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I have no idea why he wants to sell his collection. He doesn't need the money and at least the guns keep their valve when the dollar is going south. If I can't talk some sense into him I'll post what he has to sell. Would need to go to a FFL.
Some of the things I saw on his list were a copula 1886 45-70s, a brace of Ruger SA 45 Colt, 45 Colt rifle, some AR-15s, Ar-18 the 308 caliber , a 03 that be sporterized and that's about all I can remember.
Marine A5 Sniper
His motivation is irrelevant and another's gain.
can you get him to post a link?
Maybe health reasons that you haven't been told about
Maybe he's just "changing direction". I've tossed the same idea around in my head quite a bit the past few years. Would'nt get rid of everything but possibly a large chunk of it. Got a house that needs a ton of work, antique car projects that are stalled because I spend every spare penny on gun collecting and shooting etc...............
It breaks my heart to think about it but,I'm getting to the age where it is almost time to start "thinning the herd".No one to leave it all to that would appreciate them.Sad, but I'm going to hang on for another year or two if the good Lord lets me.Still,I could get interested in an 1886 or two. Nick
Dave in NGA
Every coin has two sides. When one man decides to part with his treasures, it allows someone else to enjoy them and continue to make good memories. My first M1 carbine came to me from a co-worker who 'got religion' and decided gun ownership was contrary to his religious principles. This came at a time when I was newly married and we had our first child. Money was tight. For evaluating what he had and helping him price everything, he let me have that very nice Underwood for $100. So the other side of this coin is the opportunity for many others to get enjoyment from acquiring some unusual pieces.
On the prime pieces, & those he's not sure of, I'd take the best to a Cabellas near him. He'll still get a better price out of them even after paying a commission on a consignment sale. Especialy the Winchester 86's, good collectible Garands etc. Good 1911A1's etc, we did rather well selling a S&W mod 52 & an old Mauser C-96 Broomhandle at the KCK store.
They list everything on line too that they have in stock & on consignment in their stores, that helps too.
That's his decision, while it may be hard to comprehend for some of us, someone else will enjoy his guns. That's not as bad as some stories I heard from a friend who is a police officer here in Canada. He told me they have SEVERAL people come to the station in recent months to turn in firearms FOR DESTRUCTION!! Apparently the owners had passed away and family members didn't want the guns and were convinced that guns are evil. He said he told these folks that it was perfectly legal to sell these firearms to anyone who can own them legally but they refused to budge. So they were turned over and run through a metal shredder along with prohibited guns which had been seized from criminals here. A few he mentioned were, 1886 Winchesters, 1873 Winchesters, Brown Besses, .577 Snider British military rifles, 1911 Colts along with a bunch of run of the mill hunting guns. It's enough to make a strong man weep.
It is sickening at that, agreed. When they had a gun buy back in KC, Mo several years ago, a coupla guys went out there & cherry picked the best for $25.00 more than what the police offered for em to widows & such who had the same thoughts. It least it preserved several nice old guns.
Had a friend who inherited about 16 guns from her brother and her husband said "will just give them to the police, to get rid of them". She didn't like guns and he had no use for them. But their kids said they were crazy to do that, "thay are worth money". So he knew I did gun shows occasionally and asked if I would selll them, offered me 25% so I said OK! Several were collectable, most not so much but all were like new. Took me almost 3 years but I sent them over 7000 dollars! Allot of ammo and related stuff too. Some people just don't know! But I cheated the cops out of allot of guns to take home!
I'll bet the Money SHUT UP the wife!
My best guess is my friend is selling his guns to appease his wife.
My gunsmith told that during a gun buy back an elderly black lady brought in either one or two Parker shotguns. She didn't know she was holding her retirement in her hands but she did get her $50 gift card from Kroger. For some reason that shotgun(s) never made it to the masher.
Maybe your friend is just changing hobbies.
The best gun deal I ever made: A shooting buddy told me about a friend of his who was changing hobbies. He had a Remington 3200 4-barrel set for sale. The wife and I made an appointment and went to look. The guy was playing golf and left his wife to deal with us. Nice lady. She and my wife were teachers and they had to talk shop while I am getting antsy. She finally got the shotgun box and when I opened it I knew we had to make the deal. We counted out the cash, she gave me a receipt, we shook hands and we tried to leave. She said, "Wait a minute. That's not all of it." The "shotgun deal" included four MEC loaders, thousands of once-fired cases of all guages, thousands of primers and wads, 250 pounds of shot and the table the loaders were mounted on. We looked like the Beverly Hillbillies with all the stuff loaded into the back of a S-10 pickup. The price she asked was $500 less than my buddy had just gotten for a 4-barrel set.
Have not "inherited" any gun deals, but about 7-8 years ago a buddy who I load .270 for him to deer hunt, his retired parents were moving out of a house into an apartment. His father had been a reloader so my friend asked me if I wanted his equipment, scott free. I got scale, boxes, gauges, and one really old looking press called a Texan. It was black, the original box included, with a company address of Dallas. It is built like a tank though.
The only die set I got was another .270, but with cases and bullets. I mounted the Texan press with 30.06 seater die and keep it that way. Saves setup time.
"guns keep their value when the dollar is going south". Unless he sells them for gold, not dollars, their value is going south too! And if he raises price to keep up with the falling dollar people will say he is too high!
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