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My .22 pistols are the most valuable handguns in my collection.

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by aarondhgraham, Dec 11, 2012.

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  1. aarondhgraham

    aarondhgraham Member

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    My .22 pistols are the most valuable handguns in my collection.
    I was updating the inventory of my handguns yesterday evening,,,
    It's part of my will that I keep an updated price list for them.

    I don't have any tremendously valuable handguns,,,
    But I did notice one thing that seems strange,,,
    According to the 2013 gun value books,,,
    My .22's are my most valuable guns.

    Specifically:
    • 6" Colt Trooper Mk-III
    • 4" S&W Model 63
    • 4" S&W Model 34 in Nickel Plate
    • & my S&W Model 34 snubnose

    The Trooper in .22 is valued higher than mine in .357,,,
    The J-frame .22's are all valued higher than their .38 counterparts.

    Last but not least,,,
    My CZ-75B Kadet in .22
    Is valued higher than it 9mm counterpart.

    Is it all due to the fact that they probably made less of any .22 version than a centerfire counterpart?

    I know I paid some high prices for a few of them,,,
    It just never dawned on me that they were my most valuable handguns.

    Aarond

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  2. PabloJ

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    That is because .22 rimfire handguns are very inexpensive to shoot.
     
  3. TonyDedo

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    Your post reminds me of when I was 11 years old, trying to convince my father of the value of my baseball card collection. I had it's value down to the penny, according to the Beckett price guide I had bought at the card shop. He laughed, and reminded me that an object is only as valuable as someone is willing to pay for it.

    I don't trust those gun value books any father than I can throw them. Look at what the market says, look at what guns are selling for at shops, shows and Gunbroker. More importantly, look at which guns are actually selling. I'm not knocking your collection or your values, but I'm not sure there's a ton of demand for .22LR snubbys.

    They books are great for insurance purposes, though :)
     
  4. JoeDaddy

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    Thinking about the OP's statement, I realized it's true for me as well.

    Here's a pic of my most valuable handgun- in .22 caliber as well.
     

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    My most cherrished firearm is the one my dad went halves with me on for my 11th birthday, Ruger Standard .22lr. Still have it and it just got rebuilt by Ruger in 2010 after well over 750,000 rds (ya know where my allowance went).
     
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    This one is in my top 5:

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  7. BYJO4

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    Nice 22s that have been well cared for always sell quickly and virtually everyone has one or more in their collection. Accuracy, lower cost of ammo, and no recoil will always make them attractive.
     
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    Hey dgroff, that's a nice Medalist!

    Aaron, many of my most expensive handguns are .22s as well. I've never understood the mentality that "it's just a .22", and therefore it's somehow less expensive to produce as a finely finished firearm.

    You have a nice collection of .22s, I'd like to have a Trooper in .22.
     
  9. dgroff85

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    Thanks! It took me 9 months to find a nice one for a decent price, made in 1967.
     
  10. MedWheeler

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    I own guns by Taurus, Kel-Tec, Bersa, Ruger, and a few others. Probably the most "valuable" in a resale context is my Ruger Mk-II, purchased in 1987. And it's a fixed-site tapered-barrel model. But, my Service Six (circa 1976) is probably right there with it.
     
  11. TennJed

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    The most I have ever paid for a handgun is a 22. A S&W 617
     
  12. mauiglide

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    At the moment, my S&W Model 41 is the most expensive handgun I own. But now I am wanting a Dan Wesson 1911 Valor or Specialist. :D

    Sent from my DROID RAZR using Tapatalk 2
     
  13. 4v50 Gary

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    I'd hate to think a 22 Diamondback is more expensive than a Python.
     
  14. wgp

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    Other than a Colt SAA, I believe the most valuable handgun I have is my first handgun, a 6" .22 Diamondback. I think I paid about $200 for it and on the rare occasions I see one for sale they seem to run over $1,000. Of course, mine is not for sale.
     
  15. BigJimP

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    Hey Aarond,

    You're smart to keep a current value on things....if for purposes of insurance only....( let alone in your will --- ) since you are a little long in the tooth ...:D

    but seriously, I'm always surprised how things have grown in value in my collection as well....I keep 3 values in my inventory ....as best I can ...and I try to update it twice a year ( kind of like replacing the batteries in smoke alarms - put a reminder on my computer to look over the spreadsheet)...

    a. what I paid
    b. current estimated value ( actual cash value - with depreciation )...
    c. Replacement cost ( for insurance ) ...
     
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