Information For Gun Collectors
Colt Python (1962), Colt Mustang (1992) and Baby Browning
Three of my favorites featured here; early Colt
Python, one of the very few nickel and real mother of pearl Mustangs
and one of the last Baby Brownings.
If you're interested in
revolvers, take a look at
these. If semi-autos are your
favorites, here's a
few that I like.
"Now is a very exciting time to be
involved in gun collecting. Many modern and antique collectible handguns
and long guns are coming on the market as the WWII generation are dying
and a younger generation is inheriting pieces or whole collections.
Often times the surviving spouse or other heirs don't have an interest
in guns. The internet has opened up accessibility to individual pieces
and collections unlike anything in history! Values are soaring on many
out-of-production Colts. Winchester values have climbed since
production ceased when they went out of business in 2006."
Colts and John Browning Patent Guns are my favorites:
|The Colt Python .357 was first introduced in 1955 as
Colt's top-of-the-line model.
Click here to view
the Colt Letter of Authentication on this gun from my
collection. The grips are real elephant ivory and date to the gun ,
Colt Mustang .380 is like a baby 1911. These
guns were manufactured for only a few short years. If you like the
.380 caliber, this is a great gun for concealed carry. The grips are
real mother-of-pearl from the Colt factory.
|The Baby Browning .25 ACP will fit in a vest pocket
and can be concealed in the palm of your hand. This gun is unfired
and spent most of the last 40 years in a safe. The trigger is gold
plated. The grips are synthetic pearl-lite.
My second hobby is publishing on the web, like
this site! I hope to put a lot of useful information here about gun
collecting. In the coming days and months I will be adding information
like, serial number ranges and dates of manufacture for many popular
guns. I enjoy seeing pictures along with information, so I will attempt
to include quality pictures on every page. I'm not a great photographer,
but I'm learning and getting better.
You won't find much here about gun
values. Occasionally I may post what I paid for a gun, what one sold for
or what I'm willing to pay for one. It is my opinion that the internet
has had a direct impact on the value (pricing) of guns. In the case of
old, used, antique or collectible guns, the internet favors the seller.
In the case of new guns, the internet favors the buyer.
I am also of the opinion that every
paper publication that I have bought and read in the last few years
purporting to list gun values have been almost worthless when it comes
to current real-world values. Forgive my
rant, but I just returned from the bookstore today and the only true
statement I found in a few of the supposed "gun value" publications was
the disclaimer...loose interpretation...we may not know what we're
talking about, the values may be something totally different than what
we print here, don't rely on this book when buying or selling a gun,
etc., you get the drift.
It really upsets me when I pick up two
new (current) books on the shelf in the store and read conflicting
statements of fact, especially when the statements are about a gun that
is almost 100 years old. You would think that with 100 years to research
the data they could get it right. I'm talking about production
information, not values. I was researching my
Ithaca Flues Single-Barrel Trap
gun that I recently acquired.
Well, I do realize that anyone can
make a mistake and I probably have some on this site. The one thing that
I learned at the bookstore today was that I should probably put one of
those CYA Disclaimer Statements on my site. If you are trying to establish the
value of a firearm, monitor
for recent sales of similar guns.
I am regularly adding information and
pictures to this site in an effort to make it useful to gun collectors.
Please bookmark the site and check back to see what new (old) exciting
information you can find here. My main goal with this website is to
share my love of collecting, researching and yes, even shooting old but
modern collectible firearms. I truly hope that members of the younger
generation gain interest and join in this pass-time/hobby.
Note Regarding Colt Serial Number
Tables: In my limited experience, all of the Pythons, Detective
Specials, 1903's and 1908's that I have ordered Colt Archive
Authentication Letters on, have shipped the same year that the
production table put them in. However, I bought a
First Generation Single Action Army that
the table showed late 1928 as the year of manufacture. When the Colt
Letter arrived, it showed the gun as being shipped January 2, 1931.
My first thought was, "I can't imagine
that this gun was manufactured and probably assembled, then sat on a
shelf at the factory for two years". Then I realized that the time
period in question was the "Great Depression".
After much consideration and several
re-examinations of the serial number tables for the First Generation
SSA's, I believe the tables for that particular model are flawed.
According to the table, Colt produced as few as 100 guns per year (1935
and 1936). The serial numbers start at 357,000 in 1940, the year that
they end. These guns went to serial number 375,000 and I do not believe
that annual production went from 100 to 18,000.
Therefore I elected not to publish the
serial number ranges on the First Generation SSA. Disclaimer time: I
don't own any cowboy guns, I know very little about them and my limited
observations may have caused me to draw incorrect conclusions.