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Colt Commemoratives Crash

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Mark_Mark, Nov 10, 2022.

  1. jmorris

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    Absolutely not, I appreciate the work that went into it, even if it’s not something I would pay for.
     
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  2. Mark_Mark

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    I was thinking about about having one of these unfired Gen 2 Colts Meme Guns and using it as a base gun for a engraver! Why not, bought 2 for a reason
     
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  3. Ephraim Kibbey

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    If you look at the original prices for the commemorative guns of all genres, they are pretty steep!!!
    They are/were paid for by people with LOTS of money to invest.
    They had been told that guns were a good investment (which is true of HISTORIC firearms!)
    Most of the theoretical runs of the commemoratives were never fulfilled (for one marked #10 of 500, it might be #10 of 10!)
    There were lots of lookers, but few original buyers!
    When the original buyers decided to cash in on their "investment," they received a terrible shock!
    Like the car that looses value when you leave the dealer's lot, no one wanted to pay the original price, let alone more.
    America Remembers and United States Historical Society commemoratives were made by various companies including Uberti and Armi San Marco as well as Colt.
    The Colt made ones have held their value better that those made by other companies (I have several ASM commemoratives that I paid around $400 for cased that were originally over $1000) just because they are COLTS.
    Colt historically made lots of engraved and ornamented guns for presentation and those are TRUELY collectible and have greatly appreciated in value.
    If you can get either or both of these Colts at a price that is reasonable to you after checking out what they have sold for in the past, go for them!
     
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  4. Mark_Mark

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    I think they are a bargain, compared to a factory 1964 unfired Gen 2 Colt. $4000+! no bueno sinnora
     
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  5. StrawHat

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    Elmer Keith liked a fancy palm swell for his right hand.

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    Kevin
     
  6. Mark_Mark

    Mark_Mark Contributing Member

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    what did this Elmer Keith guy know anyways?!?!?!?

    JK!!! Jezz

    my wildcatter was Layne Simpson
     
  7. Mark_Mark

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    I need to learn about Smith’s Guns
     
  8. Kookla

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    One of the most hideous commemorative guns I've seen was S&W 29 Elmer Keith- with the awful cartoony gold plate picture of Elmer on the side. It's like someone at S&W held a grudge against him and was finally getting payback.
     
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  9. Blkhrt13

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    If indeed the concept is correct, I will absolute buy commemoratives and shoot them. I just love holding good examples of functional machines with good design. I don’t care about surface stuff.
     
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  10. Mark_Mark

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    hardly fired 1964 Colt SAA in a wood presentation box for $1200, because collectors don’t like Colt Franklin Mint style gun art work… More for us to shoot!
     
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  11. Coyote3855

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    A couple years ago I had the opportunity to assist a local museum with preparing a donated collection of 25 Winchester commemoratives for display. There were a couple that were very attractive, subtle markings, excellent wood and checkering. Many of the others were a hard pass if I'd seen them for sale even at decent price for similar rifles.
     
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  12. woodnbow

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    Commemoratives, Colt or other, have never been hugely successful. They sold I guess but collectors like what they like and mostly that seems to mean original in as fine condition as is possible. Scarcity sometimes but not always factors into that equation
    that Winchester is a dandy.
     
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  13. woodnbow

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    Nah, I’d wear it on Sunday’s and at the community dances…
     
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  14. Blkhrt13

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    This would find a home in a fancy hand done leather holster that would cost a house payment and show off as much of the gun as possible. I would then be referred to as a Pimp named “Mr.Redneck”. Obviously needs fringe covered vest and Pearl button shirts. I’m going for cheap new oil money Texas look.;0)
     
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  15. Dave T

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    There's an old saying that goes something like, "There's no countin' for some people's taste." That would seem to apply to the subject of commemoratives.

    Dave
     
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  16. krinko

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    "One of the most hideous commemorative guns I've seen was S&W 29 Elmer Keith- with the awful cartoony gold plate picture of Elmer on the side..."

    Kookla, sounds like you might have been looking at the Elmer Fudd commemorative instead of the Elmer Keith.

    -----krinko
     
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  17. Kookla

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  18. Blkhrt13

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    That
    is sinfully ugly. But it’s a beautiful gun under the garbage.
     
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  19. Mark_Mark

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    I would keep it simple!

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  20. Mark_Mark

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    That’s SO BAD! That I would Rock that bad boy!!!
     
  21. Mark_Mark

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    anybody know the original prices of those 60’s Colt Franklin Mint Gun?
     
  22. hawg

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    Those weren't real guns.
     
  23. Mark_Mark

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    60’s AirSoft? lol
     
  24. hawg

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    No, they function like real guns but wont shoot anything.
     
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  25. CoalTrain49

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    I would have to go to the range at night to shoot that when nobody was there.
     
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