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has anyone seend this? Go to a search engine and type in NYE AUCTION. They have a HUGE amount of guns to auction coming up! You can dump thier list into Excel and manipulate it, but whoever typed it in was no gun expert - "straight pull gun" for straight grip and "break action gun" are two of many misnomers, so be prepared, but it is an opportunity if you are a buyer!
 

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I saw there auction last week. I thought about driving to Nevada to check it out, but got sidelined when I ended up getting 14 new rifles this last weekend. The web site looked good and seemed east to navigate around. I agree their descriptions did leave something to be desired.
 

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Wonder if anyone went? I'd sure like to know prices on some of those rifles. Good thing I did not see the Proxibid option or I would have paid a fortune for a bunch of junkers probably ;o)
 

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We will see if I paid way too much for some junk rifles.

Two Iraqi's and a dou

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Those vz24's with the iraqi markings looked awfully tempting. The DOU 42 was really sweating me but the price got to be too much. Plus I had (key word here had) a winning bid on a sporterized G33/40 and was prepared to spend some money for it. I did notice a lot of names from the boards as high bidders. Did anyone else score anything?
 

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2 finn m27's. one dated 1935, one they didn't list the date on. one 1891 carcano. still waiting to hear from them for payment. y'all have a good day, Keith
 

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KReid; saw your handle on the auction; good grabs. I saw a lot of hungry board members on line there.
Most of the stuff went out of my price range. I did grab a Mosin Nagant '91 and I got screwed by my slow connection on a Peruvian Mauser: I clicked the icon for the Peruvian, but the thread had jumped, so I bid on a VZ24 Romanian contract, which I won. I, too, am waiting for the butcher's bill. It will not be pretty, due to thier ridiculous double dip fees and absurd shipping charges.
I hope everyone else did well, though.
Cheers,
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there were a lot of names i recognized. i placed bids on 11 items, then went to a gunshow. didn't know if i'd get anything, but the show was worth it as i found a finn m28/30 there. the 2 m27's on top of that just made the day sweeter! y'all have a good day, Keith
 

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I put in a bunch of "pre bids" via www.proxibid.com's website. First time I have ever used them. According to the "watchlist" page, I was the high bidder on two items. However the "invoices" page show no invoices and although I received e-mail notices that I had been outbid on other items, I didn't get any e-mails saying I won anything. Has anybody else used this service and if so, do you know how arranging payment works? Thanks.
 

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we have a gun auction similiar to that here in town every once in a while and we know the owners personally. We've told them time and time again to hire someone with gun knowledge to write the descriptions but they don't care. And yes they hired a FFL dealer who charged outrageous shipping prices, no combined shipping either. I saw a M44 Russian nagant go for $300 to somone out in the crowd because it was listed as being Japanese. Everyone was yelling what it was but I guess they thought everyone yelling was lying. Sucks to be them!
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I called them to ask what was next. Rachel gave me my paddle number and said to fax a copy of my C&R with the paddle number written on it. I called after I faxed my C&R and Rachel said all was good and that guns should start shipping on Monday. Costs were my bids, plus the 15% premium. $35 shipping for the first gun and $20 each there after. Should be here bout next Friday.

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Got a voice mail reply from Proxibid this morning. They say that NYE has not yet finished processing all the items and that I should get an invoice shortly.
 

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I won a german mauser that had some markings ground off. I need the front of the stock for another 98 I have. Got it for 140 plus the fees. That's better than Ebays stocks at near 200.
I also "won" a st. denis marked daudetau. Don't know anything about them except for brief mention on the google searches.
I hope they look ok.
 

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Well according to proxibid, I won a bayonet and a Remington rolling block. They said NYE was late with the invoices, but when I called NYE, they said that I had not actually won either item and that proxibid's info was not correct. Oh well.
 

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That guy Jerry Darnel whose estate was being auctioned must have owned 1000's of rifles. They have been auctioning off his collection in groups of 500 for the past few months. No real real sense of direction at all with the collection as it looks like he never met a rifle he didn't like. He had some real gems and some real junkers too. In the past year I've bought maybe 15 rifles from this collection. Lately it seems the internet collector crowd has got wind of it as the first few auctions rifles sold for much less.
 

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3800 guns and almost 300 sledgehammers.....

