First, let me say I am still astonished that the last Israeli Mauser I posted about
ended up selling for $1,225.00, double my estimate. Long story short, don’t put much stock in my estimates!
Today Gunbroker.com has 2 more listings. The first only has an hour left of bidding
, asking price of $399 for a Belgian with the IDF crest that to me looks a little beat up. Personally I would not pay more than $300-$325.
9/23/12 Looks like it eventually sold for $329.
The second has an asking price of $499
. It is advertised as a Sauer & Sohn German receiver, and what I LOVE about is the photo revealing both a Star of David and a scratched out Nazi eagle still slightly visible. A big middle finger to Hitler! Sorry, notwithstanding the amazing price the other Belgian went for, I think the German captures with markings like this are more valuable, all else equal, and I think this one ought to go for $800 give or take.
9/13/12 Sold for $451 after being re-listed. Again I’m quite surprised but mazal tov to the buyer!
It seems to me that this seller left his auctions open for only a very short time, and re-listed several times. I don’t understand that strategy, as opposed to say leaving the listing open for a week or 10 days.
Again I have no connection to the auction and as always, buyer beware!
Currently on Gunbroker.com another Israeli Mauser is up for sale (click for link)
. This one seems to be a fine specimen of the Belgian-made Mauser with the IDF crest. Again, my understanding is that these were made on contract for the IDF, post WWII. They are definitely cool with the IDF crest, I own a stripped receiver like this that someday I will build out. But they just don’t have the same history and symbolism as a German captured rifle, in my opinion.
Bidding is at $385 with 6 days left at the time of this writing. My guess is this one will go somewhere between $450 and $550.
I have no relation to the auction, and as always, buyer beware!
8/25/2012 The current bid is now $782 on that rifle with a few days left of bidding. A lot more than my estimate, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Belgian go for that much… Definitely one of the nicer-looking specimens.
8/31/12 Ummm…it sold for $1,225.00!? Shows how much I know! Perhaps I underestimate the value of matching serial #s on the bolt and receiver?
Jewish Olympic Shooter Sandra Fong
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Over the weekend I shot a 1200 point smallbore match. I brought out the Anschutz 1807 with aperture sights, which is very welcome change from using a post sight or the weird concoction I have on the Israeli Mauser. I didn’t have a chance for any practice before the match.
The first stage consisted of 20 shots at 50 yards, followed by 20 shots at 100 yards. I got off to a fairly good start, shooting 98.5%, which would be an Expert score. But as the match moved to a 40 shot 100 yard match, and then 40 at 50m, things went downhill, and I finished at 97.5%.
I think I lost about 6 points for failing to pick up wind changes at 100. I could see my shots moving right, but lacked the confidence to know that it was the wind as opposed to my shooting technique, so I did not adjust when I should have.
Other than that, position wise, I think I lost some points by not having the rifle firm enough in my shoulder and not having a consistent head position. Fellow shooters gave me some tips on that so I can work it out before the next match. I also do not grip the rifle consistently, particularly as to where I put my thumb, but I don’t think it made much difference.
Dear loyal readers! I’ve been quite busy this summer so I apologize that posting has slowed somewhat. I do have a few items on the agenda:
- Can someone please send me a brief summary of the exploits of Jewish athletes at the Olympics? Obviously I know about Aly Raisman, but that’s it! I do not think we have any Jewish shooters on any teams this year (except Israel of course), but let me know!
- What about Camp Perry? Every year we seem to discover new Jewish shooters there, please let me know!
- I do have some interesting stories in the queue, I just need time to write them up.
- I’m getting back into small bore prone. I want to finish this year as Expert or Master. I realize that if I ever want to make High Master in High Power, I really need to improve my prone game and small bore practice might be the ticket.
- I’m moving from Service Rifle to Match Rifle, my Eliseo-stocked Remington 700 finally arrived from the gunsmith! More on that later…
- Now that we’ve reached over 100 likes on Facebook, I’m toying with the idea of making Jewish Marksmanship a more formal association, maybe print up some stickers for our butt stocks and gun cases?
- I’m toying with the idea of a book about Jews in the shooting sports and the firearms culture generally…
- We need to figure out a way to get the top Jewish shooters more exposure to the Jewish community…inspiring youth air rifle teams at every JCC!!