A couple of months ago, I passed on a really nice '91 MKIII at the gun show here in San Antonio. I was making some other purchases, and well, I already have one. The individual was asking $650, but allowed as how he'd take $600 cash out the door. I'd been kicking myself ever since, especially every time I see one advertised for $800 or so.
Well, this past Saturday at the gun show, I spotted the same gentleman, waaaay in the back, away from the highest traffic areas, and lo and behold, the BHP was still there in his case. Since I'd looked at it before, I knew it was in practically new condition and came with the original box and manual.
I waited until there was no one else around to get in the way, wandered up and offered $550 cash. He countered with $600, I countered with $575, then we settled on $580. So, I saved $20 by not buying the first time. Of course, it was because of keen observation and cleverness (er, blind dumb luck) that I managed to find it was still there.
So, I now have a matte-finish '91 MKIII with the black grips to go with my shiny blue '95 Standard. It'll get a trip to Cline's Trigger Shop for mag disconnect removal and trigger tune-up and it'll be good to go. My young bride really likes the factory plastic grips with the thumb groove. My standard has Craig Spegel's. And since I've already got the HBE Com III for IWB carry and the UBG Regulator for OWB, I'm definitely cookin' with Hi-Power!
I feel so much better now that I've corrected my egregious error in judgement to let it go by the first time!
Thank you, John Moses Browning!