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Decreased value of fired gun?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Missouri_Shooter, Jun 24, 2008.

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  1. Missouri_Shooter

    Missouri_Shooter Member

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    I just purchased a new Ruger Vaquero .44 magnum, (Davidson or Davison ?special), 5 1/2" barrel, high gloss stainless steel, with rosewood grips. Incredibly BEAUTIFUL revolver. I've been told I'd be stupid if I fired it because the value would decrease so much. Is this true? I saved money for a LONG time to buy a revolver and just happened on this one. I bought it to use and not to just have. I value the opinions expressed here because if it weren't for a few people taking the time to reply to an earlier post, I would have bought the Heritage Rough Rider .45. I ask for input on this and the few that replied all said RUGER. THANK YOU!!! I held the Rough Rider and then the Ruger, forgot all about the Rough Rider immediately! You guys were right on, the Ruger just felt right and even with my limited experience, I could tell the Ruger was a far better gun. Thank You again! Back to my question; should I use my Vaquero or not? Is the value decrease that much?
    I appreciate any opinions on this. Thanks in advance!!!
     
  2. highorder

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    It isn't a car; shoot your guns and clean them properly.
     
  3. rcmodel

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    You will be pushing up daisies before it ever becomes worth any more then what you paid for it to a collector.

    So, Shoot the darn thing!
    That's what you bought it for.

    It's a brand new Ruger, not an unfired 19th. century Colt SAA!
    And even rare old Rugers are not worth a whole lot more then a similiar new one.

    rcmodel
     
  4. Quoheleth

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    You've been saving for a new car for 6 months. You go to the lot and buy THE one you've wanted. Fill out the paperwork, shake hands, and you are handed the keys.

    Then you stop, one foot out the door of the sale's cubicle because if you go one inch further, the value of your BRAND NEW car drops 15%-20%.

    So you sit there, in the cubicle, afraid to drive your dream car because it'll depreciate.

    Is it going to be a driving car or a museum piece? You want to drive it...

    Moral of the story: did you buy the gun to be a collector or a shooter? If a shooter, then load it and shoot the hound out of it. If a collector, box it up with moisture-absorbing materials and lock it up, out of sight and out of mind.

    Honestly, it'll probably lose some of its value. But, as a long-term weapon and tool, it will hold its value longer and depreciate a whole lot less rapidly than other guns [read: Rough Rider]. A Corvette holds its value a whole lot better than a Aveo.

    My 2 cents???? Why are you sitting at your computer asking the question when you should already be posting range reports :p ???
    Q
     
  5. Lashlarue

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    When I bought my old model Vaquero it had been test fired at the factory, and I paid $394 out the door for it, I sold it last year on GB for $460 net to me.BTW it was exactly as the one in post one, 44mag SS 5.5" barrel
     
  6. Matt-J2

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    There are folks that pay thousands of dollars(and more) for classy shotguns and double rifles. They kill critters with said fine firearms.
    A gun is for shootin, so go shoot it.



    For the record, if someone gave to me an unfired 19th century Colt SAA, it would only remain unfired for as long as it took me to get to the range.
     
  7. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    That right there will cost you several thousand dollars!

    rcmodel
     
  8. Old Fuff

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    Let us hope that no one gives you anything...

    The following link might help some understand what can happen to values when deep pocketed collectors get interested in something that formally only shooters cared about.

    http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=372299
     
  9. Matt-J2

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    Sorry, but allow me to make a bold statement.

    I have enough respect for a firearm to use it for the purpose for which it was created. I can think of no greater disrespect than to leave a gun unfired.

    Heck, leaving a gun unfired is like never hugging your grandma, or like marrying a virgin and making her stay that way.
     
  10. buck460XVR

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    my guns must be worthless..............:rolleyes:
     
  11. CajunBass

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    Take that thing out and fire one round.

    After that it won't matter. Go ahead and shoot 1,000,000 or so. :D
     
  12. Old Fuff

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    Matt:

    If you look in the official Colt instruction book and owner's manual that comes whith each of their Single Action Army revolvers you will see that it says in bold print:

    DO NOT FIRE THIS GUN! :what:

    Yup, that's directly from the factory itself. They go on to explain that the gun is suppose to be a collector's item, and to fire it even so much as once will degrade its value. :eek: You shouldn't in fact, not even turn the cylinder lest you mark it up. :uhoh:

    Now this is straight from the horse's mouth (pardon the pun) so obviously EVERY handgun is not made to be fired. I'm sure you wouldn't challange the Colt company as the top authority on this would you???

    Would you... :neener:
     
  13. 22-rimfire

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    I'd shoot it. It's a Ruger.

    I have a number of guns that have not been fired and they never wll be by me.
     
