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I saw one of these recently at a swap meet. I only gave it a quick look. It has a small nazi proof mark on the right hand side right over the trigger but I didn't look closely enough to see what it said. Bluing is fair and the grips, while they are intact, appear to be warped along the edges because they didn't sit flush on the frame. It also has a holster but I didn't see any additional markings on it. Two things about it: it was supposedly a "bring back" but there are no papers for it; it also doesn't fire but the current owner doesn't know exactly why. He bought it out of a friend's estate because the guy's kids didn't want to deal with guns. While I realize some parts are still available I don't know what kind of a mess it could end up being. Based on all of this I think his asking price is on the high side. I realize this is pretty sketchy information to determine a value with, but does anyone have any thoughts on this? Thanks.
 

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Mark,
The lack of capture papers isn't unusual on bring backs. At the time of the GI's return, all he needed the capture papers for is to bring it in legally and register it...if he so chose!!. Many times the grips can warp because they weren't seted in the frame when tightened. Will the owner let you disassemble the gun before you buy it? Some GI's deactivated their war trophies (remove firing pin etc.) to keep it safe from young family members. Quite a few parts are still available for these pistols. Lack of parts also helps bring down the sale price! ;)). MAB D's are not expensive pistols at any rate, but nice to have to complete a collection. After all this diatribe, I would be loathe to hazard a guess on the price without pictures!!

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Thanks for the response. I realize that it's next to impossible to give an accurate value based on such sketchy information, but I didn't know about an acceptable range. I have found that you can't necessarily rely on the price guides when it comes to milsurps because they typically don't reflect real world demand. Once I have a chance to scrutinize it more closely I'll post the details. I just thought his price was high based on other posts I have read regarding MAB's, especially with the function issues. He says that he was pricing it higher because of the holster, but I didn't see any Nazi markings and I don't even know if it is correct to the gun. Thanks again.
 
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