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Everything posted by Maksim

  1. Let's meet up, there is a group of about 13 people from the forum or forum related. I honestly did not remember that at the moment of writing the post... but am shocked that @10X instally knows you were going to AVN.
  2. Gearing up and getting ready for Shot Show next week. We already know most of the big announcements however I am sure there will be more new stuff from other companies. I have already asked this on my personal Facebook profile, in our NJGF page/group, and on my YouTube channel. What do you want to see or get covered? My schedule is already booked solid Monday through Thursday, with a few spaces avail still on Friday. There is a good group of us going from the forum, including members, and FFLs. NJGF Crew - @Krdshrk @Lakota @weekend_junkie.are going for sure. Three others I have not confirmed. Also part of our crew are three great friends and FFLs, 2 of which are vendors. @tj462nj @FreedomSportsLLC and @swatfirearms. A few of their friends and/or employees are attending, so close to 15 of us. =P The goal is to have at least a few videos per day from the show and will have an editor on site. If anyone still wants to make it... let me know... POSSIBLE we may be able to make it work. Videos will be on the youtube channel, www.youtube.com/slavguns
  3. haha, no sir. other things popped up as I am sure you know.
  4. Elite Ammo is sending me out some of their defensive 5.7x28 rounds... look interesting to say the least...
  5. Both solid guns. Budget? There are plenty of semi-custom guns out there. Then you have to ask yourself how true to the 1911 you want to stay. I really like Dan Wesson 1911s, but somehow always thought they were asking a tad too much. I really appreciate how clean they look though. Les Baer builds a nice 1911 no doubt. @Bully is spot on with his comments on it and so are my impressions when I played with them. If you are going that custom route, Ed Brown, Nighthawk, etc. Slightly below, I am a huge fan of the Smith & Wesson Pro and Performance Series guns. Springfield has a few too. The newest one that I played with and LOVE is the Ruger custom shop Doug Koenig edition. Shot it out to 100 yards, really nice gun, thought some may find a tad gaudy.
  6. Will be there tonight, around 6 or 6:30, depending on traffic.
  7. What's the price on it? Website is not loading... But pretty much everyone is 7075 forged or billet... personally I think billet looks nicer, even though not as strong. A5 is necessary because of unpinned flash hider and an 11.5" barrel. This should be in the same price as most of the other "Others"... like $1,300 or so. Otherwise, the same basic cheap Magpul sights and furniture, basic flash hider. And yes... brake works... they can put a linear comp on it if you are worried about people next to you, again though, not an issue at outdoor ranges, and if you are shooting this indoors... well... that is on you as the shooter. =)
  8. what's the price on it? So looks like they are using the A5 buffer in order to make up for the 11.5" barrel... not a fan of regular flash hider, should include a brake. Otherwise, honestly looks fairly basic... wonder whose brand of barrel they are using.
  9. Site will be offline at around 11:00 PM for about 15 to 20 minutes for some security related updates. Thanks!
  10. To buy or review included? If I was to buy one... Ruger 57... for sure. What I would really like to get hands on... interestingly... the Kimber Rapide black ice in 10mm. Also... the Zev/Brown 1911.
  11. Ah ok. So this will depend on the company... and if they have any presence there. There are many American gun companies who contract out to China and then they get complaints... which should not be surprising considering they never went to China or did much QC... what they do is send the specs and contract with a factory to make the item... The smart ones will partner up with a local Chinese company to oversee production and do actual on site QC. And if they don't do on site QC... would anyone be shocked if the manufacturer changes things out as long as item looks/feels the same? Styrka chinese optics being good is not a surprise, considering Styrka's parent company is Celestron, who has the expertise in optics... With other optics companies? Many just go to the same factories and assume they will get the same quality as say a Vortex, Bushnell, etc... without actually testing them. And do the American companies care? Well, in the case of Vortex when they first launched the Chinese stuff at least... the higher return rate was more than offset by the cost savings of having it produced in China... And let's be honest... what percentage of gun owners are actually going to run their guns hard? Or even know there is a big issue?
  12. Glad we are on the same page. And this is what I meant by... real world at dealers and live auctions, there was not that much of a jump... but do see that some folks were asking more than $3k which is nuts. $2k to $2.5k is where most I saw transact at... and most were really nice shape. Also interesting... the ones you linked, not original boxes... though the Colt blue box is worth about $100, the original cardboard boxes is where it's at. Personally, between the Nickle and Blued... Royal Blue is what I want...
  13. Heh? Maybe my coffee did not kick in yet... not sure I understand?
  14. Oh, not a problem... again, I am focusing on live auctions and retail... I do not watch Gunbroker prices... So even if 85% were going for $3k on GB... I call them idiots... when you can get those guns for $2k elsewhere.
