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What would your family do with your collection after you die?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by N9NWO, May 26, 2021.

  1. montanaoffroader

    montanaoffroader Member

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    My wife has zero interest in firearms, and has no real idea of what I own or what the value is. Her decision, not mine. We both have discretionary funds (a bit more now that the kids are grown and gone) so none of my purchases come from the budget/joint accounts. I don't question her when a new bowling ball or pair of shoes show up and she doesn't raise an eyebrow over a rifle or a few boxes of ammo.

    My wife actually told my younger daughter "The day after your dad passes you had better show up here with a truck, otherwise all this stuff will probably be sold for pennies on the dollar". Also, I threatened to have my favorite revolver buried with me and my daughter said "You had better not, I would hate to be arrested for being in the graveyard with a shovel after midnight". :rofl:

    On a more serious note, my wishes are well known to my family and the necessary documentation is in place. I'm not concerned about the stuff, just hope that there aren't any squabbles over it. Seen too much of that.
     
  2. bibox

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    If you want to start that primer sale early, I'm your huckleberry.
     
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  3. bibox

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    Unfortunately this is not uncommon and you see it at estate & yard sales where the husband was a doer (home machinist, woodworker, reloader, fisherman, etc.). I find it wild that the spouse has so little interest on the values of his things. So stories of the widow being cheated may not be the case at all, she just did not care. I won't complain as everyone has access to the internet for ballparking values and if they can't be bothered to search that so be it; I'm buying.
     
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  4. EIB0879

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    I think my wife would keep some. My daughter would probably take some. Son I'm not sure about. His lib girlfriend doesn't like guns so I'm holding his in my safe.
     
  5. High Plains

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    My kids and grandkids will pick through the collection. The same goes for what my parents have. My sisters firearms knowledge is basically which end the bullet come out of and that’s it. I have no interest in giving my firearms to any group.
     
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  6. Encoreman

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    Well you could spin that around, most men don't care for their wife's interest in scrapbooking, quilting, sewing etc. Montanaoffroader, speaking of squabbles, I heard about a man that at some holiday where everyone was present he had numbered each of his firearms and had corresponding numbers in a hat and everyone got to choose. He thought the fairest for everyone involved. I thought it a great idea.
     
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  7. I6turbo

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    Hopefully he's smart enough to keep the relationship status at girlfriend until it's time for the boot.
     
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  8. P5 Guy

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    I ain't dead yet, in fact I'm feeling better.
     
  9. Waveski

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    How Monty Python-ish...
     
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  10. Encoreman

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    Tell him it may be time to search for a "new" gf that likes guns. LOL!!
     
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  11. wiscoaster

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    I've been toying with the idea of bequesting one handgun and one rifle and a monetary sum to each of my clueless nieces and nephews with the stipulation they receive the money only if and when they've taken lawful ownership transfer of and learned how to shoot the firearms they've been bequested. Ha!! Money hath strings!! :D
     
  12. MrTwigg

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    I never really thought much about this until three years ago when my truck got hit (badly) and I woke up three weeks later with a fractured skull and a whole lot of other injuries, not knowing who I was or what happened. Three months in hospital and I'm in a wheelchair now. Bits & pieces of my past come back at random times. Like right now. Not posting for sympathy but you never know when your number's gonna come up. I think I'll have a will made up.
     
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  13. tarosean

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    BS one has to know what they are looking at first.. Not everything is clearly marked to what it is.
     
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  14. WheelGunMan

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    "What would your family do with your collection after you die?"
    Hopefully get it in the hands of someone that would appreciate it and use it for the good of the sport.
     
  15. PzGren

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    The kids are much older now and I hauled them to the gun range since way before the photo was taken. My oldest son bought only one firearm himself but he has a sizeable collection of fine classic guns.
    It isn't the money that I have spent on guns & ammo that makes them interested in my hobby. Shooting was always valuable family time, an enjoyable time spent together. They cherish those memories as much as I do.
     
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  16. sparkyv

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    She can do whatever she wants with them. Everything will be hers.
     
  17. Roknstevo

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    Just fedex it to me....I’ll take care of everything..
     
  18. bibox

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    Cranky.
     
  19. 0ne3

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    After one dies, nothing matters. You are gone.
     
  20. lightman

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    Thats rough my friend! I hope you eventually have a full recovery. Luck to ya!
     
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  21. Steve S.

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    My Kimber has a LR chamber; I was shooting shorts in it for squirrel control but found that the shorter round carboned the front of the chamber badly enough that a LR round would not chamber until I removed the carbon ring. I switched to CCI “Quiet” (a .22 LR length cartridge) and no more carbon problems. I prefer the Quiet rounds (at least in this rifle).
     