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    Happiness is a warm gun.

    Enjoy it, and by all means shoot it!

    Depreciation in a guns value probably has alot more to do with how you treat it while in your posession.

    As many have said above - clean it well after firing.

    Bflobill_69
     
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    "I have enough respect for a firearm to use it for the purpose for which it was created. I can think of no greater disrespect than to leave a gun unfired."

    Amen. A gun that wasn't made to be fired is a gun that's absolutely worthless to me.

    "oh, honey! A robber has broken into the house!"

    "Well, I suppose I could shoot him... I guess it depends on what he takes and if it's worth more or less than the amount this gun will depreciate if I shoot it... How much is your life insurance policy worth?"

    I'm not saying you'd do this, but that popped into my head. I know you speak of range shooting, I'm just having a little fun. But you should go have fun too- go shoot your Ruger. Bill would roll in his grave if he thought people were buying his guns to lock away in a glass box!
     
  16. meef

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    Geez....

    Okay, so you meet the girl of your dreams.

    She's... ahem.... chaste. Always has been.

    So, in order to keep her in this pristine condition....... well, you know. Hands off.

    After all, she'd be worth a lot more to you that way, no?

    Wouldn't want to decrease her value.

    :D

    (please note I'm not suggesting you shoot her, so to speak)
     
  17. bullseye308

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    The real question is did you buy it as an investment or did you buy it to shoot. That will determine what you do with it.
     
  18. imdarren

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    bullseye308 Nailed it!

    If you bought it as an investment, as mentioned, Rugers have not been the best investment anyway.
    If you bought it bacause you wanted one of the toughest, best built guns available right now, you did good, as they are one of the best.

    Shoot it! Just take good care of it. That alone will have more to do with how well it holds it's value. Used guns that don't look used are the ones that hold value.
     
  19. Matt-J2

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    Old Fluff, I reckon you have a point in that instance.

    Otherwise, the wheel on the gun goes round and round. :p
     
  20. jackdanson

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    Yep, if it was an investment don't... but that isn't 120 year old revolver, I'd shoot the heck out of it myself. Oh yeah, keep it clean too!
     
  21. Logan5

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    Who told you that you'd be foolish to shoot it? Because in all honesty, they are just peeing on your parade. The Davidson's special edition Vaqueros are very nice guns, but we are still talking Ruger new Vaqueros here. It's a current production gun made to be a shooter, at a price point shooters can afford. That's really the story of the Ruger SA revolver, start to finish right there; it's why they make them! We're not talking about some kind of $5000 NIB custom shop one off price drop here.

    Of course you should shoot it!

    Long term, it'll hold it's relative value as well as any other handgun as long as you're not using it to stir stew and pistol whip the lamp post. I'm kind of peeved at whoever told you not to shoot it.
     
  22. jacho

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    FWIW, shoot it and enjoy it. Take care of it. Having a beautiful gun and not shooting it is like having a beautiful girlfriend/wife and not making love to her.....:evil:
     
  23. wristtwister

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    Gee, I thought things gained value from being scarce... not pristine. I'm sure that an "unfired" weapon might draw more money, but the ones that have been fired are where it's reputation will be determined. There's an Arab sheik that has a diamond covered car that he charges $1000 for people to simply touch... but I can think of lots of things to do with a grand that don't involve the momentary pleasure of touching his car... same with having a "bookshelf" gun.

    If you're buying guns for investment, you have to be able to read the future and know which ones are more valuable than others. "DON'T FIRE THIS WEAPON" is merely Colt's take on the value of the gun... and while they might like to be in the collector business, they're in the gun business... and it would piss me off if Smith and Wesson sold me a gun and then instructed me "dont fire it"... it's a collector's item... so was my '66 Mustang... and I put a couple of hundred thousand miles on it.

    If you want to invest, talk to an investment counselor... not your local gun dealer. While the gun company's stocks are on the market, I don't see where investment brokers are piling huge sums of money into stockpiling "collector firearms". There's always been a collector's market, and probably always will be... but guns are meant to be fired... not kept as paperweights... except for the SNS that aren't safe to use (and unfortunately, I have one of those).

    WT
     
  24. Steve C

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    I've bought and sold a few guns in the last 30 years and never sold one for less than I paid for it. Inflation and the cost of new guns will make it worth just what you paid for it in 5 years in private sale whether you shoot it or not as long as you keep it in good shape, IE don't drop it on the concrete, don't let it rust, don't bugger it up with "customizations". Generally used guns will appreciate the most and if you find good deals even better.

    Money you put into a gun 'customizing' it is seldom recouped.
     
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    Fun and interesting read, especially for a duffer who isn't going to buy anything I don't intend to shoot.
     
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