Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Freudianfloyd, May 20, 2021.
It’s a 1957 Colt fully engraved National Match.
Any legislation in this area -- either repealing Hughes or making the ban absolute -- would reduce "values" to a small fraction (or zero) of what they are today. Therefore, "investing" in FA at these prices is a real gamble. (Fortunately, I got mine before 1986.)
This is an original USMC 1903 Unertl Sniper rifle. Not one of the hundreds of fakes or replicas floating around. It might hit the market again soon though as I have a possibility to buy a large Wisconsin ranch, that this would help me buy. I'm on the fence.
Regardless, for now, this is easily my most valuable rifle, and a cherished possession.
IWI Galil Ace 556 and Colt Anaconda
Most valuable as to what they are selling for currently:
Arsenal SLR104FR. It’s insane what some of these have gone for, I cringed at how much I paid for it back in 2015 or so, now it would be considered a bargain price.
Skewed or not, at the current time the value of any registered full-auto is easily 25x the price of its semi-counterpart.
I wasn't liquid enough to buy mine pre-86, however if the Hughes Amendment was to be repealed, I will still have had the "privilege" and enjoyment of owning it for a couple decades and might only kick myself for not selling it sooner.
BTW ... all investments have a risk factor.
Two that are always close at hand are:
1) Circa 1971: Dad and I were hunting ducks and decided to walk around a small-ish slough that was probably 12 acres or so. From the east end of the slough, he started towards the north and I towards the south. We were to meet on the west side where we would sit and drink coffee from a thermos bottle and plot our next strategem. I walked about 10 minutes or so, watching the sky for approaching birds and checking on Dad's progress, too. Suddenly a flock of bluebills came in from the east and followed the edge of the slough around to the north. Dad's shotgun came to his shoulder and I watched him swing with the flock; a small cloud of smoke popped out of the gun barrel and five, count 'em 5!, birds tumbled out of the flock with that single shot! Dad's laugh booming across the the slough was something I wll never forget!
2) Circa 1972 or 1973: We were pheasant hunting and walked a fenced cornfield and as we were coming to the end, the birds started getting up. Nearly all hens, of course. Suddenly a rooster broke cover right next to Dad's right foot and stayed low to the ground and making a really good head of steam. Instantly, Dad was on him and let him get out a little ways so as not to blow him to smithereens. When Dad's gun boomed, he missed shooting well behind the bird! (One of the few times I saw him miss a pheasant.) Before he could let fly with the second shot, the rooster flew head first into a wood fence post, breaking his neck!
Later, Dad said he missed that one on purpose so that he wouldn't have to dig the shot out of the meat.
So, yes, his old Double Auto is my most valued firearm.
And then there are my truly valuable firearms .... I have a few of those too, family hand me downs and/or one rare piece that I bought years ago that suddenly became very valuable to my surprise.
One is my Grandfather's 1934 Colt 1911C that he bought in Chicago brand new (I still have the receipt of the purchase) and carried in WWII.
The other is a simple Marlin ... more precisely it is a Marlin Express in 338 MX. What makes it valuable, and what has made so many people offer me so much money for it once they found out I had it is this ....
It is doubtful the 338 MX will ever be made again. This one is JM stamped. This one has a very special serial number (because it had been held for someone in the company for some time and was accidently released to me) ... and this was the last Marlin to be released from the old factory in Connecticut before the doors were closed ... so they made it special. Finest furniture they had. I have the provenance letter from Bob Tinari who was head of customer service the day before he locked the doors and the moving company showed-up to take everything to NY. It is a great shooter but I never imagined I would luck-into this thing. The pictures do not do it justice. I am a fortunate man, blessed, to have been entrusted with this rifle. It is insane how much I have been offered for this rifle. Well into five figures, the most recent happening just since the Ruger purchase of Marlin by an unnamed anonymous agent through a rep. I have my suspicions who it was ... but who knows. The agent gave me no clues but he was serious and it was an Arkansas area code so who knows.
The one that a collector would probably find the most interesting is probably an old Colt .38ACP Pocket Hammer. It's an interesting old gun even though it doesn't have much value since it was refinished before it came to me.
I really don't know which of my guns is worth the most money. I don't really keep track of changing prices on the guns I own. I did take a look at current prices for the FEG SA-85M I bought new in the '90s for about $270 and was a bit surprised at the result.
Ruger #1 7STW with Minox scope (All brand New)
After trading up and getting luck several times $400!
I have more expensive guns but my model 29 (right) is the most valuable to me. I bought it from eBay when they first started up and didn't know how to sell guns. I recall they just shipped it directly to me But it's valuable to me for its accuracy and beauty.
I traded even up a used HK SL7 for a new in box FEG SA-85M at a gun show years ago. I couldn't find any accessories or spare parts for the HK and if I did find them, I couldn't afford them! So I figured since AKs were becoming so prevalent and ammo and magazines were so cheap, I decided to trade in the HK for something a little more mainstream and easier to buy stuff for it. In the FEG box I found the original receipt from the distributor to the gun shop who bought it. In 1984 the going price was $279.95. I have recently seen prices on the SA-85M and like you I'm pleasantly surprised at what they're going for these days!
Your Most Valuable Gun
Has a more sentimental value than money can buy!
This VZ-58 is from Google images. Mine was imported by Czechpoint as the "Sporter" and had the same 'beaver b." furniture added. Bought as "Buy Now" in spring 2019 ; as with 'rainy day' ammo, Never Ever postpone buying something you want, can afford/justify...
It's a >> Very different gun << than the more famous type which looks very similar.
All of the imported VZs have milled receivers, have both the barrel threads and the bayo lug. This photo is probably from Europe, where several countries allow private ownership (of these operational guns).
Those countries are the Opposite of what Canada now allows.
NIB unfired Browning Mark III HP.
380 1908 Colt Hammerless. Manufacture date in the early 1920's.
Mint East German Makarov
It's funny. Any pistol that exceeds $1000 is considered expensive by me.
What I don't have in quality, I have made up for in quantity.
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