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Shood I shoot this S&W? It's a moral question.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by t_dickinson, Dec 17, 2010.

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Should I shoot a collector?

  1. Shoot it but handle with care.

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  2. Save it or sell it to a collector and get a shooter.

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  1. t_dickinson

    t_dickinson Member

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    Should I shoot this S&W? It's a moral question.

    I recently bought my first blue revolver for what I'm told was a great deal. It's a 15-3 made in 1975 with original box, papers, cleaning kit, and screwdriver.

    It's beautiful and has not a blemish save a VERY faint turn ring.

    Is this a collector-grade piece that a serious collector should have? I planned to shoot it but it just looks too nice.

    Does buying a time capsule like this and then shooting the hell out of it take away from the limited supply of collector pieces? SHould I just buy a "shooter" and keep this preserved? I'm feeling guilty. I know it's not a one of a kind gun but what should I do? BTW, it would be for bullseye only and NEVER see a holster.

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  2. PabloJ

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    I avoid older boxed stuff when possible. This does two things save money at purchase time and I don't have to feel guilt associated with using given piece. Model 15 is very common S&W model with many thousands made . It will become very valuable when S&W goes out of business completely or stops making "wheel guns". If this happens all complaints (lock, barrel jacket, lack of barrel locking pin,......) associated with S&W revolvers will go away instantly. You have to decide what to do with your gun.
     
  3. gorenut

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    I'd shoot it. Then again, I'm not a collector. Every gun I purchase, I purchase with the intention of shooting it, and shooting if often.
     
  4. highorder

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    I'd shoot it, but only with light loads, and not thousands of them.

    There are too many Model 10's out there for that.
     
  5. Monster Zero

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    Either use is honorable. Your decision.
     
  6. Rexster

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    Shoot it. Carry it! It is not a museum piece.
     
  7. roaddog28

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    Shoot it. A classic S&W revolver but not a collector. There were plenty made. The pre-15 combat masterpiece are harder to find but still not worth anymore than $300. I bought one for $299.
    Howard
     
  8. earplug

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    Can you sell at a profit?

    Sell it at a profit and replace it with a shooter grade without a box and paper work.
    Use the profits for a action job, holster and more ammo.
     
  9. bigtubby

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    It is a very nice gun but not really a collector piece yet! If it were mine I would not shoot it. buy a shooter and you won't have to worry about it.
     
  10. t_dickinson

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    Ok, you did better than I did. I looked for a long time and never found a piece in this condition for close to $300. How do you guys do it? Everytime I find a good price on a good gun, someone tells me they blew that price out of the water.

    I'll show my cards here - $400 did I make a bad investment?
     
  11. aHFo3

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    You did just fine at $400. I use gunbroker.com as a fairly decent price guide. If you sign-up with them you can search past auctions and see what they've actually sold for.
    Roaddog found a great deal if it's a pre-15. It makes me want to ask what year he made that purchase and what kind of condition?

    Let's see some pics!
     
  12. CajunBass

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    Those guns are always in the far away land of "Somewhere Else." I never seem to find them either. :D So I stopped worrying about it. So what I pay a few bucks more for something I want. I'm not trying to make a profit on it.

    Shoot it or not? Well, I sort of understand you dilemna. I recently bought a Model 10, that while not perfect is pretty close, in the box with all the papers. I MAY not shoot it, BUT only because I have other guns to shoot. If I didn't, I'd shoot the snot out of it.
     
  13. CSA 357

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    i would shoot the snott out of it! i never buy guns to put in the safe to stay, ok now get busy!
     
  14. PabloJ

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    I see about $500 worth there.
     
  15. t_dickinson

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    Yeah!! Grunt, growl, beat on chest. You guys are getting me all fired up. Don't shame a gun by putting a muzzle on the muzzle (very clever there, eh?)!

    I'm gonna shoot the f-ing snot out of it!!! But...
     
  16. Old Fuff

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    While model 15's are very common, ones like new in the box are not. As a consequence so-called "collectable grade" examples are bringing as much as $600 at some auctions, and I would expect it to go up. This may jolt some, but as a rule of thumb collectors are often willing to pay more then shooters to obtain a piece - if it is exactly what they want, usually meaning unfired.

    I am aware of many members who advise others to shoot like-new guns that have a collector's value (real or potential) but these advisers have nothing to lose. The gun owner does.

    This is not a moral question - it's one of monetary value - or loss.
     
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    I recently went through the same dilemma. I bought an unfired handgun that I knew I could turn for a immediate profit of a couple hundred dollars, but I had always wanted one for myself.

    I shot it, loved it and now have found a keeper for me. If I hadn't shot it, I'd have had a few hundred bucks but I'd not have the joy of a great shooter.
     
  18. 357 Terms

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    In 5 years you will make a profit if you decide to sell it. Regardless shoot it enjoy!
     
  19. BCCL

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    There's your answer right there, the bloom is off the rose already, shoot it and enjoy.
     
  20. John Wayne

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    You could buy a beater K frame from J&G for $200, shoot that one, and keep the one you have in a safe.

    In 5 years, the safe queen may have appreciated in value enough to justify purchasing a beater gun, and the beater gun will probably still be worth close to what you paid for it.
     
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    Why would you bring a pretty girl to the ball and not dance with her?:confused:
     
  22. robctwo

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    I recently bought a nib 19-3 made in 1972. I shot 100 rounds through it today. Since purchase I've put a few thousand through it. I've put a Wolff spring kit in it and Ahrends retro-combat finger grove stocks on it. I'm not shooting a bunch of hot .357 through it, mostly tame .38 Specials.

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    I figure I'll get my money out of it in fun. In twenty years I might sell it, or transfer it to the kids or grandkids.

    Someone out there in 50-75 years might make an extra buck on an unfired gun he's kept stored somewhere because I shot the heck out of mine. I can't imagine that will be as much fun as the last 2,500 rounds I've shot, the tinkering with the gun, the cleaning and the reloading. And it won't happen for years.

    I paid less for the brand new 1972 gun than I paid for the brand new 2009 25 Classic. I'm shooting the Classic a lot as well.

    I bought the gun to avoid any possibility that I was buying something that had been abused.
     
  23. ArchAngelCD

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    Like said above, the M15 is a Classic but not a collectors revolver.

    Either shoot it or sell it because IMO no gun should be a safe-queen.
    They were made to be shot and should be shot as often as possible...

    For example, a few years back I came across a M36 that was either not shot or only a few rounds were fired through it. Well, that didn't last 24 hours because the next day I fired 200 rounds from that wonderful M36 and had a very good time doing it!!! :D
     
  24. Nasty

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    Someone is going to enjoy it...might as well be you!
     
  25. gordy

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    Why did you buy it?

    I voted shoot it.
    Why did you buy it?
    Shoot it or look at it?
    It is your gun.

    PS. I have a 81 yugo very few miles, is it a collector?
     
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