Winning the Gun Lottery

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  1. Mark_Mark
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    What gun did you buy to as an investment and now it matured

    Me: a Pedastoli BoarBuster 45/70 for $1025 about 4-5 years ago. bought it because it was on sale and looked very cool!!! I didn’t shoot it because I like looking at it. It’s selling for $1600+ now!

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    All my vintage revolvers have appreciated 50-100% in the last 5 years. I really should sell them, but cant quite swallow that pill yet, they make me happy at any price.
     
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    if I had a Hi-Point, I could not sell it. I know the struggle

    I’m also determined to get a Colt SAA gen 3
     
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    While I don't buy guns as "investments" most all have increased in value with a few seeing significant increases. I have a good eye I guess. On occasion I'll "invest" in one I'm not interested only because it's too good a deal to pass up. I tell myself I'll flip it for a quick profit but haven't had much luck doing that. A few years ago with that thought in mind I bought a Cobray M/11 for $100 and for some strange reason it's worth10X that now. I also gave $400 for a IMI Desert Eagle that's gone up 4/5X in value. They're both still in the safe. I could probably sell a Hi-Point if only to make space for 5 or 6 mousers.
     
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    If I had anything valuable, the ex made it all go away. If I still had my BREN 805 FDE it would already be worth more, being one of about 10,000 imported in the two years they were available, but no, it's in someone else's safe now. Maybe some day my BREN 2 MS will be worth more.
     
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    my brother sold his M11 with all the fixings 3-4 years ago for $250. I told him WHY??? I loved that gun. Now it’s $1,000 easy
     
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    the sale guy talked me out of a Bren FDE a few years ago. I liked it, he said it was weak or something. Tell you what!
     
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    One tough solid rifle, heavy and reliable, but that reciprocating charging handle got me the very first shot. But it was accurate and would always work.
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    I do have to say the replacement has been rocking and rolling along quite nicely, and the NEW wife absolutely refuses to let me sell anything. I upgraded significantly.

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    I like it because I couldn’t afford a SCAR, and it looked similar
     
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    [QUOTE="Jimbo80, post: 12375184, member: 269551"I bought a Cobray M/11 for $100 and for some strange reason it's worth10X that now.[/QUOTE]

    Perhaps there is some new type of trigger kit or something that can simulate FA rates of fire. Strange design, looks like it was almost designed with drive by's in mind...

    It's crazy how much the old surplus rifles and pistols have shot up in price in the last couple decades. That would have been a great investment, a few crates of mosins and SKS's along with the cheap ammo purchased back then would be a huge payoff today.
     
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    Back in 2010 I spent $600 on a new deer gun.
    I bought a Marlin 1894 CSS in 357 mag.
    Has spent countless hrs with me in a deer stand, filled the basement freezer several times.
    Today, the value of it is kinda hard to determine, hardly ever see them for sale.
    Probably worth north of $2500 now?

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    those JM 45/70 have gone nuts! I thought maybe $1,000 but now, $2000+
     
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    HK P7, the gun that keeps on giving. Remember the insane price of $1200 3 years ago. lol
     
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    In the 90's I got hooked on the European surplus firearms that were coming in cheap. I purchased several pistols and many rifles. Pretty much everyone of them have at least doubled in value with most at least tripling in value and a few quadrupling in value or more. My first surplus gun was a $99 M1 Carbine. I think I paid about $180 for my Garand. The $89 CZ-52 and $79 Nagant pistol are both doing pretty well. I bought the break top Enfield off a friend for under $200. Most of the surplus I purchased was with my C&R license so I was able to purchase them directly from the distributors. Some like the P08 Luger and Walter P38 I got at gun shows for very good prices... I bought the P38 from the guy with a table full of Lugers and I bought the civilian Luger from the guy with a table full of P38's. I really scored with the Luger, the .30 Mauser barrel is pristine and it came with the 9mm barrel mounted which is what I shoot it with.

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    The 1911 is a Chinese Norinco that I picked up for cheap (~$200) because nobody wanted a Chinese 1911 and it had to be junk because it is Chinese. I will do pretty good on it if I ever decide to sell it.

    AND then there are the ones that got away! The ones I should have picked up but passed on. The FN-49 in .308 is one that I really regret. I bought a Swedish Ljungman instead which is one of my favorites though.

