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Old June 29, 2011, 05:57 PM   #1
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thinning out my collection, again...

over the past six months I've sold four of my shotguns. The last one, my Stevens 311/5100 20ga SxS. That one found a good home with our brother Mike Irwin.

Now comes the very difficult decision, whether to sell my 70's vintage first generation Remington 1100, or not. I picked this gun up last fall at another estate sale. It's definitely a closet queen. 95% NRA condition with two barrels. The original 28" mod and a 26" skeet. Both fixed choke. I'm a real 1100 freak, owned a half dozen of them over the years. I was on the hunt for another one and this beauty came to me.

As much as I cherish the 1100's, I will never use this one. It now has become my closet queen. Too easy just to pull out my favorite flavor of the day O/U and run with it. I'm fretting over this one and hope I don't regret doing something stupid. Help!!

Take a look, this one has some of the nicest wood I've seen on a 1100...

here it is with the 26" skeet barrel...
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Old June 29, 2011, 06:07 PM   #2
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Shame it looks like it was never used
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Old June 29, 2011, 06:09 PM   #3
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Does it have an serious collector value?

You never use it

if it doens't have any serious collector value...

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Old June 29, 2011, 06:11 PM   #4
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I will give you a hundred dollar bill fresh out of the printer for it though...

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Old June 29, 2011, 06:28 PM   #5
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Put a high price on it ...and if you sell it / then you won't regret it.

But personally, I have a hard time even selling guns I don't shoot ....I'd rather pass them down to one of the kids or grandkids when the time is right.
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Old June 29, 2011, 09:37 PM   #6
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I feel your pain.

I picked up a like nib 11-87 a few years ago and I think it has been out of the gun cabinet about 3 times. It probably wouldn't have exited then but I picked up a camo sock to protect it.

Like you, I have the same argument with myself about sell/not sell.

Until I find something else I really have to have, it will probably remain in the gun cabinet.
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Old June 29, 2011, 10:10 PM   #7
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I'm a real 1100 freak...
With three in the safe, one being a magnum, I know the feeling.

Had four and gave one to my brother.

Thats a true beauty and yes, some of the nicest furniture. Would be truely hard to part with.

Don't know your situation but that would be a great specimen to pass down to a well deserving family member.

P.S. I'm up for adoption and would give you visitation rights.
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Old June 30, 2011, 08:34 AM   #8
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Why are you selling? Do you need money, more space in the vault, want to buy something else? If you don't NEED to sell it then why are you thinking about it? A closet queen doesn't cost you anything. If it gives you joy simply to pick it up and hold it then that's all the justification you need.

An acquaintance of mine has a selection of high-grade Model 12s but doesn't shoot them. When I asked him why keep them if they weren't being shot he said, "Sometimes you just need to have nice things." Made sense to me.
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Old June 30, 2011, 09:40 AM   #9
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PJR, the last thing I need is the money. Comfortably retired, unless Obama mess's it all up! Just thinning all my stuff out, including photography equipment, Lionel O scale collection, etc. If I don't use it, it's gone...
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Old June 30, 2011, 04:30 PM   #10
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Well if you decide to let it go, I would sure like it to give to my son. They just sont make em like that these days.
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Old June 30, 2011, 04:33 PM   #11
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There are times in our lifetimes we become caretakers of very nice things. Things we want to pass on to our children, or someone else, this Remington may be one of those things. It doesn't eat and you enjoy holding it. KEEP IT!!
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