I want one of these really bad. Are they still commonly available?
All of the stores in my area are full of fudd guns and no one has a decent selection of surplus stuff.
Should I try an online auction site? Help me find a k-31, /k/.
So, OP when you get one take a look if you can find one with walnut stock. Also, the K11s are quite good and if you can find a K31, the K11 will be just as good.
Diopter sights are also a must have if you are really into the K31.
I'm not sure, they said they get like two in a year. They still have the other one there if you live in eastern MI.
This, check Gander Mountains
Bought one as soon as I got hired for $240 because lol sale
Haven't seen any more come into our location though, I saw a good number of fudds walking out with them for some reason
Dollar Bill Ammo for the next few decades. Swiss aren't making any right now. So it will be a long time before they have to turn the machines back on to make more. Which by then they could be using a 7.62nato or LSAT machine gun.
So I made it to Gander and they have one, to the tune of $650 fucking dollars.
Dare I even inquire if this is some special snowflake model? I don't know enough about them to not get fucked if it isn't.
Unless it has a P serial number, if it looks brand new it was probably refinished.
This is a K31 with a P serial, made in the 70s, I paid 680 CHF for it: >>28897137
Refinished K31s can look good, but you should check the bolt and receiver for any problems since I've seen ones that were refinished and had no less than 8 barrels through it.
Op again, could you please assist, since you seem to know about them.
This thing looks insanely good. The bore/crown are perfect. Does the fact that the serial number is so low tell you anything?
Boasting in a Swiss thread. Pe57 soon, fellow schweizaboos!
Btw any actual Swiss who have served, how many mags are issued with the stgw57 and stgw90?
Oh check swissrifles.com for sn lookup and dating. 650 is a bit high for a k31 but you missed the boat on 350 k31s, so imo if its nice I'd go for it, you'll forget the extra hundred you paid in a year but you'll have the rifle for decades
They're still listed on Gander's site, I'd ask if them can knock it down to $400 since that's what they're listed for.
They'll do that at the one near me, the only way I could see them not doing it is if it was sold to them from a private person and they overpaid for it.
After looking around a while, they had 3 other rifles in much worse shape for $400.
The guy behind the counter said they bought this one from a guy's collection that came into the store.
Serial number dates it 1940. This thing looks so much better than the other 3 they have, I'm beginning to wonder if it was refinished.
It would still leave my personal void for a K-31 though...
I'm honestly willing to pay that kind of money for this K-31, if it's actually worth that kind of money. I don't know enough about them, so maybe someone here does.
Have you seen them sell for ~$300 recently and be in very good shape?
>tfw bought my K31 with troop tag and 180 rounds of GP11 for 280 from a guy down the road
Granted, the wood and metal finish has seen better days, but the bore and crown are perfect.
The scratches, gouges, and faded bluing have started to grow on me. Thank you, Fritz Luhti....
I bought one of the "B" grade k11 carbines from Aim about 4 months ago.
It has great looking yet beat up wood, faded blueing but i has a a perfect bore. It even had a troop tag all for $220, plus i got a bayonet with the money i saved by ordering the b grade over the regular.
I appreciate those who've contributed to the conversation.
I'm still wondering, if there's anyone out there who knows a fair amount about these rifles, what kind of condition one would need to be in to warrant a $650 price tag?
I really don't want to pass this rifle up and find out I should have grabbed it for some reason or another...
>Black Market Arms
I looked at your post. I appreciate the input.
They must have their prices fucked on all the K-31s they have. They had three that were really rough and they still wanted $400 for them. I mean, the barrels, stocks and bluing don't even come close to the one they had for $650.
I guess I was hoping someone would justify it and tell me they aren't ripping me off... I guess I'll just have to keep searching for a quality rifle like the one they have, but at a more reasonable price.
It's probably refinished. Many people in Switzerland refinish their old rifles, some do it for personal reasons since it's the rifle that they were issued and they want it to look good.
I would have it inspected first, if everything looks good then you should get one.
How would you know there had been that many barrels through it?
Also, I looked up some of the inspection marks(pic related) and this one has a Bern inspection mark.
I'm not sure if that somehow makes it less rare.
Any one tried to haggle with those fucks at Gander Mountain? Will they play ball? Refinished or not, if I could talk them down to a reasonable price I'd buy it...