By ABIGAIL GOLDMAN
Las Vegas Sun
Friday, September 21, 2007


It's Christmas Day, Jerry Darnell is about to die and he's at Wal -Mart buying rifles. Four of them.Darnell's cousin finds these firearms in early January, when he travels to Pahrump, Nev., to make the after-death arrangements. Darnell had died of natural causes at 66.


His cousin finds the new rifles unwrapped, price tags affixed, packed in with the rest of the collection. A gun hoarder's last grasp, the end of the Darnell Weaponry Estate.


It's an arsenal, really, of about 3,800 firearms, more than 1,000 bayonets and about 250,000 rounds ammunition. The collection spans Civil War to Wal - Mart: Winchester, Smith & Wesson, Remington, Ruger, Mauser, Mosin Nagant . Weapons worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.


Some say it is one of the largest private gun collections in Nevada, assembled by a solitary man who lived a quiet life in Pahrump.
Jerry Darnell was born in Hollywood, Calif., in 1940, the only child of an ear, nose and throat doctor to the stars. His father turned his son on to guns, then left him with enough money to spend the rest of his life chasing them.
His cousin, Bill Dearman, remembers Darnell got his first gun at 10. By Darnell's early teens, his father had given him at least 100 more.


"Jerry prided his guns to the point that he was very reluctant to even let you hold one," Dearman said. "And when you held it, it was important you didn't touch the metal, and that he wiped the metal down afterwards."
Darnell started collecting high-quality guns, old and unusual or rare: rifles used during the Civil War, Japanese Arisakas taken during the American occupation after World War II, guns that date to the presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes or to the Mexican Revolution, guns with Nazi engravings, guns that collectors get hives for.


Darnell worked for less than five years of his adulthood, teaching English at private schools and then at Pepperdine University in California. He got multiple degrees. He was married, then divorced. He was an avid reader. He called his aunt every week.


He wasn't a loner so much as he was selective with his friends, Dearman said. Mainly, Darnell collected. And maybe what he had took the place of who he didn't.


(He also left the world with a sledgehammer collection pushing 300.)
But keeping weapons enough for a small militia falls short of chic in Hollywood, so about 10 years ago, Darnell decided to find a new home for his growing collection. He chose Pahrump, and everything changed.
In the Nye County town, where locals have been known to call firearms "liberty teeth" and almost anybody 21 or older is free to holster a gun in plain sight, Darnell's hobby became a lifestyle.


He built a large storehouse to hold his collection. He built lean-to s that held rifles butt-up in rows like stiff-neck soldiers. Then he went about filling the rows, buying from chain stores or private dealers or who knows where, seemingly without consideration for much more than sheer volume: getting guns, sometimes several a day, just to have them.


"Quality turned into quantity," Dearman said. "After he came to Pahrump, he started really acquiring guns at a significant rate."
Dearman doesn't know why.


"Maybe he was just trying to have the biggest collection in the country."
Slowly, his belongings became his family.


Dearman's last act of love was spending months readying the collection for public auction. It took a crew of five people working one week to identify Darnell's guns and bayonets and then appraise them. It took another week to prepare the catalog and load photos of the items online for remote bidders.


On Sunday, auctioneer Ski Canske auctioned about 400 guns in 4 1/2 hours at the Nye County Public Auction building. The partial collection brought in $117,870. Next week, the 250,000 rounds of ammunition will be sold at a separate auction. (It didn't seem like a good idea to sell guns and bullets at the same time, in a small room, where people are trying to waylay one another with cash.)


One man, standing outside the auction in spurs and a cowboy hat, confessed he had no idea what kind of gun he had won. It just looked good.


If Darnell had been there, he could have described each and every gun, Dearman said. Then he could have told you what kind of ammunition it called for, maybe where he got it. Maybe why. "Jerry was just a collector, an aficionado, a connoisseur," Dearman said. "What else can I tell you?"

In a dirt lot outside the auction house, two boys stood, facing a third, wedged up against a fence. They held toy rifles up at elbow-height, fake-fired at one another, then scattered like the shotgun pellets they pictured, screaming.​
 

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Got a GEW98, MAS 36, Turk Mauser and Chilean carbine, all in reasonable shape and all around $125/each last June.

Got a 1891 argy, T99 Arisaka with mum for 100 each (they had cut down stocks) and a 1911 Swiss for 260 last week


Anyone know how much of Jerry's collection is left?
 

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according to rachel, about 4 more auctions worth. wonder what the prices will be now that the word's out? y'all have a good day, Keith
 
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