I was lucky enough to run across a WWII 1911A1 many years ago very cheap. It's retains 95% of it's parkerization and it better than average condition. The serial # puts it's manufacture date around April of 1945. I tucked it away and have not fired any ammo through it. I have had people tell me it will decrease it's value by shooting it. How many of you occasionally shoot your collector guns and will shooting it decrease it's value?
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January 31, 2008, 01:24 PM
I won't own a gun I don't shoot.
I have a WWII Remington Rand dated 1943.
It's shot at least 6 times a year and about 100 rounds shot each time.
My grand daughter will get it when I'm gone.
I don't own guns for their investment value.
January 31, 2008, 01:37 PM
Far more guns are ruined by lack of proper cleaning / storage, and kitchen table gun-smithing, then are ruined by shooting them.
Your gun has apparently already been fired somewhat before you got it.
So it isn't in "NRA Unfired Condition" which is what a collector would really pay top dollar for.
I wouldn't use it for USPSA Competition every weekend, but an occasional trip to the range isn't going to hurt it's value any if kept within reason.