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Want to Pay 15,000 for an AR?

Happening right now on Gunbroker. Granted, the AR is a bit special,but they were listed in non-panic circumstances a a five-grand AR-15.

11 Responses to “Want to Pay 15,000 for an AR?”

  1. Weer'd Beard says:

    To further be fair this is serial number 1.

    Just like the big mansions near my house never went up or crashed in price during the housing bubble, I don’t think this price (or the price it sells for) will reflect the “Panic”.

    This isn’t an AR that is looking to be banned, this is a luxury collector’s item.

  2. Harold says:

    Also note the starting price was $500 with no reserve. I have no idea what collector’s items like this normally go for, but before the Newtown hysteria I could see this rifle going for more than $5K.

    I’m sure the worries about a transfer ban are pushing up the price, i.e. if you’re a collector and you’d like this unique and rather spiffy looking rifle now is the time to buy it.

  3. Zermoid says:

    Nice to know someone still has money to burn in this economy…..

  4. ExurbanKevin says:

    Got to see one of those in-person: It was the raffle prize at the USPSA Area 2 Championship.

    It was *gorgeous*, and this one with the engraving looks even nicer. Yes, it’s $15k+ for an AR, but it’s a work of art.

  5. ExurbanKevin says:

    And consider this:

    “Doug Turnbull, who built his reputation and his impressive company with his stunning refurbishing of classic Winchesters, LC Smiths and other great guns, has outdone himself with this AR.”

    So a guy who’s known for refurbishing classic hunting rifles is making an AR now.

    Remind me again how an AR is just a baby-killing waiting to happen…

  6. Marq says:

    Simple answer is: this is an absolute one-of-a-kind piece of art. Gold inlay, engraving, other custom builders pitching in on the build, and all to raise funds for SCI. Not unusual at all to get it bid to the moon. Likely to go much higher, too, if the past is any indiction. Can’t wait to see it in Reno at the convention. I expect the “base model,” if that phrase can be applied to anything Turnbull does, will remain in the 5k range unless the other side actually manages to ban future manufacture of them. In that case the sky is the limit on the few that actually get out into the wild. I wonder if that walnut furniture could be mass produced and put on a regular DPMS or other A/R variant. Love the look, and it seems that many of our opponents (and especially several of my personal acquaintance) equate wood stocks with legal so it would be fun to dress one of mine up as a “legitimate hunting tool” and see how they spin that one.

    • Jake says:

      Simple answer is: this is an absolute one-of-a-kind piece of art. Gold inlay, engraving, other custom builders pitching in on the build, and all to raise funds for SCI.

      Plus, this particular rifle is “Serial # TAR-000001″. The very first production piece of what is obviously a luxury collector’s line of special rifles. That’s going to jack the price up right there, even before adding in all the rest.

  7. Sigivald says:

    And it’s not an AR-15, it’s an AR-10, as far as I can tell.

    It does kinda make me drooly, but that’s “new car” money.

    That, though, is collector pricing, not gun-ban-hysteria pricing…

  8. Kevin says:

    If I wanted to spend 15K on an AR it would be on an M16.

  9. Harold says:

    From The Tactical Wire, this AR is even more special that we realized, and it would appear the maker has not been scared off by the recent mess:

    Regular production Turnbull TAR-10 rifles will be the same as this special SHOT Show rifle minus the elaborate engraving and presentation-grade wood. “Our objective in creating the Tar-10 was to show that the AR platform is more than just a military rifle. We wanted to emphasize that these types of rifles can be made to look like any other custom rifle in terms of appeal,” commented Doug Turnbull, founder of Turnbull Manufacturing. “These are hunting rifles and we plan on making them look and feel like the new generation of guns for hunt­ers and collectors.”

    Case hardened steel rather than aluminum, the Carl Zeiss scope that comes with it looks like it has a list price of $2,349, etc. etc. and it is the “2013 SHOT Show Rifle”, the auction ends on the closing day of this year’s Shot Show (the big NSSF trade event).

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