Funny they list Century Arms as the importer on that Israeli 1919A4.
Century made the sideplates, the builder stamped their name above the Century markings.
I have a 1919 I had built on one of those Century plates.
Century brought a bunch of 1919 kits from Yugoslavia and had a plan to build them, but sold the kits and plates instead.
They paid their rent for all of 2021 on that sale didn't they?!
Granted, that MG42 is an early gun with early features ... but it has a post-war bipod, 308 barrel (and presumably bolt head), and for that price I'd expect some accessories and a Lafette tripod and a bakelite stock. Nope.
I guess the new owner got themselves a gun that they can say "Ian reviewed this actual MG on Forgotten Weapons". That's got to be worth the $47,000 premium paid over any other MG42 where the 'going rate' is about $45,000. Someone paid a 'museum specimen' price for a NOT museum specimen MG42.
I just always wonder who actually pays that much? Are they rich people that send their people to find / buy for them? I meant I get it if you have million what is 10-50k difference. Not much and I get i.
I my available to hire if anyone is looking for someone to buy machine guns for them!!!
I wonder that too. I wonder if they are first time auction bidders and have no clue about buyer's premium, sales tax, and shipping.
I've won items from both Rock Island Auctions (PITA) and James D. Julia (total pros, I really miss JJ) and I knew exactly what my top bid was going to be on those auctions, including BP (no sales tax at the time) (I made my own arrangements for shipping) before I placed a bid.
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