ERMCO BAR clone on GB
Posted 17 May 2020 - 11:27 AM
I really don’t have a need for another BAR, but the 50 or so BARs made by “Pony” Maples were very well made, as I had number B47 (I think that was the number). Maples made M2 .50 BMGs for the US (and also for Israel I believe) and they also were 1st class productions. In my opinion his guns were the equal to the WWI guns of Colt, Winchester, or Marlin-Rockwell, and the current bid amount seems very low. Perhaps many don’t recognize the name and are fearful of getting some “off brand” poor quality gun. They need not fear that at all.
Posted 17 May 2020 - 11:57 AM
I agree with MG34. good quality BAR. It would be the perfect BAR for you. You'd be the third Tusco shooter with a ERMCO.
If you can get it a good price, go for it.
Posted 17 May 2020 - 12:34 PM
I'd have to almost steal it but I'll try
Just tried, took it up to 18K. As expected that didn't meet the reserve but at least I drove out some of the lookie-loos.
I'll have to see how much higher it goes
Edited by StrangeRanger, 17 May 2020 - 12:38 PM.
Posted 17 May 2020 - 01:30 PM
I bought one new about 1984. I think I paid around $1,800 for it. I have shot a bunch of M.G.s and other guns. The BAR is one of , if not my all time favorite guns. I have compared my ERMCO to several WWII dealer sample BARs. I have never been able to see any difference.
Posted 17 May 2020 - 01:41 PM
I know it's a first rate piece and I expect it to go for something north of $25K. That may be a little too rich for my blood (or at least for my wallet) at present so someone else gets to do the heavy lifting. I'll monitor (pun intended) the auction and jump back in if I can.
I just hope that someone from this board snags it.
Posted 17 May 2020 - 02:05 PM
If you keep a sharp lookout you might find a military gun starting at 30K.
My opinion is if you can't get it for less than 25K I'd drop out.
You made a reasonable offer at 18K.
Posted 17 May 2020 - 02:23 PM
18K isn't the only arrow in my quiver just the only one I was willing to spend at this point. Someone else gets to test the limit of the reserve price, then the real auction begins. I fully expect the final price to be more than I'm willing to spend but shame on me if I don't at least find out
Posted 17 May 2020 - 04:10 PM
I don't think I've ever seen an "aftermarket" A2 ever break 25k? Rare for any A2 to break 30K, even a C+R gun. Seems to be a glut of BAR's coming up at auction.......They can't all bring big money? They can however, all have high reserves!
Oddly RIA seems to be dumping catalogs to those long off their mailing list? Is it a sign? Or?
Posted 24 May 2020 - 09:35 PM
Well at 10:30 PM on the 24th it's at 27K and reserve not met. I'm not jumping back in. I think the seller may be hard pressed to move it at the kind of money he's looking for.
Posted 25 May 2020 - 12:00 AM
Posted 25 May 2020 - 06:39 AM
I hear that. My personal limit was going to be strained at $24K and I knew that was unlikely to be enough but a reserve price north of $27K seems a bit unrealistic. As a baseline a Marlin-Rockwell with a plugged barrel just went at auction for just under $30 including buyer's premium and tax so figure around $31K to get it running. A clone, no matter how good, should not bring the same sort of money.
Posted 26 May 2020 - 08:40 PM
The reserve was probably $30K, maybe more. The market's just too soft to sustain that much for a copy, no matter how good
Posted 26 May 2020 - 10:25 PM
His wife probably ordered him to sell the so he put it for with a ridicules reserve.
I notice it wasn't relisted. He was probably playing games.
About 6 months ago a seller from Ohio had such a gun listed for $80,000 for a long lime. Same story.
Posted 27 May 2020 - 07:46 PM
Gun is back up on GB with minimum bid of $34,999 and Buy Now for $39,999. I guess the guy got in another fight with his wife when the gun didn't sell the first time. Either that or he's delusional. Nice gun, but not $39,999 nice. Not in today's market.
Posted 27 May 2020 - 08:47 PM
Couldn't get more than 28K out of it so he raises the price to 35K.
Maybe he should consider selling the wife and keeping the BAR
Edited by StrangeRanger, 27 May 2020 - 09:22 PM.
Posted 28 May 2020 - 03:42 AM