  22. Howland937

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    My dad recently told me I'll be in charge of liquidating his collection, and that he'll probably someday tell me to "come pick out a couple for yourself". I replied that I could as easily be telling him the same thing since one never knows.

    I always thought I'd wanna be buried with my favorite, but I've since decided I don't care to be buried and they probably wouldn't cremate a 1911.
    So, like was mentioned above, keep an eye out for my obit....my stuff will all be for sale. Just don't rip off my kid.
     
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  23. tarosean

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    Negative Batman.. Just the facts.
     
  24. kimberkid

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    It may not matter to you, but depending on your collection, the value of it could benefit your spouse and or children ... then on the other hand, maybe it won't.

    I keep thinking the same thing ... but which few is what keeps confounding me; Kimber's, Colts, 1911's, a few generic AR's, HK's, AK's, SiG's, Steyr's, Rugers ... all are eclectic but have the calibers I like to shoot the most. Many are duplicates of caliber but belong to different families, namely 380, 9mm, 45acp, 38/357, 223/5.56, 308, 8mm Mauser, 6.5Creedmore

    Fortunately, I have a wife I've never had to lie to about what I've paid and how they've appreciated, especially the more rare/collectable and NFA ... unfortunately she has never enjoyed my passion in collecting or shooting.

    To the original poster's question, I don't worry about her selling them for what I've paid ... but neither do I want to saddle her with the duty of their disposal.
     
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  25. Tirod

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    Just read the posts here and on other forums. "I got a steal of a deal today, the neighbor's wife's sister was selling her late husbands gun collection! I picked up a Union Switch 1911 for $400, a all matching Luger for $350, 1894 pre 63 Winchester for $100, and the best of the lot, a .38 Police with custom 2" barrel, low profile sights, and a cutaway trigger guard marked "Fitz" for $85!"

    Search is your friend, they get posted constantly. Its happening right under our noses but denial is a very long river and most are in for the ride.

    Reality says you won't even get what you lied you paid. And it's not the guys on the internet who will talk about disposing of their collection who lose it very often, it's the ones who won't tell anyone, including their wife, what they really have. Case in point, was talking with a local storefront collector (who recently passed) and the wife of a kitchen table dealer pulled up trunk loaded down and backed into the angled parking. She walked in, they exchanges greeting, he knew her, but he didn't know her gun collecting husband had passed. The trunk was loaded with all his guns literally piled one on top of the other, loose, no cases, just stacked deep and she was asking if he would buy any.

    Of course, collector value was out of the question. That is a ephemeral wisp created by relisters who refuse to sell for less than the highest possible price they see on the sales boards regardless of the actual condition of their own firearm. It's the mental trap of thinking that their rusting 54 Hudson sitting on its rims in a field with a tree growing thru the roof is somehow worth whatever the latest Barrett Jackson figure is hyped. Same for guns - Rock Island sets the selling price for any old barely working firearm they may own. And in fear that they might lose a dollar on the sale and be ridiculed should the story come out, they won't sell for a penny less.

    And lose most of the value. Rust and moth doth corrode, hanging on to so many you can't even carry them all is really a crutch and exposes where your real faith is. You can't take them with you, ya know, and second rule, nobody gets out of this alive. Nobody.

    I've been selling off for years now, and every one that leaves is one more I don't worry about any more. Less is more. He who dies with the most toys is only fooling himself - he died, and there they go to the first smooth talker the family lets in the door. There's a reason that obituaries and notices don't list names and addresses so much anymore - the gun vultures descend on families to grab every one they can get.

    You want to stop the family fights, squabbles over ol Fred's wartime bring home gun or service weapon? Deal with it when you still have a sound mind. And I can add, if you can't use your tools anymore, time to let them go. A workshop full of 35 year old stuff isn't all that. Sorry, but noone wants it - except me when I stumble across some old wrench in a flea market for my latest repair job. And my Craftsman American made sockets? Half are SAE, almost useless now, they sell for $1 each in cardboard boxes on wire shelves under flickering old florescent lights in cold corners of former department stores on Main Street. They are no more a realistic ranking of who I am or worth as a human being than my ancient Corcoran boots.

    If you are over 65 and haven't made any arrangements to give your guns to family, friends or an auctioneer then you have planned on them selling for 10c on the dollar by family who aren't happy you failed to take care of your old stuff and dumped it on them. Don't worry, they will through out anything they have no idea is worth something - gun manuals, boxes, old uniforms - and practically give away the rest just to get out from under the trouble. The next thing someone who knew you will see is her car backed up in front of an old friends shop and all those guns piled up in the back clunking around.

    But nobody listens.
     
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