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View Poll Results: Would you fire a rare or expensive historical firearm?
No, it would be a safe queen 14 17.50%
Yes, but I would limit myself to a certain amount 40 50.00%
Yes, I would fire it like all of my other firearms 26 32.50%
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Old August 30, 2016, 05:32 PM   #51
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He has never fired the gun himself, never even handles it without gloves on, on the rare occasions when it does come out of the case. Today the gun is worth approximately 30 times what he paid for it back then. Had he fired it the value would likely be less.

This is not really a gun, it is more a show piece, investment and a piece of frozen history.
It it rarely comes out of it's case it is not a show piece and there is no history in something like that.
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Old August 31, 2016, 08:51 AM   #52
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If it's been shot before and is in working order I'm gonna shoot it at least some
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Old September 2, 2016, 08:35 AM   #53
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I don't think the OP is asking about shooting priceless museum pieces but shooting really nice examples, possibly unfired, of more common guns that have a much higher than average value because of their condition.

Several years ago I traded into a 1954 Colt Commander in a somewhat tattered box without the paperwork. The condition led everyone that looked at it to believe that it was unfired. I suspect that it may have been worth upwards of $1500 at that time but that was still substantially less than something built by Ed Brown or Les Baer or Nighthawk Custom or any others.

It is my favorite of the 5 1911s that I own and I have no regrets whatsoever about shooting it.
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Old September 2, 2016, 09:32 AM   #54
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A C&R gun costing around $1800 is not one that I'd consider shooting very often, if at all. Collector value can really be dented heavily with added wear and tear. Plus any parts damage might be difficult to replace. I wouldn't have a problem shooting my Trapdoor Springfield, my 1870's-ish Martini-Henry or 1851Enfield Snyder conversion, but then they didn't cost me anywhere close to 2grand.
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Old September 19, 2016, 06:01 PM   #55
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I have a '43 Colt Lend Lease 1911 A1 in 95% or maybe a little better. Probably will never fire it again. I have other 45's that are much more accurate if I want to scratch the itch.
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Old September 29, 2016, 10:11 PM   #56
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My answer to that dilemma is simple..I don't own anything I wouldn't shoot. No safe queens, and no museum pieces in my "accuulation".
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Old September 29, 2016, 10:47 PM   #57
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Everyone seems to put their answer in a box. Generally, I'm going to shoot a gun no matter the value or age... but there are some exceptions. My great-grandfather's shotgun circa 1880 or so? No way (not to mention it needs a BP shotgun load, which aren't exactly common). As others have said an original numbers matching luger? Negative.

Most guns WWI and later I will shoot, unless it's a historic piece with numbers matching parts that are prone to wear. A bolt action K98 Mauser? I would shot it even if it was numbers matching in pristine condition. It's a simple design that isn't likely to be harmed by firing it. A Luger, numbers matching? Probably rarely if ever.
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Old October 8, 2016, 11:21 AM   #58
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Heavy Boxes??

Some folks are gun collectors, while others collect heavy boxes.

I'm a gun collector, Can't wait to shoot my LC Smith on it's hundredth birthday. My Smith is a very low serial number single barrel trap, it still smashes the targets.

Gotta wait till April 2018, I'll do my very best to break a 25 that day.
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Old October 19, 2016, 11:23 PM   #59
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I wouldn't take a tactical pistol course or shoot a rainy 3 gun match with it, but with a gun of historical significance or collector's value I would like to shoot a box now and again where feasible.
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Old October 20, 2016, 10:06 AM   #60
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I would not treat it like a truck gun but I would shoot it. I have a Remington
22 Rem Special. It is 90 years old, nowhere near the price of $1800 but I shoot it all the time.

The only gun I have that is close to your value in my M1A standard. I shoot that all the time. I only one I don't shoot all the time are the ones stuck in the back of the safe and I forgot that I have them.

Might as well enjoy it before Hillary takes them away and melts it down to make a Smart car.
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Old October 20, 2016, 01:53 PM   #61
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I would shoot it. It isn't going to devalue the weapon, unless it is an original never before fired still in its presentation box, if it had one. Then I would probably not fire it if I purchased it as, a collectors piece. Which is fine and dandy if you were an immortal. Its yours forever. But someone else who may eventually posses that weapon, whether family or stranger, may not think like you and decide their going to hunt or target shoot with it. So just enjoy it.
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Old October 20, 2016, 02:30 PM   #62
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Only caution I see is that for a rare or unusual design replacement parts will be extremely hard to find. Hey, they are hard to find for the Virginian Dragoon.
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Old October 20, 2016, 03:01 PM   #63
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There are guns you buy and shoot and in some cases sell.

There are guns gifted with some story attached that you shoot but would never sell.

I have a flint lock French model ANXII pistol (1812) my grandfather bought so long a go I was a kid that I have never shot... same for another gift with a story, a very cool Remington .41 rimfire double derringer(1888-1891).

Do you run around shooting grandpa's model 38 Marlin made in the 1920s... sure but there is a chance it will break.

I have lots of older firearms, some worth a pretty penny but most are shot once in a while and most have a story attached, however there are a few that are better off not shot but admired only.

There is sedimental value associated with some guns as in some vehicles, low milage but in excellent condition!
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Old October 21, 2016, 12:26 PM   #64
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If it was New-In-Box or so rare that replacement parts were unobtainable... I might not shoot it.

Otherwise, "Is gun. Is made to shoot."

An acquaintance of mine was wealthy enough to be able to collect and race antique racing cars. The collector types were appalled to see rock chips, oil streaks, and the occasional dent. Bo was unfazed; "These are racing cars. This is what they're *for*."

Seemed logical to me...
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Old October 21, 2016, 12:40 PM   #65
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I wouldnt fire it if it's a RARE piece

If it's actually a RARE GUN, I would never risk firing it, the history and rarity is more important than firing it, if something breaks on a rare gun , it will be a big loss, not just in money but history.

I have a Mint Russian SKS that appears to have never been fired, I keep it as a collectable

I have a well used Chi Com that is my range gun

I probably wouldnt even bother buying a RARE gun, because all your doing is paying to store it until you pass it on to the next guy, your just the caretaker.

a Expensive gun that is Not rare, but cost a lot of money, yes I would shoot it
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Old January 3, 2017, 09:50 PM   #66
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Life is too short to not shoot your best guns
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