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    Please help a new collector! Kind of fell into this one by accident (miracle?), have the opportunity to buy a G43 ac43 in excellent condition. All parts matching! Clean shiny bore and smooth action. Absolutely no pitting, rust or freckling. The stock has two VERY small hairline cracks developing behind the action, not a structural issue though. Other than that the stock is in fantastic shape. No cracks in the receiver and no mushrooming in the op rod.

    I know something this rare is hard to put a number on but is there any rough spread on the value of one of these?

    Many thanks! Any suggestions in what to look for before I buy are also appreciated!

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    It’s just too hard due to the real basic description and information given. You could be looking at “shooter value” OR “collector value”. The best is with a hands on evaluation by a known expert on these. Next best way is by good photos of certain areas. Next is a super accurate description of things on the rifle to evaluate what’s going on.

    A G.43 ac43 is pretty rare all by itself. But, if things aren’t right with it, it’s just a shooter.

    Basic things to check would be to make sure all the parts are correctly matching. Next would be to determine if the stock has been steel wooled, sanded and or shellacked. Photos are going to be the only way we are going to be able to tell, unless you know how to look at these.

    If you have the serial number (with the letter block if there is one), I may have history and a description on it as I have been keeping a detailed serial number listings of G/K.43’s and G.41’s. Or, it may be a new one for my listings if you give it out.

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    For a broad ballpark, I would say that if it's been sanded or the parts aren't all matching, $1600 , if it's really nice and not sanded $3000.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caesar1 View Post
    For a broad ballpark, I would say that if it's been sanded or the parts aren't all matching, $1600 , if it's really nice and not sanded $3000.
    I think you're spot on for an AC44. I would lean towards doubling your numbers for an AC43. OP this gives you an idea of the WIDE range you are looking at without photos. Every AC43 I have seen recently has had major stock issues.

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    I was able to fully disassemble the rifle and verify that all the serial numbers match and all marked parts have the Walther 359 stamp on them. The stock cartouches are clearly visible as well. I'll attach some photos as well. Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ugafx4 View Post
    I think you're spot on for an AC44. I would lean towards doubling your numbers for an AC43. OP this gives you an idea of the WIDE range you are looking at without photos. Every AC43 I have seen recently has had major stock issues.
    Thanks for the clarification!

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    Also has period correct sling and an aye G43 magazine. Receiver shows absolutely no signs of cracking and the op rod is no mushroomed at all. Bore is shiny and clean with strong grooves and lands. If there is any other information that would be beneficial in helping to determine value, please let me know and I will try to find out for you!

    Thank you again. Like I said, I don't know too much about these and would hate to overpay because I didn't do my homework.

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    This rifle has been for sale on a popular auction sight for a few weeks now. Stock is sanded which for me is the kiss of death.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdarnell19 View Post
    This rifle has been for sale on a popular auction sight for a few weeks now. Stock is sanded which for me is the kiss of death.
    Do you have a link? I haven't seen any listings for it?

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    It’s been on gunbroker for a while now (just search “K43”). I’m pretty sure I have history on it but let me get to my listings tonight and I’ll post what I have.

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