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Gun Collecting

Gun collecting offers a unique opportunity to learn about history, engineering, and craftsmanship. Each firearm has its own story, often tied to historical events or technological advancements. Collectors often become amateur historians, delving into the rich histories of their pieces.

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Collecting Vintage Modern Guns as a Hobby Involves Several Key Aspects:

Community and Camaraderie

The hobby fosters a sense of community among collectors. Clubs, online forums, and gun shows provide platforms for enthusiasts to meet, exchange knowledge, share experiences, and even trade pieces. This social aspect can be very rewarding.

alec, zack, taylor and greg at the gun range
Overall, collecting Vintage Modern Guns is a hobby that requires a blend of passion, knowledge, responsibility, and adherence to legal and ethical standards.

Appreciation of Craftsmanship

Vintage guns are often admired for their craftsmanship. Collectors appreciate the artistry and skill involved in the manufacturing of these firearms. The intricate designs, metalwork, and woodcraft can be akin to collecting works of art.

a very intricate browning olympian grade rifle

Investment Potential

Many vintage guns appreciate in value over time, making them not just a hobby but also a potential investment. Collectors often take pride in identifying and acquiring pieces that are not only historically significant but may also be financially valuable.

a very early colt python

"Beyond all, collecting vintage guns can be deeply satisfying on a personal level. It combines the thrill of the hunt for rare items, the joy of learning and discovery, and the pride of preserving pieces of history."

Some Terminology Tips

Gun collectors use a variety of specialized terms that reflect the nuances of firearm history, design, and collecting. Here are some key terms that are unique to gun collecting:

  • Provenance: The history of a firearm's ownership. In collecting, provenance can significantly increase the value of a firearm if it was owned by a notable person or used in a significant historical event.
  • Matching Numbers: When all parts of a firearm have serial numbers that match, indicating that the parts are all original to that specific firearm. This is particularly important for the value and authenticity of collectible guns.
  • Patina: The surface change of metal due to aging and exposure. A natural patina can be desirable, as it shows the firearm has not been improperly restored or altered.
  • NIB (New in Box): Refers to a firearm that is in its original packaging and has never been used. This is highly desirable among collectors for its preserved condition.
  • C&R (Curio and Relic): Firearms that are officially designated as "Curios or Relics" by governments, like the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). These are typically firearms which are over 50 years old and are collectible due to some historical significance.
  • Takedown: A type of firearm that can be broken down into major components for easier transport and storage. This term is often used in reference to older sporting rifles and some shotguns.
  • Blueing: A process by which steel is partially protected against rust, and is given a blue-black finish. The condition of the blueing can significantly affect a firearm's value.
  • Boxlock and Sidelock: Types of locking mechanisms for break-action shotguns and rifles. Sidelocks are generally considered more traditional and are often more desirable among collectors.
  • Engraving: Decorative patterns or scenes etched into the surface of a firearm. High-quality engraving done by well-known artists can significantly increase a firearm's value.
  • Bore Condition: Refers to the internal condition of the barrel of a firearm. Good bore condition is crucial for both the operability and collectibility of a firearm.

My MOS when I served in the United States Army was 76Y. For you non-military readers, the Military Occupational Specialty of 76 Yankee means that I was a Unit Armorer. While on REFORGER 85, I trained with German Paratroopers and qualified as "Expert" with the German G-3 rifle, the Israeli Uzi 9mm sub-machinegun and the 9mm handgun.

USA Made Handgun Pistol Holder in Barrel Countertop Gun Hanger The Gun Display Stands I use