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Posted: 10/18/2001 9:37:33 AM EDT
As a newbie to hand gun collecting I was wondering if some of the more experienced and seasoned collectors could share their thoughts on what are the most sought after and desired hand guns and fire arms. These could be current day modern models, as well as antique firearms.

Also, are there any books or magazines that are grared to firearms collectors.

Hey, I have to learn somewhere.

Thanks
Link Posted: 10/18/2001 9:50:19 AM EDT
Collecting is different for everyone. Some will collect just to have it put away and never used. Others will collect and shoot everything they own. There are sometime informal Curio & Relic shoots where you can shoot anything you want, as long as it's classified C&R.

I personally will not own anything I don't shoot. I recently sold a 1957 Smith & Wesson .44 mag when I realized it had collector value, and didn't feel comfortable shooting it. If you personally want to collect, get the things you like, not what others like.

Check out Barnes & Noble or Borders web sites and search on guns, antique guns or gun collecting to see what's available these days for publications.

Have fun!
Link Posted: 10/19/2001 4:50:57 AM EDT
That is a broad question. Judging by your name, you lean towards military weapons, I assume? I lean that way, myself. Nothing wrong with a nice "sporting" arm, dont get me wrong, but military stuff is way more interesting. Now you really have to keep up on current laws, if thats possible. Too easy to run afoul of laws that make no sense at all. You are in the learning mode, after 30+ years, I am too. I also prefer a shootable collection, but kept nearly mint. Hit some local gun shows. Prepare to be broke too, as it can get expensive! Welcome to the addiction!
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