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 Post subject: Avtual value range of cold-war era GDR shotguns?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2021 8:21 am 
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I realize that after WWII, the original JP Sauer, Merkel, Simon, and other facilities were essentially combined into one big conglomerate. Many times the same model was labeled with a different barns name, despite it being the same gun off the same line. The Merkel and JP Sauer 47 (or 147 or whatever) being the one that seems to make the most sense to me. As I understand it, there is some controversy whether it is fair to have called these guns by their manufacturer's name when they were really not being run by those families anymore. I get why pre-war guns are more valuable/desireable.

What seems less clear (to me, anyway) is whether - on average - they are solid, reliable guns. Simpsons Ltd. has several and generally list price ranges from a few hundred dollars to the low $2k range (depending on condition, level of refinement, etc.). GB, notorious for people over-inflating their initial asking prices seems to start in the mid $1k range and go up to the mid $3k's.

If someone is interested in finding a good condition, modestly refined (nice lines, some engraving but not tons) shotgun that can safely and reliably shoot off-the-shelf modern target or game loads, is one of these a valid option? What price range should that person actually expect to pay?

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 Post subject: Re: Avtual value range of cold-war era GDR shotguns?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2021 8:24 am 
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The range has a pretty wide girth, even post WWII. There was an importer & for the life of me I cannot think of the name, but they were retailing them here in the hundreds of $ and then there are some examples that fetch pre-WWII values. Most of the post WWII examples had a low value millstone hung around their necks for being built on inferior materials. In the early 1950s, the craftsman in Suhl all but revolted demanding proper base materials.

Then there's the 3 sided story of Otto Rief; the Germans, the Russians & history.....



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