What am I missing here?

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by mtang45, Nov 14, 2018.

  1. mtang45

    mtang45 Active Member Supporting Addict

    Feb 7, 2017
    I ran across this on gunbroker and when I saw the starting bid my reaction was WTF!! Now I know that Larry Vickers is top of the line gunsmith but...Really??

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  2. pistolwretch

    pistolwretch Dremel jockey Supporting Addict

    Aug 26, 2011

  3. mtang45

    mtang45 Active Member Supporting Addict

    Feb 7, 2017
    Well for that kind of money, it better be a whole lot better than my wife! And I mean that with all due respect dear :)
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  4. El Perdido

    El Perdido Fictional Western Sage

    Oct 3, 2011
    Ye olde saying:

    If you gotta ask...
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  5. Raylan Givens

    Raylan Givens Never Forget

    Aug 18, 2015
    Actually pretty affordable....
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  6. fieldgrade

    fieldgrade resident crank

    Mar 13, 2017

    If I thought I could get more, I'd ask more.
  7. mtang45

    mtang45 Active Member Supporting Addict

    Feb 7, 2017
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  8. FWoo45

    FWoo45 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2017
    Hehe you must be new here. You've just got to prioritize man. Think top ramen.
  9. mikegalway

    mikegalway CEO of DILLIGAF industries Supporting Addict

    Feb 23, 2014
    I noticed zero bids
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  10. AJP

    AJP Well-Known Member

    Jun 15, 2017
    Larry's customs don't come up for sale often, and when they do they aren't cheap. Considering who he is, what he has done, and how well his name is known, whether you like him or not, a custom by him is probably one of the safer firearm investments there is.
  11. xerts1191

    xerts1191 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2017
  12. simonp

    simonp Well-Known Member

    May 27, 2016
    Take a look around at prices on Rogers, Chen, Burton guns - that price straight from them or more & usually substantially more on the secondary market! When guns are virtually unobtainable people pay to get them.

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  13. Howe45acp

    Howe45acp Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2017
    I personally wouldn’t buy it but the price is very reasonable!
    @simonp said it all, look at the other Smith’s that are more desirable.
    I personally can’t afford to even email those guys, let alone source my own custom build from them.
    Now, if I already had a Rogers, Evo, Derr, etc. (not necessarily in this order) & I had $7.5k to buy a used gun with, I’d buy it just for collectiblity & nostalgia.
    But I can’t & don’t have the scratch for it.
    Just my opinion.
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  14. Mini Me

    Mini Me Well-Known Member

    Feb 13, 2018
    Meh...rather have two or three Wilson combats or nighthawks.
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  15. mtang45

    mtang45 Active Member Supporting Addict

    Feb 7, 2017
    I get it. This is mostly about the value of a piece based upon who did it and not about looks, shoot-ability, performance or any of the other values normally considered contributing factors in the value of a firearm.
  16. limbkiller

    limbkiller Pulling my hair. Supporting Addict

    Aug 18, 2011
    No you don't get it at all. You really have no clue do ya. A gun built by the masters is as close to perfect as it can be. They will out shoot just about any gun out their. Looks is always in the eyes of who had it built since that is what that person considered perfect, and usually they are master pieces, works of art. Every thing on the gun has been tuned for maximum performance. The difference is kinda like owning a Yugo or a Porsche. A Timex or a Rolex.

    The masters have a reputation for their work that people in the know admire You don't know.
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  17. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    I was impressed with the hand written build sheet. That's way better than a standard signature.
  18. Stogies

    Stogies One more please!

    Aug 22, 2015
    Wow! That certainly was a bit harsh
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2018
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  19. mtang45

    mtang45 Active Member Supporting Addict

    Feb 7, 2017
    Yes I do get it. However to my point its more the status than the function. Does a Rolex tell time any better than a Timex? There is nothing about this gun other than its supposed status based upon its builder that says it will outperform a Guncrafter or a Wilson or a Nighthawk or any other premium custom or semi-custom. Its a collectible not a shooter.
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  20. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    I've seen worse, hell I've posted worse.

    Give LK a break, he has a point.

    Like I tell my daughters, sometimes it's important to ignore the emotion when listening to a message. There are usually gold nuggets of wisdom to be found in all reproach. The task is to gather the gold from the rasp teeth of the delivery.

    One never knows what inner demons one is battling when confronted with emotions. The source is usually NEVER apparent.
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