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That's the cleanest looking magwell for a 40+ year old G3 semi I've ever seen.
Hopefully, the seller didn't shove that Cetme mag into it? Furniture isn't original, s/n on buttstock plate doesn't match the receiver and lower. Not tire kicking here...just observations.

Last one sold for 32.5K about a year ago. Not a bad realized price for a 3 day auction and no video promotions.
 

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It is in the league of the "G" FAL rifle. A legal, no-NFA-needed machinegun. Hence the value-added price for a real collectable.

They let them in before the tech division figured out it was capable of select fire with no real modifications, but once in it was too late to 'repossess' them.

And as to the Santa Fe HK41's, they did have a mag release and pushpin hole, but a set of welded on tabs precluded one from slipping on a SEF trigger housing...so no FA capability as found on the early '62 rifles.

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Why, you asked? Because people are their own worse enemies and there's likely someone out there with more money than brains that will buy it.
 

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I've seen a total of 5 different serial numbered 3/62 G3's sold in the last 8-9 years. One was a conversion on the NFA registry. Two changed hands a second time during that period. They are essentially in the same category as the FAL G-series, just 100's of times rarer. In the world of rare firearms, many lesser ones command higher prices.
Value, like beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.
 

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So wait a minute. I'm confused, is this FA? Or just capable if you slip in a sear?

And looks like they found that person with more money than brains. Sold for approx $34k.

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It is a SA, Title I firearm. Piece of history, if you are into that stuff?
 

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Deal is they are some of the first german guns to come in and came in before the 1968 FA import ban ..Yes they are semi auto but internal very close to FA guns ie having like the FAL as noted FA parts or can use them easily ..They also have the launcher rings etc etc on them ..

And they are CA legal till the end of DEC while a HK91 is not ...
 

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That's great, thanks for posting.

Now I actually understand the shelf/pin "thing" with the roller delayed blow backs.

Even when I owned them, I knew nothing about it.
 

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Looks as this one comes with a sear and trip lever; just that S-E housing with annoying 'stop' to prevent further travel...

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And then it hits me; both this gun and I turn 55 in the next few months...
 

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I remember seeing these, the 41s, G series FALs and FAMASs at the Great Western Gun show all the time when my brother and I went in the mid '80s. They were all around $1200.00 back then and a grand for a FAMAS. I never liked the parked finish compared to the smooth black finish on my then new HK91 that I paid less than $500.00 for. I could never justify the extra money at the time. When I see auctions like this now I want to puke. I could have bought three or four of those rifles and made out like a bandit. If only I had of known. Hind sight truly is 20/20. At least I bought my SIG 550 when they were still cheap.
 

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I have seen only one of the G3s in all my years of wandering gun shows. I have seen a number of the early 41s though, and bought one in the mid 70s. Ive owned 4 of them since then and still have one. I've also owned several G Series FALs and even a FAMAS semi (which I bought from off this board years ago). I dont think the price is that out of line for a collector. If there are only a handful around and its the missing piece from a collection... Have you seen what people will pay for early Porsches?
 

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Used the inflation calculator, this is what it came up with:

What cost $230.00 in 1963 would cost $1799.46 in 2015.
Also, if you were to buy exactly the same products in 2015 and 1963,
they would cost you $230.00 and $29.78 respectively

What cost $34050.00 in 2015 would cost $4352.13 in 1963.
Also, if you were to buy exactly the same products in 1963 and 2015,
they would cost you $34050.00 and $262943.11 respectively.

Just something to think about.
 
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