    There was also my Ruger P85 with 5 hi-capacity magazines that I swapped straight across for my Berretta INOX (stainless) 92 with 2 magazines. This was during the Clinton hi-cap magazine ban so the gun store probably sold the magazines for $200+ each and threw the P85 in the garbage.
     
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    I haven’t bought any for the purpose of an investment, except arguably my International Harvester Garand, (Special Grade @ $1200), I shoot it and I don’t plan on selling it but what my family may get for it when I’m called up was a consideration in the purchase, that’s also true of many of my P&R Smiths to in all honesty. I’m in my 40’s so if I live an average life span my wife and/or kids will reap some benefits…. But mainly I just like them, so I buy them.

    I do have some other stuff that has appreciated substantially though.

    I have a Browning A-Bolt in 22lr that was a Christmas present, I understand those sell for nearly a grand now days. Not that I would ever sell it.

    I bought a Marlin 1895M chambered in 450 Marlin for $430 out the door back in the day, they seem to go for double that now.

    also, silly as it is, I bought a WASR 10/63 for around 300 bucks back a couple decades ago and that was just an average price. I’ve tried to wear it out so the resale on it may not be as high a most AK’s but I believe I could still double my money on it if I wanted.
     
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    I look at this subject a bit differently.

    Sure things I bought a while ago are "worth more" now. But that in not hitting the powerball. Currently my collection is worth nothing, it actually costs me to have it insured.....something you might look into if your value is past roughly $2500, the cap most insurance companies put on "sporting goods". No you will not get all "your money out of it" if your house gets eaten by a tornado, or fire. A little like a classic car.

    They only become "worth something" after you have cash in hand, pure and simple. And there is a dementia patient sitting in the white house now.....who knows what he will do. Oh he would never......really you sure about that, gas hitting record highs and he still has not undone one of the first things he did when getting into office in killing Keystone. We have no idea what his "handlers" will tell him to do. So that valuable collection could be worth $100 per gun.

    I own them because I enjoy them. I doubt I will ever sell them, so they are really worth nothing. I have silver and gold as "investments".....only worth something when I sell them....till that time, worth nothing.
     
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    The roughly 70 milsurp rifles and pistols that I paid $100-$200 each for.
    Also the 1950's Winchester 94's that I picked up for $99 each.
     
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    My Colt 1903s, 1908s, and "snake" revolvers, Finn Mosins, and my FALs have appreciated in value enough to be considered "investments" in hindsight.
     
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    I wouldn’t call getting a return on an investment winning a lottery but will not deny there is also a gamble in that they could all be taken from us or become illegal.

    That said, the $200 stamp cost more than these did back in the ‘80s.

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    I'm old now so I would sell my Remington 760 30-06 with Weaver K6w. I've put up a lot of deer but I'll turn 80 this season, besides I have another deer rifle that I will keep for sentimental reasons. Think I could make a little on the Remington.
     
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    I never bought guns as "investments." I bought them because they filled holes in my collection, and because I liked them..

    That said, a .50 cal. Browning M2HB that I paid $1,200 for (including tax) is now worth about $50,000. Pure windfall, thanks to the Hughes Amendment.

    Other items in my collection may not have appreciated as much, but none of them have lost value.

    Such things cannot be planned for in advance.
     
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    Some years back I bought an unfired Ruger Old Army LNIB. It was a polished stainless model with 5.5-inch barrel, fixed sights, and faux ivory grips. Had everything that came in the box including the nipple wrench. My intention was to shoot it, but I could never bring myself to do so (I had two other ROAs at the time). After a couple of years prices had started to climb dramatically. I listed mine on Gunbroker and was the beneficiary of a bidding war. That ROA sold for more than four times what I paid for it. I don't regret selling it; I still have a nice 7.5-inch stainless ROA to shoot.
     
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    I was thinking about insurance on my guns! good call
     
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    machine guns is a whole different lottery. Gun money men, we normal gun mortals will never understand

    my old buddy was telling me about his grandpa’s old Tommy Gun he kept on the farm. I ask if he registered it, and told him the value of it with paper. and Yep, Grandpa registered it.
     
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    and the lottery winner is you^^^ $99 for pre-64 Win94’s!!!
     
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