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    L42A1 current value?

    Hi all,

    Struggling to get an idea of value on my L42.
    Nice original rifle with all expected markings, but it is rifle only.
    Mount and scope are repro, they are new although the scope has been Ďagedí.
    Sling is a M1icon Garand sling.
    Wood is great condition, metal all good but with some areas of paint missing as seen in pics.
    Iím looking at possibly part ex or selling towards getting myself a AI .308.
    Any ideas please?

    Many thanks

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    If it were mine I would get the wood stained darker. It surely was once cleaned and the contrast of the cleaned versus the still dark parts could hurt its value.

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    What's the serial number?

    How long have you had it, out of interest?

    It's missing the hardest part to find which is the thing that is going to devalue it the most, I would say.

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    Certainly any provenance would help the value, and any digging around on the serial number, which you can PM me and I will search the records we hold for you if you wish, to give you some indication, but I suspect you know the history already.
    The rifle alone as an idea MUST be in the £4-5K mark if in good condition. I would leave the wood the way it was found, mine is also a lighter wood very similar to yours.
    I have the same dilemna with mine which has full provenance from the Falklands War and I luckily have all the kit in the chest including the Charlie G cleaning plastic bottle and brush which on their own can sell for up to £400. I saw an L42 sold at Devizes Guns last year and that went for well over £10k.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy W View Post
    What's the serial number?

    How long have you had it, out of interest?

    It's missing the hardest part to find which is the thing that is going to devalue it the most, I would say.
    Iíll send the serial number over to Gil to see if he can turn up any info on it.

    Are you referring to the scope? Unfortunately the last owner sold it as they had a good offer on it.






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    Quote Originally Posted by Gil Boyd View Post
    Certainly any provenance would help the value, and any digging around on the serial number, which you can PM me and I will search the records we hold for you if you wish, to give you some indication, but I suspect you know the history already.
    The rifle alone as an idea MUST be in the £4-5K mark if in good condition. I would leave the wood the way it was found, mine is also a lighter wood very similar to yours.
    I have the same dilemna with mine which has full provenance from the Falklands War and I luckily have all the kit in the chest including the Charlie G cleaning plastic bottle and brush which on their own can sell for up to £400. I saw an L42 sold at Devizes Guns last year and that went for well over £10k.
    Thanks Gil, will PM you with the serial number

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikehaspey View Post
    Are you referring to the scope? Unfortunately the last owner sold it as they had a good offer on it.
    Such short sightedness!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy W View Post
    Such short sightedness!
    A real shame.
    I have only ever actually fired 10 rounds through this rifle myself, itís more of a collectors piece for me.
    To be honest the RSM repro scope did the job, but I know itís not a patch on the real deal.



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    Richard at Devizes would be a good bet to get a realistic price for you. Or, some more detailed photos of the wrist, sidewall and pads would go a long way to helping with any valuation/offers I would think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy W View Post
    Richard at Devizes would be a good bet to get a realistic price for you. Or, some more detailed photos of the wrist, sidewall and pads would go a long way to helping with any valuation/offers I would think.
    Thanks Roy.
    Yes if I do decide to sell Iíll get some better pictures together, these are just some I have on my phone at the moment



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