  15. hehe... I have prime to watch "Stargate" on prime video vs Netflix... But yeah, we have Amazon crap coming almost every day... will say it is more convenient now than driving 30 mins to the store... the perks of living in the boonies. Fantastic. I am sure it is a great value for the price. =) But yes, was pleasantly surprised myself. A lot of Chinesium stuff is very hit or miss, even if it looks the same. Now with the YT channel, I am getting almost daily requests from sellers and companies to review their stuff. Some is crap, a lot of average, and some stuff that is really quite impressive. I have since started a pretty good relationship with two companies in China and regular contact with their owners. Most interesting was discussing with one of them is the notion that Chinese manufacturing can give you EXACTLY what you want. Do you want Cheap? They can do that. Do you want high quality? They can also do that as well. Many american companies go to China to just have something produced to as cheap as they can get, as long as it meets their specs. What seems to be critical, is to go down there for on site QC... to inspect before taking them into inventory and paying for them. I recently had an expensive scope by a German company, but made in China, arrive dead on arrival... was interesting to find out that they do not inspect every scope, despite them costing more than $1k each. On the flip side, Styrka just sent me their new S7... it is an $800 scope that is REALLY nice... was shocked to find it was made in China. For these Binos, the owner of the company just sent me a picture of him visiting the factory doing QC on a new pair of binos they have coming out, a little nicer than the ones we have now. So... certainly interesting.
  16. see below... I think once you get past 10 guns or so... you will have guns that you buy and don't really shoot. What I mean is that you buy them, shoot them once or twice, then they go in the safe and just get looked at. I.e. buying an original Python for a regular range toy is kinda silly... buy a new one for that. For me, the look and feel of the original Pythons is where its at. A year ago you had some stupid high prices that maybe some would pay... The Blued gun is gorgeous and $2k is a steal for it... The first one, would not be $3k... unless you know someone who would pay $3k for a gun that has pitting on the front barrel... those guns at real life auctions, in that condition were $2k tops. The second one, is just blah... wow... Even $2k may be high for it... anyone who was paying $2.7k for that is just speculating and an idiot. That is the worst condition Python I have seen come up for market lately.
  17. They are out of stock, will be available in 5 days... at which point, yes. Get Amazon Prime. =) I am quite surprised Amazon took that long to ship to non-prime members.
  18. Oooh, can we do a compare with yours? new vs original?
  19. Came off of what prices? $3k plus? Those are just nuts prices that people are asking and only morons paid. =) Vast majority of Pythons I have seen in real life auctions and actually sold in stores were around $2000 to $2500. There were a few in the $3k plus, but those are pristine with original boxes... on Average that is where they have been and what I consider their value. I do not see them going below $2k, and $2,500 for a nice example. Original box adds $300. Yes, there were, and still are people asking $3k plus for Pythons, but very few were actually sold at those levels... much like a few FFLs asking $2,500 for SVT-40s, lol. From Alderfer, this was from 2 years ago... live auction.. Python sold for $2,500 Prices have been like that the past few years... The vast majority of Pythons have been in the $2,500 range for a while. The ones that go for more are either morons who get crazy OR... a more collectible example, shorter barrel lengths, royal blue finish, etc. In any case... a used beater python is not dropping below the price of a new production gun. And again, if you want a shooter... DO NOT buy an original python, it's pointless... buy a new one. The Python market, since 2000 or so, has not been a regular used gun, it has been a collector gun. Colt is not making THE original python anymore and will NOT be in the future. If anything, the introduction of the new Python will stabilize and raise prices for the original ones as people discover the gun and then go... "Wow, I wonder how the original one was." Most of all, I have yet to see a gun reintroduced that dropped the price on the originals. The Colt King Cobra did not, and originals are essentially twice the price of the new production ones, and so are the Cobras.... And somehow The new Python is going to be different? I suppose where we differ is that you think the market price on Python was $3k... I don't... I think it is the ridiculous asking price and most transactions in the real world were happening for less, with exceptions of flawless samples or those that have original boxes. Keep in mind, original colt box right now is about $200 to $400. (or was the last time I checked). I generally considered the Python value over the last 3 to 5 years to be in the $2,000 to $2,500 price range... and that is where they generally sell for at auction. What I think will happen is the original pythons are going to be brought closer to the $2k to $2.5k range with less outliers and less fear pricing... The new ones will sell quickly at $1,500 when they are released (and should be shipping now), though dealer price should be around $1,300 and you will be able to pick one up for around $1,350 in about a year, likely less. In any case, the market for Pythons and revolvers is small to begin with... besides, if Colt sells 50,000 of these, they will be lucky... the ENTIRE revolver market in 2018 for domestically produced revolvers was 598k... about half of which were 22s. Total revolvers produced chambered in 357 Magnum was 108k... most of which are Ruger and Smith. Out there right now are AT LEAST 566k guns that were documented to be manufactured through 1985... there was still 10 years more production through 96. So... 750k Pythons? Colt is selling a $1,500 revolver... at a time when very few people are actually buying revolvers and the average selling price is far lower... So realistically... they will sell 20k? (in the next 12 months)? 20k is not going to crush a market of 750k guns. @JohnnyB If you want one for $1,200, I should be able to get you one. Link to production numbers... https://www.coltforum.com/forums/python/76319-python-annual-production-numbers-1985-a.html
  20. I upgraded my camera to something that does 4k video so my trusty Pentax K3 has just been sitting there in its bag. Great camera for someone focusing on photography, particularly portrait or landscape. Has in body stabilization that Pentax is known for and has the weather sealed body. Compatible with all legacy Pentax lenses. Prices are individually below or asking $650 for the camera, extra battery and grip and the two prime lenses I typically use, Pentax 50mm f1.8 and the Sigma 30mm f1.4. Can ship or meet up. If you want to meet in PA... can take you shooting with some fun stuff. -Maks Pentax K-3, Grip w/battery, 50mm f1.8, 30mm Sigma f1.4 EX Item for Sale Pentax K-3, Grip w/battery, 50mm f1.8, 30mm Sigma f1.4 EX Asking Price 425.00 USD Item Location Pennsylvania (United States) Item Description Selling my like new, lightly used Pentax K3 and various lenses to fund another camera. Pentax K-3: Purchased in late 2015 on Amazon. Currently has a shutter count of only 5,399. Was predominantly used for family and product shots. Did not travel with it or beat it up. Comes complete with original box, all of the manuals and original battery. If it came with a usb cable will include it. $425 shipped to your door in the Continental US or plus actual shipping charges shipped worldwide. (or $460 with Grip + extra battery). Pentax K-3 Grip: DSTE branded grip with extra battery. Lets you use an additional battery or run it with AA batteries. Like new, seldom used but functions 100%. $50 shipped continental US. Pentax DA 50mm f1.8 lens: Like new in box, great little lens and is a fantastic every day lens for shooting portraits on APS-C. $80 shipped continental US. Sigma 30mm EX f1.4 lens: Ever since purchasing the lens, it was my main lens on the K-3. Bokeh monster. Comes with original padded vinyl case and lens hood. Lens does have a small ding as seen in the pics and the lens hood will not stay on super tight. Lens works very well and no issues, always used with a UV filter on top to protect the glass but the lens hood was bumped and tore off the small plastic piece that held it tight on lens. $230 shipped continental US. I have a few more legacy lenses that I will list later on. If you want things as a package can absolutely ship together to save on shipping and offer a small discount.
  21. did you just order or were you one of the non-prime members? There were 2 people that were not yet refunded as they had not shipped yet. You will get it, don't worry. =) Weird... everyone's should have come inside the packaging... They will take care of it. =) Send me the order number and will pass it on to the seller. Should have been inside. They are running low on stock so it is possible the older inventory did not include it.
  22. So just to add, final thought... My issue with the new Python is the price. As a collector, I think they are tarnishing the name, but from the business perspective, it makes PERFECT sense. The NEW Python is $1500 MSRP... so what is it competing with? Is it the stock S&W 686 and Ruger GP 100? If so, I do think the new Python looks the nicest out of all three, and will probably have a nicer stock trigger versus the stock GP 100 standard and stock 686... but it is also twice the price of a 686 and almost 3x the price of a Ruger GP100. So what if we compare against an $800 Ruger GP 100 Match Champion, a $900 Performance Center 686? or a $1300 Ruger Super GP100 from Ruger's Custom Shop? As a shooter... I doubt the production Python will stand close there... while it will still be more expensive. (for the next 6 months or so).
  23. No I agree with it completely. The new Python is a MUCH nicer gun than the original Python as a shooter. However, just as he said... the SA trigger is not as nice, and it does not look as nice. To a collector, how it shoots is irrelevant. Hence why I am saying... the new Python is by all means a nicer and better built gun (except in how it looks, fit and finish and SA trigger). But you also have to take what he says with a grain of salt considering they filmed it AT the Colt media event at Gunsite, where they are flown in, wined and dined... you are not exactly going to be critical of the product at that event. The biggest difference with the new Python vs old... much more machining, less hand fitting, different trigger to make it simpler to produce (and more consistent), stronger frame, better sight. Trigger in Double Action is FAR better... (this was always where Colt sucked. SA was the best... DA sucked badly). So for a shooter, yes, this will make colts a better gun. To a collector, this will not make one bit of a difference. Hope I explained it clearly. So the question is... As a SHOOTER... is this gun twice as good as a 686 or a GP100? No, I highly doubt it. (and why I am working on my media requests as we speak...)
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