. They have purchased essentially the entire stock of obsolete arms in Ethiopian stockpiles and brought them to the collector market here in the US. Because Ethiopia had military support from such a wide variety of nations over the past 140+ years, and because they kept even very old rifles in stockpiles, this is a real treasure chest of collectible rifles. It is on par with things like Sam Cummings buying up the Spanish stocks in the 1950s and IMA buying out the Nepalese stocks 10 or 20 years ago.
The guns coming out of Ethiopia are often very worn, but many of them have a truly unique history and they cover nearly a century of development from single shot systems like the Burden and Gras to bolt action repeaters like the Carcano, Enfield, and Mauser to Cold War self loading rifles like the MAS 49/56, Hakim, and vz.52. For the collector, this really is a tremendous opportunity, which we are unlikely to see again for a long time.
references video https://www.forgottenweapons.com/tag/ethiopia/
Magazine https://www.americanrifleman.org/articl ... r-imports/
Who knows what this pile of Enfield JC's will sell for.... A junk JC for a thousand????