3rd Gen Colt Walker Collectable?


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dtvburns
February 1, 2011, 03:06 PM
I Have an unfired Colt Walker third generation. It is in perfect shape, should I shoot it or keep in new in box?

Are these models going to be as collectable as the first and second generation black powder guns? Are those even worth collecting?


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mykeal
February 1, 2011, 04:22 PM
They are certainly collectible and seem to be keeping their value fairly well. But they are less desirable than the 2nd Gen guns and quite a bit less than the 1st Gen.

Shoot The Moon
February 1, 2011, 04:32 PM
It's great, but it seems such a waste to leave it unfired - it's not an ornament.

In my mind, I relate this to classic cars.. Ettore Bugatti, Enzo Ferrari, Malcolm Sayer (D-Type Jaguar) etc, all designed their beautiful cars to be driven. It's right to cherish them now, for the enjoyment of future enthusiasts, but not at the expense of locking them away in de-humidified caves... The smell, sound and even the feel of these machines in use is part of what makes them the exceptional vehicles they are.

For that reason, make sure the bolt doesn't drag the cylinder, but then shoot it!

pohill
February 1, 2011, 05:12 PM
I would not shoot it. Some say the 2nd Generations are more desirable, but not to me. And from the prices of each that I've seen, I'd say they're pretty comparable. I think the 2nd Generations are more authentic - the 3rds are more customized. There's plenty of inexpensive Walkers out there to shoot. That Walker is a beauty.

robhof
February 1, 2011, 05:22 PM
That there is truely a beaut, and I'd have a hard time shooting it, but as said above, guns are made to shoot, the very reason that I don't even look at gold and silver inlayed guns, true works of art, that no matter how well done, will not last many rounds in original condition. If you're going to keep it for many years or to pass on to children; fire it occasionally and clean it well. If it's for future profit or extra retirement funds; don't shoot, just take it out occasionally and handle it then wipe it down and put it away.

napp
February 1, 2011, 08:10 PM
I suppose my vote would be "none of the above". I would not fire that gun if I owned it. OTOH, I refuse to own anything that I can't use for it's intended purpose. Guns are made to be fired; and cars are meant to be driven. I guess my vote would be for the unlisted choice..."Sell the gun".

Fingers McGee
February 1, 2011, 08:53 PM
Shoot it, unless you are looking to start a collection of NIB Signature Series Colt's. They will appreciate over the years, although it may take a while longer for some of them to get back to what they originally sold for.

arcticap
February 1, 2011, 09:38 PM
It depends on the purchase price and how much that you don't mind paying for the privilege.
I look at it this way. Since we can't take any gun beyond our grave, the difference between its purchase price and its sale price can be considered to be the gun's rental fee.
Guns collected during a lifetime often end up being sold at estate auctions either below market value or with little return after the hefty auction fees are deducted from the final selling price.
Yet few people get to enjoy actually firing the gun that they purchased.

On the other hand, there is an immense amount of enjoyment to simply being able to admire and fondle a collectible unfired gun. So either way it's up to the individual whether they would obtain more enjoyment by firing it or by simply appreciating it for it's beauty and craftsmanship.
If a person already has a Walker to shoot with then why fire it?
But if a person doesn't already have a Walker to shoot then why not shoot one of the best if they're willing to accept the devaluation.
Maybe some guns are only meant to be kept unfired until some future owner decides to shoot it?
That decision is passed on with ownership since a gun can be only be fired for the first time once.
I think that most owners do challenge themselves often about shooting such a mint gun by asking whether now is right time or not. That's one of the great rewards of ownership, but it's also a burden.
It's like that saying, "No pain, no gain!". :)

dtvburns
February 1, 2011, 09:40 PM
If it was a car I would tell the guy that owned it to

"drive it or go collect stamps. "

Its just that it seems almost like it was made so nice that its not supposed to be shot.

I think I will shoot it occasionally because I don't care for stamp collecting at all.

Foto Joe
February 1, 2011, 10:11 PM
Keep the box in perfect shape. The gun needs to be fired. Treat her well, keep her clean and send as much lead as you can afford down the tube. Otherwise it's just a trinket. Your Walker needs to develop its own personality and character and that can't be achieved being a safe queen.

If you have personal issues regarding this gun losing its virginity, please PM me and I'll send you my mailing address. I'd be happy to help you out by firing it for you for a year or two, maybe less.

damoc
February 1, 2011, 10:31 PM
LOL and when joe is finished ill be happy to have a shot as well

I hate trinkets and beads if it isnt usable it isnt keepable. sell it to some guy that also collects baseball cards maybee it will sit unhappy in a display case
for the next 50 or so years.

LOL First thing i would do is throw away the display case and buy a holster think how beautifull that
baby will be sheathed in some decent leather or belching smoke

Hoof Hearted
February 1, 2011, 11:29 PM
Send it to me and let me turn it into one like this

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c91/buckoff123/100_1893.jpg

I am partial to Cartridge conversions and shooting them.................

madcratebuilder
February 2, 2011, 11:09 AM
I would shoot it, but then again i shoot my 2nd gen Walker.

I stripped the blue from the cylinder to make it more like the originals. Oiled the grip panels and blue printed the action. Possibly my best cap and ball shooter.

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d37/madcratebuilder/Mywalker01.jpg

The only ones I don't shoot are the 2nd gen cased commemoratives.

higene
February 2, 2011, 12:15 PM
Send it to me and I'll shoot it.

higene
February 2, 2011, 12:19 PM
Send it to me and I'll shoot it. Hell start a Walker Library. Let people check it out and shoot it.

:eek:

dtvburns
February 2, 2011, 01:09 PM
Walker library hmmmm...........http://www.walker.lib.me.us/

here you